Saturday, April 18, 2015
Dillon Overton (LHP) -
Slim build evenly distributed throughout, minimal potentiality for mass to be accumulated with narrow hips/waist and condensed shoulders; some probability of weight in chest to be added, though not a tremendous amount. Weight figures not to present issues regarding excessive increases with a sustainable build, though bulk limited given thin dimorphic dimensions with strength through upper half essentially materialized. Throws from 3/4 with average action, little to no drag whatsoever with decent arm speed and a repeatable slot with consistent release point; exaggerated kick when set with ease to stride and soft front to start, smooth with little effort with deceptive path prior to stride. Drops arm out of the break, condenses action to average with ball initially shown out of the shoulder from the batter perspective; consistent deception to both handed competition, though extended path on occasion with prelimary looks to righties out of the stretch. Front side, lead shoulder and kick rushed periodically out of the stretch; landing hard, sluggish often with baserunners on with late release and more effort. Lacking deceptive arm speed on changeup at times from stretch as well, slowing with more methodical; mechanical approach with cross-body finishes more evident, velocity sustained though sacrifices ease; missing often with inner gloveside location. Fastball sitting 87-89 MPH with some life flashing at times, possesses consistent gloveside fade with wiggle alongside some armside run from the left to serve as another movement variation to the pitch; command hazy from stretch with east-west ability slowing, downhill ability ok though lacks consistent natural sink; sacrifices with pronation to get on top of the pitch on occasion. Command within the zone decent presently, though often sat loose with little plane; reliable in locating there with competent control ability. Flashes command enough to provide optimism for average eventual potential, can hit lower quadrants middle-in and middle-away to both handed sorts with consistent release and mechanical repetition; difficulties locating the barrel to his pitches when movement flashes on. Changeup shows reliably at 76-80 MPH, jumps out with out pitch potential; polished feel and command ability with good arm speed, shows continual confidence with the pitch regardless of count, comfortable pitching backwards off it. Release point in conjunction with the fastball, crisp downward plane with late funneling; tumbling bite located towards the armside (low-away to RHB) with repeatable movement, rarely deviates or loses shape; depth. Curveball shows at 71-74 MPH, muzzled early with the break with a set pitch limitation imposed during the outing; features vacillating 12-6, 1-6 and 1-7 shape from the left; exaggerated shape compensated with good bite and downward thump alongside some feel ability; comfortable with it in backwards situations with ability to be located within the zone, induced missed bats behind and ahead in counts. Noticeable pronation shown on the pitch, action slightly condenses with a slight slot elevation to service as tells; deception requires improvement with shape more readily tackled by more seasoned bats. Showed initial look at a potential split variations, only flashing within a couple instances with flucuating depth and frenzied arm speed, presently irrelevant; potential developmental project heading forward to figure in a fourth pitch up to a useable standard. Body language for the most part consistently unfazed, some frustration with stretch inconsistency and mechanical difficulties; makeup shows ok promise as innings begin to accumulate.
Tyler Hollstegge (RHP) -
Average build with a thicker torso, some excess weight centered through the midsection and behind having already reached physical maturity. Delievery features excessive effort and a shaky front half, reliant predominantly on torque through the upper half with some preliminary rock-and-fire; landing often hard and shown to disrupt release at times, significant reliance on arm and shoulder to provide thump and velocity. Repeats with 3/4, gives southpaws blatant looks and righties some glimpses as well with a lengthy path prior to stride, slightly longer action with release vacillation; rough landing and momentum through the upper half often cause havoc with repetition ability, command ability not present with difficulty hitting edges while missing continuously towards the gloveside; present thrower. Worked practically exclusively from the stretch, some rushing at times with hurried front and break, showing shifting plane and downhill ability with some pronation required to produce sinking movement. Fastball hovering predominantly at 90-92, some occasional run towards the armside from the right, though minimal and often flattening; elevated often with slight wiggle, able to touch up 93-94 MPH fairly consistenly, capable plus velocity when required despite continual feel struggles throughout repetiore with late life and explosion on the fastball shown when reaching back for extra; present ability to take stuff and manipulate the pitch extremely raw, visibly uncomfortable in adjustments to his primary offering with pitching aptitude immature. Shows a slider with subpar shape and feel, lacking bite with early release and drifting sweep with uncomfortability harnessing the pitch, at the infant stages of approaching an effective or useable standard as lone break throughout the arsenal. Changeup flashes ok arm speed with effort, though detectable to advanced bats with some occasional plane and slight fade to the gloveside; does not figure to project versus more advanced eyes. Possesses split with depth shown enough to bode adequate potential, slight slot elevation with consistent effort with crisp, late depth and bite when on; effectiveness fluctuates with inconsistency on the thump and shape, some pronation in the grip as well that tells pitch off. Repetiore lacks anything at an average potential clip outside of raw fastball velocity, control rudimentary with repetition trouble with semblance to hit spots when locating zone non exsistent; TJS survivor with velocity increase through the previous summer and has carried through the offseason and spring, lacks major league ceiling with floating upside.
