Looks shorter than listed height; thick, muscular body; built more like an NFL fullback than an MLB OF; quality athlete; explosive strength; lacks flexibility because of muscularity; physically maxed out.
06/14/13 - 06/16/13
Erie SeaWolves (AA, Tigers)
Intense competitor; can be too hard on himself; can let past failures impact him moving forward
Looked extremely pull happy during three-game viewing; pulled off a lot of pitches; short stride with minimal head movement; plus bat speed; hands get started a little late, leading to trouble with velocity; hangs in well against LHP, working oppo with contact-oriented approach; produces hard line drives when he barrels the ball; no ability to make adjustments to pitchers; contact is not consistently hard; shows willingness to chase spin/soft out of the zone; projects for lots of swing-and-miss against advanced arms; at his best when working left-center to right-center; looked lost at times; natural hitting ability is present but inability to read and adjust is alarming; prior hit belief in hit projection is in question; likely fringe hitter.
Fantastic strength and associated bat speed; line-drive-oriented swing that lacks loft; has power to all fields but is showing desire to pull the ball more frequently; raw power is usable despite swing-and-miss issues; when contact is made it is frequently very hard; has potential for lots of doubles and 15-20 home runs with everyday playing time.
Runs hard at all times; shows average home-to-first times; gets out of the box well; runs slightly above average once underway; lacks basestealing instincts but has enough speed to steal 10-12 bases with regular playing time; can be overaggressive when running the bases.
Not a good defender; left-field limited and below average there; lacks instincts; jumps are often late; routes get wide at times and direct path to the ball is rare; struggles coming in on the ball; plays hard and gives max effort on defense, just doesn’t have natural ability.
Short arm action; below average raw arm strength; lacks carry on throws and accuracy is sub par; no projection; arm further restricts defensive profile to left field.
No feel for the game; frequently tries to do too much; extremely hard on himself; very emotional on the field, particularly when things don’t go well; plays with extremely aggressive style.
Athleticism, bat speed and strength all intrigue; complete lack of feel for the game; any adjustments to opposing pitchers are completely accidental; will be a streaky hitter; has potential for decent average and pop when he’s going right; can be a complete black hole when he’s off; defense is not an asset; limited to left field only with poor reads/routes and a poor arm; solid runner; intense competitor; can be too hard on himself; can let past failures impact him moving forward; needs to focus on contact and working the middle of the field, rather than selling out for power; potential part-time role at the MLB level.