Phillies Prospect Breakdown Eduardo Tait, C/1B, DSL Phillies White, Rookie

The Player

Were he born five days later; Tait would have been a prospect for the international class that opens on Jan. 15, 2024. Instead, he was one of the youngest players in his class and a sleeper prospect whom the Phillies scooped up and signed for $90,000 in 2023.

Tait played most of his season at 16 years old–he didn’t turn 17 until the first game of the Dominican Summer League’s championship series–and spent the summer reinforcing the knack for barreling balls he showed as an amateur.

 He was selected for the DSL’s all-star game and put together a standout postseason performance that included five doubles in six games. Tait projects to be a bat-first backstop, and his offensive game showed up in spades in his pro debut.

The foundation of his tool set starts with a strong body, a clean swing, and excellent raw power from the left side, and he used those traits to hit balls harder than his peers. Tait’s average and 90th percentile exit velocities were 88.8 and 92.9 mph, both of which were considerably better than most players his age or in the DSL.

The power in his game showed up early, too, with home runs to dead center and the opposite way during spring training in the Dominican Republic. His swing also features a smooth enough rhythm to help him get the barrel to the ball on time often.

 Tait’s game will likely always be focused on his offense, but the Phillies believe his defense could get to average as he develops and learns the finer points of the position. His arm has the potential to get to above-average and he will likely settle in as a below-average runner.

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Projection

After a good season in the DSL, Tait will move stateside at some point in 2024 to the Florida Complex League. He’s got the upside to be a bat-first everyday catcher in the big leagues.

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