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Me and my younger children at a game at 5 County Stadium, Zebulon NC. It was their first game ever, Sept 1, 2016. Wilmington BlueRocks @ Carolina Mudcats, last season the Atlanta Braves affiliate was in Zebulon, Carolina League.
Update: Friday, July 21, 2017
RHP Forrest Whitley, Buies Creek (Houston Astros) 6'7 240 listed, 19 yrs of age, turns 20 in late September, ez, set delivery from H 3/4 arm slot, qk loose arm, 2 seam fb 91-93 with arm side run and sink, heavy down in k-zone, 4 seamer has riding life and will touch 97-98 most are 95, straight change and hard slider/cb from same slot with fair command but has the idea and feel for both pitches which have the chance to be better than average with experience and more exposure, went 3 2/3 innings tonight, kept the ball down for the most part although he opened his front side early on occasion, this is the type of arm to be a front line starter in the ML, ETA 2019/2020, will go as far as command and secondary pitches take him.
LF/1B, Yordan Alvarez, 6'5 220 L/L, 20 yrs of age, signed out of Cuba by the Dodgers, traded in 2016 to Houston, Buies Creek, has quiet launch w/qk bat and strength to alleys for power, tends to chase out of the zone breaking pitches, needs better plate discipline and attack fb early in count to take advantage of his qk bat and strength, shows ave arm strength and know how in the OF and 1b, runs on the way, 4.4 from the box, knows how on the bases, not a real threat to steal many bases, may on occasion, 30/40 hitter 40/50 power 40 run 50 arm 50 fld, will be extra roster player and fight for backup playing time at the ML level as long as the bat keeps developing.
Update: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Caught Down East (Texas Rangers) @ Carolina (Brewers) homestand this week. Last night Down East featured RHP, Jonathan Hernandez, 6'2 175 listed, qk loose arm from 3/4 slot, tends to pitch uphill and rush delivery at times from modified semi-windup, fb touches 97 on occ most are 92-94 with little movement, also showed feel for slider and change, both still in developmental stage and all 3 pitches thrown from the 3/4 slot, a work in progress his body type is that of a young Marianno Rivera and he may end up a back of the rotation or bullpen guy in the long haul, there is some ceiling left, he throws strikes for the most part when he doesn't rush himself, 60 fb 40 SL 40 CH and 40 command at present so 45 OFP.
2B, Josh Morgan, 5'11 200, R/R, Down East (Texas) shows qk stroke with gap power and on the way runner, 4.4 straight away home to 1st, has ave arm strength and know how in the middle infield, range is a tad below average, he may have to move to LF, he's tried catching but needs more repetition to learn the position with glove to hand transfer with the ball to throw to bases as well as receiving and being alert, has a chance to hit for average, journeyman type emergency call up at best, AAA might be his ticket ultimately, 30/40 hit, 30/40 power, 40 run 50 arm 40 fld, 40 OFP.
LHP, Adam Choplick, Down East, 6'9 250, lefty with solid arm strength and arm speed from upper 3/4 slot, fb touches 96 most are 93-94 with some sink down on knees, easy motion to the plate from stretch position, will cut fb on occ and throws hard slider with slurve action and cb that rolls 1/6 type, both secondary pitches still developing, 24 yrs old now, will go as far as secondary pitches develop, AAA type with chance to get to ML when secondary pitches are there.
RHP, Steven Bruce for Down East, middle guy 6'0 190, R/R, 25 yrs old, has arm side run from set position, fb ranges 90-94 sinks when down, also short qk slider to keep hitters honest, feel for change, threw strikes and gets outs, situational type bullpen guy who has shot at ML bullpen or AAA at worse.
Update: Wednesday, July 12
OF, Monte Harrison, 6'3 235 R/R, former 2nd round pick by Milwaukee, playing with Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League Class A, Monte has gotten bigger and stronger since his HS days and has improved his ability to drive the ball and he still showcases plus running speed and solid arm strength for any OF position, he's played both corner OF positions as well as spelling CF Corey Ray on occasion in CF, Monte shows a direct level swing w/strength and pull side power and can turn on a fb middle of zone for HR power, running he glides and he can take the extra base with his speed, competent defender with average instincts and shows accuracy with his arm, graded him out as a 40/60 hitter 50/50 power 60 runner 50 arm 50 fld for a 54 OFP grade, has a chance to start in the ML in 2-3 years. Last saw him in 2013 at the Tournament of Stars, he was 6'2 200 then going into his senior year, 2014.
Update: Tuesday, July 11
Attended the annual Coastal Plain League All-Star game last night, Monday, July 10, 2017. The most scouts I've seen at this event in the many years I've attended. The talent level this year wasn't up to the par levels of years past however there were a few names to keep an eye for next year.
Most of the 15 pitchers that threw tonight were all in the 85-89 range with their fastballs, so that was disappointing, although some showed pure arm strength, their deliveries needed help.
First follow to keep an eye on for 2018 will be a senior this fall in 2B, Christian Hollie, Savannah Bananas (Texas-Arlington) 6'0 180, R/R, 9/20/1995, showed qk athletic actions in the field and at the plate, there is bat speed with raw strength, ran 4.25 on a ground out so he's at least an average runner, showed instincts and range in the field with the arm for 2B, bat stroke was level and to the ball, lean muscular build there is something to work with here.
2B, Nick Podkuhl, Morehead City (Notre Dame), 6'2 195 R/R, 4/11/1997, led the game off with a long HR to LCF showed qk slight upper cut swing with strength and showed pitch recognition yet took a breaking ball for strike 3 in his 2nd AB, showed enough arm for the position and steady hands, strength is his bat, did not get a running time, seemed to move around light on his feet however, will be a junior so 2019 grad year.
RHP, Jason Goe, HP-Thomasville (Morehead St), 6'5 230, R/R, tall athletic build, broad shoulders and long arms, prototype build for a righty, missed his spring season at Morehead State, showed set position windup with arm strength w/short arc in backswing and length and looseness out front from 3/4 slot, fb did touch 92 most were upper 80's all pure arm strength, lower half seemed inactive during delivery which could hamper his development, definitely would benefit from a pro instructor to take advantage of his raw tools, spun the cb with proper bite and rotation, was around the strike zone with his pitches, seemed to like to be out there will be D/E in 2018 he's a 2019 grad.
LHP Colton Harlow, Peninsula (James Madison), listed at 5'10 170, L/L, little lefty with easy delivery from upper 3/4 slot, loose with some arm strength, threw strikes, fb he would cut at times, velo was 86-88 mostly in his 2 inning stint, hard sl at 81-83 with bite in on RHH, feisty and competes, just a little short at present pro wise w/velocity, however, he's a name for 2018 as a Senior Draft eligible because he knows how to pitch.
RHP, Devin Sweet, Asheboro (North Carolina Central Univ), listed at 5'10 195, R/R, little righty with fade straight change which kept hitters off balance and showed qk loose arm w/strength w/fb velo 87-89 mostly with arm side run and sink down on knees, spun the SL a few times which proper rotation, threw strikes from 3/4 slot, has 2 years left in school, 2018 D/E, 2019 grad, a name to see again in fall and next spring if the velo comes up a tick or two.
Update: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Team USA collegiate team: saw on Tuesday night vs Chinese Taipei national team.
LHP Conor Pilkington 6'3 225 L/L Mississippi State 2019, should be one of top pitchers to see in the SEC for '18, showed fb with late hop touching 93 on occ most fb at 90-91, spun the breaking ball with slurvy effect and occ straight change, kept pitches down and in for the most part, stamina for 4 innings, loose from 3/4 slot tended to rush at times, shows strong move to 1B, solid 2018 follow.
RHP, Ryley Gilliam, 5'10 175, Clemson, R/R, reliever had to come put out the fire in the 9th, showed plus cb with command and late break, fb touched low 90's peaked at 93 kept pitches down with arm side run and sink down in zone, 2019, will be decent follow for 2018, role most likely as relief type, feisty appearance, good face.
OF, Steele Walker, 5'11 190 L/L, Oklahoma, 2019, showed qk bat with level launch, pull side power can go the other way with the pitch, on the way runner with at least ave arm strength, solid corner OF type worth good look in 2018.
2B, Braden Shewmake, 6'4 180, L/R, Texas A&M, 2020, live body with qk bat, level stroke w/pop, runs on the way, ran 4.18 home to 1b, has range at 2B to stick there and solid arm strength, worth a look for next couple of years, gamer, good face.
3B, Johnny Aiello, 6'2 210, R/R, Wake Forest, 2019, have seen for 3 years now beginning at TOS then last year at Wake Forest as a 1st yr player, has solid arm strength and know how at 3B, tends to lift on ground huggers and eratic with range and hands, shows long level bat stroke can lift for power to alleys, on the way runner, worth good look again in 2018, mild follow, 4-7 rounder at best, room to improve here.
OF, Travis Swaggerty, 5'11 180, L/L, South Alabama, 2019, qk bat with level stroke goes to all fields, on the way runner, knows how, 4.35 on turn, has playable arm from LF, can play any OF positiion, worth good look again in 2018, gamer with good face, love his approach to the game.
OF, Jake McCarthy, 6'2 200, L/L, Virginia, 2019, Jake shows bat speed w/strength in his swing, a bit stiff in the back closes off swing at the plate going the other way with outer half pitches, on the way runner, shows enough arm strength to play corner OF at the next level, will go as far as bat takes him, room to get bigger and stronger, closed stance needs work to take advantage of strength and hands, 2018 follow.
Update: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Wrapped up 2 days of action at the Tournament of Stars in Cary, NC. This year featured just 4 teams and I will grade out the players I feel have a shot at playing at the pro level, these are just an opinion of a scout with 34 years experience and successful at finding players who made contributions at the Major League Level during those 34 years and going strong. Break downs by team scouted. Many thanks to the scouts in the field I met and old friends but special thanks to Matt Blood, USA director for giving information to help make the tournament one of the best there is in the business.
C, Will Banfield V, 6'1 198 listed, R/R, Brookwood HS, Lawrenceville GA, one of the better arms behind the dish in the event and on the season I've scouted, graded him out at 60 although you could give him a 70 if you really like him, but I'll stick with my grade, Will showed a qk bat from a quiet launch and good extension on his swings, all out runner ran 4.6 on a turn, fearless on the bases, he has a lot of similarities to a throwback here with the Pirates, Jason Kendall except Will has more power and probably a better arm, pop times to 2nd were 1.85 to 2.07 on steal attempts, he appeared very alert as a defensive catcher and made 2 good plays on major league pop ups in foul territory, seemed to lose his balance on both occasions but got it done, showed smooth receiving skills otherwise, graded him out as 30/50 hitter 40/50 power 40 runner 60 arm 50/50 power, OFP and added pts for premium position = 55, could be taken in the top 25 picks in 2018 MLB Draft, has college offer from Vanderbilt.
OF, Joseph Gray, 6'1 195, Hattiesburg HS, Miss, R/R, easy swing w/balance at the plate, shows straight away power to LF alley, a tad below average runner on the way, runs bases w/know how, defensively shows a plus arm from the OF and enough range to play either corner in the OF w/instincts, has college offer to Mississippi, graded out at 30/50 hit 40/50 pwr 40 run 60 arm 50 fld OFP at 50, chance to be top 3 rounder in 2018.
RHP, Ethan Hankins, 6'6 211, Forsyth Central HS, Cumming Ga, has college offer to Vanderbilt, tall drink of water here, lean build with projection to get strong and bigger, has very qk arm from 3/4 slot almost a low 3/4 slot from short semi-windup, almost a qk pitch delivery, fb gets up there quickly to the plate, velo range 90-96, most fb were 91-93 for the 3 innings, shape and feel of cb was slurvy at present chance to be better in time, showed arm side run on fb, threw strikes and kept most pitches down in the zone, will benefit from pro coaching, club would have to be patient and let him develop a few years at the A ball level, graded him out as 60 fb 40/50 cb 40/50 control did not see much change up action to warrant a 3rd pitch, will go as far as secondary pitch develops as well as his physical maturity, OFP would be 50, projection 1-3 to 4-7 round range for 2018 based on future OFP.
LHP, Ryan Weathers, 6'1 225, Loretto HS, Loretto TN, qk arm with strength from H 3/4 slot, semi-windup showed plus velo not much movement however on his fb, velo ranged 90-95 most fb were straight, has some roundness to his build, should get stronger, needs to work on holding runners, challenged hitters not overpowering, enough here to work with, shape of slider was flat w/proper spin, chopped off extension during delivery from stiff lower back type delivery has college offer from Vanderbilt, definite follow for 2018 will need time to develop, some comp to LHP John Lester of Cubs.
2B/SS, Brice Turang, 6' 160 L/R, 2nd year at event, Santiago HS, Corona CA, has offer from LSU, showed straight away speed and enough arm to play middle IF at the next level, made contact, bat was late, trigger appeared late, showed more bat speed last yr than at this event has handsy swing at present, mild follow, graded out as 20/40 hit, 30/30 power, 50 run, 40/50 arm, 40/50 fld, 44 OFP.
2B/SS, Bobby Witt Jr, 6'1 174, R/R, Colleyville Heritage HS, Colleyville TX, son of former Texas Ranger/Oklahoma pitcher, Bobby Witt, this young man is a plus plus runner straight away, ran 3.95 twice on infield grounders for hits, also struck out 3 times on day two vs better breaking stuff and velo, does show short qk swing w/balance as a hitter, there is some strength there to work with, gliding runner who will steal bases, shows solid arm strength and plus range in the field, only a 2019 grad to be, possible reclassify for 2018? Haven't heard definitive plans on that yet, so we'll wait for 2 years and the numbers don't lie, he's one to watch for 2019 right now, has offer from Oklahoma, graded out at 20/40 hit, 20/40 power, 70 run, 50/60 arm, 60 fld, OFP on paper, 56 OFP!
OF, Jared Kelentic, 6'1 190, L/L, Waukesha West HS, Waukesha WIS, showed better all around tools for me last year, still has plus arm strength and bat speed, running straight away was a step below ave out of the box, showed he can play CF and RF, has a 60 arm, may end up a very solid college player if the bat tool doesn't improve, definite worth a follow for next spring 2018, will go as far as the bat improves.
3B, Rece Hinds, 6'3 203, R/R, 2019 grad yr, R/R, Niceville HS, Niceville FL, shows some qk twitch, plus arm strength, smooth runner, type of frame to get bigger and stronger, actions for IF at adequate may end up moving to OF, bat has strength will need to work on balance on breaking pitches better, enough here to warrant follow for 2 more years, has verbal offer to LSU.
C, Austin Wells, 6'3 191, L/R, 2018, verbal offer to Stanford, attends Bishop Gorman HS, Henderson NV, showed qk stroke with alley power, type of frame to fill out in future, showed plus arm strength with sound fundamental catching skills, alert, shows control of game, definitely worth strong follow for 2018, turns 18 on 7/12/99, graded out as 20/40 hit, 40/50 power 40 run 60 arm 50 fld, premium position, 48 OFP.
RHP, Owen White, 6'3 175, R/R, 2018, Jesse Carson HS, Mt Ulla NC, qk arm w/short arm arc from 3/4 slot loose out front, second year seeing saw workout at N C State games a couple weeks ago and same event in '16, has near ave velo, 88-92 range, most fb were 89-90, bite and proper spin on cb/sl , tends to cross body towards 3b side, feel for change, will be one to see in 2018, has college verbal to U of South Carolina, will need time in pro ball to develop, good face and want to.
RHP, Slade Cecconi, 6'4 195, R/R, Trinity Prep HS, Oviedo FL, has grown 3 inches in 3 years and added nearly 10 mph to his fb, touched 97, most fb today were 92-93 with occ arm side run occ w/2 seam, crosses body front leg lands towards 3b side restricting extension and life on fb, has some bite on cutter type breaking ball and feel for cb and change, secondary pitches are lacking at present but pure arm speed and velo at plus to work with, has verbal offer to Miami, pro instruction will help this young man climb, 2018 strong follow.
RHP, Lineras "Lenny" Torres, 6'2 186, R/R, Beacon HS, Beacon NY, verbal to St John's, saw Lenny first time last year at NTIS event, fb touched 91 last year, today he touched 95 a handful of times and sat 92-93 for 3 innings, has bite and feel for breaking ball SL type and fb on occ will have arm side run, will need to work on secondary stuff and command in order to get to the next level, worth strong look in 2018 for sure, lean build and big feet to get a bit bigger and stronger, 2018.
OF, Alek Thomas, 5'10 168 L/L, Chicago Mt Carmel HS, Chicago IL, saw last year as well, has some quick twitch and surprising strength, ave runner better on the way, shows below ave arm strength w/plus range in CF, qk bat hit most velo fbs the opp field, a bit rigid in upper body when swinging, worth mild look in 2018, has verbal to TCU.
RHP, Austin Becker, 6'4 175, R/R, Big Walnut HS, Sunbury OH, tall drink of water, has verbal to Vanderbilt, shows loose arm out from from Semi-windup, some hyperextension in arm action, 2 seam fb has sinking life away from LHH, fb touched 92 most were 88-89, raw strength, build to add more strength in time, has hard bite and 11/5 break action on cb and occ straight change with feel, below ave command/control at present, a work in progress, worth good look in 2018.
RHP, Adam Kloffenstein, 6'5 230, R/R, Magnolia HS, Magnolia TX, loose arm w/raw delivery from H 3/4 slot fb touched 95 most fb 91-93 arm side run on occ, spins on heel during follow thru landing, has bite and proper rotation on cb and fair command/control at present, strong frame to get bigger and will need to get everything together to progress in pro ball, worth strong look in 2018, has offer from TCU.
RHP/C, Mason Denanburg, 6'4 195 R/R, 8/8/99, Merritt Island HS, Merritt Island FL, strong build with frame to get bigger and stronger, arm is easy with looseness and strength, knows how defensively, pop times range 1.88 to 2.07, alert and takes charge of the game, bat has strength w/raw power, trigger a tad slow at the plate however on the bump this kid has a chance to be something special as a pitcher, fb tops 96 ave 92-93 with occ run, proper shape on cb with fair command, lots of upside here on the pitching side, has offer from Florida, will be strong follow for top 3 rounds in 2018.
C, Anthony McNair-Sigler, 5'11 185 S/S, Cartersville HS, GA, a switcher on both sides hitting/throwing, shows some ability at the plate, qk bat and goes with the pitch, defensively has a shot as a catcher, showed pop times of 1.96 to 2.07 and kept pitches in the dirt mostly in front, alert, has want to attitude and upside to go further, raw strength, has college offer from Auburn, turned 18 already, 2018.
SS, Gage Workman, 6'4 176 S/R, Basha HS, Queen Creek AZ, showed qk bat w/pull side power, better hitter from LH side, a tad below ave runner out of the box, better on the way, showed ave arm w/carry from SS can project to 60 arm, range laterally works and has instincts for position, may end up moving off SS to Corner or 2B at ML Level in time, has type of frame to add strength/weight in future, has offer to Arizona State, graded out as 30/50 hit 30/50 pwr, 40 run, 60 arm 50 fld, solid OFP of 50, would project to 4-7 rounder type would not be surprised if he moves into group 1 category, good face, 2017 UNDER CONTROL.
OF, Elijah Cabell, 6'1 185, R/R, 18 yr old, Winter Park HS, Winter Park FL, has verbal to LSU, shows plus arm strength and qk bat w/strength and pwr to LF, runs fair, most run times were 4.5 to 4.6, appears quicker on the bases, mild follow for 2018, will go as far as bat takes him.
CF, Michael Siani, 6'0 188, L/L, turns 18 this summer, William Penn Charter HS, Glenside PA, qk twitch guy with plus arm strength from CF and shows the range and instincts to stick there, at the plate, bat was a bit slow w/trigger, appeared a bit bulked up from last seen last year in this event, there are tools here to work with and a verbal to Virginia to compete with, also pitches, did not see just yet on the hill, worth follow in 2018.
RHP, Kumar Rocker, North Ocnonee HS, Watkinsville GA, 6'5 259 turns 18 this winter, has verbal to Vanderbilt, there is major league arm strength here to work with, has slight hyperextension with lead elbow on 2 seam fb, a bit of a concern, loose out front, has touched 98 in the past, only saw him touch 95 on the day, most fb were 92-93 2 seamer was 88-89 with arm side run and sink, hard sloppy slider with occ bite at 83-85, showed hard change with some feel at 86-88, not much deception in it as it appear to be a BP fb, not deceptive at all, command is fair at present, a work in progress, lots of upside with work with pro instruction for 2018.
LHP, Joseph Menefee 6'1 217, L/L, George Ranch HS, Richmond TX, has verbal to Texas A&M, pitches better from set/stretch position than from semi-windup, started out 88-92 in 1st inning and warmed up to 90-93 in the 2nd inning, there is arm speed and looseness here with strength, showed proper bite on SL not much tilt at 77-80 and occ feel for change, another work in progress, must see in 2018.
3B, Jordan Groshans, 6'3 186,R/R turns 18 late this year, Magnolia HS, Magnolia TX, has Kansas U verbal, showed some bat speed w/strength, might have been best hitting prospect at the TOS in the 4 games I saw, shows solid arm strength, high hands at the plate with strength to all fields, ran 4.6 on Turn straight away lots of 4.5's and 4.6's, better on the way runner, has proper actions and range in field at the corner to stick there, definitely worth a follow next spring, 2018.
RHP, John Ginn, 6'1 210, R/R, Brandon HS, Brandon MS, loose qk arm with arm speed, fb touched 97, most were 93-95 with arm side run away from LHH, ez delivery from stretch, showed feel for hard slider/cb type at 83-86, threw strikes, command was a bit below ave but enough here to work with to improve, pro instruction will definitely benefit this one, has some similarities to RHP Craig Kimbrell, has verbal offer to Mississippi State.
Update: Monday, June 26, 2017
Heading to TOS on Tuesday and found my archived report from the NHSI in 2015, reports below:
Found an archive report from 2015, attending the NHSI in Cary, an usually cold late March tourney with some solid follows for the future and a crop of excellent college impact players. Top name I saw was SS Royce Lewis of JSerra HS CA, at 6'1 170 he ran 4.01 from the RH side w/qk bat and solid arm strength from SS with carry and qk on his feet and laterally, 2017 follow, he ended up being the #1 pick by the Minnesota Twins in this year's MLB Draft.
RHP, Joe DeMers, 6'2 225 College Park HS CA, live arm with abv ave fb movement, velo in the low 90's, touched 95 on occ, breaking ball easy to read w/proper spin and bite, location suffered a bit, fb location however got grounders, pop ups and k's with it, also teased w/a few straight changes, has scholly to U of Washington, 2015.
RHP/OF, Ryan Johnson, 6'3 200, L/R, College Station HS TX, showed a strong arm with ave ML velocity, delivery was out of synch on this day however enough to work with in the future, has college commit to Texas A&M, type of frame to get bigger and stronger in school, definite follow, 2015.
3B/RHP, Austin Riley, 6'2 230, R/R, DeSoto HS, Miss, strong body, thick in the legs and middle torso, has arm strength, some effort in delivery from 3/4 slot will touch 93 on occ, most fb 89-92 with arm side run and bite on slider, feel for change, threw strikes, kept his pitches down in the zone for the most part, as a hitter showed straight away power, length in his swing from his heels, pull side strength, runs fair, 4.55 out of the box, has offer to Miss St.
RHP Dallas Woolfolk, 6'3 220, R/R DeSoto HS Miss, has arm strength and some effort in his delivery from 3/4 slot, fb has some run and sink down on the knees, touches 92 on occ most fb were 88-91, showed late break on slider 77-80 most were flat, will need school to continue development, could be fringe prospect in time, 2015, offer to attend Mississippi.
RHP, Patrick Raby, Farragut HS TN, 6'3 220, R/R, smooth delivery, fb w/location, most fb upper 80's touched 90 on occ w/sink and arm side run, spins slider wide break 76-79, feel for change at 77-78, keeps piches down, has college offer to attend Vandy, will be good college pitcher, fringe ML prospect at 44 OFP, 2015.
SS/RHP, Duncan Pence, Farragut HS TN, 6'3 190 R/R, long arms and legs, w/arm strength from SS, has ave arm with some raw strength as a hitter, decisive approach to hitting w/qk bat w/strength, has trouble w/slow stuff, attacks fb, ran 4.48 home to 1b, on the hill showed fb up to 92, most were true at 88-90, type of frame to get bigger and stronger in time, has offer to Tennessee, interesting to follow, 2015.
3B, Matt Kroon, Horizon HS, AZ 6'1 205, R/R, strong body w/raw skills here, ML arm from IF and range, hands best suited to move to OF in time, short compact swing w/strength to pull side for power, has trouble adjusting to breaking pitch, ran solid average 4.3 from RH side, has Oregon college offer, fringe prospect at 41 for me.
RHP/DH, Hagen Danner, Huntington Beach HS CA, 6'2 190 R/R, strong arm from upper 3/4 slot fb touches 94 most fb are 91-92 with sink when down, easy delivery w/proper 12/6 break on cb and threw strikes, occ rushed his delivery but mechanics for the most part were consistent throwing strikes and challenging hitters, can field position, showed short qk bat w/strength from straight away stance and balance, hit the ball hard each time, tended to chase out of zone pitches but made contact, 2017 follow, has early offer to UCLA.
RHP Noah Davis, Huntington Beach HS, CA 6'2 180, R/R, live body w/qk arm from 3/4 slot touches 91-92 on occ most fb true, can spin it w/proper mechanics, needs to keep his pitches down and use fb to set up cb, feel for change, has college in the picture to UC-Santa Barbara 2015, will follow in college.
CF, Daniel Amaral, Huntington Beach HS, CA 5'11 180, R/R, UCLA commit, I remember his dad playing at UCLA and in the majors, this young man has a qk bat with aggressive approach short swing, level plane, balance, will go with the pitch, not much power can run solid ave, appears qk on the bases, plays D w/range in CF w/enuf arm, arm strength for me is a 40, fringe prospect who could develop further with college, 2015.
