Huge body - looks like an offensive lineman upon first sight; thick in the lower body; some girth in the mid-section, but relatively solid all around; impressive strength; moves well and flashes surprisingly agile movements; will always have to watch body, but looks like he is cognizant of that fact.
4/10-4/11, 6/27 (Doubleheader)
New Britain Rock Cats (AA, Twins)
Plays with some energy; can have a mental lapse; typically engaged in the game; enthusiastic with his peers; have seen no red flags with the player.
45; bench bat/part-time player
Length to swing both left-handed and right-handed, but will pull hands in when necessary; strong hands and forearms; quick hands left-handed; more of a max leverage swing right-handed, but will cut down when situation dictates it; overall batspeed is solid-average; crushes mistakes and mediocre offerings; patient in the box - shows a plan at the plate and willingness to use the whole field; will cheat and gear up for fastballs; length in swing hinders ability to adjust to good break; idea of strike zone, but will get fooled at times; puts the ball into play hard; can square up velocity
70 raw power; drives ball with arc and carry; impressive power in batting practice that carries over into game action; power to all fields from both sides of the plate; type of power than can translate to 20-25 home runs; lack of above-average-to-better batspeed will likely cause power to play down some against high caliber arms; can make it work as a slugger.
Very slow out of the box; speed not a part of player's game; station-to-station runner on the bases.
Does move well around the bag, but range is on the limited side; a bit clumsy digging out low throws; provides a big target for infielders and works to stretch out; won't hurt a team at the position, but isn't going to be more than adequate; engaged in field and trying to make the right play.
Accurate throwing to the bases; shows some arm strength when coming to home or firing after cutting off a throw.
Intriguing overall player due to power and knack for getting the barrel on the ball; not as much present swing-and-miss as you would expect for player of his swing type; tough overall profile - will have to hit big consistently to maintain status as a regular over the long-haul; needs to prove he can get it done against quality arms; can be pitched to, but covers the plate; gut feel is that this is a player than can carve out role on roster in the right situation - capable of popping a .260s 20+ homer season or two.