Scouting Report, Lake Elsinore Storm 2014: Gabriel Quintana

2014 Season: The 2014 season was Gabriel Quintana’s second year of full-season ball and he spent it all at the Class A Advanced level. Quintana put up decent power numbers, relative to the California League, with 18 home runs and 35 doubles. During batting practice, he often displayed his above average raw power. However, his strike out to walk ratio was a horrendous 7.14. Quintana spent most of the year messing around with his batting stance and approach. He began the season with an upright, narrow, stance, to go along with a very high leg kick. The height of his leg kick varied during the season and by August he got rid of the leg kick altogether. Over the next 8 or so games, Quintana switched to a much wider stance and noticeably rocked his weight back during his approach. His stride was minimal, as he would lift his foot a little bit and place it right back down. During the last couple weeks of the season, including the playoffs, he went back to the upright, narrow, stance and high leg kick he began the season with. Currently, MLB.com ranks Quintana as the 20th prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system.

2015 Age: 22

Pos: 3B

B/T: R/R

HT: 6’2″

WT: 190

Frame: Tall, Large

Build: Strong, Solid, Athletic, Sturdy, Well Proportioned

Shoulders: Broad

Torso: Long

Chest: Thick

Arms: Long,

Hands: Big

Waist: Thin

Legs: Long, Strong

Flexibility: Agile, Loose

Growth Potential: Room For Added Development

Mechanics and Approach: Upright, Narrow, Slightly Open, High Leg Kick, Fluid, High Bat, Flat Bat, Wags Bat, High Back Elbow, Balanced, Controlled

Bat Plane: Slight Uppercut

Power: Raw Power, Run Producer, Gap and HR Power

Running Style: Long, Powerful

Run Times: Home to 1B: 4.3

Hands: Solid, Playable

Arm: Proper Arm Action, Loose, Proper Rotation, Throws Carry

Abilities: Good bat speed. Swing is short and simple. Quick, strong, hands. Approach is fluid and balanced. Above average raw power. Ball jumps off of bat. Above average arm strength. Average speed and agility. Arm is accurate and will play well in the outfield. Solid hands.

Weaknesses: Does not make consistent contact, lots of swing and misses. Tendency to pull everything. Does not hit ball to opposite field with authority. Below average plate discipline. Agility is solid but quickness is below average. Range is below average. Will be pushed to 1B or corner outfield position at high levels.

Summation: “Young, athletic, power-hitting, third basemen. Currently possess above average raw power and arm strength. Potential to develop into an average Major League hitter with above average power. Regular, everyday type.”

Hitting Ability:

Present: 40   Future: 50

Power:

Present: 50   Future: 60

Run Speed:

Present: 50   Future: 50

Arm Strength:

Present: 60   Future: 60

Fielding:

Present: 40   Future: 45

Baseball Instincts:

Present: 45   Future: 55

Aggressiveness:

Present: 50   Future: 55

Base Running:

Present: 45   Future: 50

Arm Accuracy:

Present: 50   Future: 60

Range:

Present: 40   Future: 45

OFP: 48

*OFP based on how a player’s tools would play if put in a Major League game today.

Scouting Report, Lake Elsinore Storm 2014: Tayron Guerrero

2014 Season: Tayron Guerrero started the 2014 season at Class A Fort Wayne and dominated. In 36 innings, Guerrero struck out 42 and walked 12, giving him a strike out to walk rate of 3.5. He had a .94 WHIP and a .169 batting average against. About half way through the season Guerrero was called up to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore where he would throw another 14 innings. Guerrero’s control was not quite as sharp in Lake Elsinore; however, his fastball still over powered opposing hitters. He finished the season with 56 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched and a WHIP of 1.05. Guerrero’s performance this year earned him a trip to the 2014 Arizona Fall League. He was also selected to the Arizona Fall League’s “Fall Stars Game”. Currently, MLB.com ranks Guerrero as the 19th prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system.

