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Elniery Garcia

Born: 12/24/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 155
Mechanics
Build: Smaller frame; very slight projection left.

Mechanics: Three-quarters arm slot; average arm speed; keeps shoulders and hips in unison; mild drive; average plane; clean landing; easy and clean delivery; delivery times ~1.45

Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/15/2015
Affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws (Low-A, Phillies)
Dates Seen 6/13/15
OFP/Risk 50/Moderate
Realistic 45; no. 5 Starter/Long man
MLB ETA 2018
Video No

Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 88-91 92 Velocity: 50/50
Movement: 55/55
Command: 50/55

T92 2X; moderate arm-side run; average plane; flattens out at 91-92 velo band; ability to spot and command offering in all four quadrants; continued repetitions will get command to above average.

CB 50 55 73-75 75 Movement: 60/60
Command: 50/50

Replicates arm speed; 2-7 shape; two-plane break; tight spin; ability to spot and command offering; slight refinements in release points will improve pitch a tick.

CH 40 50 81-84 85 Movement: 50/50
Command: 40/50

Replicates arm speed; mild fade; moderate feel; inconsistent release points; continued repetition and refinement with release points can push pitch to average.

Overall

Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2011. Garcia has a mature arsenal for a 20-year-old, with three potential average or better offerings. Garcia lacks a true out pitch and he's not going to blow the fastball by anyone, but he has pitchability and feel on the mound. There is moderate risk due to limited experience against stronger competition.


Joan Baez

Born: 12/26/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 190
Mechanics
Build: Wiry; skinny hips; broad shoulders; very mild projection left.

Mechanics: Three-quarters arm slot; plus arm speed; deep stab; generates downhill plane; mild crossfire; falls off; rocks on delivery with unnecessary motion; out of sync and loses tempo; overall easy delivery; delivery times 1.20 – 1.40.

Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/15/2015
Affiliate Hagerstown Suns (Low-A, Nationals)
Dates Seen 6/12/15
OFP/Risk 55/High
Realistic 50; Set-up Arm
MLB ETA 2018
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 70 92-95 96 Velocity: 65/70
Movement: 55/55
Command: 30/40

T96 2X; life; arm-side run; struggles to command glove side; velocity fluctuates from pitch to pitch, inning to inning due to mechanics; more consistent mechanics will help improve command; move to bullpen full time would provide tick in velocity.

CB 40 50 77-79 80 Movement: 55/55
Command: 30/40

Replicates arm speed; 11-5 shape; moderate depth; inconsistent release points; works best in 77-78 velo band; refinements in release points and mechanics will boost command.

CH 20 30 85-87 88 Movement: 40/40
Command: 20/40

Inconsistent arm speed replication; mild feel; very mild fade; inconsistent release points; currently firm offering with poor command; refinement in release points and mechanics will boost command.

Overall

Baez has a lively arm, but the mechanics are currently a mess. His body lacks consistency towards the plate, with too many contradictory motions. Overall, I like the stuff and think the mechanical aspects are fixable. At the very least, the inconsistencies can be toned down. There is a very small chance he can stick as a starter, and that relies on the progression of his changeup and the improvement of his mechanics. The risk is high due to this being his first experience in full-season ball.


Carlos Tocci

Born: 08/23/1995 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 160
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Wiry frame; skinny hips; has room to grow into upper half.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/15/2015
Dates Seen 6/12/15 – 6/13/15
Affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws (Low-A, Phillies)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 60 50; Major-League Regular Yes
Makeup

Professional on the field; enjoys the game; responds well to coaching and instruction.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Plus bat speed; quiet hands; quick and loose wrists; moderate barrel control; mild leverage; moderate leg kick and load; stays balanced; recognizes spin; approach is still in the early stages of development.
Power 30 Fringe raw; mild leverage; plus bat speed; lacks the physical strength for in-game power; will spray ball to gaps for doubles power.
Baserunning/Speed 60 4.16 home to first; explosive second gear; lacks awareness on the basepaths currently.
Glove 60 Plus speed; efficient first step; adequate reads and routes; second-gear speed allows for leniency with mistakes; laid out on a full sprint dive for a ball in the gap.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength; displays carry and accuracy from whip-like motion.
Overall

Signed out of Venezuela as an amateur free agent in 2011 for $759,000. Tocci has the speed, defense, and arm to profile as a regular in center field. I think he will fill out his wiry frame more in the future, and the bat displayed optimism for a future average hit tool. The risk is still high with Tocci, but he has progressed this season and will be at the High-A level shortly.


