My 1st look at Drew Waters, CF, Danville

Drew Waters, photo courtesy of Jeff Morris (on Twitter @AtlBravesJeff)

Hey guys I spent the weekend in Johnson City TN watching the JC Cardinals and Danville Braves in Appy league action. Danville CF Drew Waters has been high on my radar since the draft and he’s got some loud tools.  He didn’t play on Saturday but I saw 3 at bats yesterday.

Waters, age 19, listed 6’2″ 183 lbs, bats both and throws right.  He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft out of High School in Woodstock, GA.

Waters is long and lean. I guessed on the field 6’3″ 175 lbs, there is projection left.  He could add another 15 lbs of muscle, though I suspect he’s destined to remain fairly thin.

At the dish left handed Waters hits from a closed, upright stance.  He’s quiet in the box and utilizes a moderate leg kick for timing.  The swing is long and linear but he’s got quick wrists and generates plus bat speed.  His game right now is spraying line drives and sharp grounders around the diamond.  He’s got work to do with pitch recognition and could probably use a better two strike approach.   There’s enough here that with reps and professional coaching the hit could approach 50 or perhaps 55.

I didn’t see any AB’s from the right side yet, will update when I do.

The raw power is average right now, as he fills out that could reach above average or perhaps plus at peak.  The game power is mostly pull side right now, It’s possible he could top 20 HR.  Though with current approach they will likely top out in the low to mid teens and a ton of doubles.  To maximize the HR threat he’ll need to find some lift.  Plenty of time for that though.

The speed is plus and while he had a mostly quiet day in CF he did show solid range on one ball to left left center.  I will update when I get more looks (that could be next year in the Sally).

Conclusion:  I never know if what I’m seeing is real when it comes to players in there draft year,.  So often they’re worn down from a long college or high school season.  And they could look like different players after an off season of rest.  But Waters has a lot going for him, we could be looking at a player that hits 260-270 with 20 HR and Steals and solid defensive CF.  That’s a 1st division regular.  I wouldn’t expect Waters to be a fast mover.  Maybe he gets to double-A in 2019 and gets a cup of coffee in 2020.

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