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August 21, 2013

Youth Movement

New York-Penn League All-Star Game Scouting Notes: Part 1

by Mark Anderson


Last week the Connecticut Tigers hosted the New York-Penn League All-Star Game with a host of talented young players moving out of the complex leagues and making their professional debuts. Twelve position players garnered most of my attention throughout the evening. While it is always risky placing too much weight on a one-game sample, the following are my notes on the position players who stood out last week.

Oscar Hernandez, C, Tampa Bay Rays (Hudson Valley)
Very good body; good height for a catcher; strong, lean upper body; thicker lower half; has strength to catch and projects for durability; hands work well at the plate; extremely quick to the ball; handled velo and secondary pitches well in this contest; plus bat speed; defense will play; lightning fast hands behind the plate; showed good footwork and quick transfer; plus arm; popped 1.88, 1.94, 2.02; throws consistently on target; throws down to the bag; solid all-around potential; high risk; potential everyday backstop.

Eric Jagielo, 3B, New York Yankees (Staten Island)
Didn’t see the hype in brief viewing; appeared smaller than listed (6-2, 195); looks to have strength but doesn’t overwhelm physically; limited sample; showed plus bat speed on most swings; seemed over-aggressive and chased multiple breaking balls; ball jumped on solid contact; average may be limited but power could be real; limited defensive range; average hands; solid-average arm; should make it work at third base.

Nelson Rodriguez, 1B, Cleveland Indians (Mahoning Valley)
Beast of a man; extra-large body; exceptional natural strength; huge upper body strength; thick lower half; body will need to be watched; one of the youngest players in the game; limited to first base defensively; easy plus bat speed; likes to extend arms but doesn’t sacrifice bat speed; contact is consistently loud; likes to pull the ball and needs to trust strength to opposite field; well below-average run; extremely high risk.

B.J. Boyd, OF, Oakland Athletics (Vermont)
Small guy; very strong; physically reminds me of Marcus Stroman; barrel chest; likes to swing the bat; doesn’t get cheated; shows very good bat speed; occasionally explosive through the zone; above-average run in this viewing; plays hard and gets after it; rough defender; below-average arm; limited to left field; bat must materialize.

Ben Verlander, OF, Detroit Tigers (Connecticut)
Athletic; long, lean guy with natural strength; potential room for growth; very raw; new to hitting full time; pretty swing; will get a little long at times but flashed above-average bat speed; uses whole field well; ball jumps off his bat; lacks lift in swing; can see gap power in future; fringy run; strong arm; right-field profile; very raw and longshot prospect.

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