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April 15, 2014

Notes from the Field

California and Carolina League Notes

by Chris Rodriguez and Tucker Blair


California League

(Chris Rodriguez)

RHP Chris Stratton (Giants)
Good body; athletic and lean; high 3/4 arm slot; easy mechanics; fastball 89–92, touched 93 once; touched 92 late in the game but mostly 90-91 throughout; pitch has some run to it; was able to control it in the strike zone, but command wasn't plus; fastball got touched up often; nine hits in five innings; slider was a plus offering; around 82 mph; pitch has good late bite; can be looked at as a slurve but it worked so who cares; kept it down; got Carlos Correa swinging on three straight at the knees; very confident in pitch; flirted with a changeup late in the game; didn't throw many but the few he broke off were effective and for strikes; mid-rotation or back-end guy for me; wasn't all that impressed with the fastball and fastball command.

RHP Jeff Soptic (Giants)
Tall frame; 6-foot-6; controls body well; low 3/4 slot; loses some plane that way but still gets plenty; fastball 94-96, touched 97; arm strength for days; control was good, command was fringy but didn't walk any in two innings; hard curve 81-83; fringy pitch; not much depth; possibly due to his slot but it still got the job done; up and down reliever long-term.

CF Teoscar Hernandez (Astros)
Athletic build; lean and strong; 6-foot-1 or -2, about 185; good speed; 4.20 to first on a groundout; some juice in that bat; ripped a triple over the center fielder's head off a poor Stratton fastball; he thought it was gone so he didn't exactly sprint out of the box and still made it, sliding headfirst; swing has some miss in it; plays the game hard; very intriguing player.

2nd viewing
Some good at-bats; doubled in the gap on the first pitch he saw; stole third right after; aggressive approach; clocked 3.95 on a jailbreak; good instincts in center field; got some good jumps and reads; almost made a highlight-reel, Willie Mays–style catch late in the game that would have been amazing considering how shallow he was playing; I like the bat and I like his glove; I'd put a 5-plus on his ceiling, with a fourth outfielder as the most likely.

2B Tony Kemp (Astros)
Altuve-small; not sure I believe the listed 5-foot-6; advanced college bat; good bat speed and approach; sprayed liners all over the place; couldn't get a time on him because his three hits were clean singles and the other at-bat was a liner to the center fielder; speed seemed above-average though; actions and instincts at second base need some work but I think he'll be fine; plus makeup in the dugout; always cheering and on the top step; interesting if he can stick at second.

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