"X-MLBSCOUT, Prospect Reports"
A Scout's Perspective & Reports
Bill Bavasi is in the backround of this photo with the goatee and bald head. He is very articulate and is a very good baseball man. He is the Director for the Major League Scouting Bureau along with Bob Fontaine Jr.
Wednesday, May 25
Top of the 9th, Louisville brings in RHP Zach Burdi, 6'3 205 listed, 2017 grad, easy arm action, ball jumps out of his hand with arm side run and sink when down, 98-99, hard slide piece with short qk break 84-87 and straight change at 91, threw strikes, from 3/4 slot, easy downhill, has better upside than his brother, Nick, graded out here at 80 fb, 70 slider, 50 control, 50 change, 65 OFP raised due to quality arm out of pen, should be one of top 10-15 picks in the draft.
Follow, RHP, Bordner, easy 90-92 fb with arm side run, lost his control in second inning of work, short slider gets out early in front on 81-82, young, projectible, should fill out lean build, Louisville, 6'6 240 listed, 2019 grad, eligible in 2018.
C, Will Smith, 6'0 190, R/R, Louisville, 2017, lacks the true arm but does everything else well enough to be a backup type catcher in pro ball, level, balanced swing, can drive ball to the alleys w/power, receives well, handles live arms and velo well and is alert behind the plate, 2.08 pop time best I got, 45 OFP.
SS/2B, Nick Solak, 5'11 170, R/R, Louisville, 2017, scrappy player with surprising pop with qk, balanced swing, runs well underway, throws have accuracy and ave arm, qk feet to turn DP, could be solid ML, top or end of the lineup guy who could drive in runs as well, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 50 field, 48 OFP.
RHP, Garrett Kelly, Wake Forest, Sr, 6'1 200, R/R, converted to pitching last year, had been a catcher, clean arm action, qk and loose arm from H 3/4 slot, , fb w/arm side run or spots 4 seamer, touches 93, most are 91, also hard cb 80-82, both pitches show ability to improve as he gains more experience, senior draft, could be one that climbs the ladder and not talked about much by area scouts.
RHP Cory Wilder, N C State, 6'4 215, R/R, pitched his best game of the season today, touched 93, pitched at 87-89 most of his 5 innings on the hill, he reached back and got 91 a few times, have seen him touch 94 in the past, also cut his fb, was around the plate for the most part from 3/4 slot and threw some effective changeups 78-81 as well. He's got another year and needs to work with pro instructor to iron out some kinks and is worth draft pick on him even with fringe numbers, 42 OFP, best shot may be as a middle or set up guy in the bullpen, last game out hit two batters, walked one and didn't make it out of the first inning vs UNC.
C, Andrew Knizner, 6'1 205, R/R, N C State, 2017, catch n throw guy and makes solid contact, runs ok for a catcher, 4.58 home to 1b, short stroke, goes with pitch, strength in his swing to add power in time, ML comp, Taylor Teagarden - Texas. 2.0 pop home to 2b, 44 OFP.
LHP, Will Gilbert, N C State, listed at 5'11 170, L/L, appears closer to 6', showed short hard slider as an out pitch, fb mostly 88-89, touched 90 at times, senior draft, perfect for a middle innings role or set up role in a bullpen, some room for development still, 45 OFP.
RHP, Tommy DeJuneas, N C State, 2018 grad 6'1 185, appears a bit taller as well, Loose and qk from upper 3/4 slot touches 95, most fb were 93, fairly true fb, needs to locate pitches down, breaking ball still in development stage, needs improvement there, definite follow for 2017.
Already mentioned earlier, SS Joe Denand, 6'1 200 R/R, blood line to Alex Rodriguez, shows level plane swing with strong hands and ability to drive the ball, runs better between the bases and shows at least ave arm strength, laterally gets to balls at SS, may end up at 2B or 3B, power may increase as he adjusts and learns pro pitching, 2017 eligible, 2018 grad, follow, ran 4.5 home to first.
OF, Brock Deatherage, 6'1 185, L/L, can really run, 4.1 from left side and quicker on bases, has playable arm and makes contact w/short qk swing, would like to keep an eye on him for 2017, 2018 grad.
1B, Preston Palmeiro, 6'1 195, L/R, N C State, fundamentally sound, shows bat speed w/strength, fair runner, plays solid "D", arm enough to play there or move to LF, will go as far as bat takes him, good bloodlines.
C, Cal Raleigh, Florida St, 6'3 210, S/R, 2019, follow for next couple of years, fundamentally sound as a receiver, shows bat speed and strength, pitch recognition and aggressiveness were just ok, tends to throw stiffly to 2B, better days ahead for sure.
C, Zack Collins, Miami, 6'2 235, L/R, 2017, have seen since NHSI and TOS, has some power and level swing w/power to alleys, fair arm strength, will need to move to 1B in pro ball, catch n throw skills are not qk twitch and throws fade, lefty throwing 88-89 threw 3 fastballs bye him, will go as far as bat takes him, lacks arm and foot speed tools, but can receive the ball, limited range behind the dish.
RHP, Brian Garcia, Miami, 6'1 205, R/R, 2017, closer role, has ML arm, live fb, tends to fall off 1st base side rushing delivery, fb w/arm side run, also hard slider w/bite, 3/4 arm slot, loose, fields position, release points and repeating delivery key to being successful at the next level here, 50 fb, 40/50 slider, 40/50 control, 50 OFP, setup or closer type in pro ball.
SS, Brandon Lopez, Miami, 6'1 190, R/R, 2016, fringe prospect, shows bat speed w/strength, idea, decent pitch recognition, runs slightly below average, ave arm strength, will end up moving to 2B eventually, start him out at SS, sure handed, throws w/carry, could be decent backup IF at ML level, 30/50 hit, 40/40 power, 40 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 46 OFP.
OF, Willie Abreu, Miami, 6'4 225, L/L, 2017, strong RF arm and show bats speed w/strength as a hitter, fair runner, will be corner OF or move to 1B, plate/pitch recognition is there, slight hitch in swing, will go as far as bat takes him, has another year left, 30/40 hit, 40/50 power, 40 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 46 OFP.
Tuesday, May 24
Attended the ACC first day - Wake Forest vs Duke, game 1, second time seeing Will Craig in less than a week, same guy, threw in relief a bit more today, it wasn't easy for him, his strong suit/tools are arm strength and raw power, shows long swing upper cut w/bat speed, fair runner and fair fielder, bumps fb up to 93 w/some arm side run, hooks in back swing, loose out front, doesn't repeat consistently and slider lacks sharp bite and command to be solid secondary pitch, still a 44 OFP for me though someone will probably draft him a lot earlier than my numbers come out to be.
RHP, Parker Dunshee, Wake Forest, 2017, 6'1 210, knows how to pitch, pushes some from 3/4 slot, maintained velo range of 88-91, spotted pitches, slider a bit easy to read, not a sharp pitch, shows control and command of the strike zone, keeps pitches down for the most part which he'll need to do at pro level, OFP comes out to be a 42 for me, he'll goes as far as his pitchability takes him, one year left, saw in Cape All-Star game in 2015.
CF, Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest, Soph, 2018, 6'0 190 R/R, runs well, solid arm strength with know how in CF w/plus range and instincts to stick in CF, balance and strength at the plate with power to LF, numbers come out to be a very good follow for '17.
1B, Gavin Sheets, Wake Forest, Soph, 2018, 6'5 235 L/L, lumbering runner, shows arm strength and know how as a fielder, has bat speed w/balance and plus power potential, son of former ML player, Larry Sheets (Orioles), is on the radar for ML teams for 2017.
Duke has a solid college club with some pocket follows for 2017/2018.
OF, Kel Johnson, Ga Tech, 6'4 220, R/R, 2018 grad, shows proper balance and keeps hands back for most part as a hitter, on the way runner, have seen him since TOS and NHSI. Has some hitting tools to keep ML interest for next year.
3B/OF, Michael Gonzalez, Ga Tech, 5'11 190, R/R, 2016, upper cut swing w/strength and balance as hitter, has enough ability to give a shot at pro ball and will go as far as bat takes him, need to see more before final grades come out on him, organization guy, ran 4.44, near ave arm strength from LF, will go as far as bat takes him, very fringe senior draft.
BC has a good young college club as well.
Will see NC State, Miami, Fla St and L'ville on Wednesday.
Saturday May 21
Ran across some old info cards when I worked for the Mets and Rangers years ago. I still have my old reports and a few tryout cards after going through some old boxes in storage the past week I've had off from work. I added two of the info cards below this page.
Got to see a few good ones today who'll likely be taken in 2016 MLB Draft.
3B/RHP, Will Craig, Wake Forest, 2017 grad, 6'3 235, R/R, showed the strong arm and some ability on the hill, his bat swing is long and some inside out on his extension from straight away stance, top hand didn't drive ball like a good hitter should, fair runner at best and lacks foot quickness for hot corner, graded him out, 30/40 hit, 50 power, 30 runner, 60 arm, 40 fld, OFP 44, fringe guy for me, have seen him w/wood before and he's the same guy, ave to abv ave fb get in his kitchen.
CF, Corey Ray, 5'11 185, L/L, 2017 grad, U of Louisville, have seen him for 5 years now since he was at TOS and Simeon HS, he's stronger than he was in HS, still has some inside out swing w/slight open stance, runs solid out of box, 4.42 on hard hit ball to 2b for a single, got spun around in CF on a ball at him and tracked down a fly ball to the warning track didnt' track the ball in CF as a CF should, arm is enough for each of the OF positions, will go as far as bat takes him, graded him out, 30/40 hit, 40/40 power, 60 run, 40 arm, 40 field, 44 OFP.
RHP, Kyle Funkhouser, 6'4 235, R/R, 2016 grad, U of Louisville, tall righty w/strength in his upper and lower body, tends to fall to 1st side w/semi windup 3/4 slot, most fb with arm side run and sink when down on knees, vel ave 93, range 91-96, could dial it up when he wanted, best pitch is 2 seamer on knees, hard cb with some bite when he leads w/extension, other times, easy to read and flat, showed straight changes down in zone, both secondary pitches can improve in pro ball, showed stamina for 7 innings, 60 FB 50 movement, 40/50 control, 40/50 cb, 40/50 change, 55 OFP, 4-5 man in rotation or end of bullpen guy at ML level, he's a senior, so not much bargaining power.
RHP, Donnie Sellers, Wake Forest, 2018 grad, missed being eligible by 2 days, July 26, 1995, 6' 190, R/R, qk arm with low 90's fb, most were 91, not much life, showed hard cb with proper lead and extension from no windup upper 3/4 slot, fb w/not much movement, needs to be pin point with his pitches to be successful at next level, has 2 more years of eligibility left, 42 OFP-Follow, has not pitched much, was an OF in HS, used as middle to end of game reliever this season.
1B/LHP, Brendan McKay, U of Louisville, 6'3 225, L/L, has some interesting ability as a hitter, plus power, and ave ML arm strength, didn't see him pitch, showed ability to field position enough to get look there in future, can square the ball up at the plate with leverage, uppercut swing, 2018 grad, follow, fair runner at best, should get to see him pitch this summer for Team USA.
Friday May 20
So the lights go out on me again at Doak tonight between NC State & UNC in the 6th inning after it did the same thing to me with daylight left when S Granville played Bunn. I got to see RHP, 2018 grad, JB Bukauskas, a 6' 195 righty with some pop on his fb and a hard downer cb, not a slider, a slider goes side to side folks with slight tilt, JB's cb goes down from 3/4 slot at 80-83 and his fb registered up to 96, most were 92-93, fairly straight but he zoned the pitches for the most part, hitters sat on his fb and he threw some straight changes with an idea, semi windup, he's got enough stamina to be a starter and could be a closer in time. He has some leverage even at his heighth, listed at 6'0, he's closer to 5'11 or 5'10, it don't matter, Craig Kimbrell is about the same heighth, and this kid is just 19 years old still! 60 fb, 60 cb, 50 control, 40 change future 50, 50 field, 60 OFP, he'll be one of the ones talked about in the first for next 2017's MLB Draft.
SS, Logan Warmouth, UNC, 6'0 185, R/R, 2018, eligible 2017, definite follow, qk bat with balance and idea showed he could pull his hands inside and launched a dinger to LF on an 88 FB, plays enough "D" w/range laterally to play SS, arm is enough there, could be 2B in future, running speed I didn't get a time, but he ran between bases well enough to consider he's a solid average runner. 2017 Follow.
RHP, AJ Bogucki, UNC, 6'3 210, R/R, loose arm from 3/4 slot, kept pitches down in zone with some arm side run and some sink down in zone, fb up to 94, most were 92, also showed proper spin on slider/curve a tweener pitch that kept hitters off balance, he's been used primarily as a reliever and should be started out that way in pro ball but he might just have enough out there to try as a starter and then go back to pen if stamina doesn't pan out. 50 FB, 40/50 SL, 40/50 control, 40/50 change, 50 OFP, should go in top 7 rounds. Something to work with for sure.
C, Wyatt Cross, UNC, 6'3 190 L/R, hasn't played much according to stats given out, saw at TOS and this kid can catch and throw, his bat has been biggest question mark and he's improved some on his swing and stance, all still in progress, plus throwing arm and release, he's one to keep an eye on at a premium position folks. 2019 grad, he'll be eligible in 2018.
Thursday May 19
Got the first game in between UNC & N C State, thru a few tiny rain drops on occasion tonight. Came away with some impressions of players, mostly those to keep an eye on in the future and an evaluation on 2016 eligible, RHP Zac Gallen, listed taller than what I can measure, he seems 6'1 and 190 to me, strong legs, loose arm from upper 3/4 slot, fb down has some heaviness and life with 2 seamer but 4 seamer lacks any life and slight cross body semi-windup doesn't fool hitters much, breaking ball was lazy and easy to read, most fb were 90, topped at 92, 79-81 cb and also threw a few change ups, lacked stamina as when 5th inning came around he topped at 90 and fb straightened out, marginal grades across the board for me though he'll probably go 4-7 rounds or maybe later, depending on his signability.
UNC with a couple organizational players, CF Ramirez lacks first step quickness and instincts to stay in CF, shows enough bat to contribute at pro level, no real power to be a threat in top of a ML lineup, should be decent senior sign if he comes back.
Follows for NC State, SS Joe Denand, 6'1 200 R/R, blood line to Alex Rodriguez, shows level plane swing with strong hands and ability to drive the ball, runs better between the bases and shows at least ave arm strength, laterally gets to balls at SS, may end up at 2B or 3B, power may increase as he adjusts and learns pro pitching, 2017 eligible, 2018 grad, follow.
OF, Brock Deatherage, 6'1 185, L/L, can really run, 4.1 from left side and quicker on bases, has playable arm and makes contact w/short qk swing, would like to keep an eye on him for 2017, 2018 grad.
RHP, Cory Wilder, N C State, 6'4 210, has solid ML arm strength and rushed everything, fb topped at 94, most were out of the zone, hit 2 batters and walked a hitter and again, not around the zone from 3/4 slot, pro instruction can help him and he would need time to develop, but there is enough arm there to work with. Rough around the edges, he's eligible for 2016, 2017 grad.
Found out LHP Dion Henderson, who had transfered to DH Conley HS in Greenville, ended up going back to Michigan and pitched at the Perfect Game pre-draft workout. He signed a verbal to attend TCU which may be an excellent place for him to grow and improve his pitch-ability. Best of luck to Dion.
North Carolina HS is down close to the final 4 teams in each class, 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A and Orange HS w/RHP Bryse Wilson is still alive as is LHP Gore, 2017, @ Whiteville HS, who's got some ability and a qk arm, fb in mid to upper 80's.
Will also track RHP Gage Herring this summer for Hobbton/Newton Grove, listed at 6'3 and 200, with live arm and fb that touches low 90's, a 2017 grad to be.
Monday, May 16
Got to see LHP, Justus Sheffield for Lynchburg (Indians) tonight finally, the last game of the Mudcats home stand, last time I saw him, he was a junior from Tullahoma HS pitching in the TOS event in Cary. Tonight he showed a bit more zip on his FB, touching 96 a few times early in the first 3 innings from H 3/4 slot, tends to push up hill with his elbow down depending if he rushes his delivery or not, so release points varied tonight, most fb were 92-93, occ tail vs RHH when down and away, hard cb w/some sweep from 81-84 and tease a few straight changes at 84-86, must keep his pitches low and on the corners, his fb has fair life for a lefty, only 6' at best and around 200 pounds, he turned 20 on May 13, there is some upside here and chance for him to be a solid 4-5 man in ML rotation or a potential closer w/his aggressive demeanor on the hill. Semi windup he holds his hands low and has a fair move to 1b to hold runners. Overall grades, 60 fb, 40 movement, 50 control, 40/50 cb, 40 change, 50 OFP. No need to rush him, development of his secondary pitches moving up the ladder will be key to how far he goes in ML.
1B, Bobby Bradley, Lynchburg (Indians), 6'1 230, L/R, his tools are his bat, 20 runner, 40/50 arm strength, tends to take pitches on the outside corner, attacks the fb, has plus power to LF and RF, over swings on pitches he should crush in the zone, direct, short swing w/upper cut, he'll go as far as his bat takes him and his only spot would be 1b in ML or DH, 4.7 runner from LH, graded out as 30/40 hit, 60 power, 20 run, 50 arm, 40 field, 42 OFP. An extra bat or emergency call up guy, unless his bat plays up as he moves up levels in MILB.
Saturday, May 14 UPDATED
RHP, Julian Merryweather (Lynchburg - Indians) 6'5 215 lean build, R/R, H 3/4 slot, fb 91-93 mostly, not much movement, has to pin point his spots, will touch 96 on occ, best pitch is straight change, the bottom falls out of the pitch, his breaking ball is easy to read, he'll be 25 years old this fall, fringe ML starter/bullpen guy, will go as far as his breaking ball develops, right now he's a 2 pitch guy with a show me curveball and he throws strikes, 50 fb, 40 movement, 50 control, 40 cb, 50 change, 46 OFP.
Saturday, May 14
Going to get my 2nd look at RHP Julian Merryweather (Lynchburg-Indians) this evening. Last time out he showed a loose qk arm w/fb up to 96, and his best pitch is a bugs bunny change he appears to palm the pitch but gets good fade and drop on it to keep hitters off balance, there is effort on his breaking ball which tips off hitters, he's 6'5 215, and he'll be 25 this fall, so time for adjustments and polish needed. He's a strike thrower and fields his position. All pitches from upper 3/4 arm slot, semi windup. Will finish my report on him after this evening's game.
Will also bear down a bit on position players and the bullpen for Lynchburg (Indians).
Wednesday, May 11
Not much at the NJCAA REGION X D1 action over the weekend. Same suspects, a few good D1 college players who are pocket follows as well as the 2 players I wrote up earlier from LC & Spart Methodist.
Caught Potomac (Nationals) vs Mudcats (Braves) - RHP, Eric Fedde, formerly of UNLV (Potomac-Nationals), slender build at 6'4 180 and qk arm, fb occ tail life in on RHH, must keep his pitches down due to lack of life and sink on his fb, short qk slider at times unhittable, other times hangs in the zone, also straight change w/arm side fade up to 88, key will be in keeping pitches down, fb touches 95, most are 91-93, slider 83-87, all pitches from 3/4 slot, shows enough poise to be a 4 or 5 man in rotation or long man in the middle, 60 fb, 50 slider, 50 control/command, 50 change, 52 OFP.
CF, Andrew Stevenson, L/L, 6' 180, formerly of LSU, (Potomac-Nationals), qk, direct bat w/balance and attacks pitches in the zone, runs well underway, 4.1 out of the box, lacks power and will have to use speed to play up for defense as his arm is just playable 40 at best w/accuracy, shows range and instincts to stick in CF, will be extra type call up guy, should add more strength to frame, will steal bases to be a threat at the top of the lineup, 50 hit, 30 power, 60 run, 40 arm, 60 field, 48 OFP.
Wednesday, May 4
Check out South Granville HS vs Bunn HS tonight @ Doak Field, home of N C State baseball. RHP, 2017 grad, Justin Bullock toed the rubber, he's a legit 6'2 and appears to be slightly less than 200 pounds, loose arm, slight hook in back swing w/semi windup from 3/4 slot, fb runs in on RHH, most fb were 86-88, touched 91, also showed hard downer type cb with some depth, 73-77 and straight change with fade/sink at 77-80, only saw 3 innings, most fb up were straight and hittable. Has verbal to N C State. Definite follow for 2017.
1B, Spencer Brickhouse, Bunn HS, 6'3 200, L/R, 2016 grad, decent arm strength and presence as a hitter, quiet hands at the plate with raw strength and bat speed, still bat, can turn on fb, on the way runner, can toe the bag well enough to stay there, came in to pitch in 4th inning, touched 83 several times, has college commitment, will be good college player, pocket follow as he develops in college.
Pocket follow for 2019, Catcher, Jackson Anderson, Bunn HS, 5'11 180 R/R, strong arm and not afraid to throw the ball behind runners, showed short compact direct swing at the plate with some pop, should grow a bit more as well as add physical maturity in next 3 years. Definitely will keep an eye on his development.
LHP, Holden Laws, S Granville HS, 6 170, L/L, qk loose arm from 3/4 slot, low 80's fb and sharp cb, aggressive and throws strikes, should fill out and gain more strength in next couple of years, 2018 grad.
Wednesday, April 27
Worked at Mudcats tonight and ran into long time friend, former U of Nebraska baseball coach, John Sanders who's now with the Dodogers as a pro scout. It was fun to reminisce about old times when I competed against John's team as well as scouting his team through his long tenure there in Lincoln as well as his former professional playing days back in the old Nebraska League.
Wilmington (KC Royals) was in town to play the Mudcats (Braves), RHP Josh Staumont was on the bump, he's probably 6'2 and a strapping 200 pounds, his delivery needs some refinement but his arm works well, it's quick, loose and from upper 3/4 slot his fb thrown was 2 seamer with some sink and 4 seamer, vel ranged from 90-97, most fb 93, hard downer power curveball with depth 84-86 and some occ straight changes and cut his fb at times, his command however suffered as he crossed his body rushing his delivery and jammed his front heel a few times, nailing Keith Crucio on the arm almost nailing his face with a cutter. There is something to work with here for sure and some throwback comps here to ol' KC pitcher, Steve Busby who's an announcer with the Rangers now. Graded John out at 60/60 fb, 50/60 cb, 40/50 command, 40/50 change, 55 OFP, chance to be 3-4 man in rotation or a solid bullpen guy in middle innings or set up, depending on his stamina and improvement w/his delivery, all correctible which is what the development folks are for.
1B, Ryan O'Hearn, Wilmington (KC Royals) 6'1 200, L/L, qk bat w/plus power, pull hitter, adequate defensively, 45/50 arm, runs better on the way, takes means cuts but misses those pitches he should crush, mistake pitch type hitter, w/bat strength and plus bat speed, just needs work with recognition and discipline as a hitter, not yet 23 years of age.
