Date of Birth: 10/19/1991 (2014 Opening Day age: 22)
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 6th Round
Ranking History: N/A
Background: Drafted in the sixth round as a college senior after turning down the Indians as a tenth round pick in 2013, Kivett signed quickly for roughly half of his allotted slot value; inking for only $110,000. He was assigned to short-season Connecticut to start his pro career.
Body: Looks bigger than listed height (6-foot-1); high waste; thicker lower half with good strength; upper body lacks muscle definition or mass; athletic movements in the field.
Hit: Simple setup and swing; gets the bat to the zone in the same manner almost every time; very good pitch recognition; rarely chases out of the zone; can stay on the ball and use the entire field; willing to work deep into counts; bat stays in the zone a long time; consistent line drives from line to line; ball doesn’t jump off the bat but has enough to drive it to the outfield; just a little swing and miss in the game and will swing through some pitches in the zone at times; handles velocity pretty well; solid hitter but peak is likely short of average. Grade – Present 4/Future 4+
Power: Doesn’t have much thump; won’t drive the ball out of the park but can drive it to the gaps at times; well below-average power overall; will have to consistently hit doubles to keep pitchers from being too aggressive with him; potential for 15-20 doubles and 5-6 home runs a year with regular playing time. Grade – 3/3
Speed: Average down the line and underway; gets out of the box well thanks to a simple swing and consistent finish to the swing; gets up to his top-end speed quickly; speed can play up a little bit on the bases with solid instincts; not a significant stolen base threat but could steal 10-12 bases; speed isn’t a significant factor defensively; athletic enough to maintain speed going forward. Grade – 5/5
Defense: Infield days should be behind him; not a clean OF defender; lacks speed and arm strength to truly profile in CF; gets a good jump on the ball and tracks it pretty well; won’t chase down gappers because top-end speed doesn’t allow him to close; more of a LF profile; plays hard; can handle other OF spots in a pinch; average ceiling in LF; fringe profile in CF. Grade – 4+/5
Arm: Below-average raw strength; ball doesn’t come out cleanly; gets rid of it quickly to make up for lack of strength; lacks carry; accuracy is solid; left field arm. Grade – 4/4
Other: Intelligent; high energy player; loves being on the field; carries himself very well and interacts well with his teammates.
Summary: Not a flashy overall profile; lots of fringe to average tools; no carrying tool; fringe hit; well below-average power; average run; glove fits best in left field and arm is below-average; center field ability and infield ability are often overstated; utility profile is suspect because defense won’t hold up across multitude of positions; assertive player with good energy/effort.
Risk: Low risk; low ceiling player; minimal potential for tool growth as a professional; nominal development remaining.
Projection: Difficult to see an MLB profile; more of a strong org player that will move around and do what the team/organization needs him to do; will hit for some average, get on base and play hard to make things happen; polish should allow him to reach Double-A quickly, possibly by the end of 2015, where he should reach his peak and contribute for an extended period of time.
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