LHP, Kolby Allard, San Clemente HS, CA 6'2 180, did not pitch in the event, had stiff back, projected to be an early round MLB draft this season, 2015.
LHP, JJ Bleday, Mosley HS FL, 6'2 190, L/L, Vandy commit, loose arm w/slinger action in the 3/4 low slot fb in the 86-89 range w/life away from RHH, showed proper bite and spin on slurve breaking ball teasing hitters down in the zone, changed speeds well, should get stronger and bigger in college, 2015.
SS, Kyle Datres, Loyalsock Township HS, PA, 6' 190 R/R, solid college prospect, UNC commit, showed near ave arm from SS, hands are fair w/ave range laterally, best suited for corner, not much power projection even w/qk bat, contact type guy who plays to win, all out effort, ran 4.35 home to 1st, fringe type who may come on in college, older senior, will be draft eligible his sophomore year in college, 2015.
OF Seth Beer, Lambert HS GA, 6'3 180 L/R, strong upper body w/qk bat w/strength, showed proper balance in straight away stance, ball jumps off his bat can pull for power, showed near ave ML arm strength with know how in the OF, may be best suited for the corner OF or 1B in pro ball, 2016 follow, Clemson in picture possibly, will be the bat to watch in 2016, fringe guy 45 for me, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 40 run, 50 arm, 40 field.
RHP Slade Cecconi, Trinity Prep HS, FL 6'1 170, slender build and long arms and big hands, showed loose arm w/arm speed and strength, fb touches upper 80's w/pop down on the knees, showed proper bite and spin on cb from 3/4 slot, semi windup, will be one to watch, 2018 follow.
Updated: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Sorry, have been busy of late with my 9 to midnight job as a franchise owner/operator for Papa John's. Caught some action at 5 county stadium as well as the 2A and 3A North Carolina State tournament teams on June 2-3. And on Wednesday, June 14 caught the workouts for 5 teams at the North Carolina State Games @ Grimsley HS in Greensboro. The outfield running track for the 60's appeared a bit soft and wet, so a slower than normal track for running, however, speed does not lie.
C/UT, Trent Harris Heritage HS, Wake Forest, 6' 175 R/R, showed near ave arm strength and 1.9 pop times in workouts, ran ok and showcased qk aggressive bat w/LD ability during BP and want to attitude, 2018, keep an eye on this one for 2018, follow potential here for sure, colleges need to close the deal on this one.
C/UT, Gray Betts Cardinal Gibbons HS, 5'10 180 L/R, showed decent ability behind the dish though he worked out in the OF and IF as well, below ave speed, he showed qk lefty short stroke with ability to square up the ball, showed ave hands behind the dish with pop times around 2.0, a couple at 1.9, good chance to play at the collegiate level as a catcher, possible 3B or LF as well, 2018.
lB/LHP, Tyler Tuthill, Clayton HS, 6'3 195, L/L, solid college prospect with hit tool upper cut stroke and know how at 1B, some arm strength and looseness in his arm, room to get bigger and stronger in time, will need to follow in college for sure, 2018.
C/1B/3B, Seth Thorndyke, nice size and skill package at the collegiate level, 6'2 225 R/R w/arm strength and fundamental approach as fielder/receiver, pop times 2.0 to 2.1, showed power type qk bat w/some length and strength, below ave runner, definitely worth colleges developing this one to see down the road, he's at Fairmont HS and is a 2018 grad.
RHP/OF, Andrew Jayne, Terry Sanford HS, 6'4 190, R/R, twin brother on same club, ran 6.85, showed arm strength during workout w/some bat speed and length to swing, barreled up ok, frame to get stronger and add in time, arm action appears to be worthy look as a pitcher, did not see him pitch as of yet, 2018 grad.
OF/LHP, Christian Jayne, Terry Sanford HS, 6'4 190, L/L, showed the better bat of the twin brothers during workout, has solid arm strength with qk arm release w/carry from OF, also ran 6.85, showed qk level stroke as LHH with some pull side power, intriguing to follow, would like to see pitch with his arm strength and athletic ability, 2018. Verbal commitment to ECU.
MIF/SS, Jaylen Guy SE Guilford HS, second year seeing him, saw last year in Cary for State Game workouts and game action, appears slightly bigger and stronger this year, a 2018 grad, he's still just 16 currently, listed at 5'11 170, R/R, bat goes directly to ball, puts it in play, ran easy in 60 and showed near ave arm strength with soft hands in the field, definite 4 year guy who may come on with further growth and development.
1B/C/RHP, 2019 grad to be from Wesleyan Christian Academy, Caleb Cozart, a big'un, 6'4 240 still growing it appears, showed short power stroke with strength and barrel up ability during BP, at 1B showed at least ave ML arm strength and solid fielding skills, not qk afoot at all ran plus 8.0, 60, intriguing to watch next couple of years, arm works well and bat may play at next level.
RHP/IF, Owen White, saw him last year as well at N C State games in Cary, showed fluid arm speed and strength with know how has a fielder and on the bump last year, threw well at IF during workouts and runs ok, not a burner, he has athletic ability, showed qk bat w/strength, has yet to grow into his body, listed at 6'3 180, R/R, South Carolina early verbal, could change w/new coach not yet in fold at S Car yet, on the bump, from 3/4 slot semi windup touched 91 last year, said to have touched 92 during 6/16 action w/proper spin and bite on SL/CB, slurve at present and feel for change, still developing, definite one to follow for 2018 on the pro side.
OF/P, Dalton Williams, 2018 from North Gaston HS, listed at 6'1 195, he's put together well, lefty bat w/strength and pull side power, ran well in 60, 6.8 and showed ML arm strength, stronger muscular build w/lean mass, chance to get bigger and stronger and improve overall skill package, this kid has enough ability to follow as a prospect for 2018, no known college as of this evaluation.
OF, Cam Brantley, Ardrey Kell HS, 2018, L/L, 5'11 190, showed he can run, throw and has bat speed w/strength during workouts, ran 6.85 60, arm works well in OF w/accuracy to bases, showed qk direct bat w/strength, a bit on the raw side still but intriguing enough to see again on the pro side in 2018, college player for sure and will get offers if he hasn't had one yet for D1.
C, Jeremiah Boyd, Hickory Ridge HS, 2018, R/R, 5'10 200, solid hitting prospect w/pop and strength in his short swing, adequate defensive skills to be solid collegiate player at catcher, 2.0/2.1 pop times w/gear, ran fair in 60, not a base stealing threat, but skills to contribute at the next level.
2019, Carson Lowder, North Stanly HS, 6 180, R/R, actions and ability here to follow, definite D1 guy, ran near ave in 60, showed qk short swing w/strength, LD type alley power, arm strength at SS during workout, listed as SS, arm works well w/carry and qk smooth hands in the field.
RHP/OF, Trey Tujetsch, Ardrey Kell HS, 2019, 6' 165, arm works well during workouts, did not see pitch, showed decent actions and fair hitting skills for D1 interest, would like to see pitch the way his arm works and the arm strength he showed, interesting for next 2 years, may grow a bit more.
2018, 1B/LHP, Luke Little, E Mecklenberg HS, listed at 6'8 230, L/L, showed qk power stroke w/strength during BP, attacked the ball, runs fair for a big'un, showed arm strength in the field at 1B and know how, soft hands w/actions, intriguing to see, also listed as a pitcher, arm works well during workout to warrant follow for 2018.
SS/P, Zachary Hammer, 2018, Alexander Central HS, 6'2 165, R/R, frame to get bigger and stronger in time, arm works well, shows ave arm strength from IF and OF, ran ave in 60, at plate he needs work as a hitter, a bit hyper, instruction and work will improve hit tools he currently has, would like to see pitch, definite college prospect for next year.
OF/P, Sam Zayicek, Lake Norman HS, saw last year at N C State games in Cary as well, shows arm strength and ave running speed straight away in 60, definite college prospect, would like to see pitch as his arm strength is intriguing, listed at 6'1 170, L/R, bat is qk and direct to the ball, fair power, strength to develop further, should develop in college further, 2018.
C, Tristen Kenyon, 2018, Smoky Mountain HS, listed at 5'10 185, R/R, showed catch n throw skills and could be contributor at the collegiate level, pop times were 1.85-2.0, showed barrel up ability as a hitter w/compact stroke, should gather pro interest in 3-4 years, need to follow his progress.
OF/IF, Kyle Decker, 2018, North Henderson HS, 6' 170, R/R, ran ave 6.85, showed arm strength in IF/OF workout and has some bat speed w/fair strength, definite college prospect, will need to follow next few years, 2018 grad.
LHP/1B, Eric Wallington TC Roberson HS, 6'4 180, L/L, showed field and throw skills at 1B, did not see pitch, arm was loose and worked well during IF workout, showed solid hit approach w/fair strength, should get bigger and stronger in time, definite college prospect, will need to keep an eye on 2018.
C/1B, Aaron McKiethan, TC Roberson HS, 6'1 205, R/R, solid college prospect, 2.0 pop times, below ave arm strength accurate to bag, shows short stroke with linedrive ability, goes to all fields, solid skills to get to the next level and contribute, 2018.
June 2-3, 2017, First the 2A State Championship, State Champs for 2A = John A Holmes HS out of Edenton NC featured some nice college talent and fierce competitors. LHP Matt Benfield, 2017 grad, is a burly lefty with a sneaky qk fb down on the knees and from 3/4 slot featured a tight cb he got hitters to chase or take for backward K punchouts, he was in the low to mid 80's with his fastball and likely will be a nice college pitcher, he's 6'2 ish and around 250.
CF, Jaden Bobbitt for JAH/Edenton showed plus speed and solid arm strength, he has a qk short swing and the type of frame to project to get stronger in time, he's listed at 6'1, he appears to be close to that and around 175 pounds, R/R, he ran 4.1 on a grounder and he barreled up for contact, he's a 2018 folks, worth a follow next spring on the pro side.
R-S Central HS out of Rutherfordton NC was a scrappy bunch in this tourney and features a solid college prospect in 1B/RHP, Jace Crowe, 2018, appears to be 5'11 175 R/R, showed arm strength during warmups at the 1st sack and showed a qk bat with slight upper cut swing, ran on the way fair and on the bump appeared to be in the low 80's w/his fb and spun the cb ok and some straight changes w/feel, all pitches for 3/4 slot, definitely worth colleges getting on this young man.
RS-Central featured twins, SS Keaton Snethen, a scrappy 5'6 140 R/R, qk twitch player with some arm strength and runs solid average 4.3 from RH side of the plate, made contact each ab and plays to win, can compete at the next level in college for sure, he's a 2018. He has a twin:
OF, Cam Snethen, played RF for RS-Central, 5'6 140 L/L, runs ave and shows some arm strength from RF, has enough speed to move to CF at college level, also pitches however did not see him in that role, puts the ball in play at the plate and can bunt as well, does things right in the field, 2018.
2B/OF, Joey Daigle RS-Central, showed arm strength from IF and OF, is another 2018, shows enough fundamental skills to get to college level to develop into solid player.
Northern Guilford HS won the 3A tourney and featured another solid bunch of young players, featured N C State committ, RHP, Cameron Cotter w/a funky delivery from 3/4 slot, very qk arm and showed a fb that touched 90 a few times, sat 87-88 with some arm side run and qk breaking slider, he kept pitches down and away from hitters bats, a competitor on the bump, he'll do well at the collegiate level and has more in the tank with velo once he matures, 2017 grad.
Of/RHP, John Clark Ouztz, a 5'10 175 lb plugger with arm strength from RF, showed competitive nature w/qk short swing at the plate and fb that touched 89 sat 86 with proper break on cb and feel for change, he'll be a solid contributor at the collegiate level, R/R, 2017.
Crest High School is a team that could compete for State again in 2018, a young club with some talent and never give up attitude.
CF/LHP, 2019 grad, CJ Mayhue showed arm strength and near ave running speed listed at 5'9 155, competed well, showed ability to play CF and had qk bat in the 8 hole, a bit funky on the hill with short arm arc 3/4 slot fb touching 85, most 81-82, proper bite/spin on cb and feel for change, has 2 more years to improve and should grow a bit more, colleges need to be making contact on this one, L/L.
OF, Lawson Harrill, R/R, 5'9 160, showed slightly BA arm strength w/carry from RF, and fundamental swing and approach as a hitter, type of arm motion that could project to become a pitcher in time, 2019, young man may grow a bit more and must watch to see if his arm keeps improving as it worked well in warmups from the OF and plays the game right.
SS, 2018, Nick Melton, 6 165, R/R probably the best player on the team shows arm strength from SS and qk first step to either side, also ran 4.38 from RH side and barreled up for contact each ab, actions to be solid college player.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Caught some action after going to Colorado for Operations Conference for Papa John's last week. I have my mock 1st Round 2017 MLB Draft up. These projections are based on teams' needs not so much on what I've heard whom I've spoken too, as that would all be "hearsay". My projections are based on needs and where prospects for the MLB Draft fit/profile.
1. Minnesota Twins-RHP, Hunter Greene Notre Dame HS CA not many with this arm come around
2. Cincinnati Reds - RHP, Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt, could move quickly in starting rotation
3. San Diego Padres - LHP, MacKenzie Gore, Whiteville HS NC, Padres don't have many lefties like this
4. Tampa Bay Rays - 1B/LHP, Brendan McKay, U of Louisville, 6'3 225, L/L, bat first, pitch 2nd
5. Atlanta Braves - RHP, JB Bukauskas, North Carolina, 6 200, qk mover w/plus slider and command
6. Oakland Athletics-OF, Royce Lewis, JSerra Cath HS CA, 6'1 185, R/R, all the tools, has time to develop
7. Arizona Diamondbacks-OF, Adam Haseley, Virginia, 6'0 190 L/L, hits to all fields, can play "D"
8. Philadelphia Phillies-OF, Jeran Kendall, Vanderbilt, 5'11 180 L/R, hitter w/speed, will move quick
9. Milwaukee Brewers-RHP, Shane Baz, Concordia Lutheran HS, Cypress TX, 6'2 185, live arm will move qk
10. Los Angeles Angels-LHP, David Peterson, Oregon, 6'6 225, Angels need arms and this kid can move qk
11. Chicago White Sox-1B, Pavin Smith, Virginia, type of bat to move in system qk
12. Pittsburgh Pirates-RHP, Tanner Houck, Missouri, Bucs need arms, this one is closest to big leagues
13. Miami Marlins-OF, Jordan Adell, Ballard HS KY, 6'2 195, R/R, two way player, Marlins try bat first
14. Kansas City Royals-RHP, Nate Pearson, U Central FL JC, 6'6 250, Royals need arms first.
15. Houston Astros-LHP, Trevor Rogers, Carlsbad HS NM, 6'6 195, Astros can be patient, qk riser here.
16. New York Yankees-OF, Quentin Holmes, McClancy HS NY, a flyer and Yankees need athletes w/bat skills
17. Seattle Mariners-1B, Evan White, Kentucky, hitter w/power, fits Mariners mold.
18 Detroit Tigers-LHP, DL Hall, Valdosta HS, Tigers need arms and lefties hard to find
19. San Francisco Giants-RHP, Hans Crouse, Dana Hills HS CA, 6'5 180, high energy guy, Giants need arms
20. New York Mets-OF, Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest, qk bat, 5 tools, could move qk in system.
21. Baltimore Orioles-LHP, Luke Heimlich, Oregon St, O's can use arms or a big bat, lefty with ceiling
22. Toronto Blue Jays-C, Riley Adams U of San Diego, defensive skilled receiver with enough bat, Jays need a C soon.
23. Los Angeles Dodgers-RHP, Alex Lange, LSU, competitive pitcher who will move qk in this system
24. Boston Red Sox-LHP, Brendon Little, State JC of FL, strong power lefty with hard breaking ball
25. Washington Nationals-SS, Logan Warmouth, North Carolina, field and hit guy who could get into lineup qk
26. Texas Rangers- RHP, Alex Faedo, Florida, 6'3 190, type of arm that fits Rangers mold, injuris a question.
27. Chicago Cubs-RHP, Sam Carlson, Burnsville HS MIN, Cubs have youth and can develop this arm.
28. Toronto Blue Jays-C, Hagen Danner, Huntington Beach HS, 2 way type, coming on as a catcher can pitch.
29. Texas Rangers- OF, Heliot Ramos, Leadership Academy Puerto Rico, 5 tool player, Rangers need depth
30. Chicago Cubs-OF Austin Beck, N Davidson HS NC, 6'1 200, R/R, bat w/power, Cubs can wait and develop
Competitive Balance Round A
31. Tampa Bay Rays-RHP, Blayne Enlow, St Amant HS LA, Rays need arms and like to develop them
32. Cincinnati Reds - 2B/OF, Keston Hiura, UC-Irvine, a bat first guy who could help Reds quickly
33. Oakland Athletics - RHP, Clarke Schmidt, U of South Carolina, college guy fits A's "M=OH"
34. Milwaukee Brewers -1B, Gavin Sheets, Wake Forest, Brewers want big bats, Sheets has power hit tool
35. Minnesota Twins - SS, Nick Allen, Parker School CA, Twins brass like this kids package skills
36. Miami Marlins - SS, Mark Vientos American Heritage HS, his bat and steady fielding project here.
MYRTLE BEACH (CHICAGO CUBS)
OF/DH, Eloy Jiminez, 6'4 200, R/R, 11/27/96, still just 20 yrs old, has long power stroke w/strength and power, slight upper cut swing from deep launch, during pre-game showed easy motions in OF with plus arm strength w/carry and adequate accuracy, seemed to favor his legs when running on routine play, limited action during series vs Carolina Mudcats (BREWERS), has the intangibles to rise through the ranks, want to see more however. Right now seems to be an offensive type corner outfielder, projection date 2019 expectation to be in Chicago.
LHP, Justin Steele, 6'2 195, 07/11/95, will turn 22 soon, shows loose qk arm from H3/4 slot, SWU with arm side run and sinks when down on knees with 90-94 velo fb, sits 92-93 through 5 innings, showed hard 1/7 cb with depth and qk late break downward, showed occ straight CU at 78-80, needs to keep his pitches down w/fb and change and hit locations, fb up straightens out, enough here to be projected as a ML starter, showed adequate move to hold runners at bay, competes, will challenge hitters, similar comp to former ML Tom Glavine, ETA 2019.
RHP, Adbert Alzolay, 6'1 175, 03/01/95, qk loose arm from H3/4 slot w/SWU, fb touches 96, sits at 93, range 91-96, can reach back when he wants, fb fairly true on occ has arm side run arm way LHH, hard 12/6 cb with bite, not much deception on the pitch, tends to flatten out, straight change also in development stage, needs secondary stuff to develop better in order to get to ML Level, has enough to project as a ML Starter in time, eta, 2020, threw strikes, fb middle up straightens out, similar comp to ML pitcher Edison Volquez when he was younger.
RHP, Thomas Hatch, 6' 190, 09/29/94, qk loose arm from 3/4 slot and SWU, fb down has run and sink, velo ranges 90-97, most fb 92-93, must hit his spots and keep fb down, hard slurvy breaking ball effective, straight change also effective all pitches from the same 3/4 slot, challenges and throws strikes, not a nibbler, has enough here to project to be ML starter a back of the rotation type or solid middle man in the pen, some similar comp to current ML Francisco Berrios.
OF, Eddy Martinez, 6'1 195, R/R, 1/18/95, project to 215, type of build to handle added weight, swings a bit from heels, generates long power stroke from short launch, swings hard at all pitches, ball jumps off his bat for plus power potential, tends to swing at everything, shows plus arm strength with carry from RF, runs on the way 4.42, enuf defensive tools to be competent RF in ML in time, eta, 2020, needs to shorten stroke a bit and get hips more into his swing, shorten his stride.
2B, Andruw Monasterio, 6 175, R/R, 5/30/97, qk live body, has actions to be steady middle IF, runs solid ave to slightly better on the way, ave arm w/plus range to either side of the glove, showed short swing, tends to chase breaking ball, singles type hitter with enuf speed to leg out extra bases, young still and should get bigger and stronger with maturity, ETA 2020.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Here's an early look at 2017's Top MLB Draft Prospects in my opinion and comments if I have seen them this year or not:
RHP, JB Bukauskas, UNC, 6' 200, R/R, live fb, plus stuff, closer mentality and aggressiveness - so far in 2017 he's established himself as one of the top RHP in this class and profiles as an end of the rotation guy or potential bullpen stopper.
RHP, Hunter Greene, 8/6/1999, 6'3 195, R/R, Notre Dame HS, CA (commit-UCLA), so far in 2017 he's started out of the gate rather strong and solidifies himself as the potential #1 pick overall. Have not seen this year and reports from various scouts and web based info sights say he's a legit 1st or 2nd pick in the draft and most clubs figure his best shot is as a ML Pitcher, I concur, he does have intriguing package as a hitter and defensive shortstop as well.
LHP, Zach Lowther, Xavier, 6'4 215, L/L, on paper, could be one of first 5 taken in 2017 - two mediocre early starts have pushed his stock down a few notches, fb barely touching 90 early in games and having command issues as well as getting his secondary pitches over the plate with any consistent effect. Saw him at the Irish Classic vs Penn St in Cary, he was 88-91, most fb had sink but pitched up in zone and got hit around after 3 innings, since then he's gone on a nice run, so maybe he's hit his groove. Last summer and the previous summer in 2015, he started out slow in the spring and had very good summers throwing harder and with better stuff. Who knows where he'll go or end up, he's a lefty and they are tough to figure out sometimes.
RHP, Andrew Wantz, UNC-Greensboro, 6'4 230, R/R (One of best Cape Cod pitchers this summer) - started out slow but still showing low's 90's stuff, needs to establish his breaking ball as a solid out pitch. Has not closed as much as last year, still showing plus velo but command has lacked, he'll benefit from pro instruction and he'll need to make some adjustments in pro ball, the key will be how he adapts to changing.
LHP, MacKenzie Gore, Whiteville HS, NC, 6'2 175, L/L (high exposure during summer '16, solid stuff) - has started out with slightly better velo than he showed early in 2016 and his breaking ball has been in the development stage still, tends to pitch uphill some in his delivery, ECU commit, early talk is his in the top 2 rounds potentially. Has added 3-4 mph on his FB since last spring/summer and since I first saw him in 2015 at the State Tourney @ 5 County Stadium he's gone from 85-89 with fb, to 87-92 with fb, to 89-96 w/fb last 3 years and his breaking ball and change up have improved a smidgen as well each year, so projection is left and his frame will fill out and add more strength, he's a good athlete and can run straight away well, my OFP # came out to a 55 on him.
IF/OF, Royce Lewis, JSerra Catholic HS, Aliso Viejo CA, 6' 185, R/R, lively bat, power, 5 tools. - starting out well with plus speed and plush offensive tools - I have not seen him this year, reports are mixed, but from what I saw last year, the tools are there and he's young and he'll figure it all out as he adjusts and matures in pro ball.
SS, Mark Vientos, Flanagan HS, Miami FL (Transfering to American Heritage HS for '17), 6'4 190 R/R - looked solid in the NHSI, displaying his + arm strength, ran 4.4 home to 1b, showed qk level bat stroke with alley power, when he fills out and matures naturally, added power will come, definite middle of the order guy and can play SS, compare him to Cal Ripken Jr in HS at the same age, this I know, because I played against Cal Jr in Summer ball, 1978. - My report on him from the NHSI this spring is below. He can play!
RHP, Blayne Enlow, St. Amant HS, Sorrento LA, 6'4 170, live arm with plus slider and command. - his stuff was very impressive to me last summer - I have not seen him this year and reports are that he's still got the stuff and clubs love his size and frame to get bigger and stronger in time.
RHP, Shane Baz, Concordia Lutheran HS, Cypress TX, 6'2 185, live arm, hard sl, control is there - has solidified himself in first round talk for 2017, 3 pitch arsenal and type of frame to get bigger and stronger with maturity fb has touched 95 early. - Have not seen him this year, reports on him are all positive and he's likely a mid first rounder.
OF, Garrett Mitchell, Orange Lutheran HS, Anaheim CA, 6'1 205, L/R, 5 tools folks. - showed different stance and tentative at the plate, taking lots of pitches, did not drive the ball with authority like he did last year during spring and summer, still runs well, throws well, played CF, displayed BP power and swing, that did not translate in game at bats however. UCLA commit. - Saw at the NHSI this spring, report is below.
RHP, Hans Crouse, Dana Hills HS, Dana Hills CA, 6'5 185, thin body, upside, fb up to 96, hard cb. Showed plus stuff in recent out at NHSI in Cary vs Cullman HS Alabama, showed 96-97 a couple pitches w/fb and hard slurve with tight spin, at times flashed a straight change, used it once in the game, fb not much movement, should develop and get strong physically as he matures. - Saw him on Day 1 at the NHSI this spring, report is below.
LHP, Jake Eder, Atlantic High School, Ocean Ridge FL, 6'4 210, loose, velo and sl, delivery needs work. - Have not seen him this year, reports are his velo is not much different than last summer, he pitched well in spurts.
RHP, Alex Scheff, Prestonwood Christian HS, Texas, 6'1 205, R/R (live arm, up to 96 mph FB) - have not seen him this year, reports are his fb is the same as last year, up to 98 on occ, control is spotty.
OF, Quentin Holmes, Monsignor McClancy High School, East Elmhurst NY 6' 170, R/R, can fly w/qk bat. - I have not seen him this year but this kid is a 70 runner and has plus bat speed and deceptive strength with his wiry strong frame, so whoever takes him this year will get the full package and upside is there to be an impact player if he works at it.
SS, Brady McConnell, Merritt island High School, FL, 6'2 170, R/R, 5 tools, good face. - Saw recently at the NHSI, shows plus speed and defensive skills, was tentative at the plate weak line drives but fundamentals are sound and bat speed is there, will need to make adjustments and get stronger in pro ball, has college offer, that may be his best shot for development over the next 3 years, 19 years old for the draft.
