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Jordan Johnson

Born: 09/15/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 200
Mechanics
Slender, well-proportioned frame, narrow shoulders with some slope, moderate muscle tone in upper body, could add additional strength; still shows baseline athleticism, tentative movements, lacked coordination and flow displayed in previous viewing; semi-wind, deeper rock with some effort into leg kick, abrupt hand break, poor timing into arm swing, mild stab, above-average arm speed, inconsistent arm slot, generally three-quarter, significant release point variance; backside collapse, more mechanical through drive, extreme length to slot, soft drive, not getting downhill; inverted strike, extremely firm, closed off at plant, extreme crossfire, comes around plant foot, dead-arm finish; struggled to repeat in the stretch, poor timing, hard strike, magnified release point inconsistencies; 1.25-1.48, occasional slide-step
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 07/15/2016
Affiliate San Jose Giants (High A, Giants)
Dates Seen 7/14/16
OFP/Risk 50/High
Realistic 40/Middle Reliever
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 45 50 91-93 93 Plus velo, well below-average command, inconsistent finish; boring action, runs well to the hands right-on-right, average life, flattens out up in the zone; did not appear to feature a two-seam variant in this start, limited movement; struggled with consistent release all night, misses low to glove side and up over the heart; slingshot delivery lacks deception, lefties and righties alike saw it
CH 45 50 85-86 86 Hard change with split action, vertical movement, limited fade; confidence in pitch, works it right-on-right; feel and command have regressed, heavy use diminishes utility, too many starting below the zone, limited chase, lots of contact in-zone; some swing-and-miss potential, generated a handful
CB 40 50 78-80 81 11-5 hook, quality depth with late horizontal action; will roll it, inconsistent bite, bat-misser when he snaps it off, below-average command
Overall

Johnson's mechanics and stuff have both taken considerable steps back since my last look in May, with poor results leading to tentative actions on the mound. His athleticism is still evident, and there are plenty of glimpses of the more fluid movement and delivery he showed earlier in the year. But the timing is a mess, leading to poor balance throughout the delivery and an arm slot that wandered all over the place in this start. The ensuing command was well below-average, with hard contact on the end of too many pitches. The raw ingredients of a mid-rotation starter are still in there, but he lacked for confidence and didn't look right in this start. The ceiling looks a lot farther away than it did two months ago, and the consistency and command issues are such that he's closer to an org arm if they represent a new normal.


Sandy Alcantara

Born: 09/07/1995 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 170
Mechanics
Tall, slim frame, long legs, high waist, further growth and strength can be projected; three-quarter arm slot, above-average arm speed, clean arm action with moderate effort
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 07/26/2016
Affiliate Peoria Chiefs (Low A, Cardinals)
Dates Seen 7/24/16
OFP/Risk 60/High
Realistic 50: No. 4 Starter/Set-Up
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 80 80 96-98 100 Premium velocity, touched 100 multiple times; straight and heavy, late life, stays low and locates to both sides of the plate; maintains velocity from the stretch
CH 40 50 82-84 85 Straight change, good velocity separation, mild late fade, average command
CB 30 40 81-82 82 11/5 shape, average bite, inconsistent arm speed replication
Overall

Signed as a 17-year-old from the Dominican Republic in 2013, Alcantara has seen his velocity steadily climb over the past three years. Now his electric fastball sits in the high 90's and will occasionally touch 100. He's tall and slim, and there is still projection left on his frame at 20. Both secondary pitches are raw and undeveloped but the change at least shows potential to develop into an average pitch. The fastball gives Alcantara a put-away pitch already, and if he maxes develop of the secondaries he could reach his ceiling of No. 3 starter or top closer.


