Undersized, athletic. Some projection remaining, needs to add
Hit: Starts square with his
hands high. Toe tap timing device. Has some length in his swing
and an uphill swing path. Makes a lot of weak contact in the
air. Swing would be better suited to his athleticism if it was
shorter and more line drive-oriented than current swing designed
to hit the ball in the air. Has decent pitch recognition skills
and knowledge of the strike zone. Will strike out some and there
are questions about how his hit tool will play against more
advanced pitching. Struggles against velocity, especially up,
and against left-handed pitchers. Potential fringe-average hit
Power: Well below-average raw
power. Not a major part of his game. Swing is designed to go
gap-to-gap, rather than for over-the-fence power. Well
below-average game power potential as well.
Plus-to-better speed. Solid baserunning instincts. Seems to have
recovered fully from an Achilles tendon injury during college.
Field: Poor footwork and range and does not
look comfortable at shortstop. Has a tendency to rush plays and
has trouble fielding the ball on the run. At second base, is a
bit robotic and only shows average hands. Footwork is sloppy
there as well and it is unclear if he can stick there long-term.
Speed and athleticism might be best suited for center field,
where he has played a couple times in 2022. Potential
Arm: Below-average arm strength. Has a quick
release, but throws lack carry. Arm is best suited long-term for
second base or an outfield corner.
Missed his entire junior season at Texas due to a ruptured
Achilles tendon. Spent time with an independent team in Texas
coached by Roger Clemens during the lost 2020 season. Impressed
scouts during 2020 Fall Instructs. Did not make his affiliated
debut until 2021. Had the fifth-most stolen bases and third-most
triples in all of the minor leagues in 2021. Was acquired with
Jackie Bradley and Alex Binelas for Hunter Renfroe in December
2021 on the eve of the lockout. Participated in 2022 Winter
Warm-Up. Received a non-roster invitation to MLB spring training
in 2022. Broke Portland's franchise stolen base record in 2022.
Added to the 40-man roster in November 2022 to protect him from
selection in the Rule 5 Draft.
Summation: Potential organizational utility
player. Ceiling of an emergency up-and-down utility type. Could
stand to remake his swing in order to prioritize line drives and
hitting the ball on the ground more in order to better utilize
his speed. Lack of defensive ability limits upside. Projects as
below-average in the infield and could stand to move to the
outfield, where his speed and atheleticism would be better