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

 

 

 

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

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Bobby Dalbec, courtesy of Kelly O’Connor, sittingstill.smugmug.com

Hey guys, I spent the first two games of the season at Fluor Field in  Greenville watching the Drive (Red Sox) take on the Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles).  Prior to 1st pitch opening day, everybody was talking about Bobby Dalbec’s BP,  I got to see if for myself yesterday and he puts on a show.  I thought I would make him my 1st position player write up of the year.

Bobby Dalbec- Age 21, listed 6’4″ 225 lbs, bats and throws right.  Dalbec was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Arizona.

Dalbec is well put together 6’4″ 225 looks accurate and he looks to be in fantastic shape.

At the dish Dalbec hits from a slight crouch with a semi open stance, he keeps his hands high and stays fairly quiet pre pitch.  He’s got a moderate leg kick for timing.  He’s got a long swing as you would expect from a big man and above average bat speed.  There is lift in his swing and the ball really jumps off of his bat.  I haven’t heard any readings yet but the exit velocity has to be impressive.

I’ve been impressed with Dalbec’s approach so far.  He’s seeing pitches and he’s shot a lot of balls up the middle and the other way  the 1st two days, which means he’s staying back and will be less fooled by off speed.

The Raw Power is real it’s 70 grade for me, in BP he hit a few shots over the monster in left center (Fluor Field has the same dimensions as Fenway).  And they hit the apartment building behind the wall about halfway up.  Had to be 440+.

Run: Average runner underway, slow out of the box it’s a lot of frame to move.

Defense:  Dalbec was a two way player at the Univ of Arizona and has plenty of arm for 3rd.  The hands look good but I didn’t get a great read on the range yet.  I’ll update this after a few more looks

Conclusion:  Dalbec’s a big man with the kind of power you don’t see very often.  There’s always going to be strikeouts but despite the long swing, if he’s not cheating the bat head I think he can be a 270 ish hitter with 25+ HR’s.  Body wise he reminded me of a young Mark Teixeira and he was a 3rd baseman coming up too.

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Scouting Lucas Humpal, RHP Delmarva

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Hey guys, last night was opening night in minor league baseball and I took a run down to Fluor Field in Greenville to see the Drive take on the Delmarva Shorebirds.  On the mound for Delmarva was RHP, Lucas Humpal.

Humpal- Age 23, listed 6’3″ 180 lbs.  Humpal was drafted in the 9th round of the 2016 draft out of Texas State Univ.

I thought on the field Humpal  was more 6’1″ possibly 6’2″ the 180 lbs looks right, there is some projection left.  There’s effort in the delivery but he’s athletic and he repeats it well.  His release point is high 3/4 and remained consistent all night.  He’s got a fast arm, with clean arm action and release.  There is some fall off toward 1st base.

The fastball- 90-93 (94) with sink, he maintained his velo throughout his 6 innings for the most part though he was more on the low end as the game wore on.

The curve- 76-80 is tight with a sharp break 12-6 variety and Humpal has a lot of confidence in it and will throw it in any count to lefties or righties and can pound the zone or bury.  He got some swing and miss and froze a few hitters also generated a lot of weak contact.

Change- 82-83 I only saw a few, all to lefties. Definitely saw some fade, he did a nice job mimicking the arm speed of the fastball.

Sequencing- There was a lot of fastball early 75%, by the end he was closer to 60% with 35% curve.

Control/command I thought he did a nice job all night putting the curve where he wanted it, either dropping in at the knees or burying it to both sides of the plate.  The fastball command is a little more fringy.

Conclusion: I enjoyed watching Humpal, particularly the curve ball that’s a weapon.  It’s a relief profile for me but it’s 8th inning stuff a nice find for the Orioles in the 9th round.

Next up at Notes I’ll be writing up position players Bobby Dalbec (3B, Greenville) and Ryan McKenna (CF, Delmarva) These should land tomorrow.

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Shaun Anderson RHP, Greenville, scouting report

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Hey guys I took a run down to Fluor field last night to see the Drive take on the Delmarva Shorebirds.  It’s great to have baseball back it’s been a long Winter.  The Drive SP was Shaun Anderson.

Anderson age 22, is listed at 6’4″ 225 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft by the Red Sox out of the univ of FL where he was primarily the closer.

Anderson’s a big, tall, well filled out right hander. I guessed 6’5″ 230 lbs on the field.  He has a simple, low effort delivery that he repeats well. He utilizes a 3/4 release point that remained consistent all night.  He finishes with his momentum carrying him toward home plate (no fall off toward 1st base) and finishes in good fielding position.

The fastball: sat 91-93 early with minimal sink, by the 3rd inning he was 90-91 and by the 5th he was 88-89.

The Cutter: 87-89 early, 85-86 by 5th.  Looked a lot like the harder sliders, good bite. He has confidence in the pitch used it in every situation.

The Slider: 83-85 early, 82-83 late.  Two plane break, sweeping 3 to 7-8 action.  With the harder sliders the dip wasn’t as evident.