Tomas Nido

Born: 04/12/1994 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 205
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Present strength, projection to add additional good weight without compromising agility
Evaluator Thomas Desmidt
Report Date 07/31/2016
Dates Seen 9x April-July 2016
Affiliate St. Lucie Mets (High A, Mets)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2019 Moderate 55 50: Major League Regular Yes
Makeup

Carries himself with maturity, all business, handles staff well, leadership qualities; low heart-rate player, doesn't get too high or low

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Holds bat up near ear, slight waggle; minimal hand load, deep weight transfer, toe tap, long stride; above-average bat speed, leverage, moderate barrel control; fluid swing, loud contact; limited swing-and-miss
Power 50 Plus raw, can get to a good bit of it in game situations; swing produces lift and separation, line-drive and gap power presently, ability to drive the ball to all fields
Baserunning/Speed 45 Below-average straight line, 4.33 home-to-first; decent base-runner with good instincts; can go first to third, not a base-stealing threat
Glove 55 Above-average receiving skills; solid lateral agility and quickness behind the plate, advanced blocking technique; calls a good game, adapts to pitchers' strengths and weaknesses through starts
Arm 60 Above-average arm strength plays up; quick release, accurate; 1.9 average on four pops
Overall

Drafted in the 8th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Orangewood Christian HS (Maitland, FL). This is Nido's fifth year in pro ball, and the standout raw power he was touted to have out of high school is slowly coming around. He makes hard contact in games, with a fluid swing that produces line drives that have loft to all fields. On the defensive side, Nido is a solid receiver with a plus arm and solid presentation skills. With an ongoing offensive breakout this year, he's now a two-way prospect with the upside of an above-average big-league starting catcher.


Jose Trevino

Born: 11/28/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 195
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Compact frame, stocky, wide shoulders, weight around the middle, high maintenance frame, light on his feet, solid agility
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/27/2016
Dates Seen 4/14, 4/17, 4/30, 6/21, 6/26
Affiliate High Desert Mavericks (High A, Rangers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 Moderate 50 45/Second Division Catcher Yes
Makeup

High baseball IQ, professional approach in the field, evident leadership skills, strong situational awareness, constant communication, will show some fire

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Wide base, quiet load, rolls on front toe for timing/weight transfer, minimal stride, some rigidity and length into the zone; can cheat and get to velocity, mild leverage, fringe-average bat speed, strong hands, some drag into the zone, can get slow, will struggle to reach outer-third and roll over; consistent barrel delivery, solid hand-eye, limited swing-and-miss despite length; moderate command of the zone, tracks well, very aggressive in-zone, on-base skills play down, wants to hit
Power 45 Average raw, maybe a tick above, moderate leverage, quiet lower half, doesn't max torque or fully engage hips in game at present; will drop the back shoulder and try to muscle it, can let pitches get deep and drive them oppo; game approach limits utility, present gap between projected and actualized
Baserunning/Speed 30 Has shown glimpses of 40 present (4.4, 4.5 full digs), some second gear well underway; frequent early check-ups, slow start-up off first, struggles to go first-to-third, body not conducive to hang onto present fringe utility
Glove 50 Defensive captain, commands the field, exhibits situational awareness, good flow to the game; bigger body with solid physicality behind plate; average agility, lateral range to both sides, average mobility to the ground, quick feet; solid receiving with firm glove
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength, can get quick & sloppy on pops, ball will tail & sail; smooth to his feet, fluid transfer, 1.85 pop on the low end, 1.94 average on three
Overall

Drafted in the 6th round (2014) out of Oral Roberts, signed to a marginally below-slot deal. Trevino exudes leadership and commands the field from behind the dish, where he shows the baseline skill set to become a solid-average backstop at the highest level. There's some lag time with the bat, and he'll never be an on-base asset , but the bat-to-ball skills and nascent game power are there for him to hold his own in the box as well. Average regular potential if the bat maxes out, with enough defensive value and leadership acumen to fill a second-division role if it doesn't.


