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Jake Bauers

Born: 10/06/1995 (Age: 19)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Primary Position: 1B
Thick legs, undersized for a first baseman; already well built for his age, not much physical projection left.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 07/15/2015
Dates Seen 4/18/15, 5/6/15, 6/20/15
Affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs (High A, Rays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
Late 2016 Moderate 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Starts with hands high; swing plane creates good natural uppercut, lifts the ball easily; bat stays in hitting zone for a long time; above-avearge bat speed; has a patient approach at the plate, but will attack pitches within the strike zone; will chase up, but generally maintains a strong understanding of the strike zone; whole-field approach; smart hitter.
Power 50 Average power generated by strong frame and swing trajectory; ball carries well off of bat, creates backspin; power primarily to pull side; power production to straight away and opposite field will be limited to doubles, though he does drive the ball in those directions.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Not fast, but moves well for size, decent athlete for build; moves well underway, but not a quick-twitch athlete.
Glove 60 Above-aveage range, quick first step; soft hands, understands limits of when to range to right and when to cover bag.
Arm 50 Enough strength for position, quick release; neither asset or liability.

Bauers doesn't look the part of the power-hitting first baseman, because he's not. He has enough power for the position, but it's his overall hitting ability that will carry him. He has a strong approach at the plate that allows him to use the entire field, and enough strengths to hit the gaps consistently. He's a threat to leave the yard to the pull side, but he's still growing into the rest of his power. His swing is geared more towards being a balanced hitter, however, and he's likely to sacrifice some of that raw power in favor of average. It won't be a prototypical first base profile, but he should provide enough offensive production to warrant everyday playing time.

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