Advanced feel for barrel—finds the ball consistently; lots of loud contact; approach ahead of competition; aggressive in-game at-bats, but has the hand-eye and pitch ID to hit in all counts; good extension through contact; good balance; natural hitter.
Already showing easy pull-side power—no issues driving the ball out in batting practice; in-game pop still more to gaps, but over-the-fence to come; playable power will come naturally, but can be helped along if he develops ability to “gear up” in certain counts; potential 20-25 HR bat that will rack up doubles as well.
Average runner; slower out of box than past viewings (4.39-4.44); straight-line speed plays in center, but not impact; good lines on bases help speed play up; solid jumps/reads off bat on both sides.
Near-prescient reads off the bat; physical tools should not allow him to get to the balls he reaches; could play a solid MLB center field right now; ultimate ceiling limited due to foot speed and thickening physique, but should have no issue maintaining quality production up the middle; reads, routes, and ability to finish—total package.
Solid-average arm with good accuracy; sets up throws with ease; clean footwork, transfer, and release; arm plays in center.
An advanced talent showing as one of the best in the Midwest League despite playing all of 2013 as a 19-year-old. Projects well as a no. 2 hitter on a first-division team with above-average production in center field and solid value on the basepaths. Some slight concerns relating to health, so a fully healthy 2014 would be nice to see. Chance to jump two levels next year, lining up for a 2015 debut along with a number of other potential impact bats in the system. Type of player any team would dream of having in its system—true first-division profile with good makeup.