My 1st look at Corey Zangari, 1B/DH, Kannapolis

Corey Zangari, courtesy of

Hey guys, I’ve actually gotten a couple of looks at Zangari and the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) this season.  I took a run over to Hickory for the Dillon Tate start last month and Kannapolis was the opponent.  But I don’t have a series called my 2nd look so this is my 1st look at the young slugger.

Zangari just turned 19, he’s listed 6’4″ 240 lbs, he bats and throws right.  He was drafted by the White Sox in the 6th rd of the 2015 draft out of high school in Midwest City, OK (Oklahoma City area).

Zangari is a big dude I guessed 6’5″ 250 lbs last night.

At the dish he has a long swing as you might expect  there is lift there and I suspect he could drive a ball a long way, I missed his BP both times but I bet he puts on a show.  He’s very raw right now, the pitch recognition skills are not where they need to be for this level and he’s being chewed up by sequencing from the college arms.

I don’t understand the rush with Zangari, he’s 19 and raw, not 23. He should be in extended waiting for the Great Falls season to start instead of striking out 40% of the time in the SAL.  He did hit his 8th home run yesterday but I’m concerned about the young man’s psyche?

Defensively he’s a work in progress at 1st base, he’s young he’ll get the foot work down.  He’s got stiff hands though.

Not a runner Zangari’s slow.

Here we get a few good looks at his swing from Instructs of courtesy Kim Contreras (Future Sox).


Long term there’s a chance Zangari could be an impact power bat at the major league level but that’s likely 5-7 years away.  Pitching is a fall back option as he was a 2 way player in high school for a short while.

For a Kannapolis sleeper I’d say catcher, Seby Zavalia.  At 22 he’s a little old for the level but I’ve seen him twice and he can play.  He receives the ball well, he’s got a strong throwing arm and he handles the bat well.  He’s not going to be a fast mover, catchers never are, but he’s got skills.

Landon Lassiter and Tyler Sullivan can also handle the bat pretty well,

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