Scouting Alec Hansen, RHP Kannapolis

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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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Site notes and and a look at this weeks schedule a lot of top arms on the horizon

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Hey guys, Happy Easter to those who celebrate.  It was always a big deal in my house growing up.

After going to 5 games in 5 days to start the season, I haven’t been to a game since watching Groome’s start this past Monday.  But the next 7-10 days are chock-full of games and one top arm projected to throw after another

Monday: Asheville vs Kannapolis– Planning a write up on projected Kanny starter Alec Hansen and a 1st impression piece on Asheville 3B Colton Welker.

Tuesday:  Asheville vs Kannapolis- Planning a write up on projected Kanny starter Dane Dunning and a 1st impression piece on Asheville 3B Tyler Nevin

Wednesday: Asheville vs Kannapolis- Planning a write up on projected Asheville starter Riley Pint and Kanny starter Bernardo Flores.

During this stretch I also expect to have 1st impression write ups on Kanny’s SS) Mitch Roman and slugging OF) Micker Adolfo

I was hoping to squeeze in 1 or 2 Hickory vs West Virginia games here but with this slate of Pitching in Asheville I can’t.  I’ll have to find another look at WV later on.

Beginning on Thursday the Rome Braves come to town for 7 games (4 in Greenville and 3 in Hickory).  Too soon to know the projected SP but safe to assume during this stretch I’ll see Ian Anderson, Joey Wentz, Brice Wilson and Jeremy Walker.

There will also be 1st impression write ups on Rome position players,  Christian Pache, SS) Derian Cruz

Also as soon as I see Hickory expect a 1st Impression write up on CF) Leody Taveras and a piece on the red hot 3B) Ti’Quan Forbes.

This will be a busy 7-10 days but I’m excited

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on Jay Groome, Melvin Adon and a wrap up of my opening week road trip.

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Hey guys, opening week of Minor League Baseball is a wrap.  I took the week off from my real job and hit 5 Sally games in 5 days, between two cities (Greenville and Columbia SC).  I had a blast and will look to do that again next year.  I saw a lot of talented players and wrote about many of them (Scroll to the bottom to see the whole list). I got at least one look at Greenville Drive, Columbia Fireflies, Augusta Greenjackets, Delmarva Shorebirds and Lexington Legends.

On Monday night I saw Jay Groome (he prefers Jay to Jason) to wrap up my week.  I’m not going to do a full scouting report for at least one more start. Some of what I saw I really liked, other stuff not so much.  The good definitely out ways the bad lets start there.

He’s filled out and is 6’6″ yet despite the long limbs he’s buttery smooth and repeats his delivery and release point consistently.  That’s a huge hurdle for many tall pitchers.

In the 1st inning the fastball sat 92-93 and touched 94.  He’s gets to a good plane with the pitch but was having a hard time keeping the pitch off of the right handed hitters knuckles routinely missing off the plate inside.  I’m not too worried about results at this level he just needs to get his work in.

In the 2nd inning the fastball was 89-90.  Not sure why he lost 3-4 MPH in one inning.   I don’t know if he was over throwing in the 1st or took something off in the 2nd to throw more strikes.  If it was the latter it didn’t work he was still missing mostly inside to righties.

The 11-5 curve looked great, he didn’t generate many swings as many of them dropped below the zone but again not worried about results yet.

He was throwing a lot of pitches I was beginning to doubt he would come back out for the 3rd inning and then he landed awkwardly and spiked a fastball at 45′.  I heard he grimaced (I didn’t see it) but he left with the trainer right after.

We were all holding our breath and then “Alex Speier” Red Sox beat writer said on Twitter that he heard from a source it was a strained lat (upper back).  Which of course is great news.  I haven’t hard anything official but I suspect he’ll surface in mid to late May, maybe early June.  I want to see him 1 to 2 more times before I do a full write up.

 

 

Melvin Adon, Augusta (Giants) vs  Merandy Gonzalez, Columbia (Mets) was an intriguing matchup on Sunday.  These were two arms that were pretty high on my radar coming into the season.  Merandy looked great (I wrote him up, scroll to the bottom for the link).

Adon is listed 6’3″ 195 lbs, I had him at 6’4″ 210. He’s got a big arm 94-98 and a low 3/4’s release point but he was having a hard time repeating his delivery and release.  I like that he’s in the Giants system as they have a good reputation for developing pitchers.  If he were still a teenager (like Touki was in 2015 when I 1st saw him) I would be more inclined to think he could be fixed and possibly remain a starter.  But he’ll be 23 in a couple of months and he’s missing the glove by feet.  He’s a pen arm for me, with the potential to be a late inning arm.

