BLUF: Number three hitter with plus power and excellent hitting ability.
The Player: David Dahl (OF, Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham, AL) – Has raked since freshman year at Oak Mountain. Hit .439 as a freshman and .449 last year as a junior. Hitting well over .400 again this year as a senior. Showcase circuit standout with an Auburn commitment.
Basis of Report: Industry Contacts
Body (6-2, 190): Good body. Well proportioned. Has good present strength and room to add more without becoming too bulky. Fluid athlete that is well coordinated. Classic athletic frame.
Hit: Excellent feel for the strike zone. Tracks pitches very well and shows advanced pitch recognition ability. Not fazed by breaking balls or change-ups and will square both of them regularly. Very balanced swing. Short stride keeps head on a consistent plane and helps tracking. Very quick to the zone with good hands and plus bat speed. Bat stays in the zone a long time with slight loft at the end. Uses whole field well, staying back and going with the pitch. Potential plus-plus hitter at his peak. Grade – 30/70
Power: Has present bat speed and some leverage in his swing. Needs to learn when to turn on a ball and use his natural ability to his advantage. Should add leverage and more loft to his swing as he gains pro instruction. Excellent natural hitter. Power should play in game situations immediately. Potential 20-25 home run threat. Grade (raw power) – 40/60
Arm: A little inconsistent. Shows plus raw arm strength at times and will be merely average at others. With improved consistency in his mechanics, should have a true plus arm that will play at all three outfield spots. Grade – 50/60
Fielding: Good instincts for his age. Reads the ball well of the bat, good first step and proper routes. Can handle center field now but may be pushed to right field down the line. Has the athleticism, chops and arm strength to handle right. Could be an asset defensively as a potential plus glove on a corner. Will need to improve reads on the ball with a second deck on the ball park. Grade – 50/60
Speed: Shows above-average to occasional plus times from home to first right now. Doesn’t have the lithe, athletic body to project to maintain that speed as he matures physically. Should remain at least a fringe-average runner long term. Heady base runner with a good feel for the game, helps his speed play up a touch. Grade – 50/50
Summation: Excellent offensive potential. Natural hitting ability with willingness to use all fields and take what’s given to him. Good strength and bat speed with projection for plus power combined with potential for averages approaching .300. Slim chance of staying in center as he fills out, but should play well on either corner with solid athleticism and good instincts. Hard worker with what scouts describe as good makeup. Good feel for the game at a young age. Tools play up in game situations because of instincts. Potential three hitter that contributes in a variety of ways.
Relative Risk: Moderate. Rare rating for a high school bat. Natural hitting ability, feel for the strike zone and present/projected power make him a safer bet than many high school bats.
Draft Projection: Lacks the raw athleticism of Byron Buxton but has a more natural feel for hitting and possibly more natural power. In contention to be best high school bat in the draft. Could force his way into the top five or six picks, easy top ten choice.