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Aaron Judge

Born: 04/26/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 7" Weight: 275
Primary Position: RF
Secondary Position: LF
Physical/Health
XXL size, but well proportioned throughout; built on a different scale; extremely athletic with well developed musculature; very strong forearms and wrists; broad, muscular shoulders and chest.
Evaluator Al Skorupa
Report Date 05/11/2015
Dates Seen 04/29/2015; 05/10/2015
Affiliate Trenton Thunder (AA, Yankees)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Medium 55 55; Above-average right fielder No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Above-average bat speed; tremendous strength and contact typically hard; tall, even stance; short, simple stride. Loads hand high and tight behind his ears; level, line-drive swing plane; very long arms; can be beat by velo inside; needs to get extended; hands often come in steep from launch point; below-average bat control; so large he lacks premium fine motor skills; selective hitter who will take a walk; looks for pitches he can handle, but can be passive at times; shortens up behind in the count; identifies spin poorly; vulnerable on outer half and low; will chase spin and soft; not prone to expanding his zone for fastballs, but will swing and miss in the zone; uses whole field, but best working center field-oppo/to right-center-field gap.
Power 60 70 raw; easy power; line-drive hitter whose muscle and bat speed will lead to plus power numbers; hits rockets; crushes mistakes in the zone; best power to center field, but capable of hitting it out to any field in any ball park.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Speed plays better in the field than on the basepaths; better underway; finishes swings with total commitment and often slow out of the box; smart baserunner; will take an extra base here and there but not a threat to steal.
Glove 55 Solid-average range in either corner with average reads and routes; smooth defensive actions rarely seen in a man this size.
Arm 60 Easy plus arm strength and plus accuracy.
Overall

Judge projects as an above-average big-league right fielder. Plus power and a high OBP will make him an effective hitter despite a high amount of strikeouts. Prototypical right fielder with above-average glove and plus arm.


Jhoan Urena

Born: 09/01/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 200
Primary Position: 3B
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Strong body, well-developed already, has gone from bad weight to good weight in the last six months;
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 05/12/2015
Dates Seen 4/27/15, 5/4/15, 5/11/15, spring training
Affiliate St. Lucie Mets (High-A, Mets)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 55 45, Second-Division Regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Plus bat speed from both sides of the plate; similar swings from both sides, uses leg kick to generate weight transfer and momentum; swing is longer from left side but also has more natural uppercut; good natural extension on swing; barrel control is good for such a powerful swing; currently struggling badly with breaking ball and off-speed pitch recognition in first look at advanced competition.
Power 55 Raw power is a High 6 from both sides, approach will limit its in-game utility; natural loft in swing; generates backspin on baseball getting good carry; will crush fastballs and hit enough mistakes out to have above-average game power; embraces a run-producer's mentality and attacks the baseball as such.
Baserunning/Speed 35 Already a below-average runner, athletic for his size, moves ok once under way.
Glove 45 Handles size well, average lateral range at present, though body could be an issue down the road; adequate hands, enough to make routine plays, though gets himself in trouble when he sits back on ball; can improve consistency on routine plays.
Arm 55 Plenty of arm for third base, good carry across diamond; release can get long at times.
Overall

Urena is a difficult player to grade at present because he skipped a level to play against advanced competition. He's currently struggling badly against breaking balls, failing to identify them out of the hand. Despite this, however, he's still able to attack fastballs and has already made an in-season adjustment, hitting better pitches than he was earlier in the season and putting together better at-bats. That quick adjustment provides optimism for his future. The plus bat speed gives him the tools to be an above-aveage hitter if he proves that his pitch recognition issues are more about lack of experience than they are neurological. The power is natural and doesn't require him to over-swing.

He'll never be an asset in the field, but he should be able to stay at third base through his prime, where his bat has the potential to be above average. There is still a lot of development remaining in front of Urena, but the tools are evident for a potential impact bat. If the pitch recognition issues remain, he could still offer enough production to warrant playing time and find a regular role, but will need to bat down in the order.


Cole Tucker

Born: 07/03/1996 (Age: 18)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 185
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Wiry frame; long legs; extreme projection left; potential for 15-20 lbs gain of muscle.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/18/2015
Dates Seen 4/28/15 – 4/29/15, 5/15/15 – 5/16/15
Affiliate West Virginia Power (Low-A, Pirates)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2019 High 55 45; Second-Division Starter No
Makeup

