Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of a Georgia high school, outfield prospect Reggie Pruitt wrapped his third professional season in 2017, a short-season slate spent with the Vancouver Canadians in the Northwest League. There, the 20-year-old (DOB: May 7, 1997) appeared in 72 games, logging 279 at-bats and slashing .229/.297/.297/.595 with nine doubles, two homers, 28 stolen bases, 23 walks, and 80 strikeouts. Across his three year minor league career Pruitt has struggled to gain traction at the plate, slashing just .230/.306/.286/.592 in 573 at-bats, though he has logged 59 stolen bases and only been caught 12 times in 154 minor league games.
Reggie Pruitt is extremely raw at the plate, and he’ll need considerable work there as he moves through the minor leagues the next few years, but you can’t teach speed and his exceptional natural athleticism will always be a weapon that could carry him into a big league role one day depending on roster fit. After seeing the Toronto Blue Jays prospect during his Northwest League stay this summer at a road series in Hillsboro, we’ve got a full Reggie Pruitt scouting report below, including tool grades, game video, and projections.
Reggie Pruitt Scouting Report, Toronto Blue Jays — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: August 1-3
Reggie Pruitt Scouting Report, Toronto Blue Jays — 2017 Game Video
Reggie Pruitt Scouting Report — Notes, Analysis, & Projection
An interesting and supremely athletic outfielder who walked away from Vanderbilt University to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, Reggie Pruitt is as raw as they come, but with ample tools — particularly on defense — to tantalize as he moves along slowly. There’s no doubt 2018 is the time for the speedy outfielder to make a splash in full-season ball at Low-A Lansing, but his bat will struggle there and it might be a while before he really produces at the plate. As fast as he is — and Pruitt is fast — you can’t steal first base, and weak contact plus poor swing mechanics leave Pruitt’s future less than ideal. Long term, swing changes are necessary if he’s to be taken seriously as an everyday player; even though he won’t ever show a plus hit tool, there’s growth to be done here to reach ceiling.
Long term, Reggie Pruitt will be carried forward by his speed and his glove, the combination of which should have him ticketed for a platoon/bench role as a defensive center fielder. A lot must develop between now and then, though, and so it could be a few years before we really start to consider his future with the Toronto Blue Jays. The risk is high and the road will be long, but the tools are there and the athleticism really is special. If Reggie Pruitt can turn himself into a bona fide baseball player to go along with all that athletic ability, he still has a shot to be an impactful big leaguer in Toronto a few years from now.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Defense-first platoon outfielder or second-division regular at ceiling; high risk; long development road ahead and will likely fall short (40/45)
MLB ETA: 2021
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