Tuesday, April 26
Caught Orange HS RHP, Bryse Wilson, today and ran into an old friend, Rick Mathews from Centerville, Iowa, he works for the Rockies as a special assistant, several scouting supervisors/crosscheckers and a couple of scouting directors today, Bryse is 6'2 215, loose, qk arm, strong legs, 3/4 slot, fb touched 94 several times, range 86-94, sat mostly at 91-92, also had tight slider when leading w/elbow properly at 81, latter 2 innings 6th & 7th, started w/fbs at 86-88 bumped it up after a couple strikes on hitters, straight changes, threw both 2 seam and 4 seam fb tonight, delivery is mostly all arm, strong body, will benefit from pro instruction, 50/60 fb, 40/50 SL, 40/50 control, 30/40 change, commitment to U of North Carolina, 50 OFP, chance to be ML pitcher as he improves his delivery and command, tends to pitch up in zone. Will need time to work out some kinks in his delivery.
Sunday, April 24
Went back and saw the same 2 JUCO teams and got to see RHP Ridge Chapman for Spartanburg Methodist, he's got arm strength, a little bit of Rick Sutcliffe's old delivery, fb touches 90-91, most are upper 80's some with sink, tends to over throw, full effort from upper 3/4 slot and also slurvy breaking ball at 77-79, he's 6'1 probably 220 pounds, a freshman and solid D1 guy.
Also beared down on Mason Berne, he's got arm strength as a firstbaseman and some bat speed, but hitting approach is a bit crude, he'll be a solid D1 player for whomever he goes to, keep an eye on him as he progresses, 6'4 220 R/R, I believe he's got 20 dingers this spring.
Bryce Myers for LC played 3B, not his position, he'll need to move to OF or stick at SS until he proves he'll need to move positions in pro ball. C, Tyler Lancaster hit the ball hard again, dead pull mostly, did manage to get a 2.0 pop time not on the bag however, he needs work defensively still, coach told me he's committed to Clemson if not drafted and signed this year.
I'm looking to cover Orange HS on Tuesday and Region X Jr College series in Kinston in a couple weeks.
Saturday, April 23
Went to check out Louisburg College vs Spartanburg Methodist today @ LC. Small turn out of evaluators. A couple interesting players who'll be very good D1 players, possibly low round drafts with some upside left possibly and instruction could help them further once in pro ball.
SS, Bryce Myers, R/R, listed at 6'3 200, more like 6'2 185/190 ish, runs well, ran 4.12 and 4.18 on pulled grounders, one for a hit and one an E6. In the 6th he got a 86 fb up belt high and pulled it over left field alley for an HR. Showed arm strength and good glove actions and range in the field, reminds me some of BJ/Melvin Upton JR when he was at SS in High School in Chesapeake area years ago. Dead pull hitter w/bat speed and active hands as a hitter, will need to tone down a bit and take more pitches that are not strikes. Free swinger at present, I graded him out as 30/40 hitter, 30/40 power, 70/60 runner, 50/50 arm, 40/50 field, 48 OFP, a little more mature than most players in JUCO, 3rd year of school, must sign or be a senior sign @ 4 year level.
C, Tyler Lancaster, L/R, listed at 6'4 200, tall, lanky, shows arm strength and know how as a catcher, double pumps to throw to 2b at times, not real smooth receiving the ball, keeps poor pitches in front for the most part, needs further instruction, as a hitter, has an upper cut swing w/bat speed and raw strength, middle in type hitter and pulls and lifts mid 80's fb, stands basically on top of the plate as a hitter, should get away from plate a bit and try to use all fields, graded him out at 30/40 hit, 40/50 power, 20 run, 50 arm, 40/50 glove, 2.0 to 2.18 pop time on steals, 42 OFP no adjusted number, low "A" draft type, had a commitment to UNCW for 2015-2016, had torn meniscus in 2015, missed most of spring in 2015, played last summer in Coastal Plain League w/wood bat. Something to work with if he'll sign.
Spart Meth also has a 1b, Mason Berne who's interesting, decent size and bat speed, hands drift, dead red pull hitter w/upper cut swing, fielded position well, will try and bear down on him more on Sunday. Appears to be a solid D1 guy right now.
Tuesday, April 19 - page is under construction as I accidently deleted the bottom 1/2 of my page of saved mini reports and archived items of interest. Please bear with me for a few days as I collect my info from my old evaluation notes in storage.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Been covering the Carolina League @ Mudcats stadium, Class A affiliate for the Atlanta Braves. Caught Myrtle Beach (Cubs) and tonight, Salem (Red Sox).
SS, Dansby Swanson, Carolina (Braves), 6'1 185, R/R, quick bat, some length in the swing that generates extra hit power and alley HR power to LF/RF, decisive at the plate with solid pitch recognition, runs well underway, ran 4.3 on infield grounder, shows solid arm strength to stick at SS, ave range and sound defensively, graded him out as 50 hit, 50 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 50 glove, solid 50 OFP, he won't last in "A" ball much longer.
2B, Ian Happ, Myrtle Beach (Cubs), 5'11 205, S/R, steady player, shows qk compact swing from quiet launch, strength in his swing with occ alley power, shows pitch recognition from both sides of plate, ave runner, better on the way, near ave to ave arm strength, has range to left, range to right is fair, may have to move to the OF permanently and fill in utility IF, graded out as 50 hitter, 40 power, 50 runner, 50 arm, 40 field, 46 OFP, capable role/fill in player at ML Level eventually.
CF, Andrew Benintendi, Salem(Red Sox), 5'10 170 L/L, can play CF at the ML level, solid arm strength and range, gets good jumps on hit balls, shows short, direct swing from level plane with occ gap power, runs better once underway, will see 2 more games to finish my write up. I like what I see so far.
2B, Yoan Moncada, Salem (Red Sox), 6'1 200, S/R, solid hitting approach, some sting in his bat from right side, shows a ML arm, fair defensively, may have to move to corner or OF, doesn't make challenging plays at 2B, will see 2 more games.
Sunday, March 27
One player who is intruiging is LHP/OF/1B, Nicholas Pratto for Huntington Beach HS, CA, 6'2 195, I could only see him in workouts for his team during NHSI as he is ineligble to play until first week of April because he transfered in. He's got legit arm strength and a free and easy arm action and as a hitter he has a direct approach w/level and balanced swing, he works at it. I saw him last summer during TOS and he showed ability then. Hopefully will see him again at TOS this summer.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - spent 2 days in Cary at the USA Training Complex watching the NHSI. A well attended event by fans, parents as well as some very good HS baseball teams. Many scouting directors and all ML clubs well attended as well.
Follows to keep an eye on, first player:
SS, Mark Vientos 6'4 185 R/R, Flanagan HS FL, 2017, showed bat speed and strength in his swing from the 3 hole and squared up pitches where they were pitched, some pop in his swing for power, nice long and loose wiry frame that should fill out, some comp to a younger Manny Machado, 60 arm, 50 field/range, will be a short stop, 45 runner, ran 4.44 on grounder in the 6 hole, better on the bases, 50 glove and range, potential early pick in 2017.
C, Alex Hernandez, 5'11 190 R/R, shows arm strength, 2.0 release pegging a base stealing attempt, alert, not afraid to throw, made solid contact with some strength in his swing, room for improvement, 2017, Flanagan HS, FL.
LHP, Kyle Jacobsen, 6 185 R/L, smooth lefty with easy delivery 3/4 slot, some arm strength, fb mostly 80-84, decent bite and rotation on cb and threw strikes, Allatoona HS, GA, college South Carolina, 2017, keep an eye on him.
CF, Blake Rutherford, 6'3 195 L/R, Chaminade HS, CA, nice looking athletic build, showed ave ML arm strength, acc from CF, ran 4.37 on turn, adjusted his swing on better velo, showed long swing on soft tossing fastballs first day, makes solid contact, some pop in his bat to add power with maturity, runs bases well, nice looking 2016 ML Draft, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 45/50 field, 50 OFP.
LHP, "Brax" Braxton Garrett, Florence HS, AL 6'2 185, L/L, listed taller, smooth delivery fluid arm action, fb topped 92, most were 89-90 with some tail away from RHH, hard downer off the table cb from 77-80, straight change he relied on early in complete game 8 innings at 80-84 with some deception, fields position, solid move to keep runners honest at first base. FB 50/55 CB 50/55, CH 40/50, CONTROL 40/50, OFP 55 premium lefty, has college commit to Vanderbilt. Reminds me of a young Cliff Lee/John Lester.
RHP, Cole Henry, 6'4 185, R/R, tall lanky build, room to add w/maturation, Florence HS AL, H 3/4 slot showed fb up to 92, most were upper 80's with some arm side run, not much deception, over threw at times, showed proper bite and rotation on cb and teased a few straight changes, didn't miss a lot of bats, 2018, has college commit to LSU. Could be a good one!
RHP, Hagen Danner, 6'2 195, R/R Huntington Beach HS, CA, second yr seeing him, not much added velo, most fb were 88-92, showed downer type cb and a few straight changes, keeps pitches down, 2017 follow, UCLA commit.
RHP, Zach Hess, 6'5 210, R/R, Liberty Christian Acad HS, VA, tall righty with lower 3/4 slot fb top 93, most were 90-92, threw slurvy breaking ball, 77-81, at times solid, other times flat and easy to read, threw strikes, has a bit of a head jerk, loose arm with room to fill out his frame, 50/60 FB, 40 SL, 40/50 Control, 40 change, OFP 45, a lil strain potential with delivery.
CF, Josh Stephen, 6 185 L/L, sturdy strong frame, qk bat w/level stroke and strength for foul line and gap power, runs well, better underway, 4.1 from LH, enough arm strength to stay in CF and ranges well, will go as far as his bat takes him, instincts and aggressiveness there to be a solid ML player, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 50/50 runner, 40/40 arm, 50/50 field, 46 OFP, 2016 Mater Dei HS, CA. USC commit.
RHP, Nick Storz, Poly Prep HS, NY, 6'6 250, R/R, good size and downhill trajectory from upper 3/4 slot, touched 92 with fb, a bit of a dart thrower with arm strength, cb with proper bite, needs work, frame to get bigger in time, also showed bat speed and strength, 4.6 runner from RH, 2017 follow, LSU commit.
SS, Scott Sorenson, Rocky Mountain HS, CO, 6'0 195, R/R, 2017, solid arm strength and some pop in his bat, short level stroke with alley power, throws w/carry from SS, may end up at 2B or 3B in pro ball, runs well enough, will steal an occ base, 2017 follow, uncommitted at this time.
CF, J C Flowers, Trinity Christian HS, FL, 6'1 180, R/R, smooth runner w/arm strength in CF, ranges well either side, showed qk bat and decisive hitter, attacks the ball, runs well once underway, 4.3 straight away, also pitched, touch 92, seemed a bit gun shy on the hill, appears playing a position is his thing, 30/40 hit, 30/40 pwr, 50 run, 50 field, 50 arm, 46 OFP, 2016 MLB draft, commit to Kentucky.
RF, Todd Lott, Trinity Christian HS, FL, 6'3 230, R/R, strong big body, has strength in his swing w/bat speed, tends to get out front on slow stuff, attacks fb, runs fair, 4.8 on turn on 2B in LF gap, throws have carry w/strength, agile enough to play either corner OF spot, 30/40 hit, 40/50 power, 30/30 run, 40/50 arm, 40/40 fld, 42 OFP, college commit to Louisiana-Lafayette, 2016 MLB eligible.
SS, Carter Kieboom, Walton HS, GA, 6'2 190 R/R, fair actions at SS, fields ball inwards, may have to move to 3B or 2B, arm strength is there, shows bat speed w/strength, on the way runner, 30/40 hit 30/40 Pwr 40 run, 50 arm, 40/50 fld, 44 OFP, Clemson commit, 2016 MLB Eligible.
I'm a bit bored so I'm going to post some reports on players I saw in the Arizona Fall League while attending the First Annual Major League Scouting Bureau, "SCOUT SCHOOL", an event second to none and something I'll cherish the rest of my life.
RHP Eric Yardley (San Diego),6 165, R/R, slender built side winder with some deception, throws strikes and messes with hitters keeping them off-balance, he's from sub marine, low 80's fb with sink and bend, moves in on rhh/away vs lhh, also threw some sliders with sharp break away vs rhh, locates pitches down to be effective set up man or spot closer at the ML level. Threw 3 innings, 35 fb, 45 SL, 55 control/command, 40 OFP .
SS Johan Camargo (Atlanta), 6' 160, S/R, wiry, smooth fielder with field and throw ability to play at the ML level, glove swallows up the ball, has ave range laterally, runs below average 4.38 from LHS, as a hitter has a slap and hit approach with slight loop, contact guy, mostly a singles hitter, shows more power from right side of plate, lacks useable power, end of the lineup, defensive specialist, role player at ML level, 30/40 hit, 20 pwr, 40 run, 60 arm, 60 fld, 44 OFP.
RHP Lucas Sims (Atlanta Braves) 6'2 220, R/R seen a number of times at TOS as an Amateur and in Carolina League for 2 years, strong, durable build, semi-windup from 3/4, clean arm action, lands on front side rather eratically and spins on heal causing some command issues, most fb are true, velo ranges 92-96, most are 93, qk out of his hand, arm side run on occ, throws 4 and 2 seamers, hard cb tends to be easy to read, slider with sharp short break 81-83 to be effective at ML level, occ change, will get hitters to chase on occ, type of arm to be solid back of rotation guy or short man in the pen, 21 yrs old, 60 fb, 45 cb, 45 sl, 50 con/comm, 45 chg, OFP 52.
2B Adrian Marin (Baltimore), 6 180, R/R, qk glove and actions, moves well laterally, abv ave range at 2B, throws are strong and accurate, runs well, better underway, 4.2 from RH, short qk level stroke, can drive ball to gap for extra bases, not a HR threat, could be a regular everyday type, 21 yrs old at time of writeup, 50 hit, 30 pwr, 55 run, 50 arm, 50 fld, 47 OFP.
OF Tyler O'Neill ( Seattle ), 5'11 210, R/R, strong durable body, build like former ML Ron Cey/Cole Calhoun, shows short stride and qk bat with line drive type power to LF alley, middle of the lineup guy, strong arm with some eratic accuracy, corner OF type, knows how on defense, will go as far as bat takes him, solid everyday type player at ML level., just 20 yrs old, 40/60 hit, 50/60 pwr, 40 run, 50 arm, 45 fld, OFP 56 adjusted.
LHP Tanner Scott (Baltimore), 6'2 220, R/L, short man out of the pen, lefty with better than ave fb and hard cb with proper bite and rotation, only saw 1 inning, fb was mostly 94, range 93-98 with occ tail away vs RHH, threw strikes, reminds me some of former ML Closer Randy Myers (Mets), Quality bullpen guy in set up or closer role. 21 yrs old, 65 fb, 50 cb, 50 con/comm, 40 chg, 55 OFP.
C Chance Sisco (Baltimore), 6'2 195, L/R, saw quite a bit of him in Carolina League in 2015, qk bat with slight upper cut stroke, quiet hands that generate some pop to the alleys, occ power down the foul lines, throwing arm is ave to plus with 1.9 release and know how behind the plate, alert and frames well. 40 hit, 40 power, 40 run, 55 arm, 55 field/range. Will be decent backup at the ML level, 40/45 hit, 40/40 pwr, 40 run, 50 arm, 50 fld, OFP 48 adjusted premium position.
OF Roemon Fields (Toronto), 5'11 180, L/L, qk twitch type, lead off, top of the lineup type hitter, makes solid contact with short compact level stroke, not a power threat but his speed plays up to take the extra base on gap singles, 4.04 from LH and 3.6 on bunt as a runner, 70 runner, better on the bases, will be a threat to steal as gains more experience, will play LF mostly, has enough range and instincts to play CF adequately, below ave arm strength w/accuracy, overall role player type who will go as far as his bat takes him, 25 yrs old, 50 hit, 20 pwr, 70 run, 40 arm, 50 fld, OFP 45.
C Spencer Kieboom (Washington), 6'1 230, R/R, seen several times in Carolina League, solid durable catcher, solid defensive skills, slightly better than ave pop time 1.9, short stroke from high hands load position, ability for power to all fields, regular everyday type contributor at key ML position, 24 yrs old, 45/50 hit, 50 pwr, 30 run, 55 arm, 50 fld, 52 OFP adjusted.
RHP Adam Miller (Arizona), 6'0 185, R/R, solid arm from the bullpen, most fb were 94-95 with some run vs RHH, setup type or middle guy at ML level, has slightly below ave command, aggressive, slider has some tilt at 85 mph breaks hard, a bit easy to read at times, 26 yrs old, fringe bullpen guy at ML level, 55 fb, 45 sl, 50 con/comm, 40 chg, 48 OFP.
RHP Carlos Estevez (Colorado) 6'4 210, R/R, power arm, closer type or quality set up man, most fb 94, range 92-97 some run on occ most fb true, hard slider from 3/4 slot, threw strikes in downill approach, 24 yrs of age in December, solid ML contributor out of the pen, 60 fb, 50 sl, 50 con/comm, 55 OFP.
1B Rowdy Tellez (Toronto) 6'4 245, L/L, big powerful body, good upper body strength, tends to swing from his heels, open stance long swing, power stroke, will have to stay at 1B or move to LF, not a threat as a runner, BA runner, throws well enough to play the position or LF, will go as far as bat takes him, Utility/role guy if bat plays up, only 21 yrs old, so still a bit of time to develop, 40/50 hit, 60 pwr, 30 run, 40 arm, 45 fld, OFP 47.
MESA Solar Sox
C Willson Contreras (Chicago Cubs) 6'1 190, R/R, attacks the ball as a hitter, qk level stroke with alley power, gets full extension, defensively solid to plus, ave to better than ave pop to 2B, keeps ball in front of him and calls game, alert, runs decent for his role, not a base stealer may on occ, premium position guy, chance to be everday ML contributor or occ All-star in time, 23 yrs old, 40/50 hit, 40/50 pwr, 35 run, 60 arm, 50/60 fld, 55 OFP adjusted premium position.
LHP Rob Zastryzny (Chicago Cubs) 6'3 205, L/L, Strong, extra large frame lefty starter w/loose arm from H 3/4 slot, semi windup, most fb 91, occ 93 with some sink and run away middle out vs RHH, quick tempo, keeps pitches down, cb solid out pitch w/command, uses both pitches and occ straight change to get quality outs, regular ML Starter 3-5 man, 23 yrs old, 50 FB, 60 mvt, 50 cb, 50 con/comm, 40 change, 50 OFP, adjusted lefty starter.
RHP Jake Esch (Florida Marlins) 6'4 200, R/R, slender built righty, 3/4 slot semi-windup guy, most fb 91-92 with sink when down fb will touch 95 on occ, mostly out of the zone, cuts fb for cutter/slider effect that will keep hitters honest, cb easy to read but locates pitch away from RHH to tease and keep off balance, repeats delivery well, type of arm to be middle guy or occ spot starter, 25 yrs old, 50 fb, 55 con/command, 40 sl, 40 cb, 50 chg, OFP 48.
OF Jake Bauers (Tampa Rays) 6'1 195, L/L, young hitter with plus pull power, open stance, reads pitches well, will get out front on occ on breaking pitches, solid arm strength from RF, also plays 1B, not a base stealer, 4.5 from LH best running time, fair defensively, can improve defensively, work in progress, enough overall strength and ability to get to ML level as far as his bat takes him, Role to regular everyday type, 20 yrs old, 40/50 hit, 40/60 pwr, 35 run, 45 arm, 45 fld, OFP 48.
1B Casey Gillaspie (Tampa Rays) 6'4 250 S/L, saw in college and in HS @ TOS, strong, solid around the bag with enough arm strength to play LF, not a base threat, knows how as a runner, short level stroke, middle in hitter with pull power, will go other way on occ, high hands, saw mostly as a LHH, can switch, fringe/role guy, 22 yrs old at this time of writeup, 40/50 hit, 40/50 pwr, 35 run, 45 arm, 45/50 fld, 47 OFP.
OF Chad Hinshaw (LA Anaheim Angels) 6'1 200, R/R, a hitter, goes to all fields, sprays the ball around, short direct level stroke, occ power to LF, runs better on the way, 4.5 out of box from RH may steal an occ base, defensively adequate with slightly below ave arm strength, acc arm, utility/fringe type who will go as far as bat takes him, 25 yrs old, 40/50 hit, 40/40 pwr, 40 run, 45 arm, 50 fld, 47 OFP.
OF Mark Zagunis (Chicago Cubs) 6' 205, R/R, saw a number of times in Carolina League, a solid hitting prospect with ave straight line speed, qk bat to the ball with good balance and drives the ball, occ power to gaps, type of power to generate 10-15 HR eventually, can also steal bases, 4.2 out of the box very quick first step on base paths, more than enough arm for any OF position, role player, 4th OF type, also caught in HS and in college, 22 yrs old, 40/60 hit, 40/50 pwr, 55 run, 50 arm, 40/45 fld, OFP 50.
Teams are working out and gearing up for spring action. I have my schedule etched in stone and hopefullyMa Nature works with me this spring. We have a nice NHSI Tourney schedule in late March at the Cary USA Baseball Training Facility with some teams from the West Coast, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Topsail Beach NC will be here. Some top 2016, 2017 and 2018 prospects will be on hand and I'm looking forward to it. I'm still not working for any MLB club or organization but will be out and about, taking down notes/names in hope that one day I can get back into the game I love so much, now that my franchised pizza business is on solid ground with some excellent managers helping run the business for me. I'll also be covering around 70 games this summer in Zebulon in the Carolina League, where the Class A Mudcats, Braves single "A" affiliate will host some very good young prospect talent once again.
I plan to catch Louisburg College, the 3 ACC area schools, Mount Olive, Barton College, NC Wesleyan as well as a host of high schools in the area, including Orange HS in Hillsborough where they have a RHP signed with UNC-CH who is on the scout's radar and listed in Baseball America's top 100 HS prospects for 2016.
Monday, November 2, 2015
I attended the first ever, MAJOR LEAGUE SCOUTING BUREAU SCOUT SCHOOL, which the MLSB ran! It was first class, very informative and it was great to mingle with like minded people of all walks of life, ages, backgrounds, ethinicities, male and female and it was neat to evalute professional prospects from the Arizona Fall Baseball League. The School cost a fee and was held at the same hotel which made it very convenient for attendees "FUTURE SCOUT" hopefuls.
The School was ran by the MLSB, including lifetime baseball execs, Bill Bavasi and Bob Fontaine Jr. Also MLSB area scouts, Tim Osborne, Carl Moesche, Walt Burrows, Andy Campbell and Gil Kubski Jr. All of these guys have well over 100 years of experience and expertise in their field and were there to answer questions and give helpful advice on career seekers wanting to be a scout or just in baseball in general.
My hats off to the MLSB for hosting such an event and allowing me to become more knowledgeable and learn more about focusing in on prospects if I were to be a Crosschecker or Supervisor or Director of Scouting.
