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March 26, 2014

Notes from the Field

Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/26

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


Texas Rangers

RHP Cody Buckel: Half-windup; over-the-top slot; showed a lot of effort generating his velocity; fastball worked 89-91; lacked movement; very flat and visible up in the zone; plane when he worked down; found plenty of barrels; dropped several slow lollipop curveballs to steal a few strikes; loose and easy to track; not a legit pitch against better bats; fringy slider in the 82-84 range; lacked sharp break; body language was poor (slumped shoulders and sulked); didn’t record an out in his first inning of work; required several mound visits and encouragements; airmailed a few balls to the backstop; didn’t get a “yips” vibe despite some wildness; pitched with trepidation; find optimism in the fact that he was able to throw some strikes but the stuff and the body language on the mound left a lot to be desired. Didn’t look like a future major-league pitcher. –Jason Parks

OF Nomar Mazara: Lanky; a solid 6’4” at least; very lean and muscular; seemed very comfortable in the box; knew his strengths; laid off some spin down in the zone; got himself into good hitting counts; has big-time bat speed; hitchy timing mechanism; the way his hands load is reminiscent of Chris Davis; timing needs to be perfect, but when it works it’s explosive; pulled a middle-in fastball for a 420-plus-foot bomb; raw power is near elite; game power is starting to actualize; loved the way he hit—he looked for a pitch in a certain spot and demolished it when it came; in his third and last at-bat, he hit one over Terrance Gore’s head in CF for an inside-the-park homer, another fastball over the heart of the plate that he didn’t miss; showed off solid-average speed around the bases as well.

It was a three-at-bat look, but Mazara really impressed with his feel for hitting and his present game power; he has room to fill out physically, he’s only 18 years old, and he’s already big dude, so I can see more muscle added to his frame long term; down the line I can see a 6+ corner outfielder who hits for power and a decent average consistently, which is a monster player. I cannot wait to see what he can over a full season. –Chris Rodriguez

OF Nick Williams: Well above-average athlete; poor baserunner with excellent straight-line speed and second gear; makes mental errors; can make plays in center; can also make errors in center with poor reads and glovework; arm plays as a 4 at present, but raw strength is there to profile much higher on the scale; dropped an accurate throw from mid-deep center to nail advancing runner at 2B; plus throw on that play; very inconsistent player; hands at the plate are special; natural bat-to-ball ability; could end up being a 70-grade hit tool; uses all fields and can hit against both lefties and righties; balanced with higher hands in the setup; lowers hands in quiet load and explodes into the zone with lift in the bat; controls the bat; preternatural ability to square the baseball; power could play over plus at maturity; very raw in all phases of the game but natural hitter with major-league quality physicality/athleticism to sculpt into a more complete player. Wouldn’t be shocked if he ends up a first-division talent; bat will carry him. –Jason Parks

Los Angeles Dodgers

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