Appraisal: Pat McInerney – Infielder (MIL)

Physical Description

Position 1B/Corner OF
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 6’5”
Weight 245
League Age 22 yrs (09/14/1994)

McInerney possesses a tall, large frame with a strong, sturdy, well-proportioned build. His arms are long and muscular while his legs are long, strong and thick. He has broad shoulders, a compact torso, a thick chest and a trim waist. His flexibility is fairly loose and fairly agile. Current physical projection is minimal.

Overall Future Potential (35)

Present Future
Plate Feel 35 40
Bat Control 35 40
Hit 30 40
Power 35 45
Field 35 40
Range 35 35
Arm Strength 55 55
Arm Accuracy 45 50
Run Speed 40 40
Base Runner 40 45

BAT

Approach: Pretty aggressive. Fair balance. Fair Rhythm.  

  • Stance – Upright with a bend. Feet are wide and open. Hands held head level. Bat is fairly flat and waged. High, stiff elbow.
  • Load – Fluid. Body rocks back. Hands move backward and down.  
  • Stride – To close. Big leg kick. Long length.

Swing: Big. Powerful. Strong.  

  • Plane – Big uppercut. Solid lift. Long to the ball.  
  • Speed – Strong (55) Quick through the zone. Fair twitch.
  • Strength – Drives through ball. Nice extension. Nice use of hips.

Plate Feel: Decent (35) Nice plate coverage. Fair patience. Fair selectivity. Nice judge of the strike zone. Fair pitch recognition. Flashes nice on-base ability.    

Bat Control: Decent (35) Displays fair bat to ball ability. Decent amount of miss in his swing. Hits the ball in the air often, but can hit the ball on the ground when needed. Can hit the ball to all fields. Presents fair hand-eye coordination.  

Hit: Rough (30) A power hitter who lifts the ball in the air consistently. Dead-red fastball hitter who can catch up to any fastball, but struggles with breaking balls and off-speed pitches. The majority of his at bats end in either a walk, strikeout or extra base hit. He can hit the ball to all fields, but tends to pull the ball. He does an okay job of going with what the pitcher gives him, but at times he forces it and rolls over on the baseball. Will shorten up his swing a little bit with two strikes. A decent overall hitter, his hit tool flashes the potential to be a little below big-league average.   

Power: Decent (35) A home run hitter and run producer who currently displays decent overall in-game power and can drive the ball to all fields. He displays big-league average raw power in batting practice. His best power is to his pull side, but he has shown fair power to center field and loft power to his push side. He sits on the fastball and likes the ball on the inner half of the plate. His swing presents solid lift and nice extension. His power ability is his best tool and it flashes the potential to be just under big-league average.   

DEFENSE

Arm: Strength (55) Accuracy (45) Proper action: Long, loose, fluid. Will shorten up action when playing first baseman. Nice on-line carry.

Hands/Field: Decent (35) Presents a decent feel for the ball on the infield and fair feel for the ball in the outfield. Fairly sure handed. Fairly smooth. Features a fair ability to pick the ball at first base. Displays a fair release/transfer. Demonstrates decent backhand ability on ground balls hit to his right and fair forehand ability on ground ball hit to his left. When in the outfield, he reads the ball fairly off of the bat and presents fair closing speed. His field tool should improve slightly over the next couple years, but will most likely remain below average at both first base and the corner outfield  

Footwork: Decent (35) Range (35) His feet display decent quickness. Demonstrates a decent feel for the ball on the infield. Fair anticipation. Fair reaction time. Not too swift on the dirt and presents decent lateral movement. Features a fair ability to come in on soft ground balls/bunts. Jumps (40) Routes (40)

Body Control: Quickness (40) Agility (40) Coordination (45)

RUN

Style: Long, strong, powerful strides. Fairly upright. Decent first-step quickness. A little heavy foot, but better once he is underway. A fair base runner, who will attempt to steal the occasional base, but not much of a base stealer. Presents nice lead-offs and fair secondaries.

