Physical Description: Thick,
physically mature frame. Minimal remaining projection. Will have
to watch his body as he gets older.
Starts square and utilizes a quick leg kick timing device. Has
bat speed. Takes a second to get going, but has 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.
Approach is a work in progress. Very aggressive early in counts
and chases too often. Has had trouble making contact against
better pitching and against velocity, especially when up in the
zone. Will always have swing-and-miss in his game. Has struggled
with velocity in the mid-90s and higher. Did show some
improvement against velocity after 2022 promotion to Greenville,
but struggled again in 2023 against plus velocity. Will make
contact, but struggles to impact the ball against that type of
velocity. Potential fringe-average hit tool.
Power: Plus-to-better raw power. Raw power does not
have much projection, as he is already maxed out physically.
Natural loft in swing. Produces solid max exit velocities.
Drives the ball with backspin. Has shown all-fields power and
the ability to drive the ball well out of the ballpark.
Above-average in-game power potential.
Well below-average speed. Projects to get slower as he matures.
Field: Has split time defensively between
third base and first base, and likely will end up at first.
Showed improved agility and mobility later in high school, but
is not a natural defender at third. Lacks fluidity in the field,
footwork needs work. Below-average range. Hands work much better
at first base than third. Shows confidence picking balls in the
dirt and lack of range is not as much of an issue there.
Potential above-average defender at first base and below-average
defender at third.
arm strength. Has the arm strength needed for third base. Hit 92
mph on the mound in high school.
Career Notes: Was well-known from a young age
thanks to viral YouTube videos showing his power, such as one
with nearly 1.5 million views in which he hit an alleged
500-foot home run at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas at age
13. As a result, is still fairly well-known nationally and gets
a number of endorsement deals. Won the High School Home Run
Derby at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Recorded the highest exit
velocity of any player at the 2019 World Wood Bat Championships
(106.9 mph). Attended the same high school as Atlanta Braves
third baseman Austin Riley. Reclassified from the 2021 draft
class to the 2020 class and was therefore very young for his
draft class. Was committed to Mississippi State when he signed.
Participated in the 2020 Fall Instructional League. After being
promoted from the FCL to Low-A Salem in August 2021, missed
roughly two weeks before playing nine games and then missing the
final two weeks of the season, all for what, at the time, were
undisclosed reasons. In the fall of 2023, Jordan revealed that
he had been dealing with severe anxiety and depression that
required a hospital stay. Participated in the 2021 Fall
Performance Program. Participated in the 2022 Winter Warm-Up.
Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that
was canceled due to Hurricane Ian.
Potential up-and-down bench bat. Ceiling of a bat-first regular,
likely at first base. Really has to hit, as he is maxed out and
has a tough profile as a potential 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 his conditioning.
Ultimate defensive position is likely first base, but has a
better chance to be able to play at least part time at third
base now than when he signed.
Red Sox select Blaze Jordan with third-round pick (6.11.2020)
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