The Angels’ 2017 international signing campaign was highlighted with a $1.2 million investment in a young outfielder from the Bahamas, Trent Deveaux. The Nassau native had an underwhelming professional debut, slashing .199/.309/.247 with 68 strikeouts in 166 at-bats over his 44-game AZL campaign.
The 18-year-old has long arms and legs that form a lean, athletic, and projectable frame. Clocked as low as 6.2 seconds in the 60-yard dash, Deveaux is an 80-grade runner and quick-twitch athlete. Offensively, Deveaux struggled this year, grinding through a season that saw him make several mechanical changes to his stance and hand position to correct posture and swing path issues. Unable to find consistent mechanics and get into a groove, his frustration spilled over to an undisciplined approach at the plate. Still raw, the hit tool is a big question for Deveaux, but he has the athleticism to project development to at least a future-grade of 40 with a ceiling of 50.
Defensively, Deveaux’s anticipation, jumps, and overall feel for tracking down fly balls have all shown improvement and helped his physical gifts and closing speed better translate into games. Deveaux has shown average arm strength and a fluid throwing motion that makes one optimistic for improvement, grading out as a future 60. Overall, Deveuax profiles as a future plus defender in center field with a grade of 60 overall. Despite his potentially game changing speed, Deveaux’s base-stealing potential is still in the infant stages of development and lacks aggressiveness, confidence, and overall instincts on the bases. If he can get on base more, his base stealing chops should develop alongside.
Deveaux is a fantastic athlete with every tool in the book, but his lack of baseball IQ and immaturity was on display during his first professional season. Overall, Deveaux is a raw athlete with projection everywhere. His athleticism and physical gifts should play up the profile as he adjusts to the pro game and matures with reps. I see him as a plus defender in center field with a 40-grade hit tool, 45-grade game power, and impact speed.