Deivi Grullon

Born: 02/17/1996 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 180
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Thick and sturdy frame; broad shoulders and hips; filled out more than listed weight; frame maxed.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/15/2015
Dates Seen 6/12/15 – 6/13/15
Affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws (Low-A, Phillies)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 55 50; Major-League Regular Yes
Makeup

Nothing out of ordinary to note; looks to get along with coaches and teammates.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Average bat speed; noisy hands; strong forearms and wrists; lacks fluidity through zone with swing; drops back shoulder; does not use bottom half; mild load and leg kick; swing can become unbalanced; minimal recognition of spin.
Power 30 Average raw power; slight leverage; does not barrel ball consistently; hit tool will hinder ability for in-game power to manifest.
Baserunning/Speed 30 4.50+ home to first times; second gear is better; some agility but speed is not an asset.
Glove 60 Quick and agile behind plate; ability to get low; inconsistent with pitch framing and blocking; chance to be above average with both; instinctual behind the plate; aggressive.
Arm 80 Premium arm strength; extreme carry; low and accurate throws to bases.
Overall

Signed as an international free agent in 2012 for $575,000. Grullon has a defense-first profile, which will carry him through the minors. The glove is currently inconsistent, but flashes plus ability. I see a light bat that will struggle in the majors, but the glove is enough for Grullon to stick as an average regular. The risk is still high due to a lack of experience at the higher levels and concerns regarding the bat moving forward.


Manuel Sanchez

Born: 10/06/1995 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 220
Primary Position: RF
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Big frame; taller than listed height; sturdy body with power frame; frame lacks projection.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/22/2015
Dates Seen 6/19/15 – 6/20/15
Affiliate Hudson Valley Renegades (Short Season, Rays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2019 High 55 45; Second-Division Starter Yes
Makeup

Interactions with coaching was light-hearted without sacrificing the seriousness of instruction.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Average bat speed; quiet hands; loose wrists; swing can become elongated on secondary pitches; mild barrel control; long extension; moderate load and leg kick; stays balanced and uses hips for torque; difficulties recognizing and laying off spin; expands zone.
Power 60 Double-plus raw power; leveraged swing with pure strength; will play down slightly in-game due to hit tool.
Baserunning/Speed 20 Routinely locked 4.50+ home to first; moves slightly better in OF.
Glove 40 Adventurous; awkward routes; poor first step; struggles on balls hit over his head; better at charging in; speed and aging likely hinder his value moving forward; could potentially move to first base.
Arm 70 Premium arm strength; extreme carry; throws are inaccurate.
Overall

Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2013 for $132,500. Sanchez displays loud tools, including his raw power and strong arm, but the hit tool needs much refinement before he starts to see more consistency at the plate. The ingredients are all there for a bat-first type player who can play on the right side of the field in right field or first base. While he lacks a ton of athleticism, I am optimistic that the raw power will play even if the hit tool only plays to fringe.


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summoner
6/30
Apropos of nothing: My favorite minor league name of the year is Daniel Poncedeleon, a Cardinal prospect. He says he's 23 but how can we be sure? Now comes Joan Baez with the Nationals, who already have 2 players named Zimmerman(n). I'd like to hear him sing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."
davinhbrown
6/30
It took me a minute.....lol but finally got it. Good one
fawcettb
6/30
Uh, that's not Joan Baez. And if it is, why didn't you ask him about his feelings for Bob Dylan?
edwardarthur
6/30
Joan Baez is now a baseball player. The times they are a-changin'.
Behemoth
7/01
Very disappointed that the Joan Baez report was so straight up.