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Vytas Valincius

Valincius checked a lot of boxes with his presentation at the Super 60, and left little doubt as to his future potential as a middle of the order power-bat. Appearing to have leaned out a bit, the now 6-foot-4, 240-pounder’s movement patterns at the plate still provide for exciting hit/power potential. He posted a 6.96 60-yard dash time with athletic strides, and moved adequately at third base including an 89 mph arm across the diamond. However, his big right-handed bat is what will carry him in the future, and given his consistent hit-tool in the past and ability to slow the game down at the plate, the power production that he flashed in a couple batting practice rounds is sure to excite scouts about his future. Gaining momentum through impact, Valincius creates considerable torque while working uphill through the zone with an even greater ability to lift the ball (44% fly ball rate) than we have seen in the past. He posted the second highest average exit velocity (98.25 mph) including an eye-opening 409 ft. max distance, and did so with minimal movement/effort. The hands load fluidly in sync with a knee-knock leg kick, and his low time to contact makes his power production that much more efficient and exciting, and helps validate (and quantify) the success he has had in-game against elite arms and velocity. The South Carolina recruit certainly helped raise his profile as a power-bat in the class, and is sure to get plenty of opportunities to perform in front of MLB scouts throughout the spring, especially with the roster/schedule that the Baylor School has put together.

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