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Mychal Givens

Born: 05/13/1990 (Age: 25)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 207
Mechanics
Build: Athletic and muscular build; strong foundation and core; quick-twitch athlete; frame maxed.

Mechanics: Sidearm delivery; plus arm speed; hips can become rotated before top half; generates force on hip torque towards home; exerted delivery; will fly open when overthrows.

Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/20/2015
Affiliate Bowie Baysox (AA, Orioles)
Dates Seen 5/5/15
OFP/Risk 50/Low
Realistic 50; Set-up Arm
MLB ETA 2016
Video Yes

Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 65 93-95 96 Velocity: 65/65
Movement: 70/70
Command: 40/50

T96 4x; extreme arm-side run; heavy movement from a low arm slot provides deception; hitters have trouble barreling offering; command is inconsistent and will need tightening; continued repetition will help improve command.

SL 55 60 85-87 87 Movement: 60/60
Command: 30/40

Short and tight break; replicates arm speed; deceptive; command and release points are highly inconsistent; hitters are chasing but better competition will lay off more regularly; improvements in release points will improve command slightly.

CH 30 40 86-87 87 Movement: 50/50
Command: 30/40

Mild fade; replicates arm speed; lacks feel but is able to turn the pitch over and keep it out of the zone; command and release points are very inconsistent; could see slight improvement but the offering is likely a reserve pitch to throw against left-handed hitters to keep them off balance.

Overall

Givens played shortstop for the first three seasons of his professional career. He was converted to a pitcher full time during the 2013 season.

The development of Givens has been far from linear. I have seen him pitch every season since his conversion, and the progression this season has been notable. He has cleaned the mechanics, and is repeating his delivery better. The command is much improved, which leads me to believe he can be a late-inning arm in the majors if there is more consistency. The stuff is hard to barrel, and Givens is efficient in keeping hitters uncomfortable and unbalanced.

Round Drafted: Second Round, 2009
Why: Raw two-way player that displays tools and athleticism with a big arm; potential to work as a power pitcher or develop into an everyday shortstop.


Joe Ross

Born: 05/21/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 205
Mechanics
Build: Tall and built; sturdy frame with broad shoulders; frame likely maxed.

Mechanics: Three-quarters arm slot; plus arm speed; stab; mild crossfire; easy delivery with hips and shoulders in unison; solid drive with clean foot plant; repeats delivery; delivery times 1.35 – 1.45.

Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/31/2015
Affiliate Harrisburg Senators (AA, Nationals)
Dates Seen 5/31/15
OFP/Risk 55/Low
Realistic 50; no. 4 Starting Pitcher
MLB ETA 2015
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 60 92-94 97 Velocity: 60/60
Movement: 50/50
Command: 50/50

T95 6x; T97 1x; big downhill plane and stays on top of pitch; very mild arm-side run; consistently peppered bottom half of zone; more control than command but is effective when keeps the ball low in the 92-94 velo band; can notch up velo when needed.

SL 50 55 82-85 86 Movement: 50/50
Command: 50/50

Replicates arm speed; short and tight break; can flash bite but is inconsistent; release points vary; better offering in higher velo band; works well off the fastball.

CH 50 50 84-86 87 Movement: 50/50
Command: 50/50

Replicates arm speed; tumbles; lacks big velo separation, but is deceptive due to arm speed replication and ability to consistently throw pitch lower in the zone; not a bat misser.

Overall

Note: Traded from San Diego to Washington in the 2014 offseason. Brother of Tyson Ross.

Ross has three major-league caliber offerings in his arsenal, with average command across the board. He has little projection left and profiles to stick in the rotation. There is minimal risk because he has pitched in Double-A with success. Ross could see time in the majors in 2015, and profiles as a solid back-end option who could play as a no. 4 starter.

Round Drafted: First Round (25th overall), 2011
Why: Sturdy and athletic frame; three-pitch arsenal with projection; bloodlines.


Colten Brewer

Born: 10/29/1992 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 200
Mechanics
Build: Broad shoulders; power bottom; physical workhorse; maxed frame.

Mechanics: High three-quarters arm slot; plus arm speed; stab; slight crossfire; mild head whack; hips out of sync with upper half; front shoulder opens; high leg kick to a slightly inverted landing; front leg can get stiff; moderate effort; delivery times 1.35 – 1.45

Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/31/2015
Affiliate West Virginia Power (Low A, Pirates)
Dates Seen 5/16/15
OFP/Risk 45/High
Realistic 40; Middle Relief/Long Relief
MLB ETA 2018
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 60 92-95 96 Velocity: 60/60
Movement: 50/50
Command: 30/40

T96 2x; downhill plane; displays arm-side run at lower velo band; command is currently well below average; flattens when elevates offering; consistency in mechanics can improve command a grade.

