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Rogelio Armenteros

Born: 06/30/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 215
Mechanics
Thick, compact frame, sturdy base, full maturity, round mid-section, soft, high-maintenance body; relatively agile, quick feet, fluid movement, moves well for his body type, moderate athleticism; deep rock, generates early momentum, fluid leg kick with some elasticity, holds upright posture; inconsistent hand break, early arm path wanders, clean arm action, will get long, arm path can be inefficient, above-average arm speed, over-the-top slot takes some work to get to; hard downhill drive, hips open early, firm strike, stiff landing, aggressive over front side, some violence in the finish, significant recoil; 1.38 – 1.47, varies timing in the stretch, repeats well, maintains rhythm; quick worker, up-tempo pace, will slow it down, feel for game flow
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/09/2016
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
Dates Seen 4/28, 5/10, 6/7/16
OFP/Risk 55/High
Realistic 45/durable back-end starter
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 87-94 95 Solid plane, four- and two-seam variants, both relatively straight, mild sink, really yanks it down to the lower quadrants, four-seam plays as a chaser above the zone, can generate in-zone whiffs; velo has fluctuated, 87-91 in one start, 90-92 (t94) in another, 91-94 (t95) in most recent; inconsistent finish, fringe-average command projection, inconsistent north-south, below-average movement, half-grade additional projection if velo stabilizes at higher end
CB 45 55 73-78 79 12-6 yakker, above-average vertical movement, excellent depth, snaps off with plane; below-average command, misses down, lacks horizontal movement; ground ball pitch, moderate swing-and-miss potential
CH 50 55 80-82 83 Consistent arm speed, heavy tumble, mild fade, demonstrated feel, keeps it out of danger; confidence in pitch, will double-up, work it right-on-right, throws it in any count; tunnels well, swing-and-miss potential
Overall

Cuban IFA signed by Houston in September of 2014. Armenteros is a physical righty with command of his body and good rhythm on the mound. He generates outsized plane from a high arm slot, with a hard drive creating extension and a difficult pick-up for hitters. He'll struggle to harness the ample momentum he generates through the drive and keep on time to slot, leading to some bouts with his command. There's some durability required to repeat the motion, which Armenteros has shown, though his velocity has fluctuated between starts. He'll deploy three potentially above-average pitches that play well off one another, and he shows advanced pitchability and confidence in all three. It's a starter's profile, and a potentially solid one if the command progresses.


Felix Jorge

Born: 01/02/1994 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 170
Mechanics
Tall, lean frame, moderate physical projection remaining; full windup, low-effort delivery, gets good downhill plane on pitches, quick finish; easy arm action with some stiffness, above-average arm speed, three-quarter slot; 1.33-1.41 stretch
Evaluator Steve Givarz
Report Date 06/17/2016
Affiliate Fort Myers Miracle (High A, Twins)
Dates Seen 6/15/2016
OFP/Risk 55/Medium
Realistic 50/No. 4 Starter
MLB ETA 2018
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 50 60 90-94 95 Two-seam action in the lower velocity band, plays more firm and straight at upper end, average command

Movement- 45/45

Curveball 40 50 76-77 80 11/5 shape, inconsistent action, runs into slider; solid depth, flashes average potential
Slider 45 50 81-85 85 Average action, moderate tilt, good depth, more advanced than curve, flashes average
Changeup 50 55 81-84 84 Maintains arm speed with fade, good action; turns it over well, average control
Overall

Jorge shows intriguing potential with fastball velocity and present utility of secondary pitches. Potential to take a step forward with the arsenal and become a solid mid-rotation starter, with back-end present projection.

Control- 55/60
Command-50/55


Franklin Perez

Born: 12/06/1997 (Age: 18)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 197
Mechanics
Physical: Lean upper body with room for added strength; thick lower half, higher maintenance body type, durable frame

Semi-wind with mild effort; high three-quarter slot with slight pause at max leg lift; inconsistent hand separation, quick in the back with inconsistent arm circle; foot strike wanders, lands flexed and stiff at times; poor balance, falls off to first-base side, head follows

