Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Individual notebooks: 4/8/15 (Stockton Exhibition)
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.