Physical Description: Strong,
imposing frame. Thick, fully developed lower half. Some
remaining projection in his upper body, but strong already. 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
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 a high school draftee. Utilizes all fields. Will always
have some swing-and-miss and holes in his swing. Has shown
willingness to try adjustments to swing and to abandon them if
they are not working. Has clear two-strike approach in which he
widens his stance and chokes up on the bat. Potential to develop
strong plate discipline skills in the future. Needs to continue
to refine approach and pitch recognition, but has the 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. Moves well enough for
first base. Potential above-average defender there. Drafted as a
third baseman but footwork was choppy, 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 in his pre-pitch setup and swing all the time, 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). Was a late
addition to the Alternate Training Site in 2020, where he
impressed as one of the best hitters 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. Received a non-roster invitation to
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.
Potential 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 and 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.
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