May 30, 2014
What Scouts Are Saying
May 30, 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.
Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija: “Jeff Samardzija is an arm that you can find on the mid-market tier every winter.”
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."
Phillies Triple-A 3B Maikel Franco: "Defensively, he's very good in his immediate zone. His hands are soft and he has no trouble with hard-hit balls. But the side-to-side range is always going to be limited, and he's a half-step slow to make all the plays a good third baseman should make."
Reds Double-A RHP Michael Lorenzen: "Lorenzen immediately jumps to the top prospect in the Reds system for me. The stuff was unreal, and I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone improve so much in one offseason. His 50 command will be his weakness, but he has really improved since last year. Elite athlete, too. Saw him hit one off the top of the wall and bunt for a hit. Didn't think he had a chance to stick in the rotation, but now I’m convinced."
Athletics High-A SS Daniel Robertson: "One of the more intriguing guys in the Cal League this year with his combo of hitting ability and defensive comfort. There is some baseball acumen to this player, and he is mature beyond his years with how to play the game. He isn't the sexiest tool package, but this guy is a real player who can play a long time."
Astros High-A 3B Rio Ruiz: "Looks like a real hitter in the making. He still has some things to work on and gets too big at times, but he has natural rhythm and timing to hit. Interesting package."
Xavier HS (IA) RHP Mitch Keller