  • Run Speed (40)
  • Base Runner (40) 

SUMMATION: McInerney is a big, strong power hitting first baseman/corner outfielder. He displays solid raw power in batting practice and can drive the ball to all fields in game action. He does not get cheated at the plate and swings as hard as he can every single time. Despite a strong arm, he does not offer much value on defense as his ability is only playable at both first base and the corner outfield. Although not a true base clogger, he is not much of a base runner and is not a threat on the bases. Possible depth option, but most likely a solid organizational type player.

 

Appraisal: Cristian Santana – Infielder (LAD)

Physical Description

Position 3B/1B
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 6’2”
Weight 175
League Age 20 (02/24/97)

Santana possesses a fairly tall frame and a strong, well-proportioned build. His arms are long and muscular while his legs are long and strong. He has broad shoulders, a long torso, a fairly thick chest and a trim waist. His flexibility is loose and agile. Current physical projection is minimal.

Overall Future Potential (50)

Present Future
Plate Feel 35 50
Bat Control 40 50
Hit 35 50
Power 35 50
Field 35 40
Range 40 40
Arm Strength 55 55
Arm Accuracy 45 50
Run Speed 45 45
Base Runner 40 45

BAT

Approach: Aggressive. Nice balance. Nice rhythm.

  • Stance – Upright with a bend. Feet are wide apart and even. Hands held head level. Bat fairly vertical and waged. High elbow.
  • Load – Fairly Fluid. Weight-shift to back leg. Hands move down and backward.
  • Stride – Toe-tap backward. Medium length. Foot stays fairly close to ground.

Swing: Easy. Powerful. Controlled Repeatable. Keeps hands back well.

  • Plane – Uppercut. Solid lift. Fairly long.
  • Speed – Plus (60) Quick through zone. Solid twitch.
  • Strength – Drives through ball. Solid extension. Solid use of hips.

Plate Feel: Decent (35) Nice plate coverage. Fair patience. Fair selectivity. Nice judge of strike zone. Fair pitch recognition. Fair on-base ability.

Bat Control: Fair (40) Displays solid bat to ball ability. Makes the bat look small. Can hit fly balls, line drives and grounders to all fields. Does a nice job of taking what the pitcher gives him. Presents solid hand-eye coordination.  

Hit: Decent (35) A pure hitter with natural power. He handles both inside and outside pitches well, and displays a nice ability to go with the pitch. He has also shown an ability to inside-out the baseball. He has shown an ability to hit both right and left handed pitchers. He will take big cuts in hitter counts, and can struggle with breaking ball and off-speed pitches. Still a little overly aggressive at the plate, he flashes the potential to develop a big-league average hit tool.

Power: Decent (35) He currently displays decent overall in game-power and can drive the ball into the gaps almost effortlessly. His best power is to the pull side, but he has shown an ability to drive the ball to all fields in game action. He has shown an ability to drive the ball against both right and left handed pitchers. His swing presents solid lift and solid extension. His power tool has the highest ceiling and features the potential to be at least big-league average.  

DEFENSE

Arm: Strength (55) Accuracy (45) Proper action: short, quick, fluid. Solid on-line carry. Throws well on the run. Confidence in arm strength allows him to be comfortable throwing off-balanced and can lead to mistakes

Hands/Field: Decent (35) Presents fair actions. Displays a fair feel for the ball on the infield. Nice release/transfer. Demonstrates nice reaction time and fair anticipation. Features decent backhand ability on grounders hit to right, and fair forehand ability on grounders hit to his left. Field tool should improve over the next couples years, but most likely will remain below average.

Footwork: (35) Range (40) His feet display fair quickness. He is not too swift on the dirt and presents fair lateral movement. He is better at getting to ground balls to his left than he is to his right. Features a nice ability to come in on soft grounders/bunts.

