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Austin Dean

Born: 10/14/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 215
Primary Position: LF
Stocky, thick lower half; mostly maxed out frame; little physical development remaining.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 08/03/2015
Dates Seen 4/11/15, 4/15/15, 4/25/15, 4/27/15, 7/28/15
Affiliate Jupiter Hammerheads (High A, Marlins)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 Moderate 45 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Quiet stance with little movement; direct swing path to the ball, above-average bat control; above-average bat speed and good feel for the barrel give him a chance to be an effective hitter; can get rotational and struggle with plate coverage; uses an up-the-middle approach and whole field, but has a tendency to reach for pitches on outer half and fall into pull-happy mode.
Power 30 Strength in frame doesn't translate into in-game power; enough bat speed to drive the ball but more gap power than over-the-fence production; home run power only to extreme pull side.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Below-average runner, takes time to get to full speed; short strider.
Glove 55 Above-average defender in left field; not a fast runner but gets very good jumps and tracks the ball well; will do a good job on the balls he can get to.
Arm 40 Accurate, but not strong; LF only arm.

The profile is a tough one for Dean, who doesn't feature premium athleticism or power. He's limited to left field defensively, but doesn't have the power potential to be an everyday player there. The one thing Dean does well is square up a baseball consistently, with a hit tool that could help carry him into a big league role if all else goes right, and enough gap power for it not to be a completely empty average.

He won't be an everyday player, but guys with an above-average hit tool have a chance to get to the big leagues. Dean could find a role as a fourth outfielder.

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