December 22, 1994
Fort Lauderdale, FL
2nd round, 2016
College: Florida Atlantic
School: American Heritage (FL)
Chatham using size to his advantage... (3.28.17)
Physical Description: Good frame. Larger than a typical
middle infielder. Athletic. Some projection remaining in lower half. Looks
listed height and weight.
Hit: Starts in an open,
vertical stance. Slight trunk twist in load. Level swing with quick hands.
Good separation in swing. Slightly-above-average bat speed. Inconsistent
swing path. Long limbs, can struggle to stay inside the ball at times.
Approach on the raw side for a college draftee. Has some trouble with
spin. Approach is on the aggressive side—likes to put the ball in play and
attack early in the count. Potential average hit tool.
Power: Will show solid-average raw power in batting practice.
Projects to have below-average game power, capable of hitting 10-14 home
runs a year with 20+ doubles in his peak. Power is mostly to the pull
Arm: Plus arm. Able to make all the throws
Field: Solid instincts and feel
for shortstop. Quick first step and long strides allow him to cover ground
quickly to both sides and when charging the ball. Solid footwork and soft
hands. Smooth fielder. Projects as a solid-average-to-better defender and
should be able to stick at shortstop long-term.
Fringe-average speed. Runs stiff. Not a threat to steal bases, but can go
first to third on a single once he gets moving.
Notes: Played travel baseball in high school with former Red Sox
minor leaguers Nick Longhi and Shaun Anderson. Garnered interest of MLB
clubs, including the Red Sox, as a pitcher out of high school, reaching 96
mph as his team's closer. Initially committed to Florida Atlantic as a
left fielder, but played third base as a freshman before moving to
shortstop. Missed about a month after signing when a post-draft physical
revealed he had broken his thumb during the NCAA Regionals. Attended 2016
Fall Instructional League. Missed almost the entire 2017 season as the
result of a hamstring injury suffered late in spring training that
reoccurred each time he tried to make a comeback.
Summation: Ceiling of a second-division, everyday player. Won’t
stand out in any particular category, but won’t hurt a team either. Type
of player where the sum of the parts make the player. Not flashy, but is a
consistent, professional performer. Even though he is bigger than the
average shortstop, should be able to stick at the position long-term.
Potential to play at least average defense at short with a plus arm and
hit in the .260-.280 range with double-digit home runs.