Prospect Countdown #28 : Bo Way

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #28 : Outfielder, Bo Way (photo : Jerry Espinoza)

Bo Way, Outfielder

HT : 6'0
WT : 180
DOB : November 17, 1991 (24), Brunswick, Georgia
Throws : Left
Bats : Left
School : Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
Acquired : Drafted in 7th Round of 2014 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : #27


Every draft tends to see players move up the ladder of the minors quickly and adjust as quickly making them a nice piece for the system. For the Los Angeles Angels, Bo Way is becoming that guy. With a fine mixture of speed, defense and a compact swing from the left-side, the ceiling is getting higher and higher for the talented young prospect. Development will be the key to Way and his future with the Angels, but with the strides he's made, the ceiling is rising drastically.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Way is a true athlete, and it shows in every aspect of the game. This athleticism is mostly seen in the field, but all tools are helped by his athleticism. In the field, Way explodes to the ball in the outfield, using his quick feet and quick initial burst to range in center. He supports his range and speed with an even more explosive arm that will keep even the quickest runners honest. Way also has the ability to read and track well enough to see the ball when laying out and making impressive catches, making him a triple threat in the field.

Along with his speed in the field, he is a knowledgable base runner, who is a threat on the paths constantly. He stays low to the ground, gaining the most out of his legs in quick strides. He also seems to have a fifth gear when rounding the base paths, which allow him to be aggressive throughout his laps around the paths. Mixed with speed and knowledge on the paths and in the field, Way should at minimum be a bench piece to come in for defensive help and speed on the paths.

At the plate, Way needs to slow down his approach. He hasn't yet found a way to let the game come to him, despite having the skill set to be a multi-threat hitter. He can get deep into counts, and get the bat to the ball, but he has to slow down going into the box and prepping for his at bat. Even in this rushed state, Way has found success with his short and swift stroke from the left-side.

Way's swing is compact and direct to the ball, best suited for line drives. He uses his entire frame to minimize excess movement in his swing, and create some extra power. He's near his full physical growth, and the power numbers haven't come - which is partially due to his compact swing - and likely won't come. Even without the over the fence power, Way will be able to drive the ball to the gaps with ease and be a doubles and triples hitter.

Way still has a ways to go at the plate, but his marks of success would say different. This could scream for attention that there's more in the tool box, and Way could go from being a potential fourth outfielder to a starting outfielder who plays well in the field, is quick on the paths and makes consistent contact. Development at the higher levels will be key to Way becoming a strong future Major Leaguer.

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STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

After high school, Way did a quick two-year stint at Middle Georgia Junior College. In his first year, he led the team in hits, triples and stolen bases, and followed that with a sophomore year with a .350 average, 12 doubles, five triples and two home runs. He finished second on the team with 18 stolen bases and was named an All-Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association selection.

Way spent the next two seasons at Kennesaw State, where he hit .333/.381/.443 with 29 doubles, six triples, four home runs, 81 runs scored and 58 RBI. He led KSU in runs scored and hits during his senior campaign, and finished in the top three on the team in nearly every offensive statistic throughout his collegiate career.

Way broke onto the scene upon being drafted in Rookie Ball, hitting .354/.397/.554 with 12 doubles and 29 runs scored in 32 games. Way reached in 31 of the 32 games he took part in for Orem, and picked up hits in 27. He was promoted to Burlington where he didn't fall off hitting .339/.424/.461. He collected a 16-game hit steak in August where he hit .388 with a .976 OPS.

This past season, Way spent the entire campaign in High-A Inland Empire where he hit .277/.349/.371 with 25 doubles, nine triples, two home runs, 52 RBI and 80 runs scored. From July on, Way hit .305 with a .784 OPS, picking up six of his eight triples.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

Last season, Way kicked off the offense every night as a leadoff hitter in High-A, and next season, it should be the same story at a different affiliate. He was successful through the beginning of the upper minors, and should take that next step to Double-A, as a leadoff hitter. His swing should play well in the small park of Little Rock, and he should progress well with a chance at a call up to Triple-A before season's end.

With his mixture of tools, Way plays out as a fourth outfielder who can bring quality defense and speed to the mix. However, development at the upper levels could turn him into something even more special and a starting outfielder with time. If he taps into any power potential that may be there, he could become a decent average outfielder with the ability to reach base and use his tools mentioned above.



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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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