Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Born: April 1, 1994
It’s been more than a few years since a player of Dahl’s caliber has come out of the state of Alabama. A legitimate five-tool player with a considerable ceiling, the outfielder came into the season neck-and-neck with projected top-three pick Byron Buxton, but thanks to a less-than-impressive showing, he’s found himself slipping leading up to the month of the draft.
On the surface, Dahl is an eerily similar player to Buxton. Both are incredible athletes with sensational speed and the change to have real impact bats. To his credit, Dahl actually has a better feel at the plate and more polish to his all-around game. The trade-off is that his ceiling isn’t as high as Buxton, who has drawn comparisons to both Eric Davis and Ken Griffey Jr.
Away from the plate, Dahl has great speed and advanced defensive skills, both of which should allow him to remain in centerfield.
Playing in Alabama, however, has hurt his chances of going in the top five, as the level of competition just isn’t up to snuff with the bigger states, specifically Buxton’s Georgia
Dahl had an excellent showing at the Tournament of Stars showcase in North Carolina, showing one of the most electric bats of any attendee, before succumbing to a bad case of mono. Fully recovered for his senior season, he still didn’t wow scouts this spring, and as a result, he may have found himself slipping out of the top 15, or possibly even 20 picks.
He’s committed to Auburn.