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August 5, 2013

Monday Morning Ten Pack

Monday, August 5

by BP Prospect Staff


Devin Williams, RHP, Brewers (Rookie AZL Brewers)
Milwaukee’s top selection (54th overall) in this year’s draft, Williams is already making adjustments and showing improvement with the complex-league Brewers. The early reports on Williams this summer had him working 90-92 mph, struggling with control, and featuring a violent delivery that included a head jerk and hard fall-off toward first base. While those mechanical aspects were still present at times when I saw him July 27th, they were much more under control. As a result, the 18-year-old righty sat between 92-94 mph and touched 96, relying heavily on his fastball while tossing four no-hit innings. Williams finished his outing by throwing 44 consecutive heaters and pounded the lower portion of the zone. His secondary stuff showed on the raw side, though he did flash some feel for a lively mid-80s changeup. More thrower than pitcher at present, Williams provides a nice package to dream on. His athletic 6-foot-3 frame has some projection, and his fastball could be a monster pitch at full maturity. I’m looking forward to seeing how the secondaries develop, and he’ll certainly be worth another look at instructs. –Jason Cole

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Devin Williams, RHP, AZL Brewers – July 27, 2013 from Jason Cole on Vimeo.

Lucas Sims, RHP, Braves (Low-A Rome)
Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2012 has made a smooth transition during his first year in full-season ball and has proven to be ahead of the South Atlantic League competition. The 6-foot-2 right-hander has beat hitters with a 91-94 mph fastball, hard biting curveball, and a changeup with improving arm-side fade. Sims’ heater jumps out of his easy delivery, and when staying on top of the curve he is capable of getting into extended grooves of missing bats. The 19-year-old will be challenged to sharpen the command of his fastball. While the inexperienced hitters tend to foul off or swing through the offering when elevated, more polished hitters at the next step up will get a better piece of it. Sims will also be pushed to throw more strikes with his changeup and mix in the curve earlier in sequences. All are aspects of the game that the righty is capable of learning. His progress will dictate his future role. –Chris Mellen

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Short-Season A Boise)
The Cubs grabbed Bryant with the second overall selection in this June’s draft, inking the former Torero for $6.7 million. Bryant has been eased into pro ball, with two complex-league games before a promotion to the short-season Northwest League. Through his first 15 professional contests, Bryant is already showing the advanced power that wowed evaluators this spring, as 60 percent of his hits have gone for extras. It’s too early to start digging into the production, but the numbers to watch for Bryant will be his strikeout rate and walk rate as he progresses up the chain. There is no doubt the young slugger has the raw power to stand out in the middle of any major-league lineup, but his ability to make contact will be paramount in making sure that raw power is reachable in game. Bryant draws mixed reviews for his projected hit tool, so his on-base ability will be an important component of his overall offensive value. Thus far the defense has shown adequate, and evaluators generally give Bryant a fair shot to stick at the hot corner. Right field remains an enticing back-up option, and Bryant’s athleticism and arm strength would play. –Nick J. Faleris

Angel Baez, RHP, Royals (Rookie AZL Rehab)
Baez was one of the more intriguing arms I ran across during my recent visit to the rookie Arizona League. A 22-year-old righty who’s recovering from a broken hand suffered at High-A Wilmington, Baez featured a 94-96 mph fastball during a four-inning rehab start last week. He also flashed a usable mid-80s sinking changeup/low-80s slider mix. Despite his strong 6-foot-3 frame, the thick-bodied hurler is almost certainly a reliever long term. There’s some effort to his delivery, and he fell off hard toward first base at times, leading to a fringy-at-best command/control projection. Regardless, Baez has big arm strength, and he should ultimately throw enough strikes for the stuff to play in short bursts. –Jason Cole

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