Compact; strong; well built; limited physical projection; average athlete.
06/14/13 - 06/16/13
Buffalo Bisons (AAA, Blue Jays)
Hard-nosed player; gamer type; knows the game; plays with energy; shows intelligence and is a quick learner on the field; intangibles stack up well and enhance the overall tool profile.
Track record of hitting is extensive; simple swing; very quiet pre-pitch routine with limited stride, small load and consistent head and hand position; gets the bat to the hitting zone consistently; regularly on time to the zone; very balanced overall; handles velocity; feel for contact is exceptional; will occasionally get too confident in his ability to hit and swings at pitches he can’t drive, resulting in some weak contact; sprays the ball; line-drive stroke; mature in the box; potential plus hit with contact-heavy approach and limited ability/desire to work counts.
Gap power to all fields; line drives from line to line; doesn’t make serious impact on the ball but can drive it some; limited home run potential at the highest level; bat speed does not stand out; swing is contact oriented and not necessarily conducive to big power; could hit 25-plus doubles with consistent playing time; could come into slightly more power with improved willingness to look for pitches to hammer.
Not a burner; average home-to-first; gets out of the box well and shows max effort at all times; good instincts on the bases; can look a little choppy down the line but gets the job done in the end; aggressive taking extra bases and not afraid to try and make things happen; could steal 10-15 bases annually; speed plays up on defense because of instincts.
Surprised with ability to handle center field at a passable level; projects better on a corner; success in center field was result of instincts rather than raw speed; could handle the position on an infrequent basis at the major-league level; decent jumps; routes are crisp and to the spot; looks comfortable and confident; plays hard and will sell out to make plays; average glove overall with versatility for all three spots.
Showed average arm strength in three-game sample; deep throws from center field required a fair amount of arc to reach target; accuracy was good; arm doesn’t hold him back defensively but it is not a true asset either; arm fits best in left field.
Hit utility is very impressive; knack for getting the barrel to the ball; doesn’t have a ton of power but hits it hard enough to pick up some doubles and avoid the slap hitter tag; offensive profile will be batting-average driven but has natural feel for the craft to make it work; defensive ability is a little surprising with potential to handle center field in a pinch; ability to play center field helps the overall profile; arm and speed are average; speed can play up at times thanks to instincts; heady player; plays the game hard; manager’s dream in terms of effort; fourth outfield floor and could carve out a career as a solid second-division guy.