I have been working hard to get the prospect guide done ahead of schedule this year because I hope to bring it out in multiple formats just to be sure that I get everything done correctly. On Monday I will be beginning the annual Top 25 Prospects list, counting down five players per day. There will be scouting notes on each of the players for those who subscribe to the site. Today though, I wanted to give a preview into a scouting report that will be included in the 2014 Prospect Guide, which you can preorder right now by clicking on the image that shows up above every article that I write on the site. While there will be stats/splits/spray charts in the book, here is a full scouting report on Jesse Winker as it will appear in the book.
Jesse Winker was the most advanced high school hitter that the Reds have drafted in recent memory and he showed that off in 2012 as he hit .338 in Billings despite being one of the youngest players in the league. In 2013 he headed to the pitcher friendly Midwest League and performed well, posting a line of .281/.379/.463 with outstanding plate discipline where he walked 63 times and struck out just 75 times. He will hit the ball where it is pitched and is more than willing to use the entire field. Winker has above-average power potential and has the power to hit the ball out of the ballpark to all parts of the field. Left handed pitchers were able to limit his power output some, but his plate discipline was still solid against lefties and he hit .264/.368/.374 on the season against left handers. As a runner he is a bit below-average and won’t likely improve that. For that reason, and an average at best throwing arm, he profiles best in left field defensively. Not having much experience in left field, Winker improved in both his reads off of the bat as well as his route running throughout the season and should be a solid defender at the position moving forward. With a player who seems to be destined to be a left fielder he will have to provide all of his value at the plate. Fortunately for Winker he projects to be an above-average hitter who should hit for average, draw plenty of walks and hit for a good amount of power. That combination of offensive abilities should provide plenty of value overall and more than make up for his inability to provide much value defensively as an average left fielder.
I will continue to offer write ups on players every now and again between now and when the book is ready to give you an idea of the kind of information that is in there.