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May 30, 2014

What Scouts Are Saying

May 30, 2014

by Baseball Prospectus


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

Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija: “Jeff Samardzija is an arm that you can find on the mid-market tier every winter.”




Minor Leagues

Diamondbacks High-A 3B Brandon Drury: "I am more and more impressed with this guy every time I see him. He is your prototypical 3B prospect with bat speed and power potential. He strikes out quite a bit and doesn't control the zone consistently, but he has matured into a real threat and has everyday player potential hitting in the middle of the order."

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Sharky

Always like this feature, but it was surprisingly light this time. One major leaguer? More, please!

May 30, 2014 05:00 AM
rating: 2
 
middagh

Agree with Sharky. One of my favorite things about the BP website. Give us more quotes re major league players and post the stuff more often. LM

May 30, 2014 06:20 AM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

The weeks leading up to the draft are difficult because scouts (even on the pro side) and front office folks are focused on one main objective. We'll do our best to get more quotes, but these aren't things we can force either.

May 30, 2014 09:12 AM
 
bobbygrace

That's a remarkable statement on Michael Lorenzen, especially given Robert Stephenson's continued success at the same level. What's the BP staff's take on Lorenzen and the improvement of his stock? Are you willing to go as far as this scout goes and push him up to #1 in the system?

May 30, 2014 06:45 AM
rating: 0
 
Nojsztat

I was thinking the same thing, ranking Lorenzen ahead of Stephenson seems a bit much to me.

May 30, 2014 06:50 AM
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bigchiefbc

I'm just a nobody, but I've watched a few starts of each on milb.tv. I'd still put Stephenson ahead, but it's closed a LOT since the beginning of the year. Lorenzen has looked fantastic. Very happy to own both in my dynasty league.

May 30, 2014 07:24 AM
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BP staff member Ron Shah
BP staff

And, of course, Lorenzen had his worst start of the season tonight.

May 30, 2014 20:56 PM
 
MaineSkin

Samardzja has never had over a 3.50 xFIP as a ML SP. The grip on his cutter is natural. Yeah, I'll say he is not an arm you can find every offseason and be called the asshole.

May 30, 2014 07:24 AM
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bulls2327

hear hear!

May 30, 2014 08:10 AM
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John Carter

It is interesting that a scout sees him that way. Personally, I'd trust his actual MLB strikeout rate of the his last four seasons (8.9) over one scout saying his arm isn't so special.

Although, Samardziga's K rate and velocity are down this year, his GB% is up and his HR/9 and BB% have improved, too. Perhaps, what that scout is trying to point out is that this year Samardziga is relying more on his guile relative to his pitch action - or, perhaps, it is just the scout's way of saying he is not really a 1.68 ERA pitcher.

Jun 01, 2014 05:42 AM
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reznick

I'd like to know whether the scout works for a team that's trying to lower the price for Samardzija.

Jun 01, 2014 11:35 AM
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