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J.D. Davis

Born: 04/27/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 215
Primary Position: 3B
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Big guy; broad shoulders, thick middle; higher maintenance body, potential for core to fill out with bad weight as he ages.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 07/08/2015
Dates Seen 9 games April – July 2015
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Moderate 45 40, bench corner bat No
Makeup

Nothing out of the ordinary to report.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Hand tight to back ear, mild wrap, small hitch to a moderate load; toe tap, noise in lower half, compromises balance during weight transfer; generates significant leverage; above-average bat speed; hips will leak early; below-average tracking against same-handed pitching; moderate command of the zone, will expand against velocity up and soft away.
Power 55 60 or better raw; highly-leveraged swing, natural lift, generates backspin and carry; pull-side game power, can take it out straight away when he extends; can punish mistakes but approach limits utility.
Baserunning/Speed 35 4.42 to first, lacks fluidity in start-up strides; body type to round projection down.
Glove 40 Lurches with first step, lateral movement lacks consistent balance; speed and big body limit range and mobility; good hands with soft give, makes the plays he can get to; reads spin well, shows body control in fielding on the move.
Arm 60 Short, quick delivery, easy plus velocity; above-average movement can affect accuracy on the move; sets feet well, stays in his mechanics.
Overall

Davis features two plus (or better) raw tools in his power and arm, but it's an open question as to whether either will ultimately play in-game. His swing is long with timing and balance issues that can be exploited by good sequencing and execution. In the field his poor foot speed limits his range and below-average mobility raises the question of whether his arm may end up a hidden asset at first.


Lewis Brinson

Born: 05/08/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 170
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Elite athlete; high waist, long legs, lean muscle; supreme coordination, graceful movements, elite vertical leap; looks to be a few (good) pounds north of listed 170; chest and shoulders can add more muscle mass.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 07/12/2015
Dates Seen 6/16, 6/17, 7/1, 7/12
Affiliate High Desert Mavericks (High A, Rangers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Moderate/High 60 55 Yes
Makeup

Seeks out coaching and instruction, keeps a steady level on the field.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Upright, even stance, high hands with modest wrap, strong forearms and wrists; minimal load, minor hitch, inconsistent launch point; below-average barrel control; generates separation; modest leg kick; plus bat speed with mild leverage, line-drive stroke but will sell out in fastball counts; below-average tracking and recognition, vulnerable to soft stuff; lacks two-strike approach.
Power 50 Raw pushes 60; plus bat speed, mild leverage, produces line drives with carry to the gaps and straight away; will sell out to the pull side in fastball counts, poor barrel control compromises power utility when he does.
Baserunning/Speed 65 4.12 from the right side; gets to top speed quickly; graceful runner, glides through the outfield; usable speed plays down at present on the bases; inconsistent crossover on stolen base breaks, raw reads off pitchers and contact.
Glove 70 Outstanding track and close defender; instinctual reads off the bat, advanced anticipation; plus routes with ability to discern trajectory; long strides, double-plus closing speed; will drift on balls over his head.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength, easy carry; low-effort throwing motion; inconsistent footwork can compromise accuracy, but correctable.
Overall

Brinson oozes athleticism and elite physicality, featuring four plus-or-better raw tools in a tantalizing package. While there are some minor rough edges remaining in his defensive game, he projects as an impact defender in center field. He's a borderline double-plus runner, though some of the utility is untapped on the bases due to raw base-stealing technique and inconsistency in picking up his coaches. These are all issues that can be cleaned up with repetition and coaching.

The development of his hit tool will determine the overall impact potential. The Rangers have overhauled his load so that he keeps his hands higher and quieter now, and while he's made notable progress in toning down swing-and-miss, the transition remains a work in progress. When the arms and lower half stay in sync he'll generate significant torque and drive the bat through the zone with plus bat speed and extension after contact. But he frequently gets his weight to the front side too quickly.

The defensive projection and speed set a high floor, and there's enough raw offensive skill to suggest potential development into a first-division centerfielder.


