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Nick Tanielu

Born: 09/04/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 214
Primary Position: 3B
Secondary Position: 2B
Thick frame, wide shoulders, broad chest, strength throughout, physically maxed, body will require maintenance; lateral quickness, stiff movements, high effort runner
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 05/20/2016
Dates Seen 4/14, 4/17, 4/28, 5/13/16
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 Medium 45 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Slightly open with mild crouch, quiet setup, minimal load, mild bat wrap; moderate leg kick, short stride, fluid weight transfer, hands stay back; back elbow will flare up, steep into the zone, strong arms and wrists, average bat speed, mild leverage; feel for the barrel, limited swing-and-miss, covers both sides, all-fields approach, strength to inside-out balls; shows some command of the zone, recognizes spin, aggressive in-zone, wants to hit
Power 45 55 raw to pull side, mild leverage, will look to turn on it in hitting counts, game approach geared for line drive contact, generates some carry, strength to hit it out to center
Baserunning/Speed 45 Average present run times (4.25, 4.3, 4.5 on a check), stiff, extremely high-effort running motion, utility plays down on bases, frame suggests half-grade regression at maturity
Glove 50 3B only in looks; quick, choppy movements, average lateral quickness, decisive first step, fringe-average lateral range; anticipates hops, adept at coming in on the ball, strong body control and off-balance transfers; some rawness in timing, will get too quick and rush close plays
Arm 50 Adequate for third, accurate from multiple angles, solid-average carry when set, moderate tail

Drafted over-slot in the 14th round (7th round money) in 2014. Tanielu shows quality bat-to-ball skills with some nascent pop, though the game swing is geared for line drives and limits the power utility. The on-base profile will be average-dependent, and an all-fields approach and ability to make in-swing adjustments feeds a solid hit tool. He shows sound fielding instincts at third with notable body control and consistency in his transfers, with enough arm to handle the position. There are no standout tools, but he's a well-rounded player with no major deficits either.

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