Physical Description: Was
extremely loose and athletic, but has lost some of that
athleticism as he has physically matured. Is still an
above-average athlete. Lower half is filled out. Has transformed
his body since signing; once on the skinny side, is now thick
Hit: High-variance hit
tool. Quick hands, but bat drags some. Solid contact skills.
Very flat swing. A natural right-handed hitter, started hitting
from the left side in the fall of 2017. Has made strides with
his left-handed swing, but it is still a work in progress.
Starts open in a crouch and utilizes a toe tap timing device.
Does a much better job now of incorporating his lower half and
staying in the box and on the ball longer than he did earlier in
his career. Still willing to drop a bunt down for a base hit if
the defense will not guard against that. In 2019 with Lowell, he
tended to slap at the ball, looking to put it in play rather
than drive it, and failed to effectively incorporate his lower
half. At 2020 Fall Instructs, he built on changes to left-handed
swing first implemented during 2019 Fall Instructs, starting
with a wider base and using a more pronounced weight transfer to
better incorporate his lower half. In 2021, left-handed swing
regressed back towards what it looked like in 2019, trying to
slap the ball and put it in play rather than impact the ball.
Potential below-average hit tool from the left side.
From the right, starts squarer and more vertical, and swing is
more fluid. Barrel stays in the zone longer and he generates
more hard contact. Approach and pitch recognition are raw, and
strikeout rates have increased as he has moved up the system.
Potential average hit tool from the right-side.
Power: Will show above-average raw power from the right
side and below-average raw from the left. Well below-average
in-game power potential right now, but added strength and
improvements with his left-handed swing could give him a chance
for more. Need to see it translate in-game, as his swing is
still more designed for hard line drives in the gaps than
over-the-fence power. Generates concerningly low exit
Run: Plus-plus speed. As he
has filled out, speed has decreased a grade. Will run
3.95-4.05-second times to first from the left side and 4.12-4.15
seconds from the right side. In the past, speed graded an 80,
timed at under 3.9 seconds to first from the left side. Even
with a slight speed downgrade, he will put a lot of pressure on
opposing defenses. Always looks to take the extra base. Very
aggressive. Baserunning instincts, reads, and jumps need
improvement. Stolen base numbers are not representative of his
Field: Plus range and speed make up for lack of
instincts. Jumps need work. Needs to improve tracking the ball.
Overall, has the potential to develop into at least an average
defender in center field as he improves his instincts and gets
Arm: Above-average arm
strength. Throws show carry and plenty of zip when he lets it
fly. Accuracy can be a tad inconsistent. Plenty of arm for any
Career Notes: Slipped
through the cracks and signed at 17 for a small bonus after
impressing during a tryout at the Red Sox Dominican Academy.
Started switch-hitting during 2017 Dominican Instructional
League to better utilize his elite speed. Led the New York-Penn
League and Red Sox minor leaguers in batting average in 2019.
Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and
2020. Was invited to major league spring training in 2021 in
order to allow him to get to camp sooner, given the delay of
minor league spring training due to covid-19 protocols.
Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.
Potential up-and-down bench outfielder. Ceiling of a
second-division regular. Wide range of outcomes due to how raw
he is and how much development he has left. Can dream on him
becoming an everyday center fielder who adds value at the plate
and in the field. One of, if not the most, athletic players in
the system. Improved physicality and potential to make changes
at the plate give him a better chance to hit and to hit for some
power, but has yet to successfully integrate those changes into
game action. Needs work to refine his defensive game, but has
the athletic ability and arm strength you look for in a center
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