Notes on Cole Tucker, Roman Quinn, and a couple interesting Dodgers arms.
Josh Turner Cole Tucker, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates (High-A Bradenton)
Relaxed, squared stance; quiet pre-pitch motions from both sides of the plate; appropriate angle for explosion to zone; does a great job of getting his work done early to be on time; quick and short into zone; high contact rate as a RHH; aggressive approach as a LHH with some holes in the swing; looks middle-in regularly; gap to gap approach; weak contact on the outside half because his hips fly out; smart hitter with a plan of attack each time; shows above-average plate discipline; capable of making adjustments on the fly. On the base paths, he is a quick-twitch baserunner with big, aggressive leads, reads pitchers well; has the ability to steal bags at an above-average rate for years to come. Defensively, his glove is his best tool with the most upside; advanced ability to read hops early; matured ability to create a hop for himself; above average first step quickness with a quick release as well; gets around the ball well and creates great angles for himself; makes the routine play; above-average arm strength from all spots (deep, glove side, on the run). Future MLB regular with potential for more.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates (High-A Bradenton)
The upside of Hayes is his athleticism and versatility; toned frame that will fill out and add 7-10 pounds in 3-4 years. Projects to be a versatile utility infielder; extremely quiet approach and presence; load causes a slight delay in his timing; hands cast out on swing; high contact rate as a RHH; power will develop; overly aggressive approach at times; has the ability to use all fields; oppo power will be a question mark in his game. Defensively, average range at 3B; below-average understanding of ground ball angles; moves well to his left, struggles on backhands; arm strength is average with some carry. Second-division regular/utility profile.
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.
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.
Taylor Walls, SS, Florida State University
Seen in 2 games at SS from 3/14-3/15. From both sides; hits from an even stance with good rhythm and a slight crouch, hands close to chest. Average bat speed from both sides; more contact oriented and lacks juice from the right side. From the left side has more line-drive approach and can lift balls. Extremely patient; waits pitchers out; leadoff mentality; will take walks; takes in all counts; will take until he gets a strike most of the time; is vulnerable to better arms. Lacks raw power from the right side; all power from the left; more doubles power; should play to full utility given hitting ability. Average runner; 4.20 (LH) 4.32 (RH). Average arm strength; can be a little short for plays deeper in the hole; but is accurate enough. Good hands; struggled with plays to his right; but makes plays around him with good feet and hands. Average to below-average tools across the board; see as a utility defender.
Brody Rodning, LHP, Minnesota State University (D2)
Seen in a 5 IP start on 3/3. Pitches from a full windup with a compact arm action; gets extended and deep after hand break; lots of depth; three-quarters slot. Has crossfire; not an easy or simple delivery; had struggles repeating delivery in outing. Fastball 90-91, T92; quality arm-side tail; crossfire adds deception; has a history of throwing strikes; just didn't have quality control in this outing. Curve 74-77 T79; long, large break; not sharp but has quality depth and action; somewhat slurvy; better vs LHH for strikes and finish. Change 80-81; not comfortable with offering; could be a change of pace pitch in future; but lacked feel at this stage; very raw. 1.27-1.33 in slide step; 1.92 with leg kick. Interesting D2 arm; has pedigree and quality FB/CB combination; see as a lefty bullpen option.
Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic High (CA)
Elite physicality, quick-twitch athleticism, has some growing into his body to do, can struggle at times—particularly in the field—to harness his quickness and strength; plus range at short, quick feet, top-shelf mobility, fielding actions will get a little quick and jabby, electric field-and-transfer, shows quality footwork around the bag; above-average arm strength, sloppy mechanics, below-average accuracy on the move; lacks innate smoothness and feel of a shortstop, athleticism to give it a go anyway; high leg kick, balanced off back side, simple load, creates torque, plus bat speed; lower half gets too quick, back knee will fold and he’ll lose his hips, becomes an arms swing; leverage to the pull side, bat speed and strength projection for above-average, potentially plus raw depending on how he fills out; advanced approach, flashes command of the zone, patient hitter, average or better hit and power tool potential; plus-plus runner, 4.04 from the right side, very quickly into second gear, stole second comfortably on a 1.27 pitcher and 2.0 pop; disruptive baserunner, aggressive, manufactures extra bases and pressures defenses.
Alex Faedo, RHP, University of Florida
Seen in a 8 2/3 IP start on 2/24. Athletic body; lacks remaining physical projection due to age as well as current body mass. Pitches from a full-wind; compact arm action with a high elbow in the back; slight reach in the back; above-average arm speed; three-quarters slot; has crossfire; not the most athletic delivery and somewhat awkward but repeats it well and makes it work. Fastball 90-92, T94; velo dropped to 88-90 later in game; average arm-side life; uses it against righties well. Slider 83-85; future plus offering; late darting action; can get big at times and lose sharp break but should be a consistent plus pitch in future; used to both sides. Change 87-88; has quality arm speed; but lacks movement; has right idea against LHH in throwing on outer half away; should improve to an average offering down the road. 1.14-1.20 to the plate. Missed fall due to arthroscopic knee surgery on both knees; has not regained prior velocity; will have to be monitored going forward; if velo comes back is a middle of the rotation candidate.
Hans Crouse, RHP, Dana Hills High School (CA)
Long and lean, loose, athletic, narrow frame with moderate projection; muscle development will be wiry rather than bulk, room to wear another 15-20 pounds without compromising physicality; raw delivery, measured takeaway, consistent early rhythm, spine tilt, unbalanced at fulcrum; slingshot arm action, early wrap, high elbow in the back, scapular stress, elite arm speed to three-quarters slot; hips stay closed off, moderate stride, significant inversion at strike, cross-fire, can struggle to stay on line and on time; effort through drive, moderate head whack, cuts off finish; slow unpacking out of the stretch, 1.33-1.51, runners had no trouble timing him.
Notes on Connor Seabold, Colton Hock, Quinn Brodey, and possibly other guys who sound like they wear critter pants.
Connor Seabold, RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Seabold is a slender right-hander with a relatively narrow frame that has some projection to it, though there isn’t quite as much there as you’d expect out of a 6-foot-2 kid that’s barely scraping 175. The delivery features elasticity and notable coordination, with fluidity through a high, sweeping leg kick. There’s notable spine tilt into a deep arm swing, and he’ll get late on occasion. But the arm gets compact and is lightning quick to release. He repeats pretty well to drive above-average command projection. He lived off the fastball in this start, as he has in previous starts I’ve seen of his, sitting 91-93 all night with an occasional cutter in the 87-88 range. The pitch gets quality sink and finishes with some late life, and he was able to move it around and above the zone consistently all night. The command was especially strong to the arm side in this start, though his feel to work the whole of the zone was on display. He worked in the occasional upper-70s breaking ball, which can show a fairly round shape. He mostly deployed it as a chaser, and he struggled to start it consistently enough in the zone when he did. He dropped one would-be changeup at 83, as well, though it was a lost pitch. The fastball and feel are the draws here, as his heat is the type that can miss barrels consistently without premium velocity. I’ve yet to see the makings of a strikeout pitch from him, but he projects well as a durable ground-baller who generates weak contact.