Name: Kendall Coleman
DOB: May 22, 1995
Batting and Power. Coleman's rather paltry .217 career average actually belies his true hitting potential, especially from an approach and bat speed standpoint. He is armed with supreme patience at the plate and advanced pitch recognition, especially for somebody with a grand total of 254 career at-bats, and all of it spells some significant long-term hitting potential. He is still a little raw swing-wise, however, especially in terms of syncing his longer limbs together and using the whole field more on a consistent basis. He has shown in spurts though that he can stay short to the ball and go to the opposite field with regularity, and should those traits continue to progress in the coming years he has the chance to be a very good hitter for average. Throw in above average or better long-term power potential, especially to the pull side where it can be a plus tool, offensively he has the potential to be pretty special when it's all said and done. Becoming more of a hit-first guy than a mere slugger will be the short-term goal because the power is already in his swing.
Base Running and Speed. Standing 6-foot-4 with longer limbs, Coleman is never going to be a burner on the base paths. However, just like with his hitting, his rather meager numbers thus far [just two stolen bases in 76 games] don't do his actual average to slightly above average natural running speed any justice. He still has to fine-tune his ability to read opposing pitchers' moves and improve his first-jump bursts too, but there is certainly some double-digit stolen base potential if he continues to progress and stay healthy, especially for somebody who walks as much as he does.
Defense. Coleman is never going to be confused with a plus defender in the corner outfield spots, especially in light of his rather average arm strength. The limitations with his arm has him tailor-made for left field where he can still be an average or better defensive player given his solid range and all-out hustle style of play. He won't be a game-changer with a glove but he has the talent to make some nifty plays at times.
Projection. With plus bat speed, natural patience, an ability to use the whole field, and above average or better power potential, Coleman has the foundation in place to be a potentially gifted impact offensive player as he continues to mature at the plate. In fact, there are a lot of similar offensive traits to current Yankee farmhand Aaron Judge. There is still some work to do in syncing the moving parts on his rather large frame for his game to come completely together [that means becoming more of a consistent hitter] and more than anything he needs to avoid the training room and stay on the field long enough to continue working on his hitting. If he can do that then the sky is the limit for his offensive potential. Throw in more than adequate defensive abilities in left field and solid running abilities and he has the potential to impact a team in a variety of ways. Missing significant time due to injury in each of his first three seasons, however, for him it's all about staying healthy and in the everyday lineup in order to maximize his development time.
ETA. N/A. While the natural progression could have the still 20-year old headed to short-season Staten Island next year, Coleman should be destined for low-A Charleston in 2015 [barring another injury], especially if he can prove his .356 average over his final 25 games in Pulaski this year was not a fluke.