Andres Avila (RHP) -
Delayed stride with an average action from the slightly lower than 3/4, average build with a bit of excess weight centralized through the midsection with naturally pronounced lower half; already has achieved physical maturity. Demonstrated consistent release point despite cross-body competition and a whippy finish, able to sequence change-of-pace stuff throughout regardless of count; grip, hand position constant through repetiore playing up the effectiveness. Lefties acquire looks with path, soft landing predominantly as upper half condenses through extension; relative ease in delievery despite lunge exacerbating cross-body finish with command able to flash, comfortable with present mechanical sequence without much hindrance. Shows fastball with some ok placement, able to hit spots east-west; cognizance with zone and plays up with some decent plane shown, minimal run towards the gloveside; can flatten on occasion, seldom utilized through the outing. Shows a cut variation with armside bite, ok command with late inward wiggle to righties, shows miss bat ability deep in counts on bats with short stays through the zone. Slider lacks traditional shape, extremely minimal dimension to the pitch with some late gloveside sweep; mixes horizontal movement with varying amounts of sweep, manipulates grip and wrist to produce differing amounts of fluttering. Able to show it through the zone, doesn't show sweep immediately from release; delayed movement figures more reminiscent of a cut slide interpretation, some feel for the offering with appropriate sequencing. Weilds a split with ok depth, detectable from release with a bit of pronation and arm speed shift; able to pinpoint through the zone consistently and induce missed bats for the level, utilized predominantly as a chase offering ahead in counts. Movement shows plane immediately from release, comfortable contorting depth and shape with the offering for desired result; confident with an organizational arsenal, able to potentially float through opportunities with pitching aptitude.
Jonathan Joseph (RHP) -
Physically matured, thin frame with a moderately athletic build; pronounced limbs with broad shoulders, has successfully sustained dimensions throughout his organizational tenure without much fluctuation. Shifts from 3/4 to high 3/4 periodically on his curve, lengthy action with his front half collapsing through his motion; some difficulties with the landing on occasion with momentum pulling outwards towards the first base bag. Able to repeat desired result when set with fastball command ability, flashes two-seam with decent sinking action able to consistently show middle-low with consistent release despite a lengthy action, showing competence with repetition to southpaw competition with reliable ability to piece the four-seam towards lower gloveside quadrant of the zone. Fastball lacks significant, notable movement with vacillating downhill and non exsistent wiggle outside of some occasionally witnessed run to the armside. Rushed within the stretch, front; break hurried causing some difficulty with duplicating location and command on the fastballs, would show some elevation and late release. Curveball unbridled, significant tells to produce desired output with exaggerated shape and drifting spike; arm collapses, drag often present with an exaggerated slot and hand position shift on the pitch, fluctuation from 11-5 to some 12-6; shape and tightness inconsistent with depth shifting wildly, easily a NP offering that serviced enough to catch loose triggers out in front when through the zone.