Ronald Guzman

Born: 10/20/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 205
Primary Position: 1B
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Long, gangly frame, high waist; looks an inch or two taller than listed 6-foot-5; body has filled out quicker than his ability to control it; lacks coordination despite demonstrated flexibility, long actions.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 07/13/2015
Dates Seen 6/16, 6/17, 7/1, 7/12
Affiliate High Desert Mavericks (High A, Rangers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 Extreme 40 30, organizational player Yes
Makeup

Loose and engaged with teammates, seems to enjoy the game.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Wide base, hands to ear with aggressive waggle pre-pitch; high load with significant bat wrap and a hitch; front shoulder stays closed; minimal leg lift, firm plant of front foot, hips fire late, average bat speed; long arms and torso, struggles to get to inner-third; feel for the barrel, moderate control; aggressive approach, below-average command of the zone, will expand early and in hitting counts.
Power 45 55 raw; mild leverage against right-handed pitching, none against same-side pitching, line-drive oriented; opposite-field approach, difficulties covering inner-third limit game utility.
Baserunning/Speed 25 Clocks at 4.44 and 4.57; lumbering first step, takes a good four steps to get up to speed; some second gear once everything's churning, but no utility.
Glove 45 Long first step; average hands, good size offsets some range limitations; struggles to identify spin on grounders, poor mobility limits ability to get down on balls laterally.
Arm 50 Above-average arm strength, poor body control and heavy feet in set-up; average accuracy.
Overall

Guzman has been pushed aggressively in spite of some off-field circumstances and a bat-first profile that remains extremely undeveloped. Across three series he's had a different starting position and set-up with his hands. The tinkering is an effort to mold together some of the intriguing raw ingredients Guzman will sporadically flash into a more flowing, consistently balanced swing. He's a below-average athlete despite some flexibility in his big frame, and while he projects as an adequate defender the bat will have to be the carrying tool here, and it does not currently project to be. His above-average raw power remains extremely limited in games, as his present approach is geared almost exclusively towards hitting line drives the other way. Poor tracking, length in the swing, and modest bat speed limit his hit tool projection.

There's enough in the toolbox to dream on a Major League career, but the extreme risk in the profile makes it difficult to project one with confidence.


Willy Adames

Born: 09/02/1995 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 180
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Long legs, good frame to grow into, solid present build for age but can handle more weight while still being able to handle shortstop position.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 07/15/2015
Dates Seen 4/18/15, 5/6/15, 6/20/15
Affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs (High A, Rays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Moderate 60 55, above-average regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Quiet stance; loads into elongated bat wrap behind head; plus bat speed with quick hands; aggressive approach leads to expansion of zone, though progress of strike zone refinement was seen in successive viewings.
Power 45 Power generated by strong wrists and bat speed; swing trajectory leads to fly balls, creates back spin; home run power currently on pull side only, development of power will hinge on approach and plan of attack.
Baserunning/Speed 55 4.25 to first base, speed is neither an asset or liability; should be an average runner during prime.
Glove 55 Smooth hands and actions at up-the-middle position; gains ground nicely through routine plays; average range; solid athlete; will make routine plays and shows creativity on those at edges of range.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength, quick release, plus carry; left-side arm all the way.
Overall

Adames is a very good shortstop who, assuming he doesn't put on significant amounts of weight, should be able to stay at the position. He doesn't have the elite range of some of his plus-fielding contemporaries, but he has enough to get the job done and makes the routine plays consistently. His arm can be a weapon from the left side.

With the bat, Adames a work in progress with all the requisite skill to be an above-average hitter and a plus hitter for his position. The application of his offensive skill set will hinge on his ability to stay within the strike zone, something he's already shown progress at throughout this season. He won't hit for significant power, but he should provide more power than many shortstops. If he reaches his ceiling, he'll be an everyday shortstop who can hit atop a big league lineup.


Jake Bauers

Born: 10/06/1995 (Age: 19)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Primary Position: 1B
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Thick legs, undersized for a first baseman; already well built for his age, not much physical projection left.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 07/15/2015
Dates Seen 4/18/15, 5/6/15, 6/20/15
Affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs (High A, Rays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
Late 2016 Moderate 55 50, major league regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 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.
Power 50 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.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Not fast, but moves well for size, decent athlete for build; moves well underway, but not a quick-twitch athlete.
Glove 60 Above-aveage range, quick first step; soft hands, understands limits of when to range to right and when to cover bag.
Arm 50 Enough strength for position, quick release; neither asset or liability.
Overall

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.


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