Physical Description: Tall,
athletic frame. Loose and projectable with room to add strength
as he physically matures. Likely to add
good weight upon being introduced to a professional strength and
Hit: Starts open
and vertical with his hands high. Quiet load with a very short
leg lift. Fluid swing with strong feel for hit. Quick hands.
Plus bat speed. Ball jumps off his bat and has already shown the
ability to turn on velocity. Knows the strike zone and has
strong bat-to-ball skills. Advanced approach for a high school
hitter. Will use all fields and does not try to do too much at
the plate. Potential plus hit tool.
Strong for his frame with good extension in his swing. Has
already shown the ability to drive the ball in the air to all
fields. Needs to add some strength, and if he does, will turn
doubles in the gap into home runs. Fringe-average power right
now, but has the potential for above-average to plus power at
Run: Fringe-average speed.
Good instincts, but not a burner. Will play faster than his foot
speed because of how he reads the game.
Instinctual defender with very fluid actions. Looks like he is
gliding on the field. Soft hands and solid footwork. Moves well
and has plenty of range for shortstop. Confident defender; will
take a flashy infield. Potential above-average to plus defender
Arm: Plus arm, plenty for shortstop. Able to
make all the throws with plenty of zip.
Notes: Was seen as the consensus top prospect
in the 2021 MLB Draft. Attended the same high school as ex-Red
Sox Adrian Gonzalez and Twins 2019 first-round pick Keoni Cavaco,
with whom he shared an infield, putting him on scouts' radars
early. Switch-hit when he was young but decided to focus on
hitting left-handed after the eighth grade. Was committed to USC
Summation: Has all the tools you look for in future
everyday shortstop. Game comes easy to him. Potential for four
above-average-or-better tools. Should be able to stick at
shortstop and hit for a high average with power. Hit-over-power
at the plate at this point, but both tools project as at least
above-average. One of the best, if not the best, defenders in
the 2021 draft. Complete profile on both sides of the ball gives
him an all-star ceiling.
Note: This page will be
updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team
has seen the player in person.
Red Sox Select Marcelo Mayer with the Fourth Pick (7.11.21)