Over-the-top motion. Clean arm action. Average arm speed and mild effort. Capable of repeating delivery well. Odd timing mechanism pre-pitch out of windup including body gyration and glove going over head before coming set. 1.35-1.38 to home plate.
Salem Red Sox (High A, Red Sox)
45: Back-end of rotation
Sat 89-90 in early going with average command; heavy and boring pitch with arm-side run evident. Late life on fastball as game moved on. Showed better command of pitch as game moved on as well. Average command of pitch overall. Capable of slowing pitch down to get better movement and wiggle in the zone.
Sharp 12-to-6 break. Above-average command and great feel for pitch. Late bite; swing and miss potential and chance to be above-average pitch.
Good command; strong fade with arm speed consistently similar to that of fastball. Creating better velocity separation from fastball than in past; has the potential to be an average pitch.
Handful of sliders thrown in game; below-average command of pitch. Below-average depth, not much tilt on the pitch.
Raudes, a 19-year-old from Nicaragua, shows an advanced feel with his curveball and has average command of a fastball that currently sits 89-91 mph. Listed at just 160 pounds, one would expect Raudes to fill out a bit and gain some strength on the fastball. He has a clean, repeatable delivery, and has the potential to be a back-end of the rotation option.
Slim, athletic build with slight projection left; starts from a semi-windup, three-quarters slot, plus arm speed, efficient motion with mild effort, clean finish, athletic deceleration; fields position well
Generates velocity with plus arm speed, straight and heavy; locates well, will elevate to generate strikeouts
Shows arm side run and some weight, will run in on the hands of right handed hitters, trusts pitch, will throw in hitters counts
Still developing feel, inconsistent arm speed replication, good velocity separation, showed late fade, some swing-and-miss potential
11-to-5 movement; when right has depth and bite; inconsistent, will lose shape on occasion; lacks command
Cease is a quality starting pitching prospect. He shows four potentially major league average or better pitches. His delivery is clean with only mild effort which project plus command in the future. If the change and curve can continue to improve he could develop into a high No. 3 starter. Without that development, there is still enough in his stuff to become a valuable bullpen arm.
Went about his business, calm, cool and collected.
Line-drive hitter with occasional ability to lift for power, middle of the field and pull; loose hands, bat wrap, load combination of recoil and quasi-knee tuck/quasi-toe tap, average bat speed; aggressive approach, expands the zone; first live game action in three seasons.
Pitch recognition 40/40
Aggressive approach and slight lift does not allow for elevated batted balls, lacks the ability to impact the ball for high exit velo; demonstrated pull power with consistency during BP for average raw power.
Runs well, not aggressive on basepaths, not a steal threat, better underway.
Covers ground spatially with confidence and focus, body control, good footwork and anticipation around the bag, fields all, glove control, no rust here.
Different arm angles, on the bag, clean and controled arm action.
Arm strength 50/50
Arm accuracy 60/60
After signing on March 1, 2017, these PAs were to shake off rust as Valdes' last official professional season was 2014 in Serie Nacional. His best tool is his glove, demonstrating the range, glove and arm needed to cover SS. Since his bat and speed are both below average, he slots into an emergency back-up role for a championship team.
Reacts very well at hot corner, active feet, good first step read, body control, rangy, good pre-pitch, glove control, athleticism for other positions, too.
Clean arm action and accurate, different angles, quick and controlled exchanges.
Arm strength 55/55
Arm accuracy 55/60
Instinctive, confident, athletic position player with the ability to spray the ball, Hayes does a lot of things right. He holds down third exceptionally well, is aggressive on the basepaths, has bat control as well as plus bat speed. He lacks the power for third base, which might be okay for the creative and progressive Pirates, still a move off of third is likely. Depending on the team and their criteria for power at the corners, Hayes projects to be a major-league third baseman with the ability to cover other positions.
XL, gangly, long limbs, lean, V-shaped torso, high waist; muscular development can lead to position change
5/8 – 5/10
Bradenton Marauders (High A, Pirates)
50 – Everyday Third Baseman
Leader, competitor, confident, mature, loves to play the game, game seems easy, smile on his face, baseball player.
Prototypical Switch hitter — line drive from right, more light from left;
L – feet separated at shoulder width, upright with slight knee bend, balanced, bat at 45 degrees with light wiggle, high hands, slight bat wrap, knee lift, leaks, smooth, better than average bat speed, barrel control, spray, more lift.
R – feet separated at shoulder width, upright with slight knee bend, balanced, bat at 45 degrees with light wiggle, high hands, deep load, small knee lift, near arm bar, leakage, better than average bat speed; swing can get lengthy, more swing and miss.
executes plan at plate, some chase, hits where the ball is pitched, comfortable at plate.
Approach fitted for line drives and gaps all over the field, slight uphill, room for more power and aptitude suggests more power to come.
Raw power 50/60
Game power 30/45
Average raw speed, but instincts to allow tool to play up, takes healthy leads, aggressive on basepaths, at writing of this report leads all of minor league baseball with 24 steals, looks to take extra base, added weight will slow down, but instincts will play up speed then, too.
Sure-handed, sound defensive actions, rangy, gets to balls, good instincts, high center of gravity, mobile, body is framed for third base.
Low arm slot, short arm circle, some tail, ball released on front leg, on the bag, gets there in time, average arm speed and arm strength; right shoulder labrum surgery in Aug 2015.
Arm strength 50/50
Arm accuracy 50/50
Charismatic leader, exudes confidence, and loves to play the game, Tucker is a switch hitter with an advanced understanding of the game. Defensive actions to stick at short, but more muscle will slot him to third base—more power to come with position change and baseball aptitude. Though with current season high of two home runs, there is huge uncertainty as mechanical and approach change would be required. Tucker projects to be a fan favorite and everyday third baseman.