02/21/2021 - Official College Recruiting Membership - San Jose, CA Derek is a strong, solid C/1B who has a promising future on the diamond. At 1B, defensive abilities are well above average as he shows smooth / fluid actions. He displays proper footwork around the bag and is a quality receiver. Hands are clean and presents well out front. He moves well laterally with range improving as he increases foot quickness. Behind the plate, he shows a staggered setup and displays a soft glove sticking balls in the zone. He utilizes his lower half well through the blocking process but will benefit by getting his body down quicker. Pop times showed in the 2.60 range with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program and works to get rid of the ball quicker. At the plate he continues to shine through an athletic, open setup. Hands are quick (80 mph exit velocity) and work through an aggressive swing path. He has strength in his swing and shows a feel for the barrel through a line drive approach. Power will increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. Derek has potential with time and room to progress his game.