Notes From Rockies And DBacks Camp
Prospect followers are sleeping on Trevor Story. In a four-day stretch where I’ve scouted a number of first rounders and top-100 players, the Rockies shortstop was in the top-three.
Maybe Story’s tools don’t jump off the page, but he’s an outstanding baseball player and steady performer. His swing path was shorter than last summer, so expect the strikeout totals to come down. If this was the only chink in his armor, then he’s left with no real weakness as a prospect.
Plus, he’s still a great bet to stick at shortstop.
Diamondbacks Stryker Trahan displayed catch-and-throw skills, as well as light tower power. In game action, he hit two balls to the fence in left-center and I was reminded of my first look at Giancarlo Stanton in Jacksonville.
Stanton put three bad swings on fastballs on the hands and “fisted” fly balls to the base of the right field fence. Sometimes it doesn’t take a home run to display 80 power.
Trahan’s power isn’t as prolific, but I’m struggling to recall any players not named Stanton or Harper who presented with more power in person.
The name Johnny Damon popped into my head after watching David Dahl‘s first swing in batting practice. Against live pitching, his line swing was short and quick through the strike zone. Dahl’s swing plane will result in many line drives and ground balls, but his advanced ability to keep his hands inside of pitches it tailor made for the short porch in Asheville.
Time to head over to Peoria for Padres camp. I’m hoping my last day is as productive as the first.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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