2018 FARMHAND CROP: Coco Montes

Coco Montes

Coco Montes – Bottom Line

Scouting

Athleticism

Listed at 6’1″, 175. Looks bigger on tape. Thicker lower half. Has the upper body strength to hit for opposite field power.

Hit (25/40)

Right-handed bat. No batting gloves. Hits from a slight crouch. Hands start high, at or above the ears, with some pre-swing wiggle. Has a little hitch in his swing. From the starting point, hands have to drop and cock at the shoulder before swing initiates. He will go fish and chase out of the zone.

Power (30/50)

Has strength for opposite field pop already. Hips clear well-ahead of upper half, so he drives a lot of stuff to the opposite field. Does a nice job keeping his hands back though.

Speed (50/55)

Average to above average runner. Doesn’t have blazing speed, but he’s a good enough athlete to leg out some hits and steal some bags.

Defense (45/50)

Transitioned from 2B to SS his Junior year at USF with success. Colorado has said he would get the shot to become a professional SS, but he saw more time at 2B and 3B for Grand Junction. Glove and arm often described as ‘steady’.

Stats

Level

Spent his first full professional season playing for Grand Junction of the Pioneer League. The Rockies tend to be slow in developing these later-round college picks. Don’t be surprised if he spends a full year in the Sally League next season.

Hit

Hit .333 in 310 PAs, but his BABIP was .418 so don’t go bananas. 22.3% K-rate is workable, and his 11.3% BB-rate is definitely encouraging. Looks like a player who will work a walk to get on base.

Power

.180 ISO, 8 HR, 18 2B in 310 Pioneer League PAs. Also, hit 2 HR in the Pioneer League/Northwest League All-Star game. 32% FB-rate slightly below-average.

Speed

8-for-14 in SB attempts. Also posted 3 3Bs in just 69 games. Looks like he’s got fringe-plus speed at this point.

Stats current as of November 2nd.

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