Bijon Boyd (DH) -
Thick torso and lower half, prominent through the hips the backside; some weight shaved off this spring, a bit tighter through the midsection with an innately bestowed barrel chest not providing significant physical optimism with age given profile. Speed unlikely to be sustained at present state through ultimate maturity, presently able to show plus pure run from the left side; quick twitch athleticism with instantaneous ability to harness from standstill, varying times from 4.06-4.14 to first base with slightly slow reads out of the box. Limited towards a corner projection with a well below average arm, significant effort required with prelimary momentum; minimal natural strength there. Lower hand position at the plate, slashes towards the zone with a short path prior to entering; able to generate up to average bat speed with effort, load present with an exaggerated lower half at times. Difficulty with timing ability; struggles to allow balls to travel deep, routinely early and shallow to pitches sapping raw already fringe at best. Shows consistent flat plane, though can cut through with a shorter stay on M-M; hands a bit unbridled on spin and depth to his gloveside, some struggles in acclimating to offspeed with detection to tells and mechanical shifts rudimentary at the present. Approach somewhat fragmented presently, will chase out of the zone and elongate in chase counts, trigger happy on elevated at times with timing difficulty; hips fire off early and late inbetween plate appearances in correlation with the front foot. Pitch selection ability raw with recognition ability on movement and release immature. Shows shortness at times, some barrel feel on M-I despite depth there causing some elongated attempts. Able to take one out with sink on M-M, out in front of the offering with a shorter stay; able to generate some loft to pull at a minute clip when barrel feel is present, decently strong hands with sturdy shoulders.
Justin Higley (RF) -
Bulked up mass through the shoulders from Instructs; trim, ideal athletic build through the torso and upper half with longer limbs. Rarely flashes pure run from standstill, though plus-plus in a pure capacity with triggers firing after initial momentum; 7.77 to 2B while slow from the box from the left side; 7.32 first to third. Quick jumps, cognizant with reads on the basepaths. Good reads in the corner outfield, feels out contact well from right field with adequate range and soft hands; coordinated physically in stride with a fringe arm showing effort tethering him to a permanent corner post. Discombobulated at the plate, nagging elongation with consistent fringe bat speed showing average on occasion; timing extremely frenzied with a brief stay within the zone, feel for the barrel and barrel control very immature at the present; inner elbow position can collapse prior to initiating extension through contact. Shows slight load, hands swift into the zone with bat speed able to be generated with relative ease; hands drift backwards at times with significant spin difficulties on depth and tail. Some aptitude for acclimating hands to changes shown, but an extremely rarity with blueprint at the plate non existent at the present. Hips fire late and early wildly through games with fledging ability to time with catch stuff within the zone; not terribly coordinated or comfortable with the back half, reliant on hands and bat speed for opposite field ability. Able to flash some raw with little loft ability, shortness can show in bursts on middle-in with better barrel feel on elevated.
Franklin Barreto (SS) -
Somewhat hurried defensively at shortstop, decent hands though slow off reads with trouble slowing the game down at the position; throws inaccurate when feet aren't appropriately set. Hands slightly better in fighting off gloveside spin, better detection on preliminary horizontal shape from release while remaining competent on middle-in plane; depth. Arm speed detection on changeups, sink still very much raw at the present; elongation constant on low-away fade with the trigger, hands extremely untamed. Continues to flash plus bat speed and rapid hands able to ignite in towards the zone, hips and timing a tad early with barrel feel in the infant stages of development. Shows consistent flat plane, though some shorter stays flashing on elevated and middle-middle. Approach rudimentary, pitch selection raw at the moment with overt aggressiveness on middle and away.
Tyler Marincov (LF) -
Ok reads in the outfield, feet a bit fidgety at times off contact. Average build with thick shoulder build, shows fringe to average pure run at times from the right side; range adequate in a corner though lacks immediate fast twitch triggers. Better composure with the back half through extension, able to catch middle-away deep with coordinated barrel control and back shoulder through extension. Timing somewhat better, spin to the gloveside still gets elongation deep in counts with a fidgety trigger. Better idea of selection, little lengthier stay in the zone. Can fire late on occasion with hips off the front foot, barrel still shows some uppercut and vacillating feel.
