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Scouting the Top 50: 9-5

Getting down to the good stuff here, into single digits…

9. Neftali Feliz, RHP, Rangers
neftali_feliz.jpgSeen: June (Midwest League)

Fastball: 93-99 mph
Curveball: 74-82 mph
Slider: 86-88 mph
Changeup: 82-87 mph

Plus arm speed helps him throw 96 mph consistently. Throws strikes with fastball, sometimes gets too much of plate. Breaking pitches are developing, didn’t throw them with confidence in this outing. Changeup is outstanding, falls of table. Small mechanical flaw when he flies open and shows the ball too soon. Can be corrected. Franchise-type arm with plenty in there for starting role.

8. Alcides Escobar, SS, Brewers
alcides_escobar.jpgSeen: May (Southern League)

Good understanding of strike zone, battler at the plate, a tough out. More strength to come than you’d think as he matures. Glove will get him there, sets him apart. Easy arm strength with plus accuracy. Good reads in field, gets in position. Future major contributor as every-day shortstop in Major Leagues.

7. Travis Snider, OF, Blue Jays
travis_snider.jpgSeen: June (Eastern League)

Thick frame, but surprising agility and quickness for his size. Bat with plenty of pull power. Begins and remains open. Very patient at plate, waits for strike. Upper-cut on swing, swings hard. Makes consistent hard contact with home run pop. Steady in outfield, with decent jumps and routes. Profiles as Major League power bat.

6. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants
madison_bumgarner.jpgSeen: May (South Atlantic League)

Fastball: 89-94 mph
Slider: 77-82 mph
Changeup: 77-78 mph

Fastball consistently 91-93 mph with tail. Can cut it as additional weapon. Good location, not afraid to go upstairs with it. Smooth delivery, fastball gets on hitter in a hurry. Slider is hard and down, almost a  power curve action to it. Didn’t need changeup much, it’s a work in progress. Some small mechanical flaws, but nothing major to worry about.

5. Cameron Maybin, OF, Marlins
cameron_maybin.jpgSeen: May (Southern League)

Lengthy approach when making contact. Very strong wrists, shows power to all fields. Aggressive looking for fastballs, prone to chasing and pullling off contact. Will have to adjust to reach potential. Gets out of box quickly. Effortless in outfield. Regular, every-day center fielder in future.

Scouting the Top 50: 14-10

You guys ready for another set? OK, here it goes…

14. Matt LaPorta, OF, Indians
laporta_matt.jpgSeen: 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
brett_anderson.jpgSeen: 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
andrew_mccutchen.jpgSeen: 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
mike_moustakas.jpgSeen: 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
colby_rasmus.jpgSeen: 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.


Scouting the Top 50: 19-15

First off, the latest MLBlogs rankings are out. From Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, B3 has risen up to No. 19 on the Pro Blogs list. So thanks for that. Keep reading, and tell your friends. Lets keep B3 moving up the charts!!!

For your efforts, I give you the next set of scouting reports:

19. Buster Posey, C, Giants
buster_posey.jpgSeen: October (Hawaiian Winter League)

Great instincts and makeup. Natural leader. A little mechanical, but does everything right. Outstanding hitting approach, makes good adjustments. Can go other way when needed. Power will come. Moves well behind plate, will catch strikes. Arm works, fringe plus. Combination of bat and defense should make him solid-average to plus Major League backstop.

17. Trevor Cahill, RHP, A’s

trevor_cahill.jpgSeen: May (California Leauge) and August (Team USA)

Fastball: 87-92 mph
Curve: 75-79 mph
Slider: 80-85 mph
Changeup: 78-81 mph

Some effort to delivery, but doesn’t hurt location. Stiff front leg, snaps head on delivery at times. Good late sinking movement. Gets groundballs. Stays down in zone. OK curve, good rotation. Slider is slurvy, throws for strikes, very effective vs. right-handed hitters. Flashes good changeup with sink. Aggressive, works fast. Solid Major League starter in future.

16. Chris Tillman, RHP, Orioles
chris_tillman.jpgSeen: April (Eastern League)

Fastball: 89-94 mph
Curve: 77-79 mph
Changeup: 79-81 mph

Tall and lanky. Power-style starting pitcher. A lot going on in delivery, arm action hooks and wraps at times. Command is spotty. When off, wildness streaks. When on, it’s pinpoint. Goes after hitters with cutting fastball. Three-quarter curve is plus at times. Future in big-league rotation.

