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Old 04-22-2021, 02:44 PM   #1
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Scouting Report: David Porter

David Porter

Born: 09/19/2002 (Age: 17)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6' 01"
Weight: 255
Primary Position: 3B
Secondary Position: 1B
School: A.M. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)
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Evaluator: Jeffrey Paternostro
Report Date: 03/15/2020
Dates Seen: 3/10/20, 3/12/20, 3/13/20, 3/13/20
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Physical/Health

Porter is big. Weight is a concern. Strong kid, but it's a much thicker lower half than you see from most major leaguers on the left side of the infield. Could probably stand to lose 30+ pounds.
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MLB ETA: 2024
Risk Factor: Med
OFP: 60
Video: No
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Tool | Future Grade | Report

Hit | 60 | Decent mechanics. Good bat speed. Chases pitches. Fly ball hitter. Gets behind in the count.

Power | 65 | Plus to plus plus power potential for sure. An absolute danger to any fastball he zones ahead in the count. 25-30 home run guy at peak. The bat makes THAT sound.

Baserunning/Speed | 35 | Clocked 4.6 to 4.8. Not high effort down the line. Better second gear than you'd think going first to third. Speed is not going to be part of his game though.

Glove | 50 | Sneaky athletic, made a nice turn on a bad throw functionally playing shortstop on an over shift. Good stretch at third on a bunt force. Hands and instincts are fine. Could be above-average at first.

Arm | 70 | Plus-plus arm strength. Doesn't always get to all of it while on the move. Can be a bit scattershot.
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Overall

Surprisingly agile at his size. Could be a plus glove if he gets in better shape. Great arm. Hard to imagine he stays at 3B long term but could be a huge asset offensively if he can maintain replacement level defense there. Could certainly beat the 2024 projection in the right situation.
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Rodrick Anderson Jun 7, 2020

"It's been a weird year, well a weird few months anyway." Barbe senior David Porter tells me as we sit in the driveway of his grandparents house. Porter is perched on the tailgate of his old beat up truck, a plate piled high with crawfish by his side.

Porter anxiously awaits the Major League Baseball draft that's coming up this weekend. Porter is expected to be drafted but with the draft cut back to just five rounds he has some doubts.

"It's cut back to only five rounds this year. Usually it's like 40 so that's like 1,200 players a normal year and now you're looking at like 150, 160 so the doubts creep in sometimes you know?"

Porter, a big (6'1" and listed on the official Barbe roster at 255 pounds) third baseman with a powerful bat and a surprisingly good glove and arm.

Porter, and the rest of Louisiana, saw the baseball season cut short due to Corona virus.

"We played like 40 games, won state last year you know." Porter pauses to chew a bite of crawfish. "I had a really good season. This year we only played like 14 games. I didn't start out great. Not my best showing."

Porter hit around .450 with 21 home runs in 2019 over 41 games and led Barbe to a 5A state championship. In 2020 Barbe managed to play just 14 games. Porter was hitting .379 with two home runs when the season was cut short after 14 games.

Porter turned down scholarships to play at LSU, McNeese State and others.

"I'm not really a school guy, not my thing. I mean I get by, I get decent grades but I'd rather be playing ball. I was one hundred percent on the decision before covid. Then you start to think about how the draft is cut way down, scouting is way down then the season gets cut so short and it's like maybe the scholarship would have been the batter choice you know?"

I ask Porter if he's regretting his decision.

"I wouldn't say regretting. Rethinking, analyzing. You know?"

Porter pauses, takes a long drink of his Pepsi and then continues.

"I bet on myself with this deal. I don't doubt that I can do it at all but it's maybe a bit more hurdles with all this going on. I want to play ball. I want to help my family and this is the best way to do that. Me being in school doesn't really help anyone right now you know?"

Most MLB draft pundits had Porter going anywhere from the third to sixth round. Teams are allowed to sign an unlimited number of undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the draft.

"Not getting drafted isn't the end of the world but the team is a bit more invested if they do draft you. It's probably an easier path you know?"

I asked Porter if he had any preference where he got drafted.

"Whoever wants me I want to be with them one hundred percent. It would be nice to play some minor league ball around here. Maybe my gramps could see a few more games."
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Diamondbacks select David Porter with the 119th overall pick
By C.Wesley Baier | Jun 11, 2020, 9:52pm EDT

Player: David Porter
DOB: 09/19/02
Position: 3B/1B
School: A.M. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)
HT: 6’ 1”
WT: 255lbs
Commitment: N/A

With the 119th overall pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, the Diamondbacks selected David Porter, a big, power-hitting, high school third baseman. Although he moves well for his size, has a strong throwing arm, Porter isn’t the fleetest of foot, so a move across the diamond to first is possible.

In terms of raw power, Porter ranks among the top prep hitters in this draft, and has the potential of foul pole to foul pole power. He has a long swing, that although provides significant power, also adds to the difficulty he has in making consistent contact. With improvement and refinement to his swing, Porter can hopefully cut down on a high strikeout rate, make more consistent contact, while still hitting with that easy, natural power.
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Diamondbacks Farm Update: David Porter
By Michael McDermott | Jun 1, 2021, 12:52pm


David Porter drives an RBI double for AA Amarillo

With the month of May in the books it's time to take a look at some of the prospects in the Diamondbacks organization. Today we're looking at David Porter. Porter, a third baseman who was Arizona's fourth round pick in the 2020 draft, is a top 50 prospect according to Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. He is currently assigned to AA Amarillo.

After a tough start at the plate Porter is currently riding a nine game hit streak. He has shown power, as he had in high school, but has yet to put one over the wall. Porter has 29 hits in 72 at bats for a .403 average, tops on the team. He has been clutch, leading the team (5th in the division) with 18 RBIs. The RBIs have been a bit of a trade off as he has also grounded into five double plays. He sports a .569 slugging percentage and an OPS of .975.

Porter has been a doubles machine despite his lack of speed on the base paths, he leads the division with a dozen. His 41 total bases is second on the squad. Porter has shown a bit of a lack of patience
and he has not been walked even once, despite this he has only struck out six times.

In the field Porter has been mostly good. After a few throwing errors early in the season he has settled his nerves and has consistently made quality throws to second or first. His arm is quite strong. He shows surprising range on grounders and line drives and good instincts and a quick first step. He has had a couple go just over his glove on leaping attempts. He has 15 assists and five put outs. His fielding percentage is .833.

Porter's performance as a base runner can be best described as inconsistent. He's beaten outfield throws to second on a number of his doubles. He's shown some quickness leaving first. He's somewhat slow out of the box which is not surprising given his size. He's been instructed to steal twice and has been thrown out both times, although both were close plays at second. At times he seems lost while running the bases and seems to forget to look for his base coaches. He's been tagged out a few times as a result. Porter has been picked off at first twice but seems to have shortened his leads as a result.

Overall Porter has performed well, he's batting over .400 and slugging .569. He needs to work on patience at the plate but that's true with almost every young player. His defense has been average. If he can stay healthy, manage his weight and play at replacement level defense he could be a real asset to the Diamondbacks when he's ready to come up. If his defense becomes a liability he should be able to produce enough offensively to justify a move across the diamond.








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