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Forrest Wall

Born: 11/20/1995 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: 2B
Looks trim, athleticism intact after extended shoulder injury rehab last year, added strength to lower half, added explosiveness to stride, speed gains, has pretty well maxed physically
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 05/31/2018
Dates Seen ~30x 2016-2018
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2019 Moderate 45 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Fluid trigger, strong hands, advanced ability to manipulate barrel, quality plate coverage, line-drive stroke with all-fields utility; gets big in leverage situations, some ugly ABs with runners on, old vulnerabilities to same-hand spin and elevated velo creep back in, will lose top hand and slice off pitches, higher rate of INF pops and weak fly-ball contact; spoils pitches well, extends ABs;
Power 30 Strength to generate some loud contact, best swing plane geared towards line drives; will look to separate in hitting counts, loses swing when he does, limited game utility of fringe-average raw
Baserunning/Speed 60 Has gained a step with improved physicality, aggressive baserunner, solid reads and releases on steal attempts, efficient cross-over, multiple clean bags on above-average pops
Glove 50 Still tentative in reading contact and tracking, raw in space going back, plus closing speed into the gaps mitigated by present rawness of route-running, some projection for improvement, potential to provide average defensive value through fringe-average glovework across multiple up-the-middle positions on top of above-average potential in left
Arm 40 Mechanics have streamlined some on the move, more efficient catch-and-release, well below-average carry, below-average velocity, stretched in center, liability in gaps

The odd first-round (CBA) pick as a prep second-baseman in 2014, Wall has worked his way back from myriad serious injuries to earn a recent promotion to Double-A. The makings of a solid-average hit tool remain apparent, though lost developmental time has handicapped his ability to stay focused situationally, and he still comes out of his game and his swing at times. He's a good pure hitter, though, and has speed and aggressiveness to burn on the bases. Lancaster is a difficult place to learn outfield reads on the fly, so potential for significant development in that area in higher minors. There is a considerable gap to make up at present. He doesn't show an especially natural feel for center, which leaves him with a likely destination in left, where his speed can help him play as a solid defender. The potential for fill-in utility at second and in center opens up a path to some bench versatility even if the hit tool doesn't quite get all the way there.

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