Listed at 6'0 and 170 lbs, skinny kid with a thin frame. Needs to add some good weight. Not much physical projection.
5.3.2014, 5.16 - 5.18.2014, 6.7.2014
Kane County Cougars (Low A, D-backs)
I'm squinting for the 45 on the hit but I've seen him but the barrel on a few balls. The approach and pitch tracking don't pop out at me but he's shown a surprising ability to hit. It'll never be special but I think he can be fringe average from a contact perspective.
The balls that he drives are of the line drive variety as he has some gap power but the swing plane is not conducive to over the fence power. Flat swing combined with just average bat speed and limited physical strength.
He's an average runner, got him at 4.3 to first on a few digs. He's quick but gets to the top speed very quickly and doesn't really accelerate much beyond that. Runs hard but not quick fast.
He's smooth in the field with good fielding actions, good instincts out on the field and a solid understanding of where he needs to be as a shortstop. He's sound fundamentally and has a penchant for style. Really good footwork. The glove is his best tool.
He has an average plus arm that will play at short. Can make the throws from the 5/6 hole with accuracy. It's a It's not elite but it's strong enough to do well there. Uses good footwork on his throws. Sound arm.
Good instinctual defense first shortstop with the skill set to stay at the position. Not a whole lot of projection given the offensive profile which precludes him from a starter profile. Good defensive range and a nose for the baseball, definite shortstop profile as a smooth fielding glove first guy. Bat could get better but even then it's nothing special, could max out as a second division starter even if it does.