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Wilmer Difo

Born: 04/02/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 200
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: 2B
Build: extreme athlete; sturdy base; filled out equally throughout frame; strong lower half, legs, arms/forearms; no durability concerns.
Evaluator CJ Wittmann
Report Date 04/22/2015
Dates Seen 4/20-22/2015
Affiliate Potomac Nationals (High A, Nationals)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2016 High 60 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Above average bat speed; slight lift in swing; short swing path through zone; gets extended on pitches on outer half; showed present contact skills/feel for contact; advanced plate discipline and approach at plate; recognizes secondaries offerings well; lets ball travel deep into hitting zone; small stride timing; replicates swing plane/bat speed from both sides; showed present ability to use whole field.
Power 40 Average raw; slight lift in swing; present ability to backspin ball to gaps; above average bat speed with contact skills -- ability to barrel pitches in all quadrants; will turn on pitches elevated -- punish mistakes; legit threat with legs will allow him to stretch hits into extra bases; present strength throughout core; will play down slightly due to solid-average hit tool.
Baserunning/Speed 70 Left side: 4.03-08 range; Right side: 4.11-18 range from home to first; swing allows to get out of box clean; 3.0-1 range from 1st to 2nd when stealing; hits top speed within first 3 strides; extreme 2nd gear; game changing speed; will be stolen base threat.
Glove 50 Solid reads and reactions off the bat; quick first step; range plays up; soft hands and smooth transfer when throwing; footwork can get rushed; fluid actions at SS; best suited for middle of diamond.
Arm 60 Quick release; strong throwing mechanics; plus arm strength; accuracy is a strength; enough arm strength to make throw in SS hole; plenty for left side of INF.

Wilmer Difo put on a show during my viewing. He showed present raw power and strength with premium bat speed and an advanced approach. I trust his actions at shortstop and he has plenty of arm for the position. Difo is a legit threat on the base paths and his speed is a game changer. His tools are loud and he put it all together last year and has continued his success this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in AA by mid-year this year and is expected to be in the MLB by mid-to-late 2016.

Ceiling: Role 60; First Division SS.

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