Athletic build; broad shoulders, medium-broad waist; body projects; lower half could thicken as body matures, solid strength already; moves well in field and on bases.
Nick J. Faleris
06/29/13; 06/30/13; 07/11/13
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A, Brewers)
Overall feel is impressive given age (playing full 2013 at 19) and dual-sport attention prior to signing. Tools are solid across the board and generally play up. Good energy; attacks all facets of the game with equal enthusiasm.
Good strike-zone awareness; hits from a wide base with slight rock into load; pre-swing head movement but generally quiet through delivery of barrel; slight tendencies to early lower-half transfer, forcing front-of-center contact and limiting ability to adjust to off-speed; swing can get long, but length not a fixture in mechanics – time to smooth out and more consistently stay compact through contact; bat speed plays, as does approach.
Some idea as to how to accelerate barrel through contact; will flash pull-side pop when he gets extended; swing currently geared to line drive; can work gaps and even drive oppo; low-double-digit home run and solid doubles totals seem attainable.
Plus underway, but out-of-the-box drag drops “playable” half-grade; straight line speed shines in center; candidate to drop to average playable once lower half fully matures.
Can really go get it in center; impressive feel for tracking, showing instinctual first step; comfortable going back and coming in to both sides; enough speed to outrun bad reads, but reads were generally good; can finish – leaves his feet!; aggressive/confident first step helps speed play up; could be above-average up-the-middle defender; has made impressive progress since signing.
Tick above-average arm strength; shows solid carry and good accuracy; quick release helps throwing game play up – knows where he’s throwing and gets rid of it; impressive back-to-infield feel.
Interesting teen talent. Overall value looks to hinge on hit tool; early signs show feel and ability to make adjustments. Still mechanical smoothing required, particularly in weight transfer. Defensive game ahead of expectations. Proximity to majors and general nature of hit tool development stand as impediments, but this is a guy I’d take in my system any day. On the cusp of first-division projection and minimal ahead-of-curve development could jump stock.