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March 24, 2014

Notes from the Field

Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/24

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


Arizona Diamondbacks

RHP Aaron Blair: Good frame, well built and athletic, with a high waist and broad shoulders; reminds me physically of John Lackey. Good delivery, repeatable, uses legs well, getting good extension and finishing on balance through the zone.

Saw for three-plus IP; sitting 92-94; threw strikes with better control than command; loose arm, with a low-¾ slot; shows some deception, more so to RHH. Fastball had some tail to both sides of the plate, but was mostly flat; Low-A Rockies lineup was squaring up fastball when up/middle. Changeup was above average, with deceptive arm speed and sink/fade; commands it well, keeping it around knees, inducing a few swings and misses. Curveball 72-80; decent 11/5 depth; looked better as a first-pitch strike to keep hitters off balance, while not getting many offerings as a chase pitch.

I lean toward him ending up as a back-end SP. Has attack mentality and is aggressive throwing strikes with an above-average FB-CH combo. The hittable, flat plain on the fastball and lack of a consistently effective breaking ball limit upside. –Austin Diamond

Chicago White Sox

SS Tim Anderson: Body beautiful; plus athlete; swing is silky smooth, loose and easy; a hands hitter who attacks the ball out front and can drive it; very impressive hand-eye at the plate; natural ability to square up the ball; hit tool is going to be plus; power could be late to arrive but could also be plus; defense at short is shaky despite quick-twitch athleticism; wasn’t quick in his reactions to the ball; actions were a little stiff; arm looked average to solid-average; not as fast as I originally thought, more 55/60 run.

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Nojsztat

Need this series to continue all season please....

Mar 24, 2014 07:13 AM
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ckunkle

+1

Mar 24, 2014 07:35 AM
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vegetto712

@JasonParks: Can you explain a bit more WHY you'd like Tim Anderson at second base? Wouldn't you rather have a guy like him at short if he's got the defensive chops and arm for it?

Mar 24, 2014 07:43 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
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Because he's not that good at shortstop. I think he has a chance to be a 5 there, so you keep that dream alive as long as you can. But at the end of the day, I think he ends up in center or second, the latter making more sense to me. At second, the athleticism would be an asset, and the arm --while strong enough for the left-side--would be a weapon at the keystone. I think he could be a 6 defender there someday, but I just don't see the same ceiling at shortstop. The actions and instincts weren't there for me.

Mar 24, 2014 07:54 AM
 
vegetto712

Fair enough, makes perfect sense and you know better than I :) Thanks for response!

Mar 24, 2014 10:22 AM
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sldetckl16

Dahl or Tapia dynasty league?

Mar 24, 2014 08:51 AM
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