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Here's a scouting report on Tampa & Charleston outfielder Trey Amburgey.

The Yankees selected outfielder Trey Amburgey in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of St. Petersburg Community College in Florida. He had a whale of a debut season statistically that year and seemingly was on his way towards breaking out but injuries helped slow down his meteoric rise last year.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Trey Amburgey
Position: Outfield
DOB: October 24, 1994
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Batting and Power. Amburgey is an extremely toolsy player in every facet of the game but perhaps his best tool overall is his plus bat speed, and combining that with really good pitch recognition gives him the necessary foundation in place to be a high-average hitter.  Not only does he have great bat speed but he's also very aggressive at the plate too.  He knows his hot hitting zones and what pitches he doesn't handle as well, and when he gets something he wants there's no holding back.  In many respects he is able to walk that fine line between being aggressive but yet patient.  However, that means the walk totals and subsequent on-base percentages are both going to be a bit lower, and most of his on-base abilities are pretty much tied into his batting average.  He shows both a willingness and ability to go center to opposite field, only further strengthening his ability to be one more the more consistent hitters.  There is at least average power potential to those parts of the park too and perhaps a tick above average to the pull side because of the great bat speed.

Base Running and Speed. Amburgey's aggressive style is not limited to the batter's box either.  Perhaps a tick above average speed-wise, he is very aggressive running the bases.  A heady and intelligent runner, he is an elite station to station runner, especially taking the extra base whenever possible and he is rather good stealing bases too.  He battled a serious hamstring injury in his first full season last year but when healthy he has legitimate 30-plus stolen base potential.

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. Blessed with a good first step, he has good makeup speed in the outfield too and he's certainly speedy enough to man centerfield in an everyday capacity should that be required.  However, boasting above average arm strength too, his speed isn't quite on par with some of the elite defensive centerfielders so long-term he best projects in either of the corner outfield spots.  He can be a plus defensive player at all three spots though.

Projection. With above average speed and defense, defensive outfield versatility, some of the best bat speed around and natural hitting ability, Amburgey already safely projects as a potential big league reserve outfielder someday at minimum.  However, while that is his floor, it's certainly not his ceiling.  A little Angel Pagan-like as somebody whose overall skillset safely projects him to break into the big leagues initially as a big league reserve outfielder, Amburgey's average or better power potential, enormous mental makeup and work ethic, and general energy he brings to the field absolutely gives him big league starting potential.  He could stand to be a bit more patient, however, and make drawing walks more of a priority to be the kind of better on-base offensive player that he can be.  He put on nearly 25 pounds of good weight last offseason and physically resembles a Mike Trout type body-wise.  While there is obviously no comparing the tools, Amburgey does bring that similar non-stop motor in games too and that is where there is no telling how far his game can go down the road.  He compares favorably to another later round draft pick who hit his way through the minor leagues all the way to a starting outfield spot, current Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar.  Like Pillar, Amburgey's insatiable desire to be better and prove people wrong helps maximize his average or better tools.

ETA. 2019. Amburgey only tallied 270 at-bats last year after dealing with the right hamstring injury and he was never really himself all year.  The Yankees are going to want to get him a lot more A-ball at-bats in 2017 so he should wind up being a mainstay in the high-A Tampa Yankees lineup for a majority of the season with a potential late-season promotion to Double-A if things goes well.  It's the following year where he could make up for some lost time.

Year Team AVG AB 2B HR RBI R BB SO SB OBP SLG OPS
2016 Tampa .279 190 9 1 22 26 6 45 4 .304 .353 .657
2016 Charleston .281 64 7 1 10 11 6 5 7 .347 .500 .847
2016 GCL Yankees .231 13 1 0 0 3 1 3 0 .333 .308 .641
2015 Staten Island .367 79 6 5 18 18 4 13 7 .391 .684 1.074
2015 GCL Yankees .333 135 5 0 12 28 12 20 14 .404 .430 .834

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