Junior, St. Mary’s, CA
Weight: 210 lbs
Jeff’s Quick Take: Wisdom has hit for a park adjusted .401 wOBA this season, so he’s not a bad hitter. He’s got power potential and seems like with experience, he can stick at 3rd base. Let’s take a look at the scouting reports after the jump.
MLB.com’s Scouting Report:
Power-hitting college bats always get attention. With Wisdom, it will come down to potential vs. performance in 2012. Wisdom has shown the ability to hit the ball out to all fields when he makes contact. He has plus power to the pull side. The issue is that he hasn’t been able to show an ability to make consistent contact to tap into that strength. Wisdom is a solid defender at third with a plus arm, with more than enough glove to stay at the hot corner. It all comes down to the bat for Wisdom. If a team thinks that his junior year struggles were an aberration and that he can find some consistency at the plate, it will see a player who profiles well as a run-producing third baseman of the future.
This guy reminded me a lot of Mike Olt, now a Rangers prospect who I saw a lot of on the Cape in 2009 and in Spring 2010 when UConn made its California swing. Same right-handed set-up, nearly same stance, same swing, same bat speed, same flahses of raw power and pull power in games. Wisdom’s career path also reminded me of Mark Teahen, who was nobody when he got to St. Mary’s and left as a top 100 player, just like Wisdom will. The reason he will go good is because power that can stay at third base is hard to find. His other tools play just fine — solid average arm, though like many young third baseman, he needs about 10,000 ground balls to be a major league ready infielder. He also ran a very solid average. I liked him a lot. This is a guy who played two years in Alaska, showing you that the Cape Cod League is not the end-all-be-all of human existence.
Here’s the MLB scouting report video, which they give the Ken Burns treatment on two photos:
Here’s a good scouting report video with batting case, fielding and live game footage: