Offensively: Picked in the first round of last year's draft, shortstop Jake Hager did not hesitate to start his professional baseball career. The 19-year-old quickly joined Rookie League ball, finishing his short season with a .269 average and 17 RBIs through 193 at-bats.
Hager's a pretty good all-around hitter with a great plate approach and some pop in his bat from a smooth line-drive swing.
Base-running wise, Hager is a decent runner with average to above-avergage speed. He hasn't shown much intelligence on the base paths yet, but he'll likely become a better baserunner with experience.
Defensively: Hager is a solid overall defender at short, and probably has the tools to stick to the position in the future. He has a strong arm and good reactions, which is why a future at third base is also possibility at the moment.
His range is a bit below average, which is one reason why he could have better futures at second or third.
Conclusion: If one thing has been established during Hager's brief time in the minors, it's that he is a true hard-worker. Hager puts in 110% into every game and practice and always plays with hustle.
His outstanding worth ethic makes him a great fit in the Rays' organization, and gives him a pretty good shot at a shortstop future. I believe Hager has what it takes to take up the challenge of playing shortstop at the big-league level, but he'll still be a talented player at second or third.