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September 5, 2013

What Scouts Are Saying

September 5, 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

Reds OF Billy Hamilton: "One thing that always shows up is his speed... and it can make a difference in every game that he plays. But I’m still not sold on the baseball player. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense when he is in the box, but there isn’t great bat-to-ball skills right now. My biggest concern for him at the major-league level is whether defenses will bunch him so much that it takes away his offensive upside. But when he gets on base, it is electrifying to see him run."


Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez: “The best I have seen him in nearly three years. The delivery has a lot of flaws, but he did a better job of repeating and held velocity up to 97 late in the game. He has a really good changeup and the breaking stuff is workable. May have some of the best stuff on the free agent market if and when he opts out of his 2014 mutual option.”


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis: "The best power-speed combination of any 2B in the game right now, and he just continues to improve. If he can cut down on his strikeouts he might become the best 2B in the game. He does all the little things and plays the game the right way. If he played in New York or Los Angeles, he would be a superstar."


Cubs OF Junior Lake: "He is starting to figure it out. He has always had the physical tools but never really looked like a natural baseball player. To see him slow the game down makes him a viable player. Of all the defensive questions I had in the past, his athleticism is starting to answer them at multiple positions. He has the physical attributes to impact major-league games… and it is starting to show up more regularly than expected."


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