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May 20, 2014

Notes from the Field

May 20, 2014

by BP Prospect Staff


California League, by Chris Rodriguez

Ben Lively, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield)
Broad shoulders, thick legs, muscular build; 6-foot-4, about 210; body to log innings; repeatable delivery; gets downhill well; hides the ball behind his torso and snaps it on the hitter with a quick arm; plenty of deception; three-quarters; fastball 88-92; runs it and cuts it; true ghostball; explodes on the hitter; if I didn’t have gun readings I’d guess 95-plus based on the swings; hitters weren’t comfortable all night; third time through the lineup was still pumping the fastball and jamming guys; gets 92 with runners on; amped up after striking out a batter to escape a jam; good control with it, pounded the zone for the most part (got squeezed) but the command was hit or miss; up the zone and challenged guys often; he won most battles, but going forward he needs the get the ball down.

Curveball 71-76; lacked bite early; loopy and hangs over the plate; tightened it up and it flashed late; much better around 74-76 mph, and had some two-plane break; dropped it in for some first-pitch strikes; scout said he had a hammer his last appearance, but didn’t see an above-average CB on this night ; SL 82-84 mph; sweepy break; not much bite; lengthened it with two strikes; used it vs. lefties and righties; commanded it well; better against righties; pounded the outside corner and just off the plate; CH around 85; some dive and tumble; thrown only a handful of times; used it right after his FB to keep the hitters off balance.

Impressive pitchability; around 1.2 to the plate from the stretch; the fastball is a weapon, regardless of his average velocity on this night; he didn’t have his best stuff and still got through six innings while striking out seven and walking two, with no help from the umpire; liked the fire and competitiveness, just not sure how his stuff will play at the higher levels; the fastball is good but he lacked command; major-league hitters can time anything if you keep it on the same plane; his command needs tightening but he has a good profile with an repeatable delivery and good present control; will be interesting to see if he can sustain his success when he inevitably gets called up to Double-A.

Ryan Wright, 2B, Reds (High-A Bakersfield)
Lean, muscular frame; looks in shape; 6-foot-1, 200 is probably accurate; had the four best at-bats of the night for the Blaze (they were no-hit); hands work well; bit of a bat waggle before his hands come into hitting position; stung the ball twice vs. Jethawks starter Josh Hadar; ripped one to third that got called an error; showed off some juice in his bat; stung a ball to the deepest part of the park for an out; would have gone out if not for the wind; definitely doesn’t get cheated; aggressive approach but he looked very comfortable at the plate; old for the level at 24 years but has the chance to get to Double-A with his numbers this season; DH’d in this game; need to see him play the field soon.

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username49

Good stuff. Love hearing about the guys in EST. I think there are a lot of people who are curious about the most recent crop of international signings.

May 20, 2014 10:42 AM
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maphal

I'm a bit puzzled why Lively hasn't been promoted to AA. Ridiculous K/BB and he's 22.

May 20, 2014 10:44 AM
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dougdirt

The Reds have five legit prospects in the rotation at their Double-A level. Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen, Carlos Contreras (currently on the DL, though he is considered day-to-day at this point), Jon Moscot and Daniel Corcino are their starters. Coming into the season, all five of those guys were Top 15 prospects according to BA, and three of them were top 8 guys according to Parks.

Now, you can sit there and laugh at the prospects of Daniel Corcino holding back Lively at this point. And you may be able to actually make that argument and it wouldn't surprise me to see him in the bullpen soon as the control simply isn't coming around on the whole. But there are five arms with upside right now in that Double-A rotation ahead of Lively, so that is why you see him still in Bakersfield.

May 21, 2014 09:21 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
BP staff

Great stuff! Thanks, Doug.

May 21, 2014 15:31 PM
 
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