Andrew Toles’ Nice Start | The Process Report

Andrew Toles’ Nice Start

The Rays drafted outfielder Andrew Toles in the third round last year. Now the 20-year-old is drawing praise for his hot start at Bowling Green and—more importantly—his raw tools and skills. Here’s what Chris Mellen of Baseball Prospectus had to say about Toles ($):

The athletic outfielder’s strengths lie within his plus-to-better speed, ability to create bat speed, and control of the barrel through the hitting zone. While Toles has piled up 15 extra-base hits thus far, he’s more of a hitter who is going to rely on spraying the ball to all fields and focusing on hitting line drives in higher levels.

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The work in his early career on cutting down on his swings and misses due to expanding his zone or chasing bad balls in the dirt should have a lasting effect on whether the bat can round into the type of form to profile as a regular down the road.

This isn’t the first time Toles has been under the microscope. Last October Mark Anderson praised the outfielder’s grade-70 speed and potentially above-average defense while questioning whether the bat will play enough for him to become a starter.



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