Tim Atherton (RHP) -
Average frame with a thick torso; evenly distributed weight throughout with no glaring probable physical issues set to arise; already has reached physical maturity at 25. Slightly higher than 3/4 slot with average action, lots of moving parts with momentum incorporated within the lower half and downward with the non-pitching arm following through to stride; long levers through motion with occasional repetition difficulties surfacing. Can be uneven with the front foot with hard landing, path towards the plate can vacillate with grip showing to lefties periodically; some deception to like-handed competition. Showing early release on occasion with lower slot on breaks; noticeable pronation showing on curve though limited throughout outing. Some cross-body finishes out of the stretch, command wavering with plane and downhill ability flucuating upon the four-seam; missing towards armside location with some overthrows shown with continual release trouble in bunches. Fastball showing at 88-91 with little run towards the armside, straightening out and lacking explosion; firmness with some slight fade and wavering downhill ability. Elevated at times with earlier release, spotting decently towards the gloveside quadrants of the zone. Cutter showing slight armside dip, though shifting and lacking overtly noticeable bite; can lack movement at times and relied upon for armside ability with some missed bats with late shift showing occasionally; not enough to combat major league plate coverage. Changeup showing shifting arm speed, though some flashing adequate deception for the league despite some elevation and release struggles; little downward fade showing occasionally, but lacking a significant amount. Sequenced behind in counts, fairly decent feel on the pitch despite vacillating production and stuff. Curveball muzzled on the evening, release loose and losing grip on a couple with 12-6/11-5 movement dependent on slot and snap, can drift through zone; telegraphed with visable pronation and shortened action, can be thrown for strikes though exaggerated shape and shifting spike. Showing lone cut slider, late; tight horizontal movement to the gloveside and commanded well, good plane and late movement.
Sam Bragg (RHP) -
Significant effort from the 3/4 with an average action; leverage on the upper half and specifically arm with hips that have occasionally tendency to fly open with lower half repetition struggles. Front foot very hard at times, can disrupt release and slot at times with some repetition issues imposing themselves upon command ability. 88-91 with some run and late life, generating ok movement with placement towards the lower portions of the zone flashing. Tends to sit loose with the zone, control able to show though missing spots within the zone with elevation and plane fluctuation showing. Curveball at 78-80 MPH with sufficient bite; able to produce crisp downward spike with some control ability to armside competition. Consistent release, slurvy shape at times with 11-6 movement showing some horizontal dart initially towards the plate. Able to miss bats with the offerings, difficulty relying in situations when pitching backwards. Showing a split variation with some depth and good downhill, difficulty commanding towards lower portions of the zone; chase capacity presently with later release, grip a little off on occasion. Average frame with some physical projection still possible within upper half, lacks natural ability to generate stuff without extreme effort; repetition can float around with trouble hitting spots consistently.
Franklin Barreto (SS) -
Lone defensive effort on a simplistic belt high hop on moderate hit contact; some hesitance to chagre inward and capitalize off arm, hands little uncertain with easy read. Arm showing better accuracy when the feet are firmly set. Difficulty with timing offensively, trigger slightly early with continual immaturity in acclimating bat speed and showing present tracking. Barrel still evading him with feel flucuating at times, plane within the zone shifting slightly though not egregiously; revision required with issues nagging though not gargantuan. Hands unsure on tailing spin and sink, struggling deep in counts to take stuff towards the gloveside, recognition ability off release with tail or horizontal movement is iffy at best. Showing middle-in ability with some backspin ability to pull on elevated mistakes, shortness a constant with above average bat speed and rapid hands; tantilizing attributes continue to flash. Decent with armside location recognition, ok with run on like-handed arms with elevation; early release on fastballs able to be spotted. Ok reads on the basepaths, coordinated feet with fast twitch ability showing; some hesitance in trusting speed to second, learning mechanical tells and timing there still.
