Hey guys, I took a run up to Johnson City, TN recently to see the Princeton Rays face the Johnson City Cardinals in Appy league action. With just 2 weeks left in the regular season, this will likely be my only look at Princeton. I thought I would list a few players that stood out.
SS) Zach Rutherford– Age 21, listed 6’2″ 180 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2017 draft out of Old Dominion Univ.
Rutherford has a short fast swing and is very quick to the ball. He lets the pitch travel deep and has a lot of center of the diamond contact. The potential is there for the hit to play plus. He has solid pop to his pull side. Defensively it was just one look but he made a nice play to his left to take away a hit. He shows good hands and feet, he should be able to handle SS in the short and medium run 2-5 yrs. May have to move to 3B or the OF as he fills out.
3B) Seaver Whalen– Age 22, listed 6’2″ 185 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2017 draft out of Lewis-Clark State Univ.
Whalen looks pretty well put together. He has a long linear swing with above average bat speed, the ball jumps off of his barrel. He displays solid bat to ball skills. The approach is on the aggressive side and the bulk of the contact is to his pull side. Despite the swing length, Whalen has a high contact rate. But due to the approach he’s putting some balls in play that he probably shouldn’t. The raw power is plus right now. Defensively he looked very good at 3rd. He displayed good hands, range and a strong arm. If he tones down some of the aggressiveness and starts incorporating all fields a bit more he can be very interesting. A great find in the 32nd round.
1B) Devin Davis- Age 20, listed 6’3″ 215 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted in the 25th round of the 2015 draft out of High School in Valencia, CA
It’s not easy to hype a right hand hitting 1B only player in rookie ball but I’ll give it my best shot. Davis is a strong young man. He hits from a closed stance with a slight crouch. It’s a long swing swing with above average bat speed. The ball really jumps off of his barrel. The approach is fairly patient and the bulk of the contact is to the pull side. Davis shows some pretty solid bat to ball skills, The raw power is plus and could reach double-plus at peak. Not just a slugger, there’s a chance he hits for average as well. If he incorporates an all field approach that would only help.