2018 FARMHAND CROP: Drew Avans

Drew Avans

Drew Avans – Bottom Line

Scouting

Athleticism

Listed at 5’10”, 195. Seems a little lighter and more wiry than 195. Well-built lower half.

Hit (30/50)

Left-handed bat. No batting gloves. Lets the ball travel. Bat is quick through the zone. Hand-eye coordination is good. Can work with the pitch and take the ball the other way.

Power (25/50)

Lets the ball travel and can generate power with quick clearing of the hips. Loads up with leg kick. Probably not big enough or strong enough to create opposite field power. However, there is some extra-base pop in this bat.

Speed (50/50)

Aggressive running the bases but his speed is just average.

Defense (45/50)

Doesn’t quite have the speed or footwork to cover CF. Was a collegiate pitcher for a bit and his arm grades out at least average, making me think that he will be able to play either corner OF spot. Made the majority of his appearances (46) in LF this season.

Stats

Level

Advanced quickly through both Rookie-ball levels before playing in 36 games for the Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League.

Hit

Hit .284 across all professional levels despite posting an average-level .307 BABIP. Didn’t strike out a ton (16.9%) and showed good patience at the plate (13.7% BB-rate). In his senior year of college, he walked more than he struck out and hit .330. There’s a good hit tool in this profile.

Power

.218 ISO across all pro levels in 2018, but only posted a .122 ISO when he hit the Midwest League. 10 HR and 6 2B suggests to me that he’s pull happy and lacks opposite field power. Did post a .238 ISO his senior year at SELA.

Speed

Went 2o-for-25 in SB attempts this year, hit 5 3B, and posted a speed score of 8.1 in the Midwest League. He doesn’t have sprinter’s speed, but his wheels are at least average and he has the ability to take advantage of what the defense is getting him. Expect the SB numbers to drop as he gains levels.

Stats current as of November 5th.

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