Notes on Cody Reed, Erick Fedde, Kyle Tucker, Will Craig, Dylan Cozens, and more.
Pitcher of the Day:
Cody Reed, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (Low-A, Kane County): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 11 K
After suffering through a dead arm period last July, the other Cody Reed has gotten off to a quality start in Kane County. While his arsenal is average, his advanced strike-throwing ability has flummoxed hitters thus far.
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Domenic Mazza, LHP, San Francisco Giants (Low-A, Augusta): 9 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 9 K
That’s right a perfect game. This was also a Maddux, as he accomplished the feat in 85 pitches. Mazza is not a prospect, he is a strike throwing, mid-to-upper 80s arm. It helps to have quality off-speed you can throw for strikes. While this was the first mention of Mr. Mazza on these pages, it might take more moments like this to garner more mentions.
Edwin Rios, Spencer Adams, Conner Greene, Daniel Brito and more.
Hitter of the Day:
Edwin Rios, CIF, Los Angeles Dodgers (Double-A, Tulsa): 5-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI
The heartthrob of one Mr. Wilson Karaman, Rios has plus to better raw power and can utilize it in games, but he has a lot of swing and miss and is likely to be a 1B only given his 20 run and lack of quickness at 3B.
Michael Chavis, 3B, Boston Red Sox (High-A, Salem): 3-4, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, BB
There were a lot of home runs hit today by notable prospects, but most of them lack the raw power that Chavis provides. It’s easy plus to better raw, with a plus arm at the hot corner. He has just struggled making contact and getting too pull happy. The tools are still there for an impact player at 3B, more days like this can only help.
Notes on Triston McKenzie, Andrew Stevenson, Lewis Brinson, Nick Gordon, Sean Newcomb, and more.
Pitcher of the Day:
Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians (High-A, Lynchburg): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB 8 K
The concern with McKenzie isn’t so much stuff—he has plenty in his arsenal—it's his size and whether he can add weight. His stuff is gaudy—a plus fastball with dominant life, a curveball with tight spin and lots of depth, a changeup with fade and run, and he throws all of them for strikes. But at 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds, he needs to add more to his frame.
Ryan McMahon falls a double short of the cycle, and more.
Hitter of the Day: Ryan McMahon, 3B, Colorado Rockies (Double-A, Hartford): 5-7, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, BB, 2 K Jeffrey Paternostro attended this outing for McMahon and these were his comments to us during the game, “McMahon is going to hit balls straight out of this stadium. As long as they aren’t breaking balls. He still looks lost against spin.”
Pitcher of the Day: Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (Double-A, Springfield): 7 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K Flaherty can get lost in the shuffle between their high-octane arms, but he is a quality arm with more pitchability then you would expect. While his fastball lacks plus velocity, his changeup and slider are both plus offerings and he throws his entire arsenal for strikes.
Steve Givarz Nick Storz, RHP, Poly Prep Country Day (NY) Seen in a 4 IP start on 3/22; also saw at ECP last summer. Definitely a big boy; have to worry about body as he gets into pro ball. More athletic than he appears. Pitches from a full windup with a full arm circle and some slight stiffness but above-average arm speed; three-quarters slot. Short-strider. FB 91-93 (T94); velo dropped to 88-90 after three innings; still building up arm strength; lacked movement; could locate to both sides but was more comfortable arm-side. CB 76-78; somewhat slurvy; lacked consistent shape; had good depth and action; could locate for strikes; struggled to finish hitters with it; often left up; potential above-average offering. CH 81-84; only threw three in-game; got on side of ball; clear third offering. Did make a fielding E1 as he struggled to get off mound. See as a back of the rotation pitcher; or set-up.
Connor Sadzeck, RHP, Texas Rangers (Double-A, Frisco): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 9 K
His first start did not go well as he did not even record an out while giving up four earned runs on four walks. This time everything was working. His fastball is a comfortable plus-plus offering, while offering promising secondaries, he just needs more consistency from day to day.
Notes on Jason Groome, Carlos Rincon, Mike Soroka, Amed Rosario, Kevin Newman, and more.
Hitter of the Day:
Carlos Rincon, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (Low-A, Great Lakes), 2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 K
Signed for $350,000 in 2015, Rincon pairs an athletic body with loads of raw power, he also has a plus arm and is an average runner down the line. But, like many young kids, Rincon struck out often in his pro debut and will need to cut down on those to tap into his prodigious raw power.
Steve Givarz Logan Allen, LHP, University HS Seen in a 6 IP start on 3/28; also saw at ECP last summer. Lean, developed body; lacks remaining projection. Pitches from a full windup with a clean, smooth arm action; above-average arm speed; three-quarters slot; has crossfire in delivery with little effort; pitches with a quick pace. FB 90-91 (T93); held velo through game; popped a 92 in the sixth; has good, explosive life that hitters struggle to square up; good control with developing command to both sides. CB 76-78; 1/7 shape with quality depth and action; can finish to both sides in dirt; consistent throughout game; potential plus offering. CH 80; can turn it over but lacks feel and arm speed at this stage; wasn't part of arsenal on this night; project to average given how often he went to it as well as potential for development. Smaller player but has quality stuff; worried somewhat about size and durability; see as a middle of the rotation starter with a backup in the bullpen as a late-relief option.
Seth Romero, LHP, University of Houston
6-foot-2, rounded, dense frame, pretty physically maxed; quick through early progressions, can lack for consistent flow into leg kick; high kick, can get unbalanced, hips open early, struggled to sync with upper-half; yanked balls arm-side consistently at start of innings, struggled to make adjustments; deep arm action, above-average arm speed to low three-quarters slot, struggled to stay on time to consistent release point all night; front arm will come up, can pitch uphill; minimal effort, consistent foot strike, easy deceleration, clean finish.