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July 23, 2015

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July 23, 2015

by BP Prospect Staff

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Pedro Severino

Born: 07/20/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 200
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Thicker bottom; mild room for growth in top half; solid body for catcher.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 07/20/2015
Dates Seen 5/31/15, 7/17/15, 7/19/15
Affiliate Harrisburg Senators (AA, Nationals)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Moderate 40 30; Org Player No
Makeup

Temperamental player; loses focus easily; bad attitude on multiple occasions; ejected from game in recent viewing.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 20 Below-average bat speed; bat wrap; swing is muscled and lacks fluidity; below-average barrel control; mild load with toe tap; becomes unbalanced often; minimal pitch recognition skills; will struggle against off speed and spin; slap hitter that will struggle to make enough contact to hit regularly.
Power 20 Fringe raw power; linear swing; will not play in-game due to poor hit tool and lack of leverage.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Below-average speed; lacks a first gear.
Glove 55 Efficient footwork; ability to move laterally on blocking; strong forearms and wrists for framing; has improved framing since last season; struggles on catching pitches up in zone; can get lazy and sloppy behind the plate.
Arm 55 Plus arm strength; 2.00 pop time; coils hand on throws, causing slower times; accurate throws
Overall

Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2010. Severino is a defense-first player that lacks the hit tool necessary to start in the majors. The glove alone is not enough to carry him as a starting option, and the bat has shown no signs of consistency. His makeup has been questionable in viewings dating back to last year.


Brandon Trinkwon

Born: 03/30/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 170
Primary Position: 2B
Secondary Position: 3B
Physical/Health
Thin frame, narrow shoulders; flat backside; modest physical projection, average athleticism
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 07/20/2015
Dates Seen 7 games, May - July 2015
Affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 High 40 30 No
Makeup

Engaged with the game, takes coaching, high-effort player; proverbial "gamer" mentality, plays above tools.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Wide base with a crouch at starting point; significant hitch; deep load; quick wrists and hands, quiet stroke, moderate bat wrap; flat swing, average bat speed, leverage is non-existent; flat-footed on weight transfer; above-average command of the zone, tracks well, hangs in against lefties; all-fields approach.
Power 20 30 raw, will show separation in BP, game swing flattens out; minimal backspin or carry, game-utility limited to line drives in the gap.
Baserunning/Speed 50 4.18; busts it out of the box but will pull up early; short strides with effort; aggressive first-to-third; instinctual runner, can pick his spots and steal a bag.
Glove 55 Smooth actions, nose for the ball; smart fielder, will adjust positioning along with count and context; quick first step, average agility and range, aggressive on the charge with above-average body control; reactions to handle third.
Arm 40 Below-average arm strength; accurate, above-average footwork maximizes utility; enough velocity to handle left-side in a pinch.
Overall

Trinkwon made some offensive strides this season at High-A in embracing a gap-to-gap approach. He's got a nice quick stroke and he commands the zone well enough to coax walks out of A-ball pitching. Better arms will exploit his lack of game power and attack him aggressively, and the overall offensive profile is fringy. He's an instinctual player in the field with good actions and enough arm to project an utility profile for a Major League bench if he can hit enough to warrant a roster spot.


Anthony Alford

Born: 07/20/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 205
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Long legs, high waist; muscular build, already well developed physically; football background evident from build.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 07/20/2015
Dates Seen 7/17/15,7/18/15
Affiliate Dunedin Blue Jays (High A, Blue Jays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Moderate 60 55, above-average regular No
Makeup

Aggressive mentality; engaging with teammates; did not seek confrontation but did not shy away either when it found him.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Neutral set up, some pre-swing hand movement but gets into position consistently; pronounced leg kick in load; plus bat speed; short swing, can get rotational at times, at best when he stays up the middle, which he typically does; identifies spin on breaking balls well; patient approach and strong understanding of strike zone; plus barrel skills, consistently finds the sweet spot and hits the ball hard.
Power 50 Plus bat speed; physical strength; power to all fields in batting practice; game power lagging behind raw power due to limited experience, but no concerns about it's development; swing plane creates backspin, gets carry on fly balls.
Baserunning/Speed 60 4.1 to first base from right side; premium athlete, gets to full speed quickly.
Glove 60 Uses speed well on defense, glides smoothly from gap to gap; gets good reads on fly balls; should be a plus defender.
Arm 50 Average arm strength; not an asset but enough for center field; won't be exposed.
Overall

Alford is a legitimate five-tool threat, with average or better skills across the board. He's a plus athlete, as evidenced by his background as a college football player. Despite having split his time across two sports, however, his baseball skills are very refined. He's much further along the developmental track than most two-sport athletes.

