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August 22, 2013

Youth Movement

New York-Penn League All-Star Game Scouting Notes: Part 2

by Mark Anderson


After looking at the New York-Penn League position players in Part 1 of this series, I take a step back and provide my scouting notes on many of the arms on display in last week’s All-Star contest. Scouting arms in an exhibition setting can be difficult as most pitchers amp up and show max stuff in a one-inning burst, but there is still valuable information to be obtained.

Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Connecticut)
Looks every bit the part of a first rounder; strong durable frame despite being just 6-foot-1; attacked with everything; FB sat 93-94; had 96-98 when he wanted/needed it; FB was explosive and nearly unhittable; SL 85-88 and best secondary pitch of the night; SL was very sharp with incredibly hard two-plane break; two easy plus pitches that both flashed in 7 range; didn’t show CH; a little effort to delivery; arm slot and landing foot were inconsistent; control was spotty; mid-rotation potential but FB-SL will play in late innings as backup.

Sergio Gomez, RHP, Boston Red Sox (Lowell)
Rail-thin body; very projectable but I question how much mass he’ll add; easy, loose arm; needs to slow down throughout delivery; gets out of sync pretty easily; lacks balance; FB 88-90, T91; lacked control; good plane; CB 73-78 with big, slow 12-6 break; can see CB out of the hand; needs more deception; CH 74-75 with good arm speed; reliever profile.

Luis Lugo, LHP, Cleveland Indians (Mahoning Valley)
Good frame; plenty of projection; really like the body; high-3/4 slot; FB 86-89, T91; willingly adds and subtracts from FB; showed ability to work up and down ladder; lacked side-to-side command of FB; CB 71-72 with occasional good break; CH 77; didn’t see CH enough to rate; needs overall consistency; very young; intriguing arm.

Joe Gunkel, RHP, Boston Red Sox (Lowell)
One of the big surprises of the night; tall and thin with lots of arms and legs; low-slot slinger; FB 92-94 with life; SL 83-85 with single-plane saucer break; not sharp but effective; two-pitch reliever long term; probably mid relief.

Jimmy Yacabonis, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (Aberdeen)
Max-effort reliever; good body with strength in upper and lower halves; hard sinking FB sat 92-93; showed occasional run as well; FB can miss bats at this level and will induce weak contact at higher levels; CH 77-78 with good arm speed and natural sink; solid-average pitch on the night; SL 83-84 and easily worst pitch; SL is spinner that was squared twice in one inning; well below-average pitch; seventh-inning ceiling.

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