Date of Birth: 6/14/1997
Acquired: 2017 MLB Draft, 2nd Round
Body: Extra-large frame; long arms and legs; still developing physically; will add muscle and fill out frame some over next 2-3 years; coordination is slowly improving and should come together relatively soon; potential physical beast.
Hit: Work in progress but shows general aptitude; changes approach throughout at-bats to try and make more contact; shows willingness to go the other way, particularly when behind in the count; can generate hard contact to all fields; approach is solid with spin recognition and knowledge of the strike zone; needs to develop consistency with shorter swing path; can add length to swing during trigger and will have to adjust to avoid gaping holes on the inner third; potential average to plus hitter with adjustments and development against professional pitching. Grade – Present 3+/Future 5
Power: Massive raw power; some scouts suggest plus-plus on the raw side with potential for plus in-game power as hit tool gains refinement; generates easy bat speed and already has loft in swing to pull side; shifts to more contact-oriented approach at times and sacrifices some power; has ability to drive ball out of the park to all fields and should translate that to game action with experience; potential 20+ home run masher. Grade – 5/6
Speed: Below-average runner down the line; doesn’t get under way quickly; long strides; shouldn’t lose too much speed with additional physical development, but likely won’t gain any either. Grade – 4/4
Defense: Has potential to be quality defender at first base with good footwork and solid hands; popped as outfielder; shows good instincts through timely reactions and initial reads, along with proper routes; below-average speed hinders defensive potential and may limit him to LF; plus raw arm strength and must adjust to new throwing mechanics to allow arm to play in OF. Grade – 4/5
Arm: Easy arm strength; has had professional interest as a pitcher in the past; reaching upper-80s to low-90s; arm plays on the field; will have to develop outfield throwing mechanics and translate arm strength to that position; potential plus tool long term. Grade – 5/6
Other: Confident player; knows the game; hard worker that should gain strength to complete impressive physical development; work ethic should allow shift to OF to be successful.
Summary: Massive power potential; surprising hit tool acumen that should continue to develop against more advanced arms; as makings of a solid approach at the plate; offensive game could be .270+ hitter w/ 20+ home runs in the middle of an MLB lineup; shift to OF will be challenging but can work despite below-average running speed; potential everyday player.
Risk: High risk; Development requires continued positive physical and hit tool development; could slide back down defensive spectrum.
Projection: Huge upside because of offensive profile; chance to be impact bat at MLB Level; bat will carry the overall profile even if OF transition is successful; developmental path could take time and may only allow one level each season through the system.