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Scout Diary: Feb. 8, 2020 Report on Keito Mori

Keito Mori was the first pick of the DeNA BayStars in NPB’s 2019 amateur draft. Although a shortstop, he played center field for Japan last summer in the Under-18 World Cup.

  • Birthday: Jan. 28, 2002
  • H: 1.75 m, W: 75 kg
  • Bats: L, Throws: R
  • Position: SS

Physical description: Looks like a right-handed-hitting Kenta Imamiya (SoftBank), but with a big front leg kick.

Hitting Ability4050
Running Speed7070
Base Running5050
Arm Strength6570
Arm Accuracy5050
Baseball Instinct6060

Abilities: Athletic, excellent foot speed and a strong throwing arm, disciplined aggressive hitter with quick bat and compact swing.

Weaknesses: Short arms his throws in the infield, but not in the outfield. Footwork is more mechanical than fluid.

Summation: Immediately profiles better as a center fielder, but could conceivably develop into a championship-caliber shortstop.