Shows pitch-ID game and understanding of strike zone; generally handles barrel well and demonstrates good bat-to-ball ability; when clicking, produces hard contact to the gaps; can get defensive, leading to soft contact; room to sacrifice strikeouts in exchange for more purposeful swings when behind in the count; will drop a bunt, though average speed limits long-term utility of weapon; lots of room to project the hit tool – will require some overhaul of approach, but lots of developmental time available due to young age; back foot can lift, but strong front side helps minimize ill effects; comfortable working to the areas where pitched.
Minimal over-the-fence pop, but shows ability to drive gaps and pull down extra bases; high contact skills should help extra-base power play as he continues to refine approach; can create leverage through length.
Average speed plays to grade on bases; 4.27-4.35 home-to-first times; first step and ability to finish at margins help speed play up defensively.
Ranges to both sides and body control/hands allow him to finish plays at the margins with surprising consistency; lower half is smooth and sets up defensive game; soft hands and quick transfer; comfortable going deep into the hole, and will range behind second; pivots generally clean; chance to be sexy.
Plenty of arm for left side; comfortable throwing from various angles; accurate delivery on the run without losing carry.
Brother Oswaldo (Twins); significant ankle injury (2011) led to missed season; one of youngest players in Midwest League – turned 19 at the beginning of August.
Very interesting defensive prospect with up-the-middle profile and some projection in the hit tool. High risk due to proximity to majors and nature of hit tool development, but there’s a chance for an everyday player here, perhaps more. Ultimate production will hinge on hit tool refinement – could be a bonus if gap pop develops further. Could be challenged with High-A next year, or repeat Low-A to start season due to young age. Glove will be carrying tool, but hit might surprise.