In case you missed any, here’s the links to all 7 pieces I wrote on the road.

3B prospect Bobby Dalbec has big time pop:

My 1st look at Bobby Dalbec (3B) Greenville

 

CF Prospect Desmond Lindsay, impressive collection of tools:

My 1st look at Desmond Lindsay (CF) Columbia Fireflies

 

Giants prospect Sandro Fabian displayed well above average bat control

My 1st look at Sandro Fabian (RF) Augusta Greenjackets

 

Orioles CF Prospect Ryan McKenna has some skills

My 1st look at Ryan McKenna, (CF) Delmarva Shorebirds

 

Young Mets hurler Merandy Gonzalez has a nice 3 pitch mix

Merandy Gonzalez scouting report

 

Red Sox hurler Shaun Anderson

Shaun Anderson RHP, Greenville, scouting report

 

Lucas Humpal-  A potential 8th inning arm in the Orioles system a nice value pick in the 9th round.

Scouting Lucas Humpal, RHP Delmarva

Up next at Notes is a 1st Impression write up for Lexington (Royals) RF Khalil Lee.

My next game will be Monday 4/17 in Hickory, Crawdads (Rangers) vs WV Power (Pirates).

Merandy Gonzalez scouting report

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Hey guys I watched my 2nd of two games in Spirit Communications park in Columbia yesterday and I was excited to see the pitchers Merandy Gonzalez and Melvin Adon were going.  More on Adon later but Merandy had a good game.

Gonzalez- Age 21, listed 6’1″ 195 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012.

I guessed on the field he was 6’1″ 190, there is some projection left.

Gonzalez stands on the 1st base side of the rubber. He has a simple delivery that he repeats well, he finishes with his momentum going toward home plate.  He has a fast arm and despite being 6’1″ he gets to a decent plane due to his high 3/4 release point.  The effort level with the delivery is medium.

The Fastball- Sat 92-94 early (touched 95) fairly straight but it was coming down hill.  Mostly 90-91 in the 6th inning, not to much of a drop off. 60

The Curve ball-  79-81 early, decent bite, 11/5, not easy to pick up out of hand.  77-79 late.  He has a lot of confidence in the pitch he throws it in any count. 50

The Change- 84-85 early, 82-84 late. Some sink and fade.  He does selling the pitch, matching the arm speed of the fastball.

Sequencing:  A lot of fastballs early 80% 15% curve and 5% change, 2nd time through he was 70%, 20% 10%.

Command/control:  Everything was down with the exception of a couple of curve balls that he didn’t get on top of.  The fastball command was a little fringy though, he wasn’t consistently hitting the glove with it.  He missed in a lot to right handers and left some in the middle of the plate.

Conclusion:  I enjoyed watching Merandy work, he’s got a nice 3 pitch mix and upside to be a number 3 or 4 starter.

Up next at Notes:  I’ll be in Greenville tonight watching Jason Groome throw vs Lexington Legends (Royals).  I’ll be back to work tomorrow but if there’s time I’ll also have a 1st Impression piece on Khalil Lee (that may land later in the week).

 

My 1st look at Desmond Lindsay (CF) Columbia Fireflies

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Desmond Lindsay, photo courtesy of metsminors.net

Hey guys I made my 1st trip of the year down to Spirit Communications park in Columbia yesterday, I’ll be staying for one more game today and it’s an intriguing pitching match up with RHP Merandy Gonzalez going for Columbia and fireballer RHP) Mevin Adon going for Augusta.  I’ll have a write up on both pitchers tomorrow.  But today I want to talk about  Desmond Lindsay a high profile CF in the Mets system.

Lindsay- Age 20, listed 6′ 200 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft out of high school in Sarasota, FL.

Lindsay looked well put together 6′ 200 looked about right and he looks in fantastic shape.  He’s had a hard time staying healthy.  He missed most of his senior season of high school because of a hamstring injury and had more hamstring trouble in his 1st pro season.

At the dish Lindsay hits from a closed stance, with a slight crouch.  He utilizes a minimal leg kick for timing.  He keeps his hands high and is pretty quiet pre pitch.  It’s a short fast linear swing, the ball jumps off of his barrel.

