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TimestampPlayer NameMLB Team NamePosition PlayedDate ScoutedSubmitted ByHit GradePower GradeDefense GradeSpeed GradeArm Strength GradePlayer SummaryMLB Comparison
4/2/2014 8:08:07Sample, BillyRangersLF6/1/1985Mike Newman40/4530/3550/6050/5045/45Billy Sample projects as a 4th outfielder with minimal room for offensive growth. A spray hitter, he likes to work the ball to all fields, even though Sample's quality of contact is poor. Once a speedster, his ability to steal bases has diminished with added off-season bulk. In game action, a ground ball to shortstop resulted in a 4.27 home-to-first run time. In the outfield, he tracked balls well, but a below average throwing arm limits him to left field. One a single to left field, Sample charged the ball well, but the runner was still able to score from second base because of a weak, off-line throw.R.J. Reynolds
4/4/2014 18:47:05Solarte, YangervisYankees3B4/3/2014Bob Usselman4550504050Error-free at 3B, demonstrating quick hands and reactions with strong arm; Quiet set-up at the plate with a patient approach; slightly open stance with wide base; Hands slightly higher average batter; flat swing plane; fooled badly on an 81-MPH Brett Oberholtzer change-up; made loud contact twice; Barreled Oberholtzer fastball hard up the middle; Hammered inside 76 MPH CB foul; No home-first reading; Appeared slower than average; Better when underway (demonstrated twice: going first-to-third once, then on a hustle double)
4/5/2014 19:15:40Lindor, FranciscoIndiansSS4/5/2014Mike Washburn50/6040/4580/8055/5560/65Two game look; 5'10 to 5'11 small, compact build; Strong lower half projects average power, below average now; Stance is calm in the set up and a short, sound swing hints at future plus hit tool; Some explosion off the bat with loft in his swing; Hits to outfield indicates he's not an empty average hitter; Hit wind-aided home run; Struck out once on a breaking ball in two games; Lindor dictated at with impressive eye and waited for his pitch; Potential for more BB than K; All AB's from left side; Above average withplus instincts on bases; Glove is Elite; saved 3 runs in game 2 of the DH with diving stop up the middle; Later showed plus-plus range up the middle with a spin and throw to nail batter by a half step; Arm was plus; Best defensive shortstop seen in person; make up is an 80; natural leader like Jeter on the field; Vocal with a strong baseball IQ; Franchise Short Stop and a perennial all-star ceiling
4/5/2014 19:35:40Naquin, TylerIndiansOF4/5/2014Mike Washburn40/5540/4050/5555/5570/70Slight build and thin lower half; Lacks future projection; Swing is flat and suited for LD's; Future .280-.285 hitter if he eliminates hitch in swing; average eye; Chased inside pitches; Will walk some, but swing issues will result in more strikeouts than typical player with his profile; Doubles power; Doesn't use lower half; Lack of loft in swing; Gap power to all fields; squared up on lesser velocity resulting in 2, 2B's; Can stick in CF defensively; Ran down fly balls showing above average range; Issues with rout running; Can improve with time and reps; Arm is a weapon from the outfield; 70 grade; Accuracy helps arm strength play even higher; Speed is above average out of the box; Plus in full stride; Ceiling of 2nd division starter or 4th OF if hitch isn't ironed out
4/6/2014 21:13:08Briceno, JoseRockiesC4/6/2014Mike Newman40/5020/2060/60Future MLB backup with strong, sturdy frame and thick shoulders; rock and fire hitting mechanics with high leg lift; Not sure timing mechanism will work against advanced pitching; 1B up the middle in first at bat; multiple GB's to left side -- rolled over on pitches; threw 1.9 to second between innings; made snap throw from knees to nail runner at 1BHector Sanchez
4/12/2014 11:56:15Marte, KetelMarinersSS4/6/2014Chris Blessing40/5030/3050/5555/5535/406'1'', switch hitting shortstop with limited offensive projection. Has the range for short but the arm projects to second base. Likely an utility player with the athleticism to play a little outfield. At the plate, Marte is a guess hitter and does not read off speed pitches well. He is a solid average runner.
