My 1st look at Colton Welker, 3B, Asheville

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Colton Welker, courtesy of https://milb.bamcontent.com/assets/images/7/8/6/191383786/cuts/welker960_85caa7lz_1si8pvau.jpg

Hey guys, I made my 1st run of the year down to McCormick field in Asheville last night to see the Tourists (Rockies) take on the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox).

The Tourists have a line up full of intriguing young hitters:  Manuel Melendez, Jose Gomez, Vince Fernandez, Tyler Nevin and Willie Abreu to name a few.  One name I had near the top of my list of players to see this year was Tourists 3rd baseman Colton Welker.  So I thought I would make him my 1st Asheville write up.

Welker, Age 19, listed 6’2″, 195 lbs, bats and throws right.  Welker was drafted in the 4th round out of high school in Parkland, FL (Fort Lauderdale metro).

Welker looks well put together, I guessed 6’1″ 205 on the field.  He’s athletic and he moves well for his size.  He’s broad shouldered and could probably add another 10-15 lbs of muscle. That could cost him a step though.

At the dish Welker hits with an open stance, he keeps his hands high and the bat is in constant motion pre pitch.  He uses a sizeable leg kick for timing.  It’s a lengthy swing but he’s got above average bat speed with lift.  The ball does jump off of his barrel.  The bulk of the contact right now is up the middle and the other way.  With that swing length there will be strikeouts but with the center of the diamond approach some of that will be mitigated.  It’s above average raw power right now with potential for more.

Welker’s a patient hitter he’s seeing pitches and working to get into favorable counts.

A high school SS, Welker is seeing the bulk of the reps at 3rd in Asheville.  He’s got good hands and feet and plenty of arm for the hot corner.  I haven’t gotten a great read on the range yet, (perhaps I could update this tonight as I’m back for game two of the series).   If he continues to fill out he could be a candidate to move across the diamond or perhaps LF.

.Conclusion: Welker will be a fun player to watch develop.  As long as he’s not cheating the bat head I think he’ll hit enough to get the power into games.  270-280, 20-25 HR.  Stolen Bases will not be a big part of his game at the highest level.  Right now I like his chances to stay at 3rd at least in the short run but I want to get a look at the range.

Up next at Notes:  I’ll be watching game two of the Tourists vs Intimidators tonight and tomorrow I’ll be posting a piece on Kannapolis starter RHP) Dane Dunning as well as a 1st impression write up on 1B-3B Tyler Nevin, Asheville.

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Scouting Alec Hansen, RHP Kannapolis

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Photo courtesy of Kim Contreras/Future Sox

Hey guys I took a run over to McCormick Field in Asheville last night to see the Tourists (Rockies) take on the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox).   High profile RHP) Alec Hansen was on the mound for Kanny.

Hansen- Age 22, listed 6’7″ 235 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was drafted in the 2nd rd of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Oklahoma.

Hansen is a big, strong, sturdy fellow with long levers, 6’7″ 235 lbs looked accurate.  He stands on the 1st base side of the rubber, has a high 3/4 release point and gets excellent plane on his pitches.  He utilizes a high leg kick and finishes with his momentum going toward home plate.  The delivery has medium effort and for a big man he repeats it well.

The fastball sat 92-94 (95) for most of the night, 91-93 in the 5th and 6th.  Some control over command but everything was coming down hill early.  Wasn’t finishing as often later in the game and left some fastballs up. 60

The 11/5 curve sat 76-80, it showed decent depth and good bite.  Not easy to pick up out of hand.  He buried most of them but did land a few at the knees glove side.  55

The slider- 86-87, I only saw a few but they had sweeping action across 2 planes and generated some awkward swings. 55

The Change- 82-86 came in fairly straight, more of a change of pace than anything else. 40

Sequencing:  He was 70% fastball early with 15% curve, 10% change and 5% sliders.  Those ratios pretty much held all night.

Conclusion:  I enjoyed watching Hansen work,  I know he had some inconsistencies in college that led him to drop to the White Sox in the 2nd round. But he’s got good stuff and he was consistently pounding the zone last night.  Hopefully he can continue to tighten the command and make strides with the change up.  He has the upside of a  #2 or #3 workhorse and I have no doubt the fastball could play way up in one inning work.

Up next at Notes:  Later today I’ll have a 1st impression piece on Asheville 3B Colton Welker.  And tonight I’ll be back at McCormick Field for Gm #2 between Kanny and Asheville.

Dane Dunning vs Antonio Santos

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