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August 1, 2013

What Scouts Are Saying

August 1, 2013

by Baseball Prospectus


Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

Major Leagues

Braves RHP Brandon Beachy: "Not a lot of positives to take away from his outing this week. Fastball was up to 93 but very straight. Had a decent changeup but was really casting his breaking balls and had problems with control and command. It's going to take time for him to adjust to the major league level, and he was probably rushed because of injuries, but it was not a great first step."


Athletics IF Alberto Callaspo: "This might seem like a small move on the surface, and isn't a blockbuster prospect-frenzy like the Garza or Peavy trades, but I think it is my favorite move of the deadline. Oakland added a switch-hitter who is much better than his performance to date, and they get more versatile on defense as well. Callaspo is a solid defender at 3B and good enough at 2B to platoon with Sogard. He can do damage against LHP and he almost never strikes out. The A's didn't have to do anything to remain an odds-on favorite to win the AL pennant, but they went ahead and got even better anyway.”

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