Notes on Ketel Marte, Chris Shaw, an an under-the-radar guy you probably ha
Quick Hits:Miguel Andujar (Yankees) is a better athlete than you’d expect by just looking at the body type, busting a 4.17 time down the line despite being on the right side and having a long finish (JM)…Kyle Finnegan(Athletics) generates one of the longest strides you’ll see and gets excellent extension, but his sinker didn’t sink much on Sunday and he was up in the zone en route to getting whacked around by Lancaster (WK)...Carlos Belen (Padres) is one of the youngest players in the NWL and he has some thump in his bat but he swings at everything and his lower half is out of sync with his hands. He’ll be back in the league next year (BG)…Dante Bichette, Jr. has a lot of flaws and few tools, but he does have plus raw power, a swing that’s not afraid to unleash it, and the ability to hit lefties, meaning he’s going to keep getting chances (JM)… Jose Castillo (Padres) is a 19-year-old lefty having a lot of success, but he’s 86-89 with the fastball and surviving on guile (BG)… Melvin Mercedes(Athletics) showed above-average foot speed and a lightning quick transfer filling in for injured Stockton SS Franklin Barreto (WK)... I saw Tyler White (Astros) twice and he crushed everything on the inner half. He has good plate discipline, knows what he can drive, and has an intelligent plan at the plate. If he can cover the outer half of the plate, he’ll be a DH someday (BG).
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Notes on Domonic Smith, Nick Williams, Cody Reed and more.
Nick Williams has progressed nicely with patience and discernment at the dish this season. He has gained the ability to be selective and not miss his pitch when he sees it. He looks steady and calm in the box, exuding a quiet confidence that wasn’t always observed early in the season. From his setup in the box to taking pitches, it is very noticeable that he’s comfortable and tracking pitches well. From his approach and selectiveness, to his quick hands, he looks unbeatable at the dish right now. -Colin Young
Cody Reed used a fastball heavy arsenal when I saw him earlier this month. There’s plenty to like with Reed: he throws strikes, has some feel for pitching, can spin a curve, and uses his change up to keep hitters off balance. Unfortunately, he isn’t throwing in the mid-90’s like he did in high school — he was 89-91 with the fastball in my viewing — and his command is well behind his control. There are also body concerns: he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds and, well, he doesn’t look a pound shy of that. He could develop into a backend starter, but my bet is that he winds up in the bullpen at some point where he may be able to get some velocity back and where his funky arm action will play up. -Brendan Gawlowski
Notes on Raimel Tapia, Kevin Comer, Balbino Fuenmayor and more.
Raimel Tapia isn’t ever going to develop more than average game power. He has the bat speed to make up for his lack of strength, and he’ll grow into his frame more, but his swing mechanics create serious topspin on the ball, keeping it from carrying. Everything hit hard to the pull side has serious downward action. It is tough to clear the fence consistently that way. –Jeff Moore
The difference between Futures Game power and Major League power is jarring and important to remember.
Amid the ruckus of a bustling city, the biggest and brightest baseball stars, along with their minor league counterparts, gathered to show off their incredible skills. One flight, four hotel rooms, two states, and seven Ubers later, I made my way into a decked out Great American Ballpark for All-Star Workout Day. The extra flair in and around the stadium, along with the excitement of the crowd, made it easy to forget that a team 15 ½ games out of first place resides here.
Notes on every single player from the World roster
Ketel Marte, SS, Seattle Mariners – Marte had a solid if unspectacular showing during BP, spraying line drives and showing off the quick wrists that give him a chance for a plus hit tool when all is said and done. He picked up hits from both the left and right side of the plate, but unfortunately was thrown out twice; once on a caught stealing and once on a quality throw frome Michael Conforto. The upside doesn’t match some other names here, but he should be a starting middle-infielder someday, more than likely at second base.
Nick Williams, Kyle Schwarber, Lucas Giolito and others propelled Team USA to a loud victory.
A once minor event, the Futures Game has erupted into a festival of pomp and circumstance, unrivaled on the prospect landscape. Part Mardi Gras, part NFL Combine, its national exposure has grown correspondingly with the increased focus on the prospect scene.
Notes on Alex Jackson, Nick Burdi, and some unknowns that you should know.
The natural inclination with a 6-foot-10 pitcher is to see if he can start, given the way his size should be able to handle the workload; but Twins RHP Aaron Slegers is destined for a relief role and could excel in a bullpen if used properly. He’s not overpowering with his fastball, but his size allows for good extension and his slider could be a difference-maker against right-handed hitters. –Jeff Moore
With broad shoulders on a skinny frame, Jordan Holloway shows plus arm speed; though he features a hard, inverted foot landing and significant arm stab to go with his stiff delivery and drive. His fastball sat 92-94, T95 with boring action and he offered a well-below average curveball and change-up, both of which need serious refinement. He projects as an up-and-down reliever who will rely heavily on his power sinker. —Tucker Blair
Notes on Franklyn Kilome, Jorge Mateo, Willy Adames, Carson Sands and more.
Jorge Mateo continues to wreak havoc on the minor leagues, but are we certain he isn't the second coming of Billy Hamilton, whose inability to get on base has mitigated his base stealing abilities against better competition? Without any power, Mateo will have to hit close to .300 in order for his legs to really hold any value. He’s a threat when he does get on base, but those legs aren’t scaring anybody in the batter’s box. The hit tool really has to play in order for this to keep working.
Ali Sanchez is a big league bat, but he's not the Mets catcher of the future. The bat speed will ensure that he hits enough to handle left field, but his lack of arm - the same thing that limits his utility as a catcher, also limits his positional flexibility. It would be nice if he could play third base, but his arm won’t play there either. And the Mets don't need him in left field with Brandon Nimmo firmly entrenched as their leadoff hitter, making him expendable. Anybody who can hit will find a place, but he’s blocked on the Mets roster for the time being.
Notes on Raimel Tapia, Matt Purke, Duane Underwood, some new draftees, and more.
Raimel Tapia (Rockies) still shows raw center-field defense. He took an inefficient route on a high fly ball to the gap and came up two steps short, leading to a double. Two plays later he botched a routine groundball single and amplified the mistake with a sloppy, hurried recovery and wide throw to allow an extra base. These were the same kinds of issues he had in April (and May), and the lack of discernible defensive growth over the course of the season is concerning. —Wilson Karaman
Matt Purke (Nationals) displayed a three-quarters arm slot with average arm speed; delivery is much more rigid and stiff than I remembered from last season; still falling off the mound on delivery; FB sat 89-92 mph with mild arm-side run; pitch flattens out at the higher velocity band; SL hangs in the zone at 78-80 mph; well-below-average offering; 83-85 mph CH lacks any feel or fade and was telegraphed out of hand; I see an org arm at this point. —Tucker Blair
At the plate, Santana’s calling card is power, which he has to all fields. In the five games I’ve seen him play, he’s bashed three homers, including two over the right-field fence on elevated fastballs on the outer half of the plate. Unfortunately, the rest of the tools play down due to poor pitch recognition, a willingness to expand the zone, and a questionable approach. The last part was evident in a game I saw last Sunday.
On a high school mound in Florida, Chris discovered someone amazing.
Living in St. Petersburg, FL, I don't have to travel too far or look too hard to find special talent on the field. Never did I imagine, though, stumbling upon a player quite like this. He is, simply, the perfect example of #want.