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June 26, 2014

What Scouts Are Saying

June 26, 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

Yankees RHP Dellin Betances: “It's surprising he doesn't get more attention because he could close for about half the teams in baseball right now. He's found a home in the bullpen with the Yankees and really grown up this year in terms of not letting the situation overwhelm him. It's clear Robertson has helped him, but the ironic thing is that he may replace him if Robertson leaves as a free agent. It's also ironic that he and Robertson and Mark Melancon and about six other impact pitchers were taken in the same 2006 draft.”

Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman: "It would be nice to see him over six, seven, eight starts in a row against big-league lineups; let him get into a rhythm and see how the league reacts to him with a larger sample to work off of. I don't know that I'm sold on him as an impact guy yet, but that fastball-changeup combo alone gets him pretty [darn] close. He and [Dylan] Bundy are clearly the most talented arms that organization has had in a long time."


Nationals RHP Doug Fister: “Pitched a huge game for Washington on Saturday, having lost the previous two nights to the Braves with Zimmermann and Strasburg, the national game on FOX, facing Teheran, and he absolutely stepped it up. He doesn't put up gaudy strikeout numbers, but he's got tremendous life to the fastball and a really good changeup. He's survived the wars in the American League and he's a big-game pitcher who stepped up in that game and has performed in the playoffs. He's a year-and-a-half away from free agency and should be a big name on the market.”

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