Quiet in the box; strong pitch recognition skills; selectively aggressive; comfortable hitting with two strikes; smart hitter with a plan at the plate; plus bat speed; plus strength; uppercut after contact; significant adjustments made; keeps weight back longer; going the other way more; over-stride shortened; cut down deep load; swinging less "hard" when in the driver's seat.
65-grade raw power from the left side; potential to hit 26-28 home runs at peak; plus bat speed combined with lift in swing; major-league strength; plenty of leverage; big frame; creates plenty of backspin for carry; now drives the ball the other way with authority; uses the entire field; not a one-spot power hitter.
Below-average runner down the line; more agility than speed; losing speed as he fills out; long, slow strides; not a threat on the bases; smart base runner.
Soft hands; limited range at shortstop; first step quickness is lacking; sets up high and tall; lacks looseness to get down; able to make the plays on balls hit to him; footwork can get a little messy; potential to be a plus defender at third base.
Plus arm strength; throws possess carry; on line carry; consistent arm action; release can get a little slow at times.
My first look at the player came in late 2013, after he was promoted to High-A in his first full pro season. He didn't look good at the plate, but was clearly fatigued and struggling with adjustments to better competition after a long first year in pro ball. He came into this year looking even bigger, causing me to believe in early April that he wouldn't be able to stick at shortstop for much longer. But regardless of his future defensive home, I was impressed with the bat, seeing 60-grade hit and power tools.
I may have sold his offensive talents a tick too low, as this could be a special bat. The player's improved significantly in areas of strength and weaknesses at the plate., as issues I previously had have been tempered. He is over-striding less, instead staying back much better, and its opened his power game to left field. The deep load that he got away with has been cut down, too. I didn't believe he would have to make either adjustment until Double-A, so this speaks to his work ethic he was able to clear up these things before they affected his performance.
There is mild risk in the overall profile; he's been dominating pitchers much older than him, including in lefty on lefty situations, while improving at a steady rate. The defense can be improved, but he will need to move off of shortstop and over to the hot corner sooner rather than later.