With the 126th pick in the 2021 MLB Draft the Atlanta Braves have selected Cal Conley, a shortstop out of Texas Tech. Conley is a 5’10, 185 pound shortstop that switch hits and throws right handed. He started his career at Miami after being undrafted out of high school and is approaching 22 years old.
Baseball America - 185
Perfect Game - 179
Pipeline - 170
Fangraphs - N/A
ESPN - N/A
The Athletic/Keith Law - N/A
2020 - 81 PA, .371/.444/.643, 8 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 5-5 SB, 8 BB, 11 K
2021 - 254 PA, .329/.393/.587, 13 2B, 15 HR, 7-8 SB, 21 BB, 38 K
Hit - 50
Conley is an average hitter who makes decent contact and hits plenty of line drives across the field.
Power - 45
Conley isn’t the biggest guy and his swing is more geared to contact so home run power will never be the biggest part of his game. His power projects as fringy and more of extra base power than anything.
Run - 55
Conley is a good athlete and an average to slightly above runner.
Field - 50
Conley is a bit of a fringy defender at shortstop, but probably ends up having to move to second base, where he would be an average defender. He also offers some defensive versatility value.
Arm - 50
The arm on Conley, especially at second, is more than adequate.
Conley is a guy without the best tools, but had strong college production at a top program. He likely doesn’t have the upside to profile as a big league regular, but he has more than enough talent, tools, and makeup to profile well in a utility role.
Thoughts on Pick
Conley is a decent pick, though probably a player I would have expected to come off the board a round or two later. He’s not a bad player, but the upside is a bit limited.