Small and skinny; wiry mold; athletic; projectable body that could put on more muscle and weight.
8/22/14 - 8/24/2014
Lowell Spinners (Short Season, Red Sox)
Nothing out of ordinary; professional approach at the plate and in the field.
30; Organizational Player
Average bat speed; hands are mostly quiet; drops back shoulder and flails at times; swing can become elongated against offspeed; average extension and does not have enough strength to make hard contact opposite field on balls hit off the end of the bat; unbalanced often at the plate; feet shuffle too much; feet will become tied up at times; below average pitch recognition; struggled with arm-side spin; good barrel control but swings at too many pitches out of the zone and lacks the balance to make consistent contact; swing is mostly linear and he was able to line two balls hard for doubles.
Minimal power; swing more linear than loft; minimal raw strength; likely adds on some muscle but power will never be a large asset in his game.
More quickness and agility rather than pure speed; 4.28 home to first; speed plays better in OF than on bases; lacks instincts currently on the basepaths; looked to struggle picking up LHP out of the stretch.
Best tool; shows clean routes; more agility than true plus speed; glides to the ball sometimes; excellent at balls hit directly to him; able to pause and line up ready for a throw; footwork in the outfield is excellent; maneuvers and manipulates his body well on balls hit over his head and behind him.
Fringe arm strength; not able to throw on a line while maintaining accuracy; best throws have a loft on them; wiry kid that can likely put on a little more strength and see a tick more arm strength in the future.
Monge is an athletic player that will ride his glove to the higher levels. The hit tool is a large concern, as he does not replicate his swing or approach often at the plate. There are underlying tools here that could eventually turn Monge into a fourth OF mold, but he will need to find more consistency in all aspects of his game outside of the defense. The risk is high due to him being in short season for his age 19 season.