Selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Central Michigan University, outfield prospect Daniel Jipping spent his first professional summer with the Boise Hawks of the short-season Northwest League. During his time in Boise, Jipping appeared in 51 games and slashed .233/.326/.446/.771 over 221 plate appearances (193 at-bats), with four doubles, eleven home runs, 21 walks, and 65 strikeouts. Named to the Northwest League All-Star Team at midseason, Jipping also won the league’s home run derby in early August; video of his home run derby swings can be seen in the scouting report below.
Built like a linebacker at 6’2″ and 232 pounds, and set to turn 22 years old at the very start of the 2018 season (DOB: April 10, 1996), Daniel Jipping could move fairly quickly through the low minors with the Colorado Rockies thanks to prodigious raw power and some ability to actualize it in game situations. That could make Jipping something of a fringe/sleeper prospect in the coming years, though it’s predicated on his power continuing to develop as his best and most projectable tool. Below, you’ll find our full Daniel Jipping scouting report, including game and home run derby video, and tool grades, notes, and projections.
Daniel Jipping, Colorado Rockies — 2017 Scouting Report
Dates observed in 2017: August 1-3
Daniel Jipping Scouting Report, Colorado Rockies — 2017 Game Video
Daniel Jipping Scouting Report — Notes & Analysis
One of Baseball Census‘ more fun events of the 2017 season was watching Daniel Jipping and Kansas City Royals prospect Robby Rinn put on a wonderful show at the Northwest League/Pioneer League Home Run Derby in Hillsboro, Oregon at the beginning of August. Jipping won the event going away, showing off very impressive raw power and the natural strength and stamina to match that’s somewhat uncommon for a player at this level. If he consistently proves that power can translate into game action — he did hit 11 home runs in 51 games over the summer — Jipping will surge forward as a strong under-the-radar prospect for the Colorado Rockies over the next couple years.
He’s relatively unremarkable in other aspects of his game, and he must improve his hit tool if he’s to be a serious option in the big leagues three or four years from now, but that impressive power profile will ultimately be a carrying tool and push Daniel Jipping as far as he is to go in professional baseball. If he remains a one-trick pony to that end, a bench/pinch-hitter future should be in the cards, where he could be a particularly good fit at Coors Field in Denver.
Daniel Jipping Scouting Report — Future Projection
The Colorado Rockies may push Daniel Jipping, especially in light of his power profile, and test him with an assignment at High-A Lancaster to begin 2018. He’ll be 22 years old at Opening Day this coming spring, and his four-year college background may leave him advanced enough to begin his first full pro season on an accelerated pace. Add his natural ability to hit the ball in the air and imagine it happening in Lancaster’s launching pad of a home ballpark, and the outfield prospect may find early success there.
Beyond that, I think it’s entirely possible Daniel Jipping will turn himself into a fringe prospect with an eventual ceiling as a power-hitting fourth/fifth outfielder who can eventually make an impact in the big leagues as a pinch hitter. As a 22nd round draft pick from a school not known as a baseball power, if Jipping’s plus power can truly carry him into becoming a serviceable big league role player, it’ll be a feather in the Colorado Rockies’ cap as far as good scouting, drafting, and player development are concerned.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Fourth/fifth outfielder-type with ample raw power to fill pinch-hitter role off the bench; must improve hit tool for greater impact (40)
MLB ETA: 2020