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.
Phillies C Carlos Ruiz: “He's still a very solid option at a limited position. I don't know if the Phillies will sign him back, but with the state of catching in baseball he can still start for a number of teams. Ruiz can still catch and throw, and he really helps out that pitching staff. He's a tough guy and a winner, and if he hits free agency I am sure there will be a lot of interest.”
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia: "More than anything, he just looks dead tired to me and, when you consider his workload since he left Cleveland and how little recovery time he has, I think that makes sense. His arm slot is lower than it has been in the past and he doesn't keep his delivery together as well when he gets deep into the game, which are indicators that he is wearing down. There's no denying that his fastball has lost some juice, and I think that has actually hurt his changeup more than anything else, as hitters don't have to be so concerned with gearing up for the plus fastball. When he had a bigger fastball, hitters had to honor it, but there is less fear there now. However, he still gives it everything he's got in every start and goes deep into ball games, he's just not the front-line ace."
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler: "[He] is developing into the top-of-the-rotation pitcher everyone expected. You can see him mature before your eyes, and his confidence has been key. He's starting to trust his breaking stuff, and he's relying more on his slider to help get guys out. I'd expect him to take another step forward in 2014."
Dodgers Low-A LHP Julio Urias: "It's not simply that he has three pitches that project to be plus—it's that he has a superior understanding of how to use them that separates him from all other pitchers in the low levels of the minor leagues. Tack on to that the fact that it will be four years before he's able to legally drink and you have the makings of a potential superstar. He's not perfect, though. His body is thick already, especially his lower half, so I would think you'd have to be concerned about how much good weight he can add to his body, and he puts stress on his shoulder in his delivery, but these relatively small nits to pick. He looks every bit the real deal."