Tall, sturdy frame. Filled out, minimal remaining projection.
Hit: Starts in a closed stance and utilizes a leg kick.
Good plate coverage. All-fields approach. Likes getting the ball out over the
plate so he can get extended and work to right-center field. Aggressive,
looking to swing. Approach needs refinement, struggles recognizing offspeed pitches at times and will extend zone. Potential below-average hit
Power: Above-average raw power. Will show
all-fields power in batting practice.
Below-average arm strength. Has a quick release, but throws lack zip.
Field: Soft hands, average receiver. Struggles
somewhat when he has to move laterally and block balls in the dirt. Needs
to do a better job of corralling pitches in the dirt.
Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.
Notes: 2018 season ended due to a torn meniscus in his knee that
required surgery, which also kept him out of the Fall Instructional
League. Also played first base at Kentucky. Was a semi-finalist
for the 2018 Dick Howser Trophy awarded to the top player in collegiate
baseball. Wears the number 13 because he has undergone 13 surgeries around
his right eye since childhood for a condition called congenital
melanocytic nevus, essentially a birthmark surrounding his eye.
Summation: Potential up-and-down utility
player capable of playing catcher and first base. Ceiling of an offensive-minded catcher. Offensive tools are ahead of defense at this point, but
should be able to stick at catcher for the foreseeable future.