2015 Age: 24

Pos: RHP

B/T: R/R

HT: 6’7″

WT: 189

Frame: Very Tall

Build: Wiry, Slender, Lanky, Rangy

Shoulders: Square

Torso: Long

Chest: Flat

Arms: Extra Long

Hands: Large

Waist: Thin

Legs: Extra Long

Flexibility: Loose

Growth Potential: Strength Gains Remain

Arm Angle: 3/4

Arm Action: Arm Moves Straight Down Out of the Glove, Loose, Easy, Effortless, Long Arc, Good Extension and Follow Through, Ball Comes Out Clean

Delivery and Mechanics: SWU, Upright, Controlled, Balanced, High Kick, Fair, Fluid

Fastball Movement: Rises, Runs, Jumps At Plate, Down-Plane, Out Pitch

Slider: Hard, Sharp, Tight, Down 3/4 Tilt, Bites, Runs From Right-Handed Hitters

Change Up: Straight, Little Deception

Abilities: Solid, back of the bullpen, 1-2 pitch combination. Fastball sits between 93-95 MPH and can reach 100 MPH. Sharp slider is above average and sits between 87-88 MPH. Velocity is generated easily and does not drop when pitching on back to back days. Fastball is overpowering and tends to rise at the plate.

Weaknesses: Struggles so repeat delivery. Control is slightly below average. Command is slightly well-below average. Change up (3rd pitch) is well-below average.

Summation: “Very Tall, Slender, Lanky right-handed power pitcher. Well-above average fastball can reach 100 MPH and slider is above average with nice bite to it. Potential to possess an elite fastball and well-above average slider. Solid closer or plus-plus set-up. Occasional All-Star.”

Fastball:

Present: 7   Future: 8   Velocity: 94 MPH

Slider:

Present: 6   Future: 7   Velocity: 87 MPH

Change Up:

Present: 3   Future: 45  Velocity: 86 MPH

Fastball Movement:

Present: 50   Future: 55

Control:

Present: 40   Future: 50

Poise: 

Present: 50   Future: 60

Baseball Instincts: 

Present: 45   Future: 55

Aggressiveness:

Present: 50   Future: 60

OFP: 53

*OFP based on how a player’s tools would play if put in a Major League game today.

Scouting Report, Lake Elsinore Storm 2014: Joe Ross

2014 Season: Joe Ross is the younger brother of current Padres starting pitcher, Tyson Ross. Joe Ross was drafted in the 1st round (25 overall) in 2011 and spent the 2014 between Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and Double A San Antonio. Ross made 19 starts with Lake Elsinore and dominated hitters with his above average fastball and slider. In Lake Elsinore he posted a 1.27 WHIP and a SO/W of 3.11. Ross then pitched 20 innings in Double A San Antonio, striking out 19 and walking only one. Currently, MLB.com ranks Ross as the number eight prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system.

2015 Age: 22

Pos: RHP

B/T: R/R

HT: 6’4″

WT: 205

Frame: Tall, Thin

Build: Wiry, Lean, Rangy, Athletic

Shoulders: Broad

Torso: Long

Chest: Flat

Arms: Long

Hands: Big

Waist: Thin

Legs: Long, Lean

Flexibility: Loose, Live

Growth Potential: Strength Gain Remain, Room for Added Development

Arm Angle: 3/4

Arm Action: Arm moves straight down out of the glove, Quick Arm, Loose, Fluid, Easy, Effortless, Long Arc, Ball Leaves Clean, Good Extension & Follow

Delivery and Mechanics: SWU, Upright, Controlled, Balanced, Medium Leg Kick, Good, Fluid, Clean

FB Movement: Sink, Run, Down-Plane

Slider: D 3/4 Tilt, Hard Tight, Runs From Right-Handed Hitter

Change Up: Keeps Arm Speed, Fade

Abilities: Fastball regularly hits the mid 90’s and velocity is generated easily and with little effort. Above average 1-2 punch in fastball and slider. Fastball has decent movement and control of pitch is solid. Slider is powerful with downward 3/4 tilt. Throws from a nice downward plane and generates many ground balls. Little drop off in velocity in later innings. Solid control of both pitches and should learn to command them on both sides of the plate.

Weaknesses: Lacks a solid third pitch. Change up is a work in progress and will be key to determining his role down the road with the big club. Command of all pitches still below average.

Summation: “Young, athletic, strong framed, right-handed pitcher. Very smooth, efficient, delivery and velocity is generated with ease. Currently possesses above average fastball and slider with the potential to develop an average change up. Quality #2 or #3 starter. Occasional All-Star.”

Fastball:

Present: 60   Future: 65   Velocity: 93 MPH

Slider: 

Present: 60   Future: 65   Velocity: 84 MPH

Change Up: 

Present: 40   Future: 50   Velocity: 82 MPH

FB Movement:

Present: 45   Future: 50

Control:

Present: 50   Future: 60

Poise:

Present: 50   Future: 60

Baseball Instincts:

Present: 50   Future: 55

Aggressiveness:

Present: 50   Future: 60

OFP: 50 

*OFP based on how a player’s tools would play if put in a Major League game today.

