Physical Description: Looks
taller than listed height. Has grown significantly since
signing. Strong, large frame. Somewhat stiff and will have to
watch body as he gets older. Mature frame with no remaining
Hit: Starts open with his
hands high. Starts on front toe and never leaves ground,
utilizing toe tap. Short stride, lot of upper body in swing.
Long, rotational swing. Has a hole on the inner half; likes to
get arms extended. Pitch recognition a work in progress. Lot of
swing-and-miss in his game even if his strikeout numbers don’t
reflect that. Struggles with identifying secondary offerings.
Fringy bat speed. Below-average plate discipline. Potential
fringe-average hit tool.
Power: Plus raw
power but historically has had curiously well below-average
in-game power. Power comes mostly from strength. Will put on a
show in BP, but power has so far failed to translate in game
action. In-game swing fails to generate loft; hits far too many
balls on the ground. Needs to incorporate lower half into swing
to tap into power in-game, especially against more advanced
pitching. May have turned a corner in late 2019, hitting eight
home runs in his final 30 games after hitting seven in his
previous 291 games.
runner. Smart on the bases; will score from first on a double
despite lack of speed. Takes very large leads.
Field: Stiff. Minimal range. First base-only
profile. Uses height to his advantage, getting good extension
when stretching for throws. Shows good hands picking throws from
the dirt. Has played some left field but does not project well
there. Potential average defender.
Excelled against DSL competition in 2016, when he was much more
physically mature than most of the rest of the league. Missed
time with a back injury in 2018. Participated in the Fall
Instructional League in 2016, 2018, and 2019.
Summation: Potential bat-first organizational player.
Bat will be tested as he progresses through the system as he has
yet to show the bat speed or approach to succeed against more
advanced pitching. Development will depend largely on fixing his
issue of failing to tap into his raw power at all. First
base-only defensive profile, so will have to hit both for
average and power. High risk prospect with low floor due to
potential for swing and miss.
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