4/14/2014 10:35:40Sabol, StefanMetsLF4/12/2014Chris Blessing35/4550/5020/2045/4540/40Thick, right handed hitting LF with limited defensive value. Runs well for size but will lose speed as he develops. Avg to a tick below average hit tools. He will have difficulty catching up to MLB fastballs. He will swing and miss too much. Has a similar profile to Josh Satin same level. Should be good against lefty pitchers. Limited projection based on defensive value. Fringe prospect repeating Sally at 22
4/14/2014 14:14:04Cruzado, VictorMetsOF4/13/2014Mike Newman40/5520/3045/5055/5050/55Cruzado is a sleeper in the Mets' system; best BP session on team; hardest contact in game too; Hit tool may play down due to lack of power projected loss of speed; presented as most athletic player with quick twitch movements; future "tweener" defensively with above average arm strength; speed will degrade as he fills out; Lagares comp comes from seeing both play for Savannah. Future 4/5 outfielder.Juan Lagares
4/14/2014 14:30:25Mazzilli, L.J.Mets2B, SS4/15/2014Mike Newman30/3520/2545/5050/50Mazzilli presented as a fringe prospect; Typical Mets INF pick with limited upside (Robbie Shields, Matt Reynolds, Phillip Evans); presented with contact ability, but little pop; spray hitter who works the "V"; made all the plays on defense, but doesn't have the range for SS; fielded ball in 5/6 hole and made surprisingly strong throw to 1B (runner was safe by a step); No home-to-first time, but presented as average runner; Pastornicky is closest comp from players scouted, but Mazzilli is less athletic; Utility ceiling, but more likely org. piece.Tyler Pastornicky
4/16/2014 8:43:56Realmuto, J.T.MarlinsC4/16/2014Chris Blessing35/4040/4540/5050/4560/65Originally scouted during the 2013 season. Doesn't make consistent hard contact despite avg bat speed. Power potential for 10-15 HR. Pulls everything. Solid runner. 4.16 Home to first. Defensively, he's framing pitches better but struggled to get in front of breaking balls in the dirt. Defensively value enhanced by ability to control running game w/ strong throwing arm and good mechanics. A converted SS, Realmuto looks to have a MLB career as a second division starter.Chris Snyder
4/18/2014 12:06:08White, MaxRockiesOF4/18/2014Chris Zolli20/3525/4050/5540/4055/60White was a second round pick by the Rockies in 2012 that is repeating the SAL in 2014 and his upright stance does not generate enough contact. He has a very long swing that nullifies the inner half of the plate from the left side and saps some of his power. White should be seen as an organizational piece unless he builds into his body and matures his plate approach. He entered the Rockies system as a centerfielder, but has played all three outfield positions while in Asheville. He takes good routes to the ball and does have an above average arm. White is more of a project piece than teammate and fellow 2012 draftee David Dahl but there is upside for White as his body fills in.
4/25/2014 21:46:07Morris, HunterBrewers1B4/15/2014Mike Newman40/4050/5030/3020/2035/35Morris has added bad weight since seeing him in Double-A. Booted two routine ground balls in game action, showing poor footwork and hard hands. Failed to drive balls in BP like 2012. Versus Tim Cooney, Morris hit HR to RF off of 86 MPH fastball. Later, was overpowered by Sam Freeman fastballs (94.1 MPH career). Did not play in the second game.
