6'1" 180 lbs. R/R
Videos: Credits to Roger Munter and Adam Hayes
The body: Compact body with filled out legs and torso, strong build, offers none to little projection, average raw power.
The swing: Beautiful hitter to watch; quiet stance in the box, slightly wide stance, slightly crouched but torso stays vertical, hands in head level; utilizes many tools to load his lower half from a leg kick to step forward, hands load well during leg kick and stays back throughout, pushes his momentum forward; line drive swing, strong wrists produces plus bat speed, tremendous eye-hand combination, produces loud contact while making contact on unhittable pitches, has good eye and pitch recognition but makes too much contact that it hurts his walk totals, utilizes all fields, has pull power but will be more of a doubles hitter; follow through is very good, gets out of the box quickly.
The other tools: Below average speed but runs hard on the bases, will not be a base stealing threat; arm is good with good carry on the throws, impressive body control and playable at shortstop but lack of range will limit him to 3B.
The bottom line: Arroyo's combination of eyes, hands, and wrists makes him one of the best hitting prospects in the Minors. Even though he's limited to the hot corner and doesn't have much power there, his bat will do the talking in the Majors.
Grades (Current): FB 60 | CUT 50 | CH 50+ | CB 50+ | CMD 45
6'1" 190 lbs. R/R
Videos: Credits to MiLB.com and Roger Munter 1 and 2
The body: Lean frame but strong and athletic, offers projection but doesn't look like he'll add more, tick above average raw power.
The swing: Loose in the box, fairly wide stance with his hands close to his body at letters level, bat touches his body, slightly crouched; has a small leg kick or double toe tap to load, bat stays loose, above average bat speed with strong wrists, line drive swing but drives baseballs, direct to the ball approach, swings and misses a lot due to being a free swinger, doesn't have a good eye at the plate, doesn't really draw walks often, good weight transfer on his swing, raw power plays well with hit tool but tapping on it consistently is a problem.
The other tools: Average speed but will not be a base stealing threat, strong arm and good range fits well in either corner outfield spots, has developing defensive instincts.
The bottom line: Cole is a terrific athlete and an all around type prospect limited with his swings and misses and how much contact he'll make.
Grades (Current): FB 60 | SL 45 | CB 45 | CH 40 | CMD 35
The body: Lean, muscular frame that is very athletic, quick twitch elements, has projection but will not likely to add more in his frame; close to above average raw power with some projection remaining.
The swing: Loose in the box, fairly wide stance, hands are lower in Richmond at armpit level and the bat is more perpendicular to the plate; slow leg kick closes himself, loads his hands at the first half of the leg kick, slightly drags his front leg at the second half of the leg kick while rotating and tilting his torso that loads his backside, shifts his weight forward; even though it has loft, the swing is more of line drive, very good bat speed, strong wrists allows him to adjust his swing, great eye and understanding of the zone, can swing freely at times, some bat wrap, has done a very good job in flattening his swing; raw power doesn't translate well in his swing, will need to adjust his approach but will be better as all fields gap hitter, has pull homer power; varying finish in his swing.
The bottom line: Duggar's mouth-watering tools are starting to show especially with the emergence of his offense. His defense is already great at center and if he improves his base stealing and more power in his swing, his ceiling is as good as anyone.
Matt Gage LHP
6'2" 205 lbs. R/L
Videos: Credits to MiLB.com 1 and 2
Grades (Current): FB 45 | SL 45+ | CH 40 | CMD 45+
The body: Compact and mature frame, athletic, no projection remaining; average raw power.
The swing: Loose in the box, fairly wide stance, crouched but torso stays perpendicular at the plate, hands at chest level, slightly closed; uses a double tap to load, bends in his front knee slightly, pulls his bat back and up with his hands on head level, crouches his torso while pulling his whole backside back; good bat speed, good feel for the barrel, line drive swing with some loft, strong wrists controls the bat well, generates loud contact often, has a good eye at the plate, adjusts his body well, direct path to the ball; more of a front foot hitter, will fare better as a gap to gap sprayer than a true homer threat; two handed finish or similar finish to Christian Arroyo.
The bottom line: Hinojosa's tools might not scream out of the gate and he might not be a true shortstop but his overall baseball instincts allows his tools to play better.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP
6'2" 180 lbs. R/R
Videos: Credits to Roger Munter 1 and 2
Grades (Current): FB 70 | CH 45 | SL 35 | CMD 35+
The body: Massive body and frame, big torso and an even bigger lower half, average athlete, no projection, plus-plus raw power.
The swing: Quiet at the box, wide base, slightly open, fairly crouched, textbook stance in the box, hands are lower in Richmond at shoulder level than in San Jose with bat more upright; closes body with small leg lift, body loads slightly, pulls back his bat; average bat speed with natural sweeping loft in it, will have troubles catching to high fastballs, arching bat path, has good awareness of the zone and good approach at the plate, slight bat wrap, doesn't really incorporate his raw power in his swing well but ball jumps when he makes good contact due to raw strength, utilizes all field approach, improving his bat plane will work wonders.
The other tools: Catcher like speed at best, limited range and mobility at first base and hands are pretty stiff, will need more reps at first to improve, good arm strength but will be limited to first long-term.
The bottom line: Shaw is a power masher capable of hitting homers anywhere with his fluid stroke but his swing path is a bit problematic and his speed limits him to first where he's a average at best defender.
Andrew Suarez LHP
6'2" 205 lbs. L/L
Videos: Credits to Jheremy Brown and FanGraphs
Grades (Current): FB 50 | SL 50 | CH 50 | CB 45 | CMD 45+
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