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April 22, 2014

Notes from the Field

Sally, Florida State, and Southern League Notes

by Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser


South Atlantic League (Low-A)

(Ethan Purser)

RF Elier Hernandez (Royals)
6’3”, 197-pound frame (listed); starting to see some lower-half definition; room for additional mass and definition in his upper half; corner outfield profile; above-average arm will play in right; speed is currently average with multiple times in the 4.3 range; projects as fringe-average down the road; starts with loose hands just off the ear and loads low to just below his back shoulder; short, quick swing with great extension through the ball; plus bat speed; plane is fairly flat with a slight touch of lift at the end; clean lower-half actions; strides to toe and plants heel for trigger; lands slightly closed and struggles to get the back hip through on occasion; as a result, best contact is currently to the opposite field and up the middle, though he was able to get his hands inside a fastball and smash a double to left on one occasion during this two-game sample.

Biggest current weakness is poor pitch recognition against breaking balls; swung through more than a handful of curveballs during the two games; in one particular at-bat, whiffed on three breaking balls, failing to make the in-at-bat adjustment; possesses physical tools to be an above-average hitter with above-average power, but a long way to go with regard to pitch recognition in order to unlock these physical gifts; offensive tools are likely to play lower; ceiling of an above-average regular in right field (High 5); realistically a role 5 player (average regular) at maturity; still young enough to make the necessary adjustments.

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