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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.


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)
Scouting Report (most recent)
2014 Mid-Season Ranking No. 41
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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Shaun P.

Now that Vazquez has been called up by the Red Sox, any idea who will take his place?

Call-ups are killing the Future's Game this year. :)

Jul 10, 2014 06:37 AM
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Franco can't be a third baseman? That's news to me.

Jul 10, 2014 07:19 AM
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Is Alfonso Alcantara related to Arismendy Alcantara?

Jul 10, 2014 07:27 AM
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For Enny Romero it says a Double plus Curveball and then later says it's below average?

Jul 10, 2014 07:37 AM
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Todd Stevens

I think they mean he flashes a double-plus curveball but because of his command it's below average right now.

Jul 10, 2014 10:06 AM
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BP staff member Ron Shah
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Should have read command, not curveball, in that sentence. I'll get that fixed.

Jul 10, 2014 10:09 AM
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Jul 10, 2014 10:10 AM
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You were way too harsh on Franco. First, his stock has not dramatically fallen- he still is a top 50 prospect according to Baseball America. He was pushed too aggressively by the desperate Phillies- he is only 21 in AAA. He has now made adjustments and been one of the hottest hitters in the minors in July. Also, he can play 3B- not that 1B isn't more likely, but he is not limited to 1B. Very poor work on your part on Franco- is it that off for the other players also?

Jul 10, 2014 10:16 AM
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BP staff member Ron Shah
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Right-handed power is hard to find, but otherwise I'm not seeing it in him. According to Baseball Prospectus, he is not a top 50 prospect: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24076

Jul 10, 2014 10:21 AM
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