Name: Alexi Casilla
Position: Second Baseman
Date of Birth: 07/20/1984
Dates Observed: August 6-8, August 14-15
Acquired: Trade w/ Tampa Bay
Body: (5’9”, 170) Short but athletic build. No physical projection remains.
Hit: Squats down at the plate; almost no front leg movement; short and quick swing; will take a big swing occasionally; aggressive approach; makes a ton of contact; most batted balls are on ground; does not strike out a lot, but does not walk a lot either; will occasionally slap hit from the left side; speed helps for getting on base. Grade: Present 4/Future 4
Speed: (4.31 4.33 4.29) Can struggle out of the box if long swing is taken; gets to top speed quickly; runs hard; quick around the base path; maintains top speed well; aggressive but smart on the base paths; consistently a threat to steal. Grade: 5+/5+
Defense: Good range to both sides; makes quick reads off the bat; quick hands on transfer; usually well positioned; sometimes can make a play harder than needs to be trying to make a flashy play; quick move off base on double plays. Grade: 5/5
Arm: Struggles with accuracy; often throws are errant when he needs to really fire one in; when given time can make accurate throws; does not get a ton of velocity behind his throws, Grade: 3+/3+
Other: Very confident in all aspects of the game; always hustling; will often look to make plays in a flashy fashion.
Summary: Aggressive contact approach at the plate; in game power almost non-existent; can sometimes leg out an infield hit; smart and aggressive on the bases; solid range in the field; reads the ball well off the bat; doesn’t throw hard and struggles at times to get the ball to its destination accurately.
Projection: Realistic role is org. depth infielder; Ceiling role utility infielder.