The Miami Marlins made a major trade at the trade deadline. A trade for top prospect Jordan Groshans, that we already covered on the site. With the lack of big news as our season is unfortunately basically over, I thought that it made sense to take a look at the top prospect a bit more. I found an interesting analysis that I want to get more in-depth on.
Jordan Groshans could one day be a difference-maker for the Miami Marlins.
What do we know about how well Jordan Groshans can hit?
"Hit: Slightly open stance that squares on load; hands high above the letters; upright stance with a slight crouch and wide base. Busy pre-load; large leg lift on gather opens body up to clear hips on load; shortens to a smaller stride or toe tap when behind in the count. Quick trigger. Strong hands and quick wrists generate plus bat speed. Fluid swing with natural loft. Advanced feel; solid bat-to-ball skills; shows patience, grinding out ABs waiting for his pitch; occasionally more passive than you’d prefer to see. Utilizes entire field. Enough bat speed to handle premium velocity; occasionally exposed by chase up in the zone and above-average or better off-speed and breaking balls. Deficiencies should shore up a tick with further pro instruction. Grade: 55"
What this basically says, is that Jordan Groshans has great bat control, and should be able to hit for a good average all-over the field. It also implies that he good be a good contact hitter, and a good hitting coach can help him improve even further.
What about how much power Jordan Groshans has?
"Power: Plus raw in BP; shows average in game. Explosive hands and quick wrists generate plus bat speed. Fluid swing with natural loft. Good barrel control; stays within his swing, seldom selling out for power. Drives the ball with authority to all fields; drives the gaps; shows significant over-the-fence pop. Frame and physicality ideal for future power; should easily mature into an above-average asset."
It is believed that Jordan Groshans has power and that it’s only a matter of time before it manifests itself. He is built to be a good power hitter and with the right coaching I firmly believe that he will be a future all-star.