- Born: May 13, 1997
- B/T: Right/Right
- 5’11”, 200lb
- Signed by the Chicago Cubs in the 1st round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft from Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA).
He’s moved fast, hasn’t he? Three levels a year and the next thing you know he’s in the majors! After he signed with the Cubs, he just looked fantastic all down the line. In 2019, despite a mid-season hairline fracture of the wrist that no doubt sapped his power, he maintained the great batting eye. This guy puts the wood on the ball just about every time. He rarely strikes out.
His great walk rate has diminished as he climbed the ladder, but you can see that this is how he prefers to play the game if he can.
He showed nice speed in 2018, less so in 2019, but it’s clear that he has that in his arsenal if the Cubs wish to use it. He gets on base too.
Let’s isolate just his MLB portion of 2019:
- Rotowire: #47 on their Top 400 prospects.
- BaseballHQ: #66 on their Top 100.
- Fangraphs: #46 on their Top 120 and a 50 FV.
- Fantasy Six Pack: #201 on their Top 750 Dynasty list.
- Prospects365: #27 on Ray Butler’s Top 200.
- Imaginary Brick Wall: #64 of the Top 487.
- Fantrax: #68 of the Top 250
What do the scouts like? His batting eye where his walks and strikeouts almost converge (31 walks versus 36 strikeouts in his minor league career). His power (before his wrist injury put a damper on it mid-season). His speed, if the team wishes to use it. His defense which is good enough for SS, but most people think he will end up at 2B. He has the profile of a batter who could hit .280 with 20 HRs and 15 SBs. Yes, please, thank you very much.