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July 10, 2014

2014 Futures Game Preview

Scouting the International Team

by Ron Shah


Welcome to part one of a two-part series on scouting the players involved in this Sunday's Futures Game showcase of prospect talent. The US roster preview will follow on Friday.

Pitchers

Alfonso Alcantara, RHP, Angels (Low-A Burlington)
Alcantara shows a three-pitch mix, with his bread and butter a mid-90s fastball that possesses movement anywhere from 93 to 96 mph. The slider and changeup are both well behind in development, with the slider showing some promise but the changeup looking unplayable too often.

Jose Berrios, RHP, Twins (High-A Fort Myers)
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The Twins haven’t had much go their way this year, with injuries pumping the brakes on the development of Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, but Berrios’ progression has been a welcome gain. The righty has an incredibly quick arm and can show three plus or better offerings in a given start. But most importantly, the odds are looking better and better that the 20-year-old can start, as he is holding his electric stuff and doing a better job of creating some downhill plane out of a small frame.

Edwin Escobar, LHP, Giants (Triple-A Fresno)
It has been a rough go for Escobar in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but he is missing bats. The southpaw offers an average fastball with a changeup, but still needs one of his other offerings to take a step forward. Even then, the 22-year-old doesn’t offer high upside, but he could be a backend starter with that arsenal paired with pitchability from the left side.

Domingo German, RHP, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro)
German is taking a step forward in 2014 in his first go at the South Atlantic League, and is showing the stuff to match the performance. The 21-year-old shows a plus fastball with life and a developing slider that could reach plus as well. His ultimate future could be in the bullpen, but there’s a chance the slower-developing German could stick in a starting rotation.

Tayron Guerrero, RHP, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore)
The 23-year-old is a lanky 6-foot-8, but looks even taller when he’s on the mound. Guerrero generates mid-90s fastball velocity with incredible ease, leading me to believe there is more in the tank. The fastball plays up even more due to the incredibly steep downhill plane and ridiculous extension Guerrero creates. The slider is an upper-80s weapon with sharp break, but the fastball is the calling card.

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