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April 9, 2014

Notes from the Field

Backfield/Minor-League Game Notes, Part Two

by BP Prospect Staff


Florida State League

OF Adam Brett Walker (Twins): Tools for days, but still learning how to use them and whether he gets there is a question; long limbs, high butt. Stands tall in the box with a quiet stance. Can get long but not terribly so for a player with long arms. Easy plus bat speed and plus power potential; doesn’t have to sell out to generate power. Generates natural backspin on ball. Over-aggressive at the plate because he can get the barrel on too many pitches, resulting in bad contact. Is willing to use the whole field but expands the zone to hit pitcher's pitches; got one pitch up in the zone and crushed it; no doubter with easy carry. He reminded me of Justin Upton with a terrible approach. –Jeff Moore

SS Jorge Polanco (Twins): Busy early in his stance as pitch is being delivered but still maintains quickness to the ball thanks to natural bat speed and quick hands/reaction time. Showed line-drive/gap power and should run into a few home runs on pitches in his zone, but power is mostly for doubles. Looked to go back up the middle and hit what pitcher gave him. Looked to bunt for a hit. Has naturally smooth hands in the infield with a quick first step. His lateral range is average at best for shortstop but would play at second base. Quick release and plenty of arm for 2B but is maxed out at SS. –Jeff Moore

RHP Michael Fulmer (Mets): Fastball sat 92-93, straight with erratic command. Featured two breaking pitches: a plus curveball from 73-76 that featured a hard downward break that he threw to hitters on both sides of the plate, and a wildly inconsistent slider that ranged anywhere from 80-86. When he threw it slower, it was extremely hittable; when he threw it harder, it lost its break and looked like a cutter. Changeup was non-existent. Built like a starter with thick legs that were made to eat innings, but his arsenal profiles as a middle reliever at best. –Jeff Moore

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Nojsztat

Thanks guys. I have a lot of interest in Trahan. Is his approach going to hold up at the higher levels? Will his bat speed translate into power?

Apr 09, 2014 08:00 AM
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PeterBNYC

I thought Trahan was a catcher? When did they move him?

Apr 09, 2014 10:19 AM
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jwise224

Trahan was moved in the late winter/early spring, in February I think. The idea was to take some of the load off of him defensively with hopes that he'll take step forward at the plate.

Apr 09, 2014 10:29 AM
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jwise224

Austin, I appreciate the Diamondbacks coverage. We don't get a ton of it as the system is more decent than good. I'd heard that Drury was playing well defensively at third but according to your report, perhaps he's just sure-handed with the routine plays. I saw Westbrook in the AZL last fall and walked away really impressed with him, but like you mentioned, there's not a ton of room for him to grow physically. Munoz is intriguing if he can put it all together, Velasquez is likely a glove-only player long term and I've never been enamored with Trahan. This is excellent and I'll be looking for more D-backs stuff throughout the season. Thanks!

Apr 09, 2014 10:33 AM
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onegameref

It seems like Rhee has been around a long while. Does he really hold much chance of having an impact at this late stage? It would be nice for the Cubs to have a couple of spot starters around to help clean up the messes being left behind all too frequently.

Apr 09, 2014 13:00 PM
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