Scouting Terry Fuller

The Cardinal’s drafted Fuller in the 15th round out of Griffin HS in Griffin, Georgia. He was a two-sport athlete who drew SEC football offers as a defensive lineman, but ultimately chose baseball. He is committed to Chipola JC in Florida, but early indications point towards him signing.

Physically, Fuller is somewhat of a specimen. Not a specimen in the "Bubba Thompson 3% body fat" sense, but as the sort of hulking athlete we don’t get to normally see on a baseball diamond. He’s a veritable man-child, sporting an extra large frame with little to no future physical projection but plenty of good weight. He’s a little soft in some areas, making it likely he’ll have to keep on top of his conditioning as he matures, but could also rearrange some mass as he moves from the defensive line to the batter’s box full time.

As far as tools, Fuller’s calling card is his raw power. It’s legitimate top of the scale, light-tower raw power that hit 500+ foot bombs (with metal bats, but still) in Marlins Park. His bat speed is explosive without a whole lot of effort, driven by his thick and powerful lower half. I’m always wary to give out 80 grades on tools, but Fuller’s raw power lands him in the Judge/Stanton/Gallo range. So mark him down for 80-grade raw. The next question, then, is how much power will he get to in games? The answer to that question is really up in the air. His bat-to-ball skills are incredibly raw at this point. The swing mechanics are inconsistent, meaning on the right day you’ll see him hit with a firm front side and put an incredible charge into the ball, but on the wrong day you’ll see him fly open and roll over our foul back whatever balls he cant pull. His hand position is very high, something I’m not usually a fan of and would like to see lowered. When he’s off he’s very steep into and through the zone. The good news is his actions are loose and athletic for such a big man, so I’m confident the mechanics will be coachable even if it’s a slow development path. In game, he’s shown the ability to make adjustments at the plate but also gets out on his front foot too much against quality off-speed pitches. There’s some bat control, and you’ll see him adjust and make some contact when he’s fooled which is encouraging. The ceiling is just an average hit tool, one that walks a lot and strikes out plenty but does tons of damage on contact.

Defensively, Fuller currently plays the outfield but a move to first base is probably in his future. He a slightly below average runner right now, clocking in at 7.08 seconds at Perfect Game National, which limits his range to a Matt Holliday-esque left field. The raw arm strength is above-average with a short armed stroke, but his glove transfer is pretty slow. I haven’t been able to dig up any footage of Fuller taking ground balls, so it remains to be seen what his footwork around the bag and hands look like.

In all, he profiles as raw slugger with tremendous power from the left side but a questionable defensive home. His bat will have to carry him for sure, with his ceiling ultimately being limited by how his contact skills develop. If his hit tool becomes average and lets him get to his power in games, he’s a monster. Anything short of that and he’ll look something like Chris Carter. This is going to be a slow development process, but hopefully things will click with professional coaching and a full-time commitment to baseball.

Hit: 20/50 Game Power: 40/70 Raw Power: 80/80 Run: 45/40 Arm: 55/55 Field: 30/50

Overall Future Potential: 55 (Above-average regular)