October 18, 1995
5th round, 2014
School: Neumann-Goretti HS (PA)
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Physical Description: Sturdy, strong build. Looks all of
his listed height and weight and still might have a little more
projection, especially in his lower half. Transformed his body during the
2015-2016 offseason, adding significant muscle, particularly in his upper
body. No longer has the soft body that led to projection concerns.
Hit: Starts with a slightly open, more vertical stance
than the one he employed when drafted. Utilizes a toe tap with a short
stride and his hands high, with short movement back and up to end in a
good hitting zone. Will sometimes use a small leg lift early in the count
rather than the toe tap. Swing does have a little bit of hook in it, as he
likes to get his hands out and looks primarily to pull the ball. Opposing
teams started shifting him to pull in his first full season. Could do a
better job utilizing his lower half in his swing. Has quick hands and
above-average bat speed. Hands work well at the plate and has lift in his
swing path. Likes to get his hands extended, causing him some trouble with
balls on the inner half. Approach improved in first full season,
coinciding with reports that new contact lenses greatly improved his
vision. More confident with his takes and is recognizing spin earlier.
Some reports worry that he is actually too passive; takes a lot of walks,
but could perhaps be better off attacking his pitch earlier in the count.
Will always have swing-and-miss in game, but has cut down on it
considerably. Potential fringe-average hit tool if everything breaks
right, but will likely play below that.
Plus raw power. Shows easy pull-side power, depositing the ball well over
the fence. Will flash some power the other way as well during batting
practice, but that hasnít translated in-game. Plus power potential;
capable of hitting 20-25 home runs a year and could approach 30 a year in
his peak. Reportedly hit several monstrous opposite-field home runs at
Fenway Park during a pre-draft workout as a high schooler.
Arm: Fringe-average arm.
base-only defensive profile. Is a work in progress. Lacks natural
instincts. Hands are not the softest, but will make the routine plays and
has improved at picking balls in the dirt. Projects as a fringe-average
defender at best, and likely will be below-average and fit best at DH.
Run: Well below-average
speed. Not a part of his game.
Career Notes: Was
committed to Indiana. Got
off to hot start in 2015, but cooled off in the second half, in part due
to South Atlantic League teams employing shifts against him. Was not
protected from, then not selected in, 2018 Rule 5 Draft. Participated
in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Fall Instructional League.
Summation: Ceiling of an everyday regular, but value is almost
all tied up in his bat. Power potential is impressive, but how much that
plays in-game will depend on how his hit tool develops. Excellent makeup
and work ethic; is always out early before games getting extra work with
the coaches, and has shown willingness to put in the time to transform his
body physically. If everything breaks right, has a chance to hit for power
and enough average to hold down a job at first base or even designated
hitter if his defense does not develop further.