Ronnie Jebavy

Position: CF
Level: High A
Affiliate: San Jose Giants
Age: 22 yrs, 0m
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 5th Rd., 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SFG)

Prospect Spotlight

The Giants’ fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Middle Tennessee State, Jebavy’s lean, athletic build compliments his quickness and athleticism in the field. Defensively, he is a plus center fielder, showing great range and a natural ability to track the ball off the bat quickly.  He uses his quickness to get great jumps on balls and prevent a lot of hits from dropping. His strong arm plays plus for the position, and it keeps runners from taking the extra base.

He has above-average speed (4.26 HP-to-1B) from the leadoff position and looks to affect defenses going from 1st-to-3rd base. He was 23-for-27 last year in stolen bases, but only 6-for-13 so far this season, and didn’t look to run much when on the base paths during my views. He could be trying to focus on his hitting, but as a guy who won’t hit for a high average, he’s going to need to be more aggressive on the bases to showcase his true offensive value.

Offensively, Jebavy has some work to do. He’s a slightly below-average hitter (.241) who has a short line drive swing that will produce some gap power (11 2Bs, 3 3Bs) and some mistake pitch home runs (four this season). He has a compact stance that has a slight load and puts him in a good hitting position, but doesn’t generate much power. He’s a fastball hitter that doesn’t show a lot of patience or pitch selection (14:60 BB:Ks), and he struggles against good off-speed pitches. He’s better suited hitting lower in the lineup, where he could see more fastballs and attack them earlier in the count to prevent falling behind. If he falls behind he will chase pitches down in the dirt.

Overall, Jebavy profiles best as a defensive replacement at the major league level. If he is able to make some adjustments at the plate and can continue to work on his pitch selection, I could see him as a fourth-outfielder type.