Ryosuke Hirata

Born: 03/23/1988 (Age: 30)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195
Primary Position: LF
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd., 2005 NPB Draft (Chunichi Dragons)
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: October 7th, 2016
Dates Seen: 6/1, 6/2, 6/7
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Chunichi Dragons - NPB Japan
MLB Team: N/A
Physical Description
Squat, stocky build; solid, thick lower half with some upper-body strength.
Swing Mechanics
Upright, balanced. Hands out over the plate; leg lift timing mechanism.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2017 30 40 Role 30: Extra corner outfielder High
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 40 40 Level, line-drive stroke; has some length to it; slider bat speed. Buggy whip through the zone, but trouble getting hands through on anything inside. Big leg lift and hands stay back, does a good job vs. the breaking ball. Will step in the bucket, but still able to get coverage of outer 1/3. Will see some pitches, not over aggressive.
Level, line-drive stroke; has some length to it; slider bat speed. Buggy whip through the zone, but trouble getting hands through on anything inside. Big leg lift and hands stay back, does a good job vs. the breaking ball. Will step in the bucket, but still able to get coverage of outer 1/3. Will see some pitches, not over aggressive.
Raw Power 40 40 Has some strength to right-center field, will generate some backspin, carry to big part of field. Plays more as gap-type pop; 50-55 grade raw power.
Has some strength to right-center field, will generate some backspin, carry to big part of field. Plays more as gap-type pop; 50-55 grade raw power.
Run 50 50 4.19, 4.21 HP-to-1B (4.51 w/ turn). Moves well, athletic gait. Not a big base stealing threat, better underway. Can score from 1st base on a double.
4.19, 4.21 HP-to-1B (4.51 w/ turn). Moves well, athletic gait. Not a big base stealing threat, better underway. Can score from 1st base on a double.
Field 45 45 Bit of a slow first step, below-average range. Plays deep, but moves well once he gets going and can make the routine plays.
Bit of a slow first step, below-average range. Plays deep, but moves well once he gets going and can make the routine plays.
Throw 45 45 Short arm action, quick release; throws online with average accuracy.
Short arm action, quick release; throws online with average accuracy.
MiLB Stats
Overall Summary
Strong-bodied extra outfielder with some gap power and athleticism that gives him some value in corner-outfield depth role. He's not going to wow you in any one area, but will see pitches and has a track record of getting on base. Does not have tremendous bat speed, but will get carry to the big part of the field when he squares one up; strong enough to hit it out to the opposite field. Average runner, but best underway; fringe average on defense at a corner spot and will make the routine plays. Don't see him sticking on a 25-man roster all season, but could fill a hole for a short stretch and give some depth off the bench. Becomes a free agent this winter, but don't see him foregoing the opportunities he will get if he stays in Japan. Compares to Cole Gillespie (OF, Marlins) at the major league level.