Prospect Countdown #57 : Alex Abbott

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #57 : Outfielder, Alex Abbott (photo : Travis Berg)

Alex Abbott, Outfielder

HT : 6'1
WT : 195
DOB : November 2, 1994 (21), in Tifton, Georgia
Throws : Right
Bats : Left
School : Tift County High School (Tifton, Georgia)
Acquired : Drafted in 6th Round of 2014 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : #83


The Los Angeles Angels have quite a few fine athletic outfielders in the lurks of their system. Alex Abbott fits the part and may be one of those that fit the stereotype to break through and play out as a Major League outfielder, possibly as a starter, due to his sexy tools of trade.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Abbott is a very toolsy player, but there's still a lot of polishing to be done, paricularly at the plate. Abbott saw a high load of progress this past season, shortening his swing which has resulted in optimal contact points where he tapped into his power outlet. Abbott has a slightly harsh swing, which translates to both power, as well as over-swinging that forces ground outs and swing and misses. As he grows and develops, this harshness should be cut down.

Abbott stays back in his swing, allowing him to put quite a bit of pop behind his frame. He already has good size, but has room to grow physically, which he will. Translating, he will have more power potential as he grows. Coming from the left-side, Abbott is best when he's swift and smooth in his swing, which should force more line drive swings turning him into a gap-to-gap hitter.

There's more of a threat at the plate that Abbott creates in his approach. He has great discipline, holding out for pitches he can put in play. Abbott also has good knowledge of the strike zone, allowing him to not chase and draw a high load of walks. He goes deep into at bats, taking a high load of pitches, but when he falls behind he gets in trouble. This will also be something that should improve with playing time and development.

On the base paths Abbott has struggled despite good speed. He has the ability to take a base, but has poor timing and poor jumps when going to steal. It's been mentioned a few times, but this will improve with time and coaching. At the moment, it seems he's guessing on when to go, and falls behind the pitcher, which in turn, makes him fall behind the catcher. He'll need to improve his instincts on the base paths.

Abbott's speed does allow to cover a good amount of ground in the outfield though. He has fine speed, and does have a great instinct, allowing him to take good and direct routes to the ball. He breaks quick and rarely makes mistakes, even when the ball goes overhead. Abbott adds a strong and accurate arm to his defensive arsenal, making him one of the better defensive outfielders in the system.

There are many tools to desire when it comes to Abbott, but he will need to show fine tuning and polish of the tools to become something special for the Angels. He fits best as a potential athletic fourth outfielder with some pop from the left-side, but could put it all together and become a very fine tuned Major League outfielder with time and development.


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Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

Abbott was slightly overmatched in his professional debut, being a teenager around competition two to three years older than was. It showed, as he hit .202/.326/.275 over the season with six doubles and 21 runs scored. He did start things off in the right light, batting .267 with a .767 OPS in his first 13 games, but fell in his final 18, batting just .156 with a .483 OPS.

The Angels may have been overly aggressive with Abbott to kick off last season, throwing him into Low-A, where he collected one hit in 13 plate appearances. He got a second start to the season though in Rookie Orem, where he hit .247 and flashed his power with eight home runs and a .473 slugging percentage, while reaching base in 34.9% of his plate appearances. Abbott's best stretch over the season came in a nine-game hit-streak where he went 15-for-35 (.429) with 10 extra-base hits (.886 SLG), collecting multiple hits in five of the nine games.


EXPECTED FUTURE:

Abbott is still very young, beginning next season as a 21-year-old. This could mean he falls in the depth chart to the older hitters and returns to Rookie Ball to fine tune his tools. There may be a taste of Single-A by season's end next year for Abbott.

Abbott fills the profile of a potential fourth outfielder at the highest levels, but is still too far away to make a full accessment of it he can become that. The tools say so, now it's time for him to apply everything and put it on the field to show he can use those tools to reach the top.



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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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