RHP, Garret Cave, Florida Int'l, 6'3 200, R/R, used primarily in relief, that's his ticket to ML. after solidifying himself in the Cape last summer with elite stuff in the All-Star game, Garrett has since transfered to DII program Tampa and is starting and showing low 90's fb and hard slider with bite. - transfered to the U of Tampa, is having a solid year statistically, scouts I've talked with said his velo is 90-95, mostly 91-92 with some arm side run and hard breaking ball, command is slowly improving, best shot for me was as a short man out of the pen, could be a day 1 selection in the MLB Draft 2017.
OF, Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest, 6'1 190, R/R, 5 tools, power is there. - hit a bomb his first time out and showing strong defensive tools in CF. - deceptively strong, runs well on the way, can throw and play "D" with the best of them, instinctive player with drive and desire, will only improve in pro ball. - One of my favorite players since seeing him vs Louisville last year then at the ACC tourney, this kid just works on his weak areas and wants it and gives 100% always, you have to like that, he's an OFP of 50 for me which would be an average ML player, I like him more than former first rounder Drew Stubbs out of Texas, who's played in the ML for a few years and never really has hit but can really run, Stuart can hit and he can run, not as well as Stubbs straight away, but he has a tick above average speed, Stubbs had 70 speed at one time. Stuart is talked about going in the top 35 picks, safe to say, 1st to 3rd round depending how clubs line up their prospect list.
WINSTON-SALEM - CHICAGO WHITE SOX
C, Zach Collins, 6'3 225 L/R, solid bat tool w/plus power, 240/250 type ave hitter with 15+ type HR frequency power, has arm strength, hands are ok behind the plate, keeps pitches in the dirt in front of him defensively, transfers ball from glove to hand ok, 1.98 to 2.15 pop times to 2B, works at his weak areas, long range would be to move to 1B at ML level, runs fair, knows how, not a base running threat, 50 OFP.
RHP, Dane Dunning, 6'4 220, R/R, loose arm from 3/4 slot, short arc in back, semi-windup, fb has run and sink, velo ranges, threw harder in 1st inning than 2nd to 4th innings in this stint, velo was 90-96, sat at 91-92 mostly, slider at times sharp w/decent location, other times flat and hittable, straight change same, sometimes deceptive other times flat and easy to read when he rushed his front side in delivery or from stretch. Will benefit from full year at this level and work on stretch, stamina would be biggest area of concern here to be capable 3-4 man in ML rotation, otherwise, long term might be as a closer or set up man to get hitters one time thru the lineup, gave him a 50 OFP number.
CF, Luis Basabe, 6' 175, S/R, solid range and hands in CF, gets good breaks and jumps out there and shows solid arm with carry and accuracy, at the plate, stronger side is as a RHH, has pop from LHH side, short qk swing helps him, can tend to get long on slower stuff, should hit enough to be top of the lineup threat, is aggressive and has good plate discipline, only 20 years old, has frame to fill out for added strength, gave him a 50 OFP, should be solid ML contributor, ETA 2019/2020.
Updated: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Here are the names I feel are Major League Prospects in time I've covered in the Carolina League season thus far through 16 dates as well as names you may see in the 2017 MLB Draft, some are listed in other baseball publications and web blogs, however, these names are from what I've seen in the past and present as well as names for 2018 and beyond.
First off we'll start with Carolina League Class A players to follow:
CAROLINA MUDCATS - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
RHP, Cody Ponce 6'6 260, R/R, 4/25/94, former D-II starter in college, Cody has a loose arm from H 3/4 slot, throws fb both 2 and 4 seamer range in velo 88-94, sits 91-92, cuts fb for short effect, also cb with some bite and slider with late bite on occ, also straight change, all secondary pitches are still developing and lack sharpness to get ML hitters out consistently however, the arm strength and delivery are there to work with and he's still only 23 but he needs improvement quickly, a chance prospect as a 45 OFP, may be a middle guy in the bullpen or emergency starter call up.
LHP, Kodi Medeiros, 6'1 200, slinger type arm action from 3/4 slot with qk arm, shows late middle out life on fb touches 96, sits 92-93 w/fb with 2 seam and 4 seam repetoire, also hard bite on slurvy breaking ball, wide break, change is still in development stage and he tips off his change, may end up a middle guy in the pen unless his stuff can get harnessed as he's all over the place with release points, yet he's 5/25/96, just going to be 21 years old, hard to deny the qk arm with abv ave velo however and if he can repeat his delivery effectively as he advances, he's got a shot, 47 OFP.
RHP, Freddy Peralta, 5'11 175, loose righty with long arm in back swing slight wrap from 3/4 slot, fb ranges in velo from 90-96, sits 91-92, keeps his pitches down and angles in the zone effectively to keep hitters at this level honest, has bite on slider and effect on straight change 87-90, key here is he throws strikes, he's 6/4/96, another young one who'll be 21 soon, shot at end of the rotation or bullpen guy, 47 OFP, based on control, repeats delivery and command.
2B, Isan Diaz, 5'10 200, L/R, 5/27/96, qk short stroke with foul line power from left side, runs a tad below average, can throw and turn DP, shows instincts at 2B, runs bases well enough w/occ steal threat, will be an emergency call up or ave 2B with some offensive punch in time, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 40 run, 50 arm, 40/50 fld 48 OFP, has a chance to get there and contribute because of offensive ability.
CF, Corey Ray, 5'11 195, L/L, 9/22/94, have seen since his soph year in HS at Simeon HS, Chicago IL and college playing days at U of Louisville, has made steady progress, lacks aggressiveness as a lead off hitter and still a tad late with trigger at the plate, has improved overall defensive tools has solid speed and average defensive arm and plus range to be given a shot down the line, his key to getting in the lineup is getting on base and using the bat with a shorter stroke and go with the pitch, 4.1 runner, graded him out as 30/30 hit, 40 power, 60 run 50 arm 50 fld, so 46 OFP, should open his stance to get better angle seeing pitches for plate coverage.
OF, Troy Stokes, 5'9 190, R/R, 2/2/96, short stroke w/balance and can drive the ball, keeps ball in play, has enough range and arm in LF to stick, lacks power to be a big time offensive contributor, has some resemblance of former OF, Billy Hatcher (Astros/Cubs), 4.3 runner chance to hit for average and hit 8-10 HRs, not a real threat as a base stealer but speed to take extra bases and knows how, 40/50 hit, 40/40 power, 50 run, 40 arm 50 fld, 44 OFP.
1B, Jacob Gatewood, 6'5 225, R/R, big kid with strength in his swing, level to slightly upper cut swing with dead pull power, runs well underway, throws well enough, learning to play 1B and is adequate there but in the long term not a prospect as a 1B has made week to week improvement however, may have to move to LF or RF, did play SS/3B in HS, not consistent fielding the ball, has some trouble transfering hand to glove to throw, graded him out 40/60 hit, 60 power, 40 run, 50 arm, 40 fld, 50 OFP, 9/25/95, needs work defensively, hits the ball hard.
3B, Lucas Erceg, 6'2 200, L/R, steady fielder w/plus arm and soft hands, hitting tool and trigger have been a tick short in over 30 at bats seen, no real confidence, has bat speed, needs to work on balance and stepping up the trigger to get the bat started, seems tentative at the plate, strength is there, runs fair at best a 30 runner, 5/1/96, 21 yrs old, has some time, needs work on hit tool, 42 OFP.
LYNCHBURG - CLEVELAND INDIANS
RHP, Leandro Linares, 6'2 205, R/R, short man w/qk arm from H 3/4 w/fb touching 94 with some late tail in vs RHH, hard cb w/slurve action effective vs RHH or LHH, throws strikes, 1/27/94, has ability to be contributor out of pen to get to ML, 48 OFP.
RHP, Triston McKenzie, 6'5 165, R/R, 8/2/97, still 19 will turn 20 late in season, has qk loose arm from H 3/4 easy to home with 3 pitches from same slot, repeats delivery well and has the frame to add more weight and strength w/natural maturity, fb ranged 88-95, sat at 91-92 kept pitches down, hard cb and straight change all 3 pitches to be at minimum average, def ability to be starter at ML level, ETA 2019, 58 OFP.
BUIES CREEK - HOUSTON ASTROS
C, Eduardo de Oleo, 5'10 180, R/R, 1/25/93, older player at this level, has tools, qk bat with upper cut stroke for LF alley power, makes hard contact, shows ave arm with defensive skills 2.0 pop time on only attempt, showed pre-game skills, AAA at the least who could be a vet to be effect backup at ML level, will go as far as bat takes him, 42 OFP.
SS, Anibal Sierra, 6'1 190, R/R, qk bat with foul line power, runs better on the way, 4.3 from box, shows ave arm w/ave glove skills either side of the bag, 2/15/94, chance to be utility guy up the middle and play 3B on occasion, will go as far as bat takes him, not a power threat, not a base stealer but can take extra bases, 42 OFP.
CF, Kyle Tucker, 6'2 190, L/R, 1/17/97, young, has a live bat with power, ball jumps off the bat with unorthodox swing, doesn't show full extension on pitches away, pull happy type swing, can pull for deep HR power, throws well enough to play any OF position, on the way runner, 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 50 fld, solid 50 OFP, ETA 2020.
RHP, Franklin Perez, 6'3 220, R/R, 12/6/97, just 19, showed ML stuff, all pitches from same slot w/deception and can dial up 96 fb when he wants sits 92-92 with sink down on knees, hard cb and slider and straight change, graded him out as 60 fb, 60 cb, 60 SL, 60 control/command, 70 change, 63 OFP, chance to be better than Felix Hernandez. ETA 2019.
FREDERICK - BALTIMORE ORIOLES
RHP,Ofelky Peralta, 6'5 195, 4/20/97, just turned 20 this month, a bit of a slinger however, qk arm from same slot on all pitches, fb touches 95 with sink when down on knees range is 93-95, also straight change and hard slider w/wide sweep to get RHH hitters out, must keep pitches down, has a shot as a starter at ML Level, ETA 2020, should fill out some and improve repeating mechanics to add more deception, 50 OFP.
OF, Austin Hays, 6'1 190, R/R, short swing w/power to alleys for extra base type power, occ HR power to hit 10-15 in time, runs well underway, shows instincts and range in OF to play CF or any OF position, throws have accuracy and carry to all bases, will go as far as his bat takes him, 47 OFP, 7/5/95.
DOWN EAST - TEXAS RANGERS
C, Carlos Garay, 6'0 225, R/R, catch and throw guy w/sting in his swing, gets good plate coverage shows power to alleys to drive the ball on occ out of the park, 240 type hitter, enough ability here to be at least a backup at ML level, 10/5/94, pop time 2.0 on one attempt.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - NHSI
Caught the first round of the NHSI at USA Traning Complex, ran into old friends from the past, Assistant GM Mike Arbuckle of the KC Royals and Special Assignment Scout for the Rockies, Rick Mathews, both great gentelmen from the midwest, I've known since I was an amateur player in '78-82.
Prospects from the tourney:
3B, Cory Acton, American Heritage HS, 6'1 165 L/R, showed plus arm strength and qk feet and hands as a fielder, qk bat with some loop in his swing, runs underway well, follow for 2018, Florida early commit.
CF, Enrique Bradfield, L/L 5'11 140, American Heritage, can really run and covers ground in CF, showed short swing to the ball at the plate ran 4.0 from LH box, 2020 follow.
1B, Tristan Casas, L/R, 6'4 230, American Heritage, big swing w/arm strength and know how around the sack, can drive the ball to all fields, stiff front arm in swing, needs to get full extension to showcase his power, runs underway, 4.4 out of the box, ML arm strength, 2018, U of Miami commit.
SS, Mark Vientos, 6'4 200, R/R, American Heritage HS, one of best prospects in the nation, seen 2 straight years now, electric bat w/level swing, power is there and will add as he grows throws w/carry and plus arm strength, knows how to play the game, smooth in the field, could become a very good player in a short amount of time for the right ML Team, 55 OFP, capable to be 1st rounder in 2017.
RHP, Christian Santana, 6'1 200, R/R, American Heritage, H 3/4 to OH delivery qk arm, fb true, ranges 87-92 not much movement, sink on occ on knees, hard downer type cb 12/6 action and straight change with deception when he repeats his delivery, control type pitcher who needs to keep the ball down, has commit to Fla International, 2017.
RHP, Joe Perez, 6'2 200, R/R, 2017, Archbishop McCarthy HS, qk arm with slight slinger from 3/4 slot fb touches 95, most are 91-92, hard slurve and occ straight change, some effort in delivery not much deception, should improve with more exposure with pitching instruction, has commit to U of Miami, 45 OFP.
1B, Alex Toral, 6'1 220, L/L, Archbishop McCarthy HS, qk bat w/compact swing with power to pull side, poor runner, has ave arm strength and knows how at first sack to be competent and contribute as 1B in pro ball, should hit enough to get into ML lineup in time, 2017 U of Miami commit, chance to be offensive player at ML Level, 50 OFP.
SS, Tate Kolwyck, Arlington HS TN, 6'1 190, R/R, steady fielder w/ave arm strength, qk level stroke at the plate w/balance and shows alley gap pop, early commit to Vandy, 2018 follow.
LHP, Jacob Heatherly, Cullman HS AL, 6'2 210, L/L, lefty w/arm speed and strength, fb ranges 88-93, most were 89-90 w/some arm side run, hard cb with bite on occ when mechanics were in synch, was all over the place with his release pts from 3/4 slot today, has commit to U of Alabama, graded him out 50 fb, 50 cb, 40 change, 40 command/control, 45 OFP, 2017.
RHP, Hans Crouse, 6'5 175, R/R, Dana Hills HS CA, loose qk arm with some effort and recoil in delivery, not afraid to compete, wants the ball, fb touches 97 most were 93 with some sink down on knees and had proper bite and spin on cb/sl and straight change has a feel for it, UCLA commit, graded him out at 50, could get there in time, high energy guy, should fill out his frame, reminds me some of Black Jack McDowell in his White Sox/Stanford Days, 2017.
OF Joe McLaughlin, Hamilton HS AZ, 6'3 200, R/R, 2019 follow, has pop in his swing, proper mechanics as a hitter, will get bigger and stronger in time, throws have carry and knows how. Early commit to Oregon State.
C/RHP, Hagen Danner, Huntington Beach HS CA, 6'1 205, R/R, a performer, steady player, has the tools and moxy to get to the Majors, a baseball rat, shows fb that touches 93, pitches corners and keeps ball in the strike zone and hard over top cb with command, knows how, also learning to catch, shifts and blocks, throws w/carry to 2B, release pt varies and pop times near 2.0 or less on occ, 2017 guy w/UCLA commit, graded him out as a 50 as a pitcher, 50 as an offensive player.
1B, Nick Pratto, Huntington Beach HS CA, 6'2 205, L/L, smooth qk stroke to all fields with power to RF alley, throws have carry, runs underway tad below ave, knows how as a LHP, has college commit, would take as a 1B until he proves he can't hit at the pro level, too good a hitter not to hit, he makes the adjustments and puts the bat to the ball, 2017, USC commit, 50 OFP.
SS, Brady McConnell, Merritt Island HS FL, 6'1 185, S/R, speed and defensive tools are his pluses, his bat has strength, tentative swing, needs to work on separation and trigger, has commit to Florida, 2017, graded him out, 30/30 hit, 30 power, 60 run, 60 arm, 60 glove, 46 OFP, 2017.
C/RHP, Mason Delanburg, 6'4 205, R/R, Merritt Island HS, arm strength and mechanically sound as a catcher, some bat pop, bat lags, on the hill has arm speed with velo touching 92, most fb are true w/occ sink, 2018 follow, has commit to Florida.
RHP, Christian Rodriguez, 6'5 190, R/R, 2020 follow, Orange Lutheran HS CA, loose qk arm from 3/4 slot pitches across his body, fb touches 86 w/sink down on knees most fb 83-84, cb has bite and proper spin/rotation to develop further, follow this one, he's gonna be good.
C, Caleb Ricketts, Orange Lutheran HS CA, 6'3 190, L/R, smooth receiver, knows how, throws qk to 2b w/carry, has some bat speed with opp field pop, mechanically and fundamentally sound player, 2018 follow, no commitment yet to 4 year.
CF, Garrett Mitchell, Orange Lutheran HS CA, 6'3 210, L/R, did not show same hitting ability or mechanics as last year, has plus arm strength and running speed, power is there during BP, has college commit to UCLA, diabetic as well, hitting mechanics need work, will go as far as bat takes him, high risk guy, 2017, graded out as 20/40 hit, 50/60 power, 60 run, 60 arm, 50 fld, 50 OFP, would need time in low A ball to improve hitting skills to get to next level.
LHP, Carlos Morales, South Hills HS CA, 6'3 190, loose lefty with arm strength, fb 88-90, touched 91, keeps pitches down, has proper bite and rotation on cb, appears mature, may fill out later, has college commit to Long Beach, 2017.
SS, Brandon Dieter, South Hills HS CA, 6'1 170, R/R, smooth fielder w/arm strength, ranges to left well, runs ave and has bat speed, needs work still all around, 2018 follow, has college commit to Stanford.
RHP, AJ Labas, Trinity Christian HS FL, 6'2 220, R/R, reclassified to be eligible this year, 2017, has sound pitching approach, deceptive change up, fb w/effort 88-92 range, pitches at 89-90 w/sink on occ, proper spin on slider, has commit to North Florida, probably will go in top 7 rounds, for me low round type 13-20, needs to locate all 3 pitches at ML level to get there, has a ways to go, mature body.
1B, Dylan Simmons, Trinity Christian HS FL, 6'3 210, R/R, arm strength and runs underway, 2019 follow, shows bat speed and know how, arm works well, did not see pitch but intriguing arm strength to see him again over next 2 years, early commit to Florida State.
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Been active for the most part this season, 2017. Have been catching a lot of action in the Carolina League @ Carolina Mudcats-5 County Stadium. You can follow me at Twitter. I also have put my new service on hold as far as the Pre-Draft Showcases go for 2017 but I will compile lists of players as I've done the past few years in the blog here and go back after it for 2018 with the Major League Scouting Network unless I hook on with a Major League Club which is a strong possibility.
Sunday, September 25
After a tragic morning, learning about the untimely and sudden death of a superstar in the making in RHP, Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, who died in a boating accident, I attended the South Atlantic Boarder Battle in Holly Springs, NC. Very competitive, organized event by several of the area scouts and east coast scouting supervisors, teams representing the Braves, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Brewers and Mets, 2017 and 2018 grads.
Nice to see a few of the players I have on my spring list for 2017 along with getting another look at a bigger and stronger, Gavin Williams, Cape Fear HS, 6'5 200, RHP, 2017 grad, touched 91 most of his fb were 88-90, showed bite and proper spin on cb and a deceptive straight change with arm side fade, pitched downhill and threw strikes for the most part, once he physically strengthens and matures, he could be a special RHP, OFP in the upper 40's, has verbal to UNCW.
RHP, Chris McMahon from West Chester Rustin HS, Chester PA, 6'2 185, loose, qk arm from 3/4 slot, semi-windup, slight wrap in back in arm swing, arm w/good extension out front, finished pitches for the most part, showed the nice true bite on the cb and occ straight change still in development stage, fb touched 92 most were 90 with occ run, most were true, hides the ball well enough to overmatch hitters at this level, frame to get bigger and stronger in time, similar build to Jason Isringhausen in high school, would put an OFP in upper 40's on this one.
Tuesday, August 23
RHP, Trevor Clifton, Myrtle Beach (Cubs), 6'4 210, R/R, 3/4 slot loose qk arm w/cross body delivery semi-windup, throws both 2 seam and 4 seam, touches 96, most fb 91-93, also throws slurvy breaking ball with hard break away from RHH, 76-79, too big of a break to be a slider, not a lot of drop action, the breaking ball plays however, and he keeps fb for the most part down, will elevate to get hitters to chase or pop up out of zone, fringe ML starter, need to see that 3rd pitch more often, he flashed a few changes on occ, but not much deception on it, is only 21 years of age, lean build, comparable to Matt Garza, 50 fb, 50 cb, 50 command/control, 40 change, 48 OFP, chance to be ML 4 man in rotation or long man out of pen.
Sunday, August 21
Caught 4 games at the main stadium on Saturday, August 20, so finishing up some short reports on some young men I feel will be worth a follow for any ML Club.
First RHP, 2017, Bailey Dees, 6'6 210 listed, R/R, he had on a Hough HS T-shirt and listed in PG directory had him at Independence HS in Charlotte NC. Anyways, Bailey showed arm strength with a semi-windup with a H 3/4 arm slot, slight wrap/hook in the back swing which can cause for eratic release points or feel for the grip on the ball, his fb touched 89, most were 84-88 and he had a hard downer cb with some depth and also feel for straight change, he's definitely someone a pitching coach would love to work with, he pitched for Team Southeast 17U in the NTIS in Cary.
SS, Chris Locklear, St Pauls HS, played for Team Southeast 17U NTIS, he's close to 5'10 and 140 wound tight and strong for his size, he ran 4.0 on an IF hit and made contact each ab, he shows lateral range and a solid ML arm from SS, R/R, qk bat with foul line power, his speed is the factor that will help him down the road. Uncommitted as far as I know, he's a 2017 HS grad.
RHP, 2018, 5'11 150, R/R, Ethan Clough, Temecula Valley HS, Temecula CA, pitched for 16U Team SoCal, his delivery was rather easy and he utilized 3 pitches and his delivery was easy and loose arm from H 3/4 slot, threw also a cut fb, change and slider/cb, he kept his pitches down for the most part in the strike zone, there appears to be some growth potential still for this young man and definitely will increase some velo once he physically finishes growing. Project to 6'1 175, his fb was 84-88, most fb were 85 with occ middle in movement on a RHH.
2B, Daren Baker, 5'10 150, L/R, 2017, Jesuit HS, Granite Bay CA, smooth as silk with plus running speed, qk bat from left side and shows solid arm strength, room for more added strength and development here, definite D1 guy who I could see one day in ML lineup should he keep making adjustments to better pitching and gain added strength physically which should be no problem, he is 17 years old currently.
SS, Nick Gonzales, 5'10 170, R/R, 2017 grad, Cienga HS, Vail AZ, this young man showed qk twitch actions, the ball jumped off his bat and he ran solid 4.3 from RH side home to 1b and better quickness on the bases, at SS he came in later in the game and showed at least a near ave ML arm and sure handed at SS with lateral range, will probably end up at 2B or the OF, definite D1 guy with a fringe shot at ML ball.
CF, 2018 follow, Christian Franklin, played for 17 U Midwest team for NTIS, 5'11 165 R/R, runs at least ave, moved around in CF with ease and showed at least ave range in CF, qk bat with level stroke, some deceptive strength in his frame and he's just 16 so room for growth and improvement, he attends Rockhurst HS, Overland Park KS. 2 years to keep an eye on him.
Friday, August 19
Took in a game and a couple innings at the NTIS today in Cary, first seeing 16U matchup between New England and North Atlantic.
Interesting RHP, 2018 grad, Lineras Torres, Jr, of Beacon HS, Beacon NY, 6'1 165, loose, righty, w/qk arm from H 3/4 slot, set position in delivery, loose out front with extension, fb touches 90, most were 87-89, also proper bite on sweeping breaking ball and kept pitches down and in the zone for the most part of his 3 innings, he's projectible and needs to be followed for further development. St John's commit.
Next game saw a 17U matchup, New England vs Great Lakes, catching an intriguing LHP, Austin Mihlbauer, Mukwonago HS, WIS, 6'2 185, L/L with a quick loose arm and easy semi-windup from 3/4 slot, fb touches 88, most were 86-87, sweeping slider in on RHH, kept pitches down, body to fill out and get stronger and easy delivery to develop further.
Tuesday, August 16
So I was asked about Jon Lieber a while back, so here's a little story about Jon, he came to a Pre-Draft workout after I caught him for 5 pitches in a district game for Iowa Western Community College-Council Bluffs in early May and on May 20, 1990 at the PD workout, Jon threw 83-88 mph on the radar gun we used, 85 is ML ave back then on the slower "Ray Gun", 90 on the JUGS/JUGS SPEED Gun. I spoke with Jon a bit after the workout and asked where he was going to school since he finished up his 2nd season at IWCC-CB and he said he had a small offer from U of Nebraska-Lincoln and some bites from Olivet Nazarene and Lamar, but it was going to cost his family some money for him to go to school, so my goal was to get him drafted by my club at the time, the New York Mets, and I guess my report on Jon didn't sell him very well, so I called up Steve Kittrell, U of South Alabama head baseball coach on a whim as I had sent him player recommendations before on players who had no college program interest who I felt could play at the D1 level and had some tools worthy of development and Steve and his pitching coach, Ronnie Powell were pretty successful at producing players who were drafted by ML teams. So it was a no brainer. After a couple of minutes on the phone with Ronnie, he flew in to Omaha to see Jon pitch in the All-American League which was a semi-pro league, ages 18 and older, many of the players were former professional players. Jon threw well that night and Ronnie offered Jon basically close to a full scholly to attend USA in the fall of '90. In 1991 Jon was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 9th round but the scout who drafted him, didn't offer enough money so Jon continued to pitch that summer of '91 and went back for his senior year at USA. In 1992 Jon was a much higher drafted pitcher this time the Kansas City Royals drafted him in the 2nd round (Ken Gonzales signed him) and he signed for more money of course, not bad for a college senior pitcher however. After a couple seasons in the Royals organization, Jon was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and was successful, winning more than he lost and won 20 games in one season in 2001 for the Chicago Cubs, who had originally drafted Jon in 1991 but failed to sign him.
In 1999, IWCC-CB had a fall alumni game and I got to see Jon and he walked up to me to thank me for passing on his name to Ronnie Powell and Steve Kittell at USA and he has always been one classy young man since his days at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Ken Gonzales, the scout who drafted and signed Jon in 1992, died in 1994. Ken worked for the Kansas City Royals and I had the pleasure and honor to meet him in Louisiana in 1988 scouting a RHP, named, Chad Ogea. Ken is best known for signing and drafting Bo Jackson, among many of the players who played in the ML for the KC Royals.