JP Sportman (CF) -
Showing continual holes on offspeed, hands jet backwards awkwardly with struggles to retain position on spin from armside opponents, fringy bat speed with some barrel troubles tonight on middle-away; trigger jittery more so than previously shown on elevated. Approach disolving a bit, noticeable frustration. Acclimating bat speed to change-of-pace a present struggle, mechanical revision offensively may be likely if organizational preference is necessary. Ok range in the outfield, reads little slow off the bat; showing a fringe arm a tick above previously seen in Arizona. Throws a little effort heavy and offline with late release from the outfield.
John Nogowski (1B) -
Choppy hands; shifty feet with limited range at first base. Body is a definite issue with excess weight through the midsection. Range fringe at best with some sluggishness off reads, though hand-eye coordination ok on picks and completions defensively in the infield. Can see plane and downhill well enough off faulty releases, shows ability to recognize depth at the plate and armside location appropriately. Fringe bat speed at best with limited natural pop, contact consistently shallow with difficulty catching stuff deep or at the doorstep of the zone. Barrel feel a bit off, hands loose through contact with a shorter stay within the zone; shoulders off-line and hips off-time with the front foot proving as an issue. Shows an ability with contact at the lower portions of the zone, plans inconsistent but some coverage at times. Well below average; non-prospect speed on the basepaths. Organizational type
Tyler Marincov (RF) -
Reads; range coming inwards a tad off within the outfield while showing a fringe arm with ok accuracy; not too much effort in throws, shown tick above to average beforehand. Sink through the zone; downhill plane proving a difficulty to recognize and track, immature tracking ability with struggles on late movement. Can be a little trigger happy deeper into counts. Some plate coverage at times with ok barrel control, though hips can come early with rotation and struggle to keep the hands back with mid-pitch adjustments. Able to catch stuff on the doorstep with fringe to average bat speed despite looser hands through extension today, shoulders a little off-line through swings with a bit of effort when considering a mistake pitch.
Branden Cogswell (2B) -
Hands continue to play as inconsistent in the infield; footwork and first step can be iffy with fringe range. Ok feel at the plate, with more downhill and armside location recognition, little less adept with middle-away command. Showing fringe bat speed with even plane, non-exsistent natural loft with hip rotation incompletion showing at times. Armside spin from the left proving to get the trigger a bit more antsy.
Beau Taylor (C) -
Improved release and transfer abilities behind the plate with better footwork to play up a fringy arm. Accuracy has shown improvement through the spring and into Stockton while benefitting off favorable batteries. Game calling solid, hands are ok enough to remain reliable behind the plate with better agility and decent range. Showing good rapports with the staff, miscommunications with the battery mates keep to a minimum. Fringy bat speed with an ability to recognize armside plane and depth from the left side. Middle-away location causes elongation at times, not consistently short. Trigger iffy with armside spin, struggles to catch up with middle-in with timing struggles off the hips. Slower with a hands, feel for the barrel flucuating.
