Medium-sized frame. Average athleticism. Some remaining
projection in his upper half. Needs to add strength.
Hit: Starts square with his hands high.
Utilizes a toe-tap timing device. Quick wrists, but bat drags
due to his lack of strength. Fringe-average bat speed. Swing
needs refinement. Makes poor quality contact and struggles to
pull the ball with any authority. Can get slap-happy at the
plate, looking to push the ball the other way. Solid feel for
the strike zone for his age. Above-average plate discipline; has
always shown a willingness to take a walk, but at times can get
too passive and look like he is taking pitches for the sake of
it. Struggled with the adjustment to high-minors pitching.
Potential fringe-average hit tool.
Will show below-average raw power in batting practice, but even
that has not translated into games yet. Does not look to drive
the ball and swing lacks loft, so in-game power is limited to
line drives to the gaps. Well-below-average power potential.
Run: Average speed. Was reportedly once
above-average. Still needs to learn the art of stealing bases
and improve his baserunning instincts.
Solid instincts and reads. Quick first step. Can go get it in
the outfield. May have taken a slight step backward along with
his speed based on comparison to pre-trade reports. Potential
above-average defender in center field.
Arm: Average arm. Fine in any outfield
Career Notes: Solid athlete who has been known
to do Ozzie Smith-style backflips on the field to celebrate wins
and can throw with both arms. Was considered one of the top
players in the 2016 international class and was part of a Padres
IFA class that cost $78 million in bonuses. Skipped the DSL and
headed right to the Arizona League in 2017, holding his own
offensively. Was pushed quickly by San Diego and was
age-advanced relative to his level early in his career. Was
hampered by a hamstring injury in 2019. Acquired in Mitch
Moreland deal along with Hudson Potts at the 2020 trade deadline
and reported to the Alternate Training Site. Participated in the
2020 Fall Instructional League. Was added to the 40-man roster
in November 2020 to protect him from selection in the Rule 5
Draft; 40-man logjam in San Diego was part of what made him
available. Was designated for assignment in
March 2022 and claimed off waivers by the Yankees.
defense-first organizational outfielder. Ceiling of a fringe
reserve outfielder who sticks on a roster due to his defensive
ability, but is unlikely to lock down a long-term role. If he
adds strength and shows some power potential, along with his hit
tool improving, could develop into a below-average center
fielder. Decent-sized gap between his floor and his ceiling for
someone in the high minors. Speed and defense are known
quantities, but has a lot of questions offensively, especially
with his swing.
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