MLB Draft Scouting Report: Ricky Oropesa

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at college infielder, Ricky Oropesa.

Name: Ricky Oropesa
Position: 1B
School: USC
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 230
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League

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Physical Description

Oropesa, at least in terms of body, resembles everything we come to expect from a big league first baseman. He's tall, muscular, but not overly bulky where it would cause immobility. He's likely maxed out physically as well.

Hitting

He can be a bit pull happy at times, but recognizes pitches well and has an idea at the plate. Swings and misses figure to be a part of his game teams will need to put up with, but doesn't chase many pitches and makes consistent, hard contact. His swing has a lot of upper body involved, which is a mild concern.

Power

Power is the big part of Oropesa's game. He has plus-plus power potential and could easily be a 35 home run threat at the big league level. He's shown no problems driving the ball with wood bats and creates impressive backspin very consistently. He'll drive the ball out in the deepest part of any ballpark.

Speed

Oropesa is a slightly below average runner, but given his position it's not going to be a big issue. He's not a base clogger, but will never be much of a threat on the base paths as a professional.

Fielding

The righty fielding Oropesa has the tools to be a more than adequate big league first baseman. He'll have an exceptional throwing arm for the position and good range, especially to his glove side.

Summation

Oropesa will be drafted high mostly on the strength of his lefty power bat. They are hot commodities every year, and he has as much left-handed power as anyone in the class. He may not hit for a lot of average, but the power is unquestionable.

Draft Projection: Second Round

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