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September 14, 2017

Eyewitness Accounts

September 14, 2017

by BP Prospect Staff


Jasseel De La Cruz

Born: 06/26/1997 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 175
Mechanics
Seen in a 5 IP start on 7/13. Lean, long, wiry body, moderate projection remaining. Pitches from a full windup, long arm swing, above-average arm speed, high-three-quarters/overhand slot.
Evaluator Steve Givarz
Report Date 09/13/2017
Affiliate GCL Braves (Rookie, Braves)
Dates Seen 7/13/2017
OFP/Risk 50/High
Realistic Role 45, Reliever
MLB ETA 2020
Video No

Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 70 90-96 97 Some sink/run, lacked feel for offering at times, at lower velo looked to aim pitch, but would let it go at 94-96, has definite arm strength.

Movement: 45/50
Slider 40 60 84-86 89 Plus-to-better offerings at higher velos, hard bite with late action, fooled both RHH and LHH, feel inconsistent.
Changeup 20 30 84-86 87 More like a BP fastball, definite third pitch.
Overall

Really intriguied by the arm strength, velo dropped later, but as a reliever, could be a 7 FB 6+SL, definite interest.

Command: 20/40
Control: 30/50





Alvery De Los Santos

Born: 07/18/1999 (Age: 18)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 180
Mechanics
Tall with a wiry body, lacks strength, has a lot of physical projection remaining, high projection. Pitches from a full windup, long arm action, average arm speed, three-quarters slot.
Evaluator Steve Givarz
Report Date 09/13/2017
Affiliate GCL Blue Jays (Rookie, Blue Jays)
Dates Seen 7/14/2017
OFP/Risk 50/High
Realistic Role 4, Up/Down Arm
MLB ETA 2021
Video No

Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 40 55 87-89 90 Lacks life, could be an average-to-better offering with physical gains, can throw strikes but is hittable in the zone.
Slider 30 50 79-81 Inconsistent, tended to frisbee low and stay low, has some idea of when to use it but is unable to get swings and misses.
Changeup 20 Clear third offering.
Overall

Signed for $50,000 in 2016, Alvery is an intriguing, projectable arm, he will most likely be here next year but could be an up/down arm, would acquire.

Control: 30/50
Command: 30/50





Richard Terrero

Born: 09/09/1997 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 220
Mechanics
Seen in a 5 IP start on 7/19. Extra-large frame with a lean body, while older, still lean and can add physicality to body, moderate projection remaining. Pitches from a full windup, soft plunge arm action, above-average arm speed, high-three-quarters slot, lacks overall balance in delivery, first pro year, should improve over time.
Evaluator Steve Givarz
Report Date 09/13/2017
Affiliate GCL Tigers East (Rookie, Tigers)
Dates Seen 7/19/2017
OFP/Risk 50/High
Realistic Role 4; Up/Down Arm
MLB ETA 2021
Video No

Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 40 55 86-90 90 good arm-side run, future average movement, can throw strikes but primarily to arm-side, was often over the plate, future above-average velocity.

Movement: 45/50
Changeup 40 50 82-83 CH 82-83, has good feel for pitch, used often and even in fastball counts, has fade/run, chase pitch v RHH.
Overall

Warmed up with a curve but was not used in game, warmups didn't do much and was scrapped by the pitcher, will update if a breaking ball is seen. Interesting arm, still young and projectable, lack of spin hurts but has LH reliever depth value.

Control: 30/50
Command: 20/45





Aramis Ademan

Born: 09/13/1998 (Age: 18)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 160
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Thin but athletic frame; room for added growth as body matures.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 09/07/2017
Dates Seen 3X August
Affiliate South Bend Cubs (Low A, Cubs)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2020 High 50 40; Reserve/Bench Bat Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Upright, balanced stance, mild load with a moderate leg kick; above-average bat speed, mild leverage; noisy pre-swing, plus bat-to-ball skills, aggressive approach, will expand the zone but has the barrel control to hit bad balls.
Power 50 Raw power to the pull side; bat speed and leverage should allow for power to play close to average at physical maturity.
Baserunning/Speed 45 Current average speed, 4.24 clock home to first, aggressive on the bases, will play down a notch with age.
Glove 50 Solid but not flashy, quick hands, fluid movements, athletic enough to have solid range for the position.
Arm 50 Average arm for shortstop, would play plus for second base; shows average accuracy and carry.
Overall

Ademan is a young, left-handed shortstop with a potential plus bat. The defense and arm are solid enough to allow him to stick at short. The bat is the carrying tool, he displays plus bat to barrel skills and the bat speed and swing path to grow into average power. Profiles as a major league regular middle infielder.


