Hey guys, this is part two of a two part series as I continue around the diamond sharing my thoughts on each of the Asheville Tourists hitters. I began yesterday with the infield Whipping around the Tourists Infield.
Today in part 2 I’ll look at the outfielders and at the bottom I’ll do an overall with the five most likely to see time in the majors.
LF,RF Sam Hilliard – Hilliard is a bit frustrating for me to watch. He’s a strong dude and when he pulls the ball and gets under it he can hit bombs 420+. But he’s got a long level swing and more often then not he’s content with smacking sharp grounders and low line drives the other way. He’s got contact issues but he works a fair amount of walks as well. It’s a difficult profile right now. Maybe he can hit 260 average and 15 bombs with his current approach. That’s not going to play in left or right. 240-250 and 25-30 bombs would play at least in a platoon. So hopefully he starts turning on more fastballs. 50 hit potential and 65 current raw power.
CF, LF Mylz Jones- I did a write up on Jones a month or two ago here’s the link Two under the radar Toolsy center fielders. Jones does a little bit of everything. His swing is a little on the long side but he’s got a fast bat. His game is sharp grounders and line drives to his pull side. He’s an aggressive hitter and makes pretty good contact. I wouldn’t expect many strikeouts or walks. He’s got above average raw power he just doesn’t tap into it much. He’s got plus speed, and a very good glove in center as well as a strong arm. 55 hit potential, 55 current raw power.
RF, Yonathan Daza – Daza is an aggressive hitter who makes good contact. Most of his contact is to the middle of the diamond. He makes pretty consistent hard contact but it’s to the big part of the park. He runs well but he’s not a good base stealer. I’m concerned he might be a tweener (Not enough power for a corner OF and not skilled enough to play everyday CF). Which would make him more of a 4th or 5th OF. 55 Hit potential, 55 current raw power.
LF, Cf Terry McClure – I haven’t seen much of McClure outside of BP, maybe 3 games. He’s got pretty good bat speed but holes in his swing. A lot of strikeouts and ground balls. The current raw power is average but he doesn’t tap into it. The hit potential is 45.
Outside of Brendan Rodgers, here’s 5 players who could see time in the majors.
Mylz Jones – might hit enough to be a starting CF, probably doesn’t but he’s a very good 4th outfielder candidate.
Carlos Herrera – Probably fits as a utility infielder. That glove gives him a fairly high floor.
Chris Rabago – Doesn’t hit as well as Marte but he’s a good receiver and does a very good job on the running game. Could land a 10 year career as a backup catcher.
Sam Hilliard – As mentioned above he’s got the raw power but he’s not tapping into it. If he does, I think he could be a 350-400 at bat left fielder at the next level.
Brian Mundell – It’s a difficult profile, to be a starting 1B in today’s game you really need 70 raw power (with lift and enough contact to get it into the games), or 70 hit. Some chance he catches on as the short side of a 1B platoon and mashes lefties for a living.
The Tourists are my home team I can walk to McCormick field. The 2016 squad is a fun team to watch.
I’ll be doing a similar write up for every team in the Sally but most won’t be up for another month or two. Greenville should be up soon.