Hustles every single play; full sprints on routine grounders to second base; keeps a cool head after an error; very professional approach during both series viewed.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Swing is more natural as right-handed hitter; plus bat speed; quiet and loose hands; hands are quick through zone; displays adept barrel control from both sides of the plate; swing is more slap-driven currently as left-handed hitter; drives ball better from right side; bottom half is inconsistent; mild load and can get unbalanced; hips will leak when he gets caught in front; early signs of ability to recognize spin.
Power 45 Above-average raw power; linear swing from both sides of the plate; generates backspin when he drives ball; swing is not conducive for power and will play down, especially as left-handed hitter; speed will help play up gap power.
Baserunning/Speed 60 3.81 on a jailbreak; 4.12 from left side; shows quickness and a solid second gear; long strides move him quickly up the line; speed and athleticism plays on the bases and in the field.
Glove 50 Inconsistent currently; displays above-average range; speed helps play up range; reaction times are inconsistent; smooth hands; footwork is inconsistent; sometimes can get flat-footed or does not set himself for the play; first step is inconsistent; displayed progression from series to series; rushes plays currently; continued repetitions at shortstop will help to improve reaction times and footwork.
Arm 55 Plus arm strength; quirky throwing motion; throws from awkward three-quarters with a short arm action; accuracy concerns cause arm to play down in game; arm will play at shortstop.
Overall

Tucker demonstrated his potential throughout both series, displaying adept barrel control and the ability to drive the ball to the gaps. The profile is very raw, with a long development curve, but the tools shined throughout both series. The risk is high as Tucker is still marinating the tools, approach, and body growth, but the overall future potential of Tucker is a player who will be a bat-first shortstop with a chance to play average defense and provide all-around value up the middle.

Round Drafted: first round (24th overall), 2014
Why: Athletic player with potential for above-average hit and power from a premium position.


Tito Polo

Born: 08/23/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9" Weight: 184
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: LF
Physical/Health
Small frame; muscular body with quick-twitch athleticism; maxed frame with minimal projection.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/18/2015
Dates Seen 4/28/15 – 4/29/15, 5/15/15 – 5/16/15
Affiliate West Virginia Power (Low-A, Pirates)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 50 40; 4th OF/Below-Average Regular No
Makeup

Lively on the field; fun player; wears his emotions on his sleeve, but in a positive manner.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Above-average bat speed; pre-swing noise in hands will sometimes leak into swing; loose hands with mild barrel control; swing is compact and quick through the zone; slight leverage, but will shorten swing and the barrel path will become linear when he is down in the count; displays a mild leg kick and load; average recognition of spin; swing can become aggressive and will become unbalanced.
Power 40 Average raw power; swing has very slight leverage and is more conducive for contact; does not always barrel pitches; likely plays down a grade in game.
Baserunning/Speed 60 4.08 home to first; big second gear; displays agility and quick bursts in the field and on the bases; runs like a freight train on the bases; wild and overly aggressive.
Glove 50 Inconsistent reads and routes in CF; first step is inconsistent; displays ability to run down balls in gaps; speed and agility help play up some of these deficiencies; more natural in left but can play a passable center field; does not have the arm for a right-field profile.
Arm 40 Below-average arm strength; lacks carry from mid-range in center/left field; accurate throws.
Overall

Signed as an international free agent out of Colombia in 2012. Polo displayed flashes of his tools throughout both series watched, but the overall profile likely leans towards a second-division player because he lacks a standout tool. Polo is a high-risk player because this is his first run in full-season ball and he lacks projection in his tools and frame. This leads questions for me towards the ultimate ceiling, and I think he realistically settles into a fourth outfield or bench role.


Stryker Trahan

Born: 04/25/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 232
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position: RF
Physical/Health
Compact, thick frame; broad shoulders; power bottom; thick thighs; physically maxed.
Evaluator Mauricio Rubio Jr.
Report Date 05/18/2015
Dates Seen
Affiliate Kane County Cougars (Low-A, Diamondbacks)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 40 30 – Organizational Player No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Hands at ear level; pre-swing noise; slightly open stance; sturdy set up; above-average bat speed; leveraged swing; good approach; small contact plane; poor plate coverage.
Power 40 Plus raw power; strong upper body with a leveraged swing; generates loft and good backspin; ball jumps off the bat; power will play down in game due to poor hit tool.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Athletic player; 4.25 to first on a dig; will lose speed as the body fills out.
Glove 40 Gets low in the set up; doesn’t use his athleticism behind the plate; stationary on balls in the dirt; gets stabby with the glove; doesn't do a good job of closing his legs when blocking.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength; good carry; gets out of the chute very quickly; quick feet; strong glove to hand transfer; regularly records sub-2 pop times.
Overall

Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round, 26th overall, by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012.

He has power, a great arm, and he’s surprisingly athletic, which allows him to play the outfield when he’s not catching. His in-game skills leave a lot to be desired however. Trahan knows what he can hit so his approach is geared towards getting into a count where he can unload on 2-0 fastballs. He doesn’t fare well when he has to come back in an at-bat and his plate coverage is poor. Trahan’s athleticism doesn’t translate behind the plate; his blocking ability is below average and he doesn’t move well side to side.


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batts40
5/21
I feel like I can subtract one from my usual number of cups of coffee each morning one of these articles pops up on my screen. Probably my favorite series on BP, great stuff as always.
TGT969
5/21
Thanks for profiling 2 young Bucs: both are a long way away from PNC
but everyone is looking foreword to Tucker.
batts40
5/22
Tito Polo has to be at least a 70 name.