This kid is still growing on some level since being drafted out of Virginia in 2008. He was an economics major and signed over-slot despite arm and shoulder injuries at Virginia, but he seems somewhat injury-prone, with 2010 seeing him break his nose in April and sprain his foot in May. However, he still earned a promotion from Frederick to Bowie despite this by being 4th in OBP with .403.
He shines on defense – it’s where he’s a natural. Although he doesn’t have full shortstop instincts, he still makes routine plays look easy and he has good range. Right now, he has an average arm and tends to occasionally make throwing errors because of this (he has problems making plays deep in the hole). He has fairly solid plate discipline as a hitter, but he compiled way too many strikeouts in Bowie this season, which made him appear very overmatched. However, he went .308/.390/.385 in the Arizona Fall League this past offseason, so the kid can hit when placed in situations he can handle. He doesn’t hit for power at all, but that’s something you don’t see from too many middle infielders. He’ll return to Bowie this season, where he can play both second base and shortstop and work on becoming more of a utility guy.