Hey guys I had an awesome interview with Audie Wise the Assistant Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting for the Charleston RiverDogs. He’s an intern but Audie is also an aspiring baseball scout. He and I have connected over Twitter the last 6 months he’s a good guy and he know’s his stuff. You can find Audie on Twitter @awise1010
Me, Hi Audie, I appreciate you taking the time to meet
Audie, Absolutely. Glad to have the opportunity.
M I was hoping to get to know you a little bit. How long how you been working for the Riverdogs?
A This is my first year, and it’s just an internship. I’ve been with the club since the beginning of March.
M Nice, Did you grow up a baseball fan? Yankee fan?
A Baseball is my life in every sense of the word and imagination. I grew up a Braves fan and still am despite the recent activities provided from the front office.
M Yeah not an easy team to root for right now.
A Luckily I’m so consumed with the RiverDogs I don’t have time to worry about the Braves haha
M Alright lets get down to it
M Catcher Luis Torrens was high on my radar coming into the year and I was sorry to see him miss time. How has he looked in his brief time back? How would you rate his receiving skills and throwing arm?
A Torrens coming off of his injury has been optimistic in his return. His bat hasn’t quite come back to him just yet (hitting just .174 in 31 games), but he seems to show proof of improvements with his approach. Behind the plate he’s thrown out 18 of 44 runners, a 41% throw out rate. His arm is strong, but accuracy sometimes evades him trying to rush a throw.
M Domingo Acevedo had a very strong 1st half in Charleston. What does he throw? Being 6’7″ tall does he have a hard time repeating his delivery and release point?
A Domingo had a good feel on the mound after his first couple of starts. He has started to become more of a pitcher rather than just a thrower. His fastball (95-99) is obviously dominant if he can locate. His slider (87-89) is effective if he can keep changing the eye level of the hitters, which is also helped from his change up (79-83). He spent a stint on the DL for a lower-body injury, but returned and looked sharp. Soon thereafter he got the call up to Tampa.
M Nice from afar he looks like an interesting young arm
A With more help from his managers and pitching coordinators, he can improve in some areas. He certainly has promise.
M You guys have had some relievers with some really strong statistical seasons in the pen this yr namely Andrew Schwaab and Nestor Cortez. Who should I be keeping an eye on back there?
A Both of these guys are really good. Nestor is a quality pitcher that hopefully has caught the eye of most. He’s a late-round guy; I call him the crafty lefty. He’s not that big, but he know how to pitch, and does so effectively. Cortes won’t power you away with a fastball, but can use his command and off speed to be deceptive. When facing right-handers, Cortes will throw from over the top to have more of a vertical look on the ball; versus righties, he will go from 3/4 to sidearm to get more run on the ball. He also knows how to add and subtract on his pitches with his location as well. Schwaab is a good closer to have. He’s a 3/4 sidearm thrower with good run on his two-seam and a nice slider. He has some control issues at times, but typically finds a way to get out of the jam. Right now he sits in second place in the SAL in saves (18) and fourth in games finished (27) even after being in Tampa for a month. Cortes was promoted to Tampa back on July 22nd and has done well for the High-A team.
M My final two questions are: Which position player blossomed the most as a prospect from April-Aug? And which pitcher blossomed the most between April and August? Thanks
M I really appreciate the detailed responses
A A position player is hard to pinpoint, but I would say Alex Palma. Palma is a built guy at 6’0″-200, but it seems like he’s bigger than that. He’s a really strong guy and does well to deceive people on his speed. He plays corner outfield and has good routes to the ball, track them down and has a 70 arm (on a 20-80 scale). He does well at the plate, but away and off speed can hinder him slightly. Christian Morris I believe has set himself apart from the pack. He is also a late-round guy. Coming from Indiana University and having Tommy John in high school, Morris has learned how to pitch to his strengths. Morris has a good lively fastball (89-92) with run. His slider has good late action on it and knows when to use that as his ‘out’ pitch.
M Thanks so much Audie I appreciate you taking the time to do this you obviously know your stuff.
A Thank you, Sir. Keep in touch. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication you have towards the game.