Prospect Countdown #73 : Brandon Bayardi

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #73 : Designated Hitter/Outfielder, Brandon Bayardi (photo : Jerry Espinoza)

Brandon Bayardi, Outfielder

HT : 6'2
WT : 235
DOB : November 27, 1990 (25), in Phoenix, Arizona
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : University of Nevada-Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
Acquired : Drafted in 36th Round of 2013 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked


Right-handed power is down in the sport of baseball currently, but the Los Angeles Angels may have a hidden gem in Brandon Bayardi, who can be a big impact from the right-side. After a break out season in High-A, Bayardi has created a name for himself and we took full notice.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Bayardi is a physical presence at the plate, standing tall as a driving force every time he steps into the batter's box. He has natural athleticism, and found a way to use his full frame in his swing. His power stems from his lower half, and turns from a strong drive in his swing.

Bayardi stays through the ball in his swing, similar to a golf swing. He turns on the ball when needed, and uses his strong frame from the base to top to drive. His bat travels through the zone with ease, and with good bat speed comes excellent power.

In the field, Bayardi is average at best as an outfielder, and he suits best at the corners, or - as a designated hitter. He's not a liability in the field while playing left field, but his true game comes while at the plate.

Speed is a limited part of Bayardi's game, as he has average speed. He isn't much of a threat on the base paths, but has enough to cover ground in the outfield and stay aggressive on the paths.

Bayardi takes a nice approach to the plate with him, nit-picking to find good pitches to put good swings on, and finding ways into hitter's counts. He has a good knowledge of the strike zone, and rarely chases. He's had limited time at the plate due to suspensions and injuries, which should mean he makes more consistent contact while seeing more pitches.

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STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

Bayardi was a two-letter winner at Brophy College Prep, where he helped coach Tom Succow and Brophy to an 18-9 record his senior year. During that season, he hit .465 with eight home runs and 37 RBI, helping him be named to a First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-State selection. As a junior, Bayardi hit .420 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. Bayardi also served as a two-letter linebacker, helping Brophy to a State Title as a junior.

As a freshman at UNLV, Bayardi was one of two players to start in every game, helping him lead the team in at bats (243), hits (85), runs scored (58), doubles (22), and total bases (142). Bayardi finished the year with a .350 average and .584 slugging percentage helped by four triples, 22 doubles, and nine home runs. Bayardi collected 29 multi-hit games as a freshman, and began his collegiate career with a 12-game hit-streak.

Bayardi completed his sophomore season with Rebels with a .325/.429/.589 slash with nine home runs, 13 doubles, nine stolen bases, 51 RBI and 31 runs scored. Bayardi had 16 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI games during his sophomore campaign. He was named an All-Mountain West First-Team selection, and earned weekly honors after going 7-for-12 with two three-run home runs. Bayardi hit two home runs against TCU, both coming off Kyle Winkler who now pitches for the Angels Double-A affiliate, with the final coming as a walkoff home run.

Bayardi earned All-Mountain West First-Team honors as a junior, in a season where he hit .361 with seven home runs, 12 stolen bases and 43 runs scored. Bayardi highlighted his season with a five-hit performance against Air Force, where four of his five hits went for doubles. He finished his season hitting in 21 of 22 games, helping him be drafed by the Minnesota Twins in the 36th round, and did not sign.

Bayardi led UNLV is nearly every offensive statistic as a senior, leading team with a .341/.421/.565 slash and 11 home runs and 50 RBI. After being drafted, Bayardi stormed into professional baseball, and held a 10-game hit-streak where he hit .349 with a .920 OPS. He was soon suspended for 50 games for testing positive for Methylhexanamine.

In limited time between three affiliates, Bayardi hit .287/.349/.440 with 20 extra-base hits and 27 RBI and runs scored. In his final 33 games, Bayardi hit .323/.384/.548 with 10 doubles and six home runs, collecting the majority of his RBI, with 18.

This past season, Bayardi was limited to 79 games due to a back injury, but still managed to break out with a .281/.365/.480 slash, primarily spending the year with the High-A affiliate. Upon returning from the back injury, Bayardi found a 27-game stretch where he hit .330 with a 1.099 OPS, helped by eight home runs, and scoring 24 runs. He finished the year playing four game at the Triple-A level going 5-for-18 with a home run and 5 RBI.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

As a 25-year-old, time isn't playing friendly with Bayardi going towards the Major Leagues. However, he gives the Angels power from the right side, which hasn't been seen in the system for some time, and is needed. He should be expected to play at the upper levels, either in Double-A or higher in 2016.

As stated, Bayardi gives the Angels system right-handed power which is very desirable. He doesn't have much defense to support his cause moving forward which means he'll have to prove himself through his bat. What he does at the upper levels of the minor leagues will be the make or break point as to whether he'll become a Major Leaguer or not.



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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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