June 12, 2014
Double-A Reading (Phillies) vs. Richmond (Giants)
Extra Explanation: Jesse Biddle (Phillies): It’s been a while since I’ve seen Biddle look the part of a frontline arm, and it’s likely he has already peaked as a prospect, at least as far as status is concerned. The body is good, and I actually like the delivery even though his command is well below average; at times, he’s almost too smooth and easy, with his struggles coming with his finish, as he doesn’t get over his frontside and can’t work low in the zone. The fastball is pedestrian, working mostly in the 90 mph range, and the curveball is too long and soft, and without a setup fastball that will force bats to move, upper levels hitters can keep their weight back and track the offering. It’s not a major-league out pitch on any level, and I’m not sold it will play as anything more than a steal-a-strike offering in the majors. The changeup wasn’t a featured player in this start, but I feel it to be the most promising of his secondary arsenal and a future average pitch.
RHP Severino Gonzalez (Phillies): Skinny build; fluctuating arm slot; mostly low ¾; slinger; 89-92 with the fastball; slider in the 82-84 range; changeup at 83-86; curveball at 75-77; swing profile.
LHP Hoby Milner: Immature build; half-windup; high leg and some deception; plus pitchability; fastball in the 87-90 range; curveball at 73; slider at 82; good changeup at 81-82; minor-league starter.
RHP Perci Garner: Good build; strong; high ¾ slot; fastball in the 90-91 range, touched 94; loose slider at 83-84; changeup at 84; middle relief.
RHP Nefi Ogando: Strong lower half; ¾ slot; from stretch; lightning-fast arm; fastball at 97-99; slider at 87-89; changeup at 87; late-innings profile; setup role.
RHP Colton Murray: Short arm; stretch delivery; over-the-top slot; 92-94 with the fastball; 77-80 with the hard curveball; 84-85 changeup; 7th inning profile.
RHP Mike Nesseth: Large build; high ¾ slot (almost over the top); fastball at 91-93; slider at 81-84; changeup at 86; middle reliever profile.
RHP Austin Fleet: Super athletic; ¾ arm slot; fastball at 92-95; cutter at 86-88; slider at 82-84; changeup at 84-86; 7th inning profile.
RHP Kyle Crick: Big build; ¾ slot; fastball at 95-98; slider 82-84; cutter at 89-91; changeup at 88-89; late-innings profile; setup or closer.
LHP Kelvin Marte: Short with thick build; casual delivery; ¾ slot; 89-91 with the fastball; 80-82 with the slider; 79-83 with the changeup; upper-minors starter/reliever.
LHP Adalberto Mejia: Big body; ¾ slot; fastball at 91-93; slider at 81-86; changeup at 81-84; mid-rotation profile.
RHP Derek Law: Thick build; high ¾ slot; 94-97 with the fastball; touched 98; curveball from 75-83; late-innings profile; setup/closer profile
RHP Cody Hall: Big, strong frame; high ¾ slot; fastball at 96-98; slider at 82-87; late-innings profile; 7th/8th inning type.
RHP Hunter Strickland: Pitcher’s body; mid ¾ slot; fastball at 96-97; slider at 84-87; late-innings relief profile; 7th/8th inning projection.
IF Carlos Alonso (Phillies): Short, thick build; physical approach to the game; average projection on hit/arm; below-average run; below-average glove; good raw power; limited game power projection; fringe utility profile.
OF Aaron Altherr (Phillies): Body beautiful; physically projectable; average potential in center; arm is solid-average; solid-average run; hit tool is well below average; raw power in the average range; role 4; up and down fifth outfielder.
IF Matt Duffy (Giants): Immature build/skinny; average arm; average glove; good baseball skills; fringe run; solid-average potential with the hit; well below-average game power; role 4; utility profile.
1B Angel Villalona (Giants): Soft body; well above-average raw power; game power likely to play fringe-average at best; run is 30; glove is 30; poor defensive profile; role 4; upper minors bat.