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CLASS OF 2016

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Hunter
Bishop

Arizona State
Serra (HS) • CA
6-5 • 210LBS • L/R

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4/30/19: Above average athlete at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds with a frame that still projects. Had a tough series at Washington with the bat, going 4-for-16 with 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 K, 3 R, 4 RBI. Despite that, Bishop is still slashing an impressive .369/.498/.815 through 42 games. The above average speed was more prevalent on the basepaths than in the outfield on this look. Best times down the line were 4.05, 4.14 and 4.20 on the slow end. Defensively he came up short on a few opportunities to track down balls in center field. The athleticism to stick in the middle of the outfield is there, it just wasn't his best showing reading the ball off the bat. The lack of arm strength might also move him over to left field eventually. The arm action is clean with a high ¾ slot, but the ball doesn't carry out of the hand. He still manages to show consistent accuracy and focuses on hitting his cut-off man instead of trying to air it out. At the plate, starts in a tall upright stance with minimal movement or rhythm. Dips into his back leg as gets into a more athletic hitting position and begins his forward move. Some of the mechanical issues he showed in the Cape are still there: beginning the swing with his hands, not being able to check his swing or adjust to pitches when he's fooled. The biggest difference this spring is that the power production has been consistent enough to offset the swing and miss tendencies. The pitch recognition skills are steadily improving as well. His BB total and OBP are vastly improved from his FR/SO years. While he did swing and miss a fair amount in this series, he was consistently offering at pitches in the zone and wasn't repeatedly chasing. Showed off his impressive raw power during BP while also flashing an ability to work to his oppo gap. The swing looks long at first glance, but he actually gets impressive strike zone coverage with his barrel and is capable of driving pitches backside if the ball beats him. Overall, Bishop possesses a big league frame with two plus tools in his raw power and speed. When you combine that with his production this season, it's easy to see why he is steadily climbing into the top half of the first round on most draft boards. (Jurik)

3/13/19: At a strong 6'5 210 pounds, Bishop is explosive as they come. He stands out with above average grades in all categories, other than his arm. The lefthanded hitter possesses as much raw power as anyone, hitting numerous home runs in batting practice through the middle of the field, with plenty of room to spare. Bishop is now translating that raw power into games, hitting two in tonight's game, one that went three-quarters of the way up the batter eye (114 MPH and 452 feet according to Trackman). He's sitting at 12 home runs through 20 games after hitting just ten in his first two years at ASU. Bishop certainly isn't all or nothing, showing adjustability throughout his swing, barreling up multiple balls when his timing is off, including his second home run of the night on a two-strike pitch. Cutting down strikeouts was a must and he has done that, only striking out 11 times in 77 AB and has more walks (16) than strikeouts (11). He's currently slashing .442/.552/1.039 with over half of his hits (34) being extra bases. Bishop is also a plus runner with short strides, allowing him to get to full speed quickly. Ran a 4.20 home to first, not getting out of the box well on his only batted ball that was necessary for him to run hard. His speed plays as plus as well in the outfield due to his good jumps. He plays a shallow center field, relying on his speed and first step to cover as much ground as possible. He just missed robbing a home run to dead center, making it even more impressive with how shallow he plays; the wall knocked the ball out of his glove. (Arnold)

10/15/18Athletic outfielder with plus run speed and fringe arm strength. Currently a center fielder at six-foot-four, 215 pounds, he should be able to remain there until he physically outgrows the position, prompting a move to a corner. His arm is better suited to left field than right. Ultra aggressive approach at the plate. Takes ManHacks. All-in on every swing and he did not show a two-strike approach this fall or this past summer in the Cape. A 2K approach is not overly important for a power hitter, especially in this day and age, but there must be a middle ground to Bishop’s present approach. When connected, the ball jumps off his bat to all fields through the combination of good strength, loose hands and well above average bat speed. Very good whip with a high extension finish. Present plus to better raw power. Active base runner with plus speed underway and good instincts. If he is able to cut down on the swing/miss he profiles long term as an above average defensive left fielder with above average to better power production who could also steal double digit bases each season. (Seifert)

8/5/18Tall, athletic and oozing with tools, Bishop is still developing his natural abilities into on-field performance. He’s a big man, 6’4/215, who can run, plus underway; 9-for-16 in stolen bases this summer. Fringe average arm from center field. Good reactions and reads. Above average defender. Will likely be able to stay in CF for awhile in pro ball before ultimately moving to a corner. Aggressive hitter, he attacks the baseball looking to do damage. Not up there to get cheated. Good bat speed and some leverage for plus to better pull side raw power. Flies open on his swing, giving away the outer half and struggling with pitch movement for much swing/miss. Forty-five strikeouts in 149 plate appearances thus far this summer in the Cape. Until he re-makes his swing path, letting his hands work independent of his shoulders, he will likely remain a low average hitter who uses only one-third of the field. If he can make this adjustment, he’s an early round talent with top tools and athleticism. His best days look to be ahead of him. (Seifert)

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