Prospect Countdown #53 : Dalton Blumenfeld

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #53 : Catcher, Dalton Blumenfeld (photo : Jerry Espinoza)

Dalton Blumenfeld, Catcher

HT : 6'3
WT : 210
DOB : November 14, 1996 (19), in Los Angeles, California
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : Hamilton High School (Los Angeles, CA)
Acquired : Drafted in 12th Round of 2015 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked


As the Los Angeles Angels began to venture into prep players with serious upside this past draft, one name stood out in Dalton Blumenfeld. For those that like power, Blumenfeld is your guy. After being one of the top prep bats in the entire nation, he is now gracing the Angels farm system with an upside they haven't seen since Mark Trumbo, and things worked out pretty well for the Angels that go around.


SCOUTING REPORT

Blumenfeld's highest mark will be his bat. More so - his power. Blumenfeld has a strong swing from the right side and flares high marks in driving the ball with authority. There's a good amount of loft in his swing that should carry at the highest levels.

There's minor tweaks that need to be done to complete Blumenfeld's swing. There's multiple moving parts, which will improve with reps and quick coaching assessments that should turn his swing into one full driving force. He really swings through the ball and drives it to all parts of the field.

It's hard to judge Blumenfeld's approach at the plate currently due to limited time. He was able to control the zone as a prep player but it became evident that there's work to be done as a professional after falling behind quite often.

Behind the plate, Blumenfeld has a good jump from a crouch stance, but will need work to remain behind the plate. His arm isn't as accurate as you'd always like, but has a lot of power behind it. As he simplifies his game, he should be able to become a strong catcher who has quality movement behind the plate.

Blumenfeld has decent speed for a catcher, and uses all parts of his large frame - six-foot-three, 210 pounds - to jump into his natural athleticism. He won't be a major threat on the base paths but should be able to make wise decisions on the paths to create opportunities when running.

All in all, Blumenfeld could become a sure thing as a catcher with serious pop. Hardly any prospect in the system has as much power potential as Blumenfeld, which will be the biggest mark to him moving forward and being successful.

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


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

Blumenfeld ranked high in the nation as a senior at Hamilton High School, batting .594 with 27 runs scored, seven doubles, nine home runs and 43 RBI, while collecting multiple hits in each of his first six games. He ranked eighth in the nation in batting average, ninth in on-base percentage (.694 OBP), and fifth in slugging percentage (1.187 SLG).

Blumenfeld saw some struggles upon professional baseball, batting just .143/.225/.222 with one home run, eight runs scored and a 40.8 strikeout percentage. He did kick things off the right way, hitting a triple in his first game, and found a seven-game stretch where he collected hits in five games, with one multiple-hit game and a multiple-run game, while also picking up his first professional home run.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

Blumenfeld has age on his side, which could mean a return to Rookie Ball is what's in store for the young catcher in 2016. Numbers rarely have much to do with placing a player out of Spring Training, but instead, where they are developmental wise. As a teen, Blumenfeld should return to the AZL or make the jump to Orem come mid season next year.

Blumenfeld has possibly the highest upside in the Angels system when it comes to power. That alone will keep him in the system for some time, and his development in the lower minors should be where his potential Major League ceiling comes. There is no ETA set for when he will make the Majors, but with steady progress, he could be a talent at the highest level behind the plate by 2020-21.



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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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