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Chance Sisco

Born: 02/24/1995 (Age: 19)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 210
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position: 3B
Lean frame, good frame; legs have mild growth; upper half could see some muscle added; athletic build; does not scream athletic build but will surprise you.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 07/20/2014
Dates Seen 7/18/14 - 7/20/14
Affiliate Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A, Orioles)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 High 55 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Keeps hands quiet; level swing; will occasionally show some lift; excellent at manipulating his path through zone; lowers shoulder at times and will get under pitches; plus bat speed; shows adept barrel-to-ball skills; ability to slash ball to all fields; loves the left-center gap; moderate load and stays relatively balanced throughout swing; hips do not torque enough for my liking but this allows him to keep balanced; good approach at the plate; keen eye with ability to recognize spin; hit tool will carry Sisco through the minors.
Power 45 Average raw power; likely plays down due to style of hitting; likes to use the entire field and does not sell out for power; swing is more linear than lift; plus bat speed and quiet swing could give him chance to hit double digit homers down the road.
Baserunning/Speed 45 4.29 home to first; decent athleticism and second gear; top gear is just not high; good speed for a catcher.
Glove 40 Footwork continues to be largest issues; does not set himself in position to block and/or frame pitches; feet can be sluggish; body will move towards ball but feet linger behind; disappointing showing from my last view in April where I thought it may start to show; athletic behind the plate; does not frame well; glove moves too much; can get sloppy at times on catching pitches; too many passed balls; real concern whether he can stick behind the plate; athleticism and tools are not matching.
Arm 45 Pop times of 2.09 and 2.10; disappointment from last viewing; arm strength is average; footwork and accuracy are worse than last time I viewed; arm is better than this showing; not quite average like my last viewing.

Sisco can hit. The hit tool is plus and will carry him through the minors. He shows enough ability at the plate for me to call him a regular major leaguer right now. However, there is a large concern with the catching ability, and I question whether he sticks there in the future.

He is athletic and played SS in High School, so a move away from C is realistic. The defense will likely never become anything more than fringe, and the bat may be best used if away from the catching position, so he can focus more on hitting. I think it is realistic for the Orioles to keep Sisco as a C for now, with the idea of potentially moving him to 3B or LF down the road. There may even be enough athleticism to play 2B, but that may be too optimistic of a thought.

Overall, Sisco is a good contact hitter than can spray the ball around the field, especially opposite field. His approach is advanced for a High School selection, but the defense will likely hold him back from ever becoming a major league catcher. I think he can become a major league regular, just not at Catcher.

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