April 17, 2014
What Scouts Are Saying
April 17, 2014
Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.
Nationals OF Bryce Harper: “Bryce Harper has a ton of talent, but he still plays way too out of control for me. He runs into outs on the basepaths and can be too aggressive in the outfield. He's only 21 years old and he will figure it out—he's too talented not to figure it out—but he is still a work in progress.”
Braves OF Justin Upton: "Justin Upton was about as locked in as any hitter I've seen in quite some time. The impressive thing about him is that he shows so much power up the middle and the other way. He's not a burner, but he's a good baserunner and has good instincts in the outfield. He may have been so built up at one point that he's underrated now."
White Sox High-A OF Courtney Hawkins: "This kid has as legitimate power as you will find when looking at a player. He comes with the normal glaring questions of swing/miss and pitch recognition, but he has unique power you don’t often see. It looks like he has worked hard on his swing to get to his power more, but I can’t overemphasize the power potential. Impressive-looking future home run producer."
Rockies Low-A 3B Ryan McMahon: "I like the way this kid plays. He has a good look to him on the field and has a consistent approach regardless of who he is facing. He creates leverage in his swing and looks like a big leaguer in the making. His feet can get a little clumsy on defense and he will need to make adjustments vs. LHP, but he looks the part."
Brewers High-A OF Victor Roache: "I’m having a hard time warming up to this guy. Big power but the swing doesn’t work in sync for me. He has physical presence, but the offensive approach doesn’t look like it comes easy for him. I think he will always be a threat because of the strength, but it could take a while for him to adjust to the pro game."
Rancho Bernardo HS (Calif.) C/OF Alex Jackson
Junipero Serra HS (Calif.) OF Marcus Wilson