Name: Trey Amburgey
DOB: October 24, 1994
Batting and Power. Amburgey's greatest strength is his impressive hitting foundation; plus bat speed and advanced pitch recognition. He has a real plan at the plate, knows his strengths and limitations, looks for his desired pitch, and not only attacks his pitch but rarely ever hesitates. Employing a patient but yet aggressive approach, he's able to walk that fine line between being able to take borderline pitches but not let good ones get by him without a good rip either. He is pretty adept at using the whole field too and that only makes him a more complete hitter. While he will go to the opposite field and has average power to that side, it's to the pull-side where he can flash above average power potential. He has the skill set in place to be a high-average hitter if he can remain consistent with his plan, one with average or better power potential long-term given his impressive torque and bat speed.
Base Running and Speed. Amburgey isn't a plus runner but he is an above average one. His base running, however, can play to a plus level as he combines his natural speed with good base running instincts and an aggressive style of play. He knows when to pick his spots when attempting to take the extra base and he has a very good first step burst. He has the ability to be an elite station to station runner and a perennial 30-plus stolen base threat.
Defense. Amburgey's aggressive style of play isn't just at the plate and on the base paths, he employs that same all-out hustle approach in the field defensively too. He gets good reads on the ball coming off of the bat, has a good first step, and has the above average speed to make up a lot of ground. He also has above average arm strength too. A heady defensive player, while it's true he doesn't have the plus speed some elite centerfielders have, he does have the chops to man the position in an everyday capacity if need be and can certainly fill in at either corner spot too. He's an above average defender at all three outfield spots; it just depends on where his manager wants to play him.
Projection. With average [perhaps with the chance for just a tick above average] power potential and above average speed and defense, Amburgey is pretty tooled up. He's shown in relatively short time that he has the ability to be a rather consistent hitter too. That kind of combination certainly has the ceiling of a big league starting outfielder. How high that ceiling actually is though is still yet to be determined as it remains to be seen if he can maintain that patient but aggressive approach offensively the higher he climbs his way to the big leagues and if the power can begin to tick a bit upward too. A little like former Yankee prospect Jake Cave, he actually compares very favorably to current Toronto Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar, another unheralded later round draft pick who hit his way through the minor leagues in quick fashion. Like Pillar, Amburgey plays a bit with a chip on his shoulder, has huge makeup and desire, and just enough tools to be a potential difference-making player on both sides of the ball.
ETA. N/A. He hasn't made it to the long-season leagues and he'll need to do that before a more educated big league arrival time can be estimated. While it certainly seems most likey that he'll begin the 2016 season in low-A Charleston, don't rule out the possibility that he skips a level and begins the year in high-A Tampa. His game is pretty advanced already to make that kind of jump or at minimum get to the Florida State League rather quickly shortly after having some success in the South Atlantic League initially.