Richard Urena

Born: 02/26/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Medium frame, lean, slender body, evenly proportioned; still quite young, room to add additional muscle
Evaluator Steve Givarz
Report Date 07/22/2016
Dates Seen 6/23-6/25/2016, 6/27/2016
Affiliate Dunedin Blue Jays (High A, Blue Jays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 55 45: Utility Player No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Switch-hitter, hits from a tall, even stance, leg kick from both sides; above-average bat speed, good hands, slightly uphill bat path, fair loft; hand path gets longer from the RH side, can get big with swings from the left side and sell out for power; aggressive, attacks early, hunts fastballs
Power 40 Below-average raw, lacks present physicality to drive the ball; generates some loft on balls with some present strength, modest projection for additional power down the road; in-game power should play near full utility
Baserunning/Speed 50 Average runner, 4.32 home-to-first from right side, 4.21 from left
Glove 50 Lacks body control, struggles with backhand at present, tries to circle balls to his right; quality reads, plays hops well, solid range in both directions, plays above speed; fair hands
Arm 60 Plus arm strength, throws have good carry and strength; accuracy should improve, raw game speed, present mistakes from rushing
Overall

Urena has a major-league floor as a utility player due to a plus arm that will play all over the field and enough feel to hit to warrant regular at-bats. He is getting better at the plate and has shown similar progress defensively as the year has gone on, though there's still a long way to go if he's going to develop into an everyday player.


Andrew Knapp

Born: 11/09/1991 (Age: 24)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position: 1B
Physical/Health
Average frame, lean strength, broad torso, sturdy lower half
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 07/23/2016
Dates Seen 9x April-June 2016
Affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA, Phillies)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Low 40 40/Offense-first backup C Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Switch-hitter with more comfort hitting from left side; back elbow drifts up, slight hitch in hands; above-average bat speed, easy weight transfer, hips open early from right side; pull approach from right side, more all-fields from the left; expands zone, strong swing-and-miss tendencies, will draw some walks, though infrequent
Power 45 55 raw; pull power from the right side, all fields from left; frequent solid, hard contact; more of a power threat from left side, hips stay more synced; swing-and-miss tendencies will limit game utility
Baserunning/Speed 30 4.44 home-to-first time from left side; makes an effort, aggressive on basepaths; catcher speed, not a threat to steal
Glove 40 Struggles with glove behind plate; tendency to stab at balls, high rate of passed balls; over-exaggerates framing efforts; playing time beyond offense-first backup role would expose glove
Arm 55 1.90 best pop; flashes plus arm strength, poor accuracy, inconsistent mechanics; pop times tend to be average with throws bouncing or sailing
Overall

Offense-first catcher with chance at future average hit tool. Switch-hitter, though more capable from the left side. Knapp shows above-average bat speed and an ability to barrel balls, though h expands the zone and is highly vulnerable to swinging and missing, limiting the impact of his hit tool and capping the utility of his above-average raw power. He uses all fields from the left side, with fringe-average power potential. Below-average glove behind the plate will limit his playing time and role. He possesses plus arm strength, though accuracy and consistency are lacking. Speed is a non-factor, though there is effort made on the base paths. Profiles as a bat-first backup catcher, assuming he is not moved full-time to first base.


Eloy Jimenez

Born: 11/27/1996 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 205
Primary Position: LF
Secondary Position: RF
Physical/Health
Tall, athletic build, projection remains in upper body
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 07/31/2016
Dates Seen 5/26, 5/29,6/3, 6/7, 7/8
Affiliate South Bend Cubs (Low A, Cubs)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 Medium 70 60: 1st Division Outfielder Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Balanced base, slightly open stance; clean swing, minimal load with mild leg kick; above-average bat speed; leverage on swing path, maintains center of gravity; hits with power to all fields.
Power 70 70 raw, ball jumps off the bat, leverage on swing produces easy lift; drives the ball to all fields; still has projectable upper body strength, power will play
Baserunning/Speed 50 Above-average raw foot speed; 4.14-4.20 home-to-first, does not look to steal bases; as body fills out speed will settle in at league average
Glove 50 Raw route-running and reads, often struggles to judge trajectory; has physical tools to become average at corner outfield positions
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength; throws show carry, average accuracy
Overall

Still just 19, Jimenez has the tools to become a future All-Star player. Already tall and athletic, there is room for even more upper-body muscle growth as he develops. He projects three above-average or better game tools, with a swing and approach to hit 30-plus home runs at his peak. He hits with confidence and authority. The speed is currently above-average but will settle in at average as he fills out. The defense is raw, but there is enough athleticism to become league-average. This is an elite prospect with a high ceiling and a realistic path to a first-division career as a corner outfielder.


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