Scouting the Top 50: 49-45

Thought I’d throw a few up at a time from here on out…

49. Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins
Matt_Dominguez.jpgSeen: Late May

Seen over five-game stretch not long after he returned to action following recovery from mono. … At plate, had big wrap and too-long stroke with concerns about balance. Did make hard contact with good future power. Defensively, arm close to plus makes all routine plays. Legs were a bit slow, but could be because of long layoff. Overall defensive package above-average.

48. Angel Villalona, 1B, Giants
angel_villalona.jpgSeen: Late May

Seen over five-game stretch. … Extremely strong, can hit ball out without difficulty. Easy, pull stroke through zone. Kills mistakes. Plus, plus raw power. Little hitch in swing with hole on inside. Some trouble with offspeed stuff away, but showed improvement. Good arm at 1B, soft hands. Must watch weight.

47. Kyle Blanks, 1B, Padres
kyle_blanks.jpgSeen: Late June (AA) and October (AFL)

Scouted a total of eight games between Texas League and AFL. … NFL tight end type body. Plus, raw power. Can hit it a long way when he gets a hold of one. Can sit on fastball and pound mistakes. Plus velocity, good breaking stuff tough for him, with holes in big uppercut swing. More athletic than you’d think based on size, better than expected at first base, though rough around edges. Power potential makes him a big leaguer. Will stay if he shows ability to adjust.

46. Derek Holland, LHP, Rangers
derek_holland.jpgSeen: Late May (Midwest League)

Fastball: 89-94 mph
Curve: 76-77 mph
Slider: 78-80 mph
Changeup: 81-84 mph

High leg kick delivery with high 3/4 arm angle. Medium frame. Quick arm with four pitch mix. Length in arm action sometimes limits control and ability to consistently locate all pitches. Good competitor on mound. Could be No. 2 starter, solid No. 3 from left side.

45. James McDonald, RHP, Dodgers
james_mcdonald.jpgSeen: June (Double-A)

Fastball: 87-90 mph
Curve: 71-76 mph
Changeup: 73-78 mph

Upright, overhand delievery. Throws fastball with good plane, but it’s straight. Deep tilt on curve. Plus change, with plus plus deception. Secondary stuff outstanding, concern about average velocity of fastball, though showed more in relief role. Middle of rotation type if he remains a starter.


We talked to Kyle Banks last May. He seemed like a good guy. Feels that his offense is better than his defense but realizes he needs to work on all aspects of his game to make it.

As a big Giants fan I’m excited to see how good of a player Angel Villalona will turn out to be. It would be nice to have a home grown big bat from our farm system.

~King of Cali

I’m hearing lot’s of great things about Villalona. Any idea if he’ll be in Norwich or Fresno this year, I guess that would have alot to do with if Ishikawa is on the Major League roster?

Villalona, if I had to guess, will be at San Jose. He’s so young, I could even see him starting over again in the South Atlantic League. But more than likely, he’ll move up one rung to the California League and San Jose.

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