My 1st look at Cristian Pache, CF, Rome Braves

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Cristain Pache, photo courtesy of Jeff Morris (on Twitter @_Jeff_Morris)

 

Hey guys, the Rome Braves were in town for 7 games (4 in Greenville, 3 in Hickory) this past week and I got a couple of looks at them, it’s a very good squad.  One player that was high on my radar coming into the season was young CF, Cristian Pache (The Hickory PA announcer pronounced the last name Pa(Shea) like the Mets former stadium), (I’ll roll with that until I hear something different).

Pache- Age 18, listed 6’2″ 185 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015.  He had a lot of helium this Winter, really climbing up prospect lists and deservedly so, lots of loud tools on display.

Pache looked pretty well put together, I guessed 6’2″ 190 lbs on the field.  He could still fill out, I suspect he could add another 15-20 lbs of muscle.  That could cost him a step though.

At the dish, Pache hits from a semi open stance and slight crouch.  He keeps his hands high and he utilizes a moderate leg kick for timing.  His hands stay pretty busy pre-pitch.  His swing is linear and has some length to it, but the bat speed is plus and the ball jumps off of his barrel.   For an 18 year old he put together some pretty professional at bats in my look.  Fouled off some tough pitches, laid off of some tough benders.  The hit has the potential to play plus.

Pache is pretty strong already and will get stronger.  I put the raw power at 45 right now and that may get to 55 at peak.  Potential 16-20 HR player but with current swing plane 8-12 is more likely.

Speed and defense:  For a big man Pache can fly,  the speed is double plus.  I liked his action in CF, good 1st step and the route running is already above average.   He displayed a strong arm as well.

Conclusion:  Pache is an exciting young player with 5 loud tools on display.  We could be looking at a player with the potential to hit 280+, with power in the teens and 25+ SB.  With well above average CF defense.  That’s a very exciting player.

This is the year of the CF in the Sally.  I’m looking forward to seeing how Pache stacks up vs Mickey Moniak, Blake Rutherford, Desmond Lindsay, Leody Taveras, Manuel Melendez ETC…

I should have multiple looks at each player by the All Star break and will rank them then.  Cheers.

Next up at Notes:  A 1st impression piece on Rome SS, Derian Cruz should land tomorrow.  Also the Greensboro Grasshoppers are in town and I’m hoping to see young Right Hander Jordan Holloway tomorrow.

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A look at Kanny hitters, Mitch Roman and Micker Adolfo

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Hey guys, I got my 1st looks at the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) last week when they visited the Tourists (Rockies).  There’s some length to the lineup with speedster Joel Booker, solid hitters Mitch Roman, Jameson Fisher and Seby Zavala.  Followed by thumper Micker Adolfo.  I’ll eventually have a piece on all of these players but for today I want to talk about two of them, 2B/SS Mitch Roman and RF Micker Adolfo.

Roman, Age 22, listed 6′ 161 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was drafted in the 12th round of the 2016 draft by the White Sox out of Wright State Univ (Dayton, Ohio).

Roman is on the thin side, I guessed on the field 6′ 170 lbs.  He doesn’t seem the type that could add another 20+ lbs of muscle.  He seems destined to remain thin.

At the dish Roman hits from a slight crouch and a closed stance, he utilizes a small leg kick for timing.  He keeps his hands high and remains pretty quiet pre-pitch.  He’s patient and lets the ball travel deep.  He’s quick to the ball, it’s a short, fast linear swing and the bulk of the contact is sharp grounders and line drives up the middle and the other way.  With this approach the hit could play 60 but the power will be of the gap variety.  Lots of doubles but little over the fence.  Pitchers will start challenging him more as he climbs the ladder

Speed:  Roman is an above average runner and showed good instincts on the bases.

Defensively I only saw Roman at 2B, I know he also plays SS.  I liked his actions at 2B, he showed good hands and feet.  A nice 1st step and plenty of arm for 2nd.  I suspect the arm would also play at SS but would need to see the throws from deep in the hole to be sure.

