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May 5, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

May 5, 2014

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


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Ben Lively, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield)
Selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Lively is making a name for himself in his first full season of professional ball, shoving it in a league where pitchers are often unable to shove it; so far in 36 innings in the hitter-friendly confines of the California League, the 22-year-old righty has missed 48 bats while allowing only two walks and 19 total hits. You read that correctly: Two walks. What Lively lacks in well above-average stuff he makes up for with his pitchability and zone-pounding consistency, using a deceptive short-arm action and a deep four-pitch mix that he can add to and subtract from and locate in all four quadrants of the strike-zone. With a 90-92 mph fastball (that can tick up to 93-94 when he needs it) with good riding action, Lively is very effective at getting ahead in counts and punishing the zone, using a sweepy slider, playable curveball, and changeup to keep hitters off balance, change sight-lines, and force poor swings.

The ceiling isn’t crazy, but the feel for craft and strike-throwing ability give him a realistic outcome as a no. 4 starter at the major-league level. In light of his early results, Lively could find his way to Double-A at some point this summer and perhaps pitch his way to the big leagues at some point in 2015. It’s still early, but this looks like a nice scouting and player developmental win for the Reds organization. –Jason Parks

Victor Reyes, OF, Braves (Low-A Rome)
We were quite aggressive on Reyes when we published our Braves prospect list this off-season, as we were the only national publication to place the 19-year-old in the top 10, a risk at the time given his limited professional record and general unknown status. But the reports coming out of short-season ball in 2013 were very strong, just as they continue to be now that Reyes has moved to the full-season level. A switch-hitter with a projectable body, Reyes has a sweet swing that is short to the ball with a good feel for the barrel. He lacks elite bat speed or prototypical over-the-fence lift, but he can really square up the baseball and spray it in the gaps, and several sources think he should develop more game power as he continues to add strength to his frame.

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