Extremely loose and athletic. Standout athleticism. Some
projection in his frame. Lower half is filled out. Has
transformed his body since signing; once on the skinny side, is
now strong and physical.
Potential average hit tool from the left side and plus hit tool
from the right-side. Plus bat speed and very quick hands.
Unusually advanced contact skills. Started hitting from the left
side in Fall 2017. Has already made strides with his left-handed
swing, but it is still a work in progress. Starts open in a
crouch and utilizes a toe tap timing device. Does a much better
job now of incorporating his lower half and staying in the box
and on the ball longer than he did earlier in his career. These
changes, along with his added strength, allow him to make more
pronounced contact, especially to the pull side. Still willing
to drop a bunt down for a base hit if the defense will not guard
against that. Swing is more fluid from the right side of the
plate, which is his natural side. Starts squarer and more
vertical. Barrel stays in the zone longer and he generates more
hard contact. Approach and pitch recognition are raw, but
strikeout rates are very low due to advanced bat-to-ball skills.
At 2020 Fall Instructs, he built on changes to left-handed swing
first implemented during 2019 Fall Instructs, starting with a
wider base and using a more pronounced weight transfer to better
incorporate his lower half. In 2019 with Lowell, he tended to
slap at the ball, looking to put it in play rather than drive
it, and failed to effectively incorporate his lower half.
Will show above-average raw power from the right side and
fringe-average raw from the left. Below-average in-game power
potential right now, but added strength plus improvements with
his left-handed swing give him a chance for more. Added strength
has really helped him to tap into his power and hit the ball
harder. Need to see it translate in-game, as his swing is still
more designed for hard line drives in the gaps than
over-the-fence power. As recently as 2019 in Lowell generated
concerningly low exit velocities, but improvements are
alleviating those concerns.
Run: Plus-plus speed. As he has filled out,
speed has decreased a grade. Will run 3.95-4.05-second times to
first from the left side and 4.12-4.15 seconds from the right
side. In the past, speed graded an 80, timed at under 3.9
seconds to first from the left side. Even with a slight speed
downgrade, he will put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.
Always looks to take the extra base. Very aggressive.
Baserunning instincts, reads, and jumps need improvement. Stolen
base numbers are not representative of his true speed.
Field: Plus range and speed make up for lack of
instincts. Jumps need work. Needs to improve tracking the ball.
Overall, has the potential to develop into at least an average
defender in center field as he improves his instincts and gets
Arm: Above-average arm
strength. Throws show carry and plenty of zip when he lets it
fly. Accuracy can be a tad inconsistent. Plenty of arm for any
Notes: Led the New York-Penn League and Red Sox minor
leaguers in batting average in 2019. Naturally a right-handed
hitter, started switch-hitting during 2017 Dominican
Instructional League to better utilize his elite speed. Slipped
through the cracks and signed at 17 for a small bonus after
impressing during a tryout at the Red Sox Dominican Academy.
Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and
2020. Was invited to major league spring training in 2021.
Summation: High ceiling, low floor. Wide
range of outcomes due to how raw he is and how much development
he has left. Can dream on him becoming an everyday center
fielder who adds value at the plate and in the field. One of the
highest-ceiling players in the system and could establish
himself nationally with a strong full-season debut. Will flash
four average-to-better tools at least, but is raw at present.
One of, if not the most athletic player in the system. Improved
physicality and changes at the plate give him a much better
chance to hit and to hit for some power as well. Needs work to
refine his defensive game, but has the athletic ability and arm
strength you look for in a centerfielder. Possesses great work
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