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July 8, 2014

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Super Hits of the 70s

by Ryan Parker


Raimel Tapia has a 70 grade hit tool. There will be other scouts, evaluators, etc. who will debate that grade, but that’s not unusual. People discuss prospect grades all the time. The real discussion here is about the nature of a 70 hit tool; Tapia is just our muse.

Putting a double-plus grade on something like power, speed, or arm strength is, while not easy, more procedural than going that high on hitting ability. You can watch Joey Gallo, Kris Bryant, Miguel Sano, Javier Baez take BP and you know the raw power is at least a 7.

For arm strength you simply need to watch guys like Bryce Harper, Gallo, or Bubba Starling unleash a throw. Sometimes you don’t even need that perfect moment in a game, as they will show of the arm in pre-game activities. Sometimes you don’t even need to be at the yard, as so many of these guys were pitchers in their amateur days and services like Perfect Game remind you that at one time these guys pumped mid-90s off the mound.

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