BLUF: Lots of tools rate at least average leaving him with solid regular future.
The Player: Mikie Mahtook (OF, Tampa Bay Rays) – Strong player for three years at LSU. Picked by the Rays in the first round (31st overall) this summer. Posted a .290/.358/.419 line in pro debut in Florida State League. Improved across the board after promotion to Double-A, having posted a .296/.316/.463 in first 14 games at the level, including six doubles and one home run.
Basis of Report: Compilation – Industry Contacts
Body (6-1, 200): Live, athletic body with good muscular definition. Physical guy with fast-twitch ability. Very well coordinated. Plus body.
Hit: Good bat speed and feel for the barrel. Knows the strike zone and has good plate coverage. Uses entire field well, driving balls from line to line. Pitch recognition skills continue to improve. Quick, consistent trigger with steady head. Stands more upright than in college and it has helped his projected contact rates. Potential above-average to plus hitter that stings the ball consistently. Grade – 40/60
Power: Has bat speed and strength to project for power. Already has good loft in his swing. Generates back spin and ball carries very well off bat. Has easy plus power to pull side and at least average to the opposite field. Overall plus power is within reach down the line. Grade (raw power) – 50/60
Arm: Lowest graded tool. Merely average. Shows good accuracy and quick release, but lacks zip and carry to really be a weapon. Arm can play in CF and LF. Grade – 50/50
Fielding: Has solid overall ability. Reads ball well off the bat with good jumps and proper routes. Very solid overall defender. Stretched some in CF but has raw defensive ability to be above-average on either corner. Grade – 50/50
Speed: Solid-average home-to-first times. Runs well once underway but doesn’t have middle of the diamond speed defensively. Athleticism gives projection to maintain speed. Grade – 50/50
Summation: No standout tools. Sum of parts is greater than individual tools/skills. Aggressive, grinder mentality. Plays game very aggressively and doesn’t give up on anything. At least average tools across the board. All tools play up because of effort. Plus makeup. LF long term, putting pressure on bat. Should contribute across the board. Projection as solid regular that does everything he can to help a team win.
Relative Risk: Low. Easy big-league projection, though little chance of being an impact player.
Future: Moving very quickly through Tampa Bay system, reaching Double-A in first full season. Should spend the bulk of 2013 in Triple-A and could be a big league fixture in 2014.