Quiet in the box; low-maintenance mechanics; always in hitting position; fast, strong hands; tremendous hand-eye coordination; plus bat speed; very loose swing; incredibly balanced; excellent tracking abilities; despite long arms, stays short to the ball; pulls off on sliders at times; some swing-and-miss on fastballs on the inner third; ability to adjust within an at-bat; won't get beat by the same pitch twice in an at-bat; patient approach; plan at the plate; strong on-base skills; slight bat wrap in early looks that was cut down in recent looks.
Won't completely let loose in batting practice, but checks off the boxes for big power potential; swing is geared to drive the ball out of the ballpark; 26-28 homers in peak; fast hands that are short to the ball while keeping leverage; stays balanced to drive balls all over the field; already shows opposite field power; learning to lift balls for more pull power.
4.35 from home-to-first on digs; faster once accelerated; speed plays up due to off-the-charts instincts and awareness; always knows the situation; very aggressive; always goes for the extra base; seen him go first-to-third on infield grounders.
Makes all the plays of an everyday shortstop and more; makes jaw-dropping plays; quick-twitch muscles allow for quick bursts of speed in either direction; loose and athletic; soft hands; clean footwork; shortstop actions; knows when to charge in or stay back; off-the-charts instincts; makes everything look easy, yet impressively so; will need to move off of shortstop when age -- not his body -- catches up to him, just like everyone else, then will still offer great defense at third base.
70-grade arm strength; accurate; tremendous zip and carry; high-speed bullet train of an arm; straight, on-line throws that don't lose carry; makes the throws from anywhere on the field.
The player is the complete package, showing ability to contribute in all phases of the game, including with his intangibles, while showing present polish in addition to tremendous potential of what he could become.
The floor is a high one because of a small gap between present and future. But also because of excellent secondary skills; the defense will be there, as will the weapon of an arm. The patient approach at the plate will allow him to post high walk rates, boosting his overall value beyond the scouting report.
The ceiling is an easy to see franchise-changing talent that a team can build around for his career. The makeup is 80-grade and will energize a fan base in addition to teammates in the clubhouse. He won't need to move off of shortstop until he is well into his career, but that is the case with every player in modern history. By then, the value of his All-Star offense paired with plus defense at shortstop for perhaps a decade will make the switch to third easy to swallow.