April 14, 1992
free agent (Oct. 2010)
Scouting Scratch (5.3.17)
Undersized for a corner outfielder. Has a
filled-out frame with minimal projection remaining. Solid athlete.
Hit: Short, contact-oriented swing. Swing
is geared for hard line drives. Has greatly improved approach since he
entered the organization. Once a free swinger, now has solid pitch
recognition skills and knowledge of the strike zone. Still can be
aggressive early in the count, looking to attack fastballs. Keeps the
barrel in the zone for a long time and bat control has greatly improved
over the years. Was once primarily a pull hitter, but beginning in 2016
has been making hard contact to all fields. Is comfortable extending and
going to left field on pitches away or pulling his hands in and staying
inside the baseball on pitches on the inner half. Potential solid-average
Power: Not a major part
of his game given his size and swing path. Should have a fair share of
extra-base hits, but below-average power potential.
Below-average arm strength. Throws lack carry and zip. Best suited for
left field, but passable in right field.
Lacks instincts and takes poor routes to the
ball. Doesn't have a quick first step, but above-average speed gives him
more of a margin for error. Doesn't look like a natural outfielder. His
size and speed would suggest a center fielder, but hasn't played there for
the Red Sox since 2015. Fringe-average defensive profile in the corner
speed, but that doesn't translate on the bases due to below-average
instincts on the bases.
Was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the
Dec. 2016 Rule 5 draft and returned just before the start of the season.
Missed time in 2017 due to right hand tendinitis.
Summation: Projects as a bat-first bench
outfielder. Profile is strange, as he is undersized and has above-average
speed but isn't a great baserunner and doesn't play center field. Could
add value at the plate, but a team is likely to have better offensive
options who can play a similar corner outfield. If he could show he could
play even an average center field his value would increase tremendously,
but the Red Sox don't seem to have any plan to try him out there. Has made
great strides at the plate and is on the doorstep of a call to the major
leagues should the need arise.