D.J. Peters, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga)
Defense has shown notable improvement in center over second half; reads have gotten quicker and more decisive on balls hit at him, has become more comfortable moving in and back; several excellent breaks on balls in front of him lately, exhibits better body control on dives; arm strength is easy plus, LCF wall to third on the fly with carry; still exploitable with elevated velo, swing-and-miss will always be a significant issue; tracks pitches pretty well, stays on R-R spin, shows ability to spit on solid LH changeups.
35th-rounder from Lafayette in 2016, compact frame, bulk; aggressive tempo, tall-and-fall, inconsistent balace and timing at present, very poor repeatability; some sling to the arm action, high and tight, closed front side, struggles to clear shoulder consistently, balls sail high and arm-side on the regular; FB 95-96 with life, moderate movement; bat-misser up in the zone, lacks much plane, will give up some loud fly-ball contact; tight 75-77 CB, two-planer, can snap it off with late action; flashes plus, inconsistency well below that at present; impressive raw stuff, potential for a quality reliever with refinement.
Build is lean and athletic, has potential for added mass and strength as body develops; balanced stance with a moderate load, has added a moderate leg kick as season has progressed, above-average bat speed with mild leverage, some noise to the swing, stays balanced, shows bat-to-ball skills but will expand down and away on breaking pitches; power is mostly gap to gap doubles currently, could play up as body develops; plus-plus to better raw speed; potential plus defender, athletic, gets good jumps, still developing reads and routes, should improve with experience; average, but accurate arm for left field, would be fringe average for center; speed and defense give a floor of a reserve outfielder but with continued development of the hit tool there is a profile of an everyday left fielder.
Tall, lean with an athletic build; still has projection left for strength development; balanced stance, hands start high, minimal load with a moderate leg kick, quiet swing, above-average bat speed with mild leverage, shows a patient approach, will take walks, plus bat to ball skills; current power is raw and primarily to the pull side, could play close to average as body develops; shows plus range in the field, takes efficient routes; average arm for center, accurate with good carry; solid hit, speed, and defense tools give profile of and everyday outfielder, if the power continues to develop look for a breakout season next year.
Hudson Potts, 3B, San Diego Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne)
Young for level, tall and strong with sloped shoulders, athletic build, room for future mass and muscle growth; upright, balanced stance, minimal load with a mild leg kick, average bat speed with mild leverage, quiet swing, can lose balance and get out front on secondary pitches, will expand the zone vertically against velo; power is raw and primarily pull side, should play above average as body develops; upright runner, not a threat on the bases, average 4.35 home to first on multiple clocks; plus fielder, quick hands, smooth transfers, shows good instincts and range at 3B; Arm plays above average, strong and accurate; power and defense give a floor of a bench role player, but continued development of the hit tool would make for a profile of a major-league regular.
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