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April 16, 2014

Notes from the Field

Notes from Five Leagues

by Al Skorupa, Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser


International League

(Al Skorupa)

3B Maikel Franco (Phillies)

Doesn't possess a textbook swing; features some extra pre-launch movements and a big hand load that leads to a less-than-ideal starting spot. Bat speed is excellent anyway. Big-time power. Prone to expand his zone and chase secondaries; can also get pull happy, but his hands let him recover and square pitches up anywhere. Natural hitter with a unique style who hits rockets. Not the prettiest third baseman defensively; poor runner who looks almost bowlegged when he's under way; plus arm and good first step could still mean an average glove profile at third even if he doesn't cover a whole lot of ground. Franco is never going to exactly fit the mold of what teams expect, but what he can do well shouldn't be overlooked. Solid average big league third baseman with a chance to be an All-Star.

RHP Blake Treinen (Nationals)

Big imposing guy on the mound; ideal mature pitcher's build and size; intimidates hitters. 3/4 slot; fastball 95-96, touches 97 with sink and some tail; held velocity throughout outing (five innings); quick arm. Curveball 81-82; a plus pitch; tight spin, good depth and late break; comfortable throwing for strikes or as a chase. Circle change 80-83; showed flashes but inconsistent; some feel for pitch but often too firm. Backstab and some effort in delivery; more control than command, but missed low when he missed. Capable mid-rotation starter but stuff would also play up out of the pen in late innings.

3B Garin Cecchini (Red Sox)

Cecchini is a tough out every time at the plate; controls the strike zone at an elite level. Pretty swing with a lot of bat speed and loose hands; hits balls where they're pitched and uses the whole field. It's actually difficult to find talent evaluators who don't believe he'll hit .300-plus. Power is gap-to-gap presently but his bat speed and proclivity for squaring up baseballs should lead to at least average power a

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