5/2/2014 23:05:44Betts, MookieRedsox2b5/2/2014Mike Washburn55/6045/5045/5560/6060/60Listed height is accurate at 5'9 has some possible projection left with thin lower half. Plus bat speed, barrels balls, swing path is smooth through the zone with a touch of loft to the finish that suggests future average power. Won't go plus plus on hit tool as Betts was tied up inside with fastballs. Elite eye for a 21 year old kid, future leadoff profile. Plus runner out of the box and in full stride. Saw him bobble the ball in his hand on routine grounder to 2nd and bobble and drop an exchange in rundown, may suggest subpar hands. Plus range, and plus arm for the 2nd base position. 1st Divisional Starter.Ray Durham
5/16/2014 20:51:01Hernandez, ElierRoyalsOF5/16/2014Chris Zolli40/5535/5035/4540/4535/50Tall, long, and raw, Hernandez was a big money signing for the Royals in the summer of 2011 and has all the tools to be an MLB starter. In batting practice, his swing was smooth and easy without hitches. In the game, Hernandez fought back from a 1-2 to get the count full before strongly lining out to right field. He was caught a bit off guard on an offspeed offering from Antonio Senzatela of Asheville, but was able to foul the pitch off. In his second at bat against Senzatela, Hernandez struck out on a 92 mph fastball down the middle, the fourth fastball of the at bat. Hernandez looked weak in a fly out to center in the 6th, but yet again fought off pitches he missed on rather than feebly swinging and missing. Without much of an opportunity to see him in the field or on the bases, he looked athletic enough to be a serviceable outfielder and, if given the opportunity, could steal a base if he were not closely monitored. A lot with Hernandez is in how he develops; he is young and raw, but has good habits for a young Latin player. Right now, there is enough of good evidence with Hernandez to see him as a second division starter if he controls a bit of a noisy start to his swing but there is an upside of a 20-25 home run hitter if he continues to develop into his body and aggressively works to pull the ball.
5/22/2014 16:51:05Hernandez, Enrique "Kike"Astros1B-2B5/18/2014Chris Blessing40/4530/3550/5045/4040/40Utility player profile. First scouted in 2011 with Lexington. Below Average to Average across the board. Could be a passable short term option at second. Could play anywhere on infield in pinch. Will be exposed for deficiencies over time. Fringe average bat speed plays up currently due to increased plate discipline. Miguel Cairo
5/29/2014 18:06:18Reyes, FranmilPadresOF5/19/2014Mike Washburn35/4045/5030/3030/2050/50Very large for an 18 year, very thick lower half. Looked every bit of 6'4 240, will have to watch weight in time. Does not look his age, looks like an older player. Stance and set up looks like classic Vladimir Guerrero. Guess hitter currently who can hit slower velocity fastballs, but will have trouble in higher levels hitting velocity due to average at best bat speed. Chases offspeed out of the zone landing on his knee when swinging. Swing has some loft and can muscle pitches but ball does not explode off bat. Well below average runner who will become a baseclogger in a few years. Ran poor routes in right field and will be a major liability defensively unless moved to 1st/DH. Average arm that had good carry. Despite his youth, does not project to become a strong prospect.
5/29/2014 18:41:12Frazier, ClintIndiansCF5/19/2014Mike Washburn25/5035/6550/5555/5060/70Small and thin player with little projection in upper half. Can max out projection by putting on more muscle in lower half, but would have to make a move to a corner outfield spot. Not listed height and weight of 6'1 190, closer to 5'11 180. Set up with swing is high with hands close to head, has a small leg kick before engaging his swing. Elite bat speed, loft in swing, and strength from forearms suggest future plus power if he is able to unlock his hit tool, could push plus-plus power. Hit tool is currently well below average due to having a small hitch creating a late trigger in swing. He also has trouble reading spin. Can hit slower velocity and change-ups, but had trouble catching up to velocity from late trigger. He has a good eye of the strikezone on fastballs and change ups. Looks hapless against breaking balls as opposing pitchers went back to it time and time again as he failed to put a breaking ball in play in three games I watched. Hit tool can become average or better if he is able to fix his hitch and learn how to read spin. Above average runner at full speed, but does not have great acceleration out of the box. Very smart baserunner on the base paths. Will lose some speed if his lower half thickens. Currently average in centerfield with a chance to become slightly above average if he does not lose a step, range is currently average, but runs good routs in center. Arm is plus and could return to borderline elite over time as his shoulder strengthens from previous surgery. Potential strong talent if he able to iron out hit tool in Centerfield or Rightfield, boom or bust.
