Physical Description: Lean
frame. Taller than a typical middle infielder. Long limbs, high
waist. Average lower body, still could look to add strength.
Looks listed height and weight.
Starts in a square stance. Used to stand vertical, but
incorporated more of a crouch as he reached the upper levels of
the minors, perhaps to attempt to create more upward plane. Has
lowered hand position to his chest. Level swing with loose
hands. Good separation in swing. Has consistently hit for high
averages throughout his minor league career. Fringe-average bat
speed. Inconsistent swing path. Long limbs, can struggle to stay
inside the ball at times. Has some trouble with spin. Approach
is on the aggressive side; likes to put the ball in play and
attack early in the count. Doesn't walk much. Potential
fringe-average hit tool.
show below-average raw power in batting practice, but it does not
carry over into games, where he utilizes a line drive approach.
Projects to have well below-average game power, capable of
hitting 5-10 home runs a year with 15-plus doubles at his peak
if given a full season of at-bats. Power is mostly to the pull
Run: Fringe-average speed. Runs
stiff. Not a threat to steal bases, but can go first to third on
a single once he gets moving.
Solid instincts and feel for shortstop. Quick first step and
long strides allow him to cover ground quickly to both sides and
when charging the ball. Solid footwork and average hands. Smooth
fielder. Projects as a solid-average-to-better defender and
should be able to stick at shortstop long-term. Began getting
occasional time at second base in mid-2019 to expand his
versatility, and got most of his playing time in the Arizona
Fall League at second in addition to emergency starts at third
base and left field out of necessity.
Arm: Above-average arm. Able to make all the
throws from shortstop when healthy. Has had recurring injury
issues with his right shoulder that have at times robbed him of
sufficient arm strength for the position.
Notes: Played travel baseball in high school
with fellow Red Sox draftees Nick Longhi and Shaun Anderson.
Reached 96 mph as his high school team’s closer, garnering the
interest of MLB clubs, including the Red Sox. Initially
committed to Florida Atlantic as a left fielder, but played
third base as a freshman before moving to shortstop. Missed
about a month after signing when a post-draft physical revealed
he had broken his thumb during the NCAA Regionals. Attended 2016
and 2018 Fall Instructional League. Missed almost the entire
2017 season due to a hamstring injury suffered late in spring
training that recurred multiple times during comeback attempts,
including once in his first game after being activated. Missed
the start of the 2018 season with a hamstring injury. Received
non-roster invitation to major league spring training in 2019.
Has also dealt with recurring right shoulder issues, including
in spring training 2020. Led Eastern League in batting average
in 2019. Played at the Alternate Training Site in 2020.
Summation: Projects as an
up-and-down player. Ceiling of an end-of-the-bench player
carried by his defense and positional versatility. Doesn’t have
much of a ceiling, development has somewhat stagnated in the
high minors. Won't stand out in any particular category, but
won't hurt a team either if called upon to fill a major league
role. Type of player where the sum of the parts make the player.
Not flashy, but is a consistent, professional performer.
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