April 25, 2014
What Scouts Are Saying
April 25, 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.
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.”
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."
University of Kentucky 1B/P A.J. Reed
Brea-Olinda HS (Calif.) LHP Cameron Bishop
Shepherd HS (Texas) RHP Tyler Kolek