July 18, 1996
5th round, 2015
School: West Ranch HS (CA)
Photo © John Silver
Wiry, athletic frame. Lacks strength at present. Some projection
remaining. Injury prone.
Hit: Starts square with
his hands high from both sides of the plate. Utilizes a slight leg lift.
Swing is more advanced from the left side. Looser and quicker to the ball.
Will sometimes get shifted to pull hitting left-handed. Bat drags from the
right side. In the early makings of developing an approach, but has shown
the ability to recognize spin and keep his hands and body back. Slap
hitter, doesn’t look to drive the ball. Uses his hands well at the plate.
Bat will be tested by more advanced pitching.
Well below-average raw power. Not a part of his game. Swing tailored to
gap power at most.
Run: Average speed, but plays
faster. Quick first step, solid instincts allow speed to play up.
Field: Good range in the outfield. Can cover ground.
Needs to continue working on reads. As an infielder, had plus range to
both sides. Had potential to be a solid-average-to-better defender at
second base, but style of play and related injury issues led to move to
Arm: Average arm strength. Had
plenty of arm for second base when he was an infielder. Now primarily an
outfielder, arm does not stand out. Likely best suited for left field.
Career Notes: Had been committed to Southern Cal.
Worked out and played for a college development program run by Nomar
Garciaparra's brothers Ramon and Michael. Has had significant injury
issues throughout his career; career high in games played is 65 in 2018.
Had multiple DL stints in both 2017 and 2018. Missed most of July and
August 2016 after suffering a broken foot, and missed time due to injury
after signing in 2015 as well. Participated in 2016 and 2018 Fall
injury history has limited him throughout his career; seemed almost a lock
to spend multiple stints on the injured list in a given season at this
point. Health issues have detracted from his development such that his
potential is now as a high-minors organizational player. Gritty player,
will get the most out of his tools, but playing style can be to his
detriment. Runs out everything, leaves it all out on the field. Had to
move off of second base, where he was a potential above-average defender,
for health reasons, which also limited ceiling.