Dayton Provost Scouting Report
Notes & Comments
Compact, easy swing with feel for barrel manipulation and ability to hit the ball to all fields; above-average bat speed to turn on pitches through inner half, but enough barrel control and mature approach to consistently work back up the middle. Well-balanced at the plate with good discipline and advanced strike zone recognition. Reminds me a ton of Colorado Rockies prospect Forrest Wall in swing mechanics, weight transfer, and demeanor at the plate. Dayton Provost hasn’t yet really hit this year like I think he can, but despite underwhelming statistical output to date I think he’s going to be a good pro hitter. Already takes truly professional at-bats and certainly looks the part; numbers will catch up.
Elevated power comes to pull side; ability to hit for some pop down the right field line and to straight away right field; goes more line drive gap-to-gap in center field and left-center. Above-average bat speed; will drop the bat head with some success if a pitcher tries to go down and in, but moments are few and far between with Provost appearing more content to grind out at-bats and work through line drives back up the middle. Good natural size here with a bit of room left to build some muscle; may modestly aid power profile as it happens; hit tool should remain well above power even through development, though.
Solid defensively with slightly below-average arm strength but great feel for soft hands. Advanced feel to his backhand up the middle, and especially in running in on balls hit softly. Will move around from second to third some, but only ever seen him play second in game action; fundamentally very sound at second base and makes all the plays he should make. Lacks that spectacular flare of a particular teammate of his at Ventura College, but fundamentally strong and carries himself like a natural leader on the field; professional demeanor and look with consistency beyond this level.
Good hands, quick release from the second base position. Below-average arm strength, but good accuracy and consistency. Ideal fit here for second base; could also play some third base as needed, but likely best future role is at second with solid, but not spectacular arm.
Got just one time on him from LHH box at 4.25; below-average foot speed but decent lateral quickness and strong first step. Not a burner and won’t steal many bases, but good overall athleticism and feel for the game will help. Base running is generally average or near-average; runs pretty well but struggles to anticipate situations at times; likely still knocking the rust off his redshirt year at UCLA a season ago. Growth here, but can’t imagine it’ll be as significant as most/all his other tools.
Listed at 6’3″, 195 lbs. with a strong frame and yet a bit of room left to grow into it; completely looks the part of a pro ballplayer and carries himself accordingly. Really, really reminds me of Forrest Wall in his tools, mannerisms, and approach at the plate; plays mature and calm; slow heartbeat guy. Committed to Oklahoma State to continue his baseball career if he’s not selected in this year’s MLB Draft come June.
High MLB Draft follow for the summer’s selection period; interest may be waning slightly with his middling 2018 campaign to date, but the tools are present to produce a solid professional baseball player out of Dayton Provost, and it’s a mistake to give up on him if you’re just scouting the stat line. Has leverage with the Oklahoma State commitment, and doesn’t need to blindly sign with an organization like a particular teammate at Ventura; ultimately, there’s a good shot he gets picked in the 2018 MLB Draft, but regardless, he’ll turn pro one way or another soon enough.
OFP (50 FV)
Really has the look and feel of an everyday second baseman of the future at ceiling; enough athleticism and maturity through his game to provide value as a utility/bench infielder at floor; relatively lower risk, especially as far as junior college prospects go. Mature, advanced approach already shown at the plate will really benefit Dayton Provost in pro ball; hit tool and glove work shoul carry him deep into the game; any power or speed that develops will only further solidify ceiling. Smart competitor here who I think will really thrive in trying to master the everyday grind of the pro game. MLB ETA: 2022.
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