Best Of The Scouting Reports: 7/28/14
Current and former top-100 prospects Aaron Sanchez and Rymer Liriano headlined ROTOscouting’s week in scouting reports. Along with the Blue Jays right-hander, Toronto shortstop prospect Franklin Barreto provided a glimpse into the future. Another American League East prospect, Ian Clarkin of the Yankees and his Clayton Kershaw-esque delivery was profiled. Finally, Rangers five million dollar man Nomar Mazara was scouted across multiple series. At ROTOscouting, our fantasy baseball information comes from the ballpark.
Scouting Reports From The Past Week
Franklin Barreto, SS, Toronto Blue Jays — Ben Flajole
Franklin Barreto has an outstanding hit tool. He makes hard contact at will and uses arm extension to maximize a short, powerful stroke. Barreto uses the whole field and showed considerable backspin on opposite field shots in a batting practice round (and multiple doubles over the Everett AquaSox right fielder’s head). Barreto’s hit tool is advanced for his age, and the future top-100 prospect’s power should develop to the tune of 12-15 home runs.
Ian Clarkin, P, New York Yankees — Mike Newman
Featuring an 81-83 mph change-up, the pitch was an equalizer in this outing. With ability to pull the string and command the pitch down in the zone, it’s surprising Clarkin’s peripherals fall short of dominant. With identical arm action to the fastball, the former first round pick has the ability to add and subtract from the offering, affording it plus potential. The pitch will carry him to MLB even if the rest of the arsenal fails to develop.
Rymer Liriano, OF, San Diego Padres — Grant Schiller
Liriano possesses tremendous bat speed and showed it off by yanking a 95 mph heater boring in on him foul down the left field line. However, bat speed also causes a pull-happy approach, even in batting practice. Over the course of multiple rounds in the cage, he hit all of one or two balls the opposite way, a habit which will cause troubles on outer-half pitches at the major league level.
Nomar Mazara, OF, Texas Rangers — Chris Blessing
Like many Latin American hitting prospects, Mazara struggles identifying off-speed pitches from advanced competition. To maximize returns in international free agency, Latino prospects play few games against live competition and are not introduced to breaking pitches and change-ups until stateside. While this hasn’t effected Mazara’s plate discipline, it does have a direct effect on his ability to barrel the baseball. Out in front on average off-speed pitches, Sally League pitchers with advanced repertoires have feasted on this weakness.
Aaron Sanchez, P, Toronto Blue Jays — Mike Newman
Aaron Sanchezopened the first inning with a 92-94 mph fastball. After cruising through the first frame, he took the pitch up a notch. Innings two through five saw Sanchez sit 94-95 mph, touching 96. When down in the zone, the pitch featured late sink and explosive life. The top-100 prospect’s command came and went, flashing solid average. During lapses, Sanchez left the fastball up in the zone where it was barreled by opposing hitters.
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28 Jul 2014 / Mike Newman /
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