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May 2, 2016 6:00 am
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.
December 10, 2012 9:25 am
Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.
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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