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Luke Wakamatsu

Luke Wakamatsu

SS | B/T: S/R | 6' 3" 185 | Age: 22
Draft: 2015 (Rd: 20, #604, Cleveland Indians) - Keller (TX) HS
Phoenix, AZ USA
MLB Rankings
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Poor
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Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 258 230 23 35 4 15 7 .152 .235 .261 .496
Career Minors 1101 977 114 207 18 105 21 .212 .290 .332 .622
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .152 4 15 7 .496
Career Minors .212 18 105 21 .622

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 AZL Indians AZL ROK 27 119 105 8 28 5 3 1 12 11 40 4 2 1 .267 .339 .400 .739
2016 Mahoning Valley Scrappers NYP A(Short) 17 77 69 4 16 5 0 0 9 6 12 1 1 2 .232 .312 .304 .616
2017 Lake County Captains MID A(Full) 100 419 377 49 90 17 3 12 53 32 100 8 5 4 .239 .301 .395 .697
2018 Lynchburg Hillcats CAR A(Adv) 55 225 193 30 38 9 1 1 16 29 65 1 3 1 .197 .304 .269 .573
2019 2 Teams Minors 72 261 233 23 35 11 1 4 15 25 86 7 0 0 .150 .233 .258 .490
2019 Columbus Clippers INT AAA 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2019 Lynchburg Hillcats CAR A(Adv) 71 258 230 23 35 11 1 4 15 25 85 7 0 0 .152 .235 .261 .496

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Wakamatsu, the son of former Mariners manager and current Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, was regarded by scouts as a top-three-rounds talent in 2015, but questions about his potential signability caused him to drop to the 20th round, where the Indians signed him away from his Rice commitment with a $290,000 bonus. After a somewhat slow start to his career, Wakamatsu has begun to show the tools that endeared him to scouts this year in his full-season debut.

The switch-hitting Wakamatsu has a quick stroke and sound approach from both sides of the plate, and he offers value on the basepaths with his average speed. He know how to drive the ball and shows power potential, though mostly from the left side, and he should start getting to it more in games as he adds strength to his projectable frame.

Having grown up around the game, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Wakamatsu has advanced instincts in all facets of the game. Defensively, he has a chance to stick at shortstop, where he has refined footwork, good range, and a strong, accurate arm. If not, he has the tools to be a standout defender at second base as well as the offensive upside for the hot corner.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/12/2019 Lynchburg Hillcats activated SS Luke Wakamatsu from the 7-day injured list.
07/04/2019 Lynchburg Hillcats placed SS Luke Wakamatsu on the 7-day injured list.
07/01/2019 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Columbus Clippers.
06/28/2019 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Columbus Clippers from Lynchburg Hillcats.
02/27/2019 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Cleveland Indians.
09/20/2018 Lynchburg Hillcats activated SS Luke Wakamatsu from the 7-day injured list.
06/23/2018 Lynchburg Hillcats placed SS Luke Wakamatsu on the 7-day disabled list.
02/28/2018 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Cleveland Indians.
09/20/2017 Lynchburg Hillcats activated SS Luke Wakamatsu from the temporarily inactive list.
09/06/2017 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Lake County Captains.
06/22/2017 Lake County Captains activated SS Luke Wakamatsu from the 7-day disabled list.
06/01/2017 Lake County Captains placed SS Luke Wakamatsu on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 30, 2017.
04/03/2017 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
03/06/2017 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Cleveland Indians.
06/15/2016 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
03/13/2016 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to Cleveland Indians.
07/20/2015 SS Luke Wakamatsu assigned to AZL Indians.
07/09/2015 Cleveland Indians signed SS Luke Wakamatsu.