Scouting the Top 50: 39-36
OK, so “later today” evidently means a few days later in my world. Here’s the next set of scouting reports for this year’s Top 50.
39. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, Rays
Seen: April (FSL) and July (SL)
Fastball: 91-96 mph
Curve: 74-77 mph
Slider: 79-81 mph
Changeup: 75-81 mph
Solid, medium frame with big arm. Easy effort on delivery, throws strikes with four pitches. Fastball sinks to arm side on two-seamers, with occasional cutter. Slider sometimes tight with bite in zone; sometimes wide and with big downer curve, can be slurvy at times. Deceptive change with sinking life to arm side. Good competitor, No. 2 starter in future.
38. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
Seen: June (SAL)
Good hitting approach. Takes fat part to ball, makes good contact and goes with pitch. Quiet, simple at plate. Drives balls to gaps, opens and turns to hit with power. Can shorten up and go other way for base hits. Good hands at first, average arm. Decent footwork defensively.
37. Scott Elbert, LHP, Dodgers
Seen: June (SL)
Fastball: 88-91 mph
Slider: 80-82 mph
Changeup: 82-83 mph
First outing of season (coming off injury). Threw one inning, so hard to get full evaluation. In later outings, velocity increased to 94-95 mph on fastball. Slingshot delivery with wrap in back, but fast and clean through arm slot. Heavy fastball thrown downhill. Long slider with depth. Change has dive to it.
36. Jake Arrieta, RHP, Orioles
Seen: July (CAR) and August (Team USA)
Fastball: 90-97 mph
Curveball: 75-78 mph
Slider: 82-87 mph
Stuff and mound presense to be top of rotation type. When locked in, three plus pitches. Needs to improve fastball command. Slider is out pitch, sharp bite. 4-seem FB explodes, can go upstairs with it. Straight change has chance, needs some work. Mechanics on lower half can be off at times.
Note: I had planned to do through No. 35, but just checked my files and realized that I was missing a scouting report on Nick Adenhart. Sorry ’bout that folks. I’ll skip over him for now and will add him back in if/when I can get that info.