|Nick J. Faleris
|April 3rd, 2018
Easley showed well during USA Baseball’s National High School Invitational, getting on base at a .467 clip out of the lead-off spot for Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, Ariz.) and finishing the tournament with a slash line of .273/.467/.364 while striking out just once in 15 plate appearances.
The Oregon State commit shows good balance in the box and a willingness to work the count for pitches to drive. He is comfortable utilizing the whole field, as well, showing an ability to drive the ball the other way with authority as well as turn on solid velocity on the inner-half. As he continues to mature physically Easley should grow into some over the fence power and is already proficient and shooting the gaps and driving the lines for extra bases.
A solid defender at short with soft hands decent carry on his throws, Easley’s arm can be stretched some in the hole at present, though his quick release helps his throws to play just fine at the six-spot. He may fit best at the next level at second, where his range, quick feet and quick release could combine to produce above-average defense. The athletic middle infielder could come off the board on Day 2 of the MLB Draft this June to a team that believes his bat is ready to tackle the lower levels of pro ball. Should he make it to Corvallis, it’s easy to picture Easley developing into an early-round target by 2021.