Evaluator James Fisher
Report Date 06/30/2016
Affiliate Quad Cities River Bandits (Low A, Astros)
Dates Seen 5/24/16
OFP/Risk 55/High
Realistic 50/No. 4 Starter
MLB ETA 2019
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 50 65 88-93 95 Four-seam fastball 91-93, mild arm-side run, shows command potential, locates to both sides; three-way action, shows two-seam variant at 88-90, can cut it, advanced pitch
Curveball 30 50 78 81 11/5 but inconsistent shape; shows ability to spin it with downer rotation; mainly in-zone at present, did bury several down low
Changeup 40 60 83 83 Consistent arm speed; quality deception; flashes above average fade
Overall

Signed out of Venezuela, Perez is almost four years younger than most of his counterparts in the Midwest League. He's been bouncing back an forth between starting and relieving, but he shows the ingredients of a future starting pitcher. He already touches 95 with a fastball that jumps out of his hand with some arm-side run, and he shows an advanced ability to manipulate it with two-seam and cut variants. The curve is inconsistent at present, but when he stays on top it features 11/5 shape with depth. His changeup is an advanced pitch that he throws with proper arm speed to generate deception with late fade down in the zone. The command is spotty at times but throws enough strikes when the mechanics are right to project a future filling up the zone. All told, Perez has the frame to be an innings eater with a quality fastball and two at-least-average secondaries.


Jesse Winker

Born: 08/17/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 215
Primary Position: RF
Secondary Position: LF
Physical/Health
Lean, athletic build, solid base with some width to the hips; upper body not yet maxed out, narrow shoulders with slope, some projection remaining
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 06/26/2016
Dates Seen 5/27, 5/28
Affiliate Louisville Bats (AAA, Reds)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Medium 50 45/Second-Division Corner OF Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Leg lift, pinches hips, tight coil; slight hitch to start swing, drops back shoulder, some uppercut to swing; plus bat speed with contact skills, moderate swing-and-miss, will expand zone; all-fields approach, patient, will work walks
Power 45 Pull power with carry to opposite field; swing can generate some loft, more doubles power in-game, contact is solid; recent wrist injury could be negatively affecting ability to tap into power at present
Baserunning/Speed 40 Not much effort out of the box, moves well in field, lacks quickness, not a base-stealing threat
Glove 50 Steady glove, not flashy; lacks closing speed, solid routes help range, best suited for corner role
Arm 50 Average arm strength, accurate, capable arm in right
Overall

A former first-round supplemental pick, Winker is a corner outfielder with a plus hit tool and average defensive projection. There's some swing-and-miss, but he possesses quality bat speed and contact skills. Average raw power plays down a tick in-game; he generates loft, but lacks the finishing strength for the tool to be an asset. Steady glove in a corner that won't create problems, and his accurate arm shows average strength. Winker has struggled with wrist injuries, which has very possibly sapped his ability to tap into the raw power he has. Projection for a solid starting outfielder with bottom-half lineup contributions.


Travis Demeritte

Born: 09/30/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180
Primary Position: 2B
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Premium athleticism, quick-twitch, thin frame, filled out with lean muscle, sneaky upper-body strength, minimal projection remaining
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/26/2016
Dates Seen 4/17, 4/30, 6/21, 6/26/16
Affiliate High Desert Mavericks (High A, Rangers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 Extreme 50 40/Utility Infielder Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Open setup with crouch, hands high and tight off back ear, moderate waggle, flattens at first move, aggressive flair to start load, hands drift, inconsistent trigger; length into zone, bat will drag, drops back shoulder, hips fly open; elite wrist strength, plus bat speed with moderate leverage, poor barrel delivery, frequent over-swings; in-between approach, can get passive in-zone, will expand in all directions, especially vulnerable to high velo, poor tracking and pick-up of spin, in-zone swing-and-miss, susceptible to weak fly ball contact
Power 50 Easy plus raw, leverage and strength to drive the baseball, lift in plane, max effort swing with plus bat speed, shows ability to let it get deep, can drive it to all fields, strength to muslce it out; in-game utility limited by poor hit tool
Baserunning/Speed 50 4.33 on loan clock, quick-twitch athleticism plays in start-up, solid reads, times pitchers, picks his spots; quick breaks in the field, average speed can play to full utility
Glove 55 Above-average quickness and agility, speed plays to average range, fluidity and mobility to the ground; hands will jab to the ball, advanced footwork around the bag; physicality and arm strength suggest potential for left-side utility
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength, flashes plus velo at second; controls his body, moderate accuracy across his body, quality turns with a quick transfer
Overall

