August 11, 1995
1st round, 2014
Senior HS (GA)
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2014 Top 40 Season in Review
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Slightly undersized but well-built frame. Strong core, thick lower half.
Minimal physical projection remaining. Solid athlete.
Compact swing. Wide base in stance. Starts vertical with a slightly open
stance and utilizes a short leg kick timing device. Has quick hands and is
loose at the plate. Possesses plus bat speed. Tracks the ball well. Swing
can get long, creating a hole on the inner half. Has a lot of
swing-and-miss at present. Still developing an approach, he is aggressive
early in the count, hunting fastballs and looking to pull the ball.
Susceptible to breaking balls, but pitch recognition has improved and
strikeout rate decreased as he has moved up the system. Ability to make
contact once suffered due to his tendency to sell out for power and try to
hit every pitch out of the park, but reined in that tendency to a
significant degree in 2017, leading to positive results. Has not
completely lost tendency to swing for the fences on occasion, and will pop
balls up as a result. Not a walker. Potential fringe-average hit tool.
Power: Could develop plus power, capable of hitting
25-plus home runs a year. Easy raw power comes from bat speed and ability
to barrel the ball with backspin. Has already shown in-game,
over-the-fence power, especially to the pull side. How much power
actualizes at the highest level will be determined by how his hit tool
Arm: Plus arm, able to make all the
throws from third base, including deep against the foul line.
Field: Not the most fluid defender. Footwork is choppy
and lets the ball play him at times. Hands work and has solid range. Has
the raw tools to be at least a fringe-average defender at third base, but
could have to move to the corner outfield or first base eventually.
Started playing first base in the 2017 Arizona Fall League. Played
shortstop initially after signing, but was moved off the position to third
base very soon thereafter.
runner. Wonít be a major part of his game, but could steal 5-10 bases a
year mainly due to instincts.
Committed to Clemson before signing. Played shortstop, third base, and
outfield in high school. Participated in 2014 and 2015 Fall Instructional
League. Missed six weeks of the 2016 season with a left thumb injury, then
broke a finger two weeks after coming off of the DL and didnít tell the
team until September about the newer injury, leading in part to poor
numbers after a great start. An elbow injury originally suffered before
the start of the 2017 season put him on the DL for 11 days after playing
in the season opener and limited him to DH duty until early May. Did not
play back-to-back days at third base until the end of May. Improved
previously crude approach by taking meticulous notes about plate
appearances since 2017. A non-roster invitee to MLB Spring Training in
2018, suffered an oblique injury early in camp and was shut down.
Consensus top 100 prospect entering 2018 season.
Has the potential to develop into an everyday regular. Needs to make major
strides defensively and continue to develop his approach and pitch
recognition. Will always be a bat-first player with potential for an
average hit tool and plus power. Bat would be an asset if he can stick at
third base long-term, but defensive struggles could push him to an
outfield corner or first base. Has already worked out at the latter
position, although he is an awkward fit there due to his height. Really
confident player. Enthusiastic; enjoys playing the game. Hard worker.
Student of the game. Injuries have slowed his development.