Showing posts with label Scouting Report. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scouting Report. Show all posts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scouting Report on the Latest Met, RHP Zack Thornton

Bio - Zack Thornton
Born: May 19, 1988
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 213
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 23rd round, 695th overall, 2010 (Athletics)
How Acquired : Trade from Athletics (for Chris Resop) 2012
College: University of Oregon (Eugene)

The Prospect Page Says:

Zack Thornton was considered one of the top pitching prospects in the junior college ranks when he was first drafted in 2008, but he didn’t sign. He wasn’t as highly regarded in 2010 when the A’s drafted him. They assigned him immediately to the bullpen and he’s never started a game in the minors, which probably indicates they didn’t consider him a prospect. 

He throws from a low 3/4 angle, with a fastball that can be in the low 90s or in the upper 80s. At the time the A’s drafted him he had a good change and unimpressive breaking ball. His main secondary pitch now is a slider. He’s generally had high K rates so far, but in the low minors that can result from an odd delivery that may not work as well at upper levels or in the majors. 

The Pirates acquired Thornton for Chris Resop, who otherwise probably would have been non-tendered.

Considering that he was nearly 25 when the 2013 season started, it was a little surprising that the Pirates sent Thornton to Bradenton. He didn’t stay there long, though, as he pitched extremely well and continued to do so through AAA. (He was much better in AAA than his ERA indicates.) Not surprisingly, given his arm angle, Thornton had a large platoon split, but he still was very effective against left-handed hitters. He was deadly against righties, holding them to a 172/212/244 line on the year. He held lefties to 260/294/337, although they batted .318 against him in AAA. Thornton made one spot start for Altoona and threw five scoreless, one-hit innings, walking one and fanning six.

Thornton is not eligible for minor league free agency but was eligible for the Rule 5 draft. The Pirates sent him to the Arizona Fall League and he continued to pitch well there, but they did not add him to the roster. He was reportedly a good candidate to get selected, but he wasn’t. He’ll return to Indianapolis in 2014 and has a good chance of a callup at some point.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Video / Scouting Report: C Kevin Plawecki, #5 Mets Prospect

Scouting Report:

Kevin Plawecki / C, NYM
Born 2/26/1991 (23 yrs old)
Carmel, IN, USA
School: Purdue
Height 6-2
Weight 215
Bats/Throws R/R

Catcher Kevin Plawecki, was a perfect fit for the Mets in 2012, as the 35th pick overall in the amateur draft. Plawecki struck out just eight times in 223 at-bats during his junior season at Purdue, and 29 times over his three-year college career -- a span of 638 at-bats. He also walked 26 times as a junior, matching his total for the previous two years combined.

The result for Plawecki was a .359 average with seven home runs and 47 RBIs in 59 games, showcasing some of the power that the Mets believe will continue to develop throughout his professional career. The Indiana native was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and the conference tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and is currently one of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the NCAA's top Division I catcher.

Video / Scouting Report: RHP Rafael Montero, Number Three Mets Prospect

Scouting Report:

Rafael Montero, rhp, Mets
Team: Triple-A Las Vegas (Maybe Mets 5th starter)
Age: 22
(Hat Tip Scouting Book)

The Scoop: The Mets signed him in January 2011 when he was 20—an age that makes him practically ancient in the world of international scouting—but he’s skyrocketed from the Dominican Summer League to Triple-A in just two seasons thanks to his impressive command of a solid arsenal. Little has fazed Montero on that journey, including the hitter-friendly conditions of Las Vegas.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Video / Scouting Report: Mets Number One Prospect RHP Noah Syndergaard

Video Courtesy of

Noah Syndergaard / RHP, NYM
Born 8/29/1992 (21 yrs old)
Mansfield, TX, USA

Height 6-7
Weight 200
Bats/Throws L/R

Scouting Report via Baseball Prospect Nation

Body (6-5, 200): Extra-large frame with really long legs and long arms. High waist. Good shoulder width with room to fill out and add strength. Solid athleticism with good control of his body.

Delivery/Mechanics: Relatively simple delivery that he controls well despite size and long limbs. Consistent landing point and good line to the plate. Arm action gets a little short on the back side but he repeats it well. Some effort throughout drive to the plate and some scouts don’t love it.

Fastball (FB) Velocity (Wind-up): High – 100, Low – 90, Average – 93-95, Grade – 70/80

Fastball (FB) Velocity (Stretch): High – 99, Low 90, Average 93-94, Grade – 70/80

Fastball (FB) Movement: Really good plane to the plate because of height and long arms. Good angle makes him difficult to square and helps induce ground balls. Has some boring action at times. Shows ability to add sink as well and should have more consistent ability to do so with additional experience. Grade – 60/70

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Scouting Book on RHP Vic Black

Victor Black / RHP, PIT
Born 5/23/1988 (25 yrs old)
Amarillo, TX, USA
School: Dallas Baptist
Height 6-4
Weight 210
Bats/Throws R/R

The Book on Vic Black:

A powerful righthander with genuinely filthy stuff, Pirate prospect Victor Black looks like a future closer, as long as he can throw his prime stuff with consistency. At AA Altoona in 2012, Black struck out an ungodly 85 batters in only 60 innings of work, wrapping up 38 games for the Curve and earning respect as one of the league's nastiest relievers. He's a fascinating option for the Pirates in 2014... and maybe even sooner than that.

