Best of the Scouting Reports: 6/6/2014
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Scouting Reports From the Past Week:
Maxed out physically, he has little room for projection, but Cooney’s command/control arsenal doesn’t require additional size or strength to be successful. […] The left-hander sat 86-88 MPH with the fastball, dipping even lower on occasion with his two-seamer. The pitch featured late, sinking action and tail away against right-handed hitters […] At 76-78 MPH, Cooney mixed a change-up with sink and fade. His best off-speed pitch in this start, it featured arm action identical to the fastball. […] Cooney’s primary breaking pitch was a mid-70′s curveball. Featuring big, slow break, it presented as a below average pitch with the intent of keeping hitters guessing. […] Cooney also mixed in an 80-81 MPH slider with Frisbee action – another below average breaking pitch.
Listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Jackson is maxed out in size.[…] Jackson is able to repeat his slightly unorthodox, high effort delivery on an every-pitch basis. […] Sitting at 93-96 MPH, touching 98 at times, Jackson’s fastball features late, arm-side run […] Jackson throws two different variations of his curveball. The one thrown most often features 12-6 break and is thrown through the zone with the hope of being called strike or inducing weak contact. […] Jackson will mix in a harder curve with horizontal movement. At 78-81 mph, its sharper break makes it more of an out pitch. Curveball control/command is spotty as Jackson hangs it too often. […] His change-up sits in the upper-70′ with equivalent arm speed to the fastball […] When able to command the entire arsenal, hitters appear uncomfortable in the box.
Aaron Judge presented as lumbering and lacking fluid baseball movements. An overall lack of agility permeated his all-around game, forcing questions about how he’d adjust to more advanced pitching. […] He needed every bit of his gigantic frame to generate power given his messy hitting mechanics and stop-and-start timing mechanism. […] Lacking rhythm, his two-part swing saps natural power and is a primary cause for Aaron Judge’s low power output. […] Given these deficiencies, his 21.1% strikeout rate is a positive sign as his poor timing will cause fits against so-so breaking stuff. […] On defense, Judge drifted to balls in the outfield. Overall, his play was clumsy and off-balanced. […] For Aaron Judge to be successful, the bat is his calling card.
The former Texas Longhorn relies on deception over a power arsenal to retire batters. […] Due to size and the deception created by an unorthodox delivery, the 91-92 MPH fastball plays harder in game action. When controlled down in the zone, it’s boring action induces soft contact and misses barrels. […] The right-hander compliments his two-seam fastball with strong, 11-5 curveball at 77-78 MPH. […] The curve has late drop, accounting for the swings and misses. Jungmann struggles repeating the action of the pitch, sometimes throwing a flat slurve instead of true curveball. […] Thrown identically to his fastball, the change has promise. […] At 84-85 MPH, the offering provides solid deceleration off his fastball. […] The Texan cannot achieve success in the big leagues without better fastball command.
And now, let’s revisit a couple scouting reports from weeks past:
Bryant has the frame to add twenty more pounds and retain his athleticism. An average runner, his speed plays up on the bases due to plus instincts and tight turns around the bases. […] His plus throwing arm plays anywhere on the diamond. […] He displays body control at third, reacting quickly to balls to either side. He also charges balls well. […] Bryant’s Achilles heel on defense is stiffness on routine plays. […] The right-handed hitter barreled every fastball he made contact with. With full extension at the point of contact, he pounded balls to all fields. Bryant’s swing path is fluid and rhythmic, projecting for easy power. […] Bryant fails to read and stay back on off-speed pitches, but he rarely chased pitches, showing patience and a strong knowledge of the strike zone.
The 20-year-old Diaz, tall, slim, and athletic, still has plenty of physical projection remaining. […] While he has a clean delivery and a quick arm, the fine points of his mechanics are inconsistent. […] Edwin Diaz requires little physical effort with his fastball, sitting in the 90-94 mph and touching 96 with natural cutting movement. […] The fastball will become a future above average to plus offering with even more velocity. […] The 82-88 mph slider with quick horizontal movement that usually catches just enough of the plate to induce a swing. It was clearly his best pitch. […] The development of a change-up as a third pitch is needed to complete the starter profile. […] Without fastball command, the arsenal plays down.
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6 Jun 2014 / Jeff Reese /
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