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June 9, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

June 9, 2014

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


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Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants (Double-A Richmond)
Against a weak-hitting Reading team on Saturday night, Kyle Crick only allowed one run in a five-inning start, striking out three while walking only one hitter. On the surface, the evening was a success, even more so when you learn that his fastball sat in the 95-97 range most of the evening, touching 98 on several occasions. But Crick struggled all evening to find his command, missing arm-side and up with frequency and failing to find the handle on his secondary arsenal.

This was my first look at Crick this season, and despite the fact that he’s a prototypical power arm from near my old stomping grounds in North Texas, I came away with more questions than answers, and I wrote up the 21-year-old righty as a late-inning reliever rather than a frontline starter. In an existential scouting crisis, I struggled with the tool grades and the overall profile, as it seemed unusual to watch a young power arm hold easy plus-plus velocity for five innings yet not come away feeling he had a plus-plus fastball or a plus-plus profile. The command just hasn’t been there for Crick so far in his professional journey, and without even average feel for command or a consistent secondary arsenal, it’s hard for me to justify a lofty rotation grade based on the performance. –Jason Parks

Angel Villalona, 1B, Giants (Double-A Richmond)
Most people know Villalona’s backstory by now, the details of which you can investigate on your own, thus forming your own conclusions about the legitimacy of his current freedom. I’ll focus on the scouting side of his profile, and based on a good look this weekend, I came away highly impressed with his raw power and sour on every other aspect of his game. The 23-year-old Dominican has a very soft body, with a pudgy torso and a thick lower half, all but suffocating his natural athleticism and quickness. He is basically a designated hitter masquerading as a first baseman, as he struggles with throws that don’t hit his chest and his footwork around the bag doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

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"Underwhelming" is a kind way to describe the Clearwater Threshers, my hometown minor league team. After a win yesterday, they improved to 13-49. They're clearly the worst team in MiLB.

Hopefully the Phils will sign Aaron Nola soon and he'll be taking the mound at Bright House Field, to give us something worth watching (aside from Quinn).

Jun 09, 2014 08:48 AM
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eyleraaron

I'm actually hoping that the Phillies sign Aaron Nola soon and put him on the shelf.

After what some of these coaches do to college pitchers, I'd rather him rest up and pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Jun 09, 2014 09:30 AM
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Peter Benedict

For some reason this article's headline does not appear in the "MORE FROM JUNE 9, 2014" headlines on the bottom right of the other articles written today.

Jun 09, 2014 09:01 AM
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eyleraaron

I love the addition of discussing some of next year's draftees this early in the process.

Daz Cameron has a couple of prospect videos floating around on YouTube as well as the Perfect Game website.

Any information on the 2015 draft that can start coming in for digestion would be awesome!

Jun 09, 2014 09:28 AM
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achase

Due respect, sort of an odd comment on Travis. "At times, though, it is just as important to discuss what a player can do..." -- seriously? When the two things you go on to discuss in that context are fielding and hitting, I'd say those things are the essential and it's weird to make it sound unusual to pay attention to that. What is left unsaid is that you and others dismissed Travis' performance last year because of supposedly more important scouting perceptions. I think it would be more straightforward to say that ignoring Travis' on field performance last year - those little things called hitting and fielding that you now are saying should be noted -- are looking like a mistake at this point (note I'm not saying one should only scout the stat line, just that in this case it seems to have been a mistake to ignore it).

And, no, I"m not Devon Travis' father! :)

Jun 09, 2014 12:31 PM
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rweiler

The Flying Squirrel that I'd be more interested in hearing about than Crick or Villalona who, at this point are pretty much known quantities, is Matt Duffy. He was an 18th round draft pick, and he appears to have 30 grade power so I don't imagine he has every been considered a much of a prospect but on the other hand, he has gotten on base at a high rate at every level so far including Richmond in what is supposed to be a pitchers league. Also he seems to be able to steal bases at a pretty fair rate and he is not particularly old for his level. Is there something there, or is this just the case of a guy that has a low ceiling which he has already reached? Brandon Crawford isn't going anywhere until 2018, so it is Duffy or Joe Panik, who is also having a good year at Fresno, as Giants '2nd basemen of the future' which do you pick?

Jun 09, 2014 14:03 PM
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