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Brian Mundell

Born: 02/28/1994 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 230
Primary Position: 1B
Big, beefy dude, broad shoulders, thick chest, evenly-proportioned, physically maxed, no remaining projection
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/20/2017
Dates Seen 7x April-June 2017
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2019 High 50 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Wide setup, stiff; quiet load, moderate arm bar, has toned down high angle at launch; very limited rhythm, non-existent stride, rocks into limited weight transfer; compact stroke, able to generate some plane, get under balls in spite of it; shows advanced bat-to-ball skills, stays in the zone, patient at-bats, can get passive watching early strikes, notably low swing-and-miss, stays on R-R spin, quick to velocity, doesn't strike out a ton despite deep counts, doesn't exhibit platoon tendencies
Power 50 Not a traditional power stroke, short swing path, shoulders generate force, solid-average raw, approach to all fields, looks to catch balls out front in hitters' counts, power plays to LCF alley; could see a swing overhaul adding playable power, there's plus raw in there.
Baserunning/Speed 30 Seven clocks averaging 4.43, body's not going to gain any spring for his step; not a base-clogger, but well below-average run utility
Glove 45 Fringy range and mobility, movements on the slower side; cautious defender, will wait on hops, struggles to find pop-ups in the wind
Arm 45 Slow release on force plays, accurate but hesitant to air out with velocity, babies the ball on covers

Mundell isn't a typical masher first-base prospect, but he is an all-bat one. He possesses better-than-average contact skills, especially impressive for a man of his size and profile, and advanced pitch recognition and zone command skills help the barrel skills play up all the more. His power is generated almost entirely by his strong upper-half, and he's able to hit up through balls with occasional loft despite not getting very deep at all into his back leg. He's slow and totes a fringy glove, and the road of a bat-first right-handed first baseman with average game power is about as narrow as they come. The hit tool and just passable-enough pop offers potential for a run in the big leagues down the line, however, and there's room for development of his power utility.

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