Name: Eric Stamets | Position: Shortstop | Video: No
Organization: Los Angeles Angels | Current Team: Inland Empire (High-A)
DOB: September 25, 1991 | Age: 21
Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 185
Draft: Round 6, No. 207, 2012| Bonus: $169,900 (via Baseball America)
Games Seen: 10+ | Date(s): Too many to list. Most recently: 7/31 – 8/1
Next Year: Double-A | ML Arrival: 2015
Top Class: ML | Risk: Moderate
Physical/Health: Good shortstop body. Strong legs; some room to add weight to upper body. Needs to get physically stronger; will need to add weight for hit/power tools, but do so without sacrificing speed.
Hit: Lacks bat speed; bat gets through the zone too quickly and doesn’t stay in the zone long enough. Great hand-eye coordination makes everything work, though, and an ability to track pitches. Straight, linear swing without loft. Bat-to-ball contact seeking and slap hitter without any ‘miss’ in swing. 20 present with potential to turn into a role 4 hitter.
Power: Doesn’t have brute strength or swing to show off any raw power currently or in the future. Can surprisingly drive a few balls to the wall and sometimes over in batting practice, but only to pull side. I don’t see player hitting for any power at the next level, even if he does get physically stronger. Raw power could become a 30, but in-game utility is 20.
Run: Excellent from home-to-first and maneuvering around the bases, but hasn’t shown willingness to steal bases thus far. Will need to develop running game considering it’s one of his two best tools. 70 present/future run from right side.
Arm: Smooth throwing actions with above-average arm strength. Accuracy is also there. 60 present/future arm grade.
Fielding: Makes all the plays you’d want in a shortstop and more. Fluidity and body control is there along with the instincts. I’ve seen him make big league plays on a regular basis; diving in the hole, ranging up the middle, over-the-shoulder grabs well into the outfield. Big league ready defender that continues to get better and better. 60 present/70 future with the glove.
Overall: Doesn’t have the on-base skills or power, so will need to hit just enough to provide value to a big league team. If he can do that, there’s a second-division starting shortstop. Floor is a utility player because of a fantastic glove with plus-plus speed.