The event was held in Phoenix, Arizona @ the Sheraton Crescent Hotel. We attended fall league games in Mesa and Salt River.
Updated, Sunday, August 30, 2015.
Caught my last action of the Carolina League today. Updated player reports are below and correction on the team Underwood and Zagunis played for, it's Myrtle Beach not Lynchburg as first reported, Lynchburg is the Cleveland Indians affiliate which I just wound up seeing again for the third time this season.
OF, Clint Frazier,Lynchburg (Indians) 6' 200, R/R, 50 hit, 55 power, 55 runner, 50 arm, 50 range/field, slight upper cut quick bat with alley power, runs well, much better on the way, solid arm strength and instincts for CF, plays hard and has upside to increase strength and develop further with maturity.
RHP, Pedro Fernandez, 6' 190, R/R, Wilmington (Royals), strong build and qk arm from upper 3/4 slot, fb mostly true but qk, 91-94, will touch 96 on occ, hard slurve type breaking ball, easy to read early in the game, shows enough stamina but destined for bull pen, straight change needs more work as does location of his pitches, not overpowering and lacks deception in delivery, easy read currently, but good arm, 52 OFP.
Updated Thursday, August 6
Well got to see another quality arm, RHP Yency Almonte Winston-Salem (Carolina League) White Sox, he was drafted out of HS in Miami by the Chicago White Sox, he's listed at 6'3 205, but appears slightly smaller in stature and definitely lighter, he's listed at 21 years old, smooth, qk arm, easy delivery, topped 95 a few pitches most fb are 91-94 with occ sink down on the knees in the strike zone, change up is adequate at this level as he doesn't locate it down where he needs to, leaving it over the plate for hitters to adjust to it quickly, also throws a hard slurve with not much depth or break, so his breaking stuff will hold him back some, but he's young enough to work in the off-season as right now he would project as a reliever with one solid pitch a plus fb with fair life. Throws from 3/4 slot all pitches and has some re-wrap ala, Yordany Ventura. 70 fb, 45 change, 40 cb, 50 control/command, 47 overall OFP.
Updated: Wednesday, August 5
Got a chance to see RHP Carson Fulmer on Tuesday night in the Carolina League facing the Mudcats (Braves affiliate), he went 4 innings and show a ML fb and ML slider with plus control/command, he's got a lil bulldog and feisty demeanor which will make him a fierce competitor as long as he can control himself, he was definitely worth a first round gamble and reminds me of the throw back years of former Miss St Bulldog pitcher and Cincinnati Red, Jeff Brantley. He's a 4-5 man in a ML rotation as long as he can sustain his durability and stamina for six innings or he could become a closer in the likes of a Greg Holland. 5'11 195, strong durable build.
LHP, Luis Gonzalez, Frederick Keys (Orioles), 6'2 170,22 years old, 1/17/92, smooth lefty with a plus arm, his fb is true and he's around the plate too often with middle out pitches vs RHH and his cb at times very easy to read as he slows his delivery some to throw it, tipping his pitches, he's young, fb is 88-94, mostly 90-92, needs to get better movement on his fb and location location location needs to improve dramatically or he won't climb the ladder much further than AA.
Update Saturday, August 30, 2015.
Since April, I've been covering the Carolina League while the Carolina Mudcats are a home and here are my reports on the best talent that should make it to the next climb and eventually the ML.
One interesting specimen and I do mean specimen is 1b, Yasiel Mederos for Frederick Keys (Orioles), he's a sturdy 6'5 and 220 R/R, older player, 26 years of age, great build, but his bat is rather stiff, his plate approach is decent, high bat level elbows but the swing is just very rigid, the bat does go to the ball, but I just don't see enough quickness for this guy to climb any higher than AA but I'm sure there is an investment in him, his footwork around the bag is good and he's got the arm for the position. He'll need to loosen up that muscle bound body of his to get some quickness in his swing and approach to hitting.
C, Chance Sisco, Frederick Keys (Orioles), 6'2 190 L/R, qk bat with slight upper cut stroke, quiet hands that generate some pop to the alleys, occ power down the foul lines, throwing arm is ave to plus with 1.9 release and know how behind the plate, alert and frames well. 40 hit, 40 power, 40 run, 55 arm, 55 field/range. Will be decent backup at the ML level.
RHP, David Hess, Frederick Keys (Orioles), 6'2 180, loose, qk arm from 3/4 slot, touches 94 most fb 90-92 with slurvy breaking ball, slider action with occ depth and makings of solid change up, throws strikes, most fb are true, not a lot of deception but mixes pitches well enough to keep hitters honest, 4-5 man in a rotation or long man at ML level potential.
RHP, Duane Underwood, Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 6'2 210, decent arm with gradual improvement since HS days in Georgia, first seen in Cary NC at NHSI event a couple years back, Underwood has a fb that can tough 97-98 on occ with some arm side run in on RHH, most fb 92-93, sinks when down, hard cb and occ change up, command and control are ave, could be decent 3 or 4 man in a ML rotation.
OF, Mark Zagunis, Myrtle Beach(Cubs), 6' 205, R/R, a solid hitting prospect with ave straight line speed, qk bat to the ball with good balance and drives the ball, occ power to gaps, type of power to generate 10-15 HR eventually, can also steal bases, 4.2 out of the box very quick first step on base paths, more than enough arm for any OF position, 45 hit, 45 power, 60 run, 50 arm, 60 field/range.
OF, Dustin Peterson, Carolina (Braves), 6'2 185, R/R, converted IF, Petey has a qk bat with decent approach and load and balance at the plate, can drive the ball, shows enough speed and offensive presence to be a 4th OF or possible move back to the IF in time, no rush, 55 arm strength, 4.35 out of the box and decent runner on the base paths, 45 hit, 50 pwr, 45 run, 50 arm, 50 field/range.
RHP, Andrew Thurman, Carolina (Braves) 6'3 220, R/R, decent arm and a bit of a nibbler, will show occ 94 fb, most at 89-91 with some arm side run, needs to hit his spots and have his command/control at all times, fb true mostly, changes speeds and competes, probable to the pen in ML level, cb and change are both ave and has just enough moxy to get to the ML.
RHP, Lucas Giolito, Potomac (Nationals), 6'6 260, R/R, strong build, long arms and legs, good leverage on plus plus fb from 3/4 slot, fb touches 96-97 on occ, most are 93, occ arm side run, hard slider 83-86 and throws strikes, loose, some recoil and cross body, makings of 2-3 man in rotation, will go as far as health stays in line, very mature body already.
RHP, Reynaldo Lopez, Potomac (Nationals), 6'0 185, R/R, qk arm from H 3/4 slot will touch 99 on occ, 93-97 four seam fb true not much deception in his delivery and doesn't hide the ball well, here it is and throws it type delivery, will slow arm speed on his breaking ball and change, throws strikes, lack of deception will keep him from being productive at the ML level, but young enough to learn a bit more to advance.
3b/1b, Drew Ward, Potomac (Nationals) 6'4 225 L/R, qk bat and goes to all fields with alley power, a bit stiff lower back area, occ will turn on inside pitches, playable defensive tools to play the corners, not a threat on the bases, 4.45 runner at best from left side, seen at TOS and HS events in Cary in the past, mature body, mature approach to the game. AAA guy, fringe ML.
OF, Manual Margot, Salem (Red Sox), 6'0 185, R/R, qk bat and qk on the base paths, plays abv ave defense, 4.18 runner and can steal bases, 45 arm and 60 range/defense, will go as far as bat takes him, occ foul line power, 50 hit, 35 pwr, 60 run, 45 arm, 60 field, extra OF or fill in guy at the ML level.
RHP, Ty Buttrey, Salem (Red Sox), 6'5 220, R/R, loose arm from H 3/4 slot, most fb 92-93, touches 96 on occ with hard slurve, downer action and decent control, not a big strike out guy, will get heaviness to two seamer to get grounders and occ pop ups, will need to solidify breaking ball to get to ML level, 2 pitch guy at present with upside.
RHP, Teddy Stankiewicz, Salem (Red Sox), 6'3 200, R/R, loose arm with some effort, touches 96 on occ, most fb are true, occ arm side run in on RHH, 91-93, hard slider/curve and occ change, command and control are fair and improving, will go as far as breaking ball command improves, could be best suited for a set up or closer role at the ML Level.
3B, Trey Michalezewski, Winston-Salem (White Sox), 6'3 220, S/R, good actions and does everything to stick at 3b at the ML level, solid 55 arm strength with sure hands, lateral actions, runs fair, not a base stealer but not a clogger, has qk bat from both sides with alley power for 10-15 type HR power, 45 hit, 55 pwr, 40 run, 55 arm, 50 field, could be solid 3B at ML Level. Gets the job done, not flashy.
2b, Jake Peter, Winston-Salem (White Sox), 6' 185, L/R, qk bat and runs well, better on the bases and on the way, solid arm strength for SS/2B, shows occ gap power, foul line HR power, will go as far as bat takes him, 45 hit, 35 pwr, 60 run, 60 arm, 60 field. Ave ML 2B.
LHP, Andre Wheeler, Winston-Salem (White Sox), 6'1 170, smooth lefty with loose qk arm from 3/4 slot, touches 93-94 on occ most fb 90-91 with arm side run and sink down in the zone, hard cb 77-80 and throws strikes, stamina for short man out of the pen, fringe ML guy.
LHP, Matt Strahm, Wilmington (Royals) 6'4 180, qk arm with plus velo ranges 90-96, most fb true w/occ arm side run away vs RHH, throws 2 seam and 4 seam, hard cb with spike action at times and occ straight change, solid first time through the lineup, got roughed up a bit 2nd time through, enough here to work with, might be destined to be short man out of the pen, needs to work on stamina as a starter and deception to keep hitters honest, mix the pitches more. 60 fb, 50 cb, 50 contro/command, 45 change, 50 movement.
Update Sunday, July 26, 2015
Had the good fortune to catch the Cape Cod All-Star game on Saturday and came away impressed with some of the pitching in the game, albeit all pitchers threw basically an inning except Frankenreider who left with a grimace with elbow issue. The hitters got basically one look at the pitchers which was somewhat a disadvantage, but if you got bat speed, balance and a good sound hitting approach, you should adjust pretty quickly. Good hitters are born! With that all said, here are the players I came away impressed by on Saturday.
LHP, Eric Lauer, Orleans (Kent St) 6'4 210, easy delivery, a bit straight up and down from H 3/4 slot, qk arm with arm side run away vs RHH, and a hard downer cb that is difficult for hitters to get on top of and the makings of a straight change. Throws strikes and was around the plate in his brief stint. Topped out at 93 but enough there to have a plus fb. Definite top 200 guy for 2016 MLB Draft.
RHP, Brandon Miller, Chatham (Millersville St), 6'4 200, nice easy delivery from H 3/4, topped out at 92 most fb with command and changed speeds, showed downer hard cb and slower cb, type of frame to fill out in time. Still has some upside there.
RHP, Ian Hamilton, Wareham (Washington St), 6'0 195, very qk arm with power fb, touches 96 on occ, also hard slide piece, more of a slurve and is aggressive and throws strikes, type of arm to be a short man in the pen or potential closer, ala, Craig Kimbrell. Definite strong follow for 2016.
RHP, Aaron McGarity, Bourne (Va Tech), 6'3 190, slender built with slinger type arm action from 3/4 arm slot, touches low 90's, topped out at 94, should fill out a bit more with maturity, demeanor for relief type, aggressive and a bit effort in delivery. Another strong follow.
RHP, Parker Dunshee, Chatham (Wake Forest), 6'1 200, loose, qk arm, touches low 90's, topped out at 93, also straight change and cb with enough to develop further in pro ball. H 3/4 slot with some late life in on RHH.
1b, Ronnie Dawson, Orleans (Ohio St), listed at 6'2 215, L/R, a smallish 6'2 with qk line drive type stroke, good balance as a hitter, pull type power to hit 15-20 HR in pro ball in time, know how at 1b with arm strength, fair runner, not a burner or base stealer, knows how on bases.
1b, Kyle Lewis, Orleans (Mercer), 6'4 205, R/R, great build and qk bat from slight upper cut stroke with HR power to alleys. Throws well enough to move to OF in time to take advantage of straight line speed and length in his physical build. Runs better out of the box and straight away, shows decent skill set to keep developing in pro ball. Could be possible top 3 rounder in 2016.
OF, Ryan Boldt, Bourne (Nebraska) 6'2 200, L/R, have seen him since TOS days, live bat and good skill set, has enough ability to be competent CF, will go as far as bat takes him. Runs well underway, more of a contact guy than a power threat, will occ turn on a fb for foul line power.
RHP, Gavin Pittore, Bourne (Wesleyan), 6'3 200, R/R, listed height is generous, type of build and demeanor to be a closer or middle guy in ML. FB tops 93 with some sink down in zone and command. Hard downer cb and also makings of straight change, is currently a free-agent, has one year to bargain with, will be a decent senior draft with some upside still, 2016 Grad.
3B, Nick Senzel, Brewster (Tennessee), 6'1 205, R/R, qk bat with strength, some power to be HR threat, throws well enough to stick at the corner, a bit eratic as a fielder at corner, may have to move to LF or 1b, in pro ball, will go as far as bat takes him, hands are qk and to the ball. Follow for sure in 2016.
2B, Cavan Biggio, Harwich (Notre Dame), 6'1 180, L/R, not a burner but knows how to run the bases, good instincts, strength is his bat, he will hit and will hit with enough power to get into a ML lineup at 2b or possible 3b, turns the DP and has good actions in the field, could move to OF if need be, 4.3 runner tops to 1b, better quickness than pure speed. Good bloodlines and this kid is just as much a gamer as his father, Chris. First saw him in TOS 3 years back. Top 100 guy for sure in 2016.
Update Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
Man it's been a nice hot and humid month of July. Managed to catch Wilmington (Class A - Royals affililate) in town to play the Carolina Mudcats and caught a nice looking lefty, Matt Strahm, from Fargo ND by way of Neosho County Com College, KS, he reminds me to the throw back years of Bud Black when he was a starter for the KC Royals in their hey day. 6'4 180 listed, he'll probably mature into his body some more, easy 3/4 slot and pumped in some 94's with a quick arm and hard downer 1 to 7 curveball 73-75 and flashed a few straight changes 80-82, it appears from stats since his promo to Carolina League, he was a reliever mostly and he pounds the strike zone but once through the lineup the Mudcat bats got to him in the 5th inning. He'll need to work more on pitching in on the hands with his velo and work on his command of his secondary pitches. First 3 innings he was untouchable and broke a few woodies. There is some upside to Strahm, he's just 24 years of age (turns 24 in November 2015) , but has a chance to be a 4-5 man in ML rotation or middle guy in the pen. 55 FB, 50 cb, 50 chg, 55 control, 45 command, 50 field with decent move to 1b. 52 OFP.
Update: Thursday, JUNE 25, 2015 -
Nice hot and muggy day at the ballpark at the NTC in Cary today, got to see a few upcoming prospects for 2016 and 2017.
The ones that stuck out are:
LHP, Jason Groome (Stars), IMG Academy, FL, he is from Barnegat, New Jersey, 6'5 plus and holds 220 easy, projectible frame, long, loose limbs, easy delivery from 3/4 slot, throws three solid pitches, above ave fb with velo up to 95, most were 91-93 with arm side run on two seamer and ave command on the 4 seamer, hard round house type cb with bite, velo 74-76, got hitters to chase and he was not afraid to throw it in any count, also straight fade change, velo at 74-76, downhill plane with no pump windup, has good pickoff move at this stage which will only get better with experience - has verbal to Vandy but doubtful he'll see the campus after his showing and with the limited amount of lefties out there. Solid 60 for me today, future is promising!
LHP, Jordan Butler (Brave), Braulio Alonso HS, Odessa FL, follow for 2017 grad year, 6'1 180, long limbs, may grow a tad more and fill out frame, short quick arm swing with deceptive velo, touches 88, most arm side run fbs were 86-87 with deceptive change and drops arm slot from upper 3/4 to lower 3/4 for slide piece, threw strikes, hit the mit and didn't waste time out there, only 16 currently - early verbal to Florida.
3B, Cole Stobbe (Brave), Millard West HS, Omaha NE, 6'1 180, R/R, lean frame with room to grown, qk bat with level plane swing, pop in the bat with alley type power, runs well underway, 4.4 out of the box, ave arm strength, adequate range/glove and instincts for the corner, graded out to a 45 currently, but could be one that rises with experience.
OF, McKenzie "Mickey" Moniak (Brave), La Costa Canyon HS, Encinitas CA, 6'1 1/2 185, L/R, qk out of the box, line drive stroke from left side, runs well, better underway, 4.2 from box, knows how on bases, solid arm strength with carry and range, can play any OF position, enough pop in the bat to project 10-15 HR type power, 48 OFP, will go as far as bat goes, verbal to UCLA.
2B, Austin James, (Free), Bloomingdale Senior HS, Valrico FL, 6'1 180, R/R, qk bat with sting to LF, runs well underway, solid arm strength and range for 2b or SS, project to 2B, type of frame to get bigger and stronger, actions good enough to move to OF possibily, 45 OFP, verbal to FIU.
LHP, Mitchell Stone, (Pride), 6'9 235, Shawnee HS, Shawnee OK, a big'un, not real fluid but what his delivery presently shows is enough to follow for 2017, he's older for his grad year, arm slot from upper 3/4, most fb were 86 touch 88 on occ when out front, downer type cb from 1 to 6, teased on straight change, control is fair for now, showed enough coordination to warrant the follow-has verbal to Oklahoma State, 40 OFP.
CF/1B, William Benson, (Stars), Westminster School, Atlanta GA, 6'5 220, L/L, fluid athlete with qk twitch actions, loose arm with solid strength and carry, ranges well in CF, will probably move to RF in pro ball, runs well once underway, 4.2 from left side, qk compact stroke with slight upper cut, showed vulnerability to off speed stuff but attacks the fb, interesting for 2016, 48 OFP - verbal to Duke.
Update: Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Ran into former ML player and scout I had first met in Omaha in 2001, Mitch Webster today, while watching the Carolina League, Mudcats vs Myrtle Beach. Mitch is with the KC Royals now as a scout.
As heard earlier in the week, the Mudcats traveling back home were involved in an accident, injuring several players, including prospect, RHP, Lucas Sims. Most of the players will be out up to 5 weeks, some worse than others. Not a lot of details due to legalities.
ACC Tourney is this week and I'm going to Durham to check it out!
Back with some reports after it's over with.
Tues, April 21, 2015
May 1, 2015, I will be going back to see once again, Isaiah White, OF, Greenfield School (Wilson NC), 5'11 175 R/R, again, this kid can really run, he has arm strength with a wrapping throwing motion and he has decent instincts in the OF, reminds me some of Gary Pettis in body style and speed wise, his bat goes to the ball and squares it up well, occ power is there to hit 4-7 HR in ML someday, I would like to see him face elite pitching to see how he adjusts as he dominates his current level of competition, his overall grades come out to a 50 due to 70 speed and 65 range, present grades, 20/50 hit, 45 arm, 30 power, type of frame to fill out a bit more with maturity, has a very pleasant attitude about him. Commit to E Carolina. Will need time to develop, 4-6 year guy in development, will benefit greatly from pro exposure.
Wednesday, April 15
Well another top pitching prospect besides Brady Aiken, went down to TJ surgery recently, RHP, Reilly Hovis from UNC-Chapel Hill recently went under the knife and here's hoping he makes a speedy and full recovery and is better than ever. Reilly has a plus breaking ball and solid fb and his control and command are ML caliber.
I haven't been out much to be honest this season however, I've taken in a few Carolina League games and saw Braves RHP Lucas Sims, whom I first saw in Cary in HS tourney 4 years back. He returned to the Carolina League this year and increased his velo a touch, touching 96 a few times in a recent outing vs Salem Sox. His change is still improving and his breaking ball, he throws two of them, the slider and curveball, his cb is a solid out pitch. He reminds me some of former ML pitcher John Smoltz, but totally two different deliveries, but the competitiveness and easy delivery are comparable.
I should be getting out to see some more action and will be catching the NCHS state tourneys in Zebulon in June.
Sunday, April 5
Well guess what folks? Yep, Matuella is done for the year with TJ surgery!! Not surprising since my last post in February when we had some pretty cold and wintry weather after teams got outdoors and started intrasquad games, etc.
Prospects should all learn from these arm injuries as they've become more prevalent than in years past. Everyone wants a shot at being seen and being seen early and the pressure of the big bucks and getting the exposure for the ML Draft seems to be put ahead of a player/pitcher being in optimal shape and ready for a full season. Each pitching/playing outing should be gradual, with pitch counts and playing time monitored until every player/pitcher is in the proper shape. Even if it means moving back the baseball season in both HS and College. If the season were moved back, what harm would it be? Really?!! You could get more football players and basketball players out for baseball when their seasons are over with and they would be in proper baseball playing shape, instead of rushed to start playing. Arms and legs have to be in optimal shape folks, or we are going to keep having the increase of TJ surgery for pitchers and other position players getting injured as well because they are not in proper shape, with oblique and lower leg and back injuries. It takes time for muscles to get warm and ready and it's been this way since I started playing youth ball in 1970 and with the rush of getting games in before school ends, etc., all it's done is became a haven for injuries and draft status for top prospects to be put on the shelf. Get real folks and do something about the season starting time and get back to the basics, or continue to watch the increase of TJ surgery and other injury bugs.
Monday, February, 23, 2015.
Well folks, I ain't been out yet. Winter has been keeping me indoors along with business and driving the bottom line as the top line has been keeping my restaurant hopping since mother nature started with the cooler winter than normal along with some sleet and snow last week.
I saw where the local 4 year and 2 year schools were working out outdoors, which is fine and dandy, but some of the top arms to see this spring, one of whom came off some rest over the summer for a back condition, Matuella of Duke, is now shut down temporarily with a slight arm strain after pitching on the west coast in front of many ML Crosscheckers and some Scouting Bosses. That's cool, but guess what folks? In my 30 plus years as a scout and former pitcher, arms are not ready to go out in less than ideal weather conditions and pitch counts have to be watched along with proper arm care and keeping the arm covered. This is not happening as evidenced by Matuella having a slight arm strain and I'm not saying that the weather caused that or lack of attention from proper arm care was neglected, what I'm saying is it is too early and pitchers need to be put on pitch counts, no matter what the status of the pitcher may be for the ML teams, etc. I've seen way too many pitching prospects go down early only to have mediocre careers in MLB or even the minors. Andrew Brackman, Mark Prior, Michael Matz (still bouncing back with Mets) and the list will go on and on. Coaches need to wise up a bit more and not succumb to what the area scouts demand on seeing prospects and so forth in late winter, it's not even spring yet folks. Yeah, I know, the California and Florida area guys are playing so should we, huh? NO! The season needs to be pushed back a bit and pitch counts to 50 pitches the first two starts of the year for any pitcher should be mandatory until the weather is more consistent and conditioning needs to be top priority before any team plays their first collegiate/high school game and make it March 1 or March 30 as the first regular season game mandatory. Why? When does MLB start? How many exhibition games does MLB play? What are the number of pitches a ML starter makes his first start in spring training? Get my drift?
