Veen’s swing and potential for power was one of the biggest reasons why Veen was called the best high school hitter available in the draft.
Wilson was high on what he saw from Veen in the batter’s box during action in Arizona.
“He’s an excellent athlete in the box who can really manipulate his swing,” Wilson said. “He has a great feel for his body and how it moves around in the batter’s box. He has bat speed. He has leverage. He has obvious raw power already. And what’s great about him is he has some of those things already and he’s not even near what he has the ability to do three or four years from now once he gains strength and once he gains more experience facing the type of pitchers that he faced in instructional league.”
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With COVID-19, there wasn’t a chance for Veen to complete his senior high school season (he played just 11 games) and there was no rookie or A-ball for Veen to participate in this summer. However, Wilson said Veen looked like he hadn’t missed a beat when he stepped to the plate in Scottsdale.
“He steps right in and he’s facing 95-96 right out of the gate, and he is right on everything as an 18-year-old high school kid who hasn’t played baseball for the last six months,” Wilson explained. “That was really impressive to see those tools show up right out of the gate, especially with the downtime that he’s had.”