Tyler McDonough Salem Red Sox Second Base-Center Field

Age: 22
Born: April 2, 1999
Birthplace: Liberty Township, OH
Height: 5-10
Weight: 180
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: 3rd round, 2021 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: NC State
High School: Moeller (OH)
ETA: Late 2024

Photo © Bryan Green
Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 20, 2021 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Kirk Fredriksson
Signing Bonus: $828,600
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
Pro Debut: July 29, 2021 (FCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
Twitter: @tm_mcdonough
Instagram: @tylermcd_35

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  Physical Description: Small frame with minimal remaining projection. Surprisingly strong for his size.

Hit: Switch hitter. Starts open with his hands high. Quick hands, has bat speed. Strong feel for contact. Does not have much swing-and-miss in his game and has shown solid pitch recognition skills. Relatively advanced approach. Will take a walk, but also will be aggressive when the situation calls for it. Potential average hit tool.

Power: Has shown all-fields power. Swing is more geared to hard line drives in the gap, but has the ability to drive it out as well. Average power potential.

Run: Above-average speed. Good baserunning instincts. Will take the extra base when it is there and steal a base in the right situation.

Field: Utility profile capable of playing several positions. Has played catcher, second base, third base, and center field in the past. Played center field his draft year, but likely to be a second basemen primarily in pro ball. Team plans to expose him to multiple positions in the minor leagues. Quick with good instincts. Soft hands, solid all-around defensive profile. Potential average-to-better defender.
  Arm: Average arm strength.

Career Notes: Attended the same high school as 14 big leaguers including Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin. Named Second Team All-ACC in 2019 and 2021 and to the ACC All-Freshman team in 2019.

Summation: Potential utility type at the major league level. High floor, but does not have much of a ceiling. Lacks a true carrying tool, but has five average-ish tools. Sum-of-all-parts profile. Strong defensive versatility and contact skills will carry him through the system.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

Red Sox select Tyler McDonough with third-round pick (7.12.21)
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2019 NC State ACC NCAA --- 20 30 127 21 45 8 0 3 26 62 10 20 6 1 0.354 0.404 0.488 0.892
  2020 NC State ACC NCAA --- 21 17 65 17 23 4 0 3 16 36 14 10 7 0 0.354 0.457 0.554 1.011
  2021 NC State ACC NCAA --- 22 55 233 58 79 21 1 15 45 147 33 48 13 4 0.339 0.423 0.631 1.054
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 22     stats                            
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 22     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Second Team All-ACC (2019)
All-Freshman ACC (2019)
Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American (2019)
Perfect Game Freshman All-American (2019)
Baseball America Freshman All-American (2019)

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