It appears I won't be seeing any action probably until the NHSI starts in Cary, late March and I'll get to see some of the teams from outside the US play at the same complex in Cary. Yippee!! :)
My 2015 SPRING LIST:
RHP Reilly Hovis, UNC, 6'3 195, Max effort guy with decent stuff (reliever) and fb that touches low 90's on occ, mostly 89-91, hard slurvy cb and straight change, throws strikes and competes, will be one of top starters for UNC for spring 2015.
OF Skye Bolt, UNC, 6'2 185, S/R, speedy OF with decent instincts and upside, room to fill out still with nice lean athletic frame, can really run, better on the way, had a down year stat wise in 2014, but has the ability to put the bat on the ball to the alleys and occ power to the foul lines, shows solid to abv ave arm strength, possible 4-7 round guy for 2015 or better.
RHP Trent Thornton, UNC, 6'0 175, quick arm from upper 3/4 arm slot, touches low 90's on occ, fb fairly true, competitor on the hill, hard downer type cb with solid command, needs to be fine with his pitches and pitch to the mit, not overpowering enough, but is still learning and should adjust with more experience.
RHP, Benton Moss, UNC, 6'2 190, R/R, flash from Rocky Mount, Benton has a fb that will reach 95 on occ, most fb are 91-92 early in the game and his best pitch is a yellow hammer, however, his command and consistency is what has held him back from reaching full potential thus far, but in his career in two years at UNC, he's done very well, his better years are ahead of him as he's starting to fill out his frame and add some stamina and strength to become a legit 3-4 man in a ML rotation. Also has the 3rd pitch working but still in development stage. 1-3 round projection guy for 2014.
RHP, Taylore Cherry, UNC, 6'8 270, R/R, will have to monitor if he comes back for soph season, he's an eligible soph in 2014, Taylore didn't get much action for UNC in the spring of 2013, but when he did he made the most of it, touching 93-94 with his downhill plane 3/4 arm slot and hard breaking ball that at times could be a plus plus pitch, consistency with release point and keeping his delivery together is still a work in progress, but he's scary how good he could become. 4-7 round type projection, but could move up the ladder come 2014!
RHP Michael Matuella, Duke, 6'6 225, solid arm strength, will touch low 90's early in the game, mostly 91-92 with some arm side run on occ, must get good leverage and repeat his delivery consistently to be effective a tthe next level, should improve with pro exposure, shows solid slide piece and control.
1b Matt Dacey, Richmond, 6'3 210, L/R, transfered from Michigan after frosh year, solid strength and power from left side of the plate, runs ok, not a burner, has enough arm and fielding ability to get to ML, will need to work on facing lefties more and cut back on his aggressiveness, better plate discipline needed. Definite follow.
3b-OF, Dillon Dobson, Appalachian St, 6'1 220, L/R, strong, aggressive hitter with power to the alleys and adjusts well enough to get to the next level, has solid arm strength, not flashy, just gets it done, runs ok, not going to steal many bases, may on an occ, will get there because of his bat and tenacity as a player.
RHP/OF, Clark Cota,Topsail HS, NC, 6'1 195, R/R, was very glad to see him in this event, he's going to be a stud, very good arm, runs solid and has some pop in his bat, I doubt he see UNC in 2015 unless he regresses quickly and I don't see that. Low 90's fb, has a hammer in the makings and can hit and runs well enough to be a corner OF guy or or corner IF guy if pitching struggles. Bonafide stud for 2015. First seen at NCHSAA 1-3 A tourney in Zebulon NC. RHP, Clark Cota, from Topsail HS, Hampstead, NC, near the Topsail beach area of eastern carolina, the Pirates. Strong fan alliance and team comraderie. He's listed at 6'1 205, more like 6'1 plus and lean 190 or so, loose arm from upper 3/4, quick, easy delivery on fb, fights it on his cb, proper spin/bite on cb, just needs work on release points and some confidence, his fb was upper 80's mostly, touched 90 a few times early in the game, keeps the ball down and in on hitters, competitor and is a 2015 to be grad. Many coaches from NC in attendance, including, Mike Fox from UNC-CH, and E Carolina assistant coach, as well as some other smaller schools in NC D1, D2 and NJCAA. Clark is a R/R, has some pop in his bat as well, short level stroke, hits with power to LF/LC and can go with the pitch to RF as well. Keep an eye on him this summer and next spring. D1 coaches are all over him already, scouts have his name.
RHP, Benton Moss, UNC, 6'2 190, R/R, flash from Rocky Mount, Benton has a fb that will reach 95 on occ, most fb are 91-92 early in the game and his best pitch is a yellow hammer, however, his command and consistency is what has held him back from reaching full potential thus far, but in his career in two years at UNC, he's done very well, his better years are ahead of him as he's starting to fill out his frame and add some stamina and strength to become a legit 3-4 man in a ML rotation. Also has the 3rd pitch working but still in development stage. 1-3 round projection guy for 2014.
RHP, Taylore Cherry, UNC, 6'8 270, R/R, will have to monitor if he comes back for soph season, he's an eligible soph in 2014, Taylore didn't get much action for UNC in the spring of 2013, but when he did he made the most of it, touching 93-94 with his downhill plane 3/4 arm slot and hard breaking ball that at times could be a plus plus pitch, consistency with release point and keeping his delivery together is still a work in progress, but he's scary how good he could become. 4-7 round type projection, but could move up the ladder come 2014!
These guys I saw last summer or spring and probably won't see them this year unless they come out in the 100 mile area I cover on my own, out of pocket, for the LOVE of the GAME!
RHP-C Matt Dittman, Rice, 6'1 205, R/R, solid prospect with low 90's fb and hard slide piece from upper 3/4 slot, also shows ability behind the plate and has enough pop in his bat to be a solid backup receiver in the bigs. Keep an eye on him in 2015.
LHP Blake Fox, Rice, 6'4 220, L/L, another long list of Owl pitching prospects, Foxy touches 92 on occ with his FB, had a low era last spring and is around the plate and knows how to pitch. Good angle and finish on his pitches, best pitch is his change and curveball.
LHP Dylan Craig, Illinois St, 6'3 210, smart lefty with upside, most fb are 88-90 with arm side run/sink, will touch 91-92 early in games, shows some similarities to Mark Buerhle, best pitch is change up.
RHP Kyle Davis, USC, 6' 190, R/R, solid control and know how on the hill, touches low 90's most fb 90-91 and true, also hard cb with eratic command at present, chance to be solid prospect quickly, depending on development of off-speed pitches and stamina.
LHP Jason Richman, Georgia Southern, 6'3 210, another lefty with enough stuff to get to the next level, pitches at 87-89 mostly, will bump it up to 91 on occ, solid change up he can throw when he wants from 3/4 arm slot, good arm speed on all his pitches to deceive hitters.
RHP Jimmy Herget, U So Florida, 6'3 165, R/R, whippet type body, room to fill out in time, 3/4 arm slot with 88-92 fb, most are 89-90 early and straight, will run fb down and in vs RHH, also loopy type cb that is improving, should be followed closely next spring.
C-3b-1b Jameson Fisher, SE Louisiana, 6'2 195, L/R, level stroke from left side with alley power, slight upper cut in his swing, generates good pop, runs ok, 4.35 from left side, ave arm strength and solid glove, best suited for 3b or the OF.
3b-2b Mark Mathias, Cal Poly, 6' 185, R/R, solid bat with occ power to alleys, ave arm strength and actions are good enough to be competent fielder to get to the next level. Runs ok, 4.4 from right side, appears to be better between the bases.
OF Tate Matheny, Missouri St, 6'0 190, R/R, good bloodlines, can hit with occ gap power, plus arm strength and ave runner at best, not a burner, will go as far as bat takes him, best suited for the corner OF.
OF Gary Russo, Miami-Ohio, 6'1 220, R/R, solid power and good approach as a hitter, tends to overswing at times, has enough arm strength and ability as a fielder to get to the next level, runs well enough, not going to be a base stealer. Will go as far as his bat takes him.
RHP-1b Corbin Olmstead, North Florida, 6'3 210, R/R, solid hitter with abv ave power to alleys, runs fair and solid ML arm, also one of top pitchers for Osprey program and Smoke Laval.
If-OF Austin Listi, Dallas Baptist, 6' 200, R/R, solid hitter with power to the alleys, runs well underway, 4.4 from RH side, adequate arm strength to be solid corner OF or play corner IF spot or possibly 2b in pro ball. Keep an eye on him, will go as far as bat takes him.
RHP Michael Letkewicz, Augustana SD, 6'4 215, R/R, prototype body and downhill plane from 3/4 arm slot, fb touches low 90's, solid downer type cb and throws strikes, is deceptive to get swings and misses, will be one of top midwest arms to follow for 2015.
RHP Riley Farrell, TCU 6'1 240, power arm, low to mid 90's fb, most fb are straight, easy read on his pitches, destined to be a closer/reliever but needs more deception and improvement on his breaking ball and command to get to the next level.
SS Alex Bregman, LSU, 6'1 185, R/R, scrappy, hard nosed player, gets most of his ability, runs solid ave and throws well enough to play any IF position or move to the OF, has alley type power and instincts to steal bases, will go as far as his bat takes him, possible day 1 pick in 2015.
OF-DH DJ Stewart, Florida St, 5'11 230, L/R, strength is his bat, a bit of same body as Fielder, a bit quicker however running speed wise, shows enough fielding ability to not embarass himself, classic DH type currently, short stroke with alley power. Interesting player to follow.
RHP Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville, 6'3 220, R/R, has filled out a bit since HS days, improved velocity from upper 80s-low 90's in HS to mid 90's at UL, hard slider and upper 3/4 arm slot, fb tends to straighten out when he overthrows, must stay within himself and stay ahead in the counts. Definite day 1 pick for 2015.
RHP Justin Garza, Cal Fullerton, 5'11 170, R/R, not the prototype pitching frame, but a quick resilient arm from 3/4 that touches 94-95 on occ, hard cb with decent command, has good demeanor to go far in pro ball.
RHP Walker Buehler, Vanderbilt, 6'1 160, quick arm from upper 3/4 slot, touches low to mid 90's on occ, with hard breaking ball and ave command of his pitches, tends to rush himself and get pitches up early in the count, should adjust with further experience.
RHP Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt, 5'11 195, bulldog on the bump, touches 95 on occ with fb, most fb are true, some giddy up in the zone and in vs RHH, hard breaking ball and solid change, shows command to excel at the next level, pitches within himself with some effort at times, may be destined to a short man role in the ML.
2b Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt, 6'1 190, R/R, classic swing w/alley power, runs well once underway, 4.28 from right side, solid arm strength, instincts and hands to stick at SS at ML Level.
Tournament of Stars short reports 2008-2015.
3B/1B/OF, Matt Davidson, R/R 6'3 210, 3/26/91, Yucaipa HS CA 2009, big strong build, frame to carry extra pounds, shows ave arm strength and bat speed w/strength to warrant a strong follow for 2009, 20/40 hit, 40/60 power, 30 run, 40/50 arm, 40/40 field, OFP 44
SS/2B, Deven Marrero, R/R, 6'1 180, 8/25/90, American Heritage HS FL 2009, smooth fielder with solid arm strength and soft hands in the field, has bat speed and runs better underway, college in the picture possibly, enough ability to warrant a follow, will go as far as bat develops, 20/30 hit, 30 power, 40/50 run, 50 arm, 50 field, 42 OFP.
LHP, Tyler Matzek, L/L, 6'3 185, 10/19/1990, Capistrano Valley HS Mission Viejo CA 2009, loose, qk arm from semi windup 3/4 slot, ML fb at present, should be plus w/maturity and added strength, hard slider/curveball, aggressive and decent command of his pitches, FB top 93, most 91, 60 FB 50 SL 50 CON 40 CHG delivery crosses body some, OFP 55.
OF, Mike Trout, R/R, 6'1 190, 8/7/1991, Millville HS NJ 2009, qk bat w/strength in level stroke, short stride w/pop to alleys, runs plus, 4.1 from box and faster on bases, throws are acc w/carry and shows plus range, gamer with high energy, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 70 run, 40/50 arm, 60 FLD, 56 OFP, potential early rounder and everyday CF.
RHP, Jacob Turner, R/R 6'4 205, 5/21/1991, Westminster Christ. Acad, St. Charles MO 2009, 3/4 slot loose arm with ML velo at times, frame to get stronger, bigger in time, delivery is easy, keeps pitches down, slurvy breaking ball, throws strikes, fb touched 92 a few times, steady at 89-90, 50 OFP, chance to be middle of rotation guy in time.
RHP, Trevor Bauer, R/R, 6'1 175, 1/17/1991, Hart HS, Valencia CA 2009, upper 3/4 slot qk arm with arm strength, room to fill out, hard downer cb and throws strikes, keeps pitches down on the knees, fb topped 92, most 89-90 with occ sink when fb down, bores in on RHH, chance to be 3-4 man in ML rotation in time, 55 OFP.
LHP, Evan DeLuca, L/L, 6'1 200, 3/9/1991, Immaculate HS, White Horse NJ 2009, qk arm from 3/4 slot, bulldog type on hill, fb touches 92 on occ, most are 88-91 with tailing life away vs RHH, slurvy breaking ball should turn into a slider, fair command at present, should improve with pro instruction, gamer, 47 OFP.
SS-RHP, Jiovanni Mier, R/R, 6'2 170, 8/26/1990, Bonita HS, Pomona CA 2009, smooth fielder with plus arm and shows enough range to stick at SS, shows bat speed with some strength, not going to be a big time hitter, will put the ball in play, fair power and 4.48 runner at best. 44 OFP
C, Max Stassi, R/R, 5'10 190, 3/15/1991, Yuba City HS CA 2009, fiesty, fire plug catcher with plus release and ave ML arm, knows how behind plate, alert, take charge type, shows short qk compact swing at plate with level swing, strength in his bat, should hit enough to be ML catcher, 50 OFP.
C, Andrew Susac, R/R 6'1 190, 3/22/1990, Jesuit HS, Roseville CA 2009, tall, rangy build, room to fill out w/time, shows solid arm strength and catch and throw skills, shows fair bat speed w/some strength for power, not a hitting threat at present, should improve w/further instruction, 46 OFP.
C, Tucker Barnhart, S/R, 5'11 75, 1/7/1991, Brownsburg HS, IN 2009, gamer w/solid catch and throw skills, alert w/range behind plate, soft hands, throws are acc to 2b w/carry, shows aggressive bat w/decent bat speed and enough strength for foul line power, should fill out and get stronger, 48 OFP.
OF, Jacob Marisnick, R/R, 6'4 200, 3/30/1991, Riverside Poly HS CA 2009, tall, rangy build, room to fill out, runs well straight away and ML arm strength w/carry, takes a long hack w/strength in his swing for alley power, should get better in time w/added pro instruction, doesn't take many pitches, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 50 field, OFP 50.
C-OF, Dane Phillips, L/R, 6'1 195, 12/18/1990, Nacogdoches Central HS, TX 2009, strong durable build w/ML arm strength, crude catch and throw mechanics, best tools are bat speed and strength in his swing, slight upper cut hitter, fair runner, will go as far as bat take him, 45 OFP.
RHP, Adam Plutko, R/R, 6'3 175, 10/3/1991, Glendora HS,Upland CA 2010, smooth righty w/loose arm, easy delivery, young, fb touches 90 on occ, most are 88-89 w/some life in on RHH, throws strikes, shows spin on cb and proper mech on change, room to fill out in time, strong follow.
RHP, Jake Barrett, R/R 6'4 235, 7/22/1991, Desert Ridge HS, Mesa AZ 2009, strong durable build, upper 3/4 slot qk arm w/semi windup, fb touches 92 on occ, most fb very straight, occ run in on RHH, sloppy breaking ball w/proper spin needs improvement, throws lots of pitches, command should improve as he smooths out his delivery in pro ball, 46 OFP.
OF, Randal Grichuk, R/R, 6'1 195, 8/13/1991, Lamar HS, Rosenberg TX 2009, qk bat w/short compact stroke and strength, plus runner, 4.1 from RH, can cover ground in OF and has sure hands, comes to play, 50 OFP.
LHP, Matthew Purke, L/L, 6'3 180, 7/17/1990, Klein HS, Spring TX 2009, thin, wiry frame, skinny torso room to fill out in time, fb jumps out of his hand from 3/4 slot, most fb 90-91, touches 93 on occ, slurvy breaking ball w/proper bite, throws strikes, aggressive demeanor, will be a good one in time. 50 OFP.
SS/2B, Robert Refsnyder, R/R, 6'1 190, 3/26/1991, Laguna Hills HS, CA 2009, gamer w/ave running speed and shows arm strength at both IF positions, short stroke w/bat speed, occ power, not a HR threat, will put the ball in play, enough speed to steal a base on occ, 48 OFP.
RHP, Kenneth Giles, R/R, 6' 170, 9/20/1990, Eldorado HS, Albuquerque NM 2008, loose qk arm from upper 3/4 slot touches 92 on occ and hard breaking ball w/bite, should improve w/pro instruction, strong for his size, no fear, held his own during competition in minimum innings pitched, 50 OFP.
3B/1B, Marcus Littlewood, S/R, 6'2 185, 3/18/1992, Pineview HS, St. George UT 2010, tall and strong build, room to fill out, shows solid arm strength, fair runner, some bat speed and raw power to warrant strong follow for next 2 years.
C/RHP, Austin Maddox, R/R, 6'2 220, 5/13/1991, Eagle's View Academy, Jacksonville FL 2009, strong durable build, room to get bigger, plus arm and plus raw power, touches 94 w/FB on the bump from upper 3/4 slot, a bit stiff with lower body, fair bat speed w/raw strength, adequate speed, not a base running threat, will be a solid college player, will need to focus on one position in pro ball, definite worth a follow, 42 OFP.
1B/LHP, Jeff Malm, L/L, 6'3 225, 10/31/1990, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas NV 2009, strong durable body w/some ability as a hitter to get to the next level, raw power, hands drift a bit as a hitter, will need to make adjustments in pro ball, solid arm strength, touches 91 w/FB, proper spin on cb and fair control, worth a follow, 41 OFP.
OF, Keenyn Walker, S/R, 6'2 190, 8/12/1990, Judge Memorial HS, Salt Lake City UT 2009, athletic, lean strong build, shows straight away running speed, 4.2 from LH side, fair bat speed and occ power to foul lines from both sides of plate, 40 arm, 40/50 field, raw ability to keep an eye on in the future, 40 OFP.
LHP,1B, Colton Cain, L/L, 6'3 225, 2/5/1991, Waxahachie HS TX 2009, lefty w/arm strength and know how on the hill from 3/4 slot, a bit stiff w/lower half, proper bite on cb and fair command of pitches, raw strength as a hitter w/discipline, fair bat speed, worth a look, will be a very good college player, 40 OFP.
SS/2B, Nick Franklin, S/R, 6'1 170, 3/2/1991, Lake Brantley HS, Longwood FL 2009, light on his feet, runs well underway, 4.2 from left side, 4.4 from right, better on bases, has ave arm with carry, quick hands in the field, shows bat speed and plate awareness to be able to hit enough to get to next level, occ power, more of an extra base type power, worth a good look again, 46 OFP.
RHP, Matthew Graham, R/R, 6'4 215, Oak Ridge HS, Springfield TX 2009, Tall, rangy build w/arm strength, most fb 89-90 peak at 92, fb true, cb w/proper bite and rotation still in development stage, fair command, enough there to take another look next year, 44 OFP.
RHP, Zach Lee, R/R, 6'4 190, 9/13/1991, McKinney HS, TX 2010, strong follow, loose arm with wiry strong frame, room to fill out, also said to be solid QB prospect, fb touched 92, most were 88-90 w/riding life in on RHH, proper spin on cb and showed some straight changes, decent command for age, 40/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control, 30/40 change, 50 OFP w/ceiling left, project to 6'5 220 in time.
3B/SS, Richie Shaffer, R/R, 6'3 190, 3/15/1991, Providence Cath HS, Charlotte NC 2009, fundamentally strong prospect w/know how as fielder, solid arm strength w/carry on throws, glove best suited for corner position, range limited, 4.4 runner, ave at best, shows short qk swing w/strength, should fill out with maturity and add further strength, 30/40 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 40/50 glove, 46 OFP, Clemson signee.
OF, Donavan Tate, R/R, 6'3 200, 9/27/1990, Cartersville HS GA 2009, athletic strong build w/bat speed and arm strength, plus runner, raw ability, has loop in his swing, ML arm strength can play any OF position, instincts are fair, will go as far as bat develops, also top RB prospect, 20/30 hit, 40/50 power, 60/60 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 48 OFP, will need time to develop in pro ball.
2B/CF/LF, LeVon Washington, L/R, 5'10 170, 7/26/1991, Buchholz HS, Gainesville FL 2009, qk bat w/raw strength, plus runner underway, fair arm strength and field, has ave range, best suited for OF, will go as far as bat takes him, extra base hit type power, 20/40 hit, 30/40 power, 60 run, 40 arm, 40/50 field, 46 OFP.
C, Michael Zunino, R/R, 6'2 190, 3/25/1991, Mariner HS, Cape Coral FL 2009, solid catch and throw skills, 1.97 pop time on 2 occasions w/base runners, has raw power with bat speed as a hitter, good discipline, some loop to his swing, plus power potential w/work on hitting mechanics, worth strong follow next season, 20/40 hit, 40/50 power, 30 runner, 50 arm, 50 fld, 44 OFP increased to 50 premium position.
RHP, Evan Marshall, R/R, 6'2 195, 4/18/1990, Homestead HS, Sunnyvale CA 2008, upper 3/4 slot w/arm strength and good arm speed, max effort type, touches 92 on occ, more in the tank, most fb true, 89-90, big break on cb needs work, command is fair at present, will improve with instruction, very interesting to follow.
RHP, Jameson Taillon, R/R, 6'5 230, 11/18/1991, The Woodlands, TX 2010, Tall strong build, room to fill out and get bigger, 3/4 slot w/boring action on fb touches 92 on occ, most fb 88-90 downhill, has hard break on cb 77-79 w/depth, decent command, chance to be a good one quickly, 50/60 fb, 50/60 cb 40/50 command 30/40 change, tends to rush on occ w/front side, will be good pro w/further development, 55 OFP.
OF, Reggie Golden, R/R, 5'11 190, 10/10/1991, Wetumpka HS AL 2010, athletic strong build w/solid running speed, shows strength and bat speed at the plate, upper cut swing, lacks plate discipline, swings at everything, 4.3 runner straight away from RH side, shows near ave arm strength, has ave range in OF, fair instincts, 20/40 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, 46 OFP, worth follow next 2 years.