Scouting Report, Lake Elsinore Storm 2014: Hunter Renfroe

2014 season: Hunter Renfroe was the Padres 1st round pick (13th overall) in the 2013 draft. In his first full year of professional baseball, Renfroe spent the first half of the year at the Class A Advanced level with Lake Elsinore, and the second half of the year with Double A San Antonio. Renfroe tore up the California League by belting 16 home runs and 21 doubles in 69 games, while showing off all 5 tools. He never really caught fire in Double A; however, his strike out to walk rate did drop from 2.9 in Lake Elsinore to 2.1 in San Antonio. He finished with a slash line: .267/.342/.470/.812. Renfroe was selected, and started, in this year’s Futures Game and was also invited to play in the Arizona Fall League. Currently, MLB.com ranks Renfroe as the number four prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system.

2015 Age: 23

Pos: OF

B/T: R/R

HT: 6’1″

WT: 200

Frame: Tall, Large

Build: Strong, Solid, Muscular, Athletic, Well Proportioned

Shoulders: Broad

Torso: : Compact

Chest: Thick

Arms: Long, Muscular

Hands: Big

Waist: Trim

Legs: Long, Strong

Flexibility: Agile, Loose

Growth Potential: Minimal Physical Projection

Mechanics and Approach: Upright, Narrow, Open, High Bat, Upright Bat, Wags Bat, Toe Tap Stride, High Back Elbow, Balanced, Controlled

Bat Plane: Level

Power: Raw Power, Run Producer, Gap and HR Power

Running Style: Explosive, Powerful, Better 1st to 3rd

Run Times: Home to 1B: 4.3

Hands: Soft, Sure, Smooth Fielder

Arm: Throws Carry, Proper Arm Action, Loose Arm, Accurate

Abilities: Above-average raw power. Above-average, and accurate, arm. Running speed and fielding are currently average. Good approach and great bat speed. Can hit ball, with authority, to all fields. Gets solid jumps on the ball. Will steal a base but is faster 1st to 3rd. Above-average baseball instincts. Power and arm make him prototypical right fielder.

Weaknesses: Strikes out often. Swing can be a little long at times. Still a relatively raw baseball player.

Summation: “Young, athletic, 5-tool outfielder. Possess above-average raw power, an above-average arm and average speed. All five tools have the potential to be at least Major League average. Impact type position player, frequent all-star.”

Hitting Ability:

Present: 45   Future: 55

Power:

Present: 50   Future: 65

Run Speed: 

Present: 55   Future: 55

Arm Strength:

Present: 65   Future: 65

Fielding: 

Present: 50   Future: 55

Baseball Instincts:

Present: 60   Future: 65

Aggressiveness:

Present: 55   Future: 60

Base Running:

Present: 50   Future: 55

Arm Accuracy:

Present: 60   Future: 65

Range:

Present: 50   Future: 55

OFP: 53

*OFP based on how a player’s tools would play if put in a Major League game today.

Scouting Report, Lake Elsinore Storm 2014: Jose Rondon

2014 Season: Jose Rondon began the season with the Los Angeles Angels organization playing for the Inland Empire 66ers in the hitter-friendly California League. This was the Rondon’s first full season in the minors and he held up pretty well. On July 19th he was dealt to the Padres in the Huston Street trade, but stayed in the California League by being assigned the Storm. During the 2014 season Rondon showed off his defensive prowless, judge of the strike zone and ability to make consistent contact. He finished with a slash-line: .315/.363/.404/.767 and produced 139 hits in 111 games. Rondon played in this year’s Futures Game in Minnesota. Currently, MLB.com ranks Rondon as the number nine prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system.

2015 Age: 21

Pos: SS

B/T: R/R

HT: 6’1″

WT: 160

Frame: Tall, Thin

Build: Wiry, Lean, Slender, Rangy, Athletic

Shoulders: Slightly Sloped

Torso: Long

Chest: Flat

Arms: Long

Hands: Big

Waist: Thin

Legs: Long

Flexibility: Agile, Loose

Growth Potential: Strength Gains Remain, Room For Added Development

Mechanics & Approach: Upright, Narrow, Slightly Opened Stance, High Bat, Still Bat, High Back Elbow, Quiet, Balanced, Controlled

Bat Plane: Slight Uppercut

Power: Minimal Power

Running Style: Graceful, Glides, Better 1st to 3rd.

