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April 25, 2014

What Scouts Are Saying

April 25, 2014

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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.

Major Leagues

Mets C Travis D'Arnaud: “I haven't liked him so far. He hasn't looked good defensively, including allowing a bunch of passed balls. I've seen him miss some fastballs, almost like he has a blind spot. It's slider bat speed and he just doesn't look very strong. He hasn't had a whole lot of energy either. It's been pretty rough overall.”




Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez: "The kid is proving to be everything we expected and more. He's throwing with such confidence and determination that I can't envision many back-to-back poor outings. He seems to learn more from every start. Scary that he may only be scratching the surface of his potential."



Braves RHP Julio Teheran: "He didn't have his best fastball, working more 90-92 than 93-96 like he did in the spring, but he did a great job pitching and you can see him slowly emerging as an ace and leader of that Braves staff. His matchup against Cliff Lee was one of the best pitched games, on both sides, of this early season."



Phillies 2B Chase Utley: "He looks healthy and you can see he's really using his legs again when he's hitting and it's made a huge difference. Utley can become an impact player, even an MVP candidate if he stays healthy, because he can beat you so many ways with the bat and is still a good defender at the keystone. It would be tough for Philadelphia to trade him, because he means so much to the franchise and has 10-5 rights, but if they did they could name their price."


College

University of Kentucky 1B/P A.J. Reed
"For me, Reed is a hitter all the way now at the pro level. He shows consistent power in game action, and he's clearly moving himself up draft boards as an offensive player."

High School

Brea-Olinda HS (Calif.) LHP Cameron Bishop
"Was completely off the radar until the fall when he switched from being a primary position player to a primary pitcher. The lack of a track record and refinement with his delivery and secondary offerings will keep him out of the top 50, but he sits comfortably in the low 90s and has reached as high as 94 while flashing plus sink. His changeup shows potential, so it comes down to how much you believe in the breaking ball. There is a lot of pitching in this draft, but he's a 6'4" lefty power arm and is one of the best prospects for this draft that nobody has heard of."

Shepherd HS (Texas) RHP Tyler Kolek
"Kolek seems to be rising on people's draft boards and rightfully so. He's big and powerful and already has the body of a man. His fastball is a sight to behold and his secondary pitches are developing. Still has to work on his command a bit, but name me more than a few teenagers who don't."

6 comments have been left for this article. (Click to hide comments)

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JustinRKlein

If the Phillies were smart they would clean out the Ranger's cupboards in an Utley deal.

Apr 25, 2014 12:16 PM
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AciDjAzz

Ya it's unfortunate the Phillies aren't very smart

Apr 25, 2014 14:47 PM
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Ogremace

They'll most likely hold on to him until whenever his contract is up, probably when he's not so great anymore, get nothing out of it and still not have a good team. It would just be too easy.

Apr 26, 2014 17:05 PM
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smitty

According to Baseball-Reference, D'Arnaud has one passed ball. I don't think that's a bunch. The Mets do have 10 wild pitches. Sometimes the difference between the two isn't much. Maybe that's what the scout means.

Apr 25, 2014 13:51 PM
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R.A.Wagman

Like line drives and errors, the passed ball/wild pitch distinction can be quite subjective. I think the scout must have seen more of them as being d'Arnaud's fault than did the official scorer.

Apr 25, 2014 20:55 PM
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henry3

Am I the only one terrified that Fernandez relies heavily on a breaking pitch which essentially increases his risk of TJ by several factors more and more when he has a terrific fastball to work off?

Apr 27, 2014 00:25 AM
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