Sunday, August 14
Limited action last few days, caught 1 game in Shelby, 3 1/2 hour drive, and watched Kennewick WASH AL vs Omaha Post 1 (Creighton Prep HS, Omaha NE) play the middle afternoon game on Thursday. Former player of mine, Billy Vosik, who played a couple seasons in the Indians farm system in the early 90's, has a son, Brett, he will attend Kansas, he's played RF and 3B, he's got a legit ML arm, runs straight away near ave, reported 6.95, 60, and has some sock in his swing though the ball doesn't jump off the bat like many strong power hitters have, but he's 6'4 210 L/R and worthy of a follow since he's just 18 years old, he hits lefthanded, bottom hand needs added strength and dexterity.
RHP, Trent Sellers, Kennewick WA, 2018, 6'1 180, was in the low to mid 80's w/loose qk arm, he had good spin on the cb but had a hard time harnessing it for control, he's young and has some skills, so worthy of a follow as well.
Caught Myrtle Beach (CUBS) in town for a 3 game series @ Carolina (ATL), CF Donnie Dewees, 5'11 200, L/L, has a qk LD stroke with surprising sock for a little guy, he runs well underway, 4.2 from LH and 40 arm strength with accuracy from CF and at least ave range and field skills, can stick in CF, may end up a 4-5 OF'er for a ML team, he'll go as far as his bat takes him, he's got similarities to Jacoby Ellsbury except the speed category and may have more power than Jacoby had coming out of college, graded him out at 50/60 hit, 40/50 power, 50 runner, 30 arm w/50 release, 60 field, comes out to a 50 grade.
RHP, Wes Parsons, Carolina (ATL), 6'5 190, easy set delivery, live arm fb 89-95 from 3/4 slot, can sink the fb and hit his spots is key to development, slurvy slider and enough deception on straight change, he's going to be 23 so some experience added and more work w/breaking ball should allow him to become fringe ML prospect or AAA at worse, will need to be utilized in the relief role moving up the ladder.
Thursday, August 4
Left impressed with LHP, Tanner Banks of Winston-Salem (CWS), he's 6'1 195 listed, 24 yrs old, easy delivery from 3/4 slot, fb tails away vs RHH and has sink on the knees, fb velo range was 90-93, touched 94, pitched at 91 easy, got ahead in counts, slider from same slot was 84-87 with bite and late dive at times vs RHH, shows ability to keep pitches down consistently and elevated fb out of zone to get hitters to chase, has back of the rotation ability at the ML level or late innings eater out of the pen, third pitch is a straight change that has a chance to improve as he gets a better feel for it, graded out at 50 fb 50 sl 50 control 40 change, 48 OFP, mild ML guy.
As mentioned previously, Zach Collins has troubles with high velo and came back down to earth and had 3 hard hit balls on fbs that were 88-91, more in his hitting speed and trackability range on Wednesday, during a day game also to mention.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Last 2 nights caught Winston-Salem (White Sox) @ Carolina (Atlanta), saw RHP Jordan Stephens for 2nd time as the starter for W-S, he pretty much repeated what he showed me earlier in the year. Still feel his best shot at ML will be in middle relief or set up.
1st Rounder, C-DH, Zack Collins out of the U of Miami, had trouble connecting on fb's above 92 mph, he managed to line up a line shot back up the middle off RHP starter, Thurman's right hip, otherwise, he missed several belt high fastballs ranging from 90-95 the last 2 nights. As a catcher, he's below average, he catches the ball and that's about it, he's destined for 1st base eventually, his arm is short of average and his mobility is fair behind the plate. He grades out much the same as I reported during the ACC tourney, not much progression though he'll have winter time and instructional ball to figure out his opportunities and utilize his strengths.
RHP, Zach Thompson, 6'7 230, R/R, Winston-Salem (CWS), started vs CAR, showed loose arm, workout in BP he slowed his arm to just feel for the pitching down hill and in the strike zone, he throws easy for his size and from the 3/4 slot, his fb will touch 93 on occ, most are 90-91 and fairly true, he'll sink his 2 seamer down and away/in vs RHH, not overpowering, his cb had good spin and rotation but poor command, having trouble locating his breaking ball had him keeping his fb and change as his main repetoire, he grades out for me as 50 FB, 40 cb, 40 command, 40 change and 44 OFP, fringe ML starter, might be best destined as middle man in relief or emergency starter, he needs to be fine with his pitches and locate them down, when he elevates, he's very hittable, he's still young, will be 23 late this year.
OF, Travis Demmeritte, Carolina (ATL), 6'1 190, R/R, acquired in trade with Texas, he shows a long swing with his bat behind his head, level cut w/strength to drive the ball, he needs to shorten his swing or flatten the bat out to get to the ball quicker as a hitter. Runs well underway and has the arm to any IF position or move to the OF in time. Shows plus power during BP, he's not made much contact in 15 ab's I've seen with 10 K's. 30 hit, 50 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 40/50 fld, 46 OFP.
Monday, July 25 - Not much going on today so a good day to update this blog along with my follow list for 2017 and 2018. I also DVR'd the Cape Cod All-Star game while I was in Massachusetts to see my grandmother and attended the game with my family, the kids got a kick out of it, had a couple hot dogs and the ice cream from Friendly's while we sat past the third base dug out with a clear view from just outside the bullpen, so I got to get some open angle views of right handed pitchers and left handed hitters and the back views of the left handed pitchers and right handed hitters stance and balance points as well as the catchers throws to 2nd base. Chatham is a great lil town and the people are so welcoming. Provinceton has changed so much in the 46 years since I last visited there and saw my grand mother Mary Jason.
So after watching the Cape ASG, I was able to get gun readings off the recording and I wasn't much off on how I viewed the velos of most of the pitchers. I was shocked at the improvement LHP, Hunter Williams for UNC-Chapel Hill had improved over the course of his 2 years, he was touching 95? Of course, the Stalker Pro, the newer of the radar guns can tend to record pitches a bit high but they are usually within 2 MPH, so even at 93 MPH with his fastball, Williams has more than enough velo out of the pen to be something, so long as he improves his command and breaking ball, his straight change he telegraphed and slowed his delivery down for. Deception is from throwing every pitch from the same slot while adjusting grips which help to change speeds, which is a key to pitching success.
So the Cape write ups I had, I added the velo's from the DVR recording next to the short reports.
Sunday, July 24
Hall of Fame Day, for Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr.
Found some old reports digging through my old boxes you all might get a kick out of. Derek Jeter, Joe Randa, Jim Thome and Jon Lieber. I'll have those posted below with the other reports
Saturday, July 23
Got to visit with my 95 year old grand mother, Mary Jason earlier today in Provinceton, Mass, and attended the Cape All-Star Game with my kids and wife, first time as a family. Great outing. Got to meet some very friendly folks down the left field line and enjoyed eating out last night.
The All-Star game featured some very good pitching, a bit better than in 2015 when I attended in Wareham, the field this year showed short fences and medium size power alleys, which led to 3 solo shots in the 3rd inning off a decent righty from Cal St Northridge, Joe Ryan, 2018 grad, 6'2 200, he showed a quick arm with a fairly true fb that stayed on the same plain as the hitters' bats, thus 3 shots off of hit, two were opp field shots. Joe showed the type of arm worthy of a follow in 2017 for sure, he needs to get better location and movement and work on the breaking ball some. FBs were up to 94 mph, mostly 92, very straight and he had proper bite and spin on the cb.
SS, Zach Rutherford, Old Dominion, 2018, 6' 180 R/R, showed the best qk bat for me personally, with line drive stroke and runs well underway, 4.5 on the turn, hit the ball hard each time up and showed a solid ML arm from SS and sure handed, has enough range and quickness to stick at SS, some comps to Hardy with the Orioles. Worthy follow for 2017, 2018 grad.
RHP, Brandon Bielak, Notre Dame, 2017 grad, shows qk arm from 3/4 slot, at least an ave to abv ave fb, rushed front side some, showed hard cb with bite, and for most part threw strikes in inning appearance, definite follow for 2017. FB up to 94, most were 92, hard cb at 83-84, a lil bit of a slinger.
LHP, Zach Lowther, Xavier, 6'4 215, L/L, big downhill pitcher with ML cb and ML stuff off a loose 3/4 arm slot, could be one of top 10 ML Draft picks in 2017, plus fb and plus command, gets hitters to chase and overpowers hitters, fb is lively with arm side run and sinks down in zone, gets ahead in counts quickly. Velo was up to 95, most fb with tail were 92-93, he's going to be a solid ML draft in 2017.
RHP, Peter Solomon, Notre Dame, 6'4 190, very qk arm, shows ML cb and throws strikes downhill from 3/4 slot, loose, fb tends to stay on same plain to hitters bats, cb has sharp downward plain action and has out pitch potential. Got ahead in counts, appeared to rush a bit. Solid follow for 2017, 2018 grad. Got to see a highlight from an earlier appearance of his during the DVR replay and noticed his arm was not as qk and his breaking ball didn't have the bite in the All-Star game as it had been in a previous outing vs Harwich. He's still got a good arm and his breaking ball is going to be plus.
RHP, Shane McCarthy, Seton Hall, 6'2 190, loose arm from H 3/4 slot, throws strikes and has proper bite and spin on cb, fb had movement on the knees, ez delivery, could be decent ML pick in 2017, 2018 grad. VELO of FB touched 93, most were 91-92, also slider/cutter at 87, straight change from same slot, High "A" type draft potential in 2017 (rounds 4-7 projected)
RHP, Zach Schellenger, Seton Hall, 6'5 210, wilder than a March Hare, showed plus velo but poor command, hard downer type breaking ball, got behind in counts and threw pitches all over the place, type of arm that needs time to develop, 2018 grad, 2017 draft eligible. Fringe interest. Yeah, his FBs in on RHH were out of control as he rushed his front shoulder badly, still a very good arm, velos up to 95 and hard cb at 84-85, sliders don't drop down as much as a cb does, so a hard cb.
LHP, Packy Naughton, Virginia Tech, 6'1 190, qk arm from 3/4 slot, slight cross body delivery with near ave velo and hard breaking ball that has a chance to be solid out pitch, need to see more of him, 2018 grad, 2017 follow. Velo was 90-92 on his fb, you could see the x-body delivery, but he's got a shot to be a decent "A" draft in 2017.
RHP, Brady Puckett, David Lipscomb, 6'8 220, live body, throws downhill from 3/4 slot, ez, loose arm action, fb appeared to be plus and had command down in the zone for the most part, repeated delivery well enough to have the type of stamina to be a starter or closer at the ML level, 2018 grad, 2017 strong follow, could be early round talk on him come 2017. FBs up to 96, most were 93, imposing size, needs to get more movement on his fb and keep pitches on the corners and up/in vs RHH, solid 4-7 round type projection for 2017.
RHP, Garret Cave, Florida Int'l, 6'3 200, set position on the hill (stretch) from upper 3/4 slot, very qk arm and hard downer cb, threw strikes, all business, had best velo of any pitcher on the night, could be very good draft come 2017, 2018 grad, 2017 eligible, upside is there to improve up the ladder. had the best velo in the event, up to 98 a few pitches, most were 95-96 with some life upstairs, hard cb, 83-85 and his command wasn't bad, he's got 1-3 round type stuff right now, we'll see as he's eligible for 2017 Draft.
RHP, Michael Dibrell, Kennesaw St, 6'3 200, listed taller than what he appeared, had hard downer cb with solid fb, kept pitches down and in the zone, worked easy with little effort, worth strong look in 2017, 2018 grad, would like to see more of him.Velo up to 93, most fbs 91, hard downer cb at 81-82 and change at 83, he's got some upside left and appears to want to be out there, mild follow for 2017, "A" draft type.
RHP, B.J. Myers, West Virginia, 6'1 215, started the game, had lively arm, fb had movement and was around the zone, showed 3 pitches, fb most effective, changed speeds, reminds me some of former relief ace, Rod Beck from his days with the SF Giants. Worth good look again in 2017, 2018 grad.Low 90's mostly with his fb, he changed arm slots a few times, battled and changed speeds, definitely worth a look again in 2017.
LHP, Brendon Little, North Carolina, 6'3 195, Live arm, loose, slight x-body, threw strikes, fb velo appeared to be slightly better than ave, not much movement, showed a few cb with bite, in on RHH, didn't pitch much for UNC in the spring, he's a 2019 grad and won't be eligible until 2018, so a good pocket follow for now with chance to be pretty good in 2018. Surprising velo, most fb were straight and slight tail away from RHH middle out, touching 96 a couple times, most fbs were 94-95 and hard cb down and in vs RHH at 82-85, only pitched 4 innings in 2016 for UNC!! 2018 strong follow.
Tuesday, July 19
Wrapped up another homestand in Zebulon, catching the Mudcats vs Lynchburg and Frederick.
Frederick (Orioles) with a couple interesting players with upside but projects still in 3B, Jomar Reyes, 6'3 220, R/R, he appears taller than listed height, he's got a plus arm but fair actions and reactions at 3B, qk bat with aggressive approach, his plate discipline needs work, but bat speed and strength there to develop further, runs well underway, ran 4.3 from RH side, may need to move from 3B to the OF, possibly RF and utilize his arm strength there. Just 19 years of age still, graded out as 30/40 hit, 40/50 power, 50 run, 60 arm, 40 fld, 48 OFP.
RHP, Austin Urban, 6'2 195, Frederick (Orioles), slender build, slinger delivery with some deception and live fb, bores in on RHH and hard slider with depth, command was fair, should improve as he gains confidence in his stuff, was 90-94 with fb, kept pitches down and 83-84 slider. Setup and middle innings eater potential, 24 years old currently, AAA to fringe ML reliever, could come on with added pitch or better command.
Wednesday July 13
Finally met two Cleveland Indian scouts this evening, Scott Meaney & John Mirabelli, John was the Scouting Director when I worked as a bird dog for Steve Abney from '99-01.
C, Francisco Mejia, Lynchburg (CLE), 5'10 175, S/R, 20 years old, generously listed @ 5'10, shows qk bat, pull happy, has power to RF alley and foul line from LH side of plate, assets are plus release and ave throwing arm graded out at 60, keeps poor pitches in the dirt in front, balance and range w/good hands, throws carry to 2B, has qk bat, runs ok for catcher and is young, no need to rush this one, he's got upside still, needs to go the other way more often and discipline himself to use all fields and not be pull happy as a hitter, definite ability to get to the next level no worse than a backup as long as the bat plays up, graded him out as 50 hit, 40 power, 40 run, 60 arm, 60 field, 55 OFP - raised 5 pts premium position.
LHP Justis Sheffield pitched once again, going first 2 innings, still straight fb 93-96 range, kept most pitches down and showed 81-85 hard cb with hard bite, not explosive or deceptive just yet, again no need to rush him.
Monday July 11
Dodged the rain in Fayetteville. Third CPL ASG I've attended, most scouts I've seen in attendance.
A few follows to see again and a non-drafted free-agent someone should take a chance on.
3B, Alec Bohn, Wilmington (Wichita St) 6'5 230, R/R, 8/3/96, long swing with bat speed and loft, runs easy, not a base stealing threat, 4.5 from home to 1B, throws ave from hot corner, decent actions, may end up moving to OF or 1B in time, bat is his ticket, 2 years left to follow, 2019 grad.
C, Franco Guardascione, Peninsula (Jacksonville), 6' 210, R/R, will be a senior next season, catch and throw guy, 1.94 pop on steal attempt, has level swing w/fair bat speed, interesting to see again, potential backup at ML level if he hits.
RHP, Ryan Kelly, Wilmington (St Joseph's PA), 6'5 210, R/R, downill 3/4 arm slot, loose, pitches from stretch, shows arm strength w/arm speed, fb touches 92 most are 89-90 with some sink, hard slider at 81-82, fair command, needs work with delivery and repeating arm slot, worth taking another look at in 2017, eligible now, 2017 grad, 9/21/95.
RHP, Connor Riley, Wilmington (USC-Aiken), 6'0 190, R/R, 3/4 arm slot, loose qk arm, repeats slot well, fb touches 92 most fb are 90-91 keeps fb down, will rush on occ, hard slurve 76-78 with decent command, enough here to work with, fringe guy who could come on with further instruction/development, 5/07/1995, 2017.
C, Zachary Almond, High Point-Thomasville (Catawba), 6'3 205, R/R, 4/12/96, 2018, strong durable body, long frame, throws with carry, know how behind the plate, 1.94-2.02 pop times on steal attempts, has bat speed with slight upper cut swing, enough here for follow in 2017, fringe prospect.
OF, Jameson Hannah, Savannah (Dallas Baptist), 5'10 185, L/L, young for league, 8/10/97, shows qk bat, hit ball where it was pitched, runs well underway, know how in LF, appears to be at least an average runner, enough here to keep watching for 2 more years, 2019 grad.
RHP, Taylor Sugg, High Point-Thomasville (UNC), 6'2 170, R/R, loose, easy delivery, qk arm, fb runs when down and in vs RHH, touches 89, most fb 87-88 with sink/run, qk breaking cb, interesting to see again, 7/31/97, still only 18 years old, 2019, will need to follow 2 more years.
RHP, Beau Sulser, Savannah (Dartmouth), 6'2 195, 5/5/94, 2017, non-drafted FA, fb touched 92, most were 90 with some arm side run down in zone, 81 straight change w/deception, did not see him spin any breaking ball in warmups, seen only 1 inning, threw strikes, competed.
RHP, Brady Feigl, Asheboro (Mississippi), 6'4 220, R/R, 11/27/95, arm strength and idea on the hill, 3/4 slot, semi-windup, touched 92, most fb 89-90 with sink when down, 83-84 slider with flat break, must see again, only saw one inning, threw strikes, 2019, draft eligible in 2017.
OF, Chris Singleton, Lexington County (Charleston Southern), 6'1 175, R/R, 7/5/96, runs smooth as well as playing CF with ease, playable arm strength, showed qk level stroke and ran easy, gliding type runner, worth a good look in 2017, 2018 grad, chance to be decent low A type draft.
RHP, Barrett Loseke, Gastonia (Arkansas), 6'1 195, R/R, appears slightly shorter than 6'1 listing, big arm however, qk from 3/4 slot, a bit of funk, qk out front and loose, fb touches 92, most were 90-91, also 69-71 cb, showed near ave command/control, 2019, must follow progress next 2 years, 11/02/1996, upside here to be decent prospect quickly.
Sunday July 10
Coastal Plain All-Star Game, Monday, Fayetteville.
Saturday, July 9 UPDATED: 7/26/16
My 2017 Follow List (Carolinas/Virginias), Draft Eligibles for 2017 MLB Draft added in all players I've scouted this year from where-ever they are from.
TOP TIER (1-3 Round type for 2017 MLB DRAFT) All players are not listed by where I feel they will be picked.
RHP, JB Bukauskas, UNC, 6' 200, R/R, live fb, plus stuff, closer mentality and aggressiveness
RHP, Hunter Greene, 8/6/1999, 6'3 195, R/R, Notre Dame HS, CA (commit-UCLA)
LHP, Zach Lowther, Xavier, 6'4 215, L/L, on paper, could be one of first 5 taken in 2017
RHP, Andrew Wantz, UNC-Greensboro, 6'4 230, R/R (One of best Cape Cod pitchers this summer)
LHP, MacKenzie Gore, Whiteville HS, NC, 6'2 175, L/L (high exposure during summer '16, solid stuff)
IF/OF, Royce Lewis, JSerra Catholic HS, Aliso Viejo CA, 6' 185, R/R, lively bat, power, 5 tools.
SS, Mark Vientos, Flanagan HS, Miami FL (Transfering to American Heritage HS for '17), 6'4 190 R/R
RHP, Blayne Enlow, stamant HS, Sorrento LA, 6'4 170, live arm with plus slider and command.
RHP, Shane Baz, Concordia Lutheran HS, Cypress TX, 6'2 185, live arm, hard sl, control is there.
OF, Garrett Mitchell, Orange Lutheran HS, Anaheim CA, 6'1 205, L/R, 5 tools folks.
RHP, Hans Crouse, Dana Hills HS, Dana Hills CA, 6'5 185, thin body, upside, fb up to 96, hard cb.
LHP, Jake Eder, Atlantic High School, Ocean Ridge FL, 6'4 210, loose, velo and sl, delivery needs work.
RHP, Alex Scheff, Prestonwood Christian HS, Texas, 6'1 205, R/R (live arm, lost weight prior to '16)
OF, Quentin Holmes, Monsignor McClancy High School, East Elmhurst NY 6' 170, R/R, can fly w/qk bat.
SS, Brady McConnell, Merritt island High School, FL, 6'2 170, R/R, 5 tools, good face.
RHP, Garret Cave, Florida Int'l, 6'3 200, R/R, used primarily in relief, that's his ticket to ML.
OF, Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest, 6'1 190, R/R, 5 tools, power is there.
HIGH "A" Type (rounds 4-7)
RHP, Peter Solomon, Notre Dame, 6'4 190, very qk arm, plus velo and hammer cb, consistency key
RHP, Brady Puckett, David Lipscomb, 6'8 220, high upside, could move into early round group, 95+ fb.
C, Nick Feight, UNC-Wilmington, 5'11 200, R/R, legit power, catch n throw, improving.
RHP, Tommy DeJuneas, N C State, 6'1 185, lively arm, fb up to 96 is straight, location/command key
SS/2B, Ricardo De la Torre, Puerto Rico Academy, PR, 6' 175, R/R, 4 tools, lacks power at present
LHP, D.L. Hall, Houston County HS, GA, 6'1 185, L/L, live arm, delivery needs work, hard cb w/bite
OF/RHP, Jordon Adell, Ballard HS, Louisville KY, 6'3 200, R/R, athletic body, arm strength, intriguing.
SS, Nick Allen, Fracis Park HS, San Diego CA 5'8 155, R/R, gamer, 3 plus tools, ave run, lacks power @ present
3B/OF, Jayson Gonzalez, Bishop Amant HS, Covina CA, 6'0 210, R/R, plus arm, has bat speed w/power, raw glove
SS, Nick Rutherford, Old Dominion U, 6' 180, R/R, gamer, solid tools across the board, instincts.
RHP, Zach Schellenger, Seton Hall, 6'5 210, plus velo, inconsistent delivery needs work, stuff is there.
RHP, Shane McCarthy, Seton Hall, 6'2 190, easy delivery, ave fb, 2 breaking balls to get there with.
LHP, Packy Naughton, Virginia Tech, 6'1 190, 2 ave pitches, delivery is ok, comparable Neal Cotts.
1B, Gavin Sheets, Wake Forest, 6'5 235, L/L, strong w/plus power,solid bat speed, know how at 1b, bloodlines
C, Steven Williams, Deerfield-Windsor HS, Albany GA, 6'3 215, L/R, arm strength, power, bat speed, size
C, Tyler Solomon, Battlefield HS, Haymarket VA, 6'5 210, S/R, arm strength, bat speed, know how on "D"
OF, Cole Turney, Ft Bend Travis HS, Richmond TX, L/L, 6'0 200, bat speed, size, arm strength, raw talent
RHP, Sam Carlson, Burnsville HS, MINN, 6'3 195, arm strength, loose arm, delivery, proper spin on BB
OF, Connor Uselton, Southmoore HS, Oklahoma City OK, 6'4 200, R/R, arm, speed and bat speed, raw.
IF, Joe Dunand, N C State, 6'1 205, R/R, bat speed and arm strength, bloodlines, versatile.
SS, Logan Warmouth, UNC, 6'0 185, R/R, ave defensive tools, has bat speed and strength for occ power.
RHP, Brandon Bielak, Notre Dame, 6'2 200, R/R, qk arm, slings a bit, fb touches 93, hard cb, fair control.
MIDDLE "A" type drafts (rounds 8-12)
LHP, Hunter Williams, UNC-CH, 6'3 210, L/L, bullpen guy, fb lively up to 95, proper bite on CB, competes
RHP, Joe Ingle, East Carolina, 6'4 210, R/R, bullpen guy, fb in low 90's touches 95-96, agg, could move up
RHP, Will Gaddis, Furman - have not seen him yet, just a name to follow
OF, Brock Deatherage, N C State, 6'1 185, L/L, plus runner, near ave tools across the board, instincts.
RHP, Tanner Burns, Decatur HS, Decatur AL, 5'11 210, qk arm w/plus velo, hard cb, throws strikes.
RHP, Donnie Sellers, Wake Forest, 6'1 185, R/R, used in relief, has plus velo, fb true, cb ok, T92 w/FB
RHP, Gage Herring, Hobbton Newton Grove HS NC, 6'3 200, arm strength/bite on cb, EZ delivery, T90 w/FB
SS/2B, Noah Campbell, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Durham NC, 6'0 190, S/R, strong, interesting tools
3B, Garrett Blaylock, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, 6'3 205, L/R, plus arm, still developing
OF, Kier Meredith, Glenn HS, Winston-Salem NC, 5'9 170, L/L, plus runner, has range, bat is fair, fair arm.
LHP, Mitchell Stone, Deer Creek HS, Edmond OK, 6'10 245, L/L, improved from '15, size/arm strength, T92
RHP, Justin Bullock, S. Granville HS, Creedmoor NC, 6'1 1/2 185, R/R, arm strength, proper bite on cb, T91.
OF, Leugim Castillo, Lancaster Central HS, Lancaster NY, 6'2 215, R/R, raw, ++ speed, stiff arm/swing.
OF, Kyle Jacobsen, Allatoona HS, GA, 6'0 180, R/L, turnaround guy, bat speed, instincts, runs, ok arm.
1B, Nick Pratto, Huntington Beach HS, CA, 6'1 195, L/L, smooth stroke, arm strength, know how @ 1B
LHP, Reed Detmers, Nokomis HS, ILL, 6'2 195, L/L, arm strength, proper bite on cb and throws strikes, T 90.
RHP, Michael Dibrell, Kennesaw St U, 6'3 200, R/R, qk arm, ez delivery, hard cb, str change, competes.
RHP, Kris Armstrong, Benjamin School, Jupiter FL, 6'2 205, S/R, ambidextrous, has arm strength, touches 90
SS, Sam Hall, Topsail HS, Topsail Beach NC, 5'11 185, L/R, solid college tools, interesting.
