Tall and lanky; skinny, wiry body; presently lacks strength; frame is projectable; significant room to add strength, and he needs to.
04/22/14; 04/23/14; 04/27/14; 06/12/14; 06/19/14
Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
On a team consisting of players that visibly play hard, player's lack of energy and hustle standout like a sore thumb. I haven't seen improvements between initial and recent looks either.
Quiet in the box; minimum noise; simple, loose swing; sweet stroke; above-average bat speed; high hands allow for a quick quick and easy load; natural hitter; strong contact skills; stays back and balanced; presently lacks strength to finish swing through the zone, especially on the outer half.
Shows pull power; raw power hasn't translated into games; leverage in the swing; home run production in the low-to-mid-teens range is possible; significant gap between present and what is possible, because of age and frame; needs to add significant strength and fill out his projectable frame first.
Clocked 4.35 from home-to-first on a dig; docking a half-grade on the tool once he fills out; doesn't look concerned with getting down the line; lacks instincts on the bases; offers minimum value on the bases.
Mostly plays right field, but this is a left field profile all the way; below-average defender; limited by speed; struggles with reads off of the bat; inefficient routes; shows coordination, but doesn't look focused out there.
Below-average arm strength; long arm action; isn't an easy and fluid process; lacks accuracy for arm to potentially play up; left fielder's arm.
The player is only 20 with an incredibly immature frame, presently lacking the strength to extend through the zone after point of contact. But the swing is gorgeous and he shows natural hitting ability at the plate with some power potential to dream one once he gains strength and fills out his frame.
Elsewhere, it is difficult to bet on the player. The below-average immediately creates for a left fielder's profile, limiting positional value. Then, the speed tool is lacking, so there is little to none value being offered on the bases.
The ceiling is as a solid-average regular in left field with a bat-only profile, if everything goes right. But realistically, that probably won't happen. In which case, I see a part-time player, due to the above-average hit tool and some pop from the left side.
The risk is high, but exorbitantly so, due to the makeup concerns, large gap between present and future skills, and lack of value elsewhere if the bat doesn't reach its potential.