July 18, 1996
5th round, 2015
School: West Ranch HS (CA)
Photo © John Silver
Wirey, athletic frame. Lacks strength at present. Some projection
Hit: Starts square with his hands high
from both sides of the plate. Utilizes a slight leg lift. Swing is more
advanced from the left side. Looser and quicker to the ball. Bat drags
from the right side. In the early makings of developing an approach, but
has shown the ability to recognize spin and keep his hands and body back.
Slap hitter, doesn’t look to drive the ball. Uses his hands well at the
plate. Bat will be tested by more advanced pitching.
Well below-average raw power. Not a part of his game. Swing tailored to
gap power at most.
Arm: Average arm strength,
plenty of arm for second base, but arm would be fringy on the left side of
Field: Plus range to both sides.
Quick first step, can cover a lot of ground quickly. Soft hands, fluid
actions. Instinctual player, seems to find himself in the right position
on every play. Potential solid-average-to-better defender at second base.
Run: Average speed, but plays faster. Quick first
step, solid instincts allow speed to play up.
Had been committed to Southern Cal. Worked out and played for a college
development program run by Nomar Garciaparra's brothers Ramon and Michael.
Missed most of July and August 2016 after suffering a broken foot, and
missed time due to injury after signing in 2015 as well. Participated in
2016 Fall Instructional League.
Summation: Projects as an organizational type. Ceiling of a
backup infielder, but long way to go to reach that potential. Injuries
have limited him to 30 combined games in his first two seasons. Gritty
player, will get the most out of his tools, but playing style can be to
his detriment if leading to injury. Runs out everything, leaves it all out
on the field. How his bat develops will determine how far he goes as
defense at second base will be an asset.