The 2016 season was a coming out party for Shed Long. He looked to keep that going in 2017 with a return to Daytona. The season, however, started out slowly. Over the first eight games, Long went 4-28 (.143). He walked five times with just five strikeouts in that span, but the hits just weren’t falling in. Things turned around rather quickly, though. In the final 14 games of the month the then 21-year-old hit .339 with four doubles, a triple and four home runs. Despite the slow start he would finish strong and post a .278/.323/.478 line in 99 plate appearances.
Over the first few days of May things had been solid at the plate for Shed Long. But starting on the 5th the second baseman went on a tear for the Tortugas. Over the 24 remaining games in the month, Long would have multiple hits in 14 of them. He would hit .385 on the month. That came along with 11 walks, seven doubles and five more home runs. His OPS on the month was an incredible 1.078. For the Florida State League, a notorious pitching friendly league, that’s video game level production.
After such a torrid month, Shed Long slowed down in June, but only by comparison. In the first three weeks he would hit .278/.381/.593 with nine more extra-base hits. His first half performance led to an appearance in the Florida State League All-Star game. The Cincinnati Reds would promote Long to Double-A Pensacola following the game. The jump up to Double-A had some early struggles. The final week of June saw him go 2-20 with three walks and four strikeouts. Between the two stops he would hit .230/.337/.459.
The struggles in Pensacola continued through the middle of July. Through the first 11 games he had just four hits, hitting .105 on the month. The batting average on balls in play Gods were not smiling down on Shed Long. Things began to turn around in the second half of the month, though. In the final 14 games of the month he hit .269/.321/.442 with five extra-base hits.
His turn around continued into August where he would go 4-11 over the first three games of the month. Unfortunately that was the last game he would play for nearly a month as he dealt with a wrist injury. Shed Long returned to the lineup for the Blue Wahoos for a double header on August 30th. Over the final week of the season he would hit .400 with five walks and head into the playoffs where he helped Pensacola win a Southern League Championship.
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Shed Long Scouting Report
Hitting | Shed Long can use the entire field, and in 2017 went the other significantly more often than he pulled the ball. He’s able to hit the ball with authority to all fields. His hit tool is average. Some scouts are higher on it than others, with those down on it being concerned by the sometimes big uppercut swing leading to easy fly balls.
Power | He can hit the ball out to all parts of the field. He’s got average power, with 15 home runs being a reachable total in short order.
Running | Shed Long is an above-average runner who will occasionally post plus times from home to first base.
Arm | He shows an average arm, which plays just fine at second base.
Defense | There’s been real improvements at the second base position for Shed Long. He’s improved to the point where he’s now an average defender at the position.
Shed Long has a well rounded game. There’s not a real weak spot across the board. He doesn’t stick out to you defensively, but there’s upside with his offensive profile at second base. There’s real pop in his bat thanks to plenty of bat speed and strength, and his power should play well at the position. He’s shown a good ability to get on base throughout his career and has a good understanding of the strikezone. Long also brings speed to the bases, though it may show up more in going first-to-third or home than it does in the stolen base category.