Date of Birth: 9/16/1993 (2014 Opening Day Age: 20)
Acquired: 2012 MLB Draft, 3rd Round
Ranking History: #8 (2013), #28 (2014)
Background: Signed as a third round pick in 2012, Schotts had a huge debut in the Gulf Coast League, posting a .310/.360/.452 line in 40 games. At 19-years old he struggled with a full-season assignment in 2013, hitting just .192 in 59 games at Low-A. After a demotion to short-season Connecticut in June, he hit just .229 with eleven extra-base hits in 62 games.
|2013 Stats - Hitting|
Body: Plus-plus athlete; one of the best athletes in the system; thin, slight frame; lacks strength; doesn't have room to hang muscle; some physical development possible; more likely to remain extremely lean; fast-twitch kid.
Hit: Very raw hitter; struggles with barrel control; struggles to recognize and handle spin in or out of the zone; out front of soft stuff; can make contact on mediocre velocity; high-end velo blows him away; doesn't impact the ball; swung through a lot of pitches in the strike zone even after demotion; shows ability to hit ball to all fields when he makes contact; hit projection is poor given current pitch recognition and barrel control; hit tool will limit offensive utility; below-average projection at this time; tool could change radically during developmental arc, and needs to. Grade – Present 2/Future 4
Power: No power at present; physical projection is limited; lack of strength hurts hit tool and dramatically impacts power; struggles to consistently drive ball to gaps; over-the-fence power will not be part of his game; additional strength could lead to more solid line drives and gap power; likely always at least below-average; not part of his game; doubles and triples will come with speed. Grade – 2/3+
Speed: Burner; can get down the line; sub-4.1 times as RHH are regular; busts it down the line; instincts to apply speed on bases; can steal at acceptable rate but will need to continue refining reads against advanced catchers/pitchers; can take extra base; speed plays in OF; can get from gap to gap easily; legit plus-plus runner with tool that plays to that grade day in and day out. Grade – 7/7
Defense: Still learning as OF (converted SS); made strides in 2013; reads off the bat were better; took more direct routes; has defensive projection; speed covers some mistakes now; potential to be Gold Glove caliber CF with at least plus projection; experience necessary but has tools to stay in the middle. Grade – 4+/6+
Arm: Still making mechanical adjustments to OF; arm doesn't play to average; needs to add strength and gain consistency; below-average at present; lacks carry and accuracy; potential for fringe-average to average arm; development will depend on throwing mechanics and additional strength. Grade – 4/4+
Other: Incredibly hard worker; loves the game; max effort player; instincts on the come and should continue developing; needs to learn how to rebound from failure.
Summary: Has defensive tools to carry profile and stay in the middle of the field; arm will play in CF; defensive chops could be high-end; speed is near elite and plays to grade level with instincts/aggression; bat has a long way to go; below-average power projection will remain; lacks the room to add significant strength but must add some; needs to impact the ball and develop hit tool to have any offensive profile.
Risk: Extreme risk; plenty of physical development left; no success past complex league; offensive game must make multiple-grade jump to have MLB future.
Projection: Work in progress and long-shot project; has everyday CF profile defensively; bat may play to the bottom of a lineup at best; will require 3-4 additional years of development; another crack at Low-A is on the docket in 2014.
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