Prospect Countdown #43 : Michael Hermosillo

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #43 : Outfielder, Michael Hermosillo (photo : Travis Berg)

Michael Hermosillo, Outfielder

HT : 5'11
WT : 190
DOB : January 17, 1995 (20), in Mesa, Arizona
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : Ottawa High School (Ottawa, IL)
Acquired : Drafted in 28th Round of 2013 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : #37


The Los Angeles Angels found a gem late in the 2013 draft, taking on one of the best prep athletes in the nation. Michael Hermosillo was a three-star athlete who now has all of his focus on baseball, and is beginning to show that he's not just an athlete, but a very talented ball player. Though there's things to iron out, the future for the Angels and Hermosillo is getting brighter and brighter.


SCOUTING REPORT:

It's rare to find an athlete the caliber of Hermosillo. He was a three-sport athlete in high school and was viewed as a premier talent while doing so. Though he doesn't have a large frame, he uses his entire physical presence in all aspects of his game. In the least, Hermosillo has an opportunity to use all his athleticism to force his way onto the depth charts and move forward while refining everything he does and turning himself into a polished baseball player.

At the plate, Hermosillo has an advanced approach and uses discipline to his advantage. He is a constant threat to take a base with both his speed out of the box, his bat, and his ability to draw high counts and walks. He sees pitches well, and has an outstanding knowledge of the strike zone, which is another high mark to his game, mixed with the athleticism.

Hermosillo's swing needs some adjustments. There are a lot of moving parts, which worked in the lower levels of the minors, but may cause troubles at the higher points. He is goal driven and oriented and uses the off-season to fine tune his swing. He stays low to the ground to make the strike zone smaller, drives with his lower half and has a short compact stroke from the right-side. He has good bat speed, but will need to learn to extend when necessary to drive the ball with more force.

There's a lot of growing Hermosillo has to do, which should mean more power in the future. Though, with the compact swing, it's unlikely he'll be a major threat in the power department. With his athleticism though, the ceiling is high that he could be a gap hitter with some minor power potential, enough to make him a speedy on-base machine - a.k.a. leadoff hitter.

Baseball is relatively new to Hermosillo, as a primary focus at least. He just finished his third year of professional baseball, but had side focuses during the first year. Prior to the draft, Hermosillo was bound for Illinois, to play football. He was also a track star, and had the standard life of any 18-year-old trying to figure their path in this world. Now that baseball is the driving force of his attention and focus, things should be pieced together with more ease. As he sees more reps in the field and at the plate, growth and development should progress ten-fold as he becomes a better and more polished baseball player.

Hermosillo is incredibly explosive on the base paths, but needs to learn when to use his speed better. He's incredibly fast, one of the quickest in the system, and uses his low to ground foundation to find quick burst of speed in his initial step. This also translates in the field, as he uses his athleticism and speed to pick up ground in the outfield. Mixed in with a strong arm, Hermosillo will become a strong and agile defender at all outfield positions.

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


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

After a senior season at Ottawa where Hermosillo hit .485/.587/.912 with four home runs and 30 RBI - along with being named a First-Team All-State football selection and three-star recruit - Hermosillo earned honors of Illinois Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. He then jumped into pro ball where he reached base once in his first six plate appearances, then collected hits in six of his next 12.

In his sophomore professional season, Hermosillo kicked things off well, reaching base in 17 of his first 18 games, hitting .310 with a .989 OPS. He went on a poor streak for some time, and then finished strong batting .250/.362/.365 over his final 28 games, and collecting hits in five of his final seven games. He finished the year batting .244/.358/.394 with 10 doubles, three home runs, 23 RBI and 36 runs score.

This past season, Hermosillo jumped between two affiliate, seeing the majority of his time in Single-A where he hit .218/.340/.245. He did collect a 28-game stretch of good play, batting .284 with a .725 OPS and 15 runs scored. He jumped back onto the scene when he was sent to Rookie Orem, reaching base in every game he had a plate appearance, and finishing with a .319/.385/.383 slash aside from his first game.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

After seeing what Single-A talent has to offer, Hermosillo should make a return to Low-A Burlington in 2016, where he'll be able to get full playing time and be ready to match the talent level with his bat. Despite the low batting average, Hermosillo had a good understanding at the plate and should see his numbers increase by quite a bit next season.

Though Hermosillo is raw, you can see the tools becoming more polished every time he takes the field. With his work ethic and high load of potential, he could possibly become an every day outfielder in the future. At the moment, he stands tall as an athletic fourth outfielder, which is something every team needs.



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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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