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July 8, 2014

Going Yard

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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Nojsztat

Thanks for this detailed look at Tapia. For the sake of comparison, could you share with us who the other hitters scouts have graded has having 70 grade hit tools?

Jul 08, 2014 05:27 AM
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Mookie Betts
Jurickson Profar
Oscar Taveras

Jul 08, 2014 05:31 AM
 
Nojsztat

Excellent!

Jul 08, 2014 07:01 AM
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jonjacoby

wow, didn't realize Betts's hit tool graded out so well.

Jul 08, 2014 11:10 AM
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vegetto712

Great article, and good breakdowns even a pitcher could understand :D

Jul 08, 2014 06:51 AM
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jwise224

Every time I read one of these, I count my lucky stars that you aren't a hitting instructor for a major league team yet. I'll just keep enjoying them until you get "the call." Well F'ing done, Ryan!

Jul 08, 2014 08:21 AM
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MikeMcD

There's a classic photo of Sam Snead--wearing a now contemporary again short brimmed banded hat--in flawless alignment that resembles these pictures of Tapia's swing at impact. Nice article.

Jul 08, 2014 10:48 AM
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Johnston

Well, a golf swing is basically just a baseball swing in a different plane.

Jul 08, 2014 18:27 PM
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Andrew13

Loving this series, Great stuff!

Jul 08, 2014 11:41 AM
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