C, Zachary Almond, High Point-Thomasville (Catawba), 6'3 205, R/R
OF, Chris Singleton, Charleston Southern, 6'1 175, R/R, runs and shows range, qk bat, instincts.
RHP, B.J. Myers, West Virginia, 6'1 215, knows how to pitch, fb touches 92.
RHP, Jason Morgan, UNC-CH, 6'6 205, R/R, tall, arm strength, delivery needs work, touches low 90's
RHP, Hansen Butler, UNC-CH, 5'11 195, R/R, used in relief, has arm strength, bite on breaking ball
Weak "A" Drafts and/or previously drafted in 2016 (rounds projected 13-40)
RHP, Nick Jodway, Draughn HS, Morganton NC, 6' 200, R/R, threw plus from OF, touched 92 on bump, must see
IF, Tripp Shelton, UNC-GB
RHP, Thomas St Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne, 5'10 175, one of leaders in K's per 9 in '16, will see.
LHP, Brian Brown, N C State, 6' 175, loose arm, touches 90
C, Bradley Brown, Wingate
LHP, Cody Smith, Chowan U
OF, Cade Snapp, Carson-Newman U Tennessee area
OF, David White Jr, Benedict SC
OF/IF, Daniel Heleine, Shepherd U WV
RHP, Johnny Piedmonte, NC State
RHP-IF, Evan Mendoza, NC State
RHP, Cory Wilder, NC State
2B, Brett Netzer, UNC-Charlotte
SS/2B, Brian Mims, UNCW
RHP, T.J. Wilkie, NC-Wesleyan
RHP, Connor Riley, USC-Aiken (Seen @ CPL ASG - NDFA, 2017 grad)
RHP, Michael Parmentier, Norfolk St U
RHP, Ridge Chapman, Spartanburg Methodist
RHP, Davis Alge, Spartanburg Methodist, drafted Phillies, did not sign '16.
OF, Kep Brown, Spartanburg Methodist
OF, Hunter Baker, Hough HS, Huntersville NC, 6'1 180, L/R, qk bat, wiry strong, runs and throws near ave.
OF, Austin Beck, North Davidson HS
C, Spencer Smith, Northern Durham HS
C, Drew Donathan, Charlotte Christian HS
IF, Ashton McGee, CB Aycock HS
SS, Tate Pennington, Butler Mathews HS
RHP, Kyle Blendinger, SW Guilford HS
LHP, David Harrison, Rocky Mount HS
IF, Greg Jones, Cary HS
OF, Ward Hackler, Dutch Fork HS, Irmo SC (seen again, Sept 25, SABB)
LHP, Peyton Blake, Northside Christian Academy SC
RHP, Seth Chestnut, Barnwell HS, SC
CF, Jadarius Munford, Lamar HS SC
RHP, Carmen Mlodzinski, Hilton Head HS SC (seen again, Sept 25, SABB)
SS, Josh Jones, Randolph-Henry HS VA (seen again, Sept 25, SABB)
RHP, Will Crowe, U of South Carolina, drafted '16
RHP, Bailey Ober, College of Charleston, drafted '16
OF, John Crowe, Francis Marion, drafted '16
LHP, Cody Beckham, N C State, drafted '16
RHP, Alex Cunningham, Coastal Carolina, drafted '16
RHP, Parker Dunshee, Wake Forest, drafted '16
LHP, Pat Krall, Clemson, drafted '16
RHP, Chris Farish, Wake Forest, drafted '16
LHP, Matt Crohan, Wintrop, drafted '16
RHP, Aaron McCarity, Virginia Tech, saw in '15 in Cape Cod, drafted '16
LHP, James Ziemba, Duke, 6'10 lefty, drafted '16
RHP, Cole Henry, Florence HS, AL, 6'4 180, R/R, arm strength and delivery, fb is true, hard cb.
OF, Jarred Kelentic, Waukesha West HS, Waukesha WI, 5'11 185, L/L, strong arm, plus runner, qk bat w/pop
OF, Mike Siani, William Penn Charter, PA, 6 180, L/L, solid speed & arm, qk bat
2B/SS, Brice Turang, 6'0 170, L/R, Santiago HS, Corona CA (commit-LSU), runs well, qk bat, arm.
OF, Alek Thomas, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago IL, 5'9 160, L/L, strong, qk bat, speed, ok arm.
LHP, Brendon Little, North Carolina, 6'3 195, fb up to 96, hard cb, upside
RHP, Logan Jarosz, E Alamance HS, Mebane NC, 6 165, loose limbs, still growing, touches 91, ez delivery
RHP, Owen White, Carson HS, Mount Ulla NC, 6'2 165, loose arm, touches 90, crosses body some, young.
OF/RHP, Sam Zayicek, Lake Norman HS, Mooresville NC, 6' 165, L/R, strong arm, runs well, ok bat.
RHP, Taylor Sugg, High Point-Thomasville (UNC), 6'2 170, R/R, loose, qk arm, bite on cb, ez delivery
Thursday July 7
2nd start for RHP, Michael Kopech, Salem (BOSTON), 6'3 205, 4/30/1996, easy qk arm, tends to rush from 3/4 slot, fb touches 100 and sits 96-97 with sink and arm side run, has trouble repeating delivery and getting arm up, throws slider with qk break tends to hang, 90-92, showed change and cb in warmups not in game however, went 4 innings, 60 pitches tonight, first start at Salem this year. Saw him at TOS for 2 years in Cary and he's added strength and arm is quicker, just 20 years old, still has some ceiling to improve his delivery and command, chance to be closer or 3-4 man in starting rotation. 80 fb, 70 Sl, 40 command/control, 63 OFP!
RHP Chad Sobotka, went 2 innings once again tonight for Carolina (ATLANTA), sat 96, 95-99 range w/fb with sink and run, hard slider 84-86, a few were nasty, others easy to read qk break, has a chance to be effective setup or closer in ML.
Wednesday July 6
After a few ab's and bearing down a bit more, I finally warmed up to writing up, 3B, Rafael Devers, 6'0 200 L/R, 10/24/96, Salem (Boston), he has a qk bat with level line drive stroke and ability to drive the ball in the OF gaps, runs better underway, a step below ave home to 1st, solid arm strength, and qk glove w/lateral range, able to adjust during abs should improve as he has that knack already, the rest will be better plate discipline, tends to take outside corner pitches a lot, 30/40 hit, 40/50 power, 40 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 46 OFP, change to be ML 3b in time, will go as far as bat takes him.
Sunday, July 3
Will finish catching Lynchburg and Salem @ Mudcats this week, then Valley League All-Star Game and Coastal Plain All-Star Game, Sunday and Monday, July 10 & 11th.
2017 Follow List will be up later this week and revised as the summer goes into fall baseball action.
Sunday, July 3
RHP, Chad Sobotka, 6'7 200, R/R, 7/10/93, CAROLINA (ATL), 2 innings of short relief, worked from set/stretch position, showed quick loose arm from upper 3/4 slot, fb ranged 94-99, sat 94-96 with some sink down, kept pitches down for the most part on 30 pitches, 20 strikes, showed hard qk early breaking slider 84-86, needs to work on location and develop a solid 2nd pitch, enough here to develop further, especially for a big'en! 60 FB 40/50 SL 50 CON, 52 OFP, chance to be solid set up or potential closer, ETA 2018-19.
Friday, July 1
RHP, Mitch Brown, Lynchburg (CLE), 4/13/94, 6'1 215, strong build, Semi-windup delivery from upper 3/4 slot, fb touches 95 on occ, most fb 91-92, fairly true, occ arm side run/sinking action, has a little wrap in the back swing down then up in his arm arc to home during delivery making it tough for repeating delivery thus command and control were very eratic, cb has hard downer action, command is ok for 2nd out pitch, occ straight change, needs work still, only 22, has some pitchability left to improve, may end up a set up man or emergency back of the rotation starter.
Thursday, June 30
Cleveland Indians/Lynchburg 2nd round of write ups on prospects: Still need to see Mathias and bear down on pitching, roster has changed since first 2 times I've seen them, with some moving to AA since last time Lynchburg came to town.
LHP, Luis Lugo, 6'5 210, full windup guy, upper 3/4 slot downhill w/fb, touches 92 w/fb, most fb 88-90 with some sink down in zone, locates fb down, straight change with same arm slot, slows arm a tad on pitch, hard cb with 1/7 break, throwback delivery and enough pitchability to be back of rotation guy, graded him out 50 fb, 50 cb, 40 chg, 50 control, 48 OFP, seen 2 times now, 13 innings.
CF, Greg Allen, 6'0 180, S/R, listed at 6'0 which is generous, kid can flat out fly and covers ground in CF, 70 range, 70 runner, makes enough contact, short swing, puts ball in play, can tend to chase out of zone pitches, has enough arm strength to stay in CF and can take the XBH away from hitters in gaps and deep in CF w/defensive skills, will steal bases, 40 hit, 30 power, 70 run, 40 arm, 70 fld/range, 50 OFP, top of lineup guy, will go as far as bat goes, should hit for average and can bunt for a hit.
Wednesday, June 29
Also met today, Hall of Fame, Scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Hall of Fame, former, Jr College Head Baseball Coach, Lon Joyce, who's signed some quality players currently in the Majors including Jonathan Broxton and SS Corey Seager from NW Cabarrus HS.
Attended Day 2 of the Breakthrough Series catching Blue 3 vs Blue 4. Interesting players to follow, Catcher, David Duate, Alhambra HS, Phoenix AZ, 5'11 210, R/R, 2017 grad, shows apparent arm strength, raw catching skills, 1.94 to 2.0 pop times, needs to work w/feet, setting up to throw to bases, as hitter shows strength and bat speed, short stride w/pop in his swing, developmental guy here, would benefit from everyday playing time at JC level once graduated from HS.
Catcher, Jethro Hurt, 6'2 210, R/R, 2018 grad, shows arm strength and decent mechanics as a receiver, has some bat speed and raw strength at the plate, still young, 2 more yrs of HS level, attends, Norman Thomas HS, NY NY.
Tuesday, June 28
Mother Nature plays games w/start up of the Breakthrough series workouts and it's likely a game will not be played today unless the rain subsides for a while.
Monday, June 27
Workout day scheduled for Tuesday, June 28 @ NTC in Cary for Breakthrough Series and a game or so in the afternoon then pro coverage this weekend with Carolina hosting 2 affiliates, Lynchburg (Indians) & Salem (Red Sox).
Should have some reports up in the next couple of days.
Saturday, June 25
Last write ups from TOS, some players of interest that I'd love to see again as these have at least 2 tools that warrant follow consideration for 2017 or whom I've seen before and an update on their progress.
LHP, Jordan Butler, 12/2/98, Alonso HS, Odessa FL, 6'1 180, L/L, listed at 6'1, he doesn't appear that tall or imposing, his delivery has a bit of funk and he shows a qk arm from lower 3/4 across his body slot/delivery, fb is sneaky quick as he hides his pitches well, fb touched 88, a bit better than last year and his cb had bite, he's tough of lefties from that arm angle and he throws strikes though many pitches were up in the zone getting hitters to chase, he's got a college commit to Florida, he appears he likes being out there and will definitely track his progress next couple of years.
RHP, Kristopher Armstrong, 7/7/1999, The Benjamin School, Jupiter FL, 6'3 205, S/R, better on the hill than as a position player, he shows arm strength and idea on the hill, fb touched 90 a few times, pretty true and has bite on breaking ball, command needs some work as he has a tough time repeating delivery, rushes, he's just going to be 17 and graduates in 2018, has verbal to Florida as well.
3B, Garrett Blaylock, 2/26/1998, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, 6'3 205, L/R, Garrett has a plus arm and has fundamental hitting approach, fair runner at best, 4.5 from LH Side home to first, range to left is adequate at corner position and has decent instincts, verbal to Vanderbilt, 2017, interesting follow due to arm and hitting approach, already 18 yrs old.
OF, Calvin Mitchell, 3/8/1999, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego CA, 6'1 200, L/L, shows fair arm strength and straight away speed, kept hands back in hitting approach and direct swing to the ball, raw tools there to keep an eye on, has a verbal to U of San Diego, 2017.
LHP/OF/1B, Nick Pratto, 10/6/98, Huntington Beach HS, CA, 6'2 195, L/L, Nick played in this event last yr and this spring he was not eligible to play during NHSI, however, he shows decent hitting approach and arm strength to keep an eye on as a position player, level stroke w/balance and bat speed, contact spray type hitter w/raw strength, runs well underway, step below average out of the box to 1b, as a pitcher his best pitch is his straight change which has deception and good arm speed, fb touched 88, most were 85-86 with some arm side run away from RHH, has verbal to USC, need to see more progression for next year, 2017.
C, Tyler Solomon, 12/6/98, Battlefield HS, Haymarket VA, 6'5 210, S/R, stand up and throw guy behind the dish, pop times ranged from 1.9 to 2.1, glove to hand and foot work a step slow currently, has ave to abv ave arm strength and decent hands receiving velo pitches and seems alert and knows how, has direct level swing from both sides of the plate, most ab's were from the LH side, has gap type extra base power, swing is a bit long or he jams his left elbow in during swing, not allowing full extension, intriguing due to strength and size, has verbal to Vanderbilt, 2017.
OF, Cole Turney, 1/16/99, Ft Bend Travis HS, Richmond TX, L/L, 6'0 200, arm strength from the OF, arm is a bit stiff and acc is eratic on throws to bases, shows straight away running speed, hitting approach, a bit tentative as a hitter, shows bat speed and fundamental approach, his pitch recognition needs work, verbal to Arkansas, worth a look in 2017.
C, Steven Williams, 2/18/99, Deerfield-Windsor HS, Albany GA, 6'3 215, L/R, strong and durable build, runs well underway for his size and position, hitting approach is level swing from slightly open stance, bat goes directly to the ball, can drive ball to gaps for extra base power, as a catcher has fair hands and transfer to throwing hand, 1.9 to 2.1 pop times, shifting and stance at plate need some work, enough to work with, has verbal to Auburn, 2017 follow.
RHP, CJ Van Eyk, 9/15/98, Steinbrenner HS, Lutz FL, 6'2 185, R/R, verbal to Florida St, shows arm strength from 3/4 arm slot, crosses body, at times chops off extension, fb touches 91, most are upper 80's with some arm side run, breaking ball breaks quick out of hand but easy to ready, not much deception, enough to work with and keep an eye on for 2017.
Friday, June 24
Looking at the rest of summer itinerary, will most likely attend Breakthrough Series in Cary next week, have the Carolina League June 30-July 6, then Coastal Plain All-Star game in Fayetteville and Cape Cod All-Star game this year in Chatham after going to Wareham last year. Chatham is a much more scout friendly ball park with a better view from behind the plate at ground level to see the pitching this year. After that, a small vacation and possible appearance at the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina, then fall baseball begins for area colleges.
Took today off to finish up on thumbnail reports on players to see again in 2017 and 2018 from TOS event in Cary the past 3 days.
Last year I was fortunate to see LHP Mitchell Stone, (PRIDE), listed an inch taller than last year @ 6'10 245 L/L, 2017, 5/29/1998, Deer Creek HS, Edmond OKLA, and he was interesting, albeit his arm didn't work real fast like many ML pitchers do last year, this year he's a bit stronger and his fb has a bit more velo and arm speed slightly improved, touching 87 LY w/fb, he has an imposing presence due to his height and works downhill mostly from his 3/4 slot, touching 91, most fb are upper 80's, he's 18 already so not much physical growth left, though he may fill out his frame more, his breaking ball has bite from 3/4 slot and 1/6 break action and he's around the plate with arm side run on occ w/fb down on knees, he's got a commit to Oklahoma State, and is worth a good look again in 2017.
RHP, Kyle Hurt (BRAVE), 6'2 190, R/R, Torrey Pines HS, Rancho Sante Fe, Calif, has a commit to USC, from 3/4 arm slot, Kyle touched 92, most fb worked at 88-90 with some sink when down and arm side run when in vs RHH, also had some deception to his change at 80-81 along with proper spin and bite on 11/5 cb in the low 70's. Key to his development will be stamina and keeping his pitches down and away from hitter's bats. 2017 follow.
OF, Kyle Jacobsen (PRIDE), 6' 180, R/L, Allatoona HS, Ackworth GA, saw him this spring at the NHSI playing two positions, OF and LHP (was up to 84 w/fb in March) on the bump he didn't show velo to interest but loose arm, he ran and threw well enough from the OF and has good instincts as a fielder to have interest in him, short direct swing w/bat speed, not much power and runs well, solid 4.28 home to 1st from RH side, he's a turnaround hitter meaning lefty thrower and righty hitter, not many has played in the ML, best known two are Rickey Henderson known for his speed and driving pitchers crazy with his crouch stance and qk bat and former STL Cardinal, Ryan Ludwick who had plus power and strong throwing arm. Kyle has a college commit to S. Carolina and he's definitely worth a look if he can keep on hitting and shows improvement and further strength development for 2017.
RHP Nick Storz (PRIDE), 1/23/1998, already 18 and at 6'6 245, he appears to have reached his physical height and may add more weight in the future in his biggie sized frame, R/R, saw him as well at NHSI in March @ Cary TC, he showed the same velo and breaking ball as he did this spring and is an interesting follow for 2017 w/college commit to LSU. He attends Poly Prep Country Day HS in New York, has some pop in his bat as a hitter w/strength for power to all fields, upper cut swing he's susceptible to pitches low and away from him as well and breaking pitches.
LHP, Jake Eder (STARS), 10/9/1998, 6'4 210, L/L, 2017, Atlantic HS, Ocean Ridge FL, has a commit to Vanderbilt, Jake has nice size and presence on the hill from 3/4 slot, slightly across his body delivery w/fb that touches 92, most fb were 89-90 down on knees and did get some pitches up out of the zone, showed proper spin and rotation on cb and showed a few changes which he slowed arm on, has type of frame to add more strength and velo, stamina a question as he was down to 88-89 after 2 innings.
If/OF/RHP, Hagen Danner, (UNITED), 8/30/1998, Huntington Beach HS CAL, 6'1 195, R/R, seen for 3 straight years now, 5 total events, he played at NHSI this spring, he can still hit and shows presence on the mound for strong follow again in 2017, you can tell this kid loves being out there by his hustle and demeanor, has college commit to UCLA, he showed some throws from catcher as well and seems to have natural ability to adapt to any position and situation on the field, hit a warning track triple off a breaking ball up.
Some North Carolina kids I'll need to see again and having seen them one time or another in the NC State games or NHSI or regional high school tournaments this spring and have seen often already are Kier Meredith who runs very well (Glenn HS, Winston-Salem), IF Sam Hall from Topsail Beach, RHP Kyle Blendinger of SW Guilford HS in Greensboro, Patrick Bailey, Catcher at Wesleyan Christian w/college commit to NC State, and Tristan Shea, another Catcher, who attends Porter Ridge HS, Matthews NC, switch hitter w/idea behind the plate and college commit to U of North Carolina.
Thursday, June 23
Covered first 3 days of the TOURNAMENT OF STARS in Cary. First day was a workout day, day 2 & 3 were games, game 3 on Day 2 will be suspended until Friday.
Again, I want to reiterate, that my thumbnails reports on the players in this event, are not intended to offend any of the players, their family or school. Also, I do not currently work for any MLB organization/Club, but if you work for a MLB Club and need someone to help your club in the Carolinas and Virginia.
On with the reports:
OF/RHP, Jordon Adell, 4/8/1999, 6'3 200, R/R, Ballard HS, Louisville KY (Commit-Louisville), wound tight muscular build with room left to fill out physically, shows arm strength from the OF and straight away speed, ran 4.3 on a fielders choice, as a hitter, has bat speed and extension in his swing, balance and pitch recognition need work,chased pitches out of the zone, showed loose arm as RHP touching 91 with proper bite and spin on cb, fair control, not much movement on his fb, has college commit, definite follow for 2017, graded out: 20/30 hit, 30/40 power, 60/60 run, 40/50 arm, 40/50 field, 46 OFP as position player, as a pitcher, shows idea on the hill, H 3/4 arm slot, loose, qk arm, gets proper extension on his pitches, fb, true, cb with tilt and bite, lacks deception, 40/50 fb, 40/50 cb, 40/50 control, 30/40 change, 50 OFP as RHP.
SS, Mark Vientos, 12/11/1999, 6'4 185 R/R, Flanagan HS FL (Commit-Miami), 2017, seen at NHSI this March as well, Mark shows bat speed and strength in his swing, shows plate discipline and pitch recognition, 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.
LHP, D.L. Hall, 9/19/1998, 6'1 180, L/L, Houston County HS, Warner Robins GA (Commit-Fla St), loose lefty, cross his body delivery from 3/4 slot, fb touches 92, most fb are upper 80's with some arm side run, sharp cb with fair command and showed several change ups, a work in progress still, has upside, worth strong follow in 2017.
OF, Mike Siani, 7/16/1999, 6'0 180, L/L, William Penn Charter, PA (Commit-Virginia), athletic, live body, strong throwing arm and ave to better than average running speed, shows bat speed with strength for pull foul line power, can cover ground in OF and showed good instincts going back on the ball in the OF and charging to throw, graded across the board, 30/50 hit, 30/40 power, 60/60 run, 60/60 arm, 50/60 field, 54 OFP, could be one of top 3 rounds type draft in 2018.
RHP, Alex Scherff, 2/5/1998, 6'1 205, Prestonwood Christian, Colleyville TX, (Commit-Arizona St), live arm with short qk arm in arm swing, fb has run and sink, heaviness when down in the zone, touches 93-94, most fb are 91, showed some straight changes with split effect and slurvy breaking ball that will need to be tightened up, enough stuff for strong follow in 2017, needs some work, can project for improvement, some comparable body wise and delivery to Strickland of SF Giants, mature type body already, will be 19 next spring.
RHP, Justin Bullock, 5/12/1999, 6'1 185, R/R, S Granville HS, Creedmoor NC (Commit-N C State), showed a bit better command of fb today than his last outing in May at Doak Field, touched 91 on a few occasions, most fb upper 80's with slurvy breaking ball that needs to be tightened up, showed some straight changes, lil hook in arm swing a bit concerning, definite arm to follow next year.
2B/SS, Noah Campbell, 6/6/1999, 6'0 190, S/R, Cardinal Gibbons HS-Raleigh, from Durham NC (Commit-S Carolina), interesting player, shows straight away speed and at least an ave arm for IF, fair bat speed, better from the left side than right, not much power, will have to spray the ball around/contact type, key will be hitting development, follow for 2017.
2B/SS, Brice Turang, 11/21/1999, 6'0 170, L/R, Santiago HS, Corona CA (commit-LSU), only 16, runs well, better underway, ran 4.17 from LH home to 1st, shows near ave arm strength, qk hands and lateral range, contact hitter, can drive the ball, qk twitch actions, should get stronger and improve hitting approach, solid follow for next 2 years, 2018 grad to be, suited for 2B or possibly move to CF in future.
3B, Jayson Gonzalez, 4/26/1999, 6'0 215, R/R, Bishop Amat HS, Covina CA (Commit-Vanderbilt), strong with mature body, runs near ave home to 1st, better on the way, ave arm strength to stick at the corner, fair hands and range, bat will be his ticket, shows short compact swing with idea and pitch recognition, will go as far as bat develops, may end up moving positions in pro ball to OF or 1B, unless range and actions improve at the corner.
RHP, Blayne Enlow, 3/21/1999, 6'4 170, R/R, St. Amant HS, Sorrento LA, (Commit-LSU), loose, easy arm action, crosses some in delivery, gets good extension out front from 3/4 slot, FB touches 93, most are 90 with sink, hard slider at 80-82 with bite, threw strikes, teased a few change ups, upside is there, strong follow, could be top 3 round talk about him next spring, type of frame to fill out and get stronger, may add velo, body comp to Zach MacAlister-Indians.
RHP, Shane Baz, 6/17/1999, 6'2 185, R/R, Concordia Luthern HS, Cypress TX (Commit-TCU), live arm with qk arm action, loose out front and throws strikes, touched 94, most fb low 90's, easy Semi-windup delivery, threw cutter at 85-88 w/short break action, occ cb at 77, maintained velo through 3 innings, good upside, numbers come out to be top 1-3 type guy for 2017, has some bat speed as position player as well.
RHP, Jeremiah Estrada, 11/1/1998, 6'0 185, R/R, Palm Desert HS, CA (commit-UCLA), strong arm, strong build for his size, H 3/4 arm slot with qk easy action, overthrows, rushes delivery, fb touches 93, most are 90 and straight, also showed cb and change, most pitches were up in the zone, will need time to develop, worth follow next year, college in picture as well.
RHP, Hans Crouse, 9/15/1998, 6'5 185, R/R, Dana Hills HS, Dana Point CA (commit-USC), tall with thin frame, room to fill out, long arms and legs, recoil leg and pitching arm action, semi-windup with very qk arm, touches 96 on several occasion sat at 93-94, also showed sharp cb at times with proper lead elbow, keeps pitches down for the most part, some similar delivery comparable to John Lackey, strong follow for 2017.
OF, Garrett Mitchell, 9/4/1998, 6'1 200, L/R, Orange Lutheran HS, Anaheim CA (commit-UCLA), live strong body, throws and runs above ave, has strength and good bat speed with balance as a hitter, pitch recognition, can drive the ball to power alley, pull type, played RF and CF, shows decent instincts, not a CF, will end up a corner guy, would like to see power generated in game action, worthy of strong follow in 2017.
SS/2B, Nick Allen, 10/8/1998, 5'8 150, R/R, Francis Parker HS, San Diego CA (commit-USC), deceptive strength as a hitter, shows qk bat with leverage and puts the ball in play, can take extra base with his speed, ran 4.24 home to 1st, quicker on the bases, plus release and solid ML arm with qk hands and lateral range, range is better than average took away a potential base hit from Hunter Greene up the middle throwing Greene out at 1b, chance to make his mark quickly as he physically develops, some comparisons to former ML Dickie Thon-Astros, instincts and first step quickness are assets and plays all out.
