Robert Haw, SS, Irvine Valley College

Height: 5’10”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Year: 2020
Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
High School: Calvary Chapel
Previous College: None
Four-Year Commitment: None / Unknown
Phone: 714-222-9224
Email: rjhaw@ca.rr.com
Coach: Kent Madole (HC)
Coach Phone: 949-451-5763 (office)
Coach Email: kmadole@ivc.edu

Robert Haw Irvine Valley College

Hit

3.00

Power

2.00

Field

5.00

Throw

4.00

Run

3.00

OFP Grade

3.50

Scouting Notes

Robert Haw is a very strong defender at a premium position, a glove-first middle infielder who started at shortstop for Irvine Valley College right from the very beginning of his true freshman season, and who has continued to excel there more recently as he develops. Haw is one of the strongest middle infield defenders available at the JuCo level in SoCal for the class of 2020, and for me, he’s one of the very few shortstops in his class who can stick there in an everyday role at the next level. He shows very good range up the middle along with the ability to make both routine and difficult plays with consistency. He’s got the hands, arm, and overall range to stick long term, and while his bat is maybe a bit too light for major college D1 baseball, he’s got enough by way of defensive chops to play (and excel) for a smaller school at the highest level. His range is strong, and he’s proven remarkably consistent in making the routine play — and, increasingly, the difficult play — each subsequent time I see him play. Offensively, Haw’s bat is much more limited both at present and in likely future output, and he may struggle a bit offensively at the four-year level once he first reaches it. Still, I think he’ll settle in as a serviceable, punchy line drive hitter who can subsist offensively and handle the bat well enough to stay afloat despite very little power in his profile, and without that much overall offensive upside in general looking on into the future.

Haw is off the charts in character and makeup, with multiple school and summer coaches raving to me about his team-first, high character, high work ethic attributes and leadership skills. He comes from a difficult family background, but has overcome his circumstances admirably, and he reportedly has the grades to be an easy D1 candidate after his time at Irvine Valley. There are some leadership attributes at play here that ought to help tip the four-year scales in his favor, as well, and as far as intangibles go he may be one of the strongest 2020 prospects in the entire state. Overall, he’s far from the flashiest middle infield prospect available this year, but Haw is as solid and consistent as can be, and provides real value at a premium defensive position. Haw also has maybe the most realistic chance to stay at the position at the next level when compared to the vast majority of JuCo shortstop prospects in California this year. For me, he’ll ultimately fit best with a small D1 program that needs a reliable middle infielder but has enough offensive firepower elsewhere in the lineup to sacrifice it here in favor of defensive acumen. I believe he’s got the chops to jump in and transition well as an everyday defender pretty much from the very start of his four-year career. Haw is a dude, and deserves a long look from the majority of D1 programs.


Prospect Video

July 17, 2019 (Hitting)

June 23, 2019 (Hitting)

February 27, 2019 (Hitting)

February 7, 2019 (Hitting)