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October 13, 2011

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  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (AFL Rafters): 3-for-4, R, 5 RBIs. 5 RBIs without an extra-base hit is a unique line; continues to impress with both bat and glove.
  • Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals (VEN Navegantes): 2-for-3, HR (1), 2 R, RBI, BB, SB. Is he blocked in Kansas City? He certainly deserves a shot.
  • Alex Castellanos, OF, Dodgers (AFL Rafters): 3-for-3, 2B, 4 R, 2 BB, SB, CS. Second straight three-hit game and 21 total bases in eight; came out of nowhere this year, but gaining in believers.
  • Adam Eaton, OF, Diamondbacks (AFL Rafters): 2-for-4, 3 R, BB, SB. Little outfielder with line drive bat and a bit of speed; more of a extra outfielder skill set, despite strong numbers.
  • Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners (AFL Javelinas): 1-for-3, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, BB. Just 2-for-14 in small sample; scouts want more looks after Jekyll and Hyde regular season.
  • Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Royals (AFL Saguaros): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Seemingly going backwards.
  • Bryan LaHair, 1B, Cubs (VEN Navegantes): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI. I generally abhor 'Free Player X' movements; but I'm on board with this one. The guy can hit.
  • Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox (VEN Bravos): 2-for-3, BB, K. We know he can hit, but with defense a question mark, do the Red Sox find him big league at bats next year?
  • Juan Legares, OF, Mets (AFL Javelinas): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. 22-year-old Dominican has plus bat, but poor approach and doesn't have speed for center, or offensive profile for corner.
  • Francisco Martinez, 3B, Mariners (VEN Navegantes): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, K. Very advanced hitter for age, but questions about secondary skills are fair.
  • Yusmiero Petit, RHP (VEN Bravos): 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Just thought you'd want to know he's still out there.
  • Neil Ramirez, RHP, Rangers (AFL Saguaros): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Breakout pitcher in the system continues to impress with plus stuff and control; AFL hitters 4-for-24 against him.
  • Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Rangers (VEN Navegantes): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K. Has seen stock fall of late due to inability to throw strikes.
  • Jean Segura, SS, Angels (AFL Scorpions): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB. Healthy, hitting and looking good on the left side; should be ready for Double-A next spring despite being limited to just 44 games in the regular season.
  • Joe Terdoslavich, 1B, Braves (AFL Saguaros): 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, 4 RBI, K. 9-for-17 with 15 total bases in four games; scouts still see a 23-year-old who hasn't reached upper levels and has below-average power for the position.
  • Casey Weathers, RHP, Rockies (AFL Rafters): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Control has just never returned post-surgery.
  • Dmitri Young, 1B (VEN Caribes): 2-for-4, RBI, BB, 2 K. Awesome.

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October 11, 2011

11

  • Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Javelinas): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (1), 2 R, RBI, K. Approach is the only issue scouts have with him, and he's not helping that case with zero walks over 23 at-bats.
  • Chih-Hsien Chiang, OF, Mariners (Javelinas): 3-for-4, 2B, R, BB. First big game in Arizona; scouts don't like him as much as the numbers, but he can hit.
  • Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants (Scorpions): 3-for-4, 3B, 2 R, CS. Giants hope he can just because a good enough hitter to play every day and hit eighth.
  • Grant Green, OF, Athletics (Desert Dogs): 2-for-5, 2 R, K. Focus more on outfield play than bat, and he's made considerable improvements with the glove.
  • Robbie Grossman, OF, Pirates (Solar Sox): 2-for-5, RBI. Generating buzz with his performance so far in Arizona; no star tools, but no weakness in his game, either.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (Javelinas): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, BB. 5-for-9 in two games; he's hard not to like as a non-athlete with a plus bat and outstanding makeup.
  • Ryan Jackson, SS, Cardinals (Javelinas): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K. 7-for-14 in first four AFL games; defense has always been there, and bat continues to develop.
  • Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Saguaros): 1-for-3, HR (2), R, RBI, 2 BB. Has earned some glowing reports in just four games; finally healthy?
  • Mike Olt, 3B, Rangers (Saguaros): 3-for-4, 2 HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Early league leader in several offensive categories; could be Rangers best trade chip, or first baseman of the future.
  • Forrest Snow, RHP, Mariners (Javelinas): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. In an offensive environment, he's whiffed seven over five perfect frames; one of the best pitching prospects that nobody has heard of.
  • Tim Wheeler, OF, Rockies (Rafters); 2-for-6, HR (1), R, RBI. Trying to prove that the 2011 breakout was for real; late-season struggles created some questions.

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October 9, 2011

12

Continunig from yesterday, here's some quick scouting hindsight fun with the NLCS participents, looking at how some of the industry saw players in the nascent stages of their respective careers.

 
 
John Axford, P: He should have signed out of high school, as Notre Dame was nothing but walks and injuries. Oh, the Brewers picked him up? Whatever.
Ryan Braun, OF: Well, I'm glad Miami got him off shortstop, but third base isn't going to work either. In the end, it's won't matter as the bat will play anywhere.
Prince Fielder, 1B: The Brewers took the fat kid at seven? Hysterical.
Zack Greinke, P: A really unique kid, a little weird maybe, but as mature an approach to pitching as any minor leaguer you'll see.
Mark Kotsay, OF/1B: One of the best two-way college players in recent memory. Even if he somehow fails to become a star, he'll last a long time on makeup alone.
Nyjer Morgan, OF: One of those guys who was 22 when he signed, and didn't exactly shoot through the system, so now he's 27 in Triple-A and just an organization type.
Rickie Weeks, 2B: Brewers are stuck with him because the Rays took Delmon.
 
 
Rafael Furcal, SS: He would have stolen 100 bases in '99 if not for the injury. He'll never hit more than five home runs in a season, but he could win the stolen base crown every year.
Matt Holliday, OF: Man, the Rockies gave him a ton of cash. Maybe should have let him play football, because he kind of looks like another Choo Freeman to me.
Edwin Jackson, P: Look, the kid beat Randy Johnson in his debut and has electric stuff. He sure looks like at ace to me.
Jon Jay, OF: It's tweener skills where he doesn't have enough bat for a corner or enough range to play center. Doesn't matter anyway with Rasmus around.
Jason Motte, C: That kid has a remarkable arm. He just shuts down the running game from behind the plate. Too bad he can't hit a lick.
Albert Pujols, 1B: Some Dominican kid at a JUCO near them . . . I guess he can hit a bit. What? No, we didn't see him.
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