His athleticism will allow Alford to remain in the middle of the field, where he should be an asset in center. His most impressive skill, however, is his hit tool. Plus bat speed allows him to currently get away with some mechanical issues in his swing, including a pronounced load that will be quieted over time, but the issues are minor and are more than compensated for by his innate feel fro finding the barrel. He squares the baseball up routinely and it jumps off of his bat. He's not displaying the power expected from him just yet, but he shows it off in batting practice and his strength and bat speed suggest it will come in time, as power is often the last tool to develop.

If it all comes together, Alford has the potential to be one of the best center fielders in the game. Even if the hit tool or power come in a grade below their ceiling, he should be a good everyday player, but if the bat reaches its ceiling, he could be a key player on a very good team.






Yairo Munoz

Born: 01/23/1995 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 165
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: 3B
Physical/Health
High-waisted player. Broad frame, room for added weight and muscle.
Evaluator Brandon Decker
Report Date 07/20/2015
Dates Seen 07/06-07/07/2015
Affiliate Beloit Snappers (Low A, Athletics)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 50 45 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Starts with hands up, drops during load; open stance; stiff front leg. Above average bat speed; overly aggressive at plate; plus plate coverage, but leads to bad contact. Trouble recognizing spin. Leveraged swing; plus barrel control.
Power 55 Leveraged swing; good backspin on the ball; potential for plus raw power. Ability to turn on speed on the inner third with power. Approach will hinder power.
Baserunning/Speed 50 4.23-4.30 home to first; above average at present; likely to lose speed with added weight.
Glove 45 Above average range; quick first step; poor footwork; excessive choppy steps; lacked smoothness fielding glove side; better suited for 3B.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength; accurate throws. Arm strength suited for left side of infield.
Overall

Munoz has plus raw power potential to go along with above average barrel control and bat speed. However, the approach will limit his hit tool and power. Consistently made weak contact, and was chasing pitches in hitter's counts. Plus arm strength. Suited for the left side of the infield. Above average runner who will likely lose a step once he adds weight with maturity, and play down to average. Poor footwork defensively, much better suited for 3B. Interesting tools, but not sold on the SS profile in the future.


Rowdy Tellez

Born: 03/16/1995 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 245
Primary Position: 1B
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Big, strong, well developed; impressive physical size; some softness to the body, may not age well; some concerns about so much weight on such a young player but has actually improved physical conditioning over the past year.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 07/21/2015
Dates Seen 7/17/15,7/18/15
Affiliate Dunedin Blue Jays (High A, Blue Jays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Moderate 55 50, Major league regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Some movement in pre-pitch setup, low hands but gets into consistent hitting position; upright stance, uses height well; good swing path, direct to the ball, good plate coverage; above-average bat speed; patient approach; above-average bat control, especially for a tall player with some length to his swing; used whole field; strong understanding of the strike zone, approached at-bats with a plan.
Power 60 Plus raw power, presently plays to above-average in games because of some natural length in swing due to long arms; could get to plus in games if he continues refinement of hit tool and swing mechanics; can leave the park to all fields; best when getting arms extended; creates backspin to all fields; ball jumps off his bat.
Baserunning/Speed 20 Very slow, will eventually be a base clogger; 4.76 to first base; will have no value on bases; will not earn any additional hits with legs.
Glove 40 Not an asset defensively, but won't be a major liability either; hands are not soft but makes routine plays; limited range; won't help infielders often on bad throws.
Arm 50 Average arm, neither asset or liability.
Overall

Tellez has taken significant steps forward both in terms of his physical development and his baseball skills, turning himself into a potential everyday first baseman at the big league level. He uses his size well, and while it limits him defensively and on the bases to a profile that is completely reliant on his bat, it also gives that potential to provide enough value to get away with that profile.

Because of his size, he doesn't have to sell out for power, allowing his hit tool to play up. He shows strong bat control for a player of his size, and while there will always be some swing and miss because of the natural length in his swing, he maneuvers the barrel well within the strike zone and shows a propensity for using the whole field. He has plus raw power, and the progress of his hit tool will give that power a chance to reach its ceiling in the big leagues. Even if it falls just short, it should be enough to warrant regular playing time.

Tellez is a bat only prospect, which is a difficult profile, but with an above-average hit tool and the potential for plus power, he should have enough in his bat to still provide value in a major league lineup.






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