Body Control: Quickness (45) Agility (45) Coordination (50)

RUN

Style: Medium length, quick, fluid strikes. Fairly upright. Nice lead-offs. Not much of a base stealer, and not very aggressive on the basepaths, but not a base clogger.

  • Run Speed – Nice (45)
  • Base Runner – Fair (40)

SUMMATION: Santana is a solidly built, power-hitting corner infielder with a strong arm. He presents a great swing, with plus bat speed, and has displayed in-game home run power to each field. His power tool flashes the potential to be big-league average and his hit tool should also be solid. He demonstrates a strong arm on the infield, but can be a bit shaky defensively.

 

Appraisal: Connor Hoover – Infielder (SEA)

Physical Description

Position Middle Infield
Bats/Throws L/R
Height 5’10”
Weight 185
League Age 20 yrs (07/18/1996)

Hoover possesses a medium sized frame with a solid build. His arms are long and lean while his legs are long and strong. He has broad shoulders, a long torso, a fairly flat chest and a trim waist. His flexibility is loose and agile while some strength gains remain.

Overall Future Potential (40)

Present Future
Plate Feel 40 50
Bat Control 40 50
Hit 30 40
Power 25 30
Field 35 45
Range 40 40
Arm Strength 50 50
Arm Accuracy 45 50
Run Speed 50 50
Base Runner 45 50

BAT

Approach: Very patient. Nice balance. Nice rhythm.

  • Stance – Upright with a bend. Feet are narrow and even. Hands held head level. Bat is flat and slightly waged. High elbow.
  • Load – Fluid. Body rocks back. Hands move backward.  
  • Stride – Medium leg kick. Medium length.

Swing: Smooth. Easy. Fluid.  

  • Plane – Uppercut. Nice lift. Short to the ball.  
  • Speed – Solid (50) Fairly quick through the zone. Fair twitch.  
  • Strength – Drives through the ball. Fair extension. Nice use of hips.  

Plate Feel: Fair (40) Pretty polished. Nice plate coverage. Solid patience. Solid selectivity. Nice judge of strike zone. Nice pitch recognition. Consistently puts up professional at bats and consistently gets into deep counts. Flashes solid on-base ability.   

Bat Control: Fair (40) Displays nice bat to ball ability. Line-drive hitter who can lift the ball when needed. Can bunt, and will do so for a base hit. Can hit the ball to all fields. Demonstrates a nice ability to hit the ball where it’s pitched. Presents nice hand-eye coordination.    

Hit: Okay (30) Line-drive hitter who can spray the ball to all fields. His swing has a little miss to it, but he is more prone to strikes due to consistent deep counts. Will take what the pitcher gives him, but likes to pull the ball and likes the ball inside. Struggles a little bit with breaking ball and off-speed. His hit tool has some nice flashes and I think it can be a little below big-league average.  

Power: Poor (25) Current in-game power is little. What power is there is to the pull side. Displays gap power and can drive the ball that is down in the zone. His swing presents nice lift and fair extension.  

DEFENSE

Arm: Strength (50) Accuracy (45) Proper action: short, quick, and fluid. Nice on-line carry. Throws nicely on the run.  

Hands/Field: Decent (35) Displays nice actions. Presents a nice feel for the ball on the infield. Sure. Reliable. Fairly smooth. Fields the ball out front. Fair backhand ability on grounders hit to right, and nice forehand ability on grounders hit to his left. His field tool should improve a little over the next few years and, while he is playable at shortstop, he may stick at second base.

Footwork: (40) Range (40) Feet display nice quickness. Presents fair range at shortstop, and slightly below big-league average range at second base. Nice anticipation. Fair lateral movement. Moves nicely around second base and features nice pivots at second base. Plays shortstop and second base, but is best suited at second.  

Body Control: Quickness (45) Agility (45) Coordination (50)

RUN

Style: Long, fluid, graceful strides. Fairly upright. Nice lead-offs. Will steal a bag. Nice first-step. Nice secondaries. Fairly aggressive.

