Sunday, July 1, 2012

Scouting Reports on the Reds' AA affiliate

I watched the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Reds AA affiliate managed by Jim Riggleman play a few games. Here are a few notes on some of the players:

J.C. Sulbaran very big right-hander at 6'2-220. Good breaking ball that slides from right to left. It looks like a soft slider basically.  His fastball didn't look great, and was really hit pretty hard when it rode high. He did get some whiffs on it high though. Also has what looks like a changeup with decent late break despite not a lot of movement. He can throw that pitch for strikes. He can throw his curveball for strikes, in what is an advanced assortment of pitches, especially considering he is willing to use them all early in the game. He can get whiffs on all his pitches, especially when his slider and his curve breaks out of the zone.

Tony Cingrani has a pretty good fastball at 88-94 MPH and was blowing hitters away early on. He likes to throw it high but can throw it low as well. The lefty blew away the first 3 hitters with fastballs. He has a curveball that looks mediocre, but it looks its best when he throws it for strikes. He also throws a changeup.

 Kyle Lotzkar gave up a lot of hard hit balls but had a good looking fastball with good command. He can throw some nice breaking balls for strikes that he can get whiffs with. After going strikeout crazy, he gave up a lot of fly-balls.

Drew Hayes has a not very impressive fastball with a breaking ball with late break that looks like a fastball for a while. He walked the first batter he faced despite getting a whiff early in the count. He dominated the 2nd inning when he struck out the side.

Tim Crabbe had a control issues but had good looking breaking pitches (he throws a lot of them) to go along with a decent looking fastball. He didn't give up a lot of hard hit balls besides a leadoff homer.

Mark Serrano has a sweeping slider and a 90 MPH fastball. He had problems controlling the fastball and hit a batter. His confidence was in the slider but he wasn't really throwing it for strikes. He is a good athlete on defense and has a good pickoff move for a righty. 

Catcher Brad Peacock did not look like a very good defensive catcher. The opponents ran all over him. He also seems kind of small for a catcher.

Andrew Means had a big whiff on a breaking ball and was jammed on a fastball. He had a long at-bat with some fouls though, and hit a hanging breaking ball to the wall. He had issues with quality breaking balls.

Beau Mills is a big 1st baseman, but he doesn't have much bat speed, at least from what I saw. He didn't show the skills at the plate that you want in a 1st baseman. He looked like a dead fastball hitter, as he was way off when it came to the changeup. He clobbered a low fastball, so while I didn't see much at the plate, there maybe something there. Although he is a decent looking athlete with his size, he wasn't a very good fielder.

Miguel Rojas looks like a good shortstop and has pretty good looking speed as well. At the plate, he had his bat absolutely destroyed. Bryson Smith had an incredible catch in left field. His numbers in the California League (he has just recently been promoted to AA) were unimpressive though with a .807 OPS, which doesn't really cut it for a corner outfielder. Brodie Green had a bad play at 2nd but showed some pretty good contact skills with a decent eye at the plate.

Josh Fellhauer is little but had a few good pieces of hitting and appears to be a good contact guy. He did get jammed and had a weak flail at a breaking ball by a righty. He doesn't have much power or plate discipline, which is frustrating since he is listed as a corner outfielder. He does know how to hit though and can run as well.

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