The Change: 80-83, on the high end early and the low end late.  Not just for lefties, some sink.

Sequencing: Anderson was 70% fastballs 1st time through with 15% cutters, 10% sliders and 5% change.  That stayed pretty consistent all night.

Command/control: Everything was up in the 1st inning, the 2nd and 3rd innings were his best, consistently hitting both corners and down.  By innings 4 and 5 he was definitely control over command.

Conclusion:  Anderson is a big sturdy guy with a repeatable delivery and 4 average or better pitches I thought his best pitches were the fastball and cutter each were 55 for me, the slider and change I would put at league average.  As close to a slam dunk major leaguer as you can get in A Ball.  As a starter there’s nothing plus and he’ll likely struggle to put away hitters at the next level.  The fastball could play up in shorter stints.  The velo loss was a little concerning but there were some caveats.  He was a pen arm in college who’s being stretched out, it was opening night and it was cold in Greenville.  Based on what I saw he’s got #4 starter upside or a 7th inning pen arm with the later being more likely. If they decide to put him in the pen he should move quickly.   I’ll see a lot of Greenville this year if he shows he’s able to hold his velo later into games I’ll update this.

Up next is a look at the Delmarva starter Lucas Humpal

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Opening night at Fluor field in Greenville

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Hey guys it’s opening day in minor league baseball and I’ll be at Fluor Field in Greenville home of the “Greenville Drive”.  The Drive are a Red Sox affiliate.  The “Delmarva Shorebirds” (Orioles) are in town for 4 games (I’ll see the 1st two).  It’s great to have baseball back I’ve missed it.

On the mound tonight for Greenville:

RHP) Shaun Anderson- Age 22, listed 6’4″ 225 lbs.  Anderson was drafted by the Red Sox in the 3rd rd of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of FL.

And for Delmarva:

RHP) Lucas Humpal- Age 23, listed 6’3″ 180 lbs.  Humpal was drafted in the 9th rd of the 2016 draft out of Texas State Univ.

I’ll have write ups on both pitchers after the game.

Position players to watch for Greenville

3B) Bobby Dalbec

CF) Yoan Aybar

CF) Lorenzo Cedrola

 

I’ll have a 1st impression write up on Dalbec by the end of the weekend.

 

Position players to watch for Delmarva

CF) Ryan McKenna

SS) Irving Ortega

1B) Preston Palmero

I’ll have a write up on McKenna this weekend

 

We’ll see who else stands out.

Should be a fun one looking forward to it

At Notes From The Sally it’s all about live look scouting, I took the week off from work and I’ll be going to 5 games in 5 days so expect plenty of 1st impression write ups through the middle of next week.

Here’s my schedule for this week

Th Delmarva @ Greenville

Fr- Delmarva @ Greenville

Sa- Augusta @ Columbia

Su- Augusta @ Columbia

Mo- Lexington @ Greenville

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The West Virginia Power release opening day roster

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Luis Escobar courtesy of http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cre7Fq6UkAAGd10.jpg:small

Hey guys, the West Virginia Power released there opening day roster recently:  http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?sid=t525

The team will be deep in pitching with starters: Luis Escobar, Cam Vieaux and Blake Cederland.  SS) Stephen Alemais and 2B, SS) Trey Arbet are interesting as well.

The big omission is #1 pick Will Craig but he’s a college bat so he could skip WV and head to Bradenton.

For scouting reports on many of the rostered click the preview

Previewing the 2017 West Virginia Power

At Notes From The Sally it’s all about live look scouting.  I’ll see West Virginia in Mid April in Hickory and in Mid May in Asheville.

Here’s  link to the WV Power roster:  http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?sid=t525

And the corresponding article:  https://www.milb.com/power/news/play-ball-2017-roster-announced/c-222470256/t-196097280

The Greensboro Grasshoppers release opening day roster

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Dalton Wheat, courtesy of https://marlinsminorsmlb.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2.jpg

Hey guys,  the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins) released there opening day roster recently:  http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?sid=t477

It’s a good squad led by SS) Garvis Lara, OF Corey Bird, OF Dalton Wheat and RHP) Jordan Holloway.

The big omissions are on the pitching staff, highly touted lefty Braxton Garrett is still in extended Spring Training, Tyler Kolek is still recovering from Tommy John and Edward Cabrera who’s probably ticketed for Batavia.  I was also surprised that both Braxton Garrett and Isael Soto were promoted and that Thomas Jones didn’t make the jump.  Despite all of this it’s a good squad.

For scouting reports on many of the rostered players click the preview

Previewing the 2017 Greensboro Grasshoppers

At Notes From The Sally it’s all about live look scouting.  I’ll be seeing Greensboro at the end of April in Asheville and late at home in Greensboro.

Here’s a link to the Grasshoppers roster:  http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?sid=t477

And the corresponding article:  http://www.greensboro.com/sports/grasshoppers/greensboro-grasshoppers-three-things-to-know/article_46c3a84e-4a27-5521-a4d0-872253298413.html