Physical Description: Strong,
athletic build. Strong lower half. Some remaining projection,
but already physically developed for his age.
Starts crouched with an open stance. Long, uppercut swing. Quick
hands, above-average bat speed. Does a good job utilizing his
lower half. Will take what the pitcher gives him and use all
fields. Needs to improve pitch recognition and cut down on
swing-and-miss. Has a lot of trouble picking up breaking balls,
particularly from left-handers. Had a heavy platoon split in
2019, striking out 45 percent of the time against LHP, albeit in
just 31 plate appearances. Has an idea of what he wants to do at
the plate, but over-aggressiveness and swing-and-miss issues
hold him back. Potential below-average hit tool.
Power: Plus raw power. Shows easy power during batting
practice. Swing has loft and can drive the ball with backspin.
Power is most notable to the pull side. Potential to develop
above-average game power at his peak.
Fringe-average speed. Aggressive on the basepaths. Gets good
jumps and reads.
Field: Reads and first
step need some development. Won't be a standout defender, but
should develop into an average outfielder at least. Drafted as a
center fielder, but moved to right field full-time in 2019 with
Arm: Above-average arm strength. Plenty of arm
for right field. Arm is accurate, but lacks carry at times.
Career Notes: Was
committed to the University of Maryland. After being drafted,
suffered a small fracture in his left wrist during batting
practice before his pro debut, and was limited to playing in the
season's final two games. Had short IL stints in 2019 for a right
ankle contusion and a right hamstring strain. Participated in
the 2018 and 2020 Fall Instructional League.
Summation: Potential bat-first, bench corner
outfielder. If bat continues to develop, ceiling of an everyday
player. Bat-first profile, with enough power to carry him in a
corner outfield spot if his hit tool develops. Has shown strong
instincts and plays hard, getting the most out of his tools.
Approach and hit tool will determine his future potential, as he
really has to cut down on his swing-and-miss or will be exposed
by more advanced pitching. Still early in development having not
faced much advanced pitching as a high schooler in the
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