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May 7, 2015

Eyewitness Accounts

May 7, 2015

by BP Prospect Staff

Luis Reyes

Born: 09/26/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 175
Mechanics
Build: Wiry frame with long legs; high waist; room for additional growth even with the naturally wiry frame.

Mechanics: three-quarters arm slot; long arm action with big rotation; above-average arm speed; high leg kick; hips and shoulders can get out of sync; mild drive with a slightly inverted land; rushes and loses tempo often; causes him to fly open when he overthrows; overall easy mechanics; 1.31 - 1.41 delivery times
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/04/2015
Affiliate Hagerstown Suns (Low-A, Nationals)
Dates Seen 4/29/15
OFP/Risk 45/High
Realistic 40; Middle Relief/Long Relief
MLB ETA 2018
Video No


Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 89-92 94 Below-average command; T93 3x; T94 1x; mild plane; mild boring action; worked north and south; was not missing barrels but was able to consistently keep the ball out of the air; refinements in command and/or stamina built up for higher sustained velocity could help boost this offering.
CB 40 50 73-77 79 Below-average command; 11/5 offering; inconsistent arm speed replication; currently lacks consistent depth and spin; will hang in the zone at times; other times it lacks spin altogether; best pitch shows moderate depth and spin around 76-77 velo band; refinements in release points and arm speed replication will make this an average offering.
CH 20 40 86-87 87 Poor command; mild feel; inconsistent arm speed replication; displayed mild fade a few times; release points and refinement in arm speed could help boost offering slightly.
Overall

Reyes is a Dominican pitcher with two potential average offerings. The body has projection, and Reyes shows feel for all three pitches. The mechanics are clean and the delivery is easy. While the development path is long for him, there is still a chance he can stick as a backend starting option if he can show further refinement in the changeup. If not, Reyes will be able to play his fastball/curveball combo into a middle relief role.


Eduardo Rodriguez

Born: 04/07/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 210
Mechanics
Plus arm speed; smooth, deliberate three-quarters delivery with medium pace and high leg lift; full extension; deceptive front side; pitches with plus plane and angle; rushes all aspects of delivery and often lands on stiff front leg from stretch; command falls a full grade+ from stretch.
Evaluator Al Skorupa
Report Date 05/04/2015
Affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA, Red Sox)
Dates Seen 4/18/2015; 5/2/2015
OFP/Risk 60/Low
Realistic 60; No. 3 Starting Pitcher
MLB ETA Mid 2015
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 55 65 92-97 97 Sinks and runs; sometimes turns over; double-plus velo with plus command and plus movement from windup; throws fastball inside and out to both right-handed & left-handed hitters; misses bats down and can also elevate for strikeouts; fastball rides up from stretch.
Slider 45 55 84-88 1-7 downer; flashes sharp tilt; medium depth; tight spin; throws to both sides of plate with average command; doesn't always stay on top and pitch slurves out.
Changeup 50 55 86-89 Sink and some fade; at times too firm and turns over; plus command and good feel.
Overall

Left-handed mid-rotation starter with a 65 fastball and plus command but no real plus secondary offering. Fastball his most effective swing-and-miss pitch. Problems repeating his delivery from the stretch.


Alex Jackson

Born: 12/25/1995 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 215
Primary Position: RF
Secondary Position: LF
Physical/Health
Strong, square shoulders, strong arms and muscular forearms; thick lower half, big thighs, strong base; there’s potential for bad weight here, so he’ll have to keep up the conditioning.

Mechanics: Sets up with a slightly open stance with his hands away from his body and around ear level.


Evaluator Mauricio Rubio Jr.
Report Date 04/30/2015
Dates Seen 04/15/2015, 04/17/2015
Affiliate Clinton LumberKings (Low-A, Mariners)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 55 Realistic – 50 Major League Regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Has pre-swing noise before he loads up, gets quiet when it’s time to swing; plus bat speed; leaks with the front side, swing can get out of sequence; swing plane is power driven at present, which will hurt the contact rate; selectively aggressive, gets good extension at the plate; can’t get hands around on fastball on the inner half at present, but has the wrist strength and bat speed to eventually catch up to velo in.
Power 60 Plus-plus raw power, will play down to plus due to contact limiting in-game utility; leveraged swing, creates good back spin on the ball; power is pull oriented at present, but natural strength and plus bat speed lend hope that opposite field power will come.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Deliberate runner, runs like he’s angry at the ground; won’t be a factor on the basepaths, has enough speed for a corner outfield spot; will lose speed as he fills out.
Glove 45 Bad first step, below-average reads in the field, range will play to fringe average.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength, ball has good carry and it skips hard when he two hops it in; at present the accuracy is below average.
Overall

