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AFL tidbits

Looks like Dustin Ackley’s finger is ok, huh? He returned to action yesterday and picked up three hits, including a double.

Freddie Freeman has what is being called a sprained thumb after diving into third with a triple recently. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Braves’ first baseman of the future (or now) had an MRI on Wednesday and it came back saying that there was not too much damage to the left thumb. Looks like he’ll be out at least a week as they wait for the swelling to go down.

For those of you only focusing on the big leagues, Bryce Harper made his unofficial pro debut yesterday and went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Star of the Day has to go to Tony Cruz of the Cardinals after his two-homer, four-RBI game.tony_cruz.jpg The 26th-rounder from the 2007 Draft. Cruz has played all over the place, starting out as a third baseman, then moving behind the plate.

He’s also played some first base, a spot he’s played in the AFL in five out of his six games (he caught the other). This was Cruz’s first multi-hit game and he also scored three times.

Stay tuned… tomorrow, I’ll post my very first Top 10 prospects for the Draft Class of 2011.

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
jeremy_hellickson.jpgSeen: 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
freddie_freeman.jpgSeen: 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
scott_elbert.jpgSeen: 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
jake_arrieta.jpgSeen: 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. 

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