Date of Birth: 5/11/1996
Acquired: International Free Agent, 2012
Body: Small and skinny; premium quick twitch athlete; lacks physical projection; has added some strength over last two years but could still use more; well-coordinated.
Hit: Simple swing geared toward line drives; sprays the ball to all fields; must develop ability to lift the ball more consistently to avoid groundballs; can handle velocity and will drive fastballs; struggles to recognize and adjust to spin, even in obvious counts; significant swing and miss to game that may not evaporate as he progresses; profiles as singles hitter with speed and occasional gap shots; potential average hitter if he can refine approach and improve pitch recognition. Grade – Present 3/Future 5
Power: Swing is not geared for power and lacks strength to drive ball out of the park consistently; no power to opposite field; can generate enough exit velocity to pull side to get it in the LFC gap or down the LF line for extra bases; minimal projection to gain significant power as he continues development. Grade – 2+/3
Speed: Plus speed down the line and in the outfield; speed translates well to game action; has solid instincts that allow speed to play to maximum extent; body type to maintain speed long term. Grade – 6/6
Defense: Legitimate center field tools; can go get it in every direction; particularly adept side to side; reads balls well off the bat and makes quick breaks in the proper direction; judges balls hit directly at him exceedingly well; adjusts well when moved to corner spots; focused defender that rarely makes mistakes; max effort in the field at all times; potential to defend at any position and can be a true asset as potential plus CF glove; will have to adjust to second deck on ballparks as he moves up, but shouldn’t be an issue given his natural gifts. Grade – 5/6
Arm: Plus arm strength that plays across the outfield; gets rid of the ball quickly; travels well on a line with good carry; accuracy can be a little inconsistent at times; shows true plus arm regularly and likes to show it off when he needs to use it. Grade – 6/6
Other: High quality individual; good makeup on the field; understands the game well and works hard at his weaknesses; needs development time at each level and could be a late blooming prospect that figures it all out in mid-20s.
Summary: Smaller frame; speed CF type that can defend and throw in the outfield; has potential to hit for average with low-OBP thanks to an aggressive approach with a preference for putting the bat on the ball; plus runner that can use his speed in games; lacks power projection; needs hit tool to manifest to average or better level to be a consistent MLB player.
Risk: High risk; Profile is hit-tool dependent with considerable swing-and-miss at present.
Projection: Potential CF that can hit toward the bottom of an MLB lineup; defensive skills and speed give him a chance for MLB career even if hit tool comes up short of the mark; may need to repeat High-A as part of developmental arc; should be on MLB radar in 2020 and likely carves out a career as a second division or bench player.