5/30/2014 14:09:08Dahl, DavidRockiesOF5/29/2014Anon Y. Mous50/7045/6045/5555/5555/65It's tough to call a top 100 player a sleeper, but I firmly stand behind calling David Dahl one of the biggest sleepers in the minors. In short, David Dahl is one of the most exciting players I have scouted in the SAL. The true definition of a 5-tool player, Dahl's swing rivals any other I've seen in 12 years of scouting. I think a lot of people are sleeping on the power, which could eventually yield 25 HR/year if everything comes together. Every scout I have talked to says that the makeup issues surrounding Dahl are of absolutely no concern and that he is one of the hardest working players out there. Jim Edmonds
5/30/2014 14:10:39Perez, CarlosAstrosC5/18/2014Chris Blessing30/3525/3055/6040/3550/55The 23 year old right handed catcher was acquired in the JA Happ deal that brought the Astros a slew of fringe prospects. Carlos Perez is a potentially plus defender with a solid average arm, solid at blocking balls in the dirt and stillness framing pitches pitches. At the plate, he struggles against MLB quality pitching, especially facing a steady diet of breaking pitches. Career Backup profile, Triple A depth.
5/30/2014 14:24:02Reyes, ElmerBravesSS5/23/2014Chris Blessing40/4530/3540/4550/4560/60The right handed hitting 23-year-old shortstop has decent range and a solid-average to fringe plus throwing arm. Made a stellar play in the 5-6 hole to rob a 35-year-old catcher of an infield hit. At the plate, Reyes is blessed with solid-average bat speed and plus bat control through the progression of his swing. Swings at anything close. Will be exploited by better pitching. Reminds me of Ronny Cedeno.Ronny Cedeno
5/30/2014 14:34:35Kubitza, KyleBraves3B5/23/2014Chris Blessing40/4530/4035/4050/4555/55The left handed hitting Kubitza has improved his overall profile since 2012 with Rome. His hit tool has improved, better utilizing average bat speed with his strike zone discipline. Advanced knowledge of the strike zone. Power tool still hasn't come around. Doesn't generate backspin on flyballs. He's a below average defender at short. Makes up from lack of range with a fringe plus throwing arm. Should transition to the corners in the outfield.
6/4/2014 7:04:37Terdoslavich, JoeyBravesLF5/19/2014Mike Newman30/3535/4025/2530/3035/35"Tweener" up-and-down player with low upside. Terdoslavich is a butcher in left field and doesn't have the power for 1B/DH. Rigid baseball movements with limited athleticism. Switch hitter with more power from the left side. Right-handed swing is more of a line drive stroke.
6/4/2014 7:13:56Gosselin, PhilBraves2B/SS5/19/2014Mike Newman50/5525/3050/5050/5045/45Multi-Game look: Gosselin has developed from a borderline non-prospect to future utility infielder at the MLB level. Arm strength limits him at SS, but Gosselin has the range to play there once or twice per week. His best defensive position is 2B, where he profiles as an above average defender. Gosselin has strong bat-to-ball skills and peppers line drives from gap-to-gap. He's also an excellent bunter with the ability to drag for a hit. However, the right-handed hitter is aggressive on balls in the strike zone which limits his ability to draw free passes.DJ LeMahieu
6/4/2014 12:17:25Rua, RyanRangers3B5/23/2014Grant Schiller35/4045/5040/4540/4050/55Listed at 6’2”, 180 pounds, Rua is a very large and strong human and most likely weighs more than the number he is listed at. Almost exclusively a second baseman until a promotion to Frisco late last season, Rua possesses the quickness for average range at third despite his build. He also possesses a surprisingly strong arm for a former second baseman, although accuracy is an issue. This should improve as he spends more time at third, as the amount of improvement he has already shown from last year to this year at the position is very promising. Rua owns above average bat speed, and that combined with his tremendous strength leads to a capability for 20 or so home runs. He absolutely mashes balls in batting practice, and his power has played in game action, with 32 bombs in 2013 and nine so far in 2014. Rua possesses power to all fields. A slight pull hitter, Rua has a swing that tends to get a bit too long in game action, despite being fairly compact in batting practice. He has shown improved bat to ball skills this year, cutting down on his K-rate and swinging and missing much less often. One of the main improvements Rua has made this year is in his approach. Rua is not chasing as many pitches and is doing a much better job of laying off outside pitches early in the count which don’t play to his strength. Pitch recognition is not an issue for him.Trevor Plouffe
6/10/2014 13:54:24Smolinski, JakeRangersOF6/9/2014Grant Schiller35/4030/3555/5555/5550/50Signed as a 25-year-old minor league free agent in the offseason, Smolinski has been surprising. He has average bat speed and average pop, but an advanced approach, speed that pushes plus, and good defense gives him a chance to make it as a 4th/5th outfield type.Jim Aducci
6/21/2014 16:22:13Betancourt, JavierTigers2B6/21/2014John Moore40/5030/4550/6040/3030/40The Tigers challenged the 18 year old Betancourt by sending from the GCL in 2013 to West Michigan (A) to start the 2014 season. now 19 Betancourt has shown a plus glove at and his range is a tick above average. He has impressed me with his bat this season and has shown the ability to drive the ball to all fields. I can see Betancourt finding a everyday job in the big leagues as a second division regular.