Black's Stats:
2009 21 A- 1 2 3.45 13 7 2 0 0 1 31.1 26 17 12 0 15 33
2010 22 A 0 0 9.64 2 2 0 0 0 0 4.2 3 5 5 1 5 8
2011 23 A,A+ 3 1 5.05 27 0 6 0 0 1 35.2 38 25 20 1 20 28
2012 24 AA 2 3 1.65 51 0 38 0 0 13 60.0 40 14 11 2 29 85
2013 25 AAA 5 3 2.51 38 0 30 0 0 17 46.2 28 15 13 2 21 63
2013 25 NL 0 0 4.50 3 0 2 0 0 0 4.0 6 2 2 0 2 3
1 Yr 0 0 4.50 3 0 2 0 0 0 4.0 6 2 2 0 2 3
162 Game Avg. 0 0 4.50 68 0 45 0 0 0 91 136 45 45 0 45 68
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 8/29/2013.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Scouting Book on 2B Dilson Herrera

Dilson Herrera / 2B, PIT
Born 3/3/1994 (19 yrs old)
Cartagena, Colombia

Height 5-11
Weight 160
Bats/Throws R/R

The Book on Herrera:

A powerful Colombian infielder who'll probably settle at second base, Pirate prospect Dilson Herrera rose to attention-worthy status by hitting his way out of Rookie ball (.281/341/.482) and into low-A at the age of 18. Herrera has a nice speed/power combination (twelve steals, eight dingers in sixty games) and decent enough foot and glovework to cover shortstop if necessary. He's raw, like any teenage player, but he shows a strong work ethic and natural aptitude for the trials of the middle infield. If his power is legitimate, he'll be a fast-riser in the system.

Herrera's Scouting Video:

Herrera at this years Future Games (interview):

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mets Prospect OF Matt Den Dekker ( Video and Scouting Report)

The Mets have invited 23 year old, OF Matt Den Dekker to spring training camp along with RHP Matt Harvey. Many Mets fans do not know who he is, so here is a good chance to take a look at some footage that I came across along with a scouting report.

Den Dekker is  Best known for his version of “The Catch” in the 2010 College World Series, Den Dekker had a stellar career at the University of Florida prior to signing for a considerable bonus given his status as a fourth year senior. Click here for Footage of "The Catch"

OF Matt Den Dekker Scouting Report From Scouting the Sally:

Physical Projection: Listed at 6’1″, 205 lbs., Den Dekker is well-proportioned and looks the part of a college athlete who has benefited from a major college strength and conditioning program. As an athlete, he’s certainly not bursting with tools, but he makes the most out of his physical attributes and they play up due to his being a “grinder” who understands his strengths well.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Chris Capuano, The Next El Sid?

Capuano's mechanic breakdown
I just read a scouting report on LHP Chris Capuano , The latest Mets pick up. The one thing that stood out from the report was that he was compared to LHP Sid Fernandez, who was one of my favorite pitchers during the Mets glory days and a very good pitcher.

Capuano won't throw the ball bye-ya like El Sid did, but he uses the same approach. High and Tight CHEESE.  He only reaches 87-89 on the gun, but he is deceptive and hides the ball well. Makes his pitches look faster. Capuano's deception is a perfect 80/100 on the scale.

On top of that, he has a good change and slider which he will throw often.. .

Capuano hits super-aggressive spots in the zone, and pitches to miss bats. He usually has 7+ strikeout in a game because of  his herky-jerky style which throws batters off.

Scout on Capuano's Mechanics:

Sidearm good. Everything else, bad.
His CG accelerates down the CL, but in a super-jerky way -- he sort of stops for no reason, and then HURLS his hips forward like a fat kid trying to do situps.
He slings the ball instead of leveraging it. He muscles the ball. The decel is graceless. Taro won't like the high, inverted W.
It's no blinkin' accident he tops out at 88, is "effectively wild," and is hurt all the time. He's using strength to throw the ball, rather than leverage.
Read the entire report click here..

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Brad Emaus Scouting Report

Here is a Bio/Scouting Report on  the Mets Rule 5 Pick, Brad Emaus:

The Blue Jays' 11th round selection from the 2007 draft rediscovered his power that seemingly eluded him in his final two seasons at Tulsa.  Playing solely at High-A Dunedin, Emaus batted .302 with 12 HR 71 RBI 12 SB and 87 runs scored and 34 doubles.  He continued his hitting ways in the Hawaiian Winter League, hitting .333 with 2 HR 12 RBI and a sterling 17 BB/7 K ratio in 26 games.  Emaus has a swing that matches his body frame--compact and powerful.  He has an excellent eye at the plate, earning a 60 BB/56 K ratio last season, while effectively driving the ball from foul line to foul line.  He has fringe average speed, but he uses it well on the basepaths.

Defensively, Emaus has substandard range as a middle infielder and will likely need to shift to a corner infield spot in the future.  He has played some third base, but the results have been less than adequate at this point as he racked up 4 errors in 47 chances last season.

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