Best of the Scouting Reports: 5/30/2014
We offer a plethora of material at ROTOscouting, but our lifeblood is the constant stream of scouting reports. Our authors travel to games and use their baseball knowledge and experience to project these top prospects into the future. We evaluate their tools and their level of refinement to produce grades along with our prose. This week brought scouting reports on a few exciting prospects, including arguably the best player in the minor leagues.
Scouting Reports From the Past Week:
Foltynewicz has a true plus-plus four-seam fastball. Thrown downhill, his 95-97 MPH fastball explodes on hitters. Late movement results in weak contact and plenty of swings and misses. The right-handers command is below average. The effort and energy Foltynewicz expends leaves him vulnerable to future arm difficulties. At 93-94 MPH, The two-seam fastball is an average offering, lacking the life of his other fastball. Folytnewicz throws a 78-81 MPH slurve hybrid pitch. A swing and miss offering, the pitch drops out of the zone, resulting in flailing swings from hitters. Its effectiveness plays down due Foltynewicz’s inability to find the strike zone with his fastball.
Gallo presented with 80 raw power in batting practice and the ability to drive the balls with backspin to all fields. The 20-year old pulls his front shoulder off the ball in game action, which negatively affects his ability to drive the ball the other way against live pitching. This tendency also puts Gallo at risk to struggle with balls on the outer half, as well as quality off-speed pitches low in the strike zone. He struggled with fringe off-speed offerings and frequently swung over them. This issue of swing adjustments is recurring theme for Gallo. Putting the pieces together, Joey Gallo is a vexing prospect. 80 raw power is nothing to be tossed aside.
La Stella provides a strong bat-to-ball approach and patient eye. In batting practice, he flashed surprising power. Unfortunately, any semblance of power dissipated against live pitching as he rarely swung at a hitter’s pitch. Tommy La Stella was consistently behind in the count. He has a tendency to roll over on pitches for 4-3 ground outs. An average defender with average arm strength. he’ll make the plays in front of him, but turning double plays and ranging for balls may prove difficult.
At the plate is where his athleticism “clicks”. The hands are explosive. Torque generated through the hips projects for plus power. And when underway, Gregory Polanco is a long strider capable of plus run times. Every hard hit ball was to the right side and the left-handed hitter presented as pull happy. In fact, his only flailing swings were at soft stuff on the outer half. On rare occasion, a batter swings, leaving the perception of a bat head which lingers in the strike zone for days. Polanco has this ability and it affords him an excellent feel for contact. Middle in, the left-handed hitter doesn’t miss pitches, driving everything to the pull side. On multiple batted balls, poor route running caused the outfielder to flop for balls many outfielders would have fielded cleanly. Whether a lack of body control or an attempt to make up for lost ground, the end result was messy.
Austin Wilson is a smart and positive presence on the field with the diligent attitude. In game action, hard hit balls have been to the pull side. A gap hitter with a slight loft in his swing, average bat speed has caused the right-handed hitter to struggle with inside heat. In the opening series of the year at Cedar Rapids, he used a wide, crouched stance with feet slightly closed. Wilson’s hands started quite low and marginal fastball velocity caused issues. Defensively, Wilson profiles as an asset in right field. He has an easy, powerful throwing arm. Though not a speedster, he takes good routes to balls and has enough speed underway to make the plays.
And now, let’s revisit a scouting report from weeks past:
Alex Reyes will tantalize with elite stuff and simultaneously make onlookers gasp with acute bouts of wildness. He sat 93-96 and held his velocity throughout the outing. As he fills out, his velocity may improve further. He maintained a high 3/4 arm angle, but appeared to struggle with his release point. This led to the 95-mph heater to the backstop along with several more wild misses. The 73-77 mph curveball has true two-plane movement. The 11/5 break features sharp, biting drop. Command was an issue though as Reyes struggled to throw the pitch for strikes.
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30 May 2014 / Jeff Reese /
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