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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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