Tigers Scouting Report: Nicholas Shumpert

In addition to Beau Burrows, the Tigers took another talented high schooler in the first ten rounders of the MLB Draft - shortstop Nicholas Shumpert, son of former Major Leaguer Terry Shumpert. What makes Shumpert such an appealing prospect?

Nick Shumpert


Position: Shortstop

Date of Birth: 11/11/1996
Height/Weight: 5-11/180
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: 2015 MLB Draft, 7th Round

Scouting Report

Body: Excellent athlete; quick twitch; wiry, strong body; won’t change much physically from here; good MIF frame and athleticism.

Hit: Exceptional bat speed; strong arms and wrists enable ability to snap bat through the zone; load can get a little long at times, forcing him to rely on bat speed to get to and through the zone on time; when things are in sync, has ability to work the ball from line to line with hard line drives; over-aggressive at times; has instincts to develop strike zone discipline and solid approach; needs to reign in swing and miss and stay in the middle of the field to find ultimate success; with positive development, could be above-average to plus hitter; chance for .280+ batting average. Grade – Present 4/Future 5+

Power: Surprising power from a player of his size and stature; ball explodes off bat; high-end bat speed lends to loud contact to all fields; has ability to consistently rope ball to both gaps; can turn on ball and lift out of the park with easy raw power; potential for average to above-average power overall; approach will need to develop for hit tool development that will allow power to manifest; peak could see 30+ doubles and 15-18 home runs. Grade – 4/5+

Speed: Consistently above-average down the line; will flash occasional plus time home to first; speed improves to plus range once underway and shows better in 60-yard dash than shorter bursts; good speed when taking extra bases; instincts play well; chance to steal 15-20 bases annually; athleticism will allow speed to remain part of game. Grade – 5+/5+

Defense: Can handle shortstop right now; moves well to both sides; looks the part of a fluid athlete on the field; first step can be a half-tick slow at times; hands are solid and arm is average; some believe tools play better at second base where arm plays up, instincts look better, and first step has sufficient quickness for the position; has speed and savvy to handle move to center field if necessary; profiles as a very strong defensive second baseman at the big league level. Grade – 4+/5+

Arm: Average arm strength for the left side; will play to solid-average or so at second base; has enough strength, along with quick release, to make throws on the pivot; good athlete that is coordinated enough to make strong, accurate throws while on the move. Grade – 5/5

Other: Bloodlines (son of Terry Shumpert); instinctual player that has feel for the game; intelligent; can try to do too much; will do little things as required; game is more sum of many quality parts rather than a couple of loud, carrying tools.

Final Word

Summary: Broad set of average to above-average tools that should play into big league career; surprising polish for a prep player thanks to quality instincts and feel for the game; chance for above-average hit/power, giving him a high offensive ceiling; speed will play as part of game and could make him a solid power-speed threat near the top of the order; glove will play extremely well at second base where everything in his game plays up from where it grades on the left side; potential all-around contributor.

Risk: High risk; Standard risk of prep draft picks; good instincts and broad skill set can quickly mitigate risk.

Projection: Potential above-average regular and occasional all-star on a contending club; all tools have chance to play at average or better level down the line; premium talent; ETA should be late 2018 or early 2019.

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