Prospect Countdown #19 : Kyle Survance

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #19 : Outfielder, Kyle Survance (photo : Facebook)

Kyle Survance, Outfielder

HT : 6'1
WT : 190
DOB : December 6, 1993 (22), Houston, Texas
Throws : Right
Bats : Left
School : University of Houston (Houston, TX)
Acquired : Drafted in 8th Round of 2015 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked


Baseball has become all about speed in recent years. Quicker velocities, quicker bat speeds, and quicker base runners. The Los Angeles Angels added speed in this last draft when they nabbed Kyle Survance in the eighth round, and got more in the tool box than expected. Survance soon became one of the best players taken in the past draft, putting up some of the best numbers while showing he's more than just speed. As he progresses, he may prove to show he's better than he appears on paper - or even in this article.


SCOUTING REPORT:

The highlight to Survance's scouting report is his speed - not just his quickness, but his ability to use it. He could be registered as the premier base stealer and base runner in the Angels farm system, and possibly, the entire organization. He explodes out of the box and has an even more explosive first step when trying to take a base. Some recommend he has a fifth gear when rounding the base paths, picking up ground when taking an extra base, which allows him to be aggressive on the paths.

The bat has been questioned for Survance, mostly due to his lack of power. He does however have quick hands and gets the bat to the ball. He is mostly fine tuned for swinging away or pulling the ball to line it to the gaps where he can use his speed to pick up extra base hits. He uses his hands as a timing mechanism and does make consistent contact. The biggest question is that he has trouble getting the barrel of the bat to the ball, which will be the biggest knock at the moment. With coaching and refinement at the plate, Survance could become a high contact bat who finds his way on the base paths with his speed while hitting the ball on the ground.

Survance has quick wrist which allows more than adequate bat speed. This is where his power stems from, but it does remain limited. He'll need to add on proper weight to gain some strength and put a driving force behind the ball when he swings. However, mixed with his speed, slap hitting could work at the plate with his approach. As for an approach, Survance likes to hit to the middle of the field, but will need to focus on pitch recognition as he moves forward.

Survance's offensive scouting report is not complete just yet due to his rawness at the plate. There's a lot of refinement to be done to turn him into an established hitter at the professional level but so far, he's been excellent at making contact and finding some discipline. When all is said and done, to continue competing at the upper levels of the minors and into Major League Baseball, he'll need to gain some power and add some more thud behind his swing.

In the field, Survance uses his speed as his largest asset. He covers a high load of ground in the outfield, and rarely makes mistakes in taking direct routes to the ball. He has the ability to play all outfield positions and fits best in center field. He has good athleticism, which could allow him to leave the ground if necessary to dive and take away anything in the gap. He backs this all up with a strong arm that keeps runners more than honest. His arm and speed is enough to add desire in keeping him in center field.

Survance fell victim to the disabled list at the end of last season after cutting his hand while celebrating a playoff berth in the first half of the Pioneer League. The cut required stitches to the hand, which could have a small impact on his play this upcoming season, though he is expected to be fully recovered. This was the first notable injury in Survance's playing career, which should mean he won't be viewed as a persistent or potential injury threat.

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


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

In a solid three-year collegiate career, Survance earned multiple honors for his performances, finishing his career in Houston with a .302/.392/.384 slash, with 23 doubles, 10 triples, four home runs, 86 RBI and 140 runs scored. He also stole 82 bases, which ranks third all-time in school history - including a conference leading 20 his freshman year. In both his freshman and junior year, Survance collected an on-base streak of 23 games, with 19 games being the longest streak in his sophomore season. In that sophomore season, Survance was named the Most Outstanding Player for the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional after picking up eight hits, six runs and three RBI, including a game-winning hit to come-from-behind on LSU. Survance earned accolades in the likes of Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, American Athletic Conference Second-Team honors (sophomore) and ABCA/Rawling All-Region and American Athletic Conference First-Team honors (junior).

Upon being drafted last season, Survance took Rookie Orem by storm, beginning his professional career with a 14-game hit-streak where he hit .459 with a 1.210 OPS. Survance stole a base in each of his first seven games, and reached in all 29 games he played in. He was held to just those 29 games due a season ending injury suffered at the midway point of the Pioneer League season but not before posting a .363/.434/.484 slash with 21 RBI, 27 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

Coming off of the stitches in the hand may cause concern depending on when Survance started swinging a bat again. We don't have this knowledge but it could have been at season's end or not until recently. Regardless, Survance should start next season in Single-A, likely in Burlington where he can face pitchers who still need some polish, and he can do some polishing of the bat himself.

The ceiling will always be high for a speedy outfielder who has some rawness at the plate, but the floor for Survance is the nice part for the Angels. He has Major League speed already, there's no denying that. He fits the part as a fourth outfielder in the future, but will need to show he can face established professional pitchers and continue to hit against them. His development at the upper levels of the minors is key for his future success.



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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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