Scouting Report: Buddy Reed (Florida)

Physical Description 

Position CF
Bats/Throws S/L
Height 6’3”
Weight 200
Born 04/27/1995

Reed possesses a tall, thin, frame while his build is athletic, lean and well proportioned. His legs are extra-long, lean and strong while his arms are extra-long and thin. He has broad shoulders, a long torso, a flat chest and a thin waist. His flexibility is live, very loose and agile. Still has room for added development.

Overall Future Potential (56)

Present Future
Hitting Ability  45  60
Power  30  40
Fielding 45 60
Range 50 60
Arm Strength  55  55
Arm Accuracy  50  55
Run Speed 65 65
Base Running 50 55
Aggressiveness 60 65
Instincts 40 50

Hit

  1. Approach: Good (60)
  • Stance –
    • Left Side:  Upright. Tall. Feet are even and wide apart. Hands are very quiet and held shoulder level. Bat is held high, flat and rests on shoulder. Low elbow.
    • Right Side: Upright with slight bend. Feet are even and slightly wider apart. Hands are held higher and farther away from his body. Bat is held high, vertical and waged. High elbow.
  • Load
    • Left Side: Hands move slightly upward and back. Lifts foot up but keeps it on the ground. Stays centered.
    • Right Side: Rocks back. Hands move back.
  • Stride
    • Left Side: Short. Foot stays near ground. Efficient.
    • Right Side: Short. Foot stays near ground. Efficient.
  1. Swing: Solid speed (50) Nice strength (45) Level. Stays through zone.
  1. Timing:
  • Left Side: Nice balance (45) Solid rhythm (50) Lifts front foot up but keeps it on the ground.
  • Right Side: Strong balance (55) Solid rhythm (50)
  1. Instincts: Solid base runner (50) Good zone awareness (60)

Defense

  • Arm: Fair strength (40) Solid accuracy (50) Short-arm action
  • Hands/Fielding: Solid (50) Sure. Reliable.
  • Jumps/Reads: Solid routes (50) Strong jumps (55) Great closing speed (65)
  • Body Control: Good agility (60) Good quickness (60) Controlled dive/slide.

Run

  • Style: Long. Graceful. Glides. Aggressive. Better 1st to 3rd.
  • Times: Great speed (65) Solid base running (50)
H to 1B (LH)  4.06 seconds
H to 1B (RH) 4.15 seconds
1B to 2B (SB) 3.72 seconds

Abilities

Defensively, Reed can go get them with the best. His strong jumps and great closing speed help him cover a tremendous amount of ground in center. He constantly gets his body in the right position when diving. On the offensive side, Reed already possesses decent hitting ability. He has solid bat control, consistently makes contact and has good strike zone awareness.

Weaknesses

Defensively, despite above average arm strength, Reed possesses short arm action for a typical big league outfielder.  Offensively, his current in-game power is weak. His load from the left side of the plate is tailored to a slap hitter approach. However, his approach from the right side is more conducive to power.

Summation

“Young, switch-hitting center fielder who is extremely gifted. Raw, very athletic and has great speed. Possesses solid range in the outfield and is a decent hitter with the potential to develop into an above average hitter. Quality everyday type, major contributor.”

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Scouting Report: Lucas Erceg (Menlo College)

Physical Description

Position 3B/Pitcher
Bats/Throws L/R
Height 6’1”
Weight 188
Born 05/01/1995

Physically, Erceg reminds me of Nick Markakis. He possesses a tall, thin, frame and his body has an athletic, slender, build. His legs and arms are both long and very thin. He has regular shoulders, a long torso and a thin chest. His flexibility is live, agile and loose. Strength gains remain, providing him with good growth potential.

Overall Future Potential (49)

Present Future
Hitting Ability 40 50
Power 30 40
Fielding 45 50
Range 45 50
Arm Strength 65 65
Arm Accuracy 50 55
Run Speed 50 50
Base Running 45 55
Aggressiveness 50 55
Instincts 55 65

Hit

  • Approach: Solid (50) 
    • Stance – Upright with slight bend. Feet are wide apart and open. Hands are held near head. Bat is high, flat and slightly waged. High elbow.
    • Load – Rocks back. Hands start near head and move straight back.
    • Stride – Short, fluid, to close. Uses hips very well.
  • Swing: Strong speed (55) Nice strength (45) Uppercut. Smooth. 
  • Timing: Solid rhythm (50) Good balance (60) Smooth. Fluid.
  • Instincts: Good aptitude (60) Nice base runner (45) Nice zone awareness (45)

Defense

  • Arm: Great strength (65) Solid accuracy (50) Proper action.
  • Hands/Fielding: Decent (45) Strong when moving forward (55) Soft. Smooth fielder.
  • Footwork: Solid (50) Quick. Efficient.
  • Body Control: Solid agility (50) Nice quickness (45) Stays low on ground balls.

Run

  • Style: Long. Fluid. Graceful.

Pitch

  • Arm Action: Good (60) Proper action. Loose. Fluid. Easy. Smooth circle. Ball comes out clean. Good extension and follow through.
  • Arm Angle: High three-quarters. Fair consistency (40)
  • Mechanics: Great (65) Solid hip/shoulder separation (50) Controlled. Balanced. Fluid.
  1. Lower Body – Stays quiet and controlled; allows him to repeat his stride. High kick.
  2. Upper Body – Stays quiet. 
  • Delivery: Solid (50) Solid consistency (50) Easily repeatable.
  1. Style – Starts with the ball behind his back. Brings his hands together at shoulder level. Hands separate at the bottom of his chest.
  • Repertoire: (average mph)
  1. Fastball 92-93 mph (50)
  2. Curve 76-78 mