Dai-Kan Yoh

Born: 01/17/1987 (Age: 32)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
Primary Position: CF
Seconday Position: RF
Acquisition Period: 2005 NPB Draft (Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters)
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: June 28th, 2016
Dates Seen: 6/1, 6/2, 6/4, 6/5, 6/7, 6/8, 6/9, 6/26
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters - NPB Japan
MLB Team: N/A
Physical Description
Lanky, wiry frame; high waist, squared shoulders.
Swing Mechanics
Upright, high hand position, open with big leg lift.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2017 30 40 Role 30: Extra outfielder High
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 30 30 Middle to opposite field approach; buggy whip, has some length there. Looks to get extended, works inside out a lot. Starts open and will have some bail causing the bat to drag, limiting him on better velo in and up in the zone. Stays balanced and has a feel for the strike zone; patient, will work the count.
Middle to opposite field approach; buggy whip, has some length there. Looks to get extended, works inside out a lot. Starts open and will have some bail causing the bat to drag, limiting him on better velo in and up in the zone. Stays balanced and has a feel for the strike zone; patient, will work the count.
Raw Power 30 30 Doubles, gap power; right-center field is his power stroke and gets some carry on line drives. Has some loft power to pull, but not a big HR guy.
Doubles, gap power; right-center field is his power stroke and gets some carry on line drives. Has some loft power to pull, but not a big HR guy.
Run 55 55 4.33, 4.40, 4.25 HP-to-1B. Not real great out of the box and does not go 100% down the line unless sniffing a hit. Better underway; long strides and takes him a couple steps to get going. Plays up in center field.
4.33, 4.40, 4.25 HP-to-1B. Not real great out of the box and does not go 100% down the line unless sniffing a hit. Better underway; long strides and takes him a couple steps to get going. Plays up in center field.
Field 55 55 Enough to handle center field; plays deep, as do most center fielders in Japan. Gets decent reads in to the gaps; not overly challenged in these looks, but track record of solid defense in both center and right field. Has been plus in the past.
Enough to handle center field; plays deep, as do most center fielders in Japan. Gets decent reads in to the gaps; not overly challenged in these looks, but track record of solid defense in both center and right field. Has been plus in the past.
Throw 50 50 Online, no tail; gets rid of it with accuracy.
Online, no tail; gets rid of it with accuracy.
Overall Summary
Athletic, durable extra outfielder who can handle center field for a stretch and show some power to the gaps. He has a big, Asian leg kick and tends to work inside out; he has some bat control and likes to buggy whip it through the zone, but has trouble with velo in on his hands. Looks for soft stuff away that he can sit back on and drive to right-center. Looks most comfortable hitting up in the order; has some plate discipline and don't see him expanding too often, but aggressive in the zone, not looking to walk. Has some raw pop and will get some carry in BP, but does not see it translate in games; plays more to gaps, especially right-center. Above-average runner, even though he consistently shows below-average times to 1st; long strider that takes a few steps to get going; can score from 1st on a double; not a basestealer, but will pick his spots. Above-average athlete, can cover some ground in the outfield, but gets tentative near the wall. Plays deep and prefers to come in on balls. Not going to be an everyday center fielder, but can fill in there for a stretch with average defense. Overall, I think he is very much geared towards the off-speed heavy NPB and will have trouble with the better velo, but see him making enough contact to contribute in a fifth-outfielder (run/defense) role. He has some swagger, but there is some concern over the makeup and how he will react outside of his comfort zone; believe he is the type of guy that will need a defined role from the outset. Comparable to Tsujoshi Shinjo at the major league level.