October 27, 1993
3rd round, 2015; 38th round, 2012 by Minnesota
School: Campolindo HS (CA)
The Write-Up: Lowell (8.4.15)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review
Notes from the Field: Day Two of ST (3.18.16)
With change to mechanics, Rei putting 'terrible' debut... (3.31.16)
Description: Solid catcher’s frame. Sturdy lower half, minimal
Below-average hit tool. Starts vertical and
square with hands high. Utilizes a short leg lift and has minimal stride.
Doesn’t effectively incorporate lower half in swing. Has tinkered with
different swing mechanics since he signed, utilizing a high leg lift with
Lowell in 2015 and a toe tap in 2016. Slight uppercut in
swing path. Fringy bat speed. Makes a lot of weak contact both on the
ground to the left side and in pop ups to the infield. Approach is a work
in progress, but has shown improved pitch recognition and knowledge of the
strike zone. Struggles with velocity and will be challenged by more
Average raw power to the pull side. Almost all power is to left field
currently, and given his swing mechanics is unlikely to develop power to
all fields. Likes to cheat and open hips early to pull the ball in the
air. Below-average present in-game power, below average power potential.
Solid-average arm strength. Will pop slightly above-average times of
1.9-1.95 seconds consistently. Throw has some tail and transfer is a
Field: Has truggled with his receiving,
early in his pro career but showed improvement up the ladder. Does a good job
getting down quick and smothering balls in the dirt. Has soft hands and a
quiet glove. Potential average defender.
Career Notes: Suffered a torn
left thumb ligament during his draft year at the University of Washington.
While he denied that the thumb was still bothering him after being
drafted, his stunningly poor showing both offensively and defensively in
Lowell indicated otherwise. Was still wearing significant tape on the hand
at least in spring training 2016. Broke his foot in 2019 spring training,
causing him to miss the start of the 2019 season.
Upper minors depth. Won’t hit for much
average or power, but could post decent on-base percentage. Doesn’t have
the offensive or defensive potential to profile as an everyday type.