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Ryan Mountcastle

Born: 02/18/1997 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 230
Primary Position: SS
On the skinnier side, projectable body that can add strength
Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 06/22/2017
Dates Seen 5 games, April-June 2017
Affiliate Frederick Keys (High A, Orioles)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2019 Moderate 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Moderate hitch during load; moderate leverage, above-average bat speed, easy swing; natural hitter, quality hand speed, shows above-average bat control; approach still developing, struggles to stay back on off-speed, expect approach to improve with experience, will throw hands at the ball, finish can get imbalanced; athleticism and feel for the barrel to project improvement to above-average utility
Power 55 Projects to plus raw at maturity, leveraged swing, power plays to all fields, approach limits utility at present, potential for above-average utility at maturity
Baserunning/Speed 50 4.21 clock, average runner, station-to-station type, not a risk-taker on the bases
Glove 45 Poor lateral agility, lacks natural feel and instincts for shortstop, timid and stiff in movements, lacks arm strength for left side; enough athleticism to develop fringe-average utility at second
Arm 40 Below-average arm strength, low arm slot, lacks velocity and carry on throws from short, needs to load up considerably to get throws across the diamond, below-average accuracy

Mountcastle is an above-average hitter who brings both power potential and an above-average all-around hit tool to the table. He produces power without selling out, making hard contact to all fields. He’ll have to move off of shortstop because of obvious deficiencies with his arm and glove. While his defensive questions make him a risk to reach his overall potential, it's a bat to believe in, and he projects as a bat-first regular with above-average potential at his peak.

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