Physical Description: Strong
build with a sturdy lower half. Some remaining projection,
primarily in his upper body, but already physically developed
for his age.
Hit: 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 left-handers, 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. Needs to show the
ability to hit for power against left-handed pitchers. Potential
to develop above-average game power at his peak.
Run: Below-average speed. Aggressive on the basepaths.
Gets good jumps and reads.
and first step need some development. Will not 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.
Arm: Above-average arm strength. Plenty of arm
for right field. Arm is accurate, but lacks carry at times.
Career Notes: Committed to 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 limited to duty against right-handers. If bat
continues to develop, ceiling of a second-division everyday
player. Bat-first profile with enough power to carry him in a
corner 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. Needs to show he can hit left-handed
pitching, otherwise could end up in platoon role. Still early in
development having not faced much advanced pitching as a high
schooler in the Northeast.
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