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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.


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.