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Nick Plummer

Born: 07/31/1996 (Age: 18)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 200
Primary Position: CF
Not the ideal tall, long frame but one that can still handle some additional weight; already some physical development but body can sustain more; doesn't project to outgrow middle of the field unless weight gain is substantial.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 07/28/2015
Dates Seen 6/26/15, 7/1/15,
Affiliate GCL Cardinals (Rookie, Cardinals)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 High 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Quiet stance, short load; quick hands, short line-drive oriented swing path, plus bat control, whole field approach; very patient hitter, works counts, embraces leadoff profile.

High strikeout totals a byproduct of patient approach, not contact abilities.
Power 30 Not likely to produce over-the-fence power; won't have bat knocked out of his hands but power will come from gaps and speed; line drive stroke does not produce fly ball trajectory.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Plus runner, gets to top speed quickly, limited wasted motion.
Glove 55 Up-the-middle defender, should have no problem remaining in center field; solid route runner; strong first step; smooth actions tracking fly balls; not a true gap-to-gap defender but should be able to remain in center field until he loses a step.
Arm 40 Below-average arm, passable for center field but would only play in left if he has to move to a corner.

Plummer doesn't have an high ceiling thanks to his limited power profile, but he does have a refined swing and advanced plan at the plate for a player approaching his 19th birthday. His patience at the plate has gotten him in trouble thus far as a professional, as his judgement of the strike zone is currently better than the umpires at his present level of competition, but that problem will solve itself in time.

His compact swing and good barrel control give him a chance to hit atop a big league lineup in a few years, and his plate discipline gives him a safety net in case the hit tool falls short. His lack of power means he'll have to earn his way on, but he embraces the roll of being a table setter. In the field, Plummer shows refined ability to track fly balls, though doesn't have the elite straight-ahead speed or range of a plus center fielder. Still, he should be able to remain in the middle of the field, at least through his prime.

Plummer's ability to play everyday will rest on his bat and whether he gets on base enough to justify it.

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