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CLASS OF 2016

3B
1B

Davis
Wendzel

Baylor
JSerra (HS) • CA
6-1 • 205LBS • R/R

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2019
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3/3/19:Mature-bodied at 6-foot, 210 pounds, Wendzel physically resembles Justin Turner, but with a brown beard instead of a red one. Defensively, he is dependable with some stiffness to his actions. Showed sure hands and quick reactions to a couple bullets hit directly at him. Above-average arm strength with solid carry across the diamond using a short throwing motion. Does a good job of making all the routine plays in his range box. His angle to ground balls could use some instruction, as he always seemed to go directly to the point of intersection instead of rounding or giving the backhand play some room. From a slightly open stance at the plate, he gets on-plane early to the pitch and does a good job of working below the breaking ball. Wendzel possesses bat strength, but is not blessed with ample bat speed. He seemed to struggle seeing the ball and identify pitches this weekend, and as a result, routinely hit behind in the count, but still managed five hits over the weekend. Best bolt down the line from home this weekend was 4.40 after running in the mid 4.3s this summer in the Cape. Wendzel is likely to be selected in the early rounds on Day Two.

7/18/18:6’1/200 pounds. Lean, muscular frame. Wiry strength in his body. Light on his feet in the infield, average lateral range. No issues handling the routine play. Arm action is compact with some stiffness but generates good carry on all throws. Seeing time at all three infield positions this summer but actions and arm strength are better suited for 3B/2B. Slightly below average runner. Best time to 1st was 4.35 on a ground ball to SS. At the plate, narrow set-up that starts open to the pitcher. Minimal leg-lift as he creates separation and gets into his stride. Finishes square to the pitcher as he lands and gets into a wider base. Athletic and balanced actions with his lower half. Swing shows good adjustability to off-speed pitches. Stays in his legs and shows good hip rotation as he hits against a firm front side. Hands stay inside the ball. Bat path is level thru the zone. Good extension after contact. High, one-handed finish. Average bat speed. Gap to gap power presently. Some room left in his frame for power projection. Had a very productive game against the Bourne Braves when I was in attendance; 4-for-5 with a 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 4 R and a SB. Both extra base hits were to the right center gap. Polished approach at the plate; makes hard contact on strikes, doesn’t expand the zone. Plays the game hard. No standout physical tools, but remains a well-rounded and consistent performer. (Dan Jurik)

8-15-2018:Featured in Week 1 of our prospect coverage on the Cape. Wendzel’s overall summer was less productive than one might anticipate, especially given his track record of hitting during his first two seasons at Baylor. Don’t expect his prospect status to fall too far though. He still possesses a good combination of natural hitting ability to go along with solid defensive tools. (D Jurik)

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