Conclusion.  I enjoyed my looks at Roman, he’s not super toolsy, should always hit for high contact %, the over the fence power will be minimal unless he starts turning on more inside fastballs.  He has potential to be a low end regular with the more likely scenario a utility glove.  Still a great find by the White Sox in the 12th round.

 

 

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Micker Adolfo, Age 20, listed 6’3″ 200 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was a high profile signee out of the Dominican Republic in 2013.

Adolfo is a well put together young man, I guessed on the field 6’3′ 220, he looks pretty filled out but may add another 10 lbs of muscle.

At the dish Adolfo hits from a slight crouch and a semi open stance.  He has a long swing and above average bat speed.  The ball really jumps off of his barrel.  He has a fairly aggressive approach and his pitch recognition skills need some work.  I’m not yet convinced he can pick up spin.  He hasn’t been cheating the bat head, which is a good sign, when there was contact it was middle of the diamond.  If he could tone down some of the aggressiveness maybe the hit tool could play 40-45 which would allow him to get some of the massive power into the games.

Speed won’t be a big part of his game, an average runner underway.

A strong arm in right, the range isn’t great, if he fills out further, he could be a 1B.

Conclusion:  Adolfo is a work in progress offensively, he’s got impressive raw power but will he hit enough to get to it in games?  Despite the loud tools, he’s a long shot to make it to the big leagues.

 

Up next at Notes, I’ll be in Hickory today for a double header between the Crawdads and the Rome Braves.  Expect write ups on CF) Leody Taveras and 3B) Ti’Quan Forbes for Hickory. And CF) Christian Pache and SS) Derian Cruz for Rome.  It looks like I’ll be missing Ian Anderson this go round, I’ll try to catch him in late May when Rome returns for two series.

 

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Scouting Bryse Wilson, RHP, Rome Braves

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Hey guys, I took a run down to Fluor Field in Greenville Saturday for my 2nd look of the young season at the Rome Braves. Young right hander Bryse Wilson was throwing for Rome.

Wilson, Age 19, listed 6’1″ 225 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 draft out of high school in Hillsborough, NC (Triangle, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area).

Wilson’s pretty filled out, I guessed on the field 6’2″ 220 lbs, he stands on the 3rd base side of the rubber, has a 3/4 release point and a fast arm.  The delivery has some effort to it but he repeats it well. There is some fall off toward 1st base.

The fastball mostly sat 92-93, a few at 94, also a few at 90-91.  They all had some sinking action, he held his velo throughout the start.  Some control over command particularly arm side. 55

I suspect due to the arm speed he could add a few ticks in shorter stints maybe sit 95-97

Wilson’s 2nd pitch is a slider that sat 80-82 MPH, he flashed a few that showed very good bite including one that froze Greenville 3B Bobby Dalbec.  Most showed more of a gradual 2 plane break.  Flashed 55, sat 45

Wilson also throws a change up,  I only caught a few and they sat 84-85.  They seemed fairly straight to me but I honestly could use a few more looks at the pitch. 40

Sequencing:  Wilson worked off of his fastball all night 75%, with 20% slider and 5% change.

Conclusion:  I enjoyed watching Wilson work.  He has a very good fastball, both secondaries are going to need some work but hes in good hands in the Braves organization.  Due to the effort in the delivery I think there’s a good chance he ends up in the pen and he could be a late inning arm.

Up next at Notes:  A look at a couple of Kannapolis hitters.

I have a fund drive going on right now, I’m raising $$$ to counter the costs associated with live scouting a league this size (gas, food on the road and hotels for when I go to Greensboro, Kannapolis and Columbia) Only $40 still remain until I reach my goal of  $250 for the year.  I want to thank everyone who’s participated in the fund drive till this point.  I’m very appreciative.

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Looking ahead to week #4, Ian Anderson and the Grasshoppers

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Hey guys, there was a ton of rain in the area the last few days,  I was hoping to see the Rome Braves in Hickory tomorrow (Monday 4/24) , Ian Anderson was the projected starter but they rained out today (Sunday) in Greenville and there’s a lot of rain in the forecast tomorrow.  So I’m going Tues or Wed, which ever day Anderson throws.