OF, Alek Thomas, 4/28/2000, 5'9 160, L/L, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago IL, live body, runs well underway, 4.2 from LHS, showed qk bat w/upper cut swing, fair arm strength with carry and knows how to cover position, played CF and corner OF, ran 4.2 from LH Side home to first, interesting to follow, next couple of years, 2018 grad (commit-uncommited at this time).
SS/2B/OF, Royce Lewis, 6/5/1999, 6'0 185, R/R, JSerra Catholic HS, Aliso Viejo CA (commit-UC Irvine), fluid athlete, runs well and has ave to plus arm strength, best suited for middle IF, has enough arm for SS and range, qk bat with balance and strength, drives the ball to LF alley w/power, ran 4.17 home to 1st, showed alley power during BP workouts consistently, has similar comp to former ML Royce Clayton SF Giants, a bit of a free swinger, aggressive hitting approach, strong follow for 2017.
RHP, Hunter Greene, 8/6/1999, 6'3 195, R/R, Notre Dame HS, CA (commit-UCLA), loose, qk arm from 3/4 slot, touches 96, most fb 93-95, also solid straight change w/deception 85-86 and 80 cb, semi-windup with easy delivery, occ rushed, was composed and knows how to pitch, keeps pitches down, fb showed arm side run w/sink on occ, grades come out to 1st round talk for 2017, best shot as RHP, decent position player, SS/2B, easy swing w/bat speed, strength and knows how as a fielder, runs fair, 60 OFP as RHP. 1st round projection.
OF, Jarred Kelenic, 7/16/1999, 5'11 185, L/L, Waukesha West HS, Waukesha WIS (commit-Louisville), solid build, strong, runs well, better on the way, strong throwing arm with carry and accuracy from RF, qk twitch guy, has bat speed and strength as a hitter, pitch recognition and barrels up fb, has 2 years to develop, turns 17 in July, has helium left, should get a bit bigger and stronger, 2018 follow, kid is a baseball rat! Also pitched an inning, touching 91, some idea, but appeared more of a thrower than a pitcher at this point.
LHP, Reid Detmers, 7/8/1999, 6'2 195, L/L, Nokomis HS, IL, (commit-Louisville), scouted his father in HS in early 90's out of the same HS (Kristen) who pitched in the STL Cardinal organization and was 6'5 190, Reid touches 90 w/fb from 3/4 slot, cross body some, short arm swing, loose out front, has proper bite and action on CB to be solid out pitch, most fb are 86-88, some room left to fill out and improve, definitely worth a look again in 2017.
1B, Alex Toral, 1/26/1999, 6'0 235, L/L, Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL, (commit-Miami), solid strength and bat speed as a hitter, ball jumps off his bat, fair arm strength and fielding ability at the corner, does not run well, 4.6 from LH side, will go as far as bat takes him, fringe 2017 follow.
OF, Connor Uselton, 5/20/1998, R/R, Southmoore HS, Oklahoma City OK (uncommited), strong arm from OF, runs well, better underway, 4.25 home to 1b, long swing level swing w/bat speed and strength at the plate, does not chase, has pitch recognition, definitely worth a look in 2017.
SS/2B, Brady McConnell, 5/24/1998, R/R, Merrit Island HS, FL (commit-Florida), wiry frame w/deceptive strength, runs well underway, 4.24 best home to 1st time, makes solid contact, sprays the ball around, frame to get stronger to add power, throws w/carry from SS and qk hands and ranges well either side, will be 19 next spring, worth strong look in 2017.
OF, Quentin Holmes, 7/7/1999, R/R, 6'0 175, Msgr. McClancy HS, East Elmhusrt NY (commit-Mississippi St), wiry strong, plus runner with plus range in OF, know how w/instincts in CF, arm has fair strength w/carry and acc to bases, makes contact with short swing approach, ran 4.08 best from home to 1st, consistently sub 4.2, interesting player for 2017.
RHP, Tanner Burns, 12/28/1998, R/R, 5'11 210, Decatur HS, AL (commit-Auburn), strong durable frame, compact delivery with tight cb with 10/6 break, fb explodes out of his hand, touches 96, most are 92-93 with some arm side run, heaviness, threw strikes, also showed straight change w/deception, gets decent leverage, definite arm to follow in 2017, similar frame as Boston Red Sox RHP reliever Craig Kimbrel.
RHP, Sam Carlson, 12/3/1998, R/R, 6'3 190, Burnsville HS, Burnsville MINN, loose out front from 3/4 arm slot, gets under his breaking pitches and straight change, hyper extended elbow at times, concerning arm action, when he has his delivery in synch, fb will touch 92, most are upper 80's w/arm side run naturally, showed qk slider with break and straight change, all pitches still in development stage, has (commit-Florida), 2017 grad.
Friday, June 17, updated Sunday, June 19.
Attended N C State games at USA Training Facility, Wednesday and today. Some very good players to follow over the next couple of years and it was good to meet some old faces and put names with faces. Several players with hopeful opportunities collegiately listed as well from N C State games.
RHP, Logan Jarosz, E Alamanche HS from Mebane, 2018, 6 165, full windup, upper 3/4 slot, qk and loose out front, fb with some tail when in vs RHH and proper bite on cb, throws strikes, room to grow, touched 90 w/fb.
LHP, David Harrison, Rocky Mount HS, 6'3 185, L/L, ran 7.1 60, showed near ave ML arm from OF workouts, loose limbed, wiry frame, verbal to N C State, 3/4 slot semi-windup, flashed a few upper 80's fb, some arm side run middle out vs RHH, proper spin on cb and showed a few straight changes, still filling out, follow for 2017.
SS, Greg Jones, Cary HS, 5'11 165 S/R, 2017, verbal UNCW, runs well, 6.6 60, solid arm w/carry from SS, qk actions with glove either side, knows how, qk short stroke, hits the ball to all fields, pitch recognition, type of frame to add strength and room for growth, must see again, will be 19 yrs old in spring 2017.
LHP, Bennett Nance, Moorehead HS Eden NC, listed at 6'1 165, young, 16 yrs old, 4/14/00, showed easy arm action from 3/4 slot, touched 84, short arm arc w/qk slider 73-74 with diving action, a name to watch the next few years w/added strength, growth and maturity, appeared to be 5'11 160 to me, definite college material, 2018.
RHP, Kyle Bendinger, SW Guilford HS, 6'2 180, R/R, came back from Perfect Game Showcase to finish commitment at NC State games, showed arm strength and know how on the mound, easy 3/4 arm slot, touched 90, most fb 88, short qk slider with bite, 77-80 that should be his out pitch, needs to keep pitches down, some heaviness to his low zone fb, has college commit, 2017 follow.
RHP, Owen White, Jesse Carson HS, 6'2 165, R/R, ran 7.4 60, threw well during IF, plus arm strength w/carry, on the hill is where this kids' future is, touched 90 several times thru 5 innings, most fb 87-88, qk arm from 3/4 slot with proper bite/rotation on cb, threw strikes, competitive, slightly pitches across his body, type of frame to add strength and add more velo, also a 2018.
C/OF, Spencer Smith, Northern Durham, 2017, 6'1 200, R/R, ran ok, shows near ave arm strength, qk release behind the plate, knows how, bat has strength, level stroke with short stride, line drive type power, has verbal to ECU, pop times during workout ranged from 1.85 to 2.0. Definite follow for 2017.
SS, Chris Locklear, listed at 5'10 140, R/R, slightly smaller, wound tight body, ran 3.9 on drag bunt single, showed a strong arm w/carry at SS with solid hands, qk feet and confidence, ran 7.0 60, appears a bit quicker than that, he got injured on a fly ball to short CF and colliding with a team mate, hopefully the injury is not serious, he attends St Pauls HS, Pembroke NC, 2017. Also listed positions as CF and 2B, observed him at SS.
RHP/IF, Sam Zayicek, Lake Norman HS, 6' 165, L/R, qk twitch player, ran 6.8 60, showed plus arm from OF and IF, fair bat speed and strength, did not see pitch, he's a 2018, will need to keep an eye on him with the 2 at least average to plus tools, throwing and running speed.
OF/1B, Matthew Stevens, Charlotte Catholic, 6'3 190, L/L, ran 6.8 60, threw at least ave from RF, shows some bat speed and raw strength, unorthodox hitting style needs work, 2017.
OF, Hunter Baker, Hough HS, 6'1 180, L/R, ran 6.95 60, shows near ave arm strength from OF w/carry on his throws, has decent bat speed and open stance, pitch recognition, solid D1 guy who must be followed for future progress and added strength.
IF, Eric Robinson, Asheville HS, 6'2 185, R/R, ran 7.15 60, has arm strength and decent plate approach and bat speed as a hitter, type of frame to get bigger and stronger, 2017 grad, interesting enough to track his progress.
C, Drew Donathan, Charlotte Christian, 6'1 205, R/R, ran 7.6 60, showed strong arm with carry to 2b, some transfer to hand probs, rushed throwing to 2b, has bat speed and strength in his swing, approach needs work, has commit to Clemson, 2.0 pop times to 2b, development college player at present w/upside, should get stronger with exposure to training program and hard work, 2017.
RHP/IF, Austin Love, West Rowan HS, Salisbury NC, 6'3 205, R/R, threw well across the diamond during workouts Wednesday, arm has strength w/carry, accuracy, fluid arm action, also pitches, did not see, will keep an eye on him next spring, 2017.
Thursday, June 16, caught Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC Royals) vs Carolina (Braves, 2 prospects I liked:
RHP Corey Ray, 6'4 195, loose w/qk arm, fb touched 96 several times, pitched at 93, cb is sharp downer type w/eratic command, throws strikes w/fb, had command issues, chance to be middle man or put in the pen, needs to harness command of cb and straight change, 12/15/92 DOB, some upside left if secondary pitches can keep developing w/command.
CF, Brandon Downes, 6'3 195, R/R, 09/29/92, agg hitter, qk bat w/line drive stroke for alley power, pull side, range is plus in CF w/ave arm strength, runs well underway, coming off injury from last yr to hand, enuf strength and bat speed to develop more power and hit for average as well as play solid "D". 40/50 hit, 40/50 power, 60 run, 50 arm, 60 range, 52 OFP.
Saturday, June 11
WS Dash, RHP, Jordan Stephens, 6'1 200, R/R, started for Dash (White Sox), easy slight cross body delivery from 3/4 slot, fb touches 94, most are low 90's and hard cb 77-80 with bite, decent command, repeat of delivery was ok, saw him for Rice in college, he's probably more effective as a middle or set up guy in the pen or back of the end ML Starter, 50 fb, 40 cb, 50 control, 40 chg, 50 sl, 48 OFP.
White Sox called up 2012 Compensation "A" pick, 1B, Keon Barnum to AA, 6'5 240, L/L, Birmingham after Thursday's game. Power numbers and contact ability still not where it should be, he's still young and perhaps he'll adjust by moving up a level, drive and energy and want to I don't know if it's there for him to be honest, not like he had when he played in the Break Through Series @ DBAP back in 2010/11. Graded him out as 30 hit, 50 power, 30 run, 40 arm, 50 fld, 40 OFP.
C, Brett Austin, WS Dash (White Sox), have seen Brett since HS and NC State days, listed at 6'1 210, S/R, Brett still shows the arm and "D" skills to catch, bat however has not progressed, hands tend to drift as a hitter, saw mostly on his left side in 4 abs on Friday night, during BP he sprayed the ball with no real authority as he was feeling for the pitch, his assets are his arm and catching acumen, the bat needs to improve, he also pitched a bit in HS, perhaps a move to the mound ala Chris Hatcher? 20/30 hit, 40 power, 40 run, 60 arm, 50 fld, 40 OFP.
Friday, June 10
Got to see WS Dash (White Sox) vs Carolina (Braves) even with the MLB Draft going on, caught most of that on my i-phone. Amazing gadgets we have today that we didn't have years ago. Anyways, caught Sox rated prospect, RHP, Thad Lowry, starter, show flashes of a plus fb with some sink when down in the zone and middle in life vs RHH, showed hard slider with some bite, not much depth but effective pitch along with some straight changes which at times threw off hitters' balance a bit, he must keep his pitches down, 3/4 slot, semi-windup, still just 21 yrs old until October, listed at 6'4 215, appears a bit shorter to me, closer to 6'2 210, back of the rotation guy or long man in the pen at the ML level, some comp to Shelby Miller. 50 fb, 50 sl, 50 con, 50 change, 50 OFP, knows how to pitch.
I'll have more later tonight, early tomorrow.
I was happy to see my childhood fan's team, the Phillies take Mickey Moniak, whom I saw last summer during TOS in Cary, even though I had a strong feel for LHP Jason Groome. I'm an advocate you take the best player available with the addage, don't pass on premium lefthanded pitching anytime as you don't get a chance to take them all that often and you are gambling you are going to get lefthanders later somewhere in the draft. As we know baseball is an inexact science and I do believe Moniak will contribute to the Phillies, he's probably 3-4 years away from AAA and there is no rush, and in time I hope he has a terrific MLB career with the Phils.
Best of luck to all the players remaining who are awaiting their name to be called today and tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 7
Confirmed today thanks to Hudson Belinsky w/Baseball America, RHP Donnie Sellers meets the 45 day rule, thus he's eligible to be drafted, the technicality is his birthdate falls within the 45 days by the 3rd day of the MLB Draft, making him eligible day 2, day 1 is mostly 1st rounders and compensation picks for the first round.
I will be attending the N C State Games in Cary next week, June 15-19 to catch the younger, 2017 and beyond top HS talent in NC and also SC.
Saturday, June 4
Caught the NCHSAA State Baseball tourney's for 1A & 4A this weekend and came back impressed with some pocket follows, or names if you will to keep an eye on for the future for each of the 4 clubs. Some of the kids who graduate this year and go onto college and continue playing baseball collegiately, there were a couple kids also to keep their names to see how far they improve with natural maturation and physical development as well as improving their skill set with further instruction.
I also found my 2006 & 2007 reports finally after some digging in my closet of old reports. Yes folks, I'm a pack rat and I'm actively seeking an opportunity to work for a ML Club once again after years of working as a recommending scout, part-time scout and area scout as well as doing special assignment stuff for showcase and Minor League Baseball All-Star game assignments the past 7 years.
I have my old thumbnail remarks on players I was fortunate to have scouted in the AFLAC All-Star Game, Cape Cod All-Star game and 2007 Tournament of Stars as well as Impact Baseball's Prospect showcase events at Chapel Hill and other surrounding areas of the Triangle. Those are below. Enjoy!
Also my reports are of my own convictions and they are not intended to offend any player or their families, so don't take a scout's view point and being concrete, it's just one man's opinion who's done this for 33 years now, starting as a 23 year old college graduate and becoming a 'bird dog' in 1983.
Friday, June 3
So I was trying to find my old archive reports from 2004 featuring Team USA Collegiate team and the first Tournament of Stars games when SS, Tim Beckham first appeared from Griffin HS, Georgia as well as Eric Hosmer, Freddie Freeman, Mike Moustakas, Matthew Purke, etc., all played and I had little reports on them as well as other players who are now either in pro ball or out of pro ball or never made it into pro ball. Once I find these reports, I'll add them to this page.
Caught Green Hope vs N Davidson in 4A action at NCHSAA State tourney @ 5 County, Green Hope with a 2018 OF with some speed, raw baseball approach to watch and 3B/RHP, 2017 Jordan Montgomery, 6'1 185, L/R, with arm strength at hot corner, shows some bat speed and decent hitting approach for Green Hope.
2017, LHP Mackenzie Gore for Whiteville HS in 1A game, qk loose arm, exaggerated leg lift and kick, from Upper 3/4 slot, slight x-body, touched 90-92 a few times in 1st inning, k'd the side, held 85-88 thru 5 innings threw both 2 seam and 4 seam, showed 69-71 1/7 curveball and occ straight change, throws strikes at times gets under and pitches up hill, is around the plate, appears to be 6'2 and about 175 or so, ran 4.12 on infield single, plays OF when he doesn't pitch, 2017, definitely worth a look, projectible frame, with proper instruction in pro ball, he could move quickly in a patient farm system. 02/24/1999, 6'2 175, L/L are his bio stats, updated 6/28/16.
Wednesday, June 1
Sad to hear of the passing of RHP Donnie Everett, freshman @ Vanderbilt, who tragically drowned while on a fishing outing and he tried to swim across the lake. We lost a good young man there. Prayers go out to his family and to the Vanderbilt team!
May 27-30, caught Frederick (Orioles) vs Carolina (Braves) series, day one featured two prospects for the Frederick club:
LHP, Tanner Scott, 6'2 220, saw him the first time last fall in AZ Fall League, tonight he showed the loose qk arm from upper 3/4 slot and touched 98 many times, most fb were 96 with slight tail away from RHH and spun some cb that had slider effect and short downward tilt, 2 to 7 type break at 83-85, was around the plate, got away with pitches up in the zone for pop ups and a couple cracked bats, used as a closer in this game, he's got the type of arm to close a game or set up the closer ala, former ML reliever, Randy Myers w/Reds & Mets. DOB is 7/22/94, so has yet to turn 22, graded out, 80 FB, 50 SL, 40/50 control, 40 change, 50 field, OFP 60 premium lefty, closer role.
C, Jonah Heim, 6'3 190, S/R, nice looking receiver with plus arm and accurate to all bases, frames and receives easy with range each side, shows level bat plane swing w/bat speed from just below shoulder level launch position and some strength to hit eventually enough w/occ power, swung from left side mostly in 3 games and 11 abs I saw, takes a lot of close pitches DOB 6/27/95, will be 21 soon, has around 2-3 years more of development as a hitter, and could be front line ML catcher, at worse a backup with plus "D" skills, 30/30 hit, 30/40 power, 40 run, 60 arm, 50 fld, 1.88 pop time, OFP 47 OFP adjusted for premium position.
CF, Josh Hart, 6'0 185, L/L, first scouted at NHSI in 2011 in Cary, has plus speed and range in OF, slightly below ave arm w/plus release, acc throws mostly, some throws fade away to home, right up on the plate w/hitting approach and free swinger, needs to take more pitches and get off the plate some to utilize his speed and get full extension w/his swing, quiet launch from elbow to elbow 10/02/94 DOB, has 3-4 years to work on hitting to get to next level, otherwise a AAA prospect, emergency call up type, limited to CF, can play all OF positions, will go as far as bat improves, 30/40 hit, 30/30 power, 60 run, 40 arm, 60 field, 46 OFP.
Tuesday, May 31
Will be catching Whiteville vs Cherryville and Green Hope vs N Davidson on Friday, June 3 for 1A and 4A NCHSAA baseball championship series, top name is LHP, 2017, Mackenzie Gore, this will make 3rd time I will be seeing him and I understand N Davidson OF/RHP, Austin Beck is out with a knee injury.
Updating on OF/DH/1B, Kel Johnson, Georgia Tech, he's draft eligible due to age within 45 days of draft, he's 21 years old, graded out 30/40 hit, 50/60 power, 40 run, 50 arm, 40/50 field, 48 OFP, will go as far as bat takes him, will have to play the corner OF spots, runs 4.4 at best home to 1st, some length w/bat speed, lofts for HR power, susceptible on slow stuff away from outter part of strike zone, will have to make adjustments in pro ball w/instruction, has 2 years to bargain with, shows arm strength w/carry, accuracy is near average, 6'4 220, R/R, 7-10 round projection, could be drafted higher, depends on his signability and does he want to go out now rather than come back next year and see how he does w/wood this summer.
Saturday, May 28
3B, Blake Tiberi, Louisville, 5'11 210, L/R, 2018 grad, turned 21 as this season started to be draft eligible, his bat is his calling card, short, compact direct to the barrel approach as a hitter, has pull power down the foul line and can hit to the gaps for extra base hits, runs fair at best, 4.38 from left side home to 1st, shows playable arm and sure hands at 3B, better range to his left than to right, instincts are adequate for 3B at pro level, will go as far as his bat takes him, has 2 years leverage, graded him out as 30/50 hit, 40/50 power, 40 run, 40 arm, 50 field for OFP of 46 OFP, top 7-10 rounds, another player who'll make his mark if the bat tools play up in pro ball, his plate discipline (doesn't strike out much) is a strength to help him move up the ladder. Born 02/16/95.
Friday, May 27
SS, Connor Justus, Georgia Tech, 6' 180, R/R, pesky player who's strengths are on "D", shows qk first step to left and can go in the hole w/solid ML arm, 50, runs well, better underway, got him 4.32 on a turn on a single, shows a qk bat but moves the hands around a lot before launching his bat, some hand drift which is a concern vs pitchers with velo and better breaking balls than he's used to seeing, can he make the adjustments? graded him out after 12 at bats, 30/40 hit, 30/40 power, 60 runner, 50 arm, 50 field, for a 48 OFP, top 7 round type who'll make best impact defensively, if he hits, that will be a plus and he could make a mark in the ML if the bat tool proves consistent in pro ball.
RHP, Johnny Piedmonte, redshirt Jr, 2017 grad, 6'8 240, N C State, had a good statistical year last year and struggled mostly this season with some ailments coming back from but still has the loose arm and natural cut on his ML ave FB, touches 92, pitches at 89-90, needs that secondary pitch other than the 4 seamer and cut fb w/slider effect to succeed in pro ball, he's definitely worthy of a draft and get him some professional instruction to help him continue his development, OFP 46., 50 FB, 40 CON, 40 SL, fringe guy, get him a shot.
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,Sam 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 Dunand, 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, 30/50 hit, 50/60 power, 20 runner, 40 arm, 40 field, making him an OFP adjusted at 45, someone may take him in the 1st round, for me, he's just a bat and he can be pitched to.
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. He is draft eligible by age.
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, 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 gets 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, draft eligible by the 45 day rule, 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, Tyler Ramirez, UNC, 2017, 5'9 185, L/L, 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, graded him as 30/40 hit, 30/30 power, 45 run, 40 arm, 40 field, OFP 40 at best w/no solid average tools = organization type.
Follows for NC State, SS Joe Dunand, 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. (DRAFTED - CINCY REDS)
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
Checking 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. After 4 games, showed ability to drive the ball and produce runs as well as taking the extra base and showcasing his straight line speed, defensively a work in progress, will be a plus hitter w/power at the next level, 50/60 hit, 50 power, 50 run, 50 arm, 45 field, 55 OFP-raised because of his bat and speed.
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/OF, 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. Turnaround hitter, has straight line speed, instincts in CF.
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.Attends Florida State University
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.
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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.
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 touch 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.
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 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.
Updated: June 6, 2015
Caught the NCHSAA 1A and 4A state baseball tourney at 5 County Stadium, 2017 follow, LHP Mackenzie Gore, 6'0 155, L/L, runs well, 4.1 out of box, qk bat w/wiry strength, goes with the pitch well, can play CF/LF at the next level, on the hill, loose, qk arm from 3/4 slot, high kick and solid move to 1b to keep runners honest, fb velo touched 89, most were 85-87 with slight m/o run, proper bite on cb and feel for change, threw strikes, appears to pitch uphill when rushing his front side, definite follow, Whiteville HS, 2017, team has some good college players.
RHP, Clark Cota, Topsail HS, 6'1 205, R/R, solid arm strength w/semi windup, H3/4 slot, fb touches 90, most fb were 87-88, occ arm side run, hard cb w/proper spin n bite, threw strikes, rushes delivery at times, UNCW in picture, durable frame to get bigger and stronger, will be solid contributor at college level and follow at the pro level, keep an eye on him, saw last year, report below.
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 at the 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.
2006 TEAM USA Collegians
LHP, David Price, 6'6 210, L/L, Vanderbilt, easy, no windup delivery, recoil w/qk arm whip from upper 3/4 slot, touches 96, most fb 93 with run away down middle out vs RHH, hard slurve w/control and teased a few change ups, went 6 innings still touched 94 in 6th inning, was already drafted out of HS, will be early draft when eligible in 2007, should be one of top 5 or 6 players in ML Draft.
RHP, Jake Arrieta, 6'4 225, R/R, TCU, qk arm from 3/4 slot, slight cross body delivery, throws strikes, fb tends to be straight up in middle of zone, fb in has riding life and hard downer cb w/bite, release points are consistent, needs to repeat delivery better, has type of arm to be early round draft next spring, touched 95, most fb were 92-93, slider was 81-84.
RHP, Tommy Hunter, 6'4 255, R/R, Alabama, qk arm from upper 3/4 slot, fb true, touches 96, most are 93-94, hard cb not explosive, tends to roll easy to read, used in relief role, might be his spot at the next level, is a starter for Alabama could be eligible as a sophomore next spring, 2007, DOB is 7/3/1986.
LHP, Nick Schmidt, 6'5 220, L/L, Arkansas, loose arm from 3/4 slot, touches 92, most fb are 88-90 with some arm side run away vs RHH, hard cb tends to roll, not much bite or deception, keeps pitches down for most part, gets hurt middle up, follow for 2007.
SS, Todd Frazier, 6'4 215, R/R, Rutgers, qk bat w/strength and alley power, runs well underway, 4.3 out of box, throws have carry, range to left is better than to his right, will need to move to 2b or 3b in pro ball, type of bat to drive the ball in gaps, runs well enough to take extra base hits, plays hard and comes to play, definite follow for 2007.
3B/DH, Pedro Alvarez, 6'2 215, L/R, Vanderbilt, follow, strong build with sound hitting tools, can drive the ball where it's pitched, pull power, runs fair, 4.4 out of box home to 1b, shows arm strength, not much range will need to move to 1b in pro ball or LF, best tools are his bat, eligible in 2008.
LHP, Sean Doolittle, 6'2 185, L/L, Virginia, loose arm, qk arm speed from 3/4 slot, touched 92-93, most fb were 91 w/some tail up and away vs RHH, also had hard bite on cb and is around the plate, needs to keep pitches down and in vs RHH and LHH, chance to be decent pro in time, type of frame to fill out, 2007.
C, Tim Federowicz, 5'10 190, R/R, North Carolina, plugger with solid arm strength, 1.9 pop time, can play "D", shows short compact swing w/strength, can hit for pull foul line power, runs fair, has 2 years left to follow.