CB 40 45 77-78 79 Movement: 50/50
Command: 30/40

Inconsistent arm speed replication; 11-5 offering; mild depth; release points inconsistent; easy to see from arm slot; refinements in arm speed and release points can improve offering a tick.

CH 30 40 82-84 86 Movement: 50/50
Command: 30/40

Inconsistent arm speed replication; mild feel; mild fade; release points highly inconsistent; missed in zone often; improvements in arm speed and release points could improve offering a tick.

Overall

Note: Brewer missed the entire 2014 season

Brewer has a big fastball, but the mechanics and secondary pitches need refinement before he hits his ceiling. There is enough ability for a potential backend arm, but the inconsistencies in his mechanics and the lack of an average secondary offering leave his role likely in the bullpen as a middle-relief option.

Round Drafted: Fourth Round, 2011
Why: big-framed pitcher; power fastball; potential to be a workhorse starting pitcher.


Mike Yastrzemski

Born: 08/23/1990 (Age: 24)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 180
Primary Position: LF
Secondary Position: CF
Physical/Health
Athletic build; small and muscular frame; physically maxed.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/02/2015
Dates Seen 8 Games (April-May 2015)
Affiliate Bowie Baysox (AA, Orioles)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2016 Low 45 40; Fourth Outfielder/Below-Average Regular No
Makeup

Hustles at all times; liked by all members of team and media; strong makeup

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Average bat speed; minimal noise in swing; quiet hands with barrel control; swing can become elongated; mild load; bottom half unbalanced at times; front side will leak open; mild recognition of spin; struggles against same-side spin; strong approach with ability to make in-game adjustments.
Power 40 Average raw power; mild leverage; raw plays down in game due to average bat speed and unbalanced bottom half against spin.
Baserunning/Speed 50 ~4.20 home to first times; average speed and second gear; agile player.
Glove 55 Speed and agility to play all three OF positions; profiles best on corners due to lack of second-gear athleticism; efficient first jump and displays perfect reads and routes; aggressive OF.
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength; carry from medium depth; accurate.
Overall

Yastrzemski lacks a carrying tool but the skill set will be valuable in the majors. He can play all three outfield positions and can be a useful option as a second-division starter or a fourth outfielder. His hustle and makeup makes for a solid bench option or club depth. The profile is nearly a finished product with success in the upper minors.

Round Drafted: 14th round, 2013
Why: Four-year starter at Vanderbilt; average tools across board with strong makeup; bloodlines.


Glynn Davis

Born: 12/07/1991 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 170
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: LF
Physical/Health
Wiry and athletic frame; fast twitch athlete; frame not conducive for added weight gain.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/02/2015
Dates Seen 8 Games (April-May 2015)
Affiliate Bowie Baysox (AA, Orioles)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2016 Low 40 30; Organizational player No
Makeup

Poor attitude and lack of hustle on field; generally seems to be liked by teammates.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Plus bat speed; mild noise in hands; will drop hands occassionally; quick wrists; mild barrel control; swing can become elongated; front side can leak open; mild load; unbalanced swing; struggles to recognize spin; will swing at poor pitches; struggles against same-side off-speed.
Power 30 Fringe raw power; mild leverage; swing is not conducive for home-run power; more gap-to-gap style.
Baserunning/Speed 70 ~4.00 home to first times; displays extreme burst and agility; speed is weapon in outfield and on basepaths.
Glove 60 Athleticism and speed; helps to play up average reads and routes; covers ground efficiently; first step has improved in past few years.
Arm 45 Average arm strength; mild carry; inconsistent accuracy; plays down grade a tick.
Overall

Davis is a toolsy outfielder with a plus glove and double-plus speed, but lacks the approach and barrel control to consistently provide enough value as an everyday regular; Davis will struggle against stronger competition, but the defensive value will make him a reserve or depth player.

Round Drafted: UDFA (Signed for $100,000)
Why: Athletic player with potential for plus glove, speed and a workable hit tool.


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heterodude
6/12
When Tucker was checking out the West Virginia Power, any chance he got eyes on last year's Supplemental pick, Connor Joe? He hasn't had much time on the field so far, but box score scouting says no bueno.
TuckerBlair
6/14
He barely played in any of the games I saw. Unfortunately, didn't really have much to see.
ErikBFlom
6/12
Thanks for the Orioles prospects. That is quite a bunch of them in one go. I have so wanted Givens to get to the Show. Can he pinch-run in the inter-league games?
TuckerBlair
6/14
Givens will be in the show soon. I would have a hard time envisioning him not being with the Orioles later on this season. He's been too good.