Scouting the Top 50: 14-10
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14. Matt LaPorta, OF, Indians
Seen: May (Southern League) and August (Team USA)
Middle of the lineup type, run-producing bat. Plus bat speed, plus lift for power. Big swing, can drive ball to all fields. Kills mistakes. Great fastball hitter, trouble with sliders away, but adjustments will come in future. Good corner bat in bigs. Decent in outfield, comfortable, catches what speed lets him get to. Chance to become reliable outfielder. Power bat will carry game.
13. Brett Anderson, LHP, A’s
Seen: August (Team USA)
Fastball: 88-92 mph
Curveball: 72-73 mph
Slider: 80-83 mph
Changeup: 79-83 mph
Lefty with feel for four pitches. Very composed on mound. Good competitor, even without best stuff. Tail and sink on fastball in and out, gets in on hands of hitters. Slider is out pitch, can back foot for right-handed hitters. Sink on changeup with deception. Curve has good bite and location when locked in, though that was lacking in this particular outing. Good middle of the rotation type in future.
12. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
Seen: July (International League)
Excellent bat speed. Surprising ability to generate power. Uses speed to his advantage. Knows how to steal a base and is a good bunter. Will chase pitches, inconsistent with balance and plate discipline. Good range in outfield, reads balls well. Projects as quality every-day outfielder at Major-League level.
11. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
Seen: April (Midwest League)
Big bat with a big future. Was playing shortstop at time — which didn’t work — now moved to third. Plus arm to handle infield or outfield corner. Bat will carry at any position. Quick bat speed, plate coverage, power. Plus producer, a middle of the order type when it all clicks. Struggled to adjust at this time, but made adjustments later in season.
10. Colby Rasmus, OF, Cardinals
Seen: July (Pacific Coast League)
Just off of disabled list at this time, so rust was apparent. Carries himself like a player. Quiet approach, easy actions. Uses whole field at plate. Knows how to bunt. Good instincts on basepaths, can steal a base. Good jumps and routes in center field. Has ability to become solid Major League outfielder.