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Mitch Walding

Born: 09/10/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 190
Primary Position: 3B
Large, athletic frame, high waist, lacks remaining physical projection
Evaluator Steve Givarz
Report Date 06/19/2016
Dates Seen 5/13-5/14/2016, 5/27-5/28/2016
Affiliate Clearwater Threshers (High A, Phillies)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2019 High 40 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Tall, even stance, leg kick for timing; hands get bunched up inside, back side prone to collapse; average bat speed, mild uphill plane, length into the zone; better approach this year than in the past, looks to attack early but isn't afraid to work counts and lay off, some command of the zone; vulnerable to changeups, struggles with inner-third coverage
Power 45 Above-average raw, extension and strength; some loft, hard contact; plays down due to hit tool, can play to fringe-average at higher levels
Baserunning/Speed 50 Average runner, 4.21 home-to-first, lacks base-stealing utility
Glove 45 Fringe-average glove at present, struggles with reads, inconsistent execution, will make a great play then bobble a room service hop; physical tools to get to average utility
Arm 60 Plus arm; throws have good line and some mustard

An over-slot sign fifth-rounder in 2011, Walding hadn't progressed as hoped, as he struggled at every level prior to this season. The over-the-fence power is playing much more than in the past, and the hit tool has improved. There is some hope for a potential platoon player down the road, but more than likely this is an organizational player.

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