Physical Description: SStrong,
imposing frame. Thick, fully developed lower half. Will have to
work to maintain body and athleticism. Very long limbs. Has done
a good job with conditioning early in his career, showing up to
2020 Alternate Training Site with a more toned physique.
Hit: Starts slightly open in a slight crouch.
Quiet pre-pitch. Utilizes a leg lift timing device and gets his
foot down in time. Easy load, hips really fire through. Plus bat
speed; whips the bat through the zone. Smooth, fluid swing,
especially given his size. Strong feel for hit for his age.
Utilizes all fields. Will always have some swing-and-miss in his
game, but for someone of his size, he has it well under control.
Will take a walk and shows a keen eye at the plate. Has shown a
willingness to try adjustments to his swing and to move on if
they are not working. Has a clear two-strike approach in which
he widens his stance and chokes up on the bat. Potential to
develop an above-average hit tool.
Plus-plus raw power. Easy all-fields power, but power plays best
to the pull side. Has the ideal combination of size, strength,
and bat speed for a power hitter. Ball really jumps off his bat.
Drives the ball with backspin. How power actualizes will depend
on development of hit tool, but can project for at least plus
in-game power at his peak and potentially more.
Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.
Will likely continue to get slower as he matures. Smart
baserunner, reads the game well.
Confident picking out throws in the dirt. Soft hands and
surprisingly fluid actions. Moves well enough for first base.
Potential solid-average defender there. Drafted as a third
baseman, but footwork was choppy, he lacked range, and looked
awkward fielding the ball there given his size.
Arm: Plus arm. Touched the low 90s on the mound in high
school. Would have been plenty of arm for third base had he
Career Notes: Originally an old prospect for
his draft class, reclassified in 2017 and graduated high school
early so that he could enter the draft a year earlier.
Reportedly put up some of the highest exit velocities in the
2018 high school class. Excelled in showcase events and led Team
USA in home runs and RBI on the way to winning the MVP of the
U-18 Baseball World Cup. Attended the same high school as Red
Sox draft picks CJ Chatham, Shaun Anderson, and Deven Marrero.
Had committed to the University of Miami. Tore the UCL in his
right thumb diving for a ground ball in his second game after
signing and missed the rest of the 2018 regular season after
surgery. For first month of 2019, tried to use a pronounced
crouch at the plate but struggled (.208/.284/.364, 35% K rate).
Returned to a more natural swing, saving crouch for when he has
two strikes, and improved drastically, posting great numbers for
his age even despite a July slump (.267/.364/.506, 21% K rate).
Entered 2020 season as a top 100 prospect. Was a late addition
to the Alternate Training Site in 2020, where he impressed as
one of the best hitters in Pawtucket despite being one of the
youngest and least experienced players there. Participated in
the Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and 2020, but did
not play in games in 2020. Entered 2021 as a consensus top 50
prospect. Received a non-roster invitation to MLB spring
training in 2021. Played for Team USA in the 2021 Americas
Olympic Qualifier and at the 2021 Olympics, where he hit three
home runs and was named to the All-Olympic Team as the U.S. won
the silver medal. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Entered
2022 as a consensus top 50 prospect, ranked as high as 19th by
Baseball America. Received a non-roster invitation to MLB spring
training in 2022. Missed 65 days with a high ankle sprain
between May and July 2022.
everyday regular. Ceiling of an all-star capable of hitting for
both average and significant power. Looks the part of a
prototypical bat-first first baseman capable of anchoring a
lineup. Projects to add some value defensively at first base.
Hit tool still needs development. Will have to ensure the
swing-and-miss in his game does not impact his ability to tap
into his power. Strong instincts and feel for the game. Great
work ethic and strong clubhouse presence. Student of the game,
really looks to hone his craft. Leads by example and is always
willing to put in the extra work after workouts for the day end.
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