So tomorrow (Monday) I’m staying home and I’m planning to release 3 articles to clear the cache.  A scouting report on Rome RHP Bryse Wilson, and 1st look pieces on Kannapolis 2B Mitch Roman and slugger RF Micker Adolfo.  Maybe I’ll combine the last two.

Tues or Wed I’ll be in Hickory

Wed or Thurs, look for an Ian Anderson write up as well as 1st impression pieces on CF) Christian Pache and SS) Derian Cruz.  And on the Hickory side a 1st impression piece on CF) Leody Taveras and a look at 3B) Ti’Quan Forbes.  (Some of these may land over the weekend).

Thurs-Sun Greensboro visits Asheville:  I assume I’ll be at two of the four games, too soon to know the projected starters but I’m hoping to see RHP’s) Jordon Holloway and Michael King the latter of which is destroying the level right now.

On the Asheville side expect write ups on 1B-3B Tyler Nevin and corner outfielder Vincent Fernandez.  And if I see Riley Pint I’ll write him up as well.

It’ll be a busy week but I’m looking forward to it.

I have a fund drive going on right now, I’m raising $$$ to counter the costs associated with live scouting a league this size (gas, food on the road and hotels for when I go to Greensboro, Kannapolis and Columbia) Only $40 still remain until I reach my goal of  $250 for the year.  I want to thank everyone who’s participated in the fund drive till this point.  I’m very appreciative.

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Scouting Joey Wentz, LHP, Rome Braves

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Hey guys, arms week continues in my area (Asheville, Greenville, Hickory), one top flight pitcher after another is throwing this week.  Monday was Alec Hansen, Tuesday Dane Dunning, Wednesday Riley Pint vs Bernardo Flores (unfortunately I missed this one).  And last night was Joey Wentz.  Still to come are Ian Anderson and Bryse Wilson.

Here’s my look at Joey Wentz.

Wentz- Age 19, listed 6’5″ 210 lbs, bats and throws left.  He was drafted 40th overall in the 2016 draft by the Braves out of high school in Prairie Village, KS (Kansas City Metro).

Wentz is long and lean, 6’5″ 210 lbs looked accurate.  Plenty of projection here, conservatively he could add another 15-20 lbs of muscle.  He stands on the 3rd base side of the rubber and utilizes a high 3/4 release point.  The delivery is fairly low effort and buttery smooth, for a big man he repeats very well (that’s often a large hurdle for tall pitchers with long limbs and speaks to Wentz’s athleticism).  He gets to a very good plane on his pitches.

Wentz’s fastball mostly sat 90-91 , there were a few at 92 also a few at 88 and 89.  When he finishes the pitch, it’s coming down hill and isn’t easy to elevate.  He held the velo throughout his 5 innings. (50 current), if the pitch stabilizes at 90-93 MPH (55)  if he gets back into the mid 90’s like he was as an amateur (60).

The fastball will play up because of the angle he gets to.  And should play up further as I think command will be a strength.  He’s already pretty consistent arm side.

Wentz’s 11/5 curve sat 76-78, they had nice shape and good bite, he buried many of them and got some awkward swings.  Not easy to pick up out of hand.  55

Wentz’s change sat 76-79 and flashed good sink but many just stayed pretty straight and were just a change of pace pitch.  He did a nice job selling the pitch mimicking the arm speed of the fastball. 45

Pitch Mix:  Wentz was working off of the fastball all night 70% with both secondaries coming in around 15%.

Conclusion: I enjoyed watching Wentz work, the consistency he’s already showing with delivery and release was amazing.  It’s a nice 3 pitch mix, the 2nd time through last night the righties were getting some pretty good swings against him.  He’s going to need the change up to get more consistent to keep them off of the fastball.  The potential is there for #2 starter if the fastball gets back to the mid 90’s (without any added effort) and the change tightens, 60,60,55 with + command.

I’ll be seeing Rome again tomorrow and Monday.  There will be write ups on Ian Anderson, Bryse Wilson, Christian Pache and Derian Cruz.

I have a fund drive going on right now, I’m raising $$$ to counter the costs associated with live scouting a league this size (gas, food on the road and hotels for when I go to Greensboro, Kannapolis and Columbia).  I’m halfway to my goal of raising $250 for the year,  if you enjoy the content please consider contributing to keep Notes a viable option for me going forward. Thanks

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Scouting Dane Dunning, RHP, Kannapolis

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Hey guys, I was at McCormick field in Asheville the other night to see the Asheville Tourists (Rockies) and the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) square off.  High profile RHP Dane Dunning was throwing for Kanny.

RHP) Dunning, Age 22, listed 6’4″ 200 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was drafted 29th overall in the 2016 draft by the Washington Nationals out of the Univ of Florida.  He came to the White Sox in the Adam Eaton trade.

Dunning was a closer in college because the Univ of FL had so many SP options.  On the field he looked pretty filled out, I guessed 6’4″ 220 lbs.  He stands on the 3rd Base side of the rubber.  He throws everything out of the stretch, there is some effort in the delivery but he repeats well. He’s Athletic, has a quick arm and finishes with his momentum going toward home plate.  He’s a fast worker and for a right hander he has a very good pick off move.  He picked off one runner the other night and almost had a 2nd.

Dunning throws a heavy fastball that sits 89-93 MPH (mostly 91-92) many of which looked liked two-seamers that dove down and in on RHH.  Being a converted closer I was wondering how his velo would hold, I had to leave after the 5th inning but he closed that inning with 2 of his fastest pitches all night (94 and 95) to escape a bases loaded jam.  So he has plenty of arm strength and stamina.  55

Dunning’s best secondary pitch is an 11-5 curve, 76-79 MPH, he has a lot of confidence in the pitch and uses it in every count.  It has nice shape and a sharp break.  60

Dunning also throws a change up 82-84 with mild sink.  He does a nice job mimicking the arm speed of the fastball.  Though he did leave a couple change up’s at the belt.  45

Sequencing:  Dunning worked off of the fastball all night throwing the pitch about 70% of the time, the curve was used 20-25% and the change primarily to lefties was thrown 5-10%.

Conclusion:  I enjoyed watching Dunning work, he kept an uptempo pace, he was carving up the righties all night with fastballs that were diving in on there hands and curves that he buried on the glove side.  The lefties did get some good swings but most of the contact was on the ground.  I assume being a college closer he didn’t need the change up much so perhaps with more reps the pitch could gain a 1/2 grade or two.  He may need that to keep the more advanced lefties off of the fastball.   He has the potential to be a mid rotation starter or perhaps an inning eating  #4.

Up next at Notes:  I’ll be in Greenville tonight getting my 1st look at the Rome Braves.  High profile LHP Joey Wentz is throwing so expect a piece up on him tomorrow.  Cheers!

I have a fund drive going on right now, I’m raising $$$ to counter the costs associated with live scouting a league this size (gas, food on the road and hotels for when I go to Greensboro, Kannapolis and Columbia).  I’m halfway to my goal of raising $250 for the year,  if you enjoy the content please consider contributing to keep Notes a viable option going forward.  I added a PayPal button and a link to the sites Patreon account. Thank You.

Quick note, I won’t be attending Gm #3 tonight between Asheville and Kannapolis

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Hey guys, just a quick heads up, I had been planning to attend game #3 between Kannapolis and Asheville tonight at McCormick field in Asheville. Bernardo Flores vs Riley Pint. I’m not going to be able to make it as a family situation has taken precedent. I am planning to be at Fluor Field tomorrow night for game #1 of the Greenville vs Rome series.

The Dane Dunning piece should land by tomorrow afternoon. I should be able to catch Pint’s next home start and I’ll be in Kannapolis in May and June and hope to catch a Flores start there. I apologize for any inconvenience. Cheers.