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- Mar 11, 2020
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Slightly above average hitting tool? Nothing but hyperbole. "Since 2006, there are only seven players to hit 20+ home runs with a .920 or better OPS before turning 22 in Double-A. Some of the notable names Vientos shares that list with are Javier Baez, Mike Moustakas, Giancarlo Stanton, and Evan Longoria."At the end of the day.. Mark Vientos has shown himself to be nothing more than a flawed corner defender.. He carries a big bat that has given him only a slightly above average hitting tool but has a chance to be more of a power over average hitter type player.. "Pedestrian" would be the way to describe him with his only true plus potential of having a puncher's/power hitter's chance at a career in MLB. He'd be a reasonable pinch hitter on a first division club and more on a poorer team..
Soft pass on the metsie..
If he's an addition to a larger deal that saw any one of Francisco Alvarez or JT Ginn coming to the north coast, then I'm interested..
Defensively they started giving him reps in LF and at 1B. He became more comfortable as the season progressed and it shows in the stats. It also showed that he should not and will not stick at 3B, but neither Cleveland or the Mets need him there.
In the end the kid skipped A+ altogether and went straight to AA as a 21 yr old. He's developing some defensive versatility so that his bat can get into the lineup. He might fail as there are no guarantees with any player or prospect, but to say he has a "slightly above average hitting tool" is silly. At his age and level he is a well above average hitter with elite power.
Edited to say that the best comp I can think of is Austin Riley.