The raw power is above average he’s a strong young man.   But the bulk of his contact is up the middle and the other way and on the ground.

Speed, defense:  Plus speed, probably loses a step in a few years as he finishes filling out.  Still learning center but he went back on a ball very well last night and made it look easy.  I think he’ll be fine in the short and medium run out there (2-5 years) will probably end up in a corner in his late 20’s.

Conclusion: Lindsay is a physical specimen and a tooled up player.   Hopefully the hamstrings won’t continue to be a story.   He should have a fairly high contact rate, a patient hitter the K’s will be a result of long AB’s but shouldn’t exceed 20% and the walk rate should stay above 10%.  He’s got the power to hit 20-25 HR’s but with current approach he’s more likely to top out in the low teens.  Capable of stealing 20 bags early in his career.

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My 1st look at Sandro Fabian (RF) Augusta Greenjackets

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Hey guys, I took a run down to Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, SC yesterday to see the Columbia Fireflies (Mets) and Augusta Greenjackets (Giants) square off.  It was my 1st look at either team in 2017, I’m still here today for a 2nd look.  There’s a great pitching matchup today, Merandy Gonzalez is going for the Fireflies and Melvin Adon is throwing for the Greenjackets.  There will be write ups on both pitchers tomorrow.  But for this piece I wanted to write about Greenjackets RF Sandro Fabian,  a talented youngster I was looking forward to seeing coming into the year.  and I got my 1st look last night.

Fabian- Age 19, listed 6’1″ 180 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014.

I guessed on the field the Fabian was 6′ 195, he could maybe add another 10 pounds, that could cost him a step though and he’s already a fringy runner.

At the dish Fabian has a closed upright stance, he keeps his hands high and is pretty quiet in the box.  He utilizes a sizeable leg kick for timing.  It’s a long swing with some lift to it and above average bat speed.  Despite the lengthy swing he shows really good hand eye coordination and bat control.

The raw power is average for me,  he’s strong and the ball jumps off of his bat.

Defense It was just one look but Fabian showed an above average arm in right.  I didn’t get a great read on the range yet.  Hopefully I can update that later today.

Conclusion:  I enjoyed watching Fabian hit, for a teenager he’s very advanced in pitch recognition and bat control.  In his 2nd at bat last night he fell behind 1-2 then fouled off several pitches and worked a 10 pitch walk.  I haven’t seen a teenager do that since Albies was here.  He’s a potential plus hitter IMO, I could see the K’s hovering between 15% and 20% and the walks have a potential to be north of 10%.  I believe the game power can get to 15-20 HR’s.  Maybe the low end early in his career and high end at peak.

Fun player, I’ll be keeping an eye on him

Up next is a 1st impression piece on Desmond Lindsay (CF) Fireflies

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My 1st look at Ryan McKenna, (CF) Delmarva Shorebirds

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Hey guys I watched the Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles) vs the Greenville Drive (Red Sox)  the last two nights.  One player of interest for me coming in was Shorebirds CF) Ryan McKenna.

McKenna- Age 20, listed 5’11” 185 lbs, bats and throws right.  McKenna was drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 draft out of high school in Dover, NH.

McKenna has some wiry strength to him and 5’11” 185 looked about right.  He has some projection left.  He could add another 10-15 lbs of muscle, that could cost him a step though.

At the dish McKenna has a closed, upright stance, a longish linear swing and above average bat speed.  His game is spraying sharp grounders and low line drives around the diamond.   A lot of up the middle and the other way off of his bat.   He has a patient approach, he laid off some tough pitches.  There will be swing and miss with the length of his swing though.  Pitch recognition is still a work in progress but he’s young.

I put the raw power at 50, McKenna showed decent pop particularly to the right center gap.

Speed and Defense:  McKenna has plus speed and looked good in center.  He showed a quick 1st step and ran good routes.  He didn’t really get a chance to show off his arm in my looks.   I’ll see Delmarva again next month perhaps I’ll be able to update that then.

Conclusion: Nice player, I enjoyed watching McKenna work.  It’s probably an average hit tool perhaps slightly above.  I could see 8-10 HR’s maybe 15-18 at peak if he finds some loft.  He could steal about 20 bags.  Expect roughly a 10% BB rate and 20% K rate. May have 4th or 5th OF as a floor.

I’m in Columbia for Fireflies vs Greenjackets

Planning to do 1st impression write ups after the game on Sandro Fabian and Desmond Lindsay