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The first two seasons of his professional career, Shed Long spent time behind the plate as a catcher. The 19-year-old joined the Dayton Dragons in June after staying back in extended spring training and put the catchers gear behind him and traded it in for an infielders glove.
On June 12th Long would get his first start of the season as he joined the Dragons at home against Wisconsin. He would go 1-2 in the game that was called early due to lightning. He would play in three more games on the week and hit .222 with three walks. The second baseman would play in just two games between the 18th and the end of the month, going 2-5 in one contest and 0-3 with a walk in the other.
When July rolled around, Long found himself in the lineup more frequently. Things didn’t get out to the best start despite increased playing time for the new second baseman, going just 2-20 with a double and a triple in five games over the first week. The second week only saw three games and a 3-8 with a home run and a walk effort. The third week started out by going 0-4, but it ended strong by going 5-11 with two doubles and a triple. He would finish the month on the disabled list though, finishing July by hitting .220/.304/.463 with five walks and six strikeouts in 47 plate appearances.
The first few days of August were spent on the disabled list, but Shed Long returned on the 5th against Cedar Rapids, going 0-4 with a walk. He caught fire after that, going 9-24 over the next week (.375) with a double and two walks. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games by getting hits in all four games played the following week. His hitting streak would reach 14 games before coming to an end on the 28th. The 19-year-old rebounded with home runs in each of the final two games of the month. That carried forward into the last week of the season as he would go 8-20 with two doubles, two home runs and four walks in September to close out his season. In his final 23 games of the year, returning from the disabled list he would hit .319/.385/.521 with four doubles and five home runs.
Shed Long started out the season slowly, but he finished very strong. The sample size was rather limited, as he began the year at the midway point and also missed some time on the disabled list, but overall he was impressive at the plate on his way to hitting .283 with 18 walks and 31 strikeouts as a 19-year-old in a pitcher friendly league.
Shed Long Scouting Report
Hitting | Long has a slightly above-average hit tool. He can use the entire field and despite his small stature, he can drive the ball from line to line.
Power | His power is below-average, but 10-15 home runs isn’t out of the question thanks to good bat speed that helps the ball jump off of his bat.
Running | For a former catcher, Shed Long runs quite well. He’s got above-average speed.
Throwing | He’s got an average arm that plays well at second base.
Defense | Long shows good range at second, but is still working on refining things at a new position to him. With more experience he could grow into a potential above-average defender at the position.
Listed at just 5′ 10″ and 180 lbs., Long isn’t physically imposing by any stretch of the imagination. Despite that, he shows surprising pop in his bat and there’s some quickness to it that gives you the feeling he could hit for a good average in the future when combined with his speed and solid understanding of the strikezone at a young age. Defensively there’s still some things to work on as he continues his transition to second base and he’s going to have to cut down on his error rate some – but, again, it’s a new position he’s taking to as a teenager. There’s no real standout things with Shed Long’s game, but all of the parts seem to be solid or a little better.