Build: extreme athlete; sturdy base; filled out equally throughout frame; strong lower half, legs, arms/forearms; no durability concerns.
Potomac Nationals (High A, Nationals)
Leader on field; saw nothing but hustle at all times; controlled game, in field to set up defense, by calling timeout in certain situations; had no concerns of immaturity on field.
50; Major League Regular
Above average bat speed; slight lift in swing; short swing path through zone; gets extended on pitches on outer half; showed present contact skills/feel for contact; advanced plate discipline and approach at plate; recognizes secondaries offerings well; lets ball travel deep into hitting zone; small stride timing; replicates swing plane/bat speed from both sides; showed present ability to use whole field.
Average raw; slight lift in swing; present ability to backspin ball to gaps; above average bat speed with contact skills -- ability to barrel pitches in all quadrants; will turn on pitches elevated -- punish mistakes; legit threat with legs will allow him to stretch hits into extra bases; present strength throughout core; will play down slightly due to solid-average hit tool.
Left side: 4.03-08 range; Right side: 4.11-18 range from home to first; swing allows to get out of box clean; 3.0-1 range from 1st to 2nd when stealing; hits top speed within first 3 strides; extreme 2nd gear; game changing speed; will be stolen base threat.
Solid reads and reactions off the bat; quick first step; range plays up; soft hands and smooth transfer when throwing; footwork can get rushed; fluid actions at SS; best suited for middle of diamond.
Quick release; strong throwing mechanics; plus arm strength; accuracy is a strength; enough arm strength to make throw in SS hole; plenty for left side of INF.
Wilmer Difo put on a show during my viewing. He showed present raw power and strength with premium bat speed and an advanced approach. I trust his actions at shortstop and he has plenty of arm for the position. Difo is a legit threat on the base paths and his speed is a game changer. His tools are loud and he put it all together last year and has continued his success this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in AA by mid-year this year and is expected to be in the MLB by mid-to-late 2016.