Michael Soto (3B) -
Raw pop showing up to average out to opposite field, back half not terribly coordinated though hands strong with a bit of loft ability with a shorter stay within the zone. Fringy bat speed, ok with middle-away and plane. Struggles to keep hands back with spin and allow stuff to travel deep, barrel feel on middle location with a bit of mistake pitch ability for the level. Clunky at third, range showing subpar with an arm that can show fringe. Strong physical base and shoulders, shortness to the ball shifts often.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The following notes were gathered and include observations from Stockton's initial scrimmage against local San Joaquin-Delta College with the contingency of Oakland kiddos assigned to California for the season having played in their first contest in uniform, though technically unofficial in the respect that statistics were not acknowledged for their overall seasons. Individual game notebooks will occur after each contest attended, with a lone contest not enough to constitute an entire report while providing a mechanical glimpse and probable adjustments/improvements recognized and able to be referred to over the campaign:
Louie Trivino (RHP) -
High 3/4 slot with vacillating deception from the right side; large frame (6'4"/~220) with a thick trunk and long limbs additionally flashing a bit of unintentional shifting arm action, noticeably condensing on breaks with heavy pronation and elongating with longer motion for FB/CH; though would become askew at times and remained inconsistent througout the appearance. Some rock-and-fire in the delivery, heavy dependency on upper half; arm with less than desirable lower half incorporation. Disguised grip well to both sides, dropping ball behind back side with it initially appearing to batters out of his right shoulder when on, though repetition seesawed and momentum; path prior to stride would shift slightly providing looks to both sides through his outing. Showed six pitch mix, four-seam fastball had tendency to flatten and lack dimension at times with limited thump; explosion while demomstrating occasional fade and gloveside run. Release point vacillated on the pitch, struggling to command to either side; north-south fluctuated with shifting downhill ability. Lacked plane consistenly with difficulty spotting up to the armside. Gloveside command able to show occasionally, with some decent plane flashing and spotting inside to opposite handed competition while placing middle-away with some tail to armside bats. Two-seam/sink showed some ok plane, though would have tendency to overthrow; release point late often with the pitch scrapped early during his outing; difficulty spotting towards ower portions of the zone with deception lacking and failing to cross through the zone. Possesses both curve and slide variations; curve lacking deception with heavy pronation and slightly higher slot often adopting with arm slot showing both high 3/4 and slighter higher on the pitch; showed some shape and depth though heavily exaggerated and able to be timed to with fluctuating spike, tending to drift occasionally at times through zone. Could show some late bite with loopy 11-5 shape, though somewhat loose with some ability to be thrown for strikes; can generate sufficient snap despite depth and thump fluctuation, primarily utilized early within counts. Slider lacking tilt, more so drifting variation with some vertical, tumbling movement and steady fading action towards the armside; difficulty spotting for strikes, lacked miss bat ability with slightly lower slot and slowed action servicing as tells. Changeup lacked deceptive arm speed, often elevated with shifting release point serving as another offering lost early within the outing; some occasional armside though very much unreliable; uncomfortable acclimating to pitch at this stage. Muzzled with the cutter, though flashed couple with sharp inward, armside bite when utilized with ok plane and deception; figured as most alluring offering throughout repetiore within brief look.
Franklin Barreto (SS) -
Easy + bat speed with lightning hands at the plate; no shifting variations over previous week from Mesa. Front foot slightly calmer than in Arizona however, exaggerated preliminary step engrained as a timing mechanism less distinct; attempting to prioritize lower half incorporation with slightly more noticeable horizontal slide step. Able to flash some opposite field ability while predominantly relying upon wrist adjustments to shorten the bat head, back half; shoulders still require more coordination to follow through to right field. Finding barrel on middle-away consistently, eyes ok on plane on armside portions though struggles still with spin on armside arms and horizontal tailing sweep/tilt. Showcased more raw early prior to entering zone with a fairly even plane in zone despite a shorter stay than usual, demonstrating shortness and appropriate extension with bat speed for a flyout ~395 to center field. Struggled to adjust bat speed and timing to inferior velocity, some continual difficulties at this stage with tracking and being comfortable allowing the ball to travel into the zone. Ability at shortstop still questionable; hands usually reliable and can show cognizance at the position; though some difficulty on hard hit reads and first step to his right that place ability in question; explosiveness with legs can fluctuate in field. More so constrained on the basepaths with less than desirable effort on contested grounders, seemed to be playing and half speed throughout the game.
Joel Seddon (RHP) -
Lengthy path prior towards stride with looks providing to left handed competition, slots vacillate from slightly lower than 3/4 and slightly higher than 3/4 with shortened and lengthier actions on both slots purposefully employed to layer deception into the repetiore. Fastball plays up at 88-92 MPH with some consistent downhill ability, able to spot up consistently towards the gloveside and lower portions of the zone with some run to both sides flashing and late jump on occasion with fairly reliable release point; some overthrows on fastball with late release showing at times; could sit a bit too loose within the zone, command flashed though wasn't entirely stalwart. CH utilized sparingly through the appearance, decent arm speed with slight elevation to the pitch; lacking some dimension and plane with some ok fade. Weilding both breaking variations, CB with some noticeable pronation on release compensated with flashing late thump/spike, able to be thrown for strikes with excellerated vertical movement over the plate, could occasionally vacillate in depth and struggle on location towards the gloveside through flashing 10-4/11-5 with some exaggerated shape. Slider tighter with drifting gloveside bottoming tumble, able to spot on the gloveside corners decently; lacked thump at times with lower slot; had tendency to periodically sweep. Effort through delivery with four pitch mix though decent repetition ability, situational capacity most likely ceiling. Flashing command ability off fastball with fairly consistent depth.