  • Run Speed (50)
  • Base Runner (45)

SUMMATION: Hoover is a left-handed hitting middle infielder with solid baseball instincts. His best tool is his advanced approach at the plate, as he presents a solid feel and nice bat control. He displays a sweet swing from the left side with a hit tool that flashes the potential to be a little below big-league average. He is pretty reliable on the infield and makes the routine plays. However, his slightly below average athleticism and average arm strength may keep him at second base only.    

 

Appraisal: Osmy Gregorio – Infield (SEA)

Physical Description

Position Middle Infield
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 6’2”
Weight 175
League Age 19 yrs (05/27/1998)

Gregorio possesses a tall, thin frame with a slender and athletic build. His arms and legs are both long and lean. He has broad shoulders, a long torso, a flat chest and a thin waist. His flexibility is loose and agile. Some strength gains remain.

Overall Future Potential (40)

Present Future
Plate Feel 35 45
Bat Control 35 45
Hit 30 40
Power 20 30
Field 40 45
Range 45 45
Arm Strength 55 55
Arm Accuracy 40 45
Run Speed 50 50
Base Runner 45 50

BAT

Approach: Fairly aggressive. Fair balance. Fair rhythm.

  • Stance – Upright with a bend. Feet are fairly narrow and slightly open. Hands held head level. Bat is slightly pointed toward pitcher and waged. Elbow is down and loose.
  • Load – Fluid. Body rocks back. Hands move backward.  
  • Stride – To close. Medium leg kick. Medium length.

Swing:  Smooth. Fairly easy. Hands stay fairly close to body.

  • Plane – Slight uppercut. Fair lift. Long to the ball.  
  • Speed – Solid (50) Quick through the zone. Fair twitch.
  • Strength – Fair extension. Fair use of hips.  

Plate Feel: Decent (35) Displays nice plate coverage. Fair patience. Fair selectivity. Fair pitch recognition. Decent judge of strike zone. Flashes fair on-base ability.   

Bat Control: Decent (35) Presents fair bat to ball ability. Line-drive hitter who can lift the ball. Can bunt, and will do so for a base hit. Can hit the ball to all fields. Displays fair hand-eye coordination.

Hit: Rough (30) Line-drive hitter who can spray the ball to all fields. His swing has a decent amount of miss to it, and he tends to over swing in favorable counts. Still, he displays a nice ability to go with what the pitcher gives him. Struggles with breaking ball and off-speed. I think his athleticism, bat speed and bat control will allow him to develop a hit tool that is just below big-league average.

Power: Poor (20) Current in-game power is very little, but what is there is to his pull side and on the inner half of the plate. He will drive the ball into the gap, and flashes the potential to do it regularly. His swing presents fair lift and fair extension and has some athleticism in it. Still, there is not too much power potential in his bat. Although he should get stronger, I think the tool will stay well below average.  

DEFENSE

Arm: Strength (55) Accuracy (40) Proper action: short, quick, fluid. Solid on-line carry. Throws well on the run.

Hands/Field: (40) Nice actions. Nice feel for the ball on the infield. Solid release/transfer. Nice backhand ability on grounders hit to his right, and solid forehand ability on grounders hit to his left. Comes in on slow grounders well and is not afraid to make a barehanded play. His field tool should improve over the next few years, but will most likely be slightly below big-league average.  

Footwork: (45) Range (45) Feet displays solid quickness. Presents nice range at shortstop and big-league average range at second base. Nice anticipation. Nice lateral movement. Moves well around second base and features solid pivots on double plays. Probably best suited as a second baseman.   

Body Control: Quickness (45) Agility (50) Coordination (50)

RUN

Style: Long, fluid, graceful strides. Fairly upright. Solid lead-offs. Will steal a bag. Usually reads the ball well off of the bat.  

