Michael Snyder, First Baseman
There was a morning game June 26th of this past season. Two of our voters were at the game for a Scott Van Slyke rehab stint, but a different player shined that day. Michael Snyder absolutely destroyed a ball that ended up being a walkoff home run.
It wasn't the first time he did it, or the last. This kid has some serious pop, and it's going to help him excel as a baseball player. A lot of that is behind his six-foot-four and 230 pound frame. Snyder has a lot of raw power from the right side of the plate that the Angels love, and so do we.
"Snyder has an advanced approach at the plate, and "Has" [Bill Haselman] really worked on having him select his pitch this past season. He has some good potential to be a good power bat in the future."
Combine a long swing with good bat speed and a lot of strength behind that swing and you have Michael Snyder's bat. He has some serious pop that comes from raw strength, and it was showed this past season as he had the second most home runs in the farm system.
Snyder does have holes in his swing though, and needs to work on patience at the plate. According to scouts and coaches, it was Snyder's focus this past season and the next to work on being more disciplined at the plate
Snyder has good speed for a guy his size. He didn't steal any bases this past season, and according to stats only tried once, but he is a good base runner. Speed is probably a "B" grade, that he flashes well with his gap hitting.
As for Snyder's glove, there aren't many holes. He's not flashy, but he gets the job done. The organization moved Snyder from his draft position, third base, over to first. Snyder has shown good lateral movement in the field, and he moves well for a bigger guy. He had the best defensive statistics in the Cal League this past season, and does not make many mistakes.
Right out of the draft, Snyder tore the Pioneer League apart. Batting .332/.393/.531 with eight home runs and 59 RBI, the kid could not be stopped at the plate over his 70 games. Snyder was in the top three league leaders in five separate statistics, including being the league leader in doubles with 25.
Snyder slowed down in 2013, but not by a whole lot. Holes were found in his bat when he showed a 25% strikeout rate, but he still managed to maintain a .280/.337/.506 slash at the plate. Snyder's power stayed constant though as he hit 25 home runs and 92 RBI, both good enough for second best in the Angels farm system only behind teammate, Zach Borenstein.
EXPECTED OF THE FUTURE:
Snyder is climbing the farm system ladder well, and we don't see it stopping in 2014. We expect Snyder to come out of Spring Training and head off to Double-A and the Arkansas Travelers in 2014. As for his Major League future, there is a slight jam at first base for the Angels for awhile with Albert Pujols, and potentially C.J. Cron. Snyder has the ability to climb the ladder each year and possibly land in the Majors in 2016, but it is more likely that they will fix the holes in his swing in Double-A and Triple-A while they have young talent and a future Hall of Famer, and he will end up being in the Majors in 2017.
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