Thick legs, undersized for a first baseman; already well built for his age, not much physical projection left.
4/18/15, 5/6/15, 6/20/15
Charlotte Stone Crabs (High A, Rays)
50, , major league regular
Starts with hands high; swing plane creates good natural uppercut, lifts the ball easily; bat stays in hitting zone for a long time; above-avearge bat speed; has a patient approach at the plate, but will attack pitches within the strike zone; will chase up, but generally maintains a strong understanding of the strike zone; whole-field approach; smart hitter.
Average power generated by strong frame and swing trajectory; ball carries well off of bat, creates backspin; power primarily to pull side; power production to straight away and opposite field will be limited to doubles, though he does drive the ball in those directions.
Not fast, but moves well for size, decent athlete for build; moves well underway, but not a quick-twitch athlete.
Above-aveage range, quick first step; soft hands, understands limits of when to range to right and when to cover bag.
Enough strength for position, quick release; neither asset or liability.
Bauers doesn't look the part of the power-hitting first baseman, because he's not. He has enough power for the position, but it's his overall hitting ability that will carry him. He has a strong approach at the plate that allows him to use the entire field, and enough strengths to hit the gaps consistently. He's a threat to leave the yard to the pull side, but he's still growing into the rest of his power. His swing is geared more towards being a balanced hitter, however, and he's likely to sacrifice some of that raw power in favor of average. It won't be a prototypical first base profile, but he should provide enough offensive production to warrant everyday playing time.