Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

Major Leagues

Mets OF Matt Den Dekker: “I can't help but enjoy watching him play. He's easy to like. He plays the game hard. He plays it the right way. I know the profile isn't great, but he can do a little of everything and won't kill you in any area. He's a fourth outfielder de jour and I wouldn't write him off as a little more than that in some seasons.”

Royals LHP Danny Duffy: "There's a piece of me that wonders if the Royals should have swapped out Wade Davis for Duffy three weeks ago. His command and control are streaky at best, but he has the type of arm strength that you rarely see from a left-hander, and he gets so closed off in his delivery that the crossfire creates a very difficult angle for hitters. His six-inning gem in Detroit showed just how devastating he can be against even one of the best lineups in baseball. It's a roller-coaster ride, but his best is better than a lot of major leaguers' best. Given that he is so recently removed from TJ, I think that there is a good chance that his command of all his stuff takes a bump next season."

Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie: "His detractors will tell you that his makeup makes him a risk or prone to streakiness, but I think that line of thinking is just caddywhompus. He plays at level 10 with an extra shot of espresso at all times, but he is still under control. He has impressive forearm strength that lets him snap the bat head through the zone, but he does a good job of staying back on balls and driving them the other way, whereas he was just looking to yank everything when he first came up. I think he is among the five best defenders at his position in the game, and he is only going to improve. He is very quick and has more than enough arm strength to make the toughest plays to his right. I am comfortable saying that he is going to be a superstar third baseman, and it's more likely to happen sooner than later."

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler: “Wheeler has front-of-the-rotation potential, but I think it's a bit tall to expect him to step up and fill Matt Harvey's shoes in the event that Harvey needs Tommy John. Wheeler's got an explosive FB, but his command isn't in the same class as Harvey's. His slider is his only consistent plus secondary pitch, though both his curveball and his changeup have plus potential, but his biggest bugaboo is his inability to throw consistent strikes. Harvey is an ace not just because of his great arsenal, but his ability to pound the zone with it. But Met fans can't be faulted for dreaming of a rotation anchored by Harvey and Wheeler for the next decade.”

Minor Leagues

Nationals Triple-A IF Danny Espinosa: “There's a lot of talk about his being available, but I don't think any team could feel remotely confident about what they would be acquiring. He gutted things out through a broken wrist earlier in the season, but it's not as if he has lit the world on fire since coming off the disabled list. I think his value to a club presently lies as a quality defensive utility middle infielder; his defense doesn't appear to be limited by the wrist, but he has been so limited at the plate that I would be hard pressed to think there's a team out there that sees him as an everyday player at this point.”

Orioles Low-A RHP Hunter Harvey: “I said no. 2 this spring, but when I saw him in the GCL and the first Aberdeen game I gave him a chance to be a 1. What the hell, someone has to, right?”

Rays Triple-A OF Kevin Kiermaier: "Big-time sleeper in some scouting circles. The 23-year-old former 31st-round draft pick out of Parkland College in Illinois displays a Brett Gardner-like toolset, and is the sole reason that former first-round pick Mikie Mahtook had to play right field for most of the season in Montgomery. Promoted to Triple-A Durham for the second half of the season, Kiermaier shows top-shelf speed and instincts in tracking down balls in center field, while also using his gap-to-gap line-drive approach and sneaky power to produce an .854 OPS with an impressive 12% extra base hit rate and six triples in AAA. Kiermaier has flown under the radar for a long time due to where he was drafted, but he shouldn't much longer, as I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he lands an everyday center field job with either the Rays or another club in the near future."

Angels Double-A 2B Taylor Lindsey: "I can see how some guys would be skeptical because it's not a traditional setup. He can hit. He has good power. I'd make a bet with anyone. He's at least Kelly Johnson."

Royals Low-A OF Bubba Starling: "Bubba Starling has been on a little hot run as of late, but I don't think it's an indication he's turned the corner, so to speak. I still think the pitch recognition skills are very questionable. There's no denying the tools and athleticism, but that's a big issue for him to overcome."

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"Ok, gotta remember to keep my terms generic, so that no one knows the unidentified scout is me."


"...caddywhompus DAMN IT"
that's great.

Also interesting was the Kiermaier write up clearly done by a scout with a strong statistical understanding.
I thought my dad was the only person in the world who said "caddywhompus."
Brett Lawrie is an absolute treasure to watch defensively. If the Blue Jays are to contend in 2014 he'll need to continue to grow into the well-rounded player everyone thought and hoped he would be.
woah. a #1/2 tag on (hunter) Harvey?! #caddywampus
This series is a bunch of #Candywhompus.
Just a note, Matt Den Dekker is in the majors. He was promoted a couple of days ago.
Danny Espinosa was gutting out a torn shoulder labrum before he had to gut out the broken wrist, at which point he was gutting out both. Are his problems all injury related or not? And, if they are all injury related, are the injuries so bad that people feel like he won't ever be the same, or is there some hope for a bounce-back? Espinosa is terrific in the field and also had serious pop. To hear a utility future placed on him is sad.
So really, what is Caddywhompus? Where does the term come from?
My grandmother used to say "cattywampused," meaning all messed up, as in "the house settled and the walls got all cattywampused." She was a Cubs fan, which would tend to give one a deep understanding of cattywampusedness.
For everyone asking about caddywhompus: that quote came from the same guy who gave me "David Robertson is the baseball equivalent of a sociopathic murderbot from the future" in this article from last year. So yeah, he's fun to talk to.
Re: Lawrie. I was not a believer until very recently. A few weeks ago, as he was struggling to slow the game down, I heard one of the Jays' mention that Mark DeRosa (clubhouse leader Hall of Fame, class of 2019) took Lawrie aside and told him that his boundless energy, while it will make him an excellent defender, will make him useless at the plate. Seemingly since then, Lawrie became useful at the plate again.
Re: Harvey
I know HS stats are thrown out to a degree, but a sub-.100 BAA w/a crazy crazy K rate while stifling batters in the '12 Under Armor game caught my eye big time. Then, I realized he looks like my middle school nephew just as Gausmen did/does. I really think this kids FB won't be touched next year and the hype will explode, especially if he starts working 95-96 instead of touching.