How a scout balances information gathered in the past with what they see in the present can be difficult. It's certainly the case with one Mets prospect.
A scouting report is a snapshot in time. It is a picture of a player’s abilities, both of what the present shows us and what we can expect him to look like in the future. Because of that, a scouting report can change on a player over time. In fact, it should, as a player whose report stays the same over the course of his developmental years is likely not improving as a player.
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Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes has the potential to be a star, but unlike Mets' prospect Robert Gsellman, he lacks command, which drops his floor quite a bit.
In the majors, certain pitching match-ups generate a buzz in the ballpark. The same thing happens in the minors, though the excitement is typically reserved to the scouts sitting behind the plate, while most of the rest of the stadium finds their seats, oblivious to the pitching delight on their plate for the evening.
The athletic Phillies prospect is trying to dispel any notion that he's not strong enough to hit in the bigs.
Carlos Tocci was in the driver’s seat on a 3-1 count the second time to the plate, and he got the pitch he was looking for.
Tocci turned on an inside, 91-mph fastball, lifting it foul down the left field line on a hard line drive that would have easily cleared the left-field fence at Augusta’s Lake Olmstead Stadium. A couple pitches later, he lined out hard to the left fielder.
He may not be the power hitter his body type suggests, but that doesn't mean Austin Meadows won't be a productive player someday.
Despite being a first-round pick almost two years ago, we entered the season without knowing a lot about what kind of player Austin Meadows would be as a professional. His career got off to a strong start in the Gulf Coast League in his draft year, but his first full season in 2014 was hampered significantly by a hamstring issue that cost him over 100 games. Because of this, he entered this season on the verge of his 20th birthday and an assignment to the High-A Florida State League, but with a limited track record. I got an extended look at Meadows over the weekend, and came away impressed with the overall package.
Cleveland catching prospect Francisco Mejia is still a tiny baby, but there could be something special brewing.
When I see a player for the first time I like to go in as cold as possible because it is important to put aside any preconceived opinions that can influence the initial assessment and, ultimately, the report. These days, that's easier said than done, but I do try to keep it to a minimum. Over the course of the season I target players on my “must see” list for various reasons. The goal is to cover the teams I see from top to bottom, leaving no stone unturned, but there’s also due diligence needed on certain players because of reports passed along from contacts or as follow-up from prior looks.
Cleveland Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia was one of the top players I had circled this year. He caught my eye during our Top 10 discussions last offseason and his likely assignment to the New York-Penn League was going to provide me with the chance to sit on him for the first time. If you read my scouting report, you know I came away impressed and put high marks on Mejia's tools and potential, but there’s a lot more about why I liked him that goes beyond the framework of the reports.
After a mediocre showing last summer, Brown could face a make-or-break campaign this year.
When I was a junior in high school, I took a job working concessions for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. If my parents asked, it was a just a half-hour trip from my home in northwest New Jersey to Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but a GPS would tell you that, with traffic, the trip would take just over an hour. I didn’t take the job for the money; when all was said and done, I probably spent the entirety of my earnings on gas, speeding tickets, and McChickens. I took the job because I liked the feeling of going to the ballpark every day.
I was a vendor, tasked with selling soda and candy, and persuading fans to spend their money as I walked up and down the aisles, shouting all sorts of nonsense. During my first summer with the Iron Pigs, a prospect arrived, fresh off a strong start at Double-A Reading. I hadn’t looked at the game through a scouting lens, but I could tell that this kid was special. In his short time with the Iron Pigs, I had seen him do it all; he scored game-winning runs, he sprayed the ball all over the field, he hit home runs, he stole bases, he rocketed-out runners attempting to tag from third base. He was chiseled and tall. If anyone was born to play baseball, surely it was this 22-year-old: Domonic Brown.
After an injury-marred 2012, Benson could emerge as an intriguing player this season.
Blessed with obnoxiously loud tools, Twins outfielder Joe Benson has found his way onto Baseball Prospectus’s Twins rankings on multiple occasions. To start, here are the strength and weakness write-ups on Benson from each of his appearances on Kevin Goldstein’s top 10 lists.
A look at three high school arms from the Garden State who could be high draft picks this spring.
This week we’re going to take a look at a few of the top amateur arms coming out of New Jersey this draft season. Not too long ago, the Garden State produced a first round pick named Mike Trout. While none of the fruit is nearly as ripe this season, there are several juicy options for teams to feast on this spring. Chris Oakley, Jesse Roth, and Rob Kaminsky are are all New Jerseyans, and they all have a chance to make a mark on the game. Here’s a video of each of them throwing at this past August’s East Coast Pro Showcase:
Beede became famous for turning down a huge payday from Toronto to go to college, but if he keeps up the current pace, he may be in store for an even bigger one in 2014.
“I’m a big sushi guy. I know there’s not a whole lot of sushi in Nashville, but I found a good spot. You obviously have the barbecue food around here that you can get and you can pick at. Bruegger’s for breakfast and maybe Pancake Pantry for a little pancakes and waffles and stuff like that.”
That sounds like a normal diet for a college sophomore—I’m getting into sushi myself; Miyake in Ithaca can really hit the spot—but that isn’t a quote from any old college sophomore. It’s Tyler Beede talking about his favorite eats in Nashville, where he’s a big part of the Vanderbilt baseball program.
A look at three relief prospects with the potential to pitch high-leverage innings.
Relievers are a fickle species; every year, many relievers come out of nowhere to make an impact at the major-league level. There doesn’t seem to be a clear formula for short-term success as a big-league reliever, but there are combinations that can be lethal in short doses, and right now the minor leagues house multiple arms that could impact a game near you in 2013. Today, we’ll look at three of them.
Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
“He’s really tough not to like,” one scout said. Stroman isn’t tall, checking in at 5-foot-9, but he is big, with 185 pounds of muscle on his frame. He has one of the fastest arms in the minors, and he can pump his fastball into the upper 90s, complimenting it with a plus slider and cutter. He’s active and eccentric on the mound.
A look at the roller-coaster careers of two former first-rounders.
Being drafted high comes with high expectations. Over the past several drafts, a number of top picks have failed to materialize into top prospects. Chief among those players are Josh Vitters and Tim Beckham. Vitters was the third player selected in the 2007 draft, and Beckham was the first player taken in the 2008 draft. Hindsight is 20/20, and it’s crazy to think what the Cubs and the Rays could have had instead of these two, but today we’re going to focus on these two players outside of the expectations that come with their draft status.
One of the coolest features of Baseball Prospectus’s player cards is the BP Articles section, which shows you wherever a player was mentioned in an article at BP. This is going to be really cool in a decade, when we’ll be able to go back and look at every prospect evaluation and compare it to how those players’ careers turned out, but it’s also useful for tracking a prospect’s stock.