Tyler Marincov (LF) -
Can generate backspin towards pull while occasionally able to flash average bat speed. Shorter stay in zone required, though average raw showing with ability to recognize mistake fastballs lacking plate. Some swing-and-miss with occasional elongation on away and armside spin. Average run ability more detectable when switch is flipped on the basepaths, will vacillate from home-to-first. Can show decent hands with improved coordination through the back half to opposite field. Ok off reads in the outfield with fringy to average range and a fringy arm. No difficulties on middle-in against inferior velocity, torque through upper half in swing with some effort at times; can get the hips going late through swing, timing and coordination off front foot will require development.
Branden Cogswell (2B) -
Some ability to catch plane through the zone, can detect release point and tells upon the mound with legitamate ability to adjust in the midst of a plate appearance. Fringe to average bat speed with occasional passiveness at the plate, improving with aggressiveness lately with flat plane and predominant pull approach; lower hands, difficulty allowing the ball to travel. Spin, changes and produce difficulty with keeping the hands back while middle-in heat shows struggles to be caught up to. Gap raw with minimal time in the zone required to achieve result, lacks innate loft or backspin ability while struggling to locate barrel; control there fluctuates from time-to-time. Reactions laterally at second base are questionable, hands can show choppiness. In no way a shortstop.
Michael Soto (3B) -
Approach vacating through appearance, difficulty keeping hands back on sink/spin and early timing constantly haunting. Fringy bat speed with average raw; difficulty allowing stuff to travel within the zone. Can elongate on middle-away, able to showcase raw with 3-2 elevated away blooped out for a HR during appearance; predominantly hands through extension. Some strength through shoulders; torso though body could potentially become worrisome with a large frame and trunk already. Seemingly uncomfortable at 3B, movements and lateral range extremely questionable with decent hands and a fringe to average arm. Pure organizational type with some mistake fastball ability that could bring some success given the league.
Chih-Fang Pan (DH) -
Struggled to acclimate to plane and dimension and shifting offspeed stuff. Demonstrates popular "step in the bucket" front foot with exaggerated, committal stride serving for difficulty allowing the hands to remain back and adjust on offspeed. Bat head dragged through the zone, hands somewhat inconsistent with lower placement, hips firing early throughout appearances with minimal time in the zone despite ok shortness. Gap raw with avg run from the left side.
Jose Brizuela (3B) -
Fringy to average arm at third base, throws can occasionally drift when feet aren't set or charging inward. Fringe bat speed with thick torso, struggling to adjust hands to lesser velocity with inconsistent eyes on gloveside spin/sinking action. Fringe raw with a shorter time in the zone, hands can get a little stiff; short path into the zone. Barrel control fluctuates with struggles to adjust wrists and allow the ball to travel. Fringe range at third, first step movements off contact can be iffy.
JP Sportman (CF) -
Ranges can fluctuate in CF, limited towards corner with average footspeed; range and a below average arm. Average, muscluar frame with more compact dimensions; shows knack for the barrel on outer stuff with fringe bat speed and strong hands, able to funnel raw pop into game situations with decent mistake recognition ability. Lower hand placement, abrupt hitch backwards prior to initiating and committing towards the pitch that services for some impending struggles acclimating towards offspeed within an appearance. Average footspeed from the right side; tenacious on the basepaths with some consistent shortness and barrel control allowing the ball to get in play on fastballs. Armside spin with consistent release can cause troubles, quality changeups can fluster. Organizational piece with some potential upper minors floating ability.