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Shane Mardirosian got out to a slow start with the Billings Mustangs. In the first 10 days of the season he would go 2-15 (.133) with five strikeouts and no walks.
Once the calendar flipped over to July, things picked up for the second baseman. His playing time was limited early on, but he hit .278 over the first two weeks of the month in 18 plate appearances. Mardirosian picked up some more playing time in the second half of the month, going 10-29 (.345) with three doubles and just three strikeouts. He finished the month with .319/.333/.404 line in 49 plate appearances. He didn’t draw a walk, but struck out just six times.
With the improvements that came in July, things took another step forward in August. The month got out to a big start on when the then 19-year-old went 3-4 with a walk, home run and two runs batted in on the 1st. He would hit .462 in the first week of the month. In the second week of the month he would go 5-16 (.313) in four games. Things did slow down in the third week when Mardirosian went 2-15 (.133), but he would rebound well in the final eight games of the month. Over that stretch he would hit .323 with two walks and slug .581 thanks to four extra-base hits in 35 plate appearances. September rolled around and he continued to hit, going 6-18 (.333) with six walks and three doubles in the final six games of the season. Over the last five weeks of the season, Shane Mardirosian would hit .312/.383/.495 and steal 10 bases in 12 attempts.
Shane Mardirosian Scouting Report
Hitting | He can use the entire field well and his speed will help him out with a few extra infield hits that let his hit tool play up some. It’s average as a raw tool, but may play up some.
Power | He’s got below-average power now and it’s likely to remain below-average in the future.
Running | He shows off plus to plus-plus speed that he uses well on the basepaths.
Throwing | He’s got a fringe-average arm, but it plays just fine at second base.
Defense | Mardirosian shows off good range at second base where he could be an above-average defender.
At the plate, Shane Mardirosian shows good bat speed and generally has a good approach. He struck out in just over 20% of his plate appearances in 2015, a rate that is a little higher than you’d like to see for a player who relies on his speed more than power for his production. With that said, he held his own as a teenager in Billings, posting a .779 OPS where he also had 12 stolen bases. On the defensive side of things, the second baseman posted a .943 fielding percentage thanks to nine errors. All nine of the mistakes were made with his glove as he showed off an accurate arm, but he will need to improve on the glove work as he moves up the ladder.