- Full name Charlie Bates
- Born 10/05/2005 in Palo Alto, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 175 / Bats: L / Throws: R
Top 100 Rankings
School: Palo Alto (Calif.) HS. Commit/Drafted: Stanford
Age At Draft: 18.8
Bates has a compact lefthanded swing with good hand-eye coordination and excellent bat control, making him one of the more difficult hitters in the class to induce swing-and-miss against. His ability to manipulate the barrel is evident whether he’s facing righties or lefties, fastballs or breaking balls, with a track record of barreling some of the best pitchers in the country. What was once mostly gap power has started to tick up for Bates, who can drive the ball out to his pull side and has the strength projection in his frame for more to come, though it’s still his hitting ability that stands out the most. A plus runner and instinctive defender with smooth actions at shortstop, Bates has good rhythm and footwork, moving around gracefully with good body control and soft hands to stay in the middle infield.