Counting Down Top 30: No. 10 Tyler Nevin
10 Tyler Nevin, 3B
Tool Grades: Batting 55, Power 50, Run 40, Arm 50, Field 50, Overall 50
Born: 5/29/1997. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 200. Drafted: High School-Poway, CA (1st round supplemental). Signed by: Jon Lukens.
Track Record: Nevin grew up in baseball environment, the son of Phil Nevin, who the Astros made the No. 1 pick overall in 1992, passing on Derek Jeter in the process. Tyler’s career has been slowed by a series of injuries which limited him to one game a year ago and just 82 games last year. Once he got into the lineup on a regular basis in the second half last year at Low-A Asheville the Rockies saw the ability that led to signing him to a $2 million bonus. He is two inches taller and leaner than his father, but has the type of body that will allow him to get stronger while remaining flexible.
Scouting Report: He could wind up at first base or left field, but will get a chance to play third base as well. The arm strength never fully came back after Tommy John surgery his junior in high school, which is part of the question of whether he will stay at third base. He is athletic enough to move to first or left field. His ticket will be his bat. He has plus bat speed, works the county well and will hit for average and power as his body fills out and he gets stronger..
The Future: The Rockies aren’t going to start trying to rush Nevin now, even though his schedule has been slowed by the injuries the last two years. It’s likely he will start this season at High-A Lancaster and if he handles it will he could be jumped to Double-A Hartford. His long-range position will be decided over time.