SS/2B, Darwin Barney, 5'10 175, R/R, Oregon St, scrappy, mature player w/good instincts in the field, has solid ML arm, ave range, instincts play up, can play either SS or 2B in pro ball, has qk bat, not much power, can run, better underway, 4.2 out of box from RH side, definite follow for 2007.
OF, Julio Borbon, 6'1 190, L/L, Tennessee, strong and durable frame, runs well underway, 4.2 out of box, throws have accuracy and carry, has bat speed with alley power, not a HR guy, can use speed to leg out extra base hits, potential backup OF in pro ball in time, 2007.
2B, Jemile Weeks, 5'9 155, S/R, Miami, very qk, plus speed, 4.0 from LH side, shows qk bat and can drive the ball to gaps, not a power threat, has actions to be competent ML infielder, 2b preferably w/range and actions, top of lineup guy, hard to pitch too, tends to be overly aggressive rather than taking pitches, could be decent ML player in time, 2008 eligible.
SS, Zack Cozart, 6'1 180, R/R, Mississippi, gamer with arm strength and can run, 4.28 home to 1b, makes solid contact, can hit to alleys for extra bases, occ foul line power, range and hands are solid enough to stick at SS in pro ball, could play corner if power develops or 2b, 2007.
LHP, Ross Detweiler, 6'4 180, R/L, Missouri St, loose arm from 3/4 slot, touches 93, has arm side run on fb, most fb are 90-91, breaking ball needs tightening up, big and easy to read at present, but proper bite and spin to get better, throws strikes, will tend to over throw and cross body some, causing eratic release points, definite follow for 2007.
C, JP Arencibia, 6'1 195, R/R, Tennessee, catch and throw guy w/pop in his bat, 1.95 pop time, sure handed, "D" is his thing, as a hitter shows direct swing from high hand launch and can generate power with his swing, a bit from the heels, change to improve with more instruction, solid follow for 2007.
2006 Team USA Juniors
1b, Freddie Freeman, El Mondena HS, CA, 6'5 215, L/L, level stroke w/strength, slight upper cut on pitches in can loft for power, runs well underway, solid fielding skills and arm strength, will be solid follow for 2007, will go as far as bat goes.
3B, Mike Moustakas, 6'0 185, L/R, Chatsworth HS, CA, solid arm strength and power stroke, qk bat, good plate disciple, squares up pitches middle of zone, throws w/carry from corner, laterally moves well, runs best underway, 4.28 top speed home to 1b from LH side.
2006 AFLAC ALL-STAR GAME, Tony Gwynn Stadium, August 12, 2006
SS, Justin Jackson, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, 6'2 175, R/R, strong arm with ave speed from home to first, bat lags some, tends to chase, poor pitch recognition, defensively shows the lateral range and soft hands for middle infielder, bat is a big question mark, has a plus plus arm, if hitting doesn't develop, try him on the mound.
OF, Michael Burgess, 6'0 200, L/L, Hillsborough HS, Tampa FL, strong arm w/power at the plate, runs ave full out, susceptible to slow stuff from lefties, needs to short swing, 4.2 max effort out of the box, throws w/carry, not enough range or instincts to play CF, will have to play a corner OF spot, bat is a big question, has power.
1B/OF, Jason Heyward, 6'2 200, L/L, Henry County HS, McDonough GA, nice easy swing w/strength, can hit to all fields, pulls for most part, throws w/carry, solid ave now could be better, suited for any OF spot, instincts are decent and has good hands, ran 4.17 home to first, so solid runner and type of speed on the way to get extra base hits. Could be a very good player with time.
C/1B, Yasmani Grandal, 6'2 205, S/R, Miami Springs HS, FL, nice size and has agility behind the dish, throws tend to sink and he chokes his throws, there is arm strength there, has long swing, aggressive hitter, chases, needs better pitch recognition, chance to be ML backup in time, 2.08 pop time was best I got on attempted steal, has offer from U of Miami.
3B, Derek Dietrich, 6'1 190, L/R, St Ignatius HS, OH, scrappy player shows range and soft hands at corner, could move to middle IF, solid ML arm, runs ave 4.2 from home to 1st, shows level swing w/strength to have alley power, pull type hitter, can go the other way with outter half pitches, has offer for college, potential ML IF in time.
SS/DH, DJ LeMahieu, 6'4 185, R/R, Brother Rice HS, MI, long and lean build, shows raw strength w/solid arm and soft hands, range is fair, will have to move to the corner, possibly 3B or 1B, should fill out frame, has level stroke from elbow to elbow and can drive the ball, not a power guy, will get hits to gaps, LSU commitment.
CF/OF, Kentrail Davis, 5'9 195, L/L, Theodore HS AL, Tennessee offer, shows ave speed and near ave arm strength, raw plate discipline w/some pop in his bat, 4.15 running time, needs to improve defensively to stick in CF, not the power to be a corner OF type, will go as far as his bat takes him.
RHP, Michael Main, 6'2 175, R/R, Deland HS FL, wiry frame with decent straight away speed as OF, has pin straight fb from 3/4 slot with plus velo, fb w/no movement and easy to read, breaking ball has proper bite and rotation, lacks consistent release points and repeating delivery, gets hitters to chase, he won't get hitters to chase moving up the ladder in college or pro ball, fb touched 97, most were 95-96, hard slider at 85-86 with not much depth or break, cement mixer type, has the arm to develop, will need to work on mechanics.
RHP, Matt Harvey, 6'4 190, R/R, Fitch HS, Mystic CT, strong durable frame, should fill out in time, upper 3/4 arm slot, has some run on fb in vs RHH, touched 94, most fb 90-92 and bite on hard cb with 11/5 break, is around the plate, semi windup, has college commit to UNC, should be a solid draft and ML pitcher in ML rotation in time, easy arm action to add velo.
RHP, Neil Ramirez, 6'3 190, R/R, Kempsville HS, Virginia Beach VA, nice easy arm action with lively fb, touches 93, most are 90-92, gets lots of grounders and k's, has slurvy breaking ball, both pitches from 3/4 and upper 3/4 slot, keeps pitches down, has college commit as well, could be ML rotation guy or long man in the pen, have to keep an eye on him.
LHP, Madison Bumgarner, 6'5 220, R/L, South Caldwell HS, Lenoir NC, big and strong, loose arm w/sling action, will get run and sink on fb when down on the knees, touches 93, most fb are 89-91 and hard cb, crosses body towards first base side, repeats arm action and delivery, could be solid ML 3-4 man, competitive, has power as a hitter, pitching is his forte, solid follow for 2007.
RHP, Sam Runion, 6'4 210, R/R, TC Reynolds HS, Asheville NC, one pitch guy, touches 94, cement mixer breaking pitch, loose arm from upper 3/4 slot, needs work on breaking ball and keeping pitches down, fb straightens up when up and in middle of zone, wants pro ball, has college offer, fb range 88-94, most are 90-91, not much movement.
RHP, Rick Porcello, 6'5 195, R/R, Seton Hall Prep NJ, loose arm with easy arm action, gets life on fb down on knees and into RHH, touches 94 most fb are 90-91 and has proper bite and spin on cb w/11 to 5 break, teases with straight change, projectible frame to get get stronger, just 17 still and young for grad yr.
SS/2B, Christian Colon, 5'11 175, R/R, Canyon HS, CA, smooth fielder with ave arm and decent actions laterally in the middle of the IF, runs solid ave, a tick better at 4.25, shows short qk stroke, not much power, has offer to CS-Fullerton, can play "D" and makes solid contact to be ML IF, long range 2B type.
1B/RHP, Freddie Freeman, 6'5 215, L/R, El Modena HS CA, tall and rangy, strong legs, will fill out frame for added strength, has level short swing w/alley gap power for extra base hits and can loft for HR power, throws solid and can field position, not a burner, but can take the extra base with underway speed, 4.3 out of box home to 1b.
OF/RF, Kevin Keyes, 6'3 205, R/R, Connally HS TX, good size, should get bigger, has long swing w/power and runs better underway, near ave ML arm, interesting skill set, has college commit to U Texas, will go as far as bat takes him, will need to play corner OF or move to 1b in pro ball.
C, Cameron Rupp, 6'2 220, R/R, Prestonwood HS TX, solid size and hands, throws ave to slightly better than ave, not the quickest behind the plate but gets the throws to 2b and knows how to work the plate, has short compact swing w/power, needs to improve pitch selection, can drive the ball to alleys and strong enough for power to develop in future, has U Texas commit.
3B, Josh Vitters, 6'3 195, R/R, Cypress HS CA, level stroke with potential power to develop, sprays ball around the OF, has solid arm strength, fair fielder, laterally moves well enough to play either corner or move to 2b, ran 4.4 from home to 1b.
2B/SS, Nick Noonan, 6'1 175, R/R, Francis Parker HS CA, easy glove actions and smooth fielder w/strong arm and qk release, runs well underway, 4.2 home to 1b, spray hitter w/occ alley power, enough speed to take extra bases on gap hits, hustles and in the right spot as a fielder, pluses are his "D".
C/RHP, Robert Stock, 6'1 190, S/R, only 16, graduates early, USC commit, touched 94, most fb true at 91-92, showed proper spin on cb and was around the plate from upper 3/4 slot, as a receiver has qk release and catch and throw skills which are still a bit raw, baseball rat and looks to continue to improve, give him time.
Cape Cod Classic Game, July 28, 2006
C/OF/3B, Joey Terdoslavich, 6'2 180, S/R, Sarasota FL HS, college commit to Fresno St, strong w/bat speed and balance as a hitter, runs well underway, 4.35 from RH side home to 1st, shows arm strength, near ave and hands are ok, range limited to moving to OF, not a corner position or catcher, hitting tools are his strength, keep an eye on him.
RHP, Kevin Quackenbush, 6'4 200, Jesuit HS, Tampa FL, loose arm w/max effort from 3/4 slot, touches 92, most fb 89-90, spins the breaking ball ok and is around the plate, delivery needs work to move up the ladder, definitely must follow next couple of years.
OF, Cory Vaughn, 6'3 215, R/R, Jesuit HS, Elk Grove CA, Greg Vaughn's son, athletic build and strong arm from OF, runs well, better underway, 4.2 from RH side, has some loop in his swing and strength, needs to polish hitting skills and work on breaks in the OF, has college commitment, needs time to develop.
OF, Mark Cahna, Bellarmine Prep HS, CA, 6'2 190, R/R, solid build, room to fill out and add strength, has pop in his bat with short swing, shows balance and plate knowledge, runs better underway, 4.3 from RH side, arm is solid average, instincts in OF just ok, will be interesting to follow based on hit tools and arm strength and foot speed.
C, Curt Casali, 6'3 210, R/R, New Canaan HS CT, strong durable build with arm strength and catch n throw skills, 1.9 pop time home to 2b, shows fair bat speed and plate coverage, needs work w/hands at the plate, raw strength to add power, fair runner, has college commit to Vanderbilt. Strong follow.
1B, Anthony Rizzo, 6'3 210, L/L, Douglas HS, Parkland FL, pure bat speed and strength as a hitter, shows balance and attacks the fb, plate discipline and pitch recognition need work, throws ave and has good hands and know how around the bag, runs better underway, 4.35 from LH side home to 1st. Strong follow with chance to be decent ML hitter.
RHP, Rick Porcello, 6'5 190, R/R, Seton Hall Prep, NJ, he's been on the circuit and has the quality loose arm that ML teams covet, had decent day this day topped out at 93, most fb were 91-92 w/bite on cb and command was decent.
2007 AFLAC All-American Classic, San Diego CA
OF, Xavier Avery, 6' 185, L/L, Cedar Grove HS, GA, short qk bat w/strength, runs plus, 4.1 from LH side home to 1st, shows plus range in OF with ave instincts and hands, tracks the ball, arm is enough for CF, can tend to chase poor pitches and breaking pitches, must follow for 2008.
SS, Tim Beckham, 6'1 180, R/R, Griffin HS, GA, solid arm strength and running speed, laterally ranges well w/sure hands, throws have carry, runs better than ave out of box, 4.18 home to 1b, has bat speed and strength, tends to chase out of zone pitches, will be solid follow for next year.
RHP, Sonny Gray, 6'0 185, R/R, Smyrna HS TN, listed at 6'0, seems more like 5'10, has college commit to Vanderbilt, has electric qk arm from 3/4 slot, touches 94, hammer type cb with command and can spot pitches away from hitters, competes, strong body for build, will be starter or closer at ML level.
1B, Eric Hosmer, 6'3 200 L/L, American Heritage, FL, long qk swing w/power to alleys, knows how at 1b, strong throwing arm, also pitches, runs well, better underway and on the bases, will be decent follow for 2008, early round potential.
RHP/3B, Ethan Martin, 6'3 200, R/R, Stephens County HS, GA, loose qk arm from upper 3/4 slot, most fb true, touches 93, hard downer type cb 11/6 action, is around the plate, tends to rush w/front side some, as a hitter, has long swing w/strength and bat speed, balance needs some work keeping hands back, runs well underway and can field position and has plus arm at the corner. Strong follow for 2008.
RHP, Gerrit Cole, 6'3 190, R/R, Lutheran HS, CA, touched 95, loose qk arm from upper 3/4 slot and hard slider 81-84 with sweeping action and downward tilt, is around the plate when he doesn't rush front side, will be a decent ML starter or closer at the ML level quickly.
2007 Tournament of Stars Reports
1B, Eric Hosmer, 6'3 200 L/L, American Heritage, FL, long qk swing w/power to alleys, knows how at 1b, strong throwing arm, also pitches, runs well, better underway and on the bases, will be decent follow for 2008, early round potential.
RHP, Jason Knapp, 6'5 230, R/R, North Hunterdon HS, NJ, big and strong, loose arm from upper 3/4, touched 93, most fb 90-91 with some arm side run, also spun a few cbs and was around the plate, has room to develop, must watch his frame not to add too much weight in future.
3B/SS, Harold Martinez, 6'1 175, R/R, Braddock HS, Miami FL, defensively sound, shows ML arm strength from the hole and enough glove actions and range to play corner or 2b in pro ball, has bat speed, long swing at present and chases borderline strikes, has college commit, keep an eye on him.
LHP, TJ House, 6'2 190, R/L, Picayune HS MS, loose arm w/lively fb, touches 91, most are 88-89 from 3/4 slot, repeats delivery, shows proper spin on breaking ball, still developing, is around the plate, lands on heel causing eratic command, should improve with pro instruction, solid follow for 2008.
RHP/OF, Gerrit Cole, 6'2 175, R/R, Orange Lutheran HS, CA, loose arm, plus arm strength from RF, runs well underway, has some pop in his bat, best shot on the mound, shows lively fb, touched 94, most were 91-92 w/arm side run and sweeping slider, easy to read, should improve with better mechanics and maturity, development, has UCLA commit, will be one to watch closely early for 2008, easy arm action to add more velo in time.
RHP/SS, Mychal Givens, 6'1 170, R/R, H B Plant HS, FL, power arm from SS and slightly abv ave running speed, has some bat speed but tends to swing at poor pitches, overly aggressive, shows ML arm strength on the bump from 3/4 slot, touches 94, most are 91-92, fb at 90 w/arm side run in and hard spin on curveball, interesting follow, Team USA.
C/RHP, Mac Williamson, 6'3 195, R/R, Wake Forest-Rolesville HS, NC, strong arm w/carry, has bat speed and power stroke from quiet launch, strength through the zone, touched 92 on bump, has played other positions, early committment to Wake Forest U, solid follow.
OF/LHP, Anthony Gose, 6'0 175, L/L, Bellflower HS CA, qk afoot, ran 4.1 from LH on IF hit, shows ML arm strength from CF w/range and sure hands, bat drags a bit, has some strength in frame to add more with maturation, also pitched, showed loose arm and touched 93 several times, most fb were 90-91 with late tail away vs RHH. Interesting for 2008.
IF/RHP, Ricky Oropesa, 6'2 210, L/R, Etiwanda HS, Rancho Cucamonga CA, has strength and bat speed to hit, chases out of zone pitches, needs work and patience as hitter, has ML arm strength, no true position, delivery needs work on the mound, has college commit to USC, definite follow.
CF/RHP, Aaron Hicks, 6'1 165, S/R, Woodrow Wilson HS, CA, loose arm with plus arm strength, runs very well, 4.1 from LH side, 4.18 from RH side, can cover ground in OF, on hill had hard slider 84-85 and touched 94 a few times w/fb, command and delivery need improvement, but enough arm to develop if he doesn't hit, bat has quickness from LH side and occ gap power, runs well to take the extra base hits, interesting early follow for 2008.
OF, LJ Hoes, 6' 190, R/R, St John's College Prep MD, played also with Dirtbag program, has handled wood bat before, has sound approach to hitting, gets good drive and balance as a hitter, runs well, better underway, 4.2 out of the box home to 1b, near ave ML arm, fair fielder, plus range, instincts are fair for CF, not enough power for corner OF spots, will be good college player or organizational pro guy in time.
LHP, Robbie Ross, 5'11 180, Lexington Christian Academy KY, loose arm, wiry frame, will fill out more, arm action is qk from 3/4 slot, touches 92, most fb are 90, at times straight and hittable up in zone, has proper bite on cb and teased a few straight changes, has college commit, will need to see again for 2008.
3B/SS, Jason Esposito, 6'0 190, R/R, Amity HS CT, solid fielder with arm strength and runs ave, all out 4.3 home to 1st, long swing with bat speed and alley power, not a big power guy, should add more strength and develop more power in time, will go as far as bat takes him, leader on the field and comes to play, 100%, college commit to Vanderbilt 2008.
OF/1B, Preston Tucker, 6'1 190, H B Plant HS, Tampa FL, solid lefty hitting mechanics and strength as a hitter, can drive the ball where it's pitched, runs fair, 4.4 from LH side, has arm strength and gets good jumps on hit balls in OF, will need to play LF, enough arm for RF, also shot at 1b, not very nimble, will be offensive type guy middle of the order hitter in time, 2008 follow.
RHP, Tim Melville, 6'4 210, R/R, Holt HS, Wentzville MO, strong durable build, fb touches 93 but true from 3/4 slot and proper bite and spin and cb, throws strikes down hill, lands on heel some causing inconsistent release points, should get better in time, bring along slowly, 2008 follow.
RHP, Anthony DeSclafani, 6'2 165, R/R, Colts Neck HS, NJ, loose qk arm from 3/4 slot, touches 92, most fb are 89-90, straightens out middle of zone, has proper spin on breaking ball and is around the plate, tends to over throw and rush at times, has college commit to Florida, solid follow for the future, 2008.
LHP, Kyle Lobstein, 6'3 185, L/L, Coconino HS, Flagstaff AZ, easy loose arm action touching 90 most fb were 87-88 w/command and showed good feel for cb and change, kept pitches in zone and down from upper 3/4 slot, competes well, fields position, interesting follow for 2008, could be solid ML starter in time.
OF, Jaff Dacker, 5'10 170, L/L, Sunrise Mountain HS, AZ, sound hitting approach w/bat speed, not much power, sprays the ball around, qk trigger, attacks fb, max effort runner and arm is enough to play corner, physically not imposing has some strength to hit and be backup type in ML, will go as far as bat takes him, 2008.
LHP, Matthew Purke, 6'2 165, L/L, Klein HS, TX, loose, qk arm w/deceptive velo, touches 92, most fb 90 with arm side run, thin build frame in upper body, tends to get elbow under and push his pitches, shows proper spin and bite on cb and throws strikes, repeats delivery for the most part from 3/4 slot, has college commit early to TCU, should get better with natural maturation and work with pro instruction, 2009 follow.
OF, Robbie Grossman, 6'1 200, S/L, Cy-Fair HS, TX, hard nosed player, runs well underway, 4.2 from LH side home to 1B, has arm strength and knows how defensively to play OF corners or fill in at CF, has short stroke at plate with good coverage, will go with pitch, likes to naturally pull, has strength and bat speed to be able to hit at the next level in time, solid follow for 2008.
RHP, Jarred Cosart, 6'3 185, R/R, Clear Creek HS, TX, loose arm from 3/4 slot, touched 92, most fb were 89-91 with some run in vs RHH, also spun a few cbs for secondary pitch, is around the plate, tends to overthrow and rush delivery, should improve and gain strength in time and add velo, 2008 follow.
RHP, Evan Marshall, 6'1 195, R/R, Homestead HS, CA, max effort guy with arm speed and velo, touches 92, most are 90, needs to keep pitches down, spins cb and is around the plate, keep an eye on him for 2008.
RHP, Erik Johnson, 6'3 200, R/R, Los Altos HS, CA, loose arm w/arm speed and strength, touched 92, most fb were 89-90, showed proper mechanics on breaking pitch to develop further, type of frame to get bigger and stronger as well, worth close look in 2008, has college commit.
SS, Tim Beckham, 6'1 180, R/R,Griffin HS, GA, solid arm strength and running speed, laterally ranges well w/sure hands, throws have carry, runs better than ave out of box, 4.18 home to 1b, has bat speed and strength, tends to chase out of zone pitches, will be solid follow for next year.
C, Kyle Skipworth, 6'3 185 L/R, Rubidoux HS, CA, tall receiver with arm strength and know how as catcher, makes solid contact, sprays the ball around the ball park, foul line power, long swing, type of frame to fill out with maturation, keep an eye on this one.
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, 5'11 175, 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 w/arm strength, 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 Smeltzer, 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, gamer 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 mechanics 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/fastball
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, 5'11 175, 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, already 18 years old, 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, Michael Kopech, Mount Pleasant, TX, Mount Pleasant HS, 2014, R/R, 6'3 185, 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, did not pitch in the event, college commit to 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
Larry worked for the Mets as a full time area guy in the Midwest for over 20 before retiring, beginning as a bird dog and part-time scout when he coached at Garland Community College, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 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 for the Miami Marlins.
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.
Buck O'Neil, was a former manager and player in the old Negro Leagues back in the late 30's thru the '50s and was the scout who found Lee Smith, Ernie Banks and was best friends with Gene Baker, former player and scout for the Pirates. Buck was the first known African American baseball scout and he founded the Negro Leagues museum in Kansas City, Missouri and he has a seat designated with his name on it for a special fan who shares the same goals and integrity that Buck stood for. Buck was a great story teller as well and is sorely missed by many, but his legacy will live on, along with all the awards and accolades he garnered for his love for humanity and preserving the culture of the Negro Leagues as well as being one of the best scouts in baeball. We miss you Buck!
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, former NY Mets Scout I met in 1983, former GM of the Twins - Terry was let go as GM with the Twins in his 2nd stint, he was basically a career "TWIN" although he worked for the Mets as an area scout for a time.
Mike Radcliff, then with the MLSB in 1983, first wrote me, then became scouting director of Twins, he's still in the player development/scouting departent.
Mike Hankins former MLSB Scout after Mike Radcliff, then became area supervisor for Dodgers and now with the Detroit Tigers as Midwest Crosschecker/Supervisor.
Mike Arbuckle, first met him in 1980 when he scouted our college team vs Benedictine College in Kansas, Mike worked for the Braves as an area scout, then eventually became scouting director of the Phillies and now is an Asst GM with the Royals.
Jack Zduriencik, first met Jack in 1983 when he was an area scout for the NY Mets, he later became a cross checker, then went to the Pirates to become a Scouting Director then to the Brewers in the same position then got his shot at being a GM with Seattle. Now he does work for MLB Network.
Doug Gassaway was my area supervisor for the Texas Rangers, Doug scouted for years with other clubs, most notably with the Phillies, he signed many ML players.
Rudy Terrasas helped me get my first area scout position in 1987 by a chance meeting during fall baseball at Creighton's old baseball facility, Booth Field in Omaha, Nebraska, Rudy later became a supervisor then National Crosschecker for the Rangers, then went over to the Brewers as a Special Asst to the GM and then later became the Scouting Director for the Mets, now he's a pro scout for the Mets. Rudy's drafts produced many of the players on the 2015 World Series club for the Mets including, Harvey and Duda among others.
Bryan Lambe was the National Crosschecker for the Rangers when I worked for them in 1988, Bryan is great people and I first saw him as a player for Evansville in the old American Association (Tigers affiliate), he now works for the Toronto Blue Jays as a pro scout.
Sandy Johnson was one of the few Scouting Directors who actually wrote me back with a hand written letter when I was applying for scouting jobs after college in 1983, Sandy was the scouting director who hired me to serve under Doug Gassaway for the Texas Rangers. Sandy is a great scout and great person and I'll forever be grateful for the opportunity and help he gave me along the way.
Phil Favia gave me a chance to work Part-time for the New York Mets in 1989, Phil was the area supervisor scout covering Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota at the time, Phil signed Todd Hundley for the Mets, he later went to the Expos and became a special Asst to GM for the Dodgers, Kevin Malone, Phil now lives somewhere overseas.
Marty Harvat was the area scout in the midwest for the New York Mets and one of my 3 supervisors from 1989-93, Marty drafted 3 players who eventually were the #1 Pick or #2 pick in the MLB Drafts in Jeff King (Seattle/Pirates), Darren Dreifort (Mets/Dodgers) and Darin Erstad (Mets/Angels). Marty sells cars somewhere in the midwest now.
Cookie Mitchell a fellow part-time scout for the Mets when I worked for them, Cookie was always great to me and no one worked harder than Cookie, who once worked for Ed Charles, a scouting legend for the Mets among other ML teams. Cookie resides in Kansas City, Kansas.
LeRoy Franklin (Simeon HS, Chicago IL), Coach Frank is the greatest, he was also a part-timer who worked for the same Supervisor as I did, Phil Favia, "Frank" had many former players drafted by MLB teams, including, Jeffrey Jackson, Darwin Davis, Shawn Livesey, Blake Hickman and Corey Ray, among others. Coach Frank is the greatest and he is Chicago Public School baseball!!
Charlie Gault former scout with the Phillies and Tigers, Charlie was always nice to me at games and told me where and where not to go in Chicago, as far as the rough areas of town.
Richie Klaus was an area scout for the Giants when I was a rookie scout and he was always nice to me before he passed away.
Jim Haller was a former ML umpire and was a scout for the Yankees when I was a rookie scouting in 1988 for the Rangers. Jim had some great stories about baseball including ejecting Billy Martin more than one time.
