Anthony Walters Scouting Report
Mt. San Antonio College
Four-Year Commitment: San Diego State
Notes & Comments
Stands hunched out over the plate, lined up to pitcher; very pronounced leg kick for weight transfer to his back side before firing off to the ball. Some upper cut in his swing to take advantage of raw power and hit the ball hard in the air. General orientation to pull side, but can cover the whole plate with good degree of consistency. Strong kid, strong hands and wrists, good feel for the barrel with some manipulation; good bat speed. Tracks pitches well with decent understanding of the strike zone. Will give away his fair share of at-bats and get pull-happy through approach; some focus/concentration improvements to come. Worth a video look below to see load and swing path; swing mechanics remind me a great deal of Western Oklahoma State College MLB Draft prospect Sam Anthony (video here), and Toronto Blue Jays outfield prospect Jonathan Davis (video here).
Flashes impressive plus raw power in BP; already showing consistent ability to actualize it in game situations, particularly in producing long, towering fly balls to power alley in left-center field. Natural pull power with swing mechanics as they are now, but will sneak a few doubles into right-center field as his approach matures. Going to hit his fair share of big league fly balls and towering over-the-fence shots; good lift through his swing path and a ton of natural leverage that will improve as he grows into his frame. Power projection should transition well into pro ball.
Moves well side to side on ground balls off the bat; probably better to his forehand than his backhand, but good lateral movement each way with quick first step and good spatial awareness; very good athlete. Makes the difficult play, but must improve feel and consistency with his hands as he ages; will kick a routine ball every now and then in my looks, more of a focus/consistency issue tied to getting more innings than a physical/mechanical one. My hunch is that he’ll move to third in his pro career; plenty of offensive firepower to fit there, and glove/arm combo will play well at hot corner, particularly as he adds strength and fills out with age.
Very strong arm with a quick release; quick, short arm action in the back, ideal for working in the infield. Not far from plus arm strength right now; good accuracy with great velocity and carry across the diamond; accurate without much arm-side run or tail away from target. Arm will play well at third base with age into pro ball; more than enough to stick at shortstop in the meantime.
Timed 4.34 up the line out of the RHH box; 4.69 on the turn at first base. Speed’s OK, especially since lateral quickness and first-step footwork are advanced, but he’s unlikely to build out too much more speed as he ages into his prime. Speed may actually taper some in exchange for power profile as he fills out. For me, he’s unlikely to be much of a stolen base threat in the future, but good underlying footwork and athleticism will boost defensive upside into pro ball.
Listed at 6’1″, 185 lbs.; drew a ton of Division I interest in recruiting and verbally committed to San Diego State University in mid-March. Plenty of physical projection left in his frame; good musculature and solid build already, but considerable muscle still to come. Will likely slow down into corner role in a few years with physical growth; good underlying athletic base.
Getting quite a bit of 2018 MLB Draft interest from scouts right now; good chance he walks away from San Diego State commitment if taken high enough in MLB Draft and put in the right situation with a pro organization. High-follow who should hear his name called in June; future pro with tools for some real projection.
OFP (60 FV)
Ceiling may be slightly high here as a 60 FV, but Anthony Walters has some loud tools and plenty of physical upside; he’s got a shot to be a difference maker at the next level with some development. I suspect he’ll move to third base sooner or later in pro ball, and he’s going to hit for enough power to make the move stick. As with Mt. San Antonio College teammate Elijah Greene, Walters could wind up on a few prospect lists in time with some legit big league projection and high-upside tools. Honestly, I’ll be pretty surprised if he lands at San Diego State and doesn’t jump ship for the MLB Draft this summer. MLB ETA: 2022.
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