15. Dexter Fowler, OF, Rockies
dexter_fowler.jpgSeen: June (Texas League) and August (Team USA)

Toolsy outfielder with a ton of athletic ability and a body to dream on. Plus defense now, glides with long strides. Good routes, outruns gaps and covers a lot of ground. Can turn and go. Good arm, accurate with carry. Good idea at plate from both sides. Stronger from right side, with some pull power. More power will come as he matures. Long swing at times from both sides, but cuts down with two strikes. Will make things happen. High ceiling.

Scouting the Top 50: 24-20

Yesterday’s post, in all honesty, was an embarrassment. I hope today’s makes up for it some, with four lengthier scouting reports for your perusal…

24. Tommy Hanson, RHP, Braves
tommy_hanson.jpgSeen: June (Southern League) and October (AFL)

Fastball: 90-95 mph
Curveball: 70-77 mph
Slider: 82-88 mph
Changeup:  82-86 mph

(Hanson’s two reports were both interesting, so I’m including both here instead of combining)

Double-A: Seen at no-hitter… started slow, threw better as game went on. Deception with fastball, picked up velocity late. Plus location on fastball. Slider can be untouchable with plus location. Curve approaches average. Needs to improve changeup. All business on the mound. Future at top of rotation.

AFL: Throws fastball to both sides of plate with plus command. Right-handed hitters helpless when he locates away. Plus, plus hard 3/4 curve, commands well, knee-buckler, unfair at times to hitters. Slider is tighter version of curve, plus as well. Changeup still needs work. Top of rotation future, could be ready in 2009.

23. Mat Gamel, 3B, Brewers
mat_gamel.jpgSeen: May

Outstanding hitting approach, gets bat through strike zone well. Can hit to all fields and can drive ball with power. Gets foold at times with off-speed stuff, will chase pitches down in zone. Glove work is spotty, but has soft hands and good arm strength. Bat will carry him and give him chance to be Major League contributor.

21. Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers
elvis_andrus.jpgSeen: May (Texas League) and November

Great tools and instincts at premium position. Defensive tools to play now. Makes all plays in field. Soft hands and ability to wow you in feild. Will save runs. Sometimes stays back on balls a little. Arm very true. Singles hitter now, but hands work and swing will play. Very young, needs more innings, particularly at plate.

20. Brian Matusz, LHP, Orioles

brian_matusz.jpgSeen: November (AFL)

Fastball: 89-94 mph
Curveball: 72-76 mph
Slider: 81-85 mph
Changeup:  80-81 mph

Lefty with excellent future. Throws strikes with four competitive pitches. Fastball a little straight, without too much deception, though angle helps some. Fastball was hit until he started mixing pitches better. Curve and slider are two distinct pitches. Will challenge hitters with both, slider a touch better. Middle of rotation type at least.

Scouting the Top 50: 29-25

And now, a new set of scouting reports for your perusal:

29. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
It’s hard to get a scouting report on a guy who saw only three games of action in the Pioneer League, so we’ll have to move on…

28. Carlos Carrasco, RHP, Phillies
carlos_carrasco.jpgSeen: May (Eastern League) and November (Venezuela Winter League)

Fastball: 90-96 mph
Curveball: 75-80 mph
Slider: 87-88 mph
Changeup: 83-88 mph

Tall, athletic body, ideal for pitcher. Quick arm action, good mechanics. Quick worker. Plus stuff with future command. Live arm. Fastball jumps on hitters, sinks and tails. Downer curve with bite, plus at times. Cut-like slider. Can change slot on change, good late sink and deception, looks like splitter. Good feel for pitching, can get outs, strikeouts on all pitches. Future top of rotation type.

27. Austin Jackson, OF, Yankees
austin_jackson.jpgSeen: April (Eastern League) and October (AFL)

Live-bodied, graceful athletic type. Mature beyond years, plays hard. Good, balanced approach at plate, sprays balls to all fields. Can bunt. Power will come in future. Good baserunner, will steal bases. Outstanding in center field, makes plays look easy. Can run down balls in gaps. Arm more than good enough. Future as Major League center fielder.

