At the Park Scouting Report: Dixon Machado

Dixon Machado was thought to be one of the Tigers key trade chips this summer, but with the team struggling, the club sold, and Machado remains a Tiger. What sort of future does Machado have with the club?

Name: Dixon Machado
Position: Shortstop
Date of Birth: 2/22/1992
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Dates Observed: July 19, 27, 28, and 29
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2008

Body: (6’ 1”, 170) Thin but well proportioned athletic build. Little to no projected growth left.

Hit: Good knowledge of the strike zone; will go deep into counts; has good barrel control; has smooth fluid swing; shows the ability to hit the ball where it’s pitched; learns from previous at bats; has trouble catching up to velocity; hits a lot of soft ground balls and soft line drives. Grade: Present 4/Future 4

Power: Not built for power; does not hit the ball hard and ball comes off the bat weak; has shown marginal ability to get a ball into the gap; has below average bat speed; power doesn’t play in games. Grade: Present 2/ Future 2+

Speed: (4.28, 4.31, 4.30) Runs hard; has great running stride; maintains top speed very well; takes small leads on base paths. Grade: Present 5/ Future 5

Defense: Has great range to both left and right; reads the ball very well off the bat; fast transfer; quick and smooth motion on double play balls; makes plays with confidence; makes the hard plays look routine. Grade: Present 6+/ Future 6+

Arm: Phenomenal arm strength; great throwing motion; very quick release; ball travels on a hard line; makes extremely accurate throws both on the move and standing. Grade: Present 7/ Future 7

Other: Great baseball instincts show in all aspects of the game; was chatty with teammates after at bats and stopped the game once on his own to go and talk to the pitcher; Shows calm, cool and collected demeanor at all times.

Summary: Smart, confident player; excellent defender with an even better arm; makes playing the field look extremely easy; has average speed on the base-paths; solid approach at the plate; makes soft contact a majority of the time; works counts and can make contact anywhere in the zone; struggles making contact against hard throwers; minimal power with below average bat speed;

Projection: Realistic role utility infielder; Ceiling second division shortstop.

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