Manuel Margot Scouting Report (2014)
Touted as a five-tool player coming out of the Dominican Republic, Manuel Margot signed for $800,000 as a 16-year-old in 2011. Now 19, the youngster is halfway through his full-season debut with Greenville. While he hasn’t dominated (.269/.342/.397), the right-handed hitter is already showcasing two plus tools. With former top-100 prospect Jackie Bradley cemented as the Boston Red Sox‘s everyday center fielder, is Manuel Margot the heir apparent in center field?
Margot presents with little fat on his 5-foot-11-inch, 170-pound frame. The center fielder has runners legs. His quadriceps and hip flexors are firm and calves lean and cut. The Dominican’s upper body has room to fill out. Margot can add an additonal 15 pounds or more to his frame and maintain agility without losing speed, his most impressive tool.
Flashing plus speed out of the right-handed batters box, Margot consistently clocked times between 4.10 and 4.20 seconds. With 23 steals in 28 attempts (82%), Margot’s speed translates on the bases and in the field. Unfortunately, the three-game look at Greenville did not include a stolen base attempt.
The 19-year-old’s speed enhances his fielding tool. However, foot speed isn’t Margot’s greatest attribute in center. Dynamic instincts help Margot glide to the baseball. On a line drive directly over his head, a quick pivot was all Margot needed to take a straight line to the ball. The outfielder used his plus speed to close the distance and make a difficult catch look easy. His center-field play is much further along than Juan Lagares at the same level. Margot is a future Gold Glove winner in center field. The only knock on his defense is a fringe-average throwing arm. Accurate, his throws loop into the infield.
Compared to his grip and rip Greenville teammate Wendell Rijo at the plate, Margot is calm and controlled. The right-handed hitter has quick wrists, strong hands and controlled hip rotation. His bat takes an indirect path to the ball, elongating the swing some. Despite this, Margot’s quick wrists and strong hands produce plus bat speed. Impressive hand-eye coordination allows the hit tool to project well.
Margot’s swing goes south during the weight transfer. The youngster lunges forward, shifting his body weight too quickly to the front leg. This causes the right-handed hitter to be out in front or swing under the baseball. It also saps his power. Due to being far out in front, the lead leg collapses, forcing Margot’s upper body to supply power.
These mechanical flaws are correctable. In batting practice, Margot did not lunge or collapse the lead leg. He kept his hands inside the baseball too. Hitting in a controlled setting isn’t game equivalent, but strong practice habits eventually carry into game action. Having only played baseball since age-14, Margot’s raw all-around game is most obvious at the plate.
Mis-categorized as a five-tool stud, Manuel Margot has four tools which project as solid-average or better at the MLB level. Cleaning up the swing will help realize his lofty ceiling. More importantly, Margot is an all-star level talent if his skills offensively catch up to the raw tools. Other than David Dahl (Scouting Report) and Kris Bryant (scouting report), a better position player hasn’t been scouted at the ballpark.
Tool Present Future Projected Role Gold Glove/All Star Center Fielder Hitting Ability 30 55 Power 25 50 Speed 70 60 Fielding Ability 65 80 Arm 40 40
Owning Manuel Margot
Just 19, Margot is a few years from the Red Sox outfield. In leagues where center field eligibility matters, the outfielder is a strong pick up considering he’s a 100% guarantee to stick at the position. And with the ability to steal 20-30 bases at the MLB level, the hit and power tools don’t have to play big to be worthy of a roster spot in keeper and dynasty fantasy baseball leagues. Stash Manuel Margot now before the price begins to trend upward. With athleticism and a spot in the Red Sox organization, he’s in a perfect spot to gain helium and enter the top-100 this off-season.
24 Jun 2014 / Chris Blessing /
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