26. Mike Stanton, OF, Marlins
Sorry, no scouting report on him at this time…

25. Lars Anderson, 1B, Red Sox
Again, my apologies, no scouting report as the scout who saw his team in Lancaster was there when Anderson was on the shelf.

Sorry so brief today, with the holes. Tomorrow will be better, I promise…


Scouting the Top 50: 34-30

Before I get to the next round of reports, I wanted to clue everyone in on some great video content we have on the site. A couple weeks back, we went to the Rookie Career Development Program, a great program run in concert by Major League Baseball and the Players Association to help players who are close to being big-league ready (some have big league time) prepare for life in the big leagues (mostly off the field). We were there, camera in tow, and interviewed one player from each organization (each sends a few down). The results of our work can be found on this page:

Now on to the next set of scouting reports:

34. Yonder Alonso, 1B, Reds
yonder_alonso.jpgSeen: October (Hawaii Winter League)

Potentially plus hitting approach with easy hands. Aggressive with bat, can use big part of field. Swing can get loopy at times. Squares up well on strikes. Power will come. Profiles as middle-of-the-order run producer in future. Good glove, moves well around bag. Bat will carry him, won’t take long to be ready.

33. Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Mariners
phillippe_aumont.jpgSeen: April (Midwest League)

Fastball: 90-95 mph
Curve: 77-81 mph
Changeup: 86 mph

Terrific mound presence and size, nasty arm angle. More velocity to come in arm. Fastball bores in, runs hard and down. Breaking ball is hard, but inconsistent. Sometimes a curve, sometimes slider in terms of tilt. When he gets on top, it’s a plus pitch. Plus arm, with some tweaks to delivery, his stuff will be ready for next level.

32. Fernando Martinez, OF, Mets

Sorry, no scouting report on F-Mart as of right now, so we’ll move on…

31. Wade Davis, RHP, Rays
wade_davis.jpgSeen: July (Southern League)

Fastball: 89-93 mph
Curve: 74-80 mph
Changeup: 81-83 mph

Big guy with big arm. Power type pitcher. Delivery a little inconsistent. Some deception with quick arm. Throws strikes and gets ahead with fastball that has sink and tail. Not afraid to pitch inside. Big, hard, downer curve, sometimes has good bite. Keeps it down in zone for most part. Future Major League rotation.

30. Carlos Triunfel, SS, Mariners
carlos_triunfel.jpgSeen: July (California League) and October (Arizona Fall League)

Looks like a player, a young Miguel Tejada type. Can be erratic, but comes to play every day. Agressive at plate, will swing at anything. Slightly soft bat. Still young, power will come off as he matures. Decent runner. Plus arm. Good hands to play all over infield, feet need some work. Thick lower half may mean move to third, should have enough pop eventually to fit there.



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. 

Scouting the Top 50: 44-40

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
jeremy_jeffress.jpgSeen: 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
lou_marson.jpgSeen: 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
big leagues.

42. Brett Wallace, 3B, Cardinals
brett_wallace.jpgSeen: 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
adam_miller.jpgSeen: 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
jesus_montero.jpgSeen: 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

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.

Scouting the Top 50: Kicking things off

I figured today was a terrific day to get back on the blogging saddle big-time. You see, 38 years ago today, a future Minor League reporter was born in Livingston, NJ. From humble beginnings… but I digress.

I’m sure my colleague LIsa Winston (gotmilb?) and I will have reports of some sort during and after the Rookie Career Development Program this coming weekend. For now, though, I wanted to kick off a series I’ll have over the next few weeks here on B3. As most of you probably know, we launched our latest Top 50 prospects list not that long ago. Well, thanks to some folks I know in the scouting industry, I’ve been able to cull together detailed scouting reports on all 50 of the prospects in the rankings. This is content you’re not going to see anywhere else, folks, so gather round, pull up a chair and enjoy.

50. Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs
samardzija.jpgSeen: Late June

Fastball: 89-96 mph
Slider: 82-84 mph
Splitter: 82-85 mph

Arm works well with good slot for sinker-ball type pitcher. Good arm action from 3/4 slot. Shows big arm at times, hitting 96 mph with heavy fastball. Sink is inconsistent, but when on, it’s filthy. Slider is inconsistent, sometimes flat. Splitter has chance to be plus pitch, doesn’t always repeat mechanics. Arm and makeup could be suited for relief role.

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