Ht: 5’11” Wt: 172 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted 21st round in 2015 from North Carolina
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #27 – 2015 Preseason
- South Atlantic League All Star, Midseason 2016
Lassiter was taken in the 21st round, but that’s not a good indicator of the talent here. He was a freshman All American at UNC posting a .358 AVG and .491 OBP, but then his numbers slowly slid back to an even .300 AVG in his Junior season (still enough to lead his team in that category). He looked like a tough sign as he was a prime candidate to play one more year and up his draft stock, but the Sox managed to get him. That may be related to his being suspended from the UNC team late in his last year there for unspecified “conduct detrimental to the team”. In his pro debut with Great Falls, he put up strong numbers across the board: .312/.420/.447, 14.2% BB/PA, 17.5% K/PA and 6 SB in 7 ATT, as a 21/22-year old playing mostly left field. He opened 2016 in Kannapolis on a strong run (.343/.439/.414, 10 BB, 14 K in 82 PA in April), regressed a bit to the mean but recovered (finished in the SAL with a .283 AVG and a .370 OBP), and was promoted to High-A Winston-Salem where he’s more age-appropriate. There he hit for a decent average (.271) and continued getting on base (.373 OBP).
Landon was actually an infielder his first two years at UNC before moving to the outfield, so there is probably some positional flexibility there. Lassiter shows very good zone judgment for someone at his level. Power isn’t likely a large part of his game, though the 3 home runs he hit in Great Falls is more than he hit in his entire college career, so it’s not impossible he could develop it. Seeing him playing in left field, he showed quite well in terms of routes, glove and range, but his arm was below average on a couple looks. At the plate, he does work counts and is selective, though he tends to get caught between and struggles with velo at times (though it’s not as much about bat speed in this case, as much as timing and plan). His ability to find a way on base will be what carries him as he moves up, but he’ll need to either add some extra bases as a corner outfielder (via power and/or speed) or increase his defensive flexibility to increase his stock. Lassiter should be in Winston-Salem’s outfield to open 2017, perhaps seeing Birmingham if things go well during the season.
Major League Outlook: Speed and OBP-reliant outfielder, or utility player
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