The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a slugging outfielder who is hoping to make a name for himself.
Position: OF Highest Level: High-A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 22 Born: 8/13/91
2012 Season Stats
High-A: 575 PA, .298 AVG, .335 OBP, .488 SLG, 30 2B, 9 3B, 18 HR, 71 RBI, 92 SO, 16 SB, 6 CS, .329 BABIP
Contact – B-. Grichuk’s stroke is becoming increasingly shorter with every season as he develops and refines a more direct path to the ball. This has resulted in lower strikeout rates with each passing season. His ability to make contact however, will be tested for the first time as he’ll face the biggest jump in the minor leagues and face the advanced pitching in AA.
Power – B+. Grichuk has the quickest and most likely strongest hands/wrists of any player in the system. Anyone will tell you, Randal truly has a TON of power, but he isn’t necessarily a power hitter. His swing is more geared toward generating line drives and hard ground balls, though he occasionally does get some lift on the ball. This power won’t show up in the homerun department as often as it will in the doubles and triples department for Grichuk, but the power potential is clearly in play in the future. However, I will caution, fans shouldn’t look for such power to manifest in lots of extra base hits in AA for Randal, Dickey Stephens Park is where homeruns go to die, so the numbers likely won’t tell the whole story.
Discipline – D. Like fellow Angel prospects Luis Jimenez and Travis Witherspoon, the difference between Grichuk being a solid prospect and an MLB Top 100 prospect is his plate discipline. Grichuk has made some strides in this department, but he is still far below average. He chases pitches out of the zone rather often, and the only reason the consequences aren’t worse for him is because of his above average contact ability. This won’t bail him out in AA though, Randal will need to make clear adjustments, otherwise things may turn bad for him as they did Witherspoon following his promotion.
Speed – B. Grichuk has the speed to play an adequate CF. But he isn’t quite Mike Trout fast. Still, being as gifted an athlete as he is, the ability to run just comes with the territory, even if he projects better in the corner OF.
Arm – B. Grichuk has the arm to play anywhere in the OF. It isn’t what scouts would describe as a “plus” arm but it’s certainly better than your average 20/21 year old outfielder.
Performance – B. It’s hard for people to realize that even though Grichuk has been in the system for what seems like forever, and has faced his share of fluke injuries, he’s still playing at or above his age appropriate level. 2012 would’ve been Grichuk’s junior season in college ball, instead, he was Advanced A Ball putting up rather impressive numbers. He ended the season at .298 with 57 extra base hits and 16 stolen bases.
Projection – B. This is a difficult area to judge Grichuk. If his discipline develops and he builds more strength as many players do around age 22-23, then he could turn into a monster power hitting corner outfielder in the major leagues. If not, he still has the line drive capacity and athletic ability to make a rather dangerous 4th outfielder.
Estimated MLB Arrival Date – 2015
(*As always, the above scouting report is provided by Scotty Allen of LA Angels Insider)