2013 1st rounder (#30 overall) out of high school, extreme risk profile due to raw bat and an 80-game PED suspension served in 2015. Demeritte shows premium athleticism and quick-twitch movement, and he projects to boast four average-or-better game tools. The raw power is true plus, as he has a swing built to drive the baseball. The loud contact he manages to make comes at the high price of extreme swing-and-miss tendencies heightened by an aggressive approach that frequently migrates out of the zone. Between empty swings and those that produce weak pop-up or rolled-over contact I'm not convinced he ever hits .240 in the big leagues, but there's enough patience and power that I think he can make it work enough to drive a second-division starting profile at the keystone, with the physicality for utility reps around the dirt if the hit tool holds him back.


J.P. Crawford

Born: 01/11/1995 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 180
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Lean, spindly frame, long limbs with muscle tone, fairly broad shoulders, tapered torso, loose athleticism
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 07/04/2016
Dates Seen 9x April-June 2016
Affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA, Phillies)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Low 60 55; Above-Average SS Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Hands start high, some length into the zone, direct swing, fluid load and transfer, plus bat speed; advanced approach, works counts, creates long at-bats, can get passive, approach leads to high walk totals, more strikeouts; pull-oriented
Power 40 Power is to pull side, limited loft, doubles power with occasional pulled homeruns; bat speed to generate hard line-drive contact
Baserunning/Speed 50 4.20 home-to-first; speed kept mostly in reserve; doesn't jailbreak out of box; shorter, upright stride; can steal the occasional base
Glove 60 Advanced glove with easy actions; steady defender, not flashy; plus range into the hole
Arm 60 Easy arm strength, can throw on the run, arm strength and accuracy from the hole
Overall

Former first-round pick is a steady, true shortstop with four average-or-better tools. The hit tool projects plus with a patient approach as the standout attribute. He is rarely aggressive early in the count and will work pitchers for long at bats and walks. There is ample bat speed with a line-drive stroke that produces sound contact skills, though it's a pull-heavy approach. The frame suggests more speed utility than he shows, and it is more impactful in the field than on the bases. The glove and arm are carrying tools, with both rating as easy plus. Crawford should be a quality contributor offensively and defensively. Future well-rounded, starting SS with first-division potential.


Nick Zammarelli

Born: 07/30/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Primary Position: 3B
Secondary Position: 1B
Physical/Health
Average height, wiry build, room to add strength without compromising mobility
Evaluator Brendan Gawlowski
Report Date 07/07/2016
Dates Seen 6x June-July 2016
Affiliate Everett AquaSox (Short Season, Mariners)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2020 High 40 30 No
Makeup

Keeps head in the game, stays focused throughout

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Moderate load; linear bat path with some late loft; average bat speed, maybe a tick below, swing can get elongated; good approach, knows the zone, capable of staying back on off-speed pitches; expands above the zone, may struggle against premium velocity
Power 40 45 raw, swing not currently conducive to full utility, may develop average power if frame maxes out
Baserunning/Speed 45 4.22-4.30 down the line, quick first step, build should allow speed to hold
Glove 50 Quality first step, athleticism plays, range not exceptional but more than a step and a dive
Arm 50 Arm plays at third, prone to overthrowing first basemen, will short-arm it
Overall

Seattle's 8th round pick in the 2016 draft, Zammarelli lacks a standout tool, but he can do a bit of everything and he could provide adequate defense at third and enough bat to stick in a reserve role at full maturation. While a lack of strength and tendency to swing and miss will probably prevent him from enjoying a significant big league career, he has the tools to succeed in the upper minors. In an era of three- or four-man benches, he will need to add defensive versatility to his game to enhance big-league viability.


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heterodude
7/21
Wasn't this report for Kevin Newman published a few weeks ago?
heterodude
7/21
I didn't comb it word for word, but it looks to be the same one posted for him on 06/23/2016.
MaineSkin
7/21
If we said Winker fills out nicely over the next couple seasons, could it be a Castellanos type hitter? Castellanos was scouted as a plus hit, slight build but projects to add good muscle. Promoted way to early as the Tigers seem to do often, he matured physically and that plus hit and loft he showed for 2+yr prior, is now that .275-25 CI.