By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
April 14, 2009
Shortstop, USC (2009 Draft)
HT: 6-3 WT: 180 B/T: R/R
Games Seen: 4, Innings: 36
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tall and lean frame with long loose limbs. Has an athletic body with large hands and feet. A big man with good body control. Runs with long, graceful strides.
STRENGTHS: Polished amateur spray hitter with inside-out approach, capable of producing above-average major league average and slightly-above average power. Handsy swing generates above-average bat speed. Still head and balance, bat head does not drag, bat stays in hitting zone, shows plate coverage, good rhythmic hitter, good load and trigger. Hands stay back at swing and at take. Short strider, firm front side, keeps foundation. Defensively, soft hands, average arm, average release, average range, will field what he gets to. Heady player whose instincts will help him maximize physical skills.
WEAKNESSES: Must get physically stronger and continue to develop more consistent all-fields power approach. Still getting comfortable in new swing adapted late in amateur career. Won’t have immediate pure power for corner infield position and must continue to develop pitch selection. Defensively, AVG arm for 3B, AVG range for SS, could play both, but might be best suited as offensive-oriented 2B.
SUMMARY: Very desirable amateur product because of his bat; a good enough athlete to make it work in the infield, suitable arm, hands and athleticism. A frame to add muscle later on, but should be conscious not to lose flexibility. Reminds me of Rangers’ Michael Young.
Add one OFP point for athleticism, instincts and work ethic.
Overall Future Potential: 55
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