1B, Jonathan Singleton, L/L, 6'2 215, 9/18/1991, Millikan HS, Lakewood CA 2009, solid hitting approach, aggressive w/bat, planes level w/bat speed w/strength to add power as he learns pitchers, knows how around the bag, only 16 yrs old, fundamentals are there, runs better underway, 4.4 from LH side, 30/50 hit, 30/50 power, 40 run, 50/50 arm, 40/50 glove, decent follow for 2009, 46 OFP.
LHP, Tyler Skaggs, L/L, 6'4 175, 7/13/1991, Santa Monica HS, Los Angeles CA 2009, tall, loose armed lefty from 3/4 slot, fb touches 91-92 on occ, most are 89 w/arm side run and hard slurve type breaking ball and teased some straight changes, command can improve, frame to fill out in time, 40/50 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 command, 40/50 change, strong follow for next year, 50 OFP, chance to be solid starter at ML level.
3B/OF, Zach Wilson, R/R, 6'1 195, 8/6/1990, Wilson HS, Long Beach CA 2008, strong, durable build, shows ML arm strength and bat speed, runs better on the way, solid college player with chance to be backup corner player at ML level, 20/40 hit, 30/40 power, 50/50 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 46 OFP.
RHP, Dylan Covey, R/R, 6'2 200, 8/14/1991, Maranatha HS, Pasadena CA 2010, tall, lean build, upper 3/4 slot fb with life in vs RHH, most fb 88-90, occ 92, slurvy type breaking ball with decent command, development stage, throws strikes and is aggressive, keeps pitches down, worth strong follow for 2010, 40/50 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 command, 30/40 change, 46 OFP.
OF, Cory Hahn, L/L, 5'10 155, 12/11/1991, Mater Dei HS, Corona CA 2010, gamer w/skills, runs well, better underway, 4.2 from LH, throws w/carry and accuracy from CF, shows bat speed and raw strength for size, worth a look in 2010, 20/40 hit, 20/30 power, 50 run, 40/50 arm, 50 field, 44 OFP, college signee.
OF/1B, Travis Harrison, R/R, 6'2 215, 10/17/1992, Tustin HS, Aliso Viejo CA 2011, solid follow, can swing bat, good bat speed and raw strength, runs well for size, 4.4 from RH side, better on the bases, playable arm w/carry on throws from OF and 1b, strengths are his bat and raw power, worth good look next 2 years.
RHP, Luke Jackson, R/R, 6'2 170, 8/24/1991, Calvary Christian HS, Southwest Ranches FL 2010, a bit of jerk to his delivery w/qk arm and good arm speed, deceptive, fb jumps out of his hand, most fb 90-91, touches 93-94 on occ when delivery is in synch from 3/4 slot, hard bite on cb w/fair command at present, will improve in time, type of build to get bigger with physical maturity, worth good look next year.
SS/OF, Matthew Lipka, R/R, 6'1 190, 4/15/1992, McKinney HS, Frisco TX 2010, athletic lean build with pure running speed, 4.1 from RH side, shows arm strength and decent actions in the field, best shot in the OF to make use of his raw speed, a bit stiff swing at plate w/raw strength, decent follow for next year, will go as far as bat develops, also capable football player.
C/OF, Stefan Sabol, R/R, 6'2 205, 2/2/1992, Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo CA 2010, athletic strong build, shows arm strength and know how as catcher, raw bat strength w/raw power, needs time to develop, college possibly best option, pop time 2.08 to 2b on attempted steal attempt, OFP graded out as 40.
RHP, Andrew "AJ" Cole, R/R, 6'5 190, 1/5/1992, Oviedo HS, Winter Springs FL 2010, lanky build w/arm speed and movement on fb, upper 3/4 slot, fb w/occ life in on RHH, shows proper spin/bite on cb and throws strikes, aggressive w/fb, command is decent, room for further development, thin frame should get stronger in time, fb touches 93-94 on occ most are 90-91, 50/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 command/control, 30/40 change, 50 OFP.
3B/C/OF/1B, Nicholas "Nicky" Delmonico, L/R, 6'3 195, 7/12/1992, Farragut HS, Knoxville TN 2011, baseball bloodlines, this young man w/skills, solid ML arm strength and type of frame to get bigger and stronger, shows bat speed with strength with level plane swing, will lift for power, can play number of positions, might be best suited for corner, can also catch, catch and throw skills still in development stage, worth good look in next 2 yrs.
RHP, Zach Lee, - 6'4 195, McKinney HS, previously seen last year, made some improvements with delivery and fb touched 95 on occ in brief outing, most fb 92-93.
OF/1B, Brian Ragira, R/R, 6'2 185, 1/22/1992, Martin HS, Arlington TX 2010, tall rangy build, long neck, shows quick twitch actions, qk bat w/upper cut swing, occ power, extra base hit type power, runs better on the way, shows near ave to ave arm strength, makes routine plays best suited for corner OF or 1B, not as much power at present, could have some in time as he matures, worth a look next year.
LHP, Robbie Ray, L/L, 6'3 175, 10/1/1991, Brentwood HS, TN 2010, tall lean build, 3/4 slot with loose arm, qk arm speed with plus fb at times, ball jumps out of his hand, has life down and in vs RHH w/sink on 2 seamer, hard breaking ball, slider action, occ showed straight change which is still in development stage, command is decent and has some upside left to develop and fill out with maturity, 50/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 command, 40/50 change, 55 OFP, could be solid ML starter in time.
RHP, Karsten Whitson, R/R, 6'3 185, 8/25/1991, Chipley HS, Bartow FL 2010, definite arm strength and bulldog type pitcher, a bit of a dart thrower with some hook in his arm swing, hard slider and fb touched 93, most fb were 89-91 with occ sink when down from 3/4 slot, throws strikes and competes, not afraid to throw inside, frame to get bigger in time, project to 6'3 230 easily, U of Florida early commit, worth a follow in 2010.
LHP, Jesse Biddle, L/L, 6'5 220, 10/22/1991, Germantown Friends HS, Philadelphia PA 2010, tall rangy lefty from 3/4 slot with live fb down on knees and hard downer type cb, throws strikes, not afraid to use fb in on RHH, most fb were 89-90, touched 92 on occ, cb 77-79 with proper spin and depth to be solid out pitch, got ahead of hitters, worth good look in 2010, 50/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control, 30/30 change, 50 OFP, premium lefty, chance to be ML starter.
RHP, Jameson Taillon, second report, saw in 2009, improved arm strength, fb touched 94-95 on occ, better breaking ball w/late bite and depth, could be early pick in 2010, 11/18/1991, The Woodlands HS TX, 2010, 55 OFP.
IF/OF/RHP, AJ Vanegas, R/R, 6'3 200, 8/16/1992, Redwood Christian HS, Alameda CA 2010, rangy, athletic build w/plus plus arm strength, runs well on the bases, 4.4 from RH side, enough bat to keep an eye on, best shot as a pitcher with more work and development, touches 92 w/no effort, loose arm from upper 3/4 slot, feel for cb and not afraid to use fb, touched 92 on occ, college in picture, worth follow in 2010.
OF/1B, Christian Yelich, L/R, 6'4 190, 12/5/1991, Westlake HS, Thousand Oaks CA 2010, gamer w/plus bat speed, level stroke w/strength, lean build, room to fill out in time, on the way runner, ran 4.2 from LH side, arm strength w/carry, best suited for corner OF or 1B in pro ball, not a big power threat but will hit enough to be contributor at ML level, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 50 runner, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, loves the game, 48 OFP.
3B, Nick Castellanos, R/R, 6'4 200, 3/4/1992, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Davie FL 2010, pure hitter w/plus bat speed and raw strength to develop more power, one of best hitters in tournament, ran 4.38 from RH side, showed ave ML arm w/carry and sure handed at the corner, lateral range is there, chance to be a good one quickly, 30/50 hit, 40/60 power, 40/40 run, 50/60 arm, 40/50 field, 55 OFP added pts, premium corner player strong hit tools.
SS/3B, Garin Cecchini, L/R, 6'3 200, 4/21/1991, Barbe HS, Lake Charles LA 2010, solid hitting mechanics w/some strength to develop power, makes solid contact, some length in swing, can go opposite field, shows ave arm strength w/lateral range, best suited for corner, ran 4.3 from LH side, better on the way runner, good bloodlines, worth early look next spring, has college interest and wants pro ball eventually, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 40 runner, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 48 OFP.
RHP, Drew Cisco, L/R, 6'2 190, 7/29/1991, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant SC 2010, loose arm from upper 3/4 slot, sinks fb and throws strikes, fb ranges velo 87-92, most are 88-89 w/run and keeps pitches down in zone, shows proper bite on cb and straight change has chance to be solid out pitch to compliment fb, potential college commitment, worth a look in 2010, 44 OFP.
RHP, Deandre Smelter, R/R, 6'3 210, 12/3/1991, Tattnall Square Academy, Macon GA 2010, athletic build, also top football player should he decide to go that route, touched 94-95 on occ, most fb were 90-91, sometimes pin straight, sometimes with middle in life, a bit of a thrower at present, didn't look real confident w/his mechanics on the hill, got behind most hitters, interesting to watch, good academic kid as well, worth a look in 2010.
RHP, Kevin Gausman, L/R, 6'4 185, 1/6/1991, Grandview Aurora HS, Centennial CO 2010, lanky tall build with frame to get bigger and stronger in time, fb touched 93 on occ w/arm side run from upper 3/4 slot, also proper break on slider which is still in development stage, threw strikes, aggressive w/fb, has some sink to fb when down in zone, worth strong look in 2010, LSU in picture possibly, 40/50 fb, 30/40 cb, 40/50 slider, 40/50 control, 30/40 change, 46 OFP.
SS, Manny Machado, R/R, 6'3 190, 7/6/1992, Brito Miami Private HS, Hialeah FL 2010, live body, one of best bat speeds in tournament, pure swing w/raw power potential, ball jumps off his bat, level stroke, kept hands back on off speed pitches, runs better on the way, ran 4.31 from RH side, plus arm w/carry from SS and steady hands, covers laterally either side, going to be a good one quickly, 30/50 hitter, 40/50 power, 50 run, 60 arm, 50 field, 55 OFP, premium position.
OF, Austin Wilson, R/R, 6'4 215, 2/7/1992, Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles CA 2010, big and strong, type of frame to fill out in time, raw power and good bat speed, some loop in his swing, runs straightway better on the bases, 4.4 running time, showed ave ML arm strength, best suited either corner OF, college commit to Stanford, worth follow in 2010.
C/IF, Tony Wolters, L/R, 5'10 165, 6/9/1992, Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista CA, 2010, gamer, has quick twitch actions, runs ave and shows ave arm strength w/quick release, qk bat w/direct swing plane to be contact hitter, goes with pitch, not a power threat, can drive ball to alleys for extra bases, 4.2 from LH side, full effort player, will go as far as bat takes him.
3b/1b/OF Kris Bryant, R/R, 6'5 200, 1/4/1992, Bonanza HS, Las Vegas NV 2010, long swing, barrels up fb w/good bat speed, tends to chase everything, needs to take more pitches, runs well underway, ran 4.5 but appears faster, ave arm strength w/chance to be plus arm, decent glove actions, a baseball player, college in picture, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 40/40 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 48 OFP.
LHP, Logan Ehlers, L/L, 6'1 190, 10/30/1991, Nebraska City HS, NE 2010, have seen since his freshman year in HS in Nebraska, fb has improved from 84-87, to 87-90, to 89-91, best pitch is downer cb w/sharp bite and downward action to get hitters to chase and fool, aggressive on the hill, will tend to overthrow at times from 3/4 slot, chance to back of the end starter in ML, keep an eye on him for 2010.
C/1B/OF, Bryce Harper, L/R, 6'3 200, 10/16/1992, Las Vegas HS NV 2011, young hitter w/great approach and excellent bat speed, discipline as hitter, shows loft power to all fields, runs well underway, 4.3 time from LH side, plus arm strength, used sleeve to protect elbow when catching, catch and throw skills are one of best in tournament pop times ranged 1.88 to 1.95, has hitter written all over him and should be solid ML contributor in time, only 16 years old at present, 30/50 hit, 50/60 power, 50 run, 60 arm, 50/60 field, OFP 60 adjusted 4 pts.
3B/SS, Marcus Littlewood, S/R, 6'3 190, have seen for 3 years now in this event - has made little progress but tools to get into pro ball, college in picture. Pineview HS, St George UT, 2010.
LHP, Phillip Pfeifer III, L/L, 6' 190, 7/15/1992, Farragut HS, Knoxville TN 2011, crafty lefty w/pop on his fb from 3/4 slot, crosses body some in delivery, throws strikes, aggressive demeanor out of pen most fb were 87-88, touched 90 on occ, hard downer type cb at 72-76, control should improve in time, college commit as well to Vanderbilt, 2011, follow.
RHP, Michael Wacha, R/R, 6'5 195, 7/1/1991 Pleasant Grove HS, Texarkana TX 2009, tall rangy build, room to fill out, has live arm and sink on his fb, fb mostly 88-89, touched 92 on occ when down from upper 3/4 slot, also has proper spin on cb and change in development stage but effective at this level, will be worth solid look again, interesting for 2009.
2B/OF, Jadamion "J.D." Williams, S/R, 6'2 185, 11/20/1991, Brooks-DeBartalo HS, Tampa FL 2010, qk bat w/strength, loop in his swing, runs well underway, 4.1 from LH and arm strength w/carry from all positions, mostly took grounders at 2B, best suited for OF, 20/40 hit, 30/30 power, 50/50 runner, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 44 OFP.
RHP/1B, John Barbato III, R/R, 6'2 190, 7/11/1992, Felix Varela HS, Miami FL 2010, strong arm w/life on fb up in zone vs RHH, touched 92, most fb are 88-90, fair breaking ball cb w/bite, control developing, threw lots of pitches today, worth a look again 2010, college in picture possibly.
RHP, Adam Plutko, R/R, 6'3 180 - have seen now for 3 years - UCLA commit, worth a look again in 2010.
RHP, Bobby Wahl, R/R, 6'3 195, 3/21/1992, West Springfield HS, Springfield VA 2010, 3/4 slot fb w/live arm, most fb w/life and sink, easy to read slider that should improve with pitching instruction, most fb were 89-91, touched 92-93 on occ, slider was 77-79 w/bite, fair control at present, rushed everything on this day, has college in picture, worth look in 2010.
RHP, Cody Buckel, R/R, 6'1 170, 6/18/1992, Royal HS, Simi Valley CA 2010, aggressive, loose arm from upper 3/4 slot, touched 92 on occ, most fb 88-90, not afraid to throw inside, threw strikes, hard cb w/proper bite and control will improve up the ladder, worth look in 2010, 40/50 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control, 30/40 change, change still developing, 45 OFP.
SS/3B, Matt Duffy R/R, 6'2 170, 1/15/1991, Lakewood HS, Long Beach CA 2009, gamer w/solid fielding actions and arm strength, ran 4.3 on grounder, showed qk bat w/speed and strength, interesting player, eligible now.
OF, Reggie Golden, R/R, 5'10 210, 10/10/1991, Wetumpka HS AL 2010, second report, has tools to see again in 2010, running speed and bat strength.
RHP, Aaron Sanchez, R/R, 6'3 175, 7/1/1992, Barstow HS, CA 2010, tall, rangy build, wiry strong, fb w/hop, touched 92 on occ, most fb 89-90, has proper bite and rotation on cb 73-77, threw strikes for most part from upper 3/4 slot, should get better w/physical maturity, solid follow for 2010.
SS, Deion Williams, R/R, 6'3 180, 11/11/1992, Redan HS, Stone Mountain GA 2011, gamer, shows arm strength and bat speed, some loop in his swing, runs better underway, 4.3 from RH side, worth a follow for next 2 years.
OF, Albert Almora, R/R 6'3 180, 4/16/1994, Mater Academy, Hialeah FL 2012, gamer w/tools, skinny body w/deceptive strength, throws with carry from OF, ran 4.3 from RH side, qk bat w/strength, long swing at present direct path for contact, not fooled by fbs w/velo, worth strong follow next 2 years.
RHP, Tyler Beede, R/R, 6'4 200, 5/23/1993, Lawrence Academy, Auburn MA 2011, tall w/strong frame, upper 3/4 slot with downhill plane, fbs were 88-93, most were 89-90 early w/sink when down in zone, cb flat at times, other times w/proper bite and rotation to be solid out pitch, threw strikes, college commit to Vanderbilt, chance to be good draft next year, projectible body and delivery to get better, 40/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control 30/40 change, 52 OFP.
OF/1B, Travis Harrison, R/R 6'2 215, 10/17/1992, Tustin HS, Aliso Viejo CA 2011, second report, still improving, hitting tools are best attributes. Project to 4-7 rounds in 2011.
C, Austin Hedges, R/R, 5'10 160, 8/18/1992, Jserra HS, San Juan Capistrano CA 2011, game w/catch and throw skills, body type to get stronger w/maturity, 1.88 pop times, qk behind the dish, accurate throws and alert, looks born to catch, shows balanced stance w/qk bat and strength as hitter to develop further, 20/40 hit, 30/40 power, 50 runner, 60 arm, 50/60 field, 50 OFP.
LHP, Henry Owens, L/L, 6'5 185, 7/21/1992, Edison HS, Huntington Beach CA 2011, rangy lefty w/slight cross body delivery from 3/4 slot, fb w/life middle out touched 92 on occ w/fastball, most were 89-90, threw strikes and showed back door cb w/tight rotation, also teased a few straight changes, got ahead in counts, chance to be a good one in time, 3-4 man potential in ML rotation, 50/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control, 40/50 change, 55 OFP premium position, LHP.
3B/2B, Joshua Tobias, S/R, 5'9 195, 11/23/1992, Southeast Guilford HS, Greensboro NC 2011, gamer w/solid hitting mechanics, some strength for extra base power, runs well underway, 4.2 from LH side, throws have strength, fields position w/enough range to play corner or 2B in pro ball, will goes as far as bat carries him, worth a follow, college commit to Florida.
1B/C, Greg Bird, L/R, 6'4 220, 11/9/1992, Grandview HS, Aurora CO 2011, tall rangy build w/slight upper cut at plate with good balance and strength in his swing, squares up pitches, solid glove behind plate, stands to throw w/ave arm strength, pop times slightly below ave, 2.1, may have to move to corner position, ran 4.4 from LH side, better on the bases, worth solid follow for next season, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 30/30 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 50 OFP raised for premium position, and he can hit.
2B/SS, Gavin Cecchini, R/R, 6'1 165, 12/22/1993, Barbe HS, Lake Charles LA, 2012, strong follow w/good bloodlines, brother of Garrin Cecchini, Boston draft, this kid likes being out there, ran 4.2 from RH side and showed acc arm w/carry and made the plays up the middle, at the plate showed short compact swing w/occ power, tools are there to develop further in pro ball w/maturity, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 60 run, 50/60 arm, 50/60 field, 55 OFP.
RHP, Dillon Maples, R/R, 6'1 175, 5/9/1992, Pinecrest HS, West End NC 2011, have seen for 2 years now, closed off his delivery so he's more across his body than in past, fb command suffered, most fb were 90 today, have seen better from him, also cb a bit big, easy to read, has proper bite and rotation to develop further, will go as far as command and mechanic improve, follow for 2011.
RHP, Max Povse, R/R, 6'8 190, 8/23/1993, Green Hope HS, Apex NC 2011, tall, thin build w/deceptive strength, upper 3/4 slot fb touched 90, most were 87-89 w/sink when down, shows proper spin/bite on cb and occ straight change, throws strikes, has college commit to UNC-Greesnboro, interesting follow for 2011.
OF, Brian Ragira, R/R, 6'2 185, second season seeing him, not much different - college commit to Stanford, 1/22/1992, Martin HS, Arlington TX 2010.
3B/RHP, Dante Bichette Jr., R/R, 6'1 215, 9/26/1992, Orangewood Christian, Orlando FL 2011, strong body, has bat speed w/loop in swing, runs better underway, ave arm strength, fair actions as a fielder, best suited for 1B or LF, will go as far as bat improves, 4.5 runner out of box, follow for 2011.
RHP, Nick Burdi, R/R, 6'3 175, 5/26/1993, Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove IL 2011, live arm w/good arm speed, fb heavy, touches 94 on occ, most are 91-92 with boring action and sink, proper spin on slider, still developing off speed, aggressive demeanor, interesting follow for 2011, 50/60 fb, 40/50 slider, 50/60 control, 30/40 change, 55 OFP.
OF/RHP, Courtney Hawkins, R/R, 6'2 205, 11/12/1993, CC Carroll HS, Corpus Christi TX 2012, strong body, athletic, runs well underway, 4.2 from RH side, shows power in his swing, slight upper cut/loop, ave arm strength from the OF, touches 90 on hill, does not want to pitch, interesting follow next 2 years.
C/RHP, Daniel Mengden, R/R, 6'1 180, 2/19/1993, Westside HS, Houston TX 2011, live arm on hill from upper 3/4 slot, touches 90-91 w/fb, hard slider w/bite, control is adequate, as a receiver shows solid hands and good release to 2b, 1.95, knows how, hitting is biggest question, has fair bat speed w/strength, misses pitches he should square up, interesting follow, best shot as pitcher.
RHP, Christian Montgomery, R/R, 6'1 240, 11/20/1992, Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis IN 2011, live arm, touches 94 on occ, most true fb 90-91, shows hard slider w/bite, fair command of it, aggressive w/fastbaD
SS, Deion Williams, R/R, 6'3 180 - second season seeing him, some improvement w/arm strength, bat is question mark, will go as far as bat improves, Redan HS, Stone Mountain GA 2011
OF, Tyler Goeddel, R/R, 6'4 170, 10/20/1992, St. Francis HS, Hillsborough CA 2011, live body w/strength, qk bat, aggressive hitter, squares up pitches, runs well underway, 4.25 from RH side, arm w/carry best suited for corner OF spot, will need time to develop and grow into his body, definite follow for 2011.
C, Chris Harvey, R/R, 6'3 205, 3/10/1993, Germanton HS, Norristown PA 2011, tall, rangy build, plus arm strength and solid receiving skills, pop times 2.0 or less mostly, shifts and receives well, shows fair bat speed with idea as hitter, misses a lot of pitches he should square up, has college commit, worth a follow.
RHP, Joe Ross, R/R, 6'2 170, 5/21/1993, Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland CA 2011, live arm w/good arm speed, pitches from 3/4 slot, fb down on knees at 92 on occ, mostly 89-90, proper bite and rotation on cb, throws strikes, showed straight change in warmups, worth good look in 2011, brother of Tyson Ross.
LHP, Porter Clayton, L/L, 6'4 200, 5/22/1993, Bonneville HS, Idaho Falls ID 2011, live bodied, lefty from 3/4 slot, touches 90 on occ, most fb 87-88 with arm side run, spins breaking ball and throws strikes, college commit, keep an eye on him.
