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May 8, 2017 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 8, 2017


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Alex Jackson is re-establishing himself as a prospect now that he's in Atlanta, and Walker Buehler is hitting triple-digits.

Alex Jackson, C, Atlanta Braves (High-A Florida)
Jackson is an athletic, thick-boned man-child. Listed at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds (though looks closer to 225 pounds) with wide shoulders, he is a good target behind the plate. Jackson receives very well with minor flinches that will be ironed out with time, and that is “very well” without considering he has played outfield exclusively as a pro. Moreover, having played the outfield since being drafted sixth-overall in 2014, he has plenty mobility for a catcher. He blocks most balls in the dirt, his throws are accurate and on-line with carry through the target. He commands the field with his quiet confidence and presence, and has a feel for game calling. The Braves scouted this conversion nicely.

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Eyes on Anderson Espinoza, Josh Morgan, Jairo Beras, and more.

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May 2, 2016 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 2, 2016


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Notes on Yaisel Sierra, Ozhaino Albies, Edwin Diaz, and more.

Yaisel Sierra, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga)
The Dodgers kept their $30 million man in extended spring training to start the season before transferring the 24-year-old to Rancho for his professional debut on Saturday. His first taste of competition in a couple years featured plenty of rust. His slender, athletic frame is on the smaller side, and while his movements were easy, he struggled to repeat his delivery and find his release point for most of the night.

The motion is low-octane, with a fluid takeaway into a clean arm swing, and he showed above-average arm speed. Most of his problems on this night stemmed from a poor drive: he didn’t leverage his weight particularly well, staying uphill as he pushed forward and failing to fire his hips. That created drag to his release point and a wildly inconsistent finish with his lower half.

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Florida State commit Oscar Mercado (SS), out of Gaither High School (Tampa, FL) profiles as a true up-the-middle talent at the next level. In addition to a smooth glove, Mercado has flashed increasing potential at the plate over the past twelve months, likely placing him high on follow lists for the spring. A solid senior year should land him somewhere in the first round come June. Today’s videos showcase Mercado at the plate during each of the past two Octobers.

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