Nander De Sedas
|Report Date:||March 20th, 2018|
As a tall, athletic, switch-hitting shortstop, De Sedas has been a known commodity to MLB clubs for some time. He draws differing opinions from scouts: some see a true five-tool shortstop, some see a future third baseman with a projectable bat, and others don’t seem to see the first-round hype at all. De Sedas entered the spring in the running to be among the first high school position prospects off the board, and he’ll be under a microscope running all the way up to the Draft.
He hits from a fairly wide base, utilizing a small leg-kick trigger to start the swing, with looseness and some whip to the bat through the zone. He’s fairly tall for a shortstop at 6-foot-2, but his trim, tapered frame has the chance to remain in the middle of the field as his body matures. De Sedas shows easy, fluid actions and seems like a natural defender at short, though he’ll often be a bit showy and make routine plays more difficult than need be. He’s talented enough that he’s rarely challenged by high school competition, and wouldn’t be the first teenager to play with a flair that gets toned down a bit at the professional level. He has enough arm strength to stay on the left side of the infield, whether that is at shortstop or third base.
If he goes as high as some project him to, a club that takes him in the earliest picks come June will see a switch-hitting shortstop with dynamic tools that play on both sides of the ball. The last time one of those came out of Montverde Academy, Cleveland landed Francisco Lindor in the first round.