By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 24, 2010
Josh Sale has legitimate raw left-handed power, which is his best tool. As he develops as a pro, he’ll have to raise some other aspects of his game, but I’m a firm believer that you can’t give a guy power, even in this day and age.
Bats: L, Throws R
Bishop Blanchet HS, Seattle, WA
Games Seen: 5, Innings: 35
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Low center of gravity, wide hips and thighs, barrel chest and broad shoulders, strong forearms, hands and wrists.
STRENGTHS: Plus, plus raw left-handed power. Strong hands, throws bat head, gets arms extended, drives through ball. Aggressive cut, concept of plate discipline and strike zone. Raw power to RF and CF, occasional power to LF now but should develop power to all fields. Should be average ML hitter, will take some strikeouts, but will be strong enough to put hard pitches in play.
WEAKNESSES: Below-average athleticism on ML scale, below-average arm and runner. Future position is a question, would like to try him at catcher.
SUMMARY: Willie Stargell-like body type with similar power. Strong hands give him ability to continue becoming better hitter as pro. Needs to condition and watch body in order to field a position as everyday ML player; definite LHH power for 1B, rare guy with this body type whose power will play. Needs to make sure other tools improve so he doesn’t make himself too one-dimensional too soon.
Adjusted Overall Future Potential: 56