David MacKinnon Scouting Report & Game Video

Position: First Base
Height/Weight: 6’2”, 200 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: December 15, 1994
Hometown: Easton, Mass.
School: Hartford
FV (20-80): 40 (Bench Power Bat)
MLB ETA: 2020

Dates Observed: May 20-24, 2018

Team/Organization: Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Big, physically strong corner infield (first base) type with some power in his right-handed stroke. Not a great overall athlete — timed just 4.49 (twice) and 4.52 up the line from the RHH box — but he moves OK at first base. Clearly comfortable over there on defense, moves well at the position and fields well for a bigger guy; natural first baseman who should stick there, but needs to hit for enough power to warrant keeping role … Bat will prove to be carrying tool and/or undoing of his career; really, really struggling with poor at-bats and weak contact in my May look. Open stance to start with low-set hands; stays open through stride, never fully closes his hips or shoulders at load, and when he fires off to swing, his hips have already vacated and he’s lost considerable leverage for power; mechanical issues there without ability to uncork on the ball; below-average bat speed. Taking a ton of pitches early in counts; Visalia clearly had a game plan on him, filling up the zone with hittable fastballs early that he watched go by, got him down in the count and then went after him with off-speed; MacKinnon could stand to be quite a bit more aggressive early based on my look here. Swing path is pretty conducive to hitting the ball in the air, but he pulled off to third base side pretty good throughout my look, topping and/or popping up quite a few balls with too much weak contact considering his size/role. Offensive statistical background up until High-A Inland Empire has been exceptional; perhaps just a bump in the road here as David MacKinnon adjusts to better pitching, but it’d be nice to see him have success in the Cal League considering its general hitter-friendly slant and MacKinnon’s age relative to the level. For me, based on this tough look on the road in Visalia in late May, I have trouble seeing a path for David MacKinnon as an everyday (50 FV) prospect. The physicality and tools are there to consider him a 40 FV bench power bat at ceiling, but my hunch after a tough first impression is that he winds up an emergency up-and-down guy, or simply as org depth.

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