Tigers Scouting Report #36: Connor Harrell

A recent 2013 draft selection, Connor Harrell patrolled the outfield for the Whitecaps this past summer and had a solid debut season. With raw power and great skill in the outfield, could Harrell find himself on a quick path up the ladder?

Connor Harrell

Vitals

Position: Outfielder
Date of Birth: 3/24/1991 (2014 Opening Day Age: 23)
Height/Weight: 6-3/215
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: 2013 Draft, 7th Round
Ranking History: #36 (2014)

Background: Drafted by the Tigers for the second time in 2013 (2012 draft, 31st round), Harrell signed and was quickly assigned to West Michigan where he hit .237 in 65 games with 14 doubles and five home runs.

Performance:

2013 Stats - Hitting
TEAMABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
West Michigan 2413657142529197144.237.320.373


Scouting Report

Body: Big, physical guy; looks the part of a pro ball player when he steps off the bus; premium athlete; muscular build; borders on chiseled body; physical projection is excellent; should maintain coordination, speed, strength, etc., throughout remaining physical maturation; high end body.

Hit: Upright stance; high hands; slightly open front foot; inconsistent from set through load; can arrive a little late to the zone at times; solid-average to above-average bat speed; pull-happy approach; very aggressive swinger; doesn't take many pitches; approach remains very aggressive in all counts; struggles to recognize spin; susceptible to soft stuff in and out of the strike zone; tons of swing and miss in the game; well below-average hit projection. Grade – Present 2+/Future 3

Power: Excellent raw; leveraged swing generates power, rather than raw bat speed; power manifests to pull side in games; doesn't have feel for hit/barrel to drive the ball the other way; raw has potential to play at plus level; won't reach plus level with poor hit projection; swings early and often and will run into some pitches early in counts; potential for gap power and 10-12 home runs with consistent playing time. Grade – 4/4+

Speed: Gets out of the box well; moves down the line well; shows above-average times home to first; speed plays well on the bases thanks to aggressive base running approach; speed plays in CF; can cover both gaps thanks to long strides and surprising speed; should maintain speed long term. Grade – 5+/5+

Defense: Glove stands up in CF; covers ground well to both sides; aggressive coming in on the ball; needs some work going back over his head; can get too aggressive at times; still a little raw with some reads/routes; typically takes direct route to ball; can make routine plays look routine; capable of some impressive plays; particularly to the gaps; speed plays better than physical appearance would suggest; potential above-average glove in CF and could play to plus level on a corner. Grade – 5/5+

Arm: Arm can play at any OF slot; would fit well in RF and can be a weapon in center; quick release; excellent carry; rapidly improving accuracy; arm plays to plus level consistently; minimal projection but not really necessary. Grade – 6/6

Other: Quality character; aggressive approach to everything on the field; instincts are solid all-around; loud tools; has the look of an MLB player.

Final Word

Summary: Extremely impressive tools; everything is loud; power, speed, defense and arm are all MLB-caliber tools; feel to hit is non-existent; lacks ability to recognize soft/spin; too aggressive in the batter's box; hit tool does not project; other tools can carry profile to a reserve level; extremely impressive package that will get plenty of opportunities.

Risk: High risk; Lack of hit projection leads to plenty of risk; other tools help mitigate risk some; limited professional resume.

Projection: Hitting ability would require multi-grade jump to play to an everyday level; combination of power, speed and defense should play in reserve role; potential highly athletic fourth outfielder; Drew Stubbs profile; has MLB future without hit tool development; late 2015 ETA as a reserve, and could reach Double-A late in 2014.

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