Best of the Scouting Reports: 6/16/2014
Top-10 prospects? Check! Top-100 prospects? Check! First Round MLB draft picks? Check! Up and coming prospects worth stashing now in fantasy baseball leagues? Check! At ROTOscouting, our prospect staff is at a minor league ballpark taking video and notes on baseball’s best prospects. We use first hand information to write scouting reports because a real scouting report can’t come from a Google search. Each week, we’ll provide a peek behind the paywall in our “Best Of The Scouting” series. Today’s edition includes Jorge Alfaro and Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez of the Rangers, Pirates Nick Kingham, Ryan McMahon of the Rockies and sleeper Red Sox prospect Wendell Rijo.
Scouting Reports From the Past Week:
The 6-foot-2, 218 pound catcher offers impressive athleticism for being built like an NFL fullback: smooth motions, quick-twitch ability and fleetness of foot. […] He presented as an average runner who projects as below average. […] Alfaro has plus bat speed, which is hindered by a slight hitch in his swing leading to contact issues. […] He moves well behind the plate and has the ability to curb his passed ball problems. […] Possessing a 70 arm, Alfaro can throw behind runners and keep the opponents in check (no one dared run on him in my look), but he also forces plays.
Settling in the 92-94 MPH range, Gonzalez’s fastball is a potential plus pitch. The Delray Beach native works off the fastball with a cutter thrown at 87-88 MPH. […] It offers quick, late bite […] The right-hander’s breaking ball was a power-curve thrown from 79-83 MPH with 11-5 break and excellent shape. […] Chi Chi’s change-up was thrown in the 82-86 MPH range. The pitch presented with occasional late cutting action, which made it effective. […] Gonzalez’s command was inconsistent throughout, as he would miss his spots often.
Muscular through the shoulders, Rijo has a tapered frame with the ability to add size in his lower half. […] A solid-average athlete, Rijo is a fringe plus runner. […] It’s evident the 18-year-old has range at second but doesn’t present with the hands and throwing arm to have stuck at shortstop […] With a violent swing, aggressive stride and step-in-the-bucket, his hitting mechanics are a mess. […] Few players have presented with quicker wrists than Rijo, fewer are able to keep their hands inside the ball at the point of contact like Rijo.
And now, let’s revisit a couple scouting reports from weeks past:
He employs a low effort motion with good rhythm and body control. […] The fastball sat comfortably in the 90-92 range throughout the evening, topping out at 93 MPH during his final inning […] The breaking ball is delivered on a flat plane with tight spin resulting in 11-5 break. […] At its best the curve shows steep, late depth that makes it an excellent chase pitch. […] Nick Kingham maintained his arm speed when throwing his change-up. It’s a firm pitch — hovering around 86 MPH — with late fading and sinking action. […] Finding consistent command will be the major obstacle for Kingham.
Leverage and weight transfer come easy to McMahon, along with the ability to stay inside the baseball. His slight uppercut helps with loft, but also causes the swing to become long in game action. […] Against live pitching, McMahon made consistent, barrel contact, resulting in hard ground balls and line drives. […] Right now, consider him a gap-to-gap hitter with the ability to drop the bat head on an inside fastball. […] Ryan McMahon showed above average range to his left, fielding a ground ball in the 5/6 and gunning the runner at first base. […] McMahon is an average runner when underway.
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16 Jun 2014 / Jeff Reese /
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