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With six players in the Top 50 and a few others who’d be in most Top 100s, it would be understandable if there weren’t many more Royals prospects to talk about after their Top 10 (now up and running on mlb.com).
But there are. Plenty. There are a number of directions you could go in with this OMG (One More Guy), but I’ll stay on the mound with a guy who’s new to the organization…
Jeremy Jeffress, RHP: We all know about his history, so we don’t have to go there again. From all reports, he’s straightened himself out and the Royals did a ton of background work to make sure his makeup wouldn’t be a problem once he joined the Royals. Once they determined they were OK with where he was in his life, they were thrilled to have him come to them as part of that Zack Greinke deal.
Pitching-wise, there’s a lot to like about Jeffress, especially since he’s now a full-time reliever. He’s always had the plus fastball, but that’s even better now that he’s only pitching in short stints. He was hitting triple-digits during his stint in the Arizona Fall League. He’s got an outstanding power breaking ball to go along with it and that’s really all he needs to get big-league hitters out. His stuff is that electric.
His command is still an issue, though. As well as he threw in the AFL, he walked 12 in 11 2/3 innings. That lack of control (along with a lack of a changeup) was a reason many felt he wasn’t destined to be a starter. If he can harness his stuff — and early reports this spring were that he’s refined his command — he’s got future closer written all over him. Starting this year, he could help form a dynamic 1-2 punch at the back end of the Royals bullpen, handing the ball off to All-Star Joakim Soria.
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