Nazzan Zanetello Salem Red Sox Shortstop - Center Field

Age: 18 
Born: May 25, 2005
Birthplace: Bridgeton, MO
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd round, 2023 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Arkansas commit)
High School: Christian Bros. (MO)
ETA: Late 2027

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First Pro Contract: July 22, 2023 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Alonzo Wright
Signing Bonus: $3,000,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2027
MLFA Eligible: November 2029
Pro Debut: August 3, 2023 (FCL)
Added to 40-man: ---
MLB Debut: ---
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
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Instagram: @kna2zan

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  Physical Description: Tall, athletic frame with substantial remaining projection. Has plenty of room to add muscle as he physically matures without sacrificing any athleticism. Considered one of the top athletes in the 2023 draft class.

Hit: Starts square with his hands high. Toe-tap timing device. Quick hands and solid bat speed. Strong wrists and really whips the bat through the zone. Swing is unorthodox, leading to some inconsistencies at the plate, but has also had stretches of making a lot of hard contact. Solid knowledge of the strike zone for his age and does not chase out of the zone much. Could take some time to adjust to professional pitching, but has the raw tools you look for.

Power: Will show at least above-average raw power. Has shown the ability to produce high exit velocities and drive the ball over the fence as an amateur.

Run: Plus speed. Timed at 6.3 seconds in the 60-yard dash.

Field: Premium athlete who has looked good at whatever position he has played as an amateur. Fluid actions and good range, but might get too big for shortstop depending on how he physically matures. Organization will begin his development by having him play both shortstop and center field.
  Arm: Above-average arm strength. Plenty for the left side of the infield or the outfield.

Career Notes: Was named MVP at the 2022 MLB Breakthrough Series. Originally committed to Miami but reopened his recruitment in February 2022 and committed to Arkansas that October. Played for Team USA's 18U team in 2022. Impressed at the 2023 MLB Draft Combine. Signed for a significantly over-slot bonus

Summation: Premium athlete with five-tool potential, but has a long way to go developmentally. Has the potential to become a very exciting two-way talent. Strong work ethic and great makeup. How much he hits will go a long way to determining his future upside and it is unclear where he will settle on defense. At either shortstop or the outfield, has the type of athleticism and upside teams are always searching for.

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

Red Sox select Zanetello with No. 50 overall pick (7.9.23)
    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
2023 Christian Bros. HS HS --- 18 22 63 25 26 6 2 5 16 51 15 12 11 0 0.413 0.537 0.809 1.347
2023 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 18     stats                            
2023 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 18     stats                            
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