San Bernardino, California —— At the top of this post, watch our scouting video of Los Angeles Angels outfield prospect Michael Hermosillo, taken from a mid-April, 2017 series he spent playing for the Inland Empire 66ers in the High-A California League against the Lake Elsinore Storm. Also, subscribe to the Baseball Census YouTube channel for hundreds more videos like this one.
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Michael Hermosillo scouting report notes
Most high-level football players who take to baseball often succeed in the more athletic parts of the game, like running in the outfield and on the bases, while struggling to control the strike zone, take situational at-bats, and do the more nuanced things that come late in the game. That hasn’t really been the case for Michael Hermosillo, who is taking to baseball just fine by showing off an advanced understanding of the game and moving quickly through the Los Angeles Angels’ system after a breakout season in 2016. Hermosillo is now with Double-A Mobile after starting the summer with High-A Inland Empire—where Baseball Census saw him playing initially—and he’s adjusting to the Southern League with a .235/.289/.324/.613 slash line through his first 34 at-bats with the Bay Bears.
Hermosillo is as advertised when it comes to the “football” functions of the game; he runs very well in the outfield and on the bases, and while his feel for stealing bases is still a little bit raw and underdeveloped, that will come in time simply through playing more innings. He has a quick first step and intuitively understands that foot speed needs to be a big part of his game, so he might yet become an above-average base stealer at higher levels.
At the plate, he controls the strike zone very well and shows remarkable discipline relative to his lack of full-time baseball experience. He can get beat high sometimes, and struggles to catch up to hard fastballs in the upper half of the strike zone, but he’s well-balanced and can handle tough off-speed pitches and adjust based on counts. He’s not afraid to work deep counts or draw a walk, and he’s comfortable in the box regardless of how he’s being pitched.
His awareness of various situational hitting moments throughout the game is advanced for his age and level right now, too. He hasn’t yet shown much power in his minor league career, and he may never develop above-average power; his bat speed is average at best and while he’ll fill out and grow into his body some more as he ages, he’s more liable to be a doubles hitter than an over-the-fence threat with any regularity.
With the ability to handle the bat and the physical tools to play all outfield positions, it’s likely that Michael Hermosillo will become a decent big league outfielder in another year or two if he proves he can adjust to the high minors. The Angels really like Hermosillo, and his breakout last year was the canary in the coal mine in terms of how good he could become, especially considering he’s already in Double-A as a 22-year-old and has adjusted so quickly to baseball as a full-time career. With his athleticism and versatility likely his best traits, Michael Hermosillo could one day wind up being a very impactful fourth outfielder on a Major League roster with the Los Angeles Angels.
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Michael Hermosillo scouting report: 140 characters or less
An athletic, rangy player with good bat control, Michael Hermosillo’s big league fit may come as a 4th OF who can play all three with ease.
Michael Hermosillo scouting report video
Here’s a look at our most recent Michael Hermosillo baseball video, taken during a mid-April series he spent with the Inland Empire 66ers in the Cal League ahead of his promotion to the Double-A Southern League:
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Michael Hermosillo scouting report GIFs
In addition to our video clips, we broke out some Michael Hermosillo baseball GIFs for a deeper look at swing mechanics, etc.:
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