April 20, 2017
Notes from the Field
April 20, 2017
Hasn't taken steps to address previous concerns about hit tool; rigid one-piece weight transfer, struggles to time pitches; wraps his bat, lots of length into the zone; vulnerability to basic sequencing, expands north-south, big hole on the inner third, can only get there to clean pitches out when he cheats; will lose focus during at-bats, really wore his frustrations; generates decent bat speed with plane and strength to drive pitches in the lower quadrants; above-average raw power projects to play well below that, hard time getting the hit tool above a 30 based on prior looks and lack of demonstrated development in first two games this year; plus run tool remains, 4.28 off a high finish, will make mistakes on the bases; speed plays with utility in center, gap-to-gap range, fire hose with straight-line carry and plus-plus velocity; secondary skillset to project big-league future, hit tool deficit, concerns about focus and ability to block out negativity limit the projected ceiling at present.
Ruddy Giron, SS/3B, San Diego Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore)
Base has thickened, wider around the middle than end of last summer, still shows some quick-twitch reactions but doesn't translate to great athleticism; saw 2x at third base, has the reactions for it, still lacks for fluidity in his actions; struggles with internal clock and body control, jumpy hands, rushes plays; at the dish hitches hands up to trigger, launch remains inconsistent and elongated, has some bat speed but it's later and bat path is inefficient; leg kick, front foot gets down early, spends torque too early in swing sequence, loses loft; flatter bat path, doesn't drive pitches; average raw plays down to 40 game power; aggressive approach around zone, swing-and-miss issues limit hit tool to fringe-average projection; 40/30 player.