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July 14, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

July 14, 2014

by BP Prospect Staff


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Kyle Schwarber, C/LF, Cubs (Low-A Kane County)
I’ve seen the Cubs’ first round draft pick a few times at Low-A. At the plate he sets up in a low crouch with an open stance, his hands even with his shoulders and extended out away from his body. He has a simple load and takes a quick, efficient route to the ball and displays good swing plane for power. I didn’t see power in game but he barreled up a few pitches for hard line drives. His nose is always on the ball as he displays an advanced feel for tracking stuff. He spat on a few good changeups that lesser hitters would’ve swung over and he shows a solid understanding of the strike zone. Behind the plate, Schwarber sets up low in his crouch and stays quiet, creating a comfortable target for the pitcher. His framing skills could use some work, as he stabs at offerings. He has surprising mobility back there with good lateral movement on block attempts. I’ve noticed that he gets loose fundamentally late in games. He has an average arm and I did get a pop time in the 1.9 range but ultimately the catching skills are fringe and can improve. I don’t think the cost is worth delaying the bat. He’s a bat-first left fielder in my mind. —Mauricio Rubio

Francisco Mejia, C, Indians (Short-Season Mahoning Valley)
This first thing that sticks out is the bat speed from both sides of the plate. His hands explode to the point of contact with force. Despite being of smaller stature and not overly filled out, the bat has some thunder in it. Mejia puts the ball in play with a charge as his loose hands enable him to whip the head of the bat with some present lift. I can see the power potentially playing in the solid-average to above-average levels, and my feel says the 19-year-old will surprise with his over-the-fence power as he matures. The approach, patience, and feel for the strike zone are extremely raw, however. There’s going to need to be strong improvement here for the hit tool to play to its potential and keep pace as the level of competition continues to increase. Mejia is ultra-aggressive, and consistently in attack mode. I do not see him developing into the methodical type, but I love the way the young hitter has the mindset to put the ball in play hard at this early age. The next step is to start developing a plan at the plate, which I see as the key to the hit tool growing to producing .280s averages at the highest level.

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