As I prioritize amateur players on my scouting schedule as the June draft approaches, I’ve only mostly been able to check out Triple-A Lehigh Valley on the pro side. I’ve got notes on some of the guys there for you at the bottom of this post. In addition to that I’d like to expose you to a special little experiment I conducted at a game two weeks ago against Pawtucket. I’m fascinated by catcher defense and the intricacies that are involved in scouting it. I decided to try something I’ve only done once before and chart Tommy Joseph‘s game calling.
Here’s how I did it: I kept track of where Joseph set up, what pitch was thrown, and what resulted therefrom. That’s it. I took that data and perused it at the Allentown BrewWorks for an hour or two afterward and looked for trends and tells. I’ve included the data and my thoughts here. There’s a key at the bottom.
Ok, onto my minor league notes…
Tyler Cloyd: It doesn’t look good right now. The fastball has always been a 40 grade pitch while he’s survived off a good cutter and decent curveball and good control and command. The control and command have gone backwards and he’s getting hit around.
Cody Overbeck: Officially NP.
Cody Asche: The defense has gotten better which is really encouraging. I still think we’re looking at a role 45 player overall but I’m more confident he gets there now.
Cesar Hernandez: Hernandez is one of those guys that has incredible strength in his hands but instead of that strength shining through as power it shines through as control of the bat. I saw him turn on a knee high 96mph Allen Webster fastball on the inner half and hit it through the hole on the right side. I’d like to see him get some reps at SS just to see if he can be passable there. He’d make for one heck of a utility infielder if he is. The guys they’re running out there to play short now are awful.
Tyson Gillies: He can really run but the swing is bad and his defense relies entirely on his legs to make up for his lack of instincts. Maybe a bench OF but no more than that.
Darin Ruf: He’s gotten himself into much better physical shape. Give him credit for that. He’s still bad in LF and he’s seeing time at first base as well. He’s not hitting as well as even I thought he would. I expect a rebound but still don’t think it’s enough for him to be an everday big leaguer.
Jermaine Mitchell: Mitchell isn’t really a prospect but holy shit is he fast. 3.96 down the line from the left side.
Leandro Castro: Too much swing and miss for me. No, thanks.