Results tagged ‘ Derek Holland ’

Minors stuff and some shameless self-promotion

Hey all. Just wanted to pass some info along.

First, the shameless self-promotion. I made my debut on MLB Network last night, talking with Victor Rojas about some of the top prospects in the game. I know all of you saw it already or TiVO’ed it or something, but in case some of you didn’t manage to catch it, you can watch it here.

I got to talk up Derek Holland some, which was nice. Like I said, look for him in that Rangers rotation soon. If you’re a fan of his, then you’ll want to check out what Scott Lucas did in breaking down Holland’s Major League debut. Very cool stuff. Scott does an excellent job covering the very deep Rangers system for the Newberg Report.

Some other things I’ve noticed…

Anyone see what Lonnie Chisenhall did over a couple of games recently? Grand slams in back-to-back games, then another HR in day three? That’s 3 HR and 13 RBIs over three games. That’s a good week for most hitters. He’s got a nine-game hitting streak going. All you historians out there — can anyone tell me the last time any professional hitter, at any level, hit grand slams in back-to-back games like that?

Aaron Poreda showed why the White Sox are excited about him with an 11-K performance for Birmingham last night. It was by far, the best of his three starts. I’m glad the ChiSox sent him down to start, rather than keep him in the bullpen. Maybe he ends up as a reliever long-term, but let him start until he shows he can’t do it anymore.. and we’re far from being at that point.

And finally, from the, umm, dog day afternoon file, I leave you with the unusual story of the first dog to be ejected from a game. Benjamin Hill was all over the story, like flies on…well, you’ll get the idea when you read it.

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.

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