3B/1B/RHP, Joey Gallo, L/R, 6'4 195, 11/19/1993, Bishop Gorman HS, Henderson NV 2012, tall, rangy build w/strength, shows plus plus power and plus arm strength, can play corner infield and also on hill touches 92-93 on occ, long swing at plate w/plus bat speed, shows loft in swing for HR power, solid follow for next 2 years, 30/50 hit, 40/60 power, 40 run, 60 arm, 40/50 field, 55 OFP raised for power and arm strength.
RHP, Deshorn Lake, R/R, 6'1 180, 10/29/1993, Charlotte Amalie HS, Newport News VA 2011, have seen for 3 years, has arm strength and good arm speed, breaking pitches need work, tends to throw lots of pitches and rushes delivery and a little sling in his arm action, will touch 93 on occ, most fb true at 89-91, worth a follow.
RHP/OF, Michael Lorenzen, R/R, 6'1 175, 1/4/1993, Fullerton HS, Anaheim CA 2010, strong arm from OF w/ave speed, has fair bat speed as hitter w/pitch recognition, runs better on the way, 4.45 from RH side, might be best suited to pitch eventually, worth follow in 2010.
RHP, Kevin Moriarty, R/R, 6'5 175, 1/29/1993, Shorewood HS WA 2011, seen in spring, touches 91 on occ, live arm w/fair arm speed throws strikes, heavy fb when down, spins breaking ball, worth a look, team mate Blake Snell, lefty on same club to watch next year is probably better prospect. Keep an eye on these two for 2011.
C/IF, Tony Wolters, L/R, 5'10 165, 6/9/1992, Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista CA 2010, second straight year seeing him, plays hard and has that it factor, will go as far as his bat takes him, marginal tools but great makeup.
OF, Austin Cousino, L/L, 5'11 170, 4/17/1993, Dublin Coffman HS, Dublin OH 2011, hard nosed, runs well, better underway, 4.2 from left, marginal arm strength, can chase them down in CF, shows short compact swing, can go with pitch, decent discipline and pitch recognition, college commit to Kentucky, worth follow in 2011.
3B/SS/1B, Marcus Littlewood, S/R, 6'3 190, 3 straight years seeing him, still has tools to follow, Pineview HS, St. George UT 2010.
OF, Brandon Nimmo, L/R, 6'3 185, 3/27/1993, East HS, Cheyenne WY 2011, live body w/plus running speed straight away, shows enough arm strength and bat speed to be solid follow for next year, squares up pitches and goes opp field well, throws have carry and has ave range laterally, 4.2 runner from LH side, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 48 OFP.
LHP, Phillip Pfeifer III, L/L, 6'0 190, solid follow, college in picture, fb improved to 93 on occ, most are 89-90 with arm side run, sharp downer cb w/decent command, 7/15/1992, Farragut HS, Knoxville TN 2011.
C, Blake Swihart, S/R, 6'0 175, 4/3/1992, Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho NM 2011, solid catch and throw skills and one of best hitting approaches in tourney, 1.9 pop time and solid defensively, balances well receiving, shifts and throws w/accuracy, alert, short, compact swing, goes to all fields showed power to opp field, will be solid catch and throw guy, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 50 OFP premium position.
1B, Dan Vogelbach, L/R, 6'1 240, 12/17/1992, Bishop Verot HS, North Fort Myers FL 2011, solid hitter w/plus power, has arm strength and know how to field position, not fleet afoot but not a clogger, thick body, will go as far as bat takes him, can swing it, 30/50 hit, 50/60 power, 30 run, 40/40 arm, 40/50 field, 44 OFP.
SS, Francisco Lindor, S/R, 5'11 75, 11/14/1993, Montverde HS, Clermont FL 2011, solid fielding actions with plus range and instincts, arm w/carry and accuracy to stay at SS, ran 4.2 from LH side, shows qk compact swing from both sides of plate w/surprising strength for size, chance to be solid ML player in time, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 50/60 field, 55 OFP, premium position SS.
RHP, Lance McCullers, L/R, 6'1 180, 10/2/1993, Tampa Jesuit HS, Tampa FL 2012, strong, qk arm from 3/4 slot, max effort but maintains velo, touched 95, most fb 91-93 w/tail life vs RHH, hard downer cb with bite and command, showed straight change, did not use in game, has good bloodlines, father was ML pitcher Lance McCullers Sr, definite follow next 2 yrs, 60/70 FB, 40/50 CB, 40/50 control 30/50 change, 55 OFP.
RHP, John Simms, R/R, 6'3 190, 1/17/1992, College Park HS, The Woodlands TX 2010, sinker type fb from 3/4 slot, throws strikes and spins breaking ball, touches 92 on occ, most fb 88-90, strong frame to work with, has college commit to Rice, worth follow in 2010.
RHP, Robert Stephenson, R/R, 6'2 185, 2/24/1993, Alhambra HS, Martinez CA 2011, live, qk arm from upper 3/4, max effort, ball flies out of his hand, touched 94, most fb 91-92 w/life in vs RHH, also flashed sharp breaking ball w/fair command, has enough ability to warrant strong follow in 2011, type of frame to get bigger and stronger in time and add velo, easy arm action, 50/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control, 55 OFP.
RHP/1B/SS, AJ Vanegas, R/R, 6'3 205, 8/16/1992, Redwood Christian HS, Alameda CA 2010, second season seeing him, has hadded arm strength and has college in picture, worth follow next year.
OF, Jesse Winker, L/L, 6'2 180, 8/17/1993, Olympia HS, Windermere FL 2012, sound hitting mechanics, goes to opp field well, in out type swing w/power to alleys, runs fair, 4.4 from LH side, throws w/carry, near ave arm strength, will go as far as bat takes him, worth follow next 2 years, type of body to add more weight and strength, appears mature for his age.
LHP, Amir Garrett, R/L, 6'5 175, 5/3/1992, Leuzinger HS, Lawndale CA, 2011, tall, rangy build with deceptive strength, also basketball player, fb jumps out of his hand, touched 92 on occ, most fb 89-90 w/occ sink and middle out life vs RHH, showed hard bite on breaking ball, command needs work still, will gain from further instruction, high ceiling for improvement, strong follow for next season.
C, Taylor Gushue, S/R, 6'2 190, 12/19/1993, Calvary Christian, Boca Raton FL 2012, catch and throw type w/bat speed from both sides of plate, better right handed hitter, 1.95 pop time to 2b on steal attempt, shows ave arm strength w/carry and accuracy, fields position, shifts well laterally, has college interest, worth follow next 2 yrs.
C, Blake Hickman, R/R, 6'4 185, 10/29/1993, Simeon HS, Chicago IL 2012, solid catch and throw skills, arm is best attribute, loose arm swing, potential pitcher with that arm action, shows fair bat speed enough to get into lineup, 1.88-2.0 pop to 2b on steal attempts, interesting follow for next 2 years, will go as far as bat goes, if all else fails, put his arm on the bump. 20/40 hit, 30/50 power, 40 run, 60 arm, 40/50 field, 45 OFP.
LHP, Carlos Rodon, L/L, 6'2 210, 12/10/1992, Holly Springs HS, NC 2011, have followed him for 2 years now, fb has improved each year, 85-87 in 2009, to 88-91 this year, hard downer action slider and occ will show straight change, competes and throws strikes, loose from 3/4 slot, comes right at you, has college commit but open for pro ball, loves the game, project to get bigger w/his frame, 40/50 fb, 40/50 slider, 40/50 control, 40/50 change, 55 OFP adjusted lefty pitcher.
OF, Albert Almora, R/R, 6'1 170, 4/16/94, Mater Academy, Hialeah FL 2012, was listed last year at 6'3, seems more like 6'1, has deceptive strength at the plate, runs and throws well enough to be competent CF, will go as far as bat takes him, doesn't take many pitches, on the way runner, should improve up the ladder with patience, 30/50 hit, 30/50 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 50/60 field, 50 OFP.
LHP, Jake Drossner, R/L, 6'3 195, 5/16/94, Council Rock North HS, Richboro PA, live arm w/sneaky velocity, high 3/4 slot fb mostly 88-89, touched 90 a few times, rolls cb up there, needs to get sharper and add depth to it, throws strikes and competes, keep an eye on him, type of arm that may be late developer.
LHP, Stephen Gonsalves, L/L, 6'5 180, 7/8/94, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Marcos CA, 2013, lanky lefty from 3/4 slot, sneaky qk arm w/near ave vel, most fb are 87-89, touches 92 on occ, back door type breaking ball, at times falls off the table, throws strikes, shows good coordination for a tall lefty, gets ahead in counts, worth follow next 2 years.
3B, Rio Ruiz, L/R, 6'2 195, 5/22/94, Bishop Amat HS, Covina CA 2012, shows plus bat speed and decent balance at the plate, goes with pitch well, can turn on inside fb, runs well underway, 4.3 from LH side, arm w/carry from corner, will go as far as bat takes him, has college commit as well.
LHP, Kyle Twomey, L/L, 6'3 165, 12/29/93, El Dorado HS, Placentia CA 2012, slender lefty from 3/4 slot with good arm speed and loose, fb w/arm side run, touches 90 on occ, most fb 87-89, spins breaking ball and is around the plate, needs time to develop, frame to get stronger with physical maturity, follow.
OF/RHP, Courtney Hawkins, R/R, 6'3 220, 11/12/93, CC Carroll HS, Corpus Christi TX 2012 Corpus Christi Carroll Corpus Christi, Texas - second straight yr seeing him, he's bigger and stronger and has improved his pitch recognition, still shows upper cut in his swing w/power to all fields, he runs well, better on the bases and has a strong accurate throwing arm, chance to be an everyday ML OF in time, needs times to hone his offensive skills.
RHP, Ty Hensley, S/R, 6'4 220, 7/30/93, Santa Fe HS, Edmond OK 2012, tall slender build, room to fill out, shows plus fb velo from upper 3/4 slot, some lower body stiffness and crosses body some, jams landing heel causing eratic command of all his pitches, fb touched 94, most fb are straight and 90-92, sharp bite on breaking ball which is still developing and he cuts his fb at times, worth a strong look for 2012.
SS, CJ Hinojosa, S/R, 5'11 175, 7/15/94, Klein Collins HS, Spring TX 2012, smooth field with lateral range and sure hands, shows ML arm strength, better quickness than speed, shows qk bat with upper cut/loop in his swing, stance and balance need work, strength is there to hit, mechanics need help, 4.3 runner from LH quicker on the bases, solid college player with marginal pro ability, pocket follow for 2012.
OF, Rhett Wiseman, L/R, 6'1 195, 6/22/94, Buckingham Browne & Nichols HS, Mansfield MA 2012, gamer w/bat speed and strength, straight away stance with balance and qk hands at the plate, ball jumps off his bat, power to alleys, more of extra base hit type power, occ HR in future, runs well underway, 4.2 solid ave, throws have carry w/acc, slightly below ave at present, shows good jumps and instincts in OF, suited for corner OF or fill in at CF, will be solid player in next 3-4 years, 30/60 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, 54 OFP.
LHP, Jack Wynkoop, L/L, 6'6 190, 11/2/93, Cape Henry Collegiate, Virginia Beach VA, 2012, tall slender built lefty with loose arm from 3/4 slot, not a quick arm but ball is lively out of his hand, sinker type fb with arm side run, throws strikes and strength is his command to throw pitches to where he wants to keep hitters off balance, shows slurvy breaking ball which will turn into a slider, also shows makings of straight change which could be solid 3rd pitch in time, follow for 2012, college S Carolina.
SS/C/OF, Alex Bregman, R/R, 5'11 180, Albuquerque Academy, NM 2012, hard nosed player with max effort, leaves it all on the field, shows excellent bat speed w/qk hands, drives the ball to alleys, raw strength for LD type power, runs solid ave from RH side, 4.3, better on the bases, arm is accurate and enough to play SS, best suited for 3B/2B or LF, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, aggressive player, OF 48, chance to be a good one in time.
RHP, Lucas Giolito, R/R, 6'6 225, 6/14/94, Harvard-Westlake HS, Santa Monica CA, power arm with arm side run from upper 3/4 slot, plus velo, can reach back for more when he wants, shows hard break on cb, makings of straight change, surprising control for his size, qk arm, chance to be very good in 3-4 years, 60/60 FB, 40/50 CB, 50/50 control, 30/50 change, 55 OFP.
C, Jeremy Martinez, R/R 5'11 195, 12/29/94, Mater Dei HS, Fountain Valley CA, 2013, saw in spring tourney for NHSI, can catch and throw and has proper mechanics to be catcher at the next level, shows short, compact swing w/power to LF alley, chance to be ML hitter, some stance/mechanics similar to Albert Pujols, ran 4.6, solid follow w/college commit in the picture, will keep an eye on him next 2 years.
C/1B, Stryker Trahan, L/R, 6'1 215, 4/25/94, Acadiana HS, Scott LA, 2012, strong, durable build, can really run once underway, shows ML arm strength, actions are a bit stiff w/lower body, shows short compact swing, a bit stiff w/swing, raw power during BP, didn't translate to game, but enough raw tools here to follow, pluses are his running ability, arm strength and physical strength, needs time to develop, follow for 2012.
RHP, Mitchell Traver, R/R, 6'7 245, 5/3/94, Houston Christian HS, Sugar Land TX, 2012, Loose arm from 3/4 slot, fb touched 92, most were 89-90 w/sink in on RHH, also proper spin and rotation on cb and threw strikes, should add more velo as he repeats his delivery more and gains more confidence in his ability, 50/60 FB, 40/50 cb, 40/50 CONTROL, 30/40 change, 50 OFP, college commit TCU, 2012.
RHP, Walker Weickel, R/R, 6'6 200, 11/14/93, Olympia HS, Orlando FL, 2012, loose righty w/thin frame, 3/4 slot, fb down w/sink arm side run, touches 91-92 on occ, most fb 88-90, spins breaking ball properly, in development stage still, control is fair, should improve with more work, on one of top HS programs for 2012, interesting follow.
OF, Nick Williams, L/L, 6'2 185, 9/8/93, Galveston Ball HS, TX 2012, doesn't take many pitches, has a qk bat w/level stroke, can drive ball to all fields, runs well underway, 4.18 from LH side, in CF shows ML arm strength, enough instincts to stay in CF, might be best suited for corner OF in time, will be one of better athletes and hitters for 2012, 30/60 hit, 40/50 power, 50/50 run, 50/50 arm, 40/50 field, 52 OFP, chance for early draft in 2012.
OF/1B, Jesse Winker, L/L, 6'3 200, 8/17/93, Olympia HS, Orlando FL, 2012, second season seeing him, he's bigger and stronger, shows a bit better arm strength and better feel for going with the pitch as a hitter, chance to be extra OF or fill in at 1B at ML level in time. Don't rush him.
RHP, Kyle Funkhouser, R/R, 6'3 195, 3/16/94, Oak Forest HS, ILL, 2012, college commit to Louisville, loose righty from H 3/4 slot, fb with tail and sink when down in zone, shows proper spin and feel for cb or slider, right now slurve type breaking ball, throws strikes, eratic command at present, jams front heel, workable delivery, chance to be very good in 3-4 years, 40/50 FB, 30/50 SL, 40/50 Control, 30/40 Change, 50 field, 50 OFP.
C, Chris Harvey, R/R, 6'5 220, 3/10/93, Germantown Academy, Norristown PA, 2012, 3rd year seeing him, still worth a follow after college development.
RHP, Jared Price, R/R, 6'2 185, 10/5/93, Twin Valley HS, Mohnton PA 2012, loose from 3/4 slot, throws strikes, fb touched 90, most were 87-89 with middle in life on RHH, has feel for breaking ball and control is there and chance to get better, interesting follow for 2012.
C/1B, Nelson Rodriguez, R/R, 6'2 225, 6/12/94, George Washington HS, New York NY, 2012, have seen for 3 years, team mate of OF Fernylys Sanchez, Nelly has plus raw power and qk bat with quiet approach, straight away stance, chance to be a ML hitter, show decent balance and good strength in his hands, throws well enough to catch, better suited for 1B, limited range and hands as receiver, best attribute is his bat, 30/50 hit, 40/60 power, 20 run, 40/50 arm, 30/40 field, 45 OFP, will go as far as his bat develops.
3B/1B/LF, Drew Ward, L/R, 6'3 190, 11/25/94, Leedey HS, OK, 2014, mature, physically, shows qk bat w/strength, uses hands well at the plate, goes to all fields, fair runner, near ave arm strength, should grow a bit more and add more strength, fundamentally sound, will go as far as bat develops.
SS, Corey Seager, L/R, 6'3 195, 4/27/94, Northwest Cabarrus HS, Kannapolis NC 2012, have seen for 2 years now, sound hitting approach with ability to hit to all fields w/surprising power, ball jumps off his bat, runs well underway, 4.25 from LH side, ML arm strength w/lateral range and sure hands, knows how, good bloodlines, will be a special player in time, 30/60 hit, 40/50 power, 50 run, 50/60 arm, 40/50 field, 57 OFP raised for bat and instincts.
RHP, Michael Shawaryn, R/R, 6'2 190, 9/17/94, Gloucester Catholic HS, Carneys Point NJ 2013, 3/4 slot w/decent command of his pitches, fb mostly 87-89 with sink and run in on RHH, touched 90 on occ, hard slider he can spot and he cuts his fb, competitor, college commit Maryland, follow for next 2 years.
RHP, Nick Travieso, R/R, 6'2 205, 1/31/94, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Pembroke Pines FL 2012, bulldog type, 3/4 slot w/fb touched 92-93, most fb were 90-91, some effort at times in delivery, fb has arm side run in on RHH, straight up in zone, hard slider, 77-80, Fla.
LHP, Max Fried, L/L, 6'3 170, 1/18/94, Montclair Prep HS, Encino CA, 2012, live arm, thin build, room to get stronger in time, project to 6'4 200, easy arm action, crosses body some from 3/4 slot, touches 91-92 on occ, most fb were 88-90 with arm side run, cb w/bite and proper spin, throws strikes, no fear, aggressive on hill, control is there and will improve with pro exposure, transfering to Harvard-Westlake HS next season, strong follow.
1B/3B/RHP, Joey Gallo, L/R, 6'5 205, 11/19/93, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas NV 2012, second yr seeing, plus power hitter with very good arm strength, loves hitting more than pitching, should develop into a solid ML hitter.
OF, Tate Matheny, R/R 5'11 170, 2/9/94, Westminster Christian HS, Rockwall TX 2012, good bloodlines, shows compact swing w/strength, qk hands as hitter, recognition of pitches, runs better underway, 4.4 from RH, shows arm strength and know how in OF, college commit, keep an eye on him.
RHP, Teddy Stankiewicz, R/R, 6'4 200, 11/25/93, Southwest Christian HS, Fort Worth TX 2012, live arm from 3/4 slot, fb touches 92 on occ, most are 89-90, has proper spin and feel on slider, cuts fb at times, tends to rush delivery some causing eratic command of pitches, work in progress, strong follow.
LHP, Hunter Virant, R/L, 6'3 175, 1/22/94, Camarillo HS, CA 2012, loose arm, slight hook in back swing, 3/4 slot with arm strength, touches 91-92, most fb 88-90 with some sink when down in zone, aggressive w/fb, showed bite and rotation on cb, needs time, UCLA commit.
SS/2B, Mikey White, R/R, 6'1 185, 9/3/93, Spain Park HS, Hoover AL, 2012, gamer, aggressive, makes the plays w/instincts, shows ave to plus arm strength, runs well underway, 4.3, has qk bat, balance tends to get out front on slow stuff, college commit, follow for 2012.
SS/2B, Gavin Cecchini, R/R, 6'1 180, 12/22/93, Barbe HS, Lake Charles LA, 2012, second year seeing him, he's bigger and stronger and still developing, will be solid ML player in time, don't rush him. 1-3 round projection for 2012.
OF, David Dahl, L/R, 6'2 185, 4/1/94, Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham AL, live bat w/strength, runs well underway, 4.1 from LH, throws w/carry from OF, can play any OF position, will go as far as bat goes, keeps hands back and balances well at plate, has trouble w/pitch recognition at times, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 60 run, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, 50 OFP.
RHP, Carson Fulmer, R/R, 6'1 190, 12/13/93, All Saint's Academy, Lakeland FL 2012, max effort competitor, 3/4 slot, fb w/boring action middle in on RHH, touches 93, most are 90-91, throws strikes, has tight rot on cb and uses straight change, chance to be good in time, back end of ML rotation or bullpen closer due to max effort, sustains velo for 3 innings, 50/50 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control 40/50 change, 50 OFP, listed at 6'1, more like 5'11, Vanderbilt commit.
C, Taylor Gushue, S/R, 6'2 190, 12/19/93, Calvary Christian, Boca Raton FL 2012, another repeat from previous year, shows better feel for catching and plus arm strength, 1.9 pop time, bat needs some help still, college commit, strong follow in 2012.
C, Chris Okey, R/R, 6'0 170, 12/29/94, Eustis HS, Mt Dora FL 2013, gamer, leaves it all out there, throws w/accuracy and carry, no fear, shows lateral range, keeps bad pitches in front, 1.88-2.0 pop times, qk bat w/good hands as hitter, strength to add power in time, not a base threat, ran 4.55 from RH side, not a clogger, worth strong follow next 2 years.
LHP/OF, Rock Rucker, L/L, 6'5 220, Redan HS, Marietta GA 2012, saw at Breakthrough series last yr, two things that stick out is his arm strength and raw power, needs improvement on pitch recognition, stance and aggressiveness, has a feel for pitching, all in development stage, college commit.
SS/3B, Addison Russell, R/R, 6'0 185, 1/23/94, Pace HS, FL, 2012, might be closer to 5'10, strong, qk hands and strength, shows good lateral range and glove, arm strength is solid ave, bat probably his best tool, tends to chase bad pitches, but aggressive and he can learn as he grows w/the game, 30/50 hit, 30/50 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 40/50 glove, 50 OFP.
RHP, Lucas Sims, R/R, 6'2 195, 5/10/94, Brookwood HS, Lawrenceville GA, 2012, saw in spring at NHSI, shows hard cb and sneaky qk fastball, touches 93 on occ, most fb 89-91 w/command, also straight change and slider, uses all 4 pitches in game, lands on stiff leg at times causing eratic command, lots of things to like, bring him along slowly, 50/60 FB, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control, 40/50 Slider, 40/50 change, 50 OFP.
OF, DJ Stewart, L/R, 6' 215, 11/30/93, Bolles School, Jacksonville FL 2012, can swing the bat, drives the ball where it's pitched, strong, qk bat w/balance as a hitter, runs well underway, 4.3 from LH side, hitting ability will take him to next level, fair fielder with fair arm strength, will end up in LF or 1B in pro ball, has college commit, interesting follow.
1B/OF, Zackary Fields, R/R 6'4 225, 1/3/94, Annappolis HS, Dearborn Heights MI, 2012, has good bloodlines, strong durable body, runs well underway, 4.4 from RH side, at plate has bat speed and strength, attacks the FB, has troubles with off-speed but keeps hands back, strong throwing arm, will end up playing an OF corner, strong follow for next year.
