BOSTON—The Cape Code League workout day for all position players was held Tuesday in Fenway Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Kyri Washington, of, Longwood
Although this skill set typically comes from high school or the international market, Washington fits the description of a raw, athletic and toolsy outfielder. Washington showed some of the most righthanded raw power of the workout, smashing more than a half-dozen batting practice home runs. He has at least plus raw power and hit three home runs to straight away center field, as well as one into the center field camera well. Washington, who uses a toe tap, has a very easy swing—one of the easiest swings at the workout. The ball jumps off his bat with natural extension and loft. The athletic Washington is at least a plus runner, though his arm is below-average to well below-average. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Washington has a muscular, athletic build and is young for the class, as he won’t turn 21 until after the draft. He is a career .255/.301/.436 hitter in a pitcher’s park (86 Park Factor) who has struck out in 27.6 percent of his plate appearances against 5.0 percent walks. Longwood has had two players drafted in the last decade and produced one major leaguer (Michael Tucker) in the school’s history.
Richie Martin, ss, Florida
Martin was a defensive standout and also showed some thump with his bat. The shortstop showed athletic, flashy actions with soft hands and strong body control. Martin has a loose arm that is capable of throwing from multiple angles. He demonstrated the ability to throw accurately on the run without having to set his feet on backhand plays. The righthanded-hitting Martin is a contact-oriented hitter with some raw pull-side power, hitting a home run into the seats on top of the Monster. His power output has been limited in game action in his college career with one home run and an isolated slugging of .061. Martin has an athletic build with present strength and is an plus runner.
Chris Shaw, of/1b, Boston College
The vast majority of the batting practice home runs hit in Fenway were pulled by righthanded hitters over the Monster. But Shaw accounted for a good portion of the lefthanded dingers, hitting more than any other player. Shaw showed plus raw power and routinely deposited the ball in the bullpens in right field. He has an easy swing and the ball jumps off his bat from a fairly compact stroke. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Shaw has a strong build. After a subpar freshman year (.165/.266/.305 in 188 plate apperances), Shaw’s performance improved dramatically this season, hitting .329/.393/.502 while accounting for half of Boston College’s 12 home runs as a team. The last Boston College position player drafted in the top five rounds was six drafts ago, Tony Sanchez in 2009.
Georgie Salem, of, Alabama
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Salem has a very strong, compact build with strength through his wrists and forearms. The lefthanded-hitting Salem has drawn comparisons to David DeJesus from scouts. Although Salem has a career isolated slugging of .052, he showed bat speed and hard-hit ability with his line drive-oriented stroke. He worked the gaps and showed some pull-side power. Salem has above-average straight line speed and has at least an average arm. He is a career .275/.333/.327 hitter with a 6.7 percent walk rate and 12.5 percent strikeout rate.
Brennon Lund, of, Brigham Young
Lund drew positive praise from scouts for his lefthanded stroke. He has quick hands and bat speed with a line-drive swing path that works inside the ball and is capable of hitting to all fields. Lund worked up the middle and his below-average power was limited in game action this spring with six extra-base hits and a .030 ISO. He has a strong, muscular and athletic build at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds. The rising sophomore has plus speed and his strong build has drawn physical comparisons to Brett Gardner.
Kyle Survance, of, Houston
The lefthanded-hitting Survance showed a well-rounded skill set, offering a sleek, athletic build at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. Survance has played right field in school with his around-average arm but has the plus speed to have a chance in center field, where he profiles best. He is a contact-oriented hitter who doesn't offer much out of the zone with on-base ability. His flatter bat path limits his power production (.083 career ISO) but creates hard line drives up the middle. He has below-average raw power. His speed impacted the game with a career BABIP of .371 with 51 steals.
Jose Cuas, 3b, Maryland
The Blue Jays 40th-round pick in 2012, Cuas reportedly turned down top-10 round money to attend Maryland. His body, athleticism and defense stand out. Cuas offers athletic, smooth actions with first-step quickness and a loose, above-average arm at third base. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Cuas, who has an athletic rangy build with room to get stronger, ran a plus time in the 60-yard dash. Cuas, a righthanded hitter who will be 20 on draft day, showed at least average raw power to his pull side in batting practice. He has a career isolated slugging of .114 with a 7.4 percent walk rate and 17.5 strikeout rate. Maryland has had three position players drafted in the top 10 rounds in the last 30 drafts with the last being Justin Maxwell in 2005.
Travis Maezes, mif, Michigan
The lefthanded-hitting Maezes is a contact-oriented middle infielder with arm strength and on-base ability. Scouts laud his hitting approach, as he walked (12.4 percent) nearly as much as he struck out last season (12.8), and instincts for the game. He posted an above-average time in the 60. Evaluators expect him to move off shortstop to second base but Maezes strapped on the catcher’s gear and posted above-average pop times behind the plate. Evaluators are intrigued by his potential behind the plate.