09/10/2017 - Interactive Video Program - La Verne (Los Angeles), CA Kona is a C/3B who will graduate in 2023. Defensively behind the plate, he shows a low setup with active footwork. He centers to block and comes up with a clean exchange to throw. At 3B, he works low and fields the GB with sure hands. He makes the tough backhand plays, gathers well and makes aggressive throws to his target. With the stick, Kona displays an athletic/square setup and gets back into a balanced load. He swings on a short/direct path through the zone and drives pitches on a line with extension. Overall abilities in his game will improve with work on the following.
Infield 1. Quick feet 2. Work around the GB 3. Arm strength (long toss) Catching 1. Lateral range 2. Stick pitches 3. Quicker exchange to throw Offense 1. Develop rhythm 2. Improve bat speed 3. More lower 1/2 drive