C, Blake Hickman, R/R, 6'4 200, 10/29/93, Simeon HS, Chicago ILL, second year in a row seeing him, stronger and better arm, still loose with arm, 1.88 pop, has bat speed and raw strength, college commit, plus plus arm strength to work with. Follow!
C, Darrell Miller Jr., R/R 6'1 200, 9/29/93, Servite HS, Yorba Linda CA, 2012, son of former ML Catcher, plays hard, durable frame, will get bigger, qk release to 2b, 1.9 mostly, has bat speed and decent pitch recognition as a hitter, raw power, has college interest, will need time to develop in pro ball.
RHP, Phillip Bickford, R/R, 6'4 195, 07/10/95, Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village CA 2013, loose, qk arm from 3/4, will touch 93 on occ, most fb true 89-91, occ arm side run in on RHH, sharp break on slider in development stage, tends to overthrow at times, delivery from 3/4 slot needs work w/pro instruction, strong follow for next year.
RHP, Dustin Driver, R/R, 6'2 210, 10/11/94, Wenatchee HS WA, 2013, thick buiild w/loose, strong arm from upper 3/4 slot, touched 93, most fb 89-91 with some sink when down, tends to rush delivery, has proper spin on cb and makings of straight change, needs time to develop, good follow for next year.
LHP, Stephen Gonsalves, L/L, 6'5 180, 07/08/94, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Marcos CA 2013, saw last year, added some mph to fb, better cb with back door action, will be solid ML pitcher in time.
C, Alex Jackson, R/R, 6'2 215, 12/25/95, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego CA 2014, strong build w/short compact swing w/power, balance is ok and keeps hands back, throws with carry, not quick behind plate throwing wise, does block the ball and shifts laterally ok, young, will have to work more on release and receiving skills or move to 1B in pro ball, will go as far as bat takes him.
LHP, Carson Sands, L/L, 6'3 190, 03/28/95, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, FL 2014, added a couple mph to fb since LY, touched 92 most were 88-91, also proper bite and rotation on cb and threw strikes, not overpowering, crosses body some in delivery, needs time to develop, fair move to 1b.
OF, William Abreu, L/L 6'2 195, 03/21/95, Mater Academy, Hialeah FL, 2013, nice size and skills package, shows bat speed and raw strength as a hitter with playable ML arm for corner OF, not a speedster, ran 4.4 from LH side, has interesting ability to watch as a follow in college for sure.
SS, "Nick" Nicholas Gordon, R/R, 6'1 155, 10/24/95, 2014, Olympia HS, Orlando, Fla, same team as Weickel & Winker, young brother of Dee Gordon, son of Tom Gordon, former ML pitcher, this young man runs very well and has a solid arm which shows plus and has range, bat still developing, he has bat speed and quickness, has yet to fill out physically, on the mound he touched 91-92 a few times, will go as far as bat develops or have to convert to pitching.
LHP, John Kilichowski, L/L, 6'5 185, 05/17/94, 2013, Tampa Jesuit, Tampa FL, commit to Vanderbilt, tall, lanky, loose from 3/4 slot, fb gets up on you, hides ball well, fb has arm side run, touches 89-90 on occ most are 86-88, also spins the breaking ball and throws strikes, not overpowering, but knows how to pitch, definitely worth a follow and shot down the line as a ML pitcher.
C, Chris Okey, R/R, 6'0 180, 12/29/94, Clemson signee, 2013,Eustis HS, Mt. Dora FL - second year in a row, he's gotten a lil bigger, stronger and will be a solid college catcher and if bat comes around he'll be a solid early to mid round draft for some ML club.
RHP, Keegan Thompson, R/R, 6'3 185, Auburn signee, 03/13/95, 2013, Cullman HS, AL, first seen at Idenification series, has some arm speed and deceptive from 3/4 slot, a lil violence in delivery, fb will sink when down touches 90 on occ, most are 87-88 and spins curveball and throws strikes, aggressive, ground ball/pop up guy, not overpowering, knows how to pitch, must be weary of delivery, has shot at pro ball after college.
OF/1B, Justin Williams, L/R, 6'2 220, 08/20/95, 2013, Terrebonne HS, Houma LA, interesting follow, has bat speed w/crude approach to hitting, arm strength and on the way runner, will have to follow, college potentially in the picture.
LHP, Garrett Williams, L/L, 6'3 185, 09/15/94, 2013, Calvalry Baptist HS, Shreveport LA, lefty w/looseness and upper 3/4 slot with middle out life vs RHH, touched 91 most fb 88-89 with some sink when down, shows proper bite and spin on cb, not overpowering, still in development stage, must bring along slowly, chance to be solid ML pitcher in time after college.
OF, Corey Ray, L/L, 6' 185, 09/24/94, 2013, Simeon HS, Chicago ILL, from former colleagues' LeRoy Franklin's team, Corey has some tools, qk bat with deceptive strength, tends to pull off the ball some, runs well, better on the way, 4.2 from LH side, much better straight away, arm has strength w/carry to all bases, can play CF, may have to move to corner OF, not real instinctive as a fielder, but gets the job done, U of Louisville commit, will go as far as bat takes him, frame to get stronger w/maturity, 20/40 hit, 30/40 power, 60 runner, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, 48 OFP.
RHP, Ryan Castellani, R/R, 6'4 190, 04/01/96, Brophy Prep, Phoenix AZ, loose righty with some pop when down, most fb 87-88 touched 90 a few times from 3/4 slot, has spin and rotation on cb and throws strikes, easy delivery w/some slight cross body angle, need to see again.
C/1B, Zack Collins, L/R, 6'2 205, 02/06/95, 2013, American Heritage HS, Plantation FL, thick build, will get bigger, can swing the bat w/raw strength and power, not a good runner, shows near ave ML arm strength and sure hands, not quick behind the plate, can catch, more suited to play 1B at the next level, will go as far as bat takes him, saw also in NHSI tourney, 30/50 hit, 40/60 power, 20/20 run, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, 46 OFP, U of Miami commit.
RHP, Daulton Jefferies, L/R, 5'11 160, 08/02/95, 2013, Buhach Colony HS, Atwater CA, little guy with arm strength and good arm speed from 3/4 slot, touched 90 a few times, most fb were 87-88 with arm side run in on RHH, spins breaking ball w/bite and rotation, has college commit, good bloodlines, must keep an eye on him, some similarities to Sonny Gray, doesn't throw as hard, but may some day, only 16 years old. as present.
RHP, Touki Toussaint, R/R, 6'1 185, 06/20/96, 2014, Coral Springs Christian HS, Coral Springs FL, qk arm from upper 3/4 slot, eratic command as he rushes lower half during delivery falls off to 1b side, showed ML velo at times, most fb were 90, touched 94 a few times, young, 2 years to follow him, shows proper bite on cb, not much bite just yet, still developing, just turned 16 years old.
, IF/OF/RHP, Jack Flaherty, R/R, 6'3 185, 10/15/95, 2014, Harvard-Westlake HS, North Hollywood CA, saw in NHSI as well, shows good actions at SS and 3B, qk bat w/deceptive strength, ran 4.45 from RH side, should be at least an ave runner w/added strength and maturity, also pitched, touched 88 mostly w/fb with some sink and arm side run, loose with easy delivery and arm action, definite follow for next two years, 2 way possibility.
RHP, Chris Oakley, R/R, 6'8 220, 08/20/94, 2013, St. Augustine Prep, Egg Harbor NJ, has college commit to North Carolina, tall and lanky w/decent arm speed from 3/4 slot, touched 91, most fb were 88, not much movement, easy to read, proper spin on breaking ball and threw strikes, didn't miss many bats, has some projection in him still, will need to follow.
1B/3B/OF, Drew Ward, L/R, 6'3 190, 11/25/94, 2014, Leedey HS, OK, from same town as former Oklahoma State SS, Monty Farris, 3rd year seeing him, still can hit, not much progress except getting bigger and stronger each year, will go as far as bat takes him.
C, Nick Ciuffo, L/R, 6'2 190, 03/07/95, 2013, Lexington HS, SC, leaves it all out there, good baseball presence, aggressive, blocks pitches, right at 2.0 on release most times, near ave ML arm strength, quick release, as a hitter, shows bat speed w/pitch recognition and some strength to hit for ave and occ power to alleys, not a threat to run, interesting follow for next year.
SS, Andy McGuire, R/R, 6'1 190, 12/02/94, 2013, James Madison HS, Viena VA, strong arm and straight away runner, shows bat speed w/raw strength, ave actions as a fielder, range limited, may end up at 3B or 2B in pro ball, will go as far as bat develops, college commit.
LHP, Andrew (AJ) Puk, L/L, 6'6 195, 4/25/95, 2013, Washington HS, Cedar Rapids IA, loose from 3/4 slot, long arm action w/arm speed and decent velo touching 92 most fb 90 with some sink when down in zone, also proper spin and bite on slider, downward action, tends to recoil and land on heel causing eratic control, enough there to develop further, 40/50 fb, 30/50 cb, 30/50 control, college commit Florida, chance to be good w/maturity.
RHP, Logan Shore, R/R, 6'2 200, 12/28/94, 2013, Coon Rapids HS, MINN, arm strength and arm speed w/easy 3/4 slot delivery, fb jumps out of hand, velo mostly upper 80's, more in the tank, also spins breaking ball properly and has a good feel for pitching, also position player, better as RHP, college commit to Florida, keep an eye on him.
SS/2B, Cavan Biggio, L/R, 6'1 180, 04/11/95, 2013, St. Thomas HS, Houston TX, son of Craig Biggio, this kid can swing the bat, has strength good hands at the plate, pitch recognition and eye/hand coordination, runs fair, not a burner, knows how, 4.4 from LH side, has arm strength arm should develop to ave, shows ave hands and know how as a fielder, best suited for 2B or 3B, will add power as he learns to lift in his swing, college commit Notre Dame, very good makeup.
LHP, Hunter Green, L/L, 6'4 170, 7/12/95, 2013, Warren East HS, Bowling Green KY, tall lefty with arm strength, straight up and down delivery from 3/4 slot, touches 92 on occ, most fb 88-90 w/some sink when down, also can spin the breaking ball, rushes delivery, drags arm some, worrisome about potential arm problems, frame is skinny, has college commit.
RHP, Kyle Serrano, R/R, 6'1 190, 7/06/95, 2013, Farragut HS, Knoxville TN, son of U of Tenn coach, loose qk arm from 3/4 slot, fb has middle in life in on RHH, touched 91 most fb upper 80's, big hands and feet, may grow a lil more, added velo w/maturation, spins hard cb, a bit eratic, at times rushes delivery, when it's all together, he's tough to pick up as a hitter, can go to school for free upon graduation, good makeup.
1B/3B, Pete Alonso, R/R, 6'3 215, 12/07/94, 2013, Plant HS, Tampa FL, strong hands, shows plus power, has arm strength and fair runner, has bat speed, chance to develop further w/instruction.
LHP, Evan Anderson, L/L, 6'4 195, 1/25/95, 2013, Dale HS OK, loose arm, 3/4 slot, fb w/arm side run, will touch 90 on occ, most fb 87-88, proper bite and spin on cb and decent control, x-body some, keep an eye on him next year, also college commit.
OF, Ryan Boldt, L/R, 6'1 185, 11/22/94, 2013, Red Wing HS MINN, college commit to Nebraska, has sound hitting approach w/strength in his swing, frame to get bigger and stronger w/maturity, near ave ML arm, runs well underway, ran 4.2 from LH side, has pull power, goes w/pitch to opp field, solid follow for next year, 30/50 hit, 30/50 power, 50 run, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, 50 OFP.
LHP, Ian Clarkin, L/L, 6'2 185, 2/14/95, 2013, James Madison HS, San Diego CA, appears taller than listed size, has loose arm, crosses body, no effort in delivery, live arm from 3/4 slot, fb touched 91, most were 86-88 with some sink when down, proper spin on cb and threw strikes, tended to rush a bit, definitely worth another look in 2013.
OF/SS, Anfernee Grier, R/R, 6'0 170, 10/13/95, 2013, Russell County HS, Seale AL, saw in spring at NHSI, toolsy player with aggressiveness and wiry strong frame to get better in time, qk bat w/direct contact, no fear, runs well underway, ran 4.27 from RH side, arm strength and know how in the field, could move to CF or 2B in pro ball, great makeup, college commit as well.
3B/SS, Ryder Jones, L/R, 6'3 190, 6/07/94, 2013, Stillwater HS, OK, will move to North Carolina, father is college coach, Ryder shows ave arm strength and fundamental hit skills w/deceptive strength, runs ave at best, 4.4 from RH side, will have to play corner, don't know if there is enough power for 3B, shows ave velo on occ as RHP, definitely worth a follow next year.
LHP, Robert Kaminsky, S/L, 6'0 190, 9/02/94, 2013, St. Joseph HS, Englewood Cliffs NJ, smaller than listed size, qk arm w/ML velo, touched 93 on occ, most fb down on knees from 90-91 consistently, hard downer cb w/bite and command, chance to be solid pitcher, 50/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control 40/50 change, 52 OFP, raised, lefty w/solid delivery and arm action.
C, Jeremy Martinez, R/R, 5'11 190, 12/29/94, 2013, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana CA, seen once again, has gotten stronger but tools are about the same, will go as far as bat takes him.
RHP, Cameron Varga, R/R, 6'3 185, 8/19/94, 2014, IMG Academy, Bradenton FL, loose, qk arm from 3/4, touches 94 on occ, most fb are straight w/arm side run in on RHH, 90-91, spins breaking ball, eratic release points, crosses body and rushes some, definite ability to watch again.
RHP, Brandon Murray, Hobart, IN, 2014, R/R, 6'2 195, loose, qk arm w/deceptive delivery, fb touches 92, most are 88-89 with command, best pitch is straight change, split effect and he has proper bite and rotation on cb, throws strikes and from 3/4 slot, should develop further, solid follow for next year.
RHP, Michael Kopech, Mount Pleasant, TX, Mount Pleasant HS, 2014, R/R, 6'3 185, reported on once, has loose, qk arm from 3/4 slot, fb touches 92, most fb are 88-89 w/arm side run, spins breaking ball and throws strikes, will rush delivery on occ, definite follow in next 2 years.
IF/RHP, Jack Flaherty, Burbank, CA, CA Harvard Westlake, 2014,R/R, 6'3 210, one of my favorites in my 33 year career as a scout, he does everything easy and he loves the game and is a quiet competitor who gets the job done, more projection as a pitcher, has 2 way potential. 2 years left to develop with no ceiling.
RHP, Kyle Molnar, Aliso Viejo CA Aliso Niguel HS, 2015, R/R 6'2 195, qk arm from upper 3/4 slot, touches 92, most fb are straight at 89-90, dart thrower with proper bite on cb, throws strikes, aggressive, will follow for next to years, has good projection left.
SS, Cole Tucker, Phoenix AZ Mountain Pointe HS, 2014, S/R, 6'2 185, can swing the bat, best from LH side of plate, has alley power, not a HR threat but will develop added power with physical maturity to hit occ HR, goes w/pitch, sprays the ball around, smooth fielder with good glove action, runs solid ave, a tad quicker on bases, solid throwing arm to plus, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 50 run, 50/60 arm, 40/50 glove, 50 OFP.
SS/OF, Jacob Gatewood, Clovis CA Clovis HS, 2014, R/R, 6'5 190, tall, rangy, runs well and has solid arm strength, best suited for OF, plays 3B/1B and SS, also RHP, long sweeping swing w/bat speed and raw strength, ran 4.2 from RH side, plus runner, much better on the base paths, developmental guy w/raw tool package to follow.
C, Chase Vallot, R/R, 5'11 210, Chase-Youngsville LA, St. Thomas More HS, 2014, strong durable body, qk and acc throwing arm to 2b, sub 2.0 release, ranges well behind dish and alert, not much got by him in the dirt, at plate has short compact swing w/strength for alley power, dead pull hitter but will go opp field, college commit, mid to late round type projection, 30/50 hit, 30/50 power, 30 run, 50/50 arm, 40/50 glove, 47 OFP.
SS/3B, Joe Dunand, Miami FL Gulliver Prep HS, 2014, R/R, 6'1 195, short swing w/strength and qk hands, runs solid ave 4.3, near ave arm and has enough range and the hands for SS, may end up at 2B in pro ball or the OF, should get stronger w/physical maturation, college commit, N C State, strong follow.
C/RHP, Ryder Ryan, Huntersville NC North Mecklenburg Sr. HS, 2014, R/R, 6'1 205, stocky strong build, has arm strength and idea on the hill, fb touches 92 on occ mostly true fb easy to read, not much deception and spins breaking ball, best shot as catcher, 2.0 pop time and has fundamentals down as a catcher, know how, range seemed limited, enough skills to keep an eye on for next year.
OF, Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit MO Lees Summit West HS, 2014, R/R, 6'2 200, smooth, athletic runner, 4.1 from RH side, shows plus arm strength from OF and raw hitting tools w/strength in his swing, developmental guy with enough tools to warrant 1-3 round projection for next year. Solid football prospect as well.
LHP, Carson Sands, Tallahassee FL North Florida Christian School, 2014, L/L, 6'4 205, have seen 2 years now, touches 92 on occ, proper spin on cb and throws strikes, not much improvement in velo in 2 years, command of pitches is better, work in progress, college committ, Florida St.
LHP, Brady Aiken, Cardiff By The Sea CA Cathedral Catholic, 2014, L/L, 6'2 210, loose qk arm from 3/4, locks elbow in back swing causing eratic release points and late with arm in delivery, fb has late movement touching 93 on occ, most fb 91-92 early, cb w/bite and proper spin to be ave pitch, all pitches from 3/4 slot, will have to keep an eye on his delivery, some effort and arm action concerns, early round projection.
RHP, Griffin Canning, Coto De Caza CA Santa Margarita HS, 2014, R/R, 6'1 165, aggressive righty w/loose qk arm and deceptive from 3/4 slot, has college commit, fb mostly 88-89 with sink when down in zone, will touch 91 on occ, also spins cb well enough to be 2nd pitch and straight change shows flashes of development, UCLA commit, keep an eye on him, frame to get stronger with natural maturation.
RHP, Joe DeMers, Martinez CA College Park HS, 2015, R/R, 6'0 205, thick, durable build, loose arm with live sinking fb touches 92 on occ most are 88-90, throws strikes and competes, spins slider and cuts fb on occ, best attribute is he throws strikes and fields position, college commit, chance to develop further.
RHP, Ryan Castellani, Phoenix AZ Brophy College Prepatory, 2014, R/R, 6'3 200, second year seeing, listed at 6'3 this year after 6'4 last year, he's tall and lean w/durable frame, enough stuff and arm action to keep an eye on to develop further.
RHP, Cole Sands, Tallahassee FL North Florida Christian School, 2015, R/R 6'2 200, loose arm from upper 3/4 slot fb touches 91, most are 87-88 with some arm side run, spin and rot proper on cb and throws strikes, will need time to develop secondary pitch and improve command.
1B/OF, Braxton Davidson, Arden NC TC Roberson HS, 2014, L/L, 6'3 210, swings the bat, has power to alleys and discipline as a hitter, lower half of body heavy legged, runs ok on the bases underway, not a burner, has ave to better than ave arm strength, will end up at 1B or RF in pro ball, will go as far as bat develops.
OF/LHP, Adam Haseley, Windermere FL The First Academy, 2014, L/L, 6' 185, strong build for his size, shows arm strength and ave foot speed straight away, enough bat and idea on hill to develop further, better shot as LHP, but wants to hit, has committ to Virginia, keep an eye on him.
3B/1B/OF, Bobby Bradley, Gulfport MS Harrison Central HS, 2014, L/R, 6'1 225, can swing the bat, has power to opp field, hits the ball where it's pitched, enough arm strength for 3B, will end up in LF or 1B in pro ball, will go as far as bat develops, just fair as a runner, 4.5 straight away to 1B from LH side and 4.8 on turn.
OF, Kel Johnson, Palmetto GA Home School, 2014, R/R, 6'3 205, raw power stroke w/bat speed, likes pitches up, runs well underway and on the bases, shows ave arm strength w/carry and hop on his throws, should get bigger as he matures, keep an eye on him, commit to Georgia Tech.
LHP, Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma TN Tullahoma HS 2014, L/L, 5'9 190, saw in Breakthrough Series LY, shows ML velo and hard cb w/bite and command, bulldog on the hill from 3/4 slot, throws strikes will rush his delivery, chance to be a back of the rotation guy, fb 88-93 range, most are 89-91, cb 74/78 w/bite, command will get better as he smooths out his delivery, 50/60 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 command, 40/50 change, 55 OFP.
OF, Jeren Kendall,Holmen WI Holmen HS, 2014, L/R, 5'10 175, smooth hitter w/eye and hand coordination and deceptive strength in his swing, goes opp field well and can turn on inside fb, runs well underway, 4.3 from LH side on grounder, much better time straight way, enough arm for CF and show range and instincts to be solid defender, has college commit to Vanderbilt.
2B/SS, Nick Shumpert, Lone Tree CO Highlands Ranch HS, 2015, R/R, 5'9 175, son of former ML player, has early commit to Kentucky, has bat speed, runs well, 4.2 from RH side, enough arm for SS best suited for 2B, bat got knocked out of his hands on plus fbs, should make adjustments as he gets stronger and develops better discipline in time, solid follow, will go as far as bat develops.
RHP, Tyler Kolek, Shephard TX Shepherd HS, 2014, R/R, 6'5 260, power arm from 3/4 slot, fb touches 95, most are 92-93 with some run in on RHH, hard bite on cb and throws strikes, will rush on occ, throws easy for his size, occ will rush and leave pitches up, but loose, excellent strength, chance to be front of the line starter or closer for ML level, 60/70 FB, 40/50 cb, 40/50 command, 60 OFP.
OF, Matt Railey, Tallahassee FL North Florida Christian School, 2014, L/L 5'10 190, aggressive OF w/bat speed and solid running ability, fair arm strength, fields position and show range in OF, college commit, keep an eye on him, will go as far as bat takes him.
C, JJ Schwarz, Palm Beach Gardens FL Palm Beach Gardens HS, 2014, R/R, 6'1 195, solid catch and throw guy, 2.0 pop time on steal attempt, keeps pitches in front, handles velo well w/strong hands as receiver, shows short swing w/occ power to alleys, fair runner at best, has college commit to Florida, will be decent pro in time as long as bat develops.
LHP, Foster Griffin, Orlando FL The First Academy, 2014, R/L, 6'4 200, tall lefty w/arm speed and deceptive delivery, fb touches 91, most fb 88-89, spins cb and is around the plate, crosses body some in delivery, hides ball well, keeps hitters honest, has some upside, college commit, follow for next year.
OF, Derek Hill, Sacramento CA Elk Grove HS, 2014, R/R 6'2 180, can really run and plays plus defense, ranges well either side and has enough arm strength to keep runners honest on the bases, 4.2 run time from RH side, has qk bat, has raw strength, still developing, should be solid pro as he develops physically.