Bill Haller former ML Pitcher and an instructor in the Omaha area.
Ken Bracey was the crosschecker when I was a bird dog for Brad Sloan, with the Padres and Ken is in the Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame and a great gentleman and he always acknowledged me and remembered me at the ball parks. One of the classiest men in baseball.
Joe Mason was an area scout for the Mets in the south who I met in Chicago crosshecking a player, and he bought me dinner one evening, Joe has signed many ML players and he's still active today.
Glen Van Proyen was an area scout for the Dodgers who always was nice to me when we met when I was a bird dog working for the Padres, later when I was a rookie scout for the Rangers. Glen lived in the Chicago area and he was also a great gentleman.
Bill Bryk, was an area scout for the Pirates, I met him in 1988 when I was a rookie scout, his daughter had an illness I remember and she battled and he was candid and honest with me where ever we ran into each other at, Bill is still active today and works for the Diamondbacks.
Sherrod Clinkscales was an area scout for the Braves when I met him as a bird dog in the Omaha area.
Tim Hallgren, was an area scout for the Rangers when I first met him when I was a bird dog, we later worked together, then Tim was a scouting director and today he's still active as a pro scout.
Russ Bove, Russ was a North Florida Area Scout for the MLSB when I briefly worked for the Bureau in '88, Russ was one of the interviewers when I interviewed for the MLSB job in South Florida in '88. Russ later became scouting director for the Mets and is currently active today.
Tim Osborne, Tim was the film guy for the MLSB out of Georgia and today he's an area scout for the Pirates. Tim's late father was Bo Osborne.
Kevin Saucier, Kevin was a former ML pitcher for the World Series Champs, Phillies, and was my supervisor when I briefly worked for the Bureau in '88. I had quit after less than 2 months on the job due to my ex wife's health with our daughter, Amanda at the time in November '88. Kevin still works today as a scout.
John Hennessey, was a scout for the Chicago Cubs in the Chicago land area and he also was one of the few who treated me well and he was a classy gentleman.
Chuck Koney, Chuck was a former professional baseball player and later became a scout after an accident mamed him phyiscally, Chuck broke the ice with a lot of us younger scouts at a game in Peoria, Illinois, between Bradley University and another school in '88, when he told everyone to be silent for a second and he cut wind about as loud as anyone I have ever heard let one go in my life. We were all in tears when that happened. I ran into Chuck many times as an area scout and as a part-timer in Illinois in '88 and '89. Chuck is no longer with us and will always be remembered in my heart for his courage and his cantor.
Jerry Marik, Jerry was an area scout for the Mariners when I met him in '88, he was like the local FBI, he knew every one and knew everything about everyone.
Tom Couston, Tommy scouts today for the Tampa Rays and he was an area scout in '88 when we crossed paths, for the Indians, Tommy signed Jim Thome in '89 and he introduced me to many area scouts my first year as a scout and also pointed me to some great places to eat while I was covering the Chicago area.
Joe Murph Murphy, Joe is a part-time scout for the Mets, he was working for the Indians when I met him in '89 in Iowa and today Joe still works and is always nice to me and keeps in touch.
Lee Toole, was one of Phil Favia's bird dogs, who I came to know, Lee is the Head Baseball Coach at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa and his sons played pro ball, one is a hitting instructor now for the Indians. Lee is a sharp coach and will be in the High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Bill Olson, a Hall of Famer, he coached at Omaha Northwest High School for years and he's the father of former MLB Pitcher, Gregg Olson who pitched for the Orioles for a few years in the 80's and early 90's. Bill still is active today and he signed one of my summer league players, Chris Fye, when Bill worked for the Giants and the late, Bill Parese.
Chris Shanahan who pitched for me and we signed him to the Mets in 1991, Chris pitched at the old Omaha Cathedral High School, then Iowa Western Community College @ Council Bluffs, and my summer club and in 1992, Marty Harvat and I signed me after his spring season as a non-drafted Free-Agent. Chris went on to break the league record for wins in the New York Penn League pitching for Pittsfield.
Joe Siwa, Joe was a catcher for Omaha Roncalli High School, later he attended Auburn University and got a chance to play pro ball. Joe also was an instructor during the winter at the old Nebraska Professional Baseball Camp.
Brian Poldberg, Brian still coaches today, I met him when he was an instructor for the Nebraska Professional Baseball Camp, Brian was a catcher in the Kansas City Royals farm system and a former high school standout out of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Brian is great people.
Marti Wolever, Marti I met when he was umpiring my college games when I was a pitcher at Bellevue College (now Bellevue University), he later became head baseball coach at Paul VI High School, then an area Scout for the Detroit Tigers. Marti also founded and directed the Nebraska Professional Baseball Camp. He also worked for the Yankees and Phillies as an area scout, then becoming a national crosschecker and scouting director for the Phillies. Today Marti still works and he's the west coast crosschecker for the Tigers.
Murray Cook, I first heard from Murray when he was with the Expos as their GM, he wrote me back a letter when I was a pitcher, stating that I wasn't the type of pitcher the Expos were looking for but if I wanted to get into professional baseball to try as a scout, which I did. Murray still works today and has been great to know and he's got a memory like no other.
Angelo Giuliani, Angey I met when I was a rookie scout in '88, in Minneapolis, he introduced me to former GM, Art Brophy and told me some great places to eat in the Minneapolis area. Angey signed Kent Hrbek and Tim Laudner for the Twins.
Joel Lepel, I met Joel when he became an area scout for the Twins after his coaching days at Clemson, Lep now coaches and works in the development side for the Twins.
Mike Ruth, Mike was an area scout for the Twins when I first met him in '88, he's now the midwest supervisor for the Twins after his days as an assistant at Missouri.
Jeff Cornell, Jeff today is the midwest crosschecker for the Tampa Rays after working for many years for the MLSB. Jeff was always available to talk to when I needed some info.
Jim Elliott, Jim was briefly a midwest area scout for the MLSB when I first met in him 2000-2001, he's now with the Padres and resides in the Winston-Salem NC area.
Bob Fontaine Jr, Bob was another one of the few scouting directors who actually wrote me a letter back thanking me for my interest in becoming a scout when he was with the Padres in the early '80s, Bob is now the director for the MLSB.
Carl Moesche, Carl worked now with the MLSB in the Pacific NW area, I first met him in Iowa covering the Jayhawk league. The MLSB seems to have been broken apart and there are only a handful of folks working for the MLSB including their video/film crew as of this update 8/22/2016.
Gil Kubski Jr, another MLSB scout I met during Scout School in 2015 and saw again this spring. Gil's father I had met in Omaha years ago covering the American Association and Omaha Royals.
Marv Olson, Marv was an old scout out of Gayville, South Dakota, he signed Dick Green, a former major leaguer who player in the bigs for the Oakland A's. Marv was a great man and he was always pleasant to talk with over the phone and to give me advice before his passing.
Cobby Saatzer, another great old timer, Cobby had worked for the Twins for time in the midwest.
Hank Krause, Hank used to ump some of our college games when I was a pitcher for Bellevue College and he's worked for several ML organizations.
Mike Grouse, Mike was a bird dog when I met him in '88 in Kansas City for the Rangers when I worked for the Rangers and he's now one of the Rangers' pro scouts and I've ran into him a couple times the past 7 years in North Carolina.
Randy Taylor, RT was a part-timer with the Rangers, when I first met him in '88, Randy is now one of the cross checkers for the Rangers and he's signed several ML players for them.
Dale "Mac" McReynolds, I first met MAC in '88 at a tryout camp run by Emil Belich, of the MLSB, Mac worked for the Dodgers then, and he was at one time a scouting director and he's one of the reasons today, I still have that itch to get to the ball park to evaluate players. Dale is missed by many of us and he taught us more than a lot of higher up execs with acknowledge. Mac is a legend and will always be remembered for his cantor and honesty.
John "Buck" O'Neil, I met Buck in '84 scouting a tournament at Ralston, Nebraska along with one of his best friends, the late, Gene Baker. Buck was a pioneer in baseball and he'll always have a special place in my heart for being nice to me and telling me some great stories.
Marty Miller, Marty was a scout for the Blue Jays when I met him, he still works today and lives in the Chicago land area.
Jim Reeves, Jimmy was an Asst Coach at Kishwaukee and worked part-time for the Mets when I did and he eventually got a job working in the Pacific Northwest for the Mets and he's still with them today, for over 20 years, he's known for signing OF Brandon Nimmo out of Wyoming, who made his ML debut this year for the Mets.
Nathan Durst, Nathan was an Asst Coach also at Kishwaukee College when I first met him, he's a national crosschecker today for the White Sox.
Dan Durst, Dan was an area scout when I met him in '88 for the Twins, he's still working today as a scout, now for the Orioles.
Scott Trcka, I met Scott in '88 when he was a part-time scout, he works today for the Mets and he's known for signing Scott Rolen, when Scott worked for the Phillies.
Mike Daughtry, Mike was with the MLSB in Chicago in '88 and he took my area when Doug Gassaway let me go in the summer of '88 with the Rangers. Mike works with Mike Rizzo of the Nationals now.
Mike Rizzo, GM with the Nationals, Mike was a rookie scout for the White Sox when I was a rookie scout covering the midwest in '88, Mike's first big leaguer was Frank Thomas.
Phil Rizzo, Phil was an area scout for the White Sox as well in '88, he's Mike Rizzo's father.
Jim Bailey, Jimbo was a grounds crew guy for the old Omaha Royals, he later was a bird dog and scout for the Royals and worked at Boys Town as a High School Baseball Coach.
Carl Blando, Carl was the area scout for the Royals when I moved back to Omaha in '78 and I attended on eof the Royals tryout camps during the summer in which Carl ran. Carl still lives in the KC area and works at William Jewell College. Carl signed a couple of ML players, one notably is David Cone.
Whitey Thompson, Whitey was an insurance man for Northwestern Mutual in Ida Grove, Iowa and he orchestrated a try out camp and scout day in Ida Grove, Iowa for many years.
Jim Van Scoyoc, Jim is a legend in Iowa High School baseball and he worked as a bird dog for the Braves among other baseball teams. Jim coached at Norway and Benton-Van Horne High Schools in Iowa.
Tom Barnard, Tom was the head baseball coach at Kishwaukee College in '88 when I worked for Texas, Tom later became an area scout for the Pirates and still works today.
Chad Lindamon, Billy Vosik, Jimmy Wynne, Mike Valla, Mike Jonesy Jones, Mike Twig Jones, Mike Saint, Todd Repp, Lance Davis, all my former players at Iowa Western Community College and Nebraska Wranglers baseball team and each of them besides Todd Repp had opportunities to play minor league baseball.
Stan Meek, Stan is the scouting director with the Marlins and he was the Asst Coach at Oklahoma who recruited one of my former pitchers, Lance Davis.
Jim Rough, I met Jim in 2000 in Omaha at a Creighton game when he was a rookie scout after his days at Wichita State, Jim works as a pro scout today for the Tigers.
Ted Brzenk, Ted was a part-time scout in '88 for the Astros when I met him, he's worked as an area scout and still works today, up in Wisconsin, don't you know!
George Walden, George was a former writer for the St Louis Post-Dispatch, he aslo was a fellow part-time scout for the Mets.
Terry Tripp Sr, Terry took over my former supervisors area in '91 and he later signed Jason Isringhausen in spring of '92, Terry was the area scout for the Mets in Texas before moving back to Harrisburg, Illinois in '91. Terry works today for the Braves.
Dewey Kalmer, was the former Head Baseball Coach @ Bradley University, Dewey also coached my former first boss, Brad Sloan and Dewey was great at developing players.
Brian Grunzke, Asst Baseball Coach at South Dakota St now, he also served as head baseball coach at Waldorf College and Illinois-Springfield University.
Dave Schrage, Dave is the new Head Baseball Coach at Butler University, after stints at Waldorf, Evansville, U of Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois and U of Notre Dame. Dave and I played against each other in college when he attended Creighton University. Dave has two daughters and he was married to a great lady in, Jody, who he met while playing baseball at Creighton. Dave also bird dogged for me with the Rangers in my rookie year in '88.
one of my bird dogs Walter Sharp, who lives still in West Des Moines, Iowa, Walt worked for the Mets for several years and is a veteran.
Gary Sharp, Walt's oldest son and former U of Nebraska grad.
Tom Jenk Jr, one of my former bird dogs and a Iowa High School coaching legend as is his father, Tom coached at Dyersville-Beckham High School and he's had several former players drafted by ML teams.
Lee Toole, still coaching baseball today in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Blayne Smith, one of my former bird dogs out of Cobden, Illinois, he is the head baseball coach there today still and is one of the best friends of Terry Tripp.
Joe Simpson, one of my former bird dogs, he still is coaching high school baseball in Illinois.
Jason/Georgene/Charles Isringhausen, parents of Jason Isringhausen, I had met in '91 in Pittsfield, Illinois after we drafted Jason.
Mike Roberts, Mike works as a special Asst for the ST Louis Cardinals, Mike was an area scout who scouted my former college team I played for and he was always nice to me when he was in the area in Omaha.
Dave Karaff (signed Albert Pujols), Dave is retired today, he worked for several ML teams including the Cardinals and he lives in Arkansas now.
Shaun Watson, from Southwestern High School in Piasa, Illinois and Rend Lake College, Shaun was a RHP drafted by the Mets in '90 after his high school season and he had a great 2 year career before his shoulder gave way on him. He's one of Jason Isringhausen's best friends.
Donnie White Jr, out of Rock Island, Illinois, Donnie played at Southeastern CC in Burlington, Iowa and was drafted by the Mets in '91. He made it to AAA before he retired to spend time with his family.
Steve Abney my last boss when I was a bird dog for him with the Cleveland Indians, Steve still works for the Indians in the Midwest.
Danny Radcliff, Danny was a former pitcher for us at Iowa Western CC, I recruited him out of Kansas City area and he now scouts for the Pirates after many years with the Angels.
Bo Osborne, Bo was the former National Crosschecker with the MLSB and he played for the New York Yankees and he is the late father of Tim Osborne.
Joe Thurman, was a former MLSB scout in the midwest who scouted me in college.
Lee Anthony, Lee was a Texas Rangers scout who scouted our college team in Kansas and he signed Mike Grouse for the Rangers.
Howie Freiling, he was a former player at the U of North Carolina and he coached in the Mets farm system and he works today as a special assignment scout for the Phillies.
Mitch Webster, Mitch is a former ML player for several ML organizations and he works today for the Royals after scouting for a few years for the Dodgers in the midwest.
John Sanders (former U of Nebraska baseball coach), John works for the Dodgers today as a pro scout.
Herb Kupfer my old college coach, he still is active as an Athletic Director in the Omaha area.
Todd Thomas, "Tiny", works for the Giants.
Jim Hendry (former Creighton U coach & Chicago Cubs GM), Jim is an Asst with the NY Yankees.
Oneri Fleita, Oneri is a scout still and former player at Creighton.
Elvis Dominguez, a former player at Creighton, Elvis is the Head Baseball Coach at Bradley University.
Dan Callahan (former SIU-Carbondale baseball coach), Dan passed away from cancer and he was a great college coach and person, Dan worked at Eastern Illinois among the schools in Illinois as well.
Tom McDevitt, Tom worked for the Reds when I was an area scout and he was the former Head Baseball Coach at Eastern Illinois.
Tony Lovato, Tony was an area scout for the Royals.
Mark Geigler, Mark was a fellow area scout for the Rangers out of Michigan, when I worked for Texas in '88.
Rick Mathews (former Indian Hills & Iowa Western CC coach, now with Colorado Rockies as a special Assistant to the GM), Rick still lives in Centerville, Iowa.
Players I recommended with signing scout and clubs I worked for.
1988 - RHP, Jeffrey Todd Simmonds, Rend Lake College, ILL, Texas Rangers (signed by Bill Yates), Todd had a 88-93 fb w/sink and a hard slider, he quit after 1 year because it was too "HOT" in the Gulf Coast Rookie League.
1989 - OF, Tim Sandy Shanley HS, Fargo ND, New York Mets (signed 1990 by Phil Favia)- Tim was a very good hitter in HS and in JC @ Kishwaukee and signed after his freshman year and reached AAA w/Mets.
1989-90 - RHP, Rick Helling, Kishwaukee College, ILL, New York Mets - Mets did not draft Ricky off my first recommendation, they drafted him after he transfered from N Dakota State to Kishwaukee, the Mets Did Not sign him and he attended Stanford then drafted by and signed by Texas Rangers 1992 in 1st round.
1990 - RHP, Shaun Watson, Southwestern High School, Piasa, ILL, New York Mets (signed 1991 by Phil Favia & Bill Yates) Shaun tore his labrum after 2 years in Mets system, he touched 95 on the jugs gun a few times, at 6'6 220 pounds.
1990 - OF/1B, Brian Daubauch, Belleville West HS, Belleville ILL, New York Mets (Signed by Phil Favia)- Brian caught and changed positions after he was drafted and signed.
1990 - RHP, Jim Manfred, Indian Hills CC, Centreville IA, New York Mets (signed by Phil Favia & Bill Yates)- Jim was a 6'8 RHP who pitched for Rick Mathews and his fb touched the low 90's and he reached AA w/Mets.
1990 - RHP, Caspar Van Ryn Bach, Iowa Western CC, Council Bluffs IA, New York Mets (signed by Phil Favia)-Caspar threw very well in a pre-draft workout and was signed in his home country of Amsterdam, he reached AA w/Mets but never lived up to his potential.
1990-91 - RHP, Jason Derik Isringhausen, Lewis & Clark College, Godfrey ILL, New York Mets (signed 1992, Terry Tripp) I urged the Mets to sign Izzy as a NDFA out of HS and again after we drafed him in 44th round in 1991, he was signed after his spring season at L&C by Terry Tripp on my birthday.
1991 - OF, Donald White Jr., Southeastern CC, Burlington, Iowa, New York Mets (signed Larry Chase & Bill Yates) - Donnie reached AAA, a decision by him to quit after his new born had heart problems led to him giving up baseball so he could support his family.
1991 - C, Corey Buck, Neligh HS, Neligh NE, New York Mets (did not sign)- Cory fooled me, he threw well and showed power in his swing in an American Leagion game in Norfolk and never did he display those tools again.
1992 - OF, Darin Erstad, Jamestown HS, Jamestown ND, New York Mets (did not sign)- I had written up a follow report on Darin after a workout and American Legion Tournament in Mandan ND in 1991, he was not offered a contract by Marty Harvat in 1992 and went to Nebraska to play baseball and football and in 1995 - LA Angels #1 Pick
1992 - RHP, John Harris, Columbus High School, Duncan NE, New York Mets (signed by Marty Harvat)- John was a late draft out of HS and touched the low 90's for a 6'0 righty and quit after 1 year because he was going to have to go back to rookie ball again and was signed a year later to a contract by the Dodgers as an OF'er and was released after 1 year with the Dodgers.
1992 - RHP, Mark McGinn, Millard North High School, Omaha NE, New York Mets (signed by Marty Harvat)- Mark is the son of former ML pitcher, Dan McGinn, Mark threw in the low 90's but was wilder than a march hare and never could find the plate enough or transition his delivery to be effective and ended up being released after 3 years of rookie ball.
1992 - LHP, Chris Shanahan, U of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha NE, NDFA New York Mets (signed by Marty Harvat & Bill Yates) - Chris pitched for me in semi-pro ball and was signed by Marty and me off a workout and he broke the New York Penn league for wins and reached AA with the Mets.
1995 - RHP, Mark Reynolds, Grandview College, Des Moines IA, NDFA Texas Rangers (signed by Mike Grouse & Bill Yates) - Mark was a converted catcher/3b and had a plus arm and Mike and I signed him after a workout where he touched the low 90's and after pitching in front of the Rangers scouting director and farm director, he blew out his UCL.
1999 - RHP, Chris Appuhn, Millard North High School, Omaha, NE, Cleveland Indians (did not sign, attended Butler Comm College & Creighton University) Chris was a big righty, 6'6 240 and threw hard in HS with a wicked cb and ended up going to Butler CC in Kansas and never regained the stuff Steve and I saw in a workout/game in HS where he touched the low 90's, he ended up at Creighton and pitched a no hitter vs Wichita State.
Mike Piazza, out of Phoenixville, PA, drafted in the 62nd round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, here is his report as done by Brad Kohler, area scout at the time for the Major League Scouting Bureau. The Bureau has been downsized in the past few years and played a vital part in discovering players that subscribing Major League Teams had to at least see, even if the ML Scout didn't like the player reported on by the Bureau, the scout typically had to send in on the report, DNL which means DID NOT LIKE or DNS which means DID NOT SEE. Brad Kohler was a highly respected scout in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey area.
So in 1984, when I was a bird dog for Brad Sloan and the San Diego Padres, there were 3 really good High School pitchers who caught the eye of all major league teams, two lefties, Brad Kucera of Omaha Creighton Prep and Joel Sealer of Millard South and a right-hander with the best "Uncle Charlie" I've seen in then Junior in High School, Gregg Olson who went onto a pretty good ML Career as a closer for the Orioles and #4 overall pick in 1988 MLB Draft out of Auburn after not being drafted in 1985 out of High School, then said to be about "signability".
1995 #1 Overall Pick, OF Darin Erstad of the U of Nebraska- Lincoln, who I had a follow report on in 1991 for the New York Mets which was never sent into to the office by a former supervisor of mine. Also reports on Earl "BUDDY" Carlyle as a follow out of Bellevue East High School, Bellevue, Nebraska and Jason Derik Isringhausen in 1991, who was signed after his spring season in 1992 by Terry Tripp, Sr., as we had Izzy under control as a 44th round draft in 1991, he was a guy I wanted to sign not once, but twice, but it all fell on deaf ears. Casey Blake, from Indianola HS in Indianola, Iowa, from a great Blake family, his father played pro ball and his younger brother was drafted and played in the Twins system. Casey played many years in the ML once he was drafted out of Wichita State U, playing for the Dodgers and Indians among the many teams he played for. He was one of the hardest working kids at any tryout camp I conducted.
One of the best pitching deliveries in the Majors was from this young pitcher with the Houston Astros, J.R. Richard, who stood 6'9 and weighed about 240 pounds, on the jugs gun in the Astro Dome he touched 100 MPH many times. J.R. had a stroke which kept him from ever pitching again in the Majors and he had a short lived career that could have been EPIC!
Another great read on what Scouts look for in prospects done by Baseball Digest in 1988.
Good read on what scouts look for during the NAIA World Series held in Des Moines, Iowa some years ago, with scouts Jeff Cornell who is now with the Tampa Rays and Jerry Lafferty, then with the Phillies, he's now with the World Champion, Kansas City Royals.
A nice story done in the Omaha World Herald, with the lead picture of former Atlanta Braves scout, Herb Hippauf, and my former boss, Brad Sloan back in the mid 1980's.
My career baseball statistics while attending Bellevue College from 1980-83 (now Bellevue University), I had held school records for wins in a season, appearances in a season and career games pitched in, all those records were shattered once Mike Evans, former Omaha Creighton Prep Baseball Coach and former Assistant at Nebraska, came to Bellevue, taking them to their first ever NAIA World Series in the early 1990's.
I was fortunate to have met a great baseball man, who was an umpire for some of my college games I pitched in and he also coached me in the fall of '82, Marti Wolever, who was the Scouting Director for the Phillies and he's worked for the Tigers, Yankees and is now the Western National Crosschecker for the Tigers. Marti founded the NEBRASKA PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CAMP in the early 1980's and it ran successfully for over 15 years and many of the high school players who came through the camp ended up in collegiate programs across the United States as well as being drafted by Major League Baseball organizations.
Here are my original Free-Agent and/or Follow Reports when I worked for Texas and the New York Mets. I've taken out the addresses and phone numbers to protect the privacy of the players' families.
Where the roots of Full-Time Area Scouts began.
Dale McReynolds, passed away in 2007. Dale was a tough old bird and a great gentleman. Once we talked a few times and visited, Dale liked me and gave me some ins and outs of what to do and what not to copy. Dale wrote a book called, "The Baseball Scout's Notebook" which some execs and great scouts have used. I also have read it and it's outstanding if you can find a copy, get one! We miss you MAC!! Mac unofficially retired as he was hired on by the Twins to work shortly after leaving the Dodgers when Kevin Malone and Phil Favia joined the Dodgers.
Emil Belich was an old timer who scouted for many organizations and was instrumental in teaching me some lessons covering the upper midwest and he introduced me to Dale McReynolds in 1988 when I was a newbie, Area Scout working for the Texas Rangers covering 7 states and working for a very tough man to work under in Doug Gassaway, my former supervisor.
....I was fortunate to have met all 3 of these great old scouts before their passings. I met Tony Lucadello, pictured in the center at the Great Lakes All-Star game in South Bend, Indiana in 1988, I met Ralph Dilulo at the Major League Scouting Bureau meetings in November 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona and Rosey Gilhousen who's signed numerous former Major Leaguers (Bret Saberhagen one of the most famous) in Omaha at the College World Series as a teenager in Omaha at Rosenblatt Stadium. Tony Lucadello signed over 20 ML Players including Hall of Famer, Michael Jackson Schmidt of the Phillies.
A great story done by Baseball Digest, on what an area scout looked for in prospects, this tribute is on Tony Lucadello, one of the best baseball scouts to ever work for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Old area scouts, Nick Kamzic and Chuck Koney, both I had met in 1988 when I had the Chicago area working for the Rangers. Nick was with the Angels and Chuck was with the Boston Red Sox. Both were great mentors and told great stories.
Minnesota Twins scout who lived in the Minneapolis area and was a former big league catcher and famous for signing first baseman, Kent Hrbek for the Minnesota Twins, Angelo Giuliani. Angey was always great to me and he introduced me to former exec, Art Brophy. We were scouting a kid named Sean McCamie from St. Paul, a gifted shortstop that played a few years in the minors.
A lot of old time scouts who left their mark in this great game of baseball as scouts. Steve Vrablik worked for the Mariners and was a very good old scout and great person.