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Josh Hart

Born: 10/02/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 180
Primary Position: CF
Smaller frame; athletic build withy quick-twitch muscles; looks smaller than listed height; very slight projection.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/30/2015
Dates Seen 8 Games April - June 2015
Affiliate Frederick Keys (High A, Orioles)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2017 High 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Above-average bat speed; quiet hands; quick and loose wrists; moderate barrel control; drops back shoulder at times; mild load and leg lift; swing can become reliant on upper half; moderate approach that has improved since last season; ability to recognize spin; does not always make hard contact; struggles to barrel ball.
Power 20 Well-below average raw power; linear swing; swing is not conducive for power in any phase.
Baserunning/Speed 55 4.15 - 4.20 home to first; gets out of box poorly; agility and burst in OF; speed plays on basepaths.
Glove 60 Displays quick bursts and agility; efficient routes and reads; instinctual player; sometimes too aggressive.
Arm 40 Below-average arm strength; lacks carry; accurate throws.

Hart has a natural feel for hitting, and his barrel skills have been on display during my viewings. He is going to hit, but the lack in-game power is a concern and will hinder his overall value. At the very least, Hart is going to provide value as a depth or bench option solely on the defense alone. There is still a wide gap between Hart's current and future hit tool.

Round Drafted: 1st round (37th overall), 2013. Signed for $1.45 million.
Why: Feel for hitting with the potential to hit for average and provide plus defense in CF.

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