Scouting Scott Blewett, RHP, Lexington

 

Scott Blewett courtesy of media.hometeamsonline.com/photos/baseball/BALDWINSVILLEBASEBALL/Blewett1.jpg
Scott Blewett courtesy of media.hometeamsonline.com/photos/baseball/BALDWINSVILLEBASEBALL/Blewett1.jpg

Hey guys, I took a run over to McCormick field in Asheville a few weeks ago to see the Tourists (Rockies) take on the Lexington Legends (Royals).  On the mound for Lexington was Scott Blewett and I’ve been looking forward to seeing him since his debut in the Sally last Summer.

Blewett is age 20, he’s listed 6’6″ 210 lbs (might be 10-15 lbs heavier than that and appeared to be pretty sturdy on top), he bats and throws right. Blewett was drafted by the Royals in the 2nd round of the 2014 draft out of high school in Baldwinsville, NY (Syracuse metro).

Blewett stands on the 3rd base side of the rubber.  He’s got simple, smooth delivery that he repeats well. He utilizes a high 3/4 release point and for a big man he repeats his mechanics very well.  He seems to have good balance and coordination.

Blewett’s fastball sits 91-93 and he touches 94.  The ball is thrown from an extremely high release point and he gets excellent plane.  It will be a ground ball generator at the next level. 55

Blewett possesses a very good 12/6 overhand curveball with tight spin and sharp biting action.  It’s not easy to pick up out of hand. The problem is he has to throw the pitch at 70-80% to land it in the strike zone consistently so his “get me over curve” is a lot less special. 50 with or better potential

Blewett’s changeup is clearly his 3rd pitch.  Thrown at 85-86 the pitch is thrown a little hard (6-8 MPH off of the fastball) and it’s mostly straight.  40

Sequencing: Blewett was 70% fastball and 30% curve to righties and 65% fastball, 30% curve and 5% Change to lefties and those ratios held all night.

Command/Control Blewett did a nice job locating his fastball to both quadrants in the bottom half of the zone all night.. As mentioned above he’s got 2 curveballs right now a “get me over curve” and a “two strike curve.”  I hope he’s able to bridge the gap between the two. He locates his changeup well.

Summation:  Blewett has a high release and throws at an extreme downward angle.  It’s a heavy fastball that he can locate very well. He also has a really sharp 12-6 bender that he (so far) struggles to throw for strikes.  His change was significantly behind his other pitches.

The fastball and curve kept the righties off balance most of the night but lefties were putting together some really good swings.  He’s going to need to improve the changeup and perhaps add another pitch to keep them off of the fastball.

The most recent prospect video I could find was from July of 2014 by Nathaniel Stoltz of Fangraphs. If you know of a more current one let me know and I’ll replace. Thanks

I enjoyed watching Blewett work, assuming he can figure out lefties he’s got a good shot to be an inning eating #4.  If he can learn to throw his max curve for strikes he gets a whole lot more interesting.

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