Best of YOUscout Baseball Scouting Reports: 5/20/14
ROTOscouting offers our readers a place to view raw notes on players we do not profile in depth with bona fide baseball scouting reports. Rather than just being a vehicle for more dissemination of our content, YOUscout is also open to the public. We hope to build a crowd sourced scouting database that can continually be referenced as players progress through the minors and into the major leagues. Last week Mike profiled some of the submissions; this week I highlight some more:
YOUscout Baseball Scouting Reports From Readers
Mookie Betts, 2B, Boston Red Sox (By Mike Washburn from 5/2/2014):
Some possible projection left with thin lower half. Plus bat speed, barrels balls, swing path is smooth through the zone with a touch of loft to the finish that suggests future average power. Won’t go plus plus on hit tool as Betts was tied up inside with fastballs. Elite eye for a 21 year old kid, future lead-off profile. Plus runner out of the box and in full stride. Saw him bobble the ball in his hand on routine grounder to 2nd and bobble and drop an exchange in rundown, may suggest subpar hands. Plus range, and plus arm for the 2nd base position. 1st Divisional Starter.
Elier Hernandez, OF, Kansas City Royals (By Chris Zolli from 5/16/2014):
Without much of an opportunity to see him in the field or on the bases, he looked athletic enough to be a serviceable outfielder and, if given the opportunity, could steal a base if he were not closely monitored. A lot with Hernandez is in how he develops; he is young and raw, but has good habits for a young Latin player. Right now, there is enough good evidence with Hernandez to see him as a second division starter if he controls a bit of a noisy start to his swing but there is an upside of a 20-25 home run hitter if he continues to develop into his body and aggressively works to pull the ball.
Tyler Naquin, OF, Cleveland Indians (By Mike Washburn from 4/5/2014):
Slight build and thin lower half; Lacks future projection; Swing is flat and suited for line drives; Future .280-.285 hitter if he eliminates hitch in swing; average eye; Chased inside pitches; Will walk some, but swing issues will result in more strikeouts than typical player with his profile; Doubles power; Doesn’t use lower half; Lack of loft in swing; Gap power to all fields; squared up on lesser velocity resulting in 2, 2B’s; Can stick in CF defensively; Ran down fly balls showing above average range; Issues with rout running; Can improve with time and reps; Arm is a weapon from the outfield; 70 grade; Accuracy helps arm strength play even higher; Speed is above average out of the box; Plus in full stride; Ceiling of 2nd division starter or 4th OF if hitch isn’t ironed out
YOUscouting Baseball Scouting Reports From the Staff
Alex Balog, RHS, Colorado Rockies (By Mike Newman from 4/6/2014):
Well-proportioned; listed at 6-foot-5, but looked 2-3 inches shorter due to physical delopment; Drop and drive delivery; struggled to create a downward plane; inconsistent arm action – high 3/4 and over the top; leaves 4-seam fastball up in the zone; 2-seam fastball featured late run when kept low; best CB was 78 mph with sharp, 11/5 break; threw the pitch more as he tired; same with changeup; CH featured late drop and arm side run; best pitch. Possible swing man at MLB level, but more likely to end up in relief role.
Abel De Los Santos, RHR, Texas Rangers (By Spencer Schneier from 4/5/2014):
De Los Santos is a 6’2 RHP with a lightning quick arm and some projection in his frame. He works from a 3/4 slot, firing in a potentially plus fastball that had good run and was missing barrels, as well as bats. He has some recoil in his delivery, and did not show a secondary offering, but a 21-yr old with a potentially plus fastball is one to watch.
Hunter Morris, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers (By Mike Newman from 4/15/2014):
Morris has added bad weight since seeing him in Double-A. Booted two routine ground balls in game action, showing poor footwork and hard hands. Failed to drive balls in BP like 2012. Versus Tim Cooney, Morris hit HR to RF off of 86 MPH fastball. Later, was overpowered by Sam Freeman fastballs (94.1 MPH career). Did not play in the second game.
Tony Zych, RHR, Chicago Cubs (By Chris Blessing on 5/1/2014):
A maximum effort right hander out of the Tennessee Smokies pen, Zych sat 93-95 during a two inning look in Chattanooga. Zych has plus velocity with below average movement and command. A weak lineup barreled pitches up the middle for hard hits and outs. His hard curveball (82-83MPH) had nice bite but little command. More thrower than pitcher.
If you would like to contribute your own baseball scouting reports on players you see at minor league games, follow the YOUscout links in the right-hand column of this page. We look forward to reading your submissions!
20 May 2014 / Jeff Reese /
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