Date of Birth: 6/14/1993 (2014 Opening Day Age: 21)
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 5th Round
Ranking History: #20 (2015)
Background: The product of a baseball family as the nephew of former big leaguer Todd Zeile, Shane was a 5th round pick after a very successful three-year run at UCLA where he was part of several high-caliber teams and improved his all-around game every season. Zeile debuted with the GCL Tigers last summer and hit .222 in 21 games.
|2014 Stats - Hitting|
Body: Average body; room for additional strength and needs to get stronger under a professional workout program; durability is of some question; previously repaired torn labrum in left shoulder.
Hit: Quick bat; hits from a deep crouch; stays low throughout swing and doesn’t pop up or change his sight line; difficulty staying on pitches away and must learn to use opposite field to greater degree; can get the bat on the ball with some consistency but shows occasional weakness for chasing good breaking stuff; pro caliber pitching will be a test for him; knows the zone but is still willing to expand to hit the ball; won’t strike out much but contact can be weak when he’s not waiting for pitches he can drive; doesn’t project to walk much; potential solid-average hitter. Grade – Present 4/Future 5
Power: Power is limited to pull side; lacks strength or ability to consistently drive ball hard up the middle or the other way; swing lacks lift and is geared more toward line drives than anything else; may be able to pick up some doubles as his approach and knack for squaring the ball adjusts to the pro game; power won’t be substantial part of his game but he won’t trend toward punchless; potential for 8-10 home runs with 15-20 doubles with regular playing time. Grade – 3/3+
Speed: Fringe runner that works hard at it and goes max effort at all times; has some trouble getting out of the box at times because of unique stance/swing; runs better once underway and can take extra bases on occasion; aggressive when he thinks he can make something happen; likes to try and get things going by using his limited speed to cause problems; could slow down some as catching career begins to take a toll. Grade – 4+/4
Defense: Still raw and learning as a defender; less than two years of true catching experience, leaving plenty to learn at this stage of the game; Has developed rapidly to date and has made some believers in the scouting community; ability to block in the dirt is exceptional; not afraid to get dirty and do his job back there; ability to call a game is improving; builds trust and rapport with his pitchers; receiving is noisy and glove will drift at times; has to learn to handle high-end pro stuff; potential above-average defensive catcher with continued progress; good potential. Grade – 4+/5+
Arm: Strong arm; consistently above-average; ball comes out of his hand well; throws are typically accurate despite developing footwork; likes to throw when runners get lazy or too aggressive; potential asset that rounds out the defensive profile. Grade – 5+/5+
Other: Intelligent player; works extremely hard; aggressive and pesky on the field; likes to get under the oppositions skin; baseball rat; plus-plus makeup that gives him a chance to pull everything together; grinder.
Summary: Lacks impressive ceiling but could have a solid bat with a strong defensive skill set; potential .270-.280 hitter at peak with modest power but a knack for making contact and putting the ball in play; speed is fringe at present and may slow, but aggressive runner that can make most of what he has; defensive continues to improve and could be above-average long term; arm is an asset; potential above-average defender with some hitting ability; grinder on the field that could still revert back to utility role he excelled in during early part of his college career; experience at first base, second base, third base, and catcher.
Risk: LHigh risk; Raw player despite college experience; complex level resume; bat and glove need to step forward.
Projection: Will take time to develop as both major pieces of game need to make strides for him to have true MLB future; potential to become a batting-average driven offensive player with good defense at a premium position; likely backup role going forward but chance at second division role; extended ETA; likely 2018 or 2019 arrival.
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