MLB Futures Game 2014: World Team Recap
The MLB Futures Game 2014 is approaching and rosters were released yesterday. Fortunately, ROTOscouting has recent scouting reports on four, World Team prospects in the game. In addition to those reports, we have notes and scouting information from our writers featured on other sites including Bullpen Banter and FanGraphs. Overall, the rosters boast an impressive collection of talent. From Cubs Kris Bryant to Yankees Luis Severino, all 30 MLB organizations are well represented. Full scouting reports were left as links. Blurbs where players were mentioned have been pulled as quotes.
MLB Futures Game 2014: World Team Scouting Reports
Jorge Alfaro, C, Texas Rangers – Spencer Schneier
Christian Bethancourt, C, Atlanta Braves (2010) – Mike Newman
Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies – Mike Newman
Domingo Santana, OF, Houston Astros – Chris Blessing
Luis Severino, SP, New York Yankees – Mike Newman
In addition to recent reports, check out what ROTOscouting has to say about other prospects on the world team pulled from game notes and other features.
Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs – Mike Newman
Javier Baez is a beast. How’s that for scouting? Seriously, seeing him punish baseballs in Chattanooga last Sunday reminded me of scouting Xander Bogaerts, Yasiel Puig and other impact prospects with the bat. Baez’ power was not quite Stanton-like, but plus power from the shortstop position is a rarity. Baez is a physical player who used uncanny brute force for his size. Four at bats resulted in three lasers including a double down the left field line and towering home run to left-centerfield.
Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians – Mike Newman
think he’ll hit. Say what you will about his so-so Single-A season, but Lindor wore down in 2012 resulting in a miserable second half at the plate. Fact is Lindor’s new to switch hitting AND has filled out, leaving me bullish on him this season. He’s a top flight shortstop prospect whose numbers are weighed down by his age.
Jose Peraza, 2B, Atlanta Braves – Mike Newman
When discussing Peraza, it’s important to highlight real-versus-fantasy baseball value. With strong defensive tools, just knowing he’ll stick at the position is a plus. However, Peraza’s profile is defense driven and the bat lags behind. Just 18, Peraz has yet to develop the strength or swing mechanics to turn on inside pitches. Maybe he develops marginal gap power down the road, but Peraza appears content pushing pitches to the right side and/or dropping bunts.
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Rosell Herrera, SS, Colorado Rockies – Mike Newman @ FanGraphs
Rosell Herrera is responsible for my fondest memory of the 2012 season thus far. During batting practice, his manager challenged the young Dominican to get two hits on two pitches. After taking the first pitch and gesturing to his manager that the pitch was too high, Herrera unloaded a long ball over the right centerfield fence. On the next pitch, Herrera took again. This time, he gestured low-and-away to the coach throwing. One final pitch was thrown to Herrera in which he smacked a second ball over the fence in right center. And while nobody really hit Dylan Bundy, Herrera came the closest lining a changeup to right field for a foul ball. At present, Herrera’s position is still to be determined as shortstop is probably not a long term option. However, with electric bat speed and an improving feel for contact, his bat has the projection to profile elsewhere.
Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians – Mike Newman @ FanGraphs
Lindor playfully moved around the infield toying with ground balls like a cat playing with yarn. His hand speed and ability to adjust to hops was so impressive, I spent the rest of the week referring to him as “Bruce Lee Lindor”.
Batting practice afforded a long look at Lindor from both sides of the plate. From the right side, Lindor was short and quick to the ball. His flat plane swing will result in line drives and gap power, but Lindor will need to add lift for balls to leave the park with any regularity.
Enny Romero, SP, Tampa Bay Rays – Chris Blessing @ Bullpen Banter
Julio Urias, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers – Jeff Reese @ Bullpen Banter
The MLB Futures Game 2014 is a great day for baseball prospects and baseball in general. What better way to expose minor league baseball players to a national audience! Hopefully, ROTOscouting’s primers help readers gear up for the game.
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