Could putting up big stats in the Pac 12 put him the cusp of Major League grass sooner? A brave new world awaits……#MLBDraft
Experience rich……Remember that 3-run home run in the 9th inning against South Korea that saved the U.S. from elimination?? (video below) After that experience in Japan returning to the free world might seem like T-ball….
Collected clues until the pattern became clear….
Defining Moment #1
Blake Rutherford versus Hunter Greene….would he Excel?
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) April 29, 2016
Defining Moment #2
The hips don’t lie….I was once told by a sharp-eyed scout
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) August 7, 2015
After some tentative early season performances…..I dug a little deeper to see how far the rabbit hole went…..I learned he hasn’t had a hitting instructor the last 4 years.…..the last 4 years has been all himself making all the necessary hitting adjustments……bless his heart,….he is not yet up and running, the best years are still ahead! Did you catch the last month of his season?
Has that “Power Hitter, Power Suit” look…..Physically mature, well proportion athletic frame and build……but body may thicken up moving forward, will need to maintain athleticism/flexibility
Physically gifted with a foundation of tools and ability to have average Major League tools or better across the board……however the main attraction is the bat……it’s a pretty swing with above-average bat speed that flashes excellent hand path to put a effortless charge into the ball
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) April 2, 2016
The game has always come naturally easy for him so there’s never been a reason to refine his swing but drifting is a concern and will need to be addressed to reach full potential
Shows feel to hit with a repeatable swing…..possess the hand-eye skills necessary to tangle with better stuff as his climbs the ladder but will it happen with any consistency?Spurts? Perhaps…..Has tendency to get around the ball and get pull oriented……would not be surprised if teams started employing an infield shift against him in the future…..when locked in will use whole field….I see some Brandon Crawford
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) May 10, 2016
Sound approach with zone awareness North and South….pitch recognition is there….. Will need to continue to lay off pitches up in the zone….
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) May 5, 2016
Raw power versus in game……well run into balls more than selling out for power…addressing the drift will have major impact and allow power to play up
Average arm that plays up because of accuracy, better when coming in on balls…..
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) May 21, 2016
Efficient routes, will make the necessary plays, throws and not make careless mistakes
Gait isn’t the smoothest but he’ll cover more ground than quickness suggests on the field and on the basepaths
That feeling when you a hit a Home Run in front of the Phillies Scouting Director (turn sound on) is it mutual? pic.twitter.com/EbRqb92nER
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) April 30, 2016
Dont let his quiet exterior and barred window fool you, there’s some inner fire
Leads by example….. plays hard, manages stress and bounces back from setbacks and rises to the occasion
The view from the GM’s eyes… pic.twitter.com/KjZ9lMuu7c
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) May 10, 2016
The Risk is Real but so is the Reward.…..I value his athleticism, a quality that would make it easier to fix any flaw……he hasn’t been overly coached up as far as his hitting mechanics…they are underdeveloped to a certain extent and correctable
Blake Rutherford HR Derby swings @ PG. Made adjustment since AC’s. Better hip rotation, Ceiling Chipper Jones pic.twitter.com/TphH5vIOSM
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) August 16, 2015
Red Flag Concern#1
A Level playing field……was he really just a real good high school bat with a college birth certificate?
Red Flag Concern #2
Old habits die hard, how faithful is he to his swing? ……Will he have a stubborn wrinkle to tweaking his swing? What is his aptitude for absorbing instruction?
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) August 10, 2015
Future MLB Role: 55 Corner Outfielder
Risk Reward here….Ceiling is a Future superstar with impact offense and ability to dominate in prime years with a well-rounded bat with plus plate discipline and average to plus power .has a flare for the moment ..floor is a steady bat w/ avg power…..could fill the gap at CF but future will be at a corner .has too much natural ability not to be a contributor , if he struggles he can still be of value to a championship team by providing match up advantages
Minor league life might feel like a demotion hardened by sleepless bus rides and peanut butter and jelly spreads….Separation anxiety could be in play if he doesn’t get his asking price…..Powder blue unis and pennants at UCLA for the next two years??? Putting up big stats in the Pac12 could put him in the cusp of Major League grass sooner
Power Hitter, Power Suit. did Rutherford and Moniak just do a brotherly, collectively metaphorically Tiger Woods style fist pump on Draft Day?
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) March 31, 2016
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