September 6, 1992
Acquired as the PTNBL from Chicago (NL) for Felix Doubront (Dec. 2014)
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Notes from the Field: Spruill, Marrero, Hernandez (9.2.15)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review
Description: Average, athletic build. On the lanky side with some
Hit: Short, quick bat.
Starts square with his hands by his chest and brings them up and back in
his load. Good bat control. Shown all fields approach. Solid hand-eye
coordination and solid contact skills. Aggressive at the plate, likes to
attack early in the count. Doesn’t take many strikes. Can struggle against
secondary offerings, especially solid breaking balls. Will never take many
walks and aggressiveness could be exploited at the big league level.
Average potential hit tool. Began his career as a switch-hitter but began
hitting exclusively left-handed in 2014.
Power: Some loft in
swing, but not a huge part of his game. Average raw power, but
below-average power potential. More doubles power, could hit 25+ doubles a
year and around 10 home runs in his peak.
Solid-average arm strength plays at shortstop, but doesn’t stand out. Has
had some issues with throwing accuracy at times.
Good actions at shortstop, though long term value at position is still to
be determined. Moves well and has solid range. Hands are a little rough
and footwork can get sloppy. Should be able to play shortstop in a backup
role, but is not everyday quality defender. Defensive tools will play at
Run: Solid-average speed. Not a major
part of his game currently, though he stole around 20 bags a year while in
the Cubs system.
Career Notes: Added to 40-man
roster following the 2015 season.
Potential utility type at the big league level. Ceiling of a second
division starter, floor of a very solid organizational player. Doesn’t
have enough glove to profile as an everyday shortstop and bat doesn’t do
enough to make up for that. Could be a very valuable utility player who
can play an average shortstop, above-average second base and hit for
average with some power.