2018 FARMHAND CROP: Cal Stevenson

Cal Stevenson

Cal Stevenson – Bottom Line

Scouting

Athleticism

Listed at 5’10”, 175. 5’10” seems generous.

Hit (35/55)

Left-handed bat. Twitchy at the plate. Stance is wide with nearly all weight on back leg. Shows great patience and feel for the strike zone. Bat speed seems a tick below average. Good hand-eye coordination. Keeps swing short.

Power (20/40)

Lacks the bat speed and strength for much home run power. Can drive gaps for doubles/triples.

Speed (45/55)

Light on his feet. Quick enough to steal bases. At this point, his SB numbers are better explained by his baserunning IQ and ability to get a jump on Rookie-level batteries. Will need to monitor at higher levels.

Defense (45/55)

Good arm. Used as a pitcher in college. Spent more games in LF (62) than CF (44) this summer, but has the footwork and reads to make it as a passable CF. Might need to stick in CF, because he probably doesn’t have enough pop for a corner OF spot.

Stats

Level

Split time between the GCL and the Rookie-level Appalachian League last season. Would anticipate a full season with Lansing in the Midwest League for 2019, but don’t rule out a promotion to the FSL if he continues getting on base at a .400 clip.

Hit

Hit .369 with a .511 (!) OBP across both Rookie levels in 2018, driven by a .405 BABIP and 22.9% BB-rate. 0.38 K:BB ratio is beyond elite. Posted a similar profile in his senior season at Arizona, with a .416 OBP, 15.6% BB-rate and 7.1% K-rate.

Power

.154 ISO, 2 HR, 15 2B in 280 PAs across both rookie levels in 2018, slugging .523. Only posted a .104 ISO and .397 slugging his Senior year at Arizona. Wood-bat history shows very little pop. His rookie level power performance was just enough to keep him interesting, but you can see he’s more of a gap-doubles guy than any kind of HR threat.

Speed

21-for-22 in SB attempts, 9.0 Speed score, 6 3Bs. Showed elite-level speed in professional ball in 2018. Will need to continue to display this level of speed in order to be relevant.

Stats current as of November 3rd.

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