Run Times: Home to 1B: 4.3

Hands: Soft, Sure, Quick Smooth Fielder

Arm: Proper Action, Quick Release.

Abilities:  Live lower body. Solid agility, quick feet and always in the right place at the right time. Swallows up ground balls. Makes consistent contact. Solid bat speed. Good bat control. Good judge of the strike zone. Defense, arm strength and speed are currently Major League average. A singles hitter but should develop gap power once he has physically matured. Can hit ball up the middle and opposite field.

Weaknesses: Very little power. Approach is currently not conductive to extra base hits. Can be lazy with footwork while fielding.

Summation:  “Young, athletic, smooth fielding, middle infielder. Displays Major League average defensive skills, arm and plate discipline. Makes consistent contact and has the potential to develop into average hitter. Regular, every day type.”

Hitting Ability:

Present: 40   Future: 50

Power:

Present: 20   Future: 35

Run Speed:

Present: 55   Future: 55

Arm Strength:

Present: 55   Future: 55

Fielding:

Present: 55   Future: 60

Baseball Instincts:

Present: 50   Future: 55

Aggressiveness:

Present: 45   Future: 55

Base Running:

Present: 55   Future: 60

Arm Accuracy:

Present: 55   Future: 65

Range:

Present: 55  Future: 60

OFP: 45

*OFP based on how a player’s tools would play if put in a Major League game today.

Scouting Report, Lake Elsinore Storm 2014: Mallex Smith

2014 Season: Mallex Smith spent the first half of the season playing in the Midwest League (Class A). He swiped 48 bags in 65 games while posting a .295 avg. and .393 OBP. Once Hunter Renfroe was called up to Double A San Antonio, the Padres brought Smith up to Lake Elsinore. Smith continued his solid season stealing 40 bases in 55 games, and even added a few home runs during his time playing in the hitter-friendly California League. He finished the 2014 season with a slash-line: .310/.403/.432/.834, 88 SB, 1.5 K/BB rate. Smith’s season earned him an invitation to the Arizona Fall League.

2015 Age: 22

Pos: CF

B/T: L/R

HT: 5’9″

WT: 170

Frame: Medium, Thin

Build: Lean, Strong, Solid, Athletic

Shoulders: Broad

Torso: Short

Chest: Flat

Arms: Long, Thin

Hands: Big

Waist: Thin

Legs: Long, Strong

Flexibility: Agile, Loose, Live

Growth Potential: Strength Gains Remain

Mechanics & Approach: Bent, Slightly Open, Narrow, High Bat, Flat Bat, Wags Bat, Weight Back, Toe Tap Stride, High Back Elbow, Balanced, Controlled, Patient

Bat Plane: Slight Uppercut

Power: Minimal Power

Running Style: Graceful, Glides, Quick First Step, Will Steal a Base

Run Times: Home to 1B: 3.8

Hands: Quick, Smooth Fielder

Arm: Proper Arm Action, Loose Arm, Playable Arm

Abilities: Outstanding speed. Solid plate discipline. Solid bat control. Quick hands and short swing allow him to make consistent contact. Can, and will, bunt for a hit. Extremely aggressive on the bases, steals often and gets an explosive first step. Takes big leads when on the bases. Gets decent jumps and takes decent routes, but tremendous speed allows his defense to play up. Arm is accurate.

Weaknesses: Not very big. Power is currently poor. Needs to work on driving the ball into gaps. Arm is slightly below average.

Summation: “Young, athletic, center fielder with elite speed. Potential average Major League hitter and above average defense. Makes consistent contact and uses his tremendous speed to pressure the defense. Potential everyday type, solid contributor.”

Hitting Ability: 

Present: 40   Future: 55                    

Power:       

Present: 20   Future: 35                                     

Run Speed:                       

Present: 80   Future: 80               

Arm Strength:                   

Present: 45   Future: 45           

Fielding:                             

Present: 50   Future: 60            

Baseball Instincts:          

Present: 50   Future: 60               

Aggressiveness:    

Present: 60   Future: 65                        

Base Running:  

Present: 60   Future: 65                           

Arm Accuracy:    

Present: 50   Future: 55                          

Range:    

Present: 50   Future: 60

OFP: 47

*OFP based on how a player’s tools would play if put in a Major League game today.