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)
Description: Good frame. Larger than a typical middle infielder.
Athletic. Some projection remaining in lower half. Looks listed height and
Hit: Starts in an open, vertical stance.
Slight trunk twist in load. Level swing, 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 and is on the
aggressive side. Likes to put the ball in play and attack early in the
count. Potential average hit tool.
show solid average raw power in batting practice. Projects to have fringe
average game power, capable of hitting 12-14 home runs a year with 20+
doubles in his peak. Power is mostly to the pull side.
Arm: Plus arm, able to make all the throws from shortstop.
Field: Solid instincts and feel for shortstop.
Atypical size for a shortstop. Doesn’t get by on quick twitch athleticism,
but rather long strides that allow him to cover ground to both sides and
when charging the ball. Solid footwork, soft hands. Smooth fielder.
Projects as a solid average-to-better defender and should be able to stick
at shortstop long term.
Run: Average speed. Runs
stiff. Not a threat to steal bases, but once he gets moving can go first
to third on a single.
Career Notes: Played travel
baseball in high school with current 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, where he reached 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.
Summation: Potential 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 all parts make the player. Not flashy, but
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 shortstop with a plus arm
and hit in the .260-.280 range with double-digit home runs.