Whitecaps Media Department

At the Park Scouting Notes: Whitecaps Hitters

The Whitecaps have had an influx of talent out in the field this season, especially in the outfield with a couple of power bats in Mike Gerber and Christin Stewart. Get the scouting notes from their recent appearances this summer.

Ross Kivett: (Outfielder)-West Michigan

Dates Observed: April, May, June, July and August

Listed at 6’1”, 195 but appears bigger; has seen time in center, left and right this year; profiles as more of a corner outfielder long term because of his bigger frame; glove is his carrying tool and can be graded as plus; takes very good routes to the ball; has shown pretty good range in the outfield; could carve out a major league career as a Andy Dirks type.

 

Christin Stewart (Outfielder)-West Michigan

Dates Observed: July and August 2015

Bad arm will limit him to left field duties; defense looks below average in left; needs to work on routes; wide, slightly open stance at the plate; good use of legs and hips in swing; swings hard; good bat speed; overly aggressive approach; potential average major league hit tool with improved approach; some natural loft in swing; shows pretty good raw power in BP; loft in swing combined with good bat speed and natural strength gives him 20 home run potential; realistic role is a second division regular.

 

Zach Shepherd (Third baseman)-West Michigan

Dates Observed: April, May, June, July and August

Bat first prospect; shows good bat speed; good use of lower half in swing; more of a line drive swing; potential 5 hit tool; limited power because of lack of strength and loft in swing; mostly gap power but added strength will allow him to hit for more home run power; terrible defender at third; bad lateral movements; average arm strength; profiles as more of a corner outfielder long term.

 

Mike Gerber (Outfielder)-West Michigan

Dates Observed: April, May, June, July and August

Listed at 6’2” 175; height and weight appear fairly accurate; athletic; shows good range in outfield; corner outfielder long term; stance at the plate is wide, with slight bend at knees; good bat speed; swing is a little long; very advanced approach at the plate, shows ability to use all fields regularly; potential above average hit tool; power is mostly gap power; not much physical projection remaining; chance to be a solid fourth outfielder. 


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