Jeremiah Vison Scouting Report & Game Video

Position: Outfielder
Height/Weight: 5’5”, 135 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: N/A
Hometown: Anaheim, Calif.
School: Western HS; Golden West College
FV (20-80): 45 (Platoon/Utility OF)
MLB ETA: 2023

Dates Observed: February, 2018

Team/Organization: Golden West College (Los Angeles Dodgers)
League/Level: Orange Empire Conference (CCCAA)
Scouting Notes: Might be the smallest person selected in the 2018 MLB Draft; 5’5” and 135 lb. list size may be slightly generous, have seen him reported elsewhere at 5’4”, 120 lbs. Regardless of exact measurements, Jeremiah Vison is extremely undersized and will make for a nice underdog story coming through the minor league ranks; drafted late by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 MLB Draft after enjoying a stellar spring season for Golden West College; signed in early June and will report to pro ball this week … Speed is carrying tool; unbelievably fast; timed him 4.08 up the line from the RHH box — legit 70-grade speed and one of the fastest times (amateur or pro) I got on an RHH all year. Very, very quick first step and reaches top speed immediately; exceptional runner on the base paths and in the field with great instincts and feel for both places … Offensively, will be a significant project in pro ball; contact skills and plate discipline are OK now with room to improve, but Vison is (obviously) smaller and weaker and will produce quite a bit of weak contact against pro velocity and stuff. Saw decent arms in Orange Empire Conference play, but competition ticks up in pro ball and he’ll face a learning curve at the plate without as high an upside with the bat. Patience rules the day for the Dodgers here; it may take a few years for him to really get up to speed (no pun intended) with the bat, but foot speed and contact skills could help him turn a corner and become a viable leadoff threat after a while … Excellent defender already thanks to his speed; natural center fielder who can track balls down left, right, in, and out; great feel for running back to the wall with advanced spatial and body awareness to make tough catches on warning track; always seems to know where he is on the field. Extremely quick first step getting to balls hit off the bat; gets jumps and reads the ball well; covers a ton of ground in a way I hadn’t seen since Yonathan Daza last year in High-A. Arm is OK, especially considering size; will need to improve arm strength now that he’s in pro ball, but he’ll survive in center as he develops these first few minor league seasons. Good defender overall with chance to be above-average to plus in tracking fly balls down in center field … If you’re looking for a Jeremiah Vison comp, think of an earlier pick the Dodgers made in this year’s MLB Draft: 17th round pick Aldrich DeJongh from Hillsborough Community College in Florida. Both are undersized speedsters who will patrol center with ease and track down just about everything hit there; DeJongh is overall a more advanced, physically stronger prospect with better offensive tools, and he should start higher (likely rookie-level Ogden, while Vison should fit in an AZL Dodgers assignment) and likely move a little bit faster, but both DeJongh and Vison will be asked to do similar things with similar tool sets and parallel underdog/undersized profiles … Above all, just being in pro ball is something of a win for Jeremiah Vison, who made major strides through the spring and earned his shot with the Los Angeles Dodgers after a monster season at Golden West College. Beyond that, maybe he’s just a late-round, under-the-radar guy destined to be quickly forgotten (or never known in the first place) by many fans and evaluators, but there’s a path forward for a defense-first speedster like Jeremiah Vison, and it wouldn’t shock me if he flourishes in pro ball. If the bat develops on pace, his might become a wonderful little underdog story in a few years; outside shot at a 50 FV ceiling thanks to elite speed and defensive potential; would still be an incredible achievement even if he fell back in 35 FV up-and-down role, though.

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