Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2011
Ranking History: #66 (2011)
The Tigers signed Sayers as a 16-year old out of Australia with the understanding that he would not come Stateside to play for the Tigers until he completed high school.
While still in Australia, Sayers hit .091 in five games for Melbourne in the Australian Baseball League in 2011. This season, Sayers has played in 17 games for the Aces, batting just .148 with two walks and eight strikeouts against much older competition.
Sayers has an average body for a middle infielder to go along with very good athleticism. He needs to add strength but has the work ethic and desire to become a better player and will likely benefit from consistent exposure to a pro workout and training routine.
Currently a shortstop, Sayers currently has a below-average arm and iffy defensive actions. His arm has some projection but has not materialized over the last two years, leaving scouts to wonder if he has the arm for the left side of the diamond.
Sayers runs well and when combined with his athleticism, he has the range for shortstop, if not the actions. He's very rough around the edges and the actions/hands may never develop at the position. Scouts have become increasingly convinced that he may be a second baseman down the line. For now, the Tigers are likely to give him a chance to stick at short.
Sayers' best tool is his bat. He has a "sweet" left-handed swing according to one observer. He makes easy contact with some thump to the gaps. His approach is solid for his age but he will have to demonstrate his ability to lay off better secondary pitches when he comes Stateside. Sayers has the potential to hit for average and show at least doubles-power once he reaches maturity.
There exists an immense gap between the present and potential tools and performance. Sayers will require significant developmental time and may be completely off the radar for a couple of years before he begins to put things together.
Performance Level Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB OBP% SLG% ABL
Sayers has not had any injuries in his brief career.
All signs point toward Sayers coming Stateside in time for spring training and he should hang around in extended spring to gain valuable developmental time. Barring a miraculous showing in extended, Sayers will head to the Gulf Coast League to start his career. There is no sense in developing a big-league timetable for a player this far away the Major Leagues.
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