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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)