Hey guys I took a run over to McCormick Field in Asheville Wednesday night to see the Tourists (Rockies) take on the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers). Tyler Nevin was a player that I had circled coming into the year but he missed significant time this season due to injury. This after missing all of 2016, that’s a lot of missed development time. Back healthy and playing I got my 1st look this week.
Nevin- Age 20, listed 6’4″ 200, lbs bats and throws right. Nevin was drafted 38th overall in the 2015 draft out of high school in Poway, CA (San Diego Metro).
Nevin looked long and lean I guessed on the field 6’3″ 210 lbs. There is projection remaining, he could add another 10-15 lbs of muscle.
At the dish Nevin has an upright, semi open stance. He keeps his hands high and utilizes a minimal leg kick for timing. He’s got a long, linear swing and above average bat speed. He seemed fairly patient, with the bat length there will be swing and miss. Some of that can be mitigated if he’s using the whole field. Potential 45/50 (55)
The raw power is above average right now and likely gets to plus at peak. He’ll need to alter the swing plane to maximize the home run threat though. He likes to get his arms extended and shows really good pop to the right center gap. Potential 50/55
A below average runner, I didn’t get a great read on the defense yet. The hands seemed OK and the throwing arm seemed average. I will update this part as I get more looks.
Nevin is interesting, we could be looking at a player that hits 250-.260, 15-20 HR and solid walk rates. He could be a 2nd division regular or the short side of a 1B platoon. Perhaps utility (1B, 3B, LF, RF) is a possibility too though that seems like a long shot due to lack of foot speed.
Here we get several good looks at Nevin’s swing from 2016 Spring Training courtesy of Adam McInturff formerly of Baseball Prospectus