RHP, Luis Ortiz, Sanger CA Hallmark Charter School, 2014, R/R, 6'2 210, loose, qk arm from 3/4 slot, touches 94 on occ, most fb 91-92, fairly true fb, not much deception, throws strikes, has hard slider that has chance to be solid ave as he gets better command, strong follow for next year.
LHP, David Peterson, Denver CO Regis Jesuit HS, 2014, L/L, 6'5 215, loose arm, crosses body from 3/4 slot, fb touches 91, most are upper 80's, has college commit, type of arm to bring along slowly, should develop as he physically matures, straight up and down delivery, hides ball well.
OF, Marcus Wilson, Los Angeles CA Junipero Serra HS, 2014, R/R 6'2 175, raw skills w/plus running speed and shows enough bat speed and strength to hit, tends to chase bad pitches, aggressive at plate, 4.2 runner w/arm strength from CF, can play corner OF, type of build to add more weight and strength, bring along slowly.
SS, Brendan Rodgers, Longwood FL Lake Mary HS, 2015, R/R, 6'0 170, strong hands and plate discipline, runs well underway, 4.3 from RH side, solid arm strength and glove to be ML fielder, best suited for 2B or 3B, can play SS at present, short stroke w/raw strength, chance to add power as he physically fills out, 30/50 hit, 30/50 power, 50 run, 50/50 arm, 40/50 field, 50 OFP.
C, Evan Skoug, Libertyville IL Libertyville HS, 2014, L/R, 5'10 205, strong build, spark plug, shows arm strength with carry on throws to 2b, 1.9 pop time, alert behind plate, not afraid to throw to any base, makes contact w/short stroke at plate, pull power to alley and foul line, will go as far as bat develops, glove is best asset w/qk bat at present.
RHP, Keaton McKinney, Ankeny IA Ankeny HS, 2014, R/R, 6'4 215, tall righty with loose arm from 3/4 slot, fb has sinking action and command, fb velo touches 92 on occ, most upper 80's, spins breaking ball, still in development stage, throws strikes, college commit to Arkansas, must follow.
LHP/1B/OF, Alex Destino, Weaverville NC North Buncombe, 2014, L/L, 6'2 215, gamer w/strong build and qk bat, long swing that generates power to all fields, runs better underway, has near ave ML arm, will touch 91-92 on hill on occ, most fb w/sink away from RHH at 88-90, has college commit to South Carolina, still developing.
C/RHP/OF, Jakson Reetz, Hickman-Norris HS, Hickman NE, 2014, R/R, 6' 205, full effort, all out player with arm strength, 1.9 pop time, 92-93 fb on occ, most are 90-91 with sink when down in zone, shows short compact stroke as hitter with strength to hit, good eye/hand coordination and pitch recognition, chance to be decent ML catcher.
OF/3B, Jahmai Jones, R/R, 6' 205, Roswell GA Wesleyan, 2015, UNC, athletic build, runs well underway, shows bat speed and raw strength, crude skills, needs time to develop.
LHP, Max Wotell, R/L, 6'3 170, Marvin NC Marvin Ridge, 2015, Arizona, loose arm w/sneaky qk fb and throws strikes, hard breaking ball has chance to be ML out pitch, will need to bring along slowly, fb touches 91-92, most are upper 80's w/sink when down.
RHP, Donnie Everett, 6'2 220, R/R, Clarksville TN Clarksville, 2015, Vanderbilt, raw strength, good arm speed, fb jumps out of hand, will touch 94 on occ, most fb 91-92 pretty straight, rushes delivery, shows hard breaking ball w/fair command, in progress from 3/4 slot, chance to be back of the end starter or closer at ML level.
OF, Kyle Tucker, L/R, 6'3 175, Tampa FL HB Plant, 2015, Florida, swings the bat, sound hitting approach w/balance and raw strength, has power to alleys, runs fair, better underway, arm w/carry from corner OF spots, chance to hit due to mechanics and bat speed and eye/hand coordination.
RHP, Stephen Kolek, 6'3 190, Shepherd TX Shepherd, 2015, Texas A & M, live arm, second year seeing, still developing, fb improved to 93 tops, most were 90.
OF, DJ Wilson, L/L 5'10 170, Canton OH Canton South, 2015, Vanderbilt, plus runner w/bat speed and know how as a defender, still developing physically, college commit, is worth following.
SS/2B, Nicholas Shumpert, R/R, 6' 180, Lone Tree CO Highlands Ranch, 2015, Kentucky, grew a little since last year, tools are about the same, arm has carry and has improved his approach to fielding.
RHP, Beau Burrows, R/R, 6'2 200, Weatherford TX Weatherford, 2015, Texas A & M, qk arm from 3/4 slot, touches 93, most fb w/arm side run 90-91, shows proper bite and rotation on cb and throws strikes, teased a few straight changes, some effort to delivery, should develop further in pro ball, wants it.
OF, Trenton Clark, L/L, 6' 205, Fort Worth TX Richland, 2015, Texas Tech, toolsy player, runs well underway, shows qk bat w/balance and strength, arm plays, best for corner OF, enough strength and bat speed to develop more power as he learns pitchers, still developing, worth strong follow.
C, Michael Hickman, L/R, 6'1 190, Katy TX Seven Lakes, 2015, Oklahoma, catch and throw guy w/strong build, will add to frame physically, 1.97 pop time, ave arm strength, throws tend to sink, worth following next couple years.
OF, Seth Beer, L/R, 6'3 185, Suwanee GA King's Ridge Christian, 2016, live arm and build, runs well underway, 4.2 from LH side, has arm strength w/carry and hop, best tools are as a hitter, planes the bat to the ball, has power to alleys, should grow a bit more to 6'5 220 in time, will add more power as he grows.
RHP, Joe Demers, 6'2 210, Martinez CA College Park, 2015, Washington, a little bigger and stronger and better idea as a pitcher.
RHP, Dakota Donovan, 6'5 195, Washington UT Pineview, 2016, live arm and strong build, fb has hop at 91, most are upper 80's w/middle in life vs RHH, 3/4 slot, throws strikes, fair breaking ball, still developing, worth follow for next 2 years.
3B, Ke'Bryan Hayes, R/R, 6'1 210, Tomball TX Concordia Lutheran, 2015, Tennessee, live bat w/strength and runs well for his size, plus arm strength, son of Charlie Hayes, former ML player, has a chance to hit and for power to be everyday ML corner player or move to OF, shows solid instincts and first step quickness.
OF, Blake Rutherford, L/R, 6'2 180, Simi Valley CA Chaminade College Prep, 2016, UCLA, live body, room to fill out, runs better once underway, throws have carry and accurate, long swing w/strength and eye/hand coordination to hit for ave and will add power as he learns pitchers and matures physically, chance to be early rounder in 2 years.
LHP, Kolby Allard, L/L, 6' 170, San Clemente CA San Clemente, 2015, Cal St. Fullerton, loose arm w/some effort, locks elbow, delivery from 3/4 slot, has hard downer cb and fb touches low 90's on most occ, sat at 89-90 for 4 innings, worth follow, could go in top 7 rounds in 2015.
C, Wyatt Cross, L/R, 6'3 190, Broomfield CO Legacy, 2015, North Carolina, catch and throw guy, bat is fair, has some strength, arm works well enough to become a pitcher if hitting tools don't come, follow.
1B/RHP, Luken Baker, R/R, 6'4 240, Spring TX Oak Ridge, 2015, TCU, a big'en, plus power and bat speed, may be better hitter, runs ok for a big kid, not a burner, not a clogger, has plus arm strength, full effort on hill from 3/4 slot and idea as a pitcher, power type arm, touches 93 on occ, most are 90-91. Strong follow.
CF, Daz Cameron, 6'3 185, R/R, McDonough GA Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, 2015, Florida State, plus tools, 4.1 runner w/50 arm w/carry, shows good range and glove in CF, has raw strength and qk hands at plate, generates line drive type power, 30/50 hit, 30/50 power, 70 run, 50 arm, 50/60 field, 60 OFP.
RHP, Cole Sands, R/R, 6'3 205, Tallahassee FL North Florida Christian, 2015, Florida State, 2 years seen, still same mechanics, a bit stronger, fb touched 92, most 89.
SS/3B, Daniel Bakst, New York NY -Poly Prep Country Day, 2016, 11/14/97, R/R, 6'2 190, Stanford, raw tools, has idea as hitter, ball jumps off bat, solid arm strength and decent hands and instincts, may end up at 3B or 2B in pro ball, has college commit, will go as far as bat develops.
LHP, Jordan Butler, Odessa FL, Braulio Alonso HS, 2017, L/L, 6'1 180, live body and loose qk arm from 3/4 slot most fb upper 80's, chance to add more velo as he physically develops, changes speeds well and throws strikes, no fear, solid move to 1b, keep an eye on him next couple years, 12/2/98, Florida.
LHP, "Brax" Braxton Garrett, Florence HS, Florence AL, 2016, 8/5/97, R/L, 6'3 190, Vanderbilt, listed at 6'3 seems slightly shorter, stuff plays up, fb touches 93 on occ, most are upper 80's w/middle out life vs RHH, changes speeds, cb w/bite and proper rotation, change up has chance to be decent pitch in time, has upside left, chance to be solid starter at ML level, top 7 rounds.
RHP, Kevin Gowdy, Santa Barbara HS, CA, 2016, 11/16/97/ R/R, 6'4 170, UCLA, loose qk arm w/some life on fb, touches 91 on occ, most are upper 80's w/arm side run and sink, breaking ball has proper bite and spin and throws strikes, a little bit of a dart thrower at times, aims pitches, keep an eye on him.
OF, "Mickey" McKenzie Moniak, Encinitas CA, La Costa Canyon HS, 2016, 5/13/98, L/R, 6'2 185, plays hard, swings the bat w/plus bat speed, bat goes w/pitch, shows alley power, type of speed to turn hits into extra bases, throws well enough to play an OF position, 4.17 runner, better underway and on the bases, will be solid pro in time. UCLA
3B, Cole Stobbe, Omaha NE, Millard West HS, 2016, R/R, 8/30/97, 6'1 180, strong, durable frame, should fill out to 6'2 200 easily, qk bat w/sound mechanics and power to LF alley, strong arm w/accurary and decent field tools, ranges to left well, enough ability to stick at corner or move to OF, will go as far as bat develops, aggressive at the plate, good attitude, Arkansas.
RHP, Ian Anderson, Rexford NY, Shenendehowa East, 2016, 5/2/98, R/R, 6'3 170, loose arm from upper 3/4 slot, tends to rush front side, fb touches low 90's on occ, most are 89-90 w/middle in life vs RHH, spins breaking ball and keeps ball in strike zone, will have to bring along slowly, type of frame to add more strength, Vanderbilt.
2b, Austin James, Valrico FL, Bloomingdale Senior, 2016, 11/20/97, R/R, 6'1 180, live bat w/strength, good balance as hitter, can drive ball to LF alley for power, runs well underway, 4.2 from RH side, shows arm strength and know how to be competent ML infielder, 2b or move to OF, will go as far as bat develops. FIU
1B/LHP, "Joey" Joseph Wentz, Leawood KS, Shawnee Mission East, 2016 10/6/97, L/L, 6'6 205, apparent arm strength and know how as fielder, runs decent for a big man, also top football player in State, enough tools to warrant follow for next year, touched 91 on occ w/fb, decent mechanics, not real fluid as pitcher from 3/4 slot. Virginia
RHP, Charles Whitley, San Antonio TX, Alamo Heights HS, 2016, 9/15/97. R/R, 6'7 240, only saw pitch 1 inning, was 91-93, max effort from 3/4, must see again, threw strikes, downhill plane to plate w/x-body delivery. Florida State
SS/OF, Grant Bodison, Simpsonville SC, Fork Union Military Academy, 2016, 4/25/97, R/R, 6'3 195, South Carolina, interesting player, throws ave and runs well underway, has bat speed, crude mechanics in the field and at the plate, keep an eye on him.
RHP/IF, Hunter Greene, Stevenson Ranch CA, Notre Dame HS, 2017, 8/06/99, R/R, 6'3 195, young, qk arm w/strength, shows bat speed and sound hitting approach, touched 92 on hill, must keep an eye on him. UCLA
1B/LHP, "Nick" Nicholas Pratto, Huntington Beach CA, Mater Dei HS, 2017, 10/6/98, L/L, 6'02 200, Southern Cal, has pure arm strength and sould hitting approach to develop further, touched 90, most fb upper 80's, live arm, easy arm action w/life and chance to get better as he learns and develops physically.
LHP, Mitchell Stone, Shawnee HS OK, 2017, 5/29/98, L/L, 6'9 235, Oklahoma State, tall, upper 3/4 slot, crosses body some, fb touches 88-89, most upper 80's, not a qk arm but hides ball, chance to develop further as he finishes growing and work on mechanics.
CF, William "Will" Benson, Atlanta GA, The Westminster Schools, 2016, 6/16/98, L/L, 6'5 220, easy actions, solid throwing arm and runner, shows plus bat speed and raw strength, does not square up all pitches well, some length to swing and jams back elbow not getting full extension at times, strong follow for next year. Duke
LHP, Jason Groome, Barnegat NJ, IMG Academy FLA, 2016, 8/23/98, 6'6 220, L/L, easy arm action w/deception from 3/4 slot, hard downer cb w/command and solid straight change, fb touches 96 on occ, most are low 90's w/sink when down, chance to be early pick in 2016, 60/70 fb, 50/60 cb, 50/60 control, 40/50 change, 65 OFP. Vanderbilt
CF, Blake Rutherford, Simi Valley CA, Chaminade College Prep, 2016, 5/02/97, L/R, 6'2 190, bigger and stronger since last seen, shows solid hitting mechanics and know how in CF, 4.3 runner from LH side, better on the way, throws have carry and hop, chance to be top 3 round guy. UCLA
RHP, "Reggie" Reginald Lawson, Adealnto CA, Victor Valley HS, 2016, 8/02/97, R/R, 6'4 185, Arizona State, loose qk arm w/arm strength, fb touches 93, most are 90 pin straight, not much deception, spins breaking ball, crude mechanics, need to give him time to develop.
RHP/C, Hagen Danner, Huntington Beach HS, CA, 2017, 9/30/98, R/R, 6'2 185, qk arm w/solid arm strength, fb touches 91-92, most upper 80's with sink and makings of solid straight change, spins downer type breaking ball, chance to be a good one in next 2 years, swings the bat, planes the bat to the ball, should add power as he matures. UCLA
RHP, Dakota Donovan, Washington UT, Pine View HS, 2016, 7/25/97, R/R 6'6 220, bigger and stronger than last year, fb hopped a couple mph since LY, touched 93, most are true, easy Upper 3/4 slot w/spin and bite on breaking ball, needs time to develop - Oregon State
Lessons and life along the way through my career as a scout-
- beginning in 1983 to present. My name is Bill Yates and I currently do not work for any club, however I scout as a free lance scout and evaluate baseball players in hopes of one day land another opportunity to work as a "SCOUT. I currently own and operate 2 Papa John's franchise stores in Zebulon and Louisburg, North Carolina. It's a goal of mine to find some players to help the club that allows me the opportunity to work for them, be successful and be a contender to win a World Series, just as I have been successful with my career the past 15 years since moving to North Carolina.
Many thanks to the people along the way who have helped guide me and who have been a friend to me at one time or another. Many of them have passed away or are still with us and were area scouts when I was a bird dog out in Omaha, Nebraska, many of them became front office execs, scouting directors and GMs, and many were nice to me over the phone and in person, and some even gave me the courtesy of a phone call even though they were not going to hire me. Terry Ryan, Mike Radcliff, Mike Hankins, Mike Arbuckle, Jack Zduriencik, Doug Gassaway, Rudy Terrasas, Phil Favia, Marty Harvat, Cookie Mitchell, LeRoy Franklin, Charlie Gault, Richie Klaus, Bill Haller, Ken Bracey, Glen Van Proyen, Bill Bryk, Sherrod Clinkscales, Tim Hallgren, Russ Bove, Tim Osborne, Kevin Saucier, John Hennessey, Chuck Koney, Jerry Marik, Tom Couston, Joe Murph Murphy, Lee Toole, Bill Olson, Chris Shanahan who pitched for me and we signed him to the Mets in 1991, Joe Siwa, Brian Poldberg, Marti Wolever, Murray Cook, Angelo Guilianni, Joel Lepel, Mike Ruth, Jeff Cornell, Jim Elliott, Bob Fontaine Jr, Carl Moesche, Gil Kubski Jr, Marv Olson, Cobby Saatzer, Hank Krause, Mike Grouse, Randy Taylor, Dale "Mac" McReynolds, Emil Belich, John "Buck" O'Neil, Marty Miller, Jim Reeves, Nathan Durst, Dan Durst, Scott Trcka, Mike Daughtry, Mike Rizzo, Phil Rizzo, Jim Bailey, Carl Blando, Whitey Thompson, Jim Van Scoyoc, Tom Barnard, Chad Lindamon, Billy Vosik, Jimmy Wynne, Mike Valla, Mike Jonesy Jones, Mike Twig Jones, Mike Saint, Todd Repp, Lance Davis, Stan Meek, Jim Rough, Ted Brzenk, George Walden, Terry Tripp Sr, Dewey Kalmer, Brian Grunzke, Dave Schrage, one of my bird dogs Walter Sharp, Gary Sharp, Tom Jenk Jr, Lee Toole, Blayne Smith, Joe Simpson, Jason/Georgene/Charles Isringhausen, Mike Roberts, Dave Karaff (signed Albert Pujols), Shaun Watson, Donnie White Jr, Steve Abney my last boss when I was a bird dog for him with the Cleveland Indians, Danny Radcliff, Bo Osborne, Joe Thurman, Lee Anthony, Howie Freiling, Mitch Webster, John Sanders (former U of Nebraska baseball coach), Herb Kupfer my old college coach, Todd Thomas, Jim Hendry (former Creighton U coach & Chicago Cubs GM), Oneri Fleita, Elvis Dominguez, Dan Callahan (former SIU-Carbondale baseball coach), Tom McDevitt, Tony Lovato, Mark Geigler, Rick Mathews (former Indian Hills & Iowa Western CC coach, now with Colorado Rockies) and there will be many others who's paths I'll cross along the way.
Larry worked for the Mets as a full time area guy in the Midwest before retiring, then going back to being a part-time scout for the Orioles before his passing after surgery a couple years back. Larry was the best mentor to me and he told me how it was and he was always cordial to me and returned my calls and kept in touch weekly when I worked for him part-time. Larry signed ML All-Star pitcher, AJ Burnett for the Mets and Larry stated to me that AJ wasn't even the best pitcher on his team. Larry also signed Mike Pelfrey and Mike Koeppel. Larry and I signed Outfielder, Donald White Jr in 1991 out of Southeastern Comm College, "Donnie" got to AAA with the Mets. We all miss Larry for his comraderie and well mannered southern gentleman he was. GOD Speed and bless him family and wife, Linda.
Brad Sloan gave me my first shot as a bird dog when I was out of college in 1983 and turned 23 years old. "The Bear" many call him was a stern and grateful boss and he helped tutor and groom me and was the best mentor a young man could have who wanted to break into this game as a Scout. Brad became a crosschecker and Scouting Director with the Padres, the team he hired me to be an Associate Scout with in 1983 and he was the Scouting Director who drafted, Jake Peavy who's now with the San Francisco Giants. Brad was elected into the Scouts Hall of Fame in this picture with his wife, Cindy. I will always remember Brad for what he did for me and the opportunity to learn under him.
Ellsworth "Brownie" Brown, from Beason, Illinois, was one of the finest men I had ever met and a very good scout. Brownie would wear throwback clothes because he was an old timer. He didn't carry a radar gun or a stop watch and he could guess right within a mile per hour how hard a pitcher was throwing or how fast a runner was. Brownie was married to Mabel, they were a pair and the nicest folks I've ever had the pleasure to have met. Brownie signed Bill Madlock and Kirby Puckett, two very good hitters and solid baseball players for many years. Brownie scoured Illinois and he knew every player there was with his network of contacts he met through the years. I miss Brownie but remember his ways and how he treated me. We lost Brownie a few years back, not too long after his wife Mabel passed away. We all miss you Brownie!
Bill Clark is still alive and kicking folks. Clarkie as he's known to many, worked many years as a scout after his military life and lives in Columbia, Missouri. He's an avid bird fan and he writes for the paper there in Columbia a column or so a week. Bill worked for the Reds, Braves and Padres and he was the International Scouting Director for the Braves and helped them sign, Andruw Jones and Damian Moss, with the Reds he had signed Bruce Berenyi who pitched a few years in the bigs and Lloyd McLendon, former ML manager and a decent ML player for a few years in the majors. Bill and I didn't start out good when I first became a full-time scout, but eventually we both grew to learn about each other and we occasionally write to each other and one day on my trails back through I-70, I'll stop by and see Bill and his wife with the good Lord willing.
Bob Oldis is a former ML player and an original scout with the Montreal Expos and still works for them sort of, the Miami Marlins who moved from Montreal to Miami years ago, Bob has been with the club basically his whole baseball career. Bob had some great stories to share and I remember when I was a young bird dog and assistant baseball coach at Iowa Western Community Collge, Bob would stop by and say hello to me each time. We crossed paths many times when I worked in the midwest and he has been nothing but class all the way. Bob has signed a few big leaguers, one who's still pitching is Brad Hand who is with the Padres now. Bob still resides in Iowa and works the midwest as an area scout.
Pictured in this baseball card is lefthanded pitcher, Chris Fye. Chris played little baseball against my team I coached in 1979 at Offutt AFB, Nebraska and I grew to watch and like him while he grew up and pitched for Bellevue East High School and Iowa Western Community College. Chris pitched for my summer team in 1987 and I promised him since he wasn't drafted that year, to get him signed to a free-agent contract. Luck would find it's way to us as I encouraged many scouts to come see Chris pitch, one was the late Gene Baker and the other was the late Bill Parese, who signed Chris to a free-agent contract in 1987 on the recommendation from Hall of Fame High School coach, Bill Olson, who still lives and runs baseball clinics in Omaha. Chris was one of the hardest workers on the diamond and when he was focused, there was no one better than him pitching out there. At just over 6'0 and slight of build, maybe 160 lbs, Chris threw in the low 90's and had a hard slider and change. He got to AA/AAA with the Giants before his playing career was over.
Gene Baker was a very good baseball man. He played years ago as a shortstop in the majors and he and John "Buck" O'Neil were very good friends and I got to meet both of them in 1984/85 at a baseball tournament in Ralston, Nebraska, which featured 3 good arms, 2 lefthanded pitchers, Joel Sealer, Brad Kucera and former ML Relief pitcher, Gregg Olson. Gene was always nice to me as well and shared some funny stories back in his early days as a scout. It was a great pleasure to meet and know him before his health deteriorated and the Angels in the Outfield came to take him to heaven.