6/24/2014 20:18:45Plawecki, KevinMetsC6/19/2014Mike Washburn50/5535/3540/5030/2550/50Have seen this player close to 10 times this year.
Very tall for a catcher, fully mature. Upright stance in the box. Simple swing with little preswing movement. Bat speed is very average an can be beat with good fastballs. Very sound contact hitter that is able to get the bat on most pitches as he is very tough to strikeout, though I saw in latest occurance he got fooled by a breaking ball for a swinging strikeout. Very little loft to his swing that despite being tall projects to have gap power at best. Defensively he is mixed, some games show good framing and an average arm (2.0 pop time from scout), other games he committed pass balls that make it harder to project him to stay behind the plate. Very slow runner but that is expected from a catcher. Can see him being a starting backstop on 2nd divisional team or a strong back up on a contender, but non prospect if he doesn't stick behind the plate.
6/25/2014 8:30:55Asuajue, CarlosRed SoxUtil6/7/2014Chris Blessing35/4030/3535/4045/4040/40Short in stature, gets most out of 5-foot-9-inch frame. Left handed hitter who barreled everything during three game look. Hit two towering HRs off of Left handed pitchers. Played Center, second and third during look and showed adequacy at each positions. OPSing over .950 as a 22-year-old in the South Atlantic League. Good instincts. Will struggle against advance pitching due to elongated swing. Gets started early to hit MLB average FB. A good utility profile with some pop.
6/25/2014 8:31:28Asuajue, CarlosRed SoxUtil6/7/2014Chris Blessing35/4030/3535/4045/4040/40Short in stature, gets most out of 5-foot-9-inch frame. Left handed hitter who barreled everything during three game look. Hit two towering HRs off of Left handed pitchers. Played Center, second and third during look and showed adequacy at each positions. OPSing over .950 as a 22-year-old in the South Atlantic League. Good instincts. Will struggle against advance pitching due to elongated swing. Gets started early to hit MLB average FB. A good utility profile with some pop.
6/29/2014 22:20:15Adams, LaneRoyalsCF6/28/2014Grant Schiller35/4040/5560/6065/6045/50Lane Adams is a rangy center fielder full of speed who makes good reads on fly balls. Just an all-around plus defensive outfielder. Adams possesses enough pop for 15+ home runs a year and has really bulked up this year. Struggles against off-speed pitches but barrels up hard stuff. Adams projects as a dependable 4th/5th outfielder.
7/26/2014 9:02:11Herrera, DilsonMets2b7/19/2014Mike Washburn45/5540/4540/5060/6050/50When looking at Herrera I feel like I am looking at a bigger Jose Altuve. A legit 5'8 and mostly filled out he offers little if any projection left. If he fills out anymore it would be bad weight for him. When watching BP/Drills he was getting in reps at shortstop but I feel that his arm is short for the position. Despite his great line in AA so far I am not going to slap him with a future plus hit tool yet as I may need to see him more than the few looks I have seen already. In BP he was peppering line drives all over the outfield. His bat speed is above average to plus which gives him the ability to barrel fastballs. His bat speed gives him a chance to be a 10-15 HR hitter at the highest level with 30 doubles. His glove will become average over time but still has lapse from time to time, allowing a ball to go through his legs, and has good but not great range. He is currently a plus runner that could steal 20 bases a year and will stay there if he keeps himself in shape. He has the talent to allow the mets to deal Daniel Murphy as I feel Herrera is their future starter at the keystone.
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