|Report Date:||February 25th, 2018|
While not the most physical player on the field, Riley stood out for his quality at bats and defensive capabilities during the season opening series against South Florida. Standing 6’0” and 170 pounds, Riley has a lean frame that he can easily add to in pro ball while still maintaining his athleticism.
Hitting from an even, slightly crouched stance, Riley displayed quick hands and an understanding of the strike zone that helped him draw five walks during the series. A disciplined hitter with above-average bat control, Riley works the whole field and rarely chases pitches out of the zone. While he doesn’t offer much present power, he still showed the ability to drive the ball in the gap when given the chance. Though Riley played all three outfield positions during the series, he looked more comfortable in the corners than in center. Just an average runner, Riley is a tweener as he doesn’t have the speed to profile in center, nor the power or arm to play the corners on a consistent basis. With a solid hit tool and keen approach, Riley best profiles as an extra outfielder as a professional.