Hey guys I took a run over to Kannapolis for the weekend to see the Intimidators (White Sox) take on the Hagerstown Suns (Nationals). This was my 1st visit to Intimidators stadium since 2011. Intimidators 3B Jake Burger was the White Sox 1st round pick in the 2017 amateur daft. He was promoted to Kannapolis on Friday. I thought I would make him my 1st piece. They rained out Saturday Night, I watched 6 at bats in a double-header yesterday.
Burger- age 21, listed 6’2″ 210 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted 13th overall in the 2017 draft out of Missouri State Univ. He looked pretty filled out, I guessed 6’2″ 220 lbs on the field.
Burger hits from a closed, upright stance and keeps his hands high. He utilizes a small leg kick for timing. His hands stay fairly active pre-pitch. It’s a long swing with lift and his strong hands generate above average bat speed. He’s got a patient approach and he displays solid bat to ball skills. He had some lengthy at bats yesterday and fouled off some tough pitches. As long as he doesn’t get too pull heavy, the hit could play 50 or 55
The raw power is plus and the ball jumps off of his barrel. He can hit the ball out of any part of the park.
Speed isn’t a big part of Burger’s game he’s an average runner underway. Defensively at 3rd he’s shows good hands and feet and plenty of carry on his throws. I didn’t get a great read on the range yet.
Conclusion: Burger is fun to watch. The bat speed he generates is impressive as is the bat to ball skills. We could be looking at a player that hits 275 ish with 23-28 HR with good walk rates. It’s a body that probably doesn’t age well though and he’ll have to work to stay on the left side of the diamond. As I watched him the name I kept coming up with was Kevin Millar with plus power. I was living in South Florida in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when Millar was coming up he could really handle the bat. Burger is stronger though.
Here we get several good looks at the bat speed courtesy of The Prospect Pipeline:
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