Physical Description: Small
frame with minimal remaining projection. Surprisingly strong for
his size. Above-average athlete.
Switch hitter. Starts open with his hands high. Utilizes a leg
kick timing device. Quick hands, has bat speed. Swing can get
long and out of sync. Average zone contact and chase rates. Has
a decent amount of swing-and-miss in his game, mainly against
breaking balls down and fastballs with good velocity up. Needs
to improve his quality of contact and improve his approach. Bat
will be tested against more advanced pitching. Potential
below-average hit tool.
Fringe-average raw power. Swing is more geared to hard line
drives in the gap, but has the ability to drive it out as well.
Below-average power potential.
Average speed. Good baserunning instincts. Will take the extra
base when it is there and steal a base in the right situation.
Field: Quick twitch athlete with good
instincts. Soft hands, solid all-around defensive profile. True
utility profile capable of playing several positions. Has played
center field, left field, second base and shortstop as a pro,
and also saw time at catcher and third base in college. In the
outfield, shows good range and closing speed. Potential
Arm: Average arm strength. Quick release,
Career Notes: Attended the
same high school as 14 big leaguers, including Hall of Famers
Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin. Named Second Team All-ACC in
2019 and 2021 and to the ACC All-Freshman team in 2019.
Participated in the 2021 Fall Performance Program. Was set to
participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was
canceled due to Hurricane Ian. Participated in the 2023 Arizona
Potential high-end organizational player. Ceiling of an
up-and-down utility player. High floor, but does not have much
of a ceiling. Lacks a true carrying tool, but has several
average-ish tools. Sum-of-all-parts profile. Strong defensive
versatility and contact skills will carry him through the
Red Sox select
Tyler McDonough with third-round pick (7.12.2021)
Notes from the Field (5.15.2022)