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Steele Walker

Born: 07/30/1996 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 209
Primary Position: CF
Stout and muscular, probably closer to 200 pounds than listed 190. Physical and athletic with some twitch.
Evaluator Ben Spanier
Report Date 07/17/2019
Dates Seen May/June/July 2019
Affiliate Winston-Salem Dash (High A, White Sox)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2021 Medium 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Uphill bat path, and there is some natural swing-and-miss built in as swing can get slightly stiff. Has above-average bat speed that allows him to get to good velocity inside or up in the zone. Very good approach, fewer strikeouts than one would expect from this profile, draws his share of walks. Generally looks to drive the ball but has shown the ability to sit back and drive off-speed stuff the other way against lefties especially, despite flinching a bit on some breaking ball takes.
Power 60 Combination of strength and bat speed leads to raw that is probably better than plus. Still working on getting to it completely in-game, but I've seen him hit one or two mammoth shots. Most of the pop I've seen is to the pull side, but he has at least doubles power into the opposite gap. Looks to drive the ball early in counts, to the pull side especially. Good approach allows him to work the count to his advantage and wait for pitches he can whale on.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Average speed, solid base-runner. Won't add or subtract a whole lot there. Runs hard and occasionally kicks up dust trying to beat out grounders.
Glove 50 Overall defensive skillset is solid-average. Has just enough range and arm for center, but is more workmanlike and competent than overly impressive there. Profiles better in a corner, probably left.
Arm 50 Decent and fairly accurate arm, just good enough for center but would play up in left and would play decent in a small right-field.

Best outcome would be a big league starting left fielder with power who can fill in at center and right. Less satisfying outcome would be a versatile outfield bench bat with pop. There is some risk in the hit tool as he climbs the ladder, especially when he faces more consistently tough breaking stuff, but he has bat speed along with a good approach and enough hitting aptitude to make the necessary adjustments. Bat will need to play.

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