Many Angels fans were saddened when they traded away a certain slugging first baseman who strikes out a lot and doesn't walk very much but has lots of power. Well... good news! The Angels have another one of those in the farm system and his name is Michael Snyder, our #24 prospect in the 2014 MWAH Top Prospects Countdown.
Position: 1B Highest Level: Advanced-A
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'4" Weight: 230
Age: 23 Born: 6/17/1990
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
High-A: 590 PA, .280 AVG, .337 OBP, .506 SLG, 32 2B, 6 3B, 25 HR, 92 RBI, 149 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS, .337 BABIP, .361 wOBA, 115 wRC+
Contact = D+
Snyder has a long swing and can at times look as though he’s purely trying to muscle the ball. But I guess when you’re 6’4 and 230+ lbs that just comes with the territory. What also comes with the territory with that type of approach is more than your fair share of swings and misses.
Power = B+
Snyder’s a power hitter and his ability to hit the long ball will ultimately dictate whether or not he becomes a major leaguer someday. Luckily for Snyder, he can hit the EXTRA long ball. Very Mark Trumbo-esque. The ball just jumps off his bat different than it does most power hitters. He’s incredibly strong.
Discipline = D
Coming from college and not appearing lost on the strike zone in Rookie ball, I expected quite a bit more from Snyder in this area. The odd part is I really didn’t him swing at too many bad pitches, he just never walked. One key tool that usually separates power bats off the bench and starting 1B/DH in the major leagues is the ability to reach base via the walk. Snyder will definitely have his work cut out for him in this area as he moves up to AA.
Speed = C
Snyder isn’t a runner. Despite being athletic, he has heavy, inflexible legs that force him to use his upper body more than usual to get around the bases. He has average speed for now but that’s likely to decrease as he moves up a level. Luckily for Snyder, his success in the game isn’t predicated on speed.