  • Run Speed (50)
  • Base Runner (45)

SUMMATION: Gregorio is an athletic middle infielder with a solid arm, fair glove and decent bat. He is a smooth fielder who displays nice actions and is playable all over the infield. His best position is second base, although he does flash just below big-league average range at shortstop. The bat is not there, and may never come, but he does flash nice plate feel and bat control. I think Gregorio will be a nice depth option in the upper minors and could potentially up his future value by also playing the outfield.

Appraisal: Louis Boyd – Infield (SEA)

Physical Description

Position 2B,SS,3B
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 5’11”
Weight 169
League Age 23 yrs (05/04/1994)

Boyd possesses a medium frame with a solid, evenly proportioned build. His arms and legs are both fairly long. He has broad shoulders, a compact torso, a flat chest and a thin waist. His flexibility is loose and fairly agile. Current physical projection is minimal.

Overall Future Potential (35)

Present Future
Plate Feel 40 45
Bat Control 40 45
Hit 30 35
Power 25 30
Field 40 45
Range 40 40
Arm Strength 50 50
Arm Accuracy 45 50
Run Speed 50 50
Base Runner 45 50

BAT

Approach: Fairly patient. Nice balance. Nice Rhythm.

  • Stance – Fairly crouched at the plate. Feet fairly wide and even. Hands held head level. Bat flat and waged. Elbow down.
  • Load – Mechanical. Body rocks back. Hands move backward.
  • Stride – Short. Foot stays close to the ground.

Swing: Short. Compact. Contact focused.

  • Plane – Very slight uppercut. Fair lift. Fairly short to the ball.
  • Speed – Nice (45) Fairly quick through the zone.
  • Strength – Drives through ball. Fair extension.

Plate Feel: Fair (40) Displays nice plate coverage. Nice patience. Nice selectivity. Nice judge of strike zone. Fair pitch recognition. Flashes fair on-base ability.

Bat Control: Fair (40) Displays nice bat to ball ability. Can bunt, and will do so for a base hit. Hits mostly line-drive and grounders, but can lift the ball a little when needed. Presents fair hand-eye coordination.   

Hit: Weak (30) Contact emphasized. Line-drive hitter who can spray them from field to field, but likes to pull the ball. Will hit the ball where it’s pitched, especially with two strikes. Struggles with breaking ball and off-speed. Approach stays similar with two strikes. Although his hit tool should improve slightly over the next couples years, it should still remain below big-league average.

Power: Poor (25) Current in-game power is little. What is there is to the pull side and on the inner half of the plate. Will drive the ball in the gap occasionally, especially to the pull side. His swing presents fair lift and fair extension. Power tool is well below average and will most likely remain that way throughout career.   

DEFENSE

Arm: Strength (50) Accuracy (45) Proper action: short, fluid and fairly quick. Throws well on the run. Nice on-line carry. Strength plays up at second base.

Hands/Field: (40) Fair actions. Fair feel for the ball on the infield. Nice release/transfer. Fair pick ability. Fair backhand on grounders to his right, and fair forehand on grounders to his left. Goes back well on pop ups. Field tool is pretty much maxed out and should only see slight improvement over the next year or two.   

Footwork: (40) Range (40) Displays below average range at shortstop, but it flashes just below big-league average at second base. Feet are fairly quick. Moves nicely around the second base bag. Presents fair pivots on double plays. Nice anticipation. Fair lateral movement. Does a nice job of coming in on slow grounders.

Body Control: Quickness (45) Agility (45) Coordination (50)

RUN

Style: Long, fluid, graceful strides. Fairly low. Nice lead-offs. Occasionally attempts to steal.

  • Run Speed (50)
  • Base Runner (45)

SUMMATION: Boyd is a fundamentally sound infielder who is playable at second, third and short. He is not overly impressive defensively, but is pretty reliable and will make the routine play. He does not have much of a bat as his hit tool is below average and in-game power is well below average. However, he is a ballplayer who plays hard. Solid organizational type player.    

