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April 8, 2014

Notes from the Field

Backfield/Minor-League Game Notes

by BP Prospect Staff


California League
RHP Chris Anderson (Dodgers): Tall, athletic build, shoulders a touch on the narrow side, very well proportioned build, big hips, muscular ass. Over-the-top slot, arm comes through fast and loose. On-line delivery but shaky with side to side looseness to it, medium depth cutting action on the fastball, sat 91-93, touched some 94s late in the struggle as he was trying to escape. Simply no command at all in this outing, missing in every direction. Average CB at 79-81 with good depth, 11-to-5 direction, should be able to keep break much more vertical from that slot but frequently fighting front side through delivery; around the zone with it but often in a dangerous way. Flashed a change at 83; looked to have some potential but didn't get a good look at it. Cutter at 85-88 short and sudden; good-looking offering, frequently up in zone with it. Body and stuff are promising and there's a lot to like but it was a very bad first outing; got yanked with bases loaded and two outs in the first inning, three runs already in. –Todd Gold

RHP Chris Stratton (Giants): Not at all what I expected coming in. Medium frame with some length; loose, light athletic build; good body but smaller than I thought he'd be. Finesse pitchability righty. Was expecting a power arm based on what I'd heard about him in the spring of 2012. Sat 86-90 most of the way, some 91s late when he needed them; looked like he had a 92 in his pocket if necessary but was cruising along. Command was sharp for stretches once he found his rhythm; some early rust but overcame it and settled in. Cuts or runs the FB with intent; commanded it well for most part. Clean simple repeatable delivery with slower well controlled pace; compact arm action from high 3/4 slot; throws easy, hides the ball well. Deep tilt to slider, goes diagonally from corner to corner; some concern with path to/through zone because of depth but mostly well spotted in this look; best used attacking back door to LHH and starting down and away as chase pitch to RHH; will need sharp command of it at higher levels; believe he can do so. Went to CH third time through order; quick short dart to arm side at 82-83 only threw a few of them but looked like an above average offering in brief look. Solid mid-rotation type from this look; not what I was hoping for but still liked it alright. –Todd Gold

SS Corey Seager (Dodgers): Didn't do much but looked good not doing it. Beared down on the arm. It’ll play on the left side and while best suited for short it'll allow him to handle 3B in a pinch as well. Made a very nice play on a ball that he should've charged with fast runner coming down line; while you can nitpick him for the mental error on it, he made a very quick exchange and fired it flat footed with 40 grade carry on near instant release time to make up for it; believable big league SS. Liked the controlled aggression in his ABs this outing. Blasted a 2-0 FB 105 off the bat, one-hopped the 2B who made a great play to start the 4-6-3 on him; 4.60 down the line was disappointing; must've thought he had a clean single because he wasn't hustling out of the box...not in Low-A anymore buddy. Need to focus on the bat a little more; swing looked like it might be a bit grooved; fast uppercut swing; patient early and takes hacks when ahead, and was frequently ahead against Stratton who tried to nibble him early; had some good takes. –Todd Gold

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