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July 18, 2014

What Scouts Are Saying

July 17, 2014

by Baseball Prospectus

Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

Major Leagues

Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara: “You hear all about the guys like Bryant, Almora, Baez, and now Russell, and rightfully so, but Alcantara might be the most complete player in their system. He brings advanced hitability, plus-plus speed, and impact defense. He's an exciting guy to watch and reminds me a little of Jose Reyes. I saw they said they aren't going to send Alcantara down just yet, and I would be surprised if he ever made it back to Iowa.”

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom: "Where did they get this guy? He sits 93-96 with really good offspeed stuff, especially his curveball, but what impressed me the most is his ability to locate his fastball up in the zone with two strikes as a putaway pitch. He's exciting, and you could make a case he's more advanced right now than Zack Wheeler."

Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez: “Ubaldo can cup his hand and curl a little too much. Batters won’t swing on any-side spin because they can time his fastball. Left-handed hitters can just sit on his fastball and splitter.”

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Bryan Cole

I wonder: Would the prospect staff rather have Hader or Appel? Which of the two do they think will have a better career with the Astros? Might not be fair, but they're on the same page, and we've heard so much bad news about Appel's trajectory lately.

Jul 18, 2014 06:17 AM
rating: 3
BP staff member Jason Parks
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I'd rather have Appel because of the upside. He's a mess right now; no doubt. The report from his last start was low-90s, crap slider that he couldn't locate (except for one accidental backdoor for a strike), a good looking changeup, and total crap command. Is this a shoulder issue that isn't being addressed? Is it a dead arm? Is it lack of true focus and effort? One scout source suggested that Appel looks like a pitcher that expects to get hit when he's on the mound. Product of his environment? Lack of faith in his stuff? Way too many questions with Appel right now. But the upside is still impact and this is only his first full season in the minors. In my opinion, the majority of his questions will have answers, and I would take him any day over Hader because of that.

Jul 18, 2014 08:37 AM

How can you expect a guy to have good control, let alone command, when his center of gravity changes three times in his delivery? He has the drop-and-drive delivery that's more of a drop-and-bounce. Maybe there is something going on outside of the game that's effecting him. Maybe his parents should be flown in or something that could raise his morale. He is definitely more talented than this.

Jul 19, 2014 15:34 PM
rating: 0
BP staff member Jason Parks
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Deliveries change/approaches change. As I mentioned, his questions have answers. The talent is there.

Jul 20, 2014 07:05 AM

Gallo's strikeout rate is huge, despite better pitch recognition (possibly small sample size issue?). How much does his strikeout rate limit his potential?

Jul 18, 2014 10:33 AM
rating: 1
BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
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I think it has to limit it some, but his walk rate also remains very high, which means he's laying off bad pitches. I haven't checked his swing and miss data, but he could be recognizing pitches as strikes but just missing them. I think contact is what you're really talking about as opposed to pitch recognition. The more balls he puts in play with that power, the better he will most certainly be.

Jul 18, 2014 11:27 AM

My question is where was all this information about Appel while he was being touted as the top pitching prospect for at least a couple of years? If it isn't an arm injury then all the scouts who were all over him must be blind.

Jul 18, 2014 16:55 PM
rating: 2
BP staff member Ron Shah
BP staff

Pro scouts don't always see amateur players.

Jul 18, 2014 23:11 PM
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