Keibert Ruiz

Born: 07/20/1998 (Age: 19)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 200
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Thick frame, mature for age, broad shoulders with some present strength, projection for additional muscle development; strong legs, thick but not bulky in the lower half, moderate agility
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 09/11/2017
Dates Seen 9 games July-September
Affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2019 High 55 50: Major League Regular Yes
Makeup

Confident player, intelligent approach on both sides, not overtly emotional

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Switch-hitter, open setup from left side, significant pre-pitch movement; consistent stride closing up and getting on line, aggressive stride has toned down a bit, tight coil, strong launch position, tips his bat, generates torque; front foot will get down early; keeps hands back well, solid hand-eye, above-average barrel control, above-average bat speed, clears hips efficiently, will generate some plane to lift balls in hitters' counts; aggressive in-zone, advanced zone command; more raw swing from right side, starts square, noisier load, hitch, shorter stroke, quick trigger, lacks torque, flat swing path, up-the-middle approach, less consistent with the barrel, struggles with velocity, will expand against changeups; significantly more advanced from left side, 55 projection LH, 45 RH, solid-average hit tool.
Power 45 Average raw LH, below-average RH; LH approach generally gap to gap, will lift and separate some in favorable counts, strength and bat speed to damage the baseball, should grow into a half-grade of additional raw, can play to an average tool in game from left side; RH swing geared exclusively to contact, very limited ability to lift balls, doesn't demonstrate interest in pulling balls, below-average utility.
Baserunning/Speed 20 4.48 LH, 4.62 RH; slow out of the box, marginal second gear, shows a head on the bases, but poor utility.
Glove 55 Quiet setting up, rides pretty low, inconsistent getting down on balls but flashes agility, sound technique; advanced framer, very strong glove hand, effective receiver at bottom of the zone, presents pitches well; strong reflexes pouncing on bunts, demonstrates advanced body control; ingredients of a solid defensive backstop.
Arm 50 Above-average raw arm strength, agile on pops, very inconsistent mechanics at present, immature game speed, consistently rushes throws, flies open; ball has significant tail, frequent misses high and arm side; most raw part of game at present.
Overall

Still a teenager, Ruiz impressed after a mid-season promotion to High-A as an advanced receiver with quality bat-to-ball skills and some nascent pop. The defensive package is raw to be sure, particularly regarding controlling the running game, but he already frames quite well and flashes sound blocking technique. The left-handed bat is much farther along, but he's got an idea of the strike zone from both sides and shows strong hand-eye and barrel control. This is a quality catching prospect with the ingredients to develop into a big-league starter, with room for a bit more if the right-handed swing maxes out.


Jose King

Born: 01/16/1999 (Age: 18)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 160
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Lean, wiry body and frame, has physical projection remaining, but doesn't look like he will be muscular, will still be somewhat smaller.
Evaluator Steve Givarz
Report Date 09/13/2017
Dates Seen 6x August
Affiliate GCL Tigers West (, Tigers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2021 High 45 Role 3; Defensive Replacement/Pinch-Runner No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Hits from an open stance, looking to bunt, average bat speed, slap/line-drive hitter, doesn't have much loft in swing, looks to put the ball in play where he can use his speed, good hands and can catch up to velocity, but fear that most contact is of the weaker variety.
Power 20 20 power at present, doesn't offer much physicality or present strength, most extra base hits will be of the speed variety or of balls shot down the line, project to 30 raw, but won't ever be part of game.
Baserunning/Speed 70 70 runner, 4.07 H-1B is best time, 3.72 on a jailbreak, speed is a weapon, will bunt to put speed on the base paths, inconsistent on jumps and reads, but goes at any opportunity, will improve over time.
Glove 50 Inconsistent glove, gets to everything, good range and quality first step, hands are inconsistent, makes throws on the run with little success, good athlete and has time to iron out issues, average defender at SS/2B/CF.
Arm 50 Average arm strength, plays at SS, but is not a weapon, would be stronger at 2B or OF, but can make the routine throw.
Overall

Intriguing athlete, brought over in a trade from Arizona, shows some feel for the barrel, 70 speed, and athleticism, but am worried that the bat will play to below-average at peak, see as an upper level MIF depth, could also get looks in OF given premium speed, emergency opportunity as a pinch-runner, would acquire.


D.J. Wilson

Born: 10/08/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 5' 8" Weight: 177
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: LF
Physical/Health
Diminutive, wide shoulders with narrow waist, physically mature
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 09/13/2017
Dates Seen 13X April-August
Affiliate South Bend Cubs (Low A, Cubs)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2020 High 45 40; Reserve Outfielder Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Balanced stance, slight bat wrap, mild load, tries to get leverage, above-average bat speed; struggles to shorten up, will get off balance on off-speed and expands the zone high on velo, moderate swing-and-miss, struggles against LHPs.
Power 40 Fringe-average raw pull power generated by bat speed and leverage in swing; will generate extra bases with speed.
Baserunning/Speed 70 Average 3.97 home to first on multiple clocks, raw speed, quick to accelerate gets to second gear quickly, aggressive, still developing stolen base utility.
Glove 55 Average instincts and reads in center, speed allows for plus range and ability to close on fly balls in the gaps, should stick in center but has utility for corner spots
Arm 50 Average arm, accurate with moderate carry
Overall

The former fourth-rounder for the Cubs, Wilson lacks size but possesses above-average quickness and speed. Combine that with a solid arm and glove he profiles as a solid bench outfielder. However, without adjustments in the swing, advanced pitchers will continue to cause struggles giving an overall profile of fourth outfielder.














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