Physical Description: Good
frame. Larger than a typical middle infielder. Athletic. Long
limbs, high waist. Some projection remaining in lower half.
Looks listed height and weight.
Starts in a slightly open, vertical stance. Slight trunk twist
in load. Level swing with quick hands. Good separation in swing.
Slightly-above-average bat speed. Inconsistent swing path. Long
limbs, can struggle to stay inside the ball at times. Approach
on the raw side for a college draftee. Has some trouble with
spin. Approach is on the aggressive side—likes to put the ball
in play and attack early in the count. Doesn't walk much.
Potential average hit tool.
show average raw power in batting practice, but doesn't carry
over into games where he utilizes a line drive approach.
Projects to have below-average game power, capable of hitting 10
or so home runs a year with 20+ doubles in his peak. Power is
mostly to the pull side.
Fringe-average speed. Runs stiff. Not a threat to steal bases,
but can go first to third on a single once he gets moving.
Solid instincts and feel for shortstop. Quick first step and
long strides allow him to cover ground quickly to both sides and
when charging the ball. Solid footwork and soft hands. Smooth
fielder. Projects as a solid-average-to-better defender and
should be able to stick at shortstop long-term.
Arm: Plus arm.
Able to make all the throws from shortstop.
Career Notes: Played travel
baseball in high school with former Red Sox minor leaguers Nick
Longhi and Shaun Anderson. Garnered interest of MLB clubs,
including the Red Sox, as a pitcher out of high school, reaching
96 mph as his team's closer. Initially committed to Florida
Atlantic as a left fielder, but played third base as a freshman
before moving to shortstop. Missed about a month after signing
when a post-draft physical revealed he had broken his thumb
during the NCAA Regionals. Attended 2016 and 2018 Fall
Instructional League. Missed almost the entire 2017 season as
the result of a hamstring injury suffered late in spring
training that reoccurred each time he tried to make a comeback.
Missed the start of the 2018 season with a hamstring injury.
Invited to major leage spring training in 2019.
Summation: Projects as a solid utility type
with the ceiling of a second-division regular who is carried by
his defense. Won't stand out in any particular category, but
won't hurt a team either. Type of player where the sum of the
parts make the player. Not flashy, but is a consistent,
professional performer. Even though he is bigger than the
average shortstop, should be able to stick at the position
long-term. Potential to play at least average defense at short
with a plus arm and hit in the .260-.280 range with double-digit
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