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Colton Welker

Born: 10/09/1997 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 235
Primary Position: 3B
Large frame, some barrel to the chest, filled-out, wider base, maintenance required in the lower half to retain agility, physically maxed
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/11/2018
Dates Seen 7x April-June
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2019 Moderate 55 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Loads up deep on his back leg, leg kick into a long stride, generates good juice with his lower half, above-average bat speed pushes plus; can get stiff and steep, hands load high, inconsistent lifting the ball, will roll it over; above-average hand-eye, notable wrist strength, solid bat-to-ball despite some length and inconsistency at trigger; aggressive in zone, looks to damage the ball situationally, advanced zone command; approach, bat speed, and barrel control to project above-average tool utility.
Power 55 Hits the ball hard, plus exit velos off the barrel, hit balls will carry, above-average raw; present swing plane limits game utility some, projects capacity to make tweaks and get to the raw in games; all-fields approach, power mostly plays to pull-side and center.
Baserunning/Speed 30 Present 40, 4.35-4.5 on 7 clocks, lacks explosion in start-up, limited second gear, high-effort running motion; thick base should slow through maturity.
Glove 55 Significant improvement across first half, lateral agility and anticipation have improved, efficient crossover, gets down on balls up the line effectively, quality body control to the ground; steady progress coming in on balls, internal clock better synced; sure hands with a knack for squeezing hard contact; range will never be an asset, but good command of his radius.
Arm 60 Strong and accurate, compact mechanics with solid release times; plus velo across his body from the line, throws hold their line, demonstrated ability to keep his ball tracking on the move.

Former fourth-round prep bat is a physically mature 20-year-old who has made rapid progress growing into a solid defensive third baseman with good hands, agility to the ground, and plus arm strength. He's got some growth and development ahead of him at the dish, but he shows strong hitting fundamentals and projects to grow into above-average game power utility. Other than being a pretty slow runner there don't project to be a ton of weaknesses to his all-around game, and he profiles as a solid-average hot cornerman at the big-league level.

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