By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
April 17, 2010
I saw Mark Canha playing for Brewster in the Cape Cod League in 2009 and then picked him up when Cal played at USC. My impression is that Canha helped himself between then and now. He’s stronger and it shows. The tool for Canha will be right-handed power and it’s got a chance to play all the way. Historically, Cal has done a nice job picking first basemen with pro power projection.
Mark Canha, 1B
Bats :R, Throws: R
Games Seen: 2, Innings 18
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Broad, sloping shoulders and full chest, strong hands and forearms; really put-together upper body and back. Average height, average center of gravity, has really filled out since summer on Cape.
STRENGTHS: Legit RHH power for 1B. Firm front, good hands and strong forearms. Keeps weight back, loads swing and creates aggressive torque and lift. Two-handed finish, ability to adjust from at-bat to at-bat. Shows offensive aptitude and pitch selection. Soft hands around the bag on ground balls.
WEAKNESSES: Below-average runner and thrower. Needs to bend knees more on groundballs. Mostly pulling here; saw nothing hit to RF.
SUMMARY: Power plays and will take him as far as he’s going. Have seen offensive growth from summer 2009 to spring 2010. Really like how he keeps weight back, lifts the ball and drives it. Believe there is projection in his power. Should be average defender at worst. Should be a very solid draft pick.
Overall Future Potential (OFP): 45
Adjusted Overall Future Potential: 55