Physical Description: Small
frame with minimal remaining projection. Surprisingly strong for
Hit: Switch hitter. Starts
open with his hands high. Utilizes a leg kick timing device.
Quick hands, has bat speed. Strong feel for contact. Does not
have much swing-and-miss in his game and has shown solid pitch
recognition skills. Relatively advanced approach. Will take a
walk, but also will be aggressive when the situation calls for
it. Potential average hit tool.
Average raw power. Has shown sneaky all-fields power for his
size. Swing is more geared to hard line drives in the gap, but
has the ability to drive it out as well. Below-average power
Run: Solid-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. Utility profile
capable of playing several positions. Has played catcher, second
base, third base, and center field in the past. Played center
field his draft year, but played both center field and second
base in pro debut. In the outfield, shows good range and closing
speed. Team also thinks he can handle shortstop and could try
him there in 2022. Potential above-average defender.
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.
Summation: Potential utility type at the major
league level. 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 system.
Red Sox select
Tyler McDonough with third-round pick (7.12.2021)
Notes from the Field (5.15.2022)