Scouting Report: OF, Deangelo Mack

Scouting Report: OF, Deangelo Mack

The New York Yankees selected outfielder Deangelo Mack in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of the University of South Carolina. A powerful hitter despite his smaller stature, he followed up his solid debut season in 2009 with a mixed-bag performance in Charleston this past year.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Deangelo Mack
Position: Outfield
DOB: November 19, 1986
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185
Bats: Left
Throws: Left

"It went alright but I definitely could have hit a lot better," Mack said of his first full season. "I felt like the power was there but average [wise] I didn't really go to the opposite field as much as I did my first year.

"I probably could have hit better for average, but I played in a pitcher's park and that probably didn't help. I felt like I could have hit a bit better."

Tying the team lead with twelve home runs, which is quite the feat playing in such a pronounced pitcher's park, Mack wound up hitting just .252 overall.

"I just wasn't as successful going to the opposite field this year," he continued. "In my first year pretty much all of my doubles were to left-center and this [past] year I didn't hit that many over there. I could have had a few more hits I think if I went that way more."

He did make that adjustment in the second half of the season, however, hitting 17 points higher and clubbing twice as many home runs in comparison to his first-half numbers.

"I started using the whole field a bit more and me and Justin Turner, the hitting coach, we started working on some things in the cage and fixed a few things mechanically," he said. "I felt fine [after that]. I felt like everything started clicking."

Hitting in Joseph P. Riley Jr., Park has had many a hitter change their offensive approach over the years and Mack was no different. With a seemingly stiff breeze constantly blowing in from centerfield, he altered his game.

"To be honest, whenever a pitcher made a mistake – I stayed out of the middle of the field for the most part – my home runs either came dead left field or dead right field," he admitted. "There were hardly any balls hit out to centerfield. I might have hit one ball out to centerfield.

"The power numbers though came straight from the pull-side or the exact opposite field. If you stayed in the middle of the field the ball was killed every time and it hurt a lot of the other guys as well with their power numbers."

Not overly excited about his overall numbers, what Mack is thrilled about was learning how to deal with the daily grind of playing everyday for an entire season and he believes he can take what he learned in 2010 into a rebound season next year.

"Sometimes people get into their slumps and they don't know exactly what they're doing wrong, but as the season went on and I struggled I started to realize quicker what I needed to work on and what I needed to change.

"I just need to hit better and continue the power numbers, and be a consistent hitter all year long, all the way through."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2010 Charleston .252 424 20 12 56 52 5 46 99 .333 .408
2009 Staten Island .306 232 19 7 41 27 2 21 44 .372 .513


Batting and Power. Even when he hit over .300 in his debut season, Mack was still more of a pull-hitter whose swing had a tendency to get a little long. Playing in 'The Joe' for half of his games definitely worked against him as it gave him a good excuse to stay away from the gaps and that's where his game actually thrives...in the gaps. He does have good opposite field power, which is a bit of a rarity at the lower minor league levels, but he's the kind of hitter who needs to focus on going the other way a lot more to get the most out of his game.

Base Running and Speed. Mack is not really a factor on the bases and doesn't project to have much of an impact there going forward either.

Defense. Mack wanted to improve his speed in 2010 but that never really materialized, especially when he hurt his hamstring earlier in the year. As a result he still has a tick below average range in the outfield and is best served playing left field, but does have a pretty strong arm that could play right field too if needed.

Projection. Mack doesn't have a lot of tools to his game and as a result he's the kind of player who is going to have to hit his way up the proverbial ladder. He's too slow right now to be a serious consideration for any centerfield time and he doesn't really have the protypical body of a big league corner outfielder either. He does have above average power potential, however, enough to possibly be a reserve corner outfielder someday if he continues to hit. Improving his speed enough to man centerfield even in just emergency situations could give him more big league potential, but for now he's limited to the corners where his lack of size works against him.

ETA. N/A. Mack should open up the 2011 season with the Tampa Yankees and he'll need to improve on his consistent hitting approach to keep getting his starting opportunities.

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