Summer Scouting Trail: New York Collegiate LeagueProspects
This week we focus on one of the youngest players in the league. We also prepare for next week’s All-Star game by evaluating a trio of selections and forecasting some arms who might impress.
Andrew Roden, Fr, L/R, 1B, Sherrill Silversmiths (UMass-Lowell)
Roden turned 18 years old in April and is spending the Summer in the NYCBL before heading to UMass Lowell for his freshman year. Proportional build at 6’5/215 pounds with the frame and width in his upper body to add more strength in the future. Average athlete. Moves well on the diamond and demonstrates good body control with his actions. Seeing time in the outfield right now but likely he will end up at 1B. Footwork is smooth around the bag during I/O with enough arm strength to make the necessary throws. Uses a narrow, upright stance at the plate. Lines up square to the pitcher with feet just outside of the shoulders and slight knee bend. Stays tall on his backside while getting into his low leg lift. Hands start high and stay tight to the body as the barrel flattens out in the zone. Quick, level swing with a high finish. Good extension after contact. Head is quiet and centered throughout. Low effort power and natural lift in the swing to his pull-side. Showed the ability to let the ball travel and shoot line drives to LF when behind in the count. Advanced hitting approach and strike zone discipline for his age. Power should expand to more parts of the field as he gets stronger. Doing more than enough to hold his own against older and more experienced competition. Currently an average defender with a solid hit tool. Whether or not the power develops in-game will be crucial for how Roden projects at the next level.