Scouting the Top 50: 44-40
Here at the Rookie Career Development Program and it’s pretty cool that
I’m in a room with some of the very players on this Top 50 as they
prepare for life as big-leaguers. Anyway, more on that another time.
Here are some scouts’ thoughts on No. 44 down to No. 40…
44. Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Brewers
Seen: Early May, Late June (FSL), October (AFL)
Fastball: 91-99 mph
Curve: 71-82 mph
Changeup: 81-88 mph
(Combined from all three reports)
in first start back, later in FSL season and again in Fall League. Also
flashed slider, 78-83 mph)… Special arm with easy delivery. Can dial
it up when needed for strikeouts. Occasional dive sink-run, sometimes
overthrows. Curve a plus pitch, with range. Throws at two velocities,
78 mph for strikes, 80-82 as K pitch. Some feel for change, but hasn’t
used it much. Frontline starter potential if he can throw three pitches
for strikes consitently.
43. Lou Marson, C, Phillies
Seen: May (AA) and August (Olympics)
receiver with sold frame. Moves, blocks well, energetic behind plate.
Quick release when feet set. Soft, sure hands. Consistent hard contact,
balanced hitting approach. Line drive stroke with occasional power.
Strong leadership, field general type. Tools to be every-day catcher in
42. Brett Wallace, 3B, Cardinals
Seen: June (Midwest League) and October (AFL)
middle of the order bat. Advanced approach, with disciplined power
swing. Pig power potential, bat will carry to big leagues fast.
Below-average range at third, future might be at first base. Good
hands, makes routine plays. Must watch size and weight.
41. Adam Miller, RHP, Indians
Seen: October (Dominican Republic)
Fastball: 86-95 mph
Slider: 81-84 mph
Changeup: 84-85 mph
slender frame. Loose arm action, easy effort on delivery. Throws across
body some. Works quickly, three pitches for strikes. Sink and
occasional cutting action on fastball. Big, sweeping slider with bite,
always down in zone. Changes fastball speed effectively.
40. Jesus Montero, C, Yankees
Seen: May (South Atlantic League)
physical build. Power to all fields, needs to improve in making
consistent contact. Quick release behind plate, average arm. Catches
well in zone, but doesn’t shift well on pitches. Very young with
definite tools, especially offensively