Coming into the 2014 season the Cincinnati Reds had a big need at the shortstop position on the farm. Their highest rated shortstop prospect, no matter where you looked, was outside of their top 30 prospects. With the first half coming to a close this week, one of the shortstops on the outside of the top 30 has vaulted his way well into it.

Carlton Daal has been quite good for the Dayton Dragons in his first full season as a professional, particularly at the plate where he is hitting .319/.364/.362 with 9 steals while not being caught. He has hit both lefties and righties, though he is crushing lefties, hitting .462 against them (.287 against righties). Daal has hit over .300 in each month of the season thus far. Hitting for an average hasn’t been much of a problem for him thus far. His plate discipline has been good. He is a good contact hitter with a strikeout rate of 15% on the season and a walk rate that is at 6.6% on the season. Where he has struggled so far is in the power department. He had yet to hit a home run on the season and has just seven extra-base hits to his name. Let’s jump into some more in depth statistical analysis and scouting to get a better feel for Daal on both the offensive and defensive side of things.

Scouting Report

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2 Responses

  1. MK

    He is a very nice offensive player. He reminds a lot of Didi.

    One of his great tools is a tremendously quick first step. Two examples of how this affected him positively and negatively last night, Positively, on a short wild pitch he scored and the ball was only about 20 feet up the first base line. Negatively he got such a jump on a pop up to Centerfield he impeded Ervin’s ability to catch the ball which fell for a hit.

    He kind of reminds you of the kid, we all played with, who thought it was his responsibility to play everyones position on the field at the same time.

  2. Troy McKevitt

    “He kind of reminds you of the kid, we all played with, who thought it was his responsibility to play everyones position on the field at the same time.”

    Although you can be too aggressive to a fault, I kind of like this mentality in a shortstop. Hopefully he can clean up the throwing issues and stick at the position.

    In regards to Daal’s propensity to hit the ball the other way, it sounds like a similar issue that is not allowing Y-Rod’s power to be on full display. Is this a common trait for some young hitters? I would have just assumed most of these guys would have grown up pulling everything, if they had an extreme tendency on their spray chart.