Appraisal: Jesus Lujano -Outfielder (MIL)

Physical Description

Position OF
Bats/Throws L/L
Height 6’0”
Weight 184
League Age 18 (02/18/99)

Lujano possesses medium sized frame with a well-proportioned, athletic build. His arms and legs are both long and lean. He has broad shoulders, a compact torso, a flat chest and a thin waist. His flexibility is loose and agile while some strength gains remain.  

Overall Future Potential (45)

Present Future
Plate Feel 35 50
Bat Control 40 50
Hit 30 40
Power 25 35
Field 40 50
Range 45 45
Arm Accuracy 50 55
Arm Strength 45 50
Run Speed 55 55
Base Runner 40 50

BAT

Approach: Fairly aggressive. Nice balance. Nice rhythm.

  • Stance – Straight up with a slight bend. Feet are narrow and a little open. Hands are shoulder level and bat is rested on shoulder. Bat is flat and slightly waged. High elbow.
  • Load – Fluid. Body slightly rocks back. Hands move up and backward.
  • Stride – To close. Short. Foot stays near ground. (Has implemented high leg kick)

Swing: Smooth. Hands close to body. Inside-out ability. Can cut himself off at times.

  • Plane – Short to ball. Slight Uppercut. Nice Lift.
  • Speed – Solid (50) Quick through zone. Fair twitch.
  • Strength – Uses hips well. Fair extension.

Plate Feel: (35) Nice plate coverage. Nice judge of strike zone. Nice pitch recognition. Fair patience. Fair selectivity. Fair on-base ability.

Bat Control: (40) Displays nice bat to ball ability. Nice hand-eye coordination. Can hit the ball to all fields. Shows an ability to lift the ball when necessary. Can bunt, and will do so for a base hit.

Hit: Rough (30) Line-drive hitter who can spray them to all fields. Does not lift the ball often, and hits a good amount of ground balls. Likes to pull the ball and likes the ball on the inner half of the plate. Presents an ability to inside-out the baseball. Does a nice job of staying in versus lefties. Struggles with breaking ball and off-speed. Hit tool flashes the potential to be slightly below big-league average.   

Power: Weak (25) Current in-game power is gap to gap. Mostly on the inner half of the plate. Wrists and forearms are fairly strong. Swing has athleticism and he uses his hips pretty well. Flashes the potential to run into a few in the future, but will mainly be a doubles hitter with a power tool below average.  

DEFENSE

Arm: Strength (45) Accuracy (50) Proper action: Long, loose and fluid. Nice on-line carry. Throws consistently stay low to the ground.

Hands/Field: (40) Smooth. Sure. Reliable. Displays a nice feel for the ball in the outfield. Flashes potential to be at least big-league average at all three outfield positions, and above average in the corners. Presents a nice ability to come in on fly balls. Displays nice ability on balls hit over head. Not afraid to leave feet. Field tool should improve over the next few years and has the potential to be big-league average.  

Jumps/Routes: Jumps (50) Routes (45) Nice closing speed. Nice first-step quickness. Fairly explosive. Pretty effortless with little force. Aggressive. Glides from gap to gap with little force. Presents nice reads off of the bat. Speed can make up for a bad jump and/or read.    

Body Control: Coordination (50) Quickness (50) Agility (50)

RUN

Style: Short, quick, graceful strides. Fairly upright. Aggressive on the bases. Will steal a bag and look to move up on a dirt ball.

  • Run Speed – Strong (55)
  • Base Runner – Nice (45)

SUMMATION: Lujano is an athletic outfielder with a smooth, contact oriented swing from the left side of the plate. He moves well in center field and consistently gets solid jumps on the ball. He displays slightly above average run speed, solid quickness and is pretty aggressive on the bases. A line-drive hitter with little current in-game power, Lujano could develop a hit tool that is close to big-league average and, down the road, his solid bat control may help him run into a few homers.