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May 20, 2014

Notes from the Field

May 20, 2014

by BP Prospect Staff


California League, by Chris Rodriguez

Ben Lively, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield)
Broad shoulders, thick legs, muscular build; 6-foot-4, about 210; body to log innings; repeatable delivery; gets downhill well; hides the ball behind his torso and snaps it on the hitter with a quick arm; plenty of deception; three-quarters; fastball 88-92; runs it and cuts it; true ghostball; explodes on the hitter; if I didn’t have gun readings I’d guess 95-plus based on the swings; hitters weren’t comfortable all night; third time through the lineup was still pumping the fastball and jamming guys; gets 92 with runners on; amped up after striking out a batter to escape a jam; good control with it, pounded the zone for the most part (got squeezed) but the command was hit or miss; up the zone and challenged guys often; he won most battles, but going forward he needs the get the ball down.

Curveball 71-76; lacked bite early; loopy and hangs over the plate; tightened it up and it flashed late; much better around 74-76 mph, and had some two-plane break; dropped it in for some first-pitch strikes; scout said he had a hammer his last appearance, but didn’t see an above-average CB on this night ; SL 82-84 mph; sweepy break; not much bite; lengthened it with two strikes; used it vs. lefties and righties; commanded it well; better against righties; pounded the outside corner and just off the plate; CH around 85; some dive and tumble; thrown only a handful of times; used it right after his FB to keep the hitters off balance.

Impressive pitchability; around 1.2 to the plate from the stretch; the fastball is a weapon, regardless of his average velocity on this night; he didn’t have his best stuff and still got through six innings while striking out seven and walking two, with no help from the umpire; liked the fire and competitiveness, just not sure how his stuff will play at the higher levels; the fastball is good but he lacked command; major-league hitters can time anything if you keep it on the same plane; his command needs tightening but he has a good profile with an repeatable delivery and good present control; will be interesting to see if he can sustain his success when he inevitably gets called up to Double-A.

Ryan Wright, 2B, Reds (High-A Bakersfield)
Lean, muscular frame; looks in shape; 6-foot-1, 200 is probably accurate; had the four best at-bats of the night for the Blaze (they were no-hit); hands work well; bit of a bat waggle before his hands come into hitting position; stung the ball twice vs. Jethawks starter Josh Hadar; ripped one to third that got called an error; showed off some juice in his bat; stung a ball to the deepest part of the park for an out; would have gone out if not for the wind; definitely doesn’t get cheated; aggressive approach but he looked very comfortable at the plate; old for the level at 24 years but has the chance to get to Double-A with his numbers this season; DH’d in this game; need to see him play the field soon.

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