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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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MatternK

Thank you for this quality product! It's even better when four of these guys are on my fantasy team. :) Thanks!

Jun 26, 2014 07:37 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
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Tucker is going to be a polarizing prospect. I spoke with an amateur director that had Tucker ranked above Nick Gordon on their board, and saw a future first-division/all-star caliber talent. On the other hand, I've spoken to several other sources that saw an extreme overdraft and a fringe profile. This is going to be interesting.

Jun 26, 2014 07:41 AM
 
jsdspud

Jason, thanks for the additional comment on Tucker. As a Pirate fan, my opinion of this draft keeps changing by the week based on what I read. I always get nervous when FO's think they are smarter than everyone else. The last time the Pirates did this was 2009 and Tony Sanchez is still in AAA. I think Tucker's age (9th youngest position player in the draft) has something to do with the varying opinions.

Jun 26, 2014 09:29 AM
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jonjacoby

Second day in a row the Yankees 2006 Draft gets a mention on BP.

Jun 26, 2014 13:43 PM
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Nojsztat

It was a strong draft.

Jun 27, 2014 05:09 AM
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jonjacoby

I know, especially for the Yankees, see my comment in the future GM post.

Jun 27, 2014 13:01 PM
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LucasDad

What was the Twins best value pick?

Jun 26, 2014 16:13 PM
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sbnirish77

“It's surprising he doesn't get more attention because he could close for about half the teams in baseball right now."

Half? How about everyone except Chapman?

He's having a year better than the one Mariano Rivera had as a setup man for John Wetland.

The only reason to question his emotional makeup is that he hasn't failed yet.

Jun 26, 2014 18:56 PM
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Behemoth

That doesn't necessarily mean that he'll continue to perform at that level, especially given his past struggles with the strike zone. It's entirely reasonable to prefer a whole bunch of closers to Betances at this stage.

Jun 27, 2014 02:38 AM
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