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August 29, 2013

What Scouts Are Saying

August 29, 2013

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

Mets OF Matt Den Dekker: “I can't help but enjoy watching him play. He's easy to like. He plays the game hard. He plays it the right way. I know the profile isn't great, but he can do a little of everything and won't kill you in any area. He's a fourth outfielder de jour and I wouldn't write him off as a little more than that in some seasons.”



Royals LHP Danny Duffy: "There's a piece of me that wonders if the Royals should have swapped out Wade Davis for Duffy three weeks ago. His command and control are streaky at best, but he has the type of arm strength that you rarely see from a left-hander, and he gets so closed off in his delivery that the crossfire creates a very difficult angle for hitters. His six-inning gem in Detroit showed just how devastating he can be against even one of the best lineups in baseball. It's a roller-coaster ride, but his best is better than a lot of major leaguers' best. Given that he is so recently removed from TJ, I think that there is a good chance that his command of all his stuff takes a bump next season."

Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie: "His detractors will tell you that his makeup makes him a risk or prone to streakiness, but I think that line of thinking is just caddywhompus. He plays at level 10 with an extra shot of espresso at all times, but he is still under control. He has impressive forearm strength that lets him snap the bat head through the zone, but he does a good job of staying back on balls and driving them the other way, whereas he was just looking to yank everything when he first came up. I think he is among the five best defenders at his position in the game, and he is only going to improve. He is very quick and has more than enough arm strength to make the toughest plays to his right. I am comfortable saying that he is going to be a superstar third baseman, and it's more likely to happen sooner than later."

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler: “Wheeler has front-of-the-rotation potential, but I think it's a bit tall to expect him to step up and fill Matt Harvey's shoes in the event that Harvey needs Tommy John. Wheeler's got an explosive FB, but his command isn't in the same class as Harvey's. His slider is his only consistent plus secondary pitch, though both his curveball and his changeup have plus potential, but his biggest bugaboo is his inability to throw consistent strikes. Harvey is an ace not just because of his great arsenal, but his ability to pound the zone with it. But Met fans can't be faulted for dreaming of a rotation anchored by Harvey and Wheeler for the next decade.”

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