Notes From Indians And DBacks Camp
it has been a hot and busy first two days in Arizona. Day one was spent at Indians camp where we stumbled upon a B Game with most of the Mariners top prospects. Those posted to FanGraphs yesterday afternoon.
In the big league game, Trevor Bauer threw, topping out at 92 mph. Later in the appearance, his fastball dropped into the high-80’s. Maybe it was a development appearances where he threw all two-seam fastballs, but Bauer’s velocity was a far cry from the prospect throwing 92-95, touching 97 last season.
Bauer’s breaking stuff became more consistent throughout the outing. Both his slider and curveball generated swinging strikes.At 83-85 mph and 76-78 mph respectively, Bauer’s ability to throw at three distinct speeds will be advantageous. However, I just don’t see a dominant guy at the Major League level.
Francisco Lindor made a multi-inning appearance and had a couple of fielding chances, as well as a long at bat. It wasn’t enough a look to build a scouting profile, but I came away impressed with his muscular build and the way he took charge at shortstop. At 19, he fit into the “A-Game” seamlessly which is an achievement on its own.
Yesterday, we wound up in Salt River for the Double-A/Triple-A Diamondbacks and Cubs. Matt Davidson and Chris Owings were impressive in batting practice with Davidson clearing the 410-foot screen in center field with ease. Owings displayed impressive pop a middle infielder as well.
However, neither did anything in infield practice to put to rest questions about a about the need to move down the defensive spectrum.
In game action, Davidson flailed wildly at a handful of pitches low and outside exposing a potential hole in his swing. He was able to drive an outside pitch to the right field warning track which was impressive considering he was under the pitch.
Chris Owings first at bat resulted in a home run to right field cementing his power as legit for me. Like Davidson, he flailed at pitches low and away, so he’ll need to refine his approach as evidenced by a low walk rate in Double-A.
Stryker Trahan started his batting practice slowly, but flashed monster power towards the end of the session. His build is reminiscent of Jaff Decker, so I’m curious to see how Trahan functions behind the plate.
Well, lunch is done and it’s time to head out to see 2011 first round pick Tyler Anderson hustling to the other side of the complex for Trevor Story, David Dahl and Stryker Trahan. Look for another newsletter soon as I have plenty more to write, but ran out of time.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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