Matthew Beserra Scouting Report
El Camino College
Notes & Comments
Out in front with orientation to pull the ball; tall, slightly open stance at start; dead red pull hitter who can really drive the ball to the left side of the field. Won’t get beat by many fastballs. Wants to pull the ball, and lots of raw power/some game pop to his pull side; not nearly as much to oppo side. Above-average bat speed; quick hands with short path to the ball. Lacks full plate coverage and will get beat away pretty consistently until he makes wholesale adjustments to hit the ball the other way with authority. Inconsistent approach to good breaking balls from RHP; will get beat down and away with good off-speed and hasn’t yet flashed ability to consistently recognize spin, anticipate sequencing there, etc.
Flashes above-average raw power in BP; only really consistently showing it in games when he gets hard stuff on the inner half,. Pop is there; above-average bat speed with quick hands; strong wrists; tons of natural leverage from sturdy physical frame and open-set stance with leg kick and bat tip for timing. Some barrel manipulation when pitched on inner half, but strides to be made there across the plate. Approach needs a good amount of work to cover all fields and go the other way with authority, but he really hits some rockets to the left side. Easy future middle-of-the order projection; will hit for considerably more power than average at ceiling but must prove he can access it in games; should produce enough pop to retain everyday corner infield job.
Flashing some movements of a pro third baseman already and looks the part with size and feel for his position. Very good hands at third base, particularly for a true freshman in this environment; he can pick it already and is positioned well as a future everyday third baseman. Anticipates situations; light on his feet with quick reactions at the hot corner. Doesn’t shy away from the ball. Proficient enough to transition into first base and/or corner outfield roles if it ever came to that, but for me, he profiles perfectly as a natural third baseman with a promising glove and a better arm and should stick here.
Strong arm already with quick, efficient arm action and consistent accuracy to targets; gets on top of his throws and finishes straight through with mechanical consistency. Throws well; quick release with internal clock; shot for plus. Need to see him throw off balance a bit more but plenty of strength here and he’ll handle third base well at higher levels.
Timed 4.39 out of the RHH box; also clocked at 4.71 and 4.74 on the turn at first. Below-average runner, but tool is of considerably less importance relative to future ability to hit, field, and hit for power. May see a modest speed improvement as he tightens up his body in the coming years; not necessarily a situation where there’s baby fat to lose, but he’ll add plenty of strength in next couple seasons and accompanying athleticism could bump his speed tool a half grade.
Modest physical projection here — definitely not out of shape, but plenty of room to tighten up his body quite a bit in coming couple years. Naturally fairly strong already; listed at 6’0″, 185 lbs. Already looks the part of a pro and carries himself accordingly. Moves better than you think he’d move out in the field; underlying athleticism and body control already present and should flourish as he pushes towards pro ball.
Still on the fence about his MLB Draft potential after a few viewings already in 2018; assuming health, etc., he’ll be a future pro at some point, but may not quite be ready for it after freshman season at El Camino College. Lots of development ahead with his bat in particular; may benefit well from a second JuCo season in 2019, but broadly has Division I and MLB Draft upside with clear feel for the game, and third base in particular. Has been a guy I’ve enjoyed watching early here in 2018; good enough to get a pro shot one day, whether after El Camino College or his four-year stop.
OFP (50 FV)
Foundation of tools, size, and physical projection all point to a ceiling as an everyday third baseman. Far off with some development ahead, and he must hit (especially for power) to reach ceiling, but base is there with ample upside in glove and bat. Can’t put my finger on it, but something about the way Matthew Beserra plays tells me he’ll be a good pro who maximizes his talents and overachieves; for now, he’s quickly become a key cog for a good El Camino College team and people at the next level ought to be taking notice. MLB ETA: 2023.
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