Physical Description: Thick,
physically mature frame. Minimal remaining projection. Will have
to watch his body as he gets older. Lost weight and did a much
better job maintaining his conditioning as he got older in high
Hit: Starts square and utilizes
a quick leg kick timing device. Mature approach for his age. Has
bat speed. Quick hands and really whips his hips through during
his swing. Natural feel for hit and will make pitchers pay when
they make a mistake. Has had trouble making contact against
better pitching and against velocity, especially when up in the
zone. Struggled with velocity in the mid-90s and higher at the
2020 Fall Instructional League. Development of hit tool will be
key in order to be able to tap into his raw power.
Power: Plus power potential. Natural loft in
swing. Drives the ball with backspin. Potential carrying tool.
Has shown all-fields power and the ability to drive the ball
well out of the ballpark. Raw power does not have much
projection, as he is already maxed out physically.
Run: Below-average speed. Likely to get slower
as he matures.
Field: Will start his
career as a third baseman, but likely will end up at first base.
Improved agility and mobility with weight loss gives him a small
chance to stick at third. Lacks fluidity in the field, footwork
needs work. Hands need improvement. If he does stick at third,
projects as a fringe-average defender at best.
Arm: Average arm strength. Has hit 92 mph on
Career Notes: Very young for
his draft class. Reclassified in May 2019 from the 2021 class to
the 2020 class. Committed to Mississippi State. Won the High
School Home Run Derby at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Recorded
the highest exit velocity of anyone at the 2019 World Wood Bat
Championships (106.9 mph). Attended the same high school as
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley. Had been one of the
better-known players on the national circuit for his age since
starting high school, in part because of viral YouTube videos
showing his power. Participated in the 2020 Fall Instructional
Summation: Ceiling of a
bat-first regular, likely at first base. Really has to hit, as
he is maxed out and has a tough potential profile as a
right-right first baseman. A favorite of predictive models due
to his age compared to his draft class, elite exit velocities,
and bat speed. Needs to show he can hit advanced pitching in
order to tap into his raw power, which is his best tool. Will
have to watch conditioning. Ultimate defensive position is still
to be determined.
Note: This page will be updated with a
complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the
player in person.
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