Medium-sized frame. Above-average athleticism. Has some
remaining projection in upper half. Needs to add strength.
Hit: Starts slightly open with his hands
high. Utilizes a toe-tap timing device. Quick wrists, but bat
can drag due to his lack of strength. Swing could use
refinement, primarily in making it simpler. Does not make great
quality of contact and struggles to pull the ball with any
authority. Can get slap-happy at the plate, looking to push the
ball the other way. Advanced feel for the strike zone for his
age. Above-average plate discipline; has always shown a
willingness to take a walk, but at times can get too passive and
look like he is taking pitches for the sake of it. Potential
average hit tool, but has the chance to develop into more than
that if he can add strength and refine his swing.
Power: Will show fringe-average raw power in
batting practice, but that has not translated in games yet. Does
not look to drive the ball and swing lacks loft, so in-game
power is limited to line drives to the gaps. Currently the one
major hole in his game. Well below-average power potential.
Run: Above-average speed. Speed translates
on both offense and defense. Still needs to learn the art of
stealing bases and improve his baserunning instincts.
Field: Strong instincts and reads. Very quick
first step. Really can go get it with great closing speed. Will
make highlight-reel plays, fun to watch. Potential plus defender
in center field.
Arm: Above-average arm. Plenty for any outfield
Career Notes: Tremendous
athlete, has been known to do Ozzie Smith-style backflips on the
field to celebrate wins and can throw with both arms. Was
considered one of the top players in 2016 international class
and was part of Padres IFA class that cost $78 million in
bonuses. Skipped the DSL and headed right to the Arizona League
in 2017, holding his own offensively. Has been age-advanced
relative to his level early in his career. Was hampered by a
hamstring injury in 2019. Played at the Alternate Training Site
after being acquired from the Padres in 2020. Participated in
the 2020 Fall Instructional League.
Potential bench outfielder who brings defense and speed to the
table, but ceiling is higher. If he adds strength and shows some
power potential, along with his hit tool improving, could
develop into a starting center fielder who posts strong on-base
percentages. Wide gap between his floor and his ceiling. Speed
and defense are known quantitites, but has a lot of questions
offensively, especially with his swing. Has always been very
young for his age and has shown a remarkable knowledge of the
strike zone. Exciting player who has the potential to add value
in many ways if he reaches his potential.
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