August 4, 1998
2nd round, 2017
School: Westfield (GA)
Scouting Report Update (7.29.2020)
Physical Description: Very lean,
athletic frame. Looks smaller than listed height and weight. Minimal
remaining projection. Doesnít have the frame to sustain significant weight
Hit: Starts open with a toe tap timing
device. Has already tinkered with swing mechanics; used to start square
with little incorporation of his lower half. Has also tried starting open
with a leg kick of varying heights as well. Shows a willingness to take a
walk, but can be overly passive at times and work himself into bad counts.
Lacks bat speed. Struggles with velocity, lot of swing and miss at
present. Hasnít shown the ability to hit the ball in the air with
Power: No power potential. Not a part
of his game. Doesnít hit the ball in the air enough and lacks strength to
hit the ball over the fence. Has yet to show even consistent gap power in
Run: Plus speed. Baserunning instincts
are still a work in progress.
above-average defender. Gets good reads in the outfield and has a quick
first step. Uses speed to close down on balls in the gap.
Arm: Fringe-average arm strength.
Notes: Was a highly regarded prospect coming into the
2017 draft after excelling on the showcase circuit. Underwent surgery to
repair a broken hamate bone in his right hand prior to senior season of
high school. Had been committed to Georgia Southern. Assigned to
Greenville to start the 2018 season, but was sent back to extended Spring
Training after extreme struggles at the plate, posting a ground ball
percentage near 70 percent and a sub-.500 OPS. Has improved groundball
rate somewhat, but still has continued to struggle at the plate.
Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018. Got some limited
playing time in the Coastal Plains League, typically a collegiate summer
wooden bat league, in 2020, and struggled at the plate in a small sample
Summation: Lacks a carrying tool to project as anything better
than a low minors depth outfielder. Needs to make significant progress to
re-establish prospect status. Doesnít project to hit enough to allow speed
and defensive ability to carry him. Will struggle against more advanced
pitching. Needs to add strength and settle on comfortable mechanics at the
plate. Doesnít profile to hit for any power, so needs to focus on a
contact-oriented swing and using all fields.