Alex Jackson is struggling with an aggressive assignment to the Midwest league. In my viewing, Jackson was cheating to get to the fastball in which left him vulnerable to soft stuff away. While that was concerning, I also saw Jackson sting some balls down and in and put good backspin on the ball on a few fly outs. Jackson is a very raw product at present and his skill set is more promise than material, but I think the promise is there. Jackson has the bat speed to figure out how to cover the inner half and he has a dream power-hitter’s frame. The work in the field isn’t anything to write home about, but he can get to acceptable defense for a right fielder if the arm accuracy improves and he starts reading the ball better off the bat.

OFP – 55 Solid Average Regular




Brandon Nimmo

Born: 03/27/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 205
Primary Position: LF
Secondary Position: RF
Physical/Health
Wide framed, athletic build. Broad shoulders; strong upper body.
Evaluator Al Skorupa
Report Date 05/04/2015
Dates Seen 4/23/15; 4/26/15
Affiliate Binghamton Mets (AA, Mets)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
Mid 2016 Medium 50 45: Fringe-average/Platoon corner outfielder No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Average bat speed; simple swing mechanics; tiny stride; stiff lead and sometimes loopy bat path; good idea of the strike zone, but passive approach at the plate; takes pitches all the way in hitter’s counts; no real plan of attack; rarely looking to do damage; poor at-bats against same-handed pitching.
Power 55 55 raw; best power to pull; some uppercut in his swing; game power plays down due to passive approach.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Stocky actions running; longer strides; better underway; not a big threat on the basepaths; steals on baseball instincts more than speed; average baserunner; will go first to third.
Glove 55 Fringe-average reads and routes; corner actions, mobility and acceleration.
Arm 50 Average arm strength; accurate.
Overall

Fringe-average/Platoon corner outfielder. No plus/carry tool. Overly passive approach mitigates effectiveness of his tools. Doesn't hit same-handed pitching.







Michael Conforto

Born: 03/01/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 211
Primary Position: LF
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Thick build, maxed out physically; good weight presently, but body could become an issue as he ages; carries weight well, very strong.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 05/06/2015
Dates Seen 4/27/15, 5/4/15, spring training
Affiliate St. Lucie Mets (High-A, Mets)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2016 Low 55 50, major-league regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Quiet stance; above-average bat speed, slight natural upper cut; attacks the ball with authority, looks to drive the ball; run-producer mentality; generally patient approach at the plate, but aggressive in run-producing situations, adjusts approach to situation, shows a plan and feel for game; looks comfortable against left-handed pitching, pulls off slightly against lefties, leaving the outer half exposed, but shouldn't have a major platoon split.
Power 55 Strong frame and good bat speed make for above-average power potential; swing path leads to good loft on ball and carry, generates back spin; will drive ball to all fields, power potential not limited to pull side; looks to drive the ball, especially in hitter's counts.
Baserunning/Speed 40 More athletic than his body type would suggest, gets to top speed efficiently but overall straight-line speed is limited. 4.3 to first base.
Glove 50 Range limited because of speed, but gets good jumps and covers ground well; tracks the ball naturally; goes to the ground well.
Arm 40 Left-field only arm, quick release but below-average strength.
Overall

Conforto is an advanced bat who is already close to being a finished product. He understands his role in a lineup and looks to drive the ball. Doing so doesn't require him to over-swing, using his strength and frame to remain under control and manipulate the barrel within the strike zone. He can get beat inside with premium velocity, but it's not a significant issue. He also has some comfort issues with left-handed pitching, but no more than are typical for most left-handed hitters and not enough to force a platoon.

The player doesn't offer much value with his glove or legs, putting the pressure on his bat to carry the load. He's not a bad defender, but the lack of foot speed and arm strength limit him to left field, where he will be adequate at present, but below-average as he ages. Conforto doesn't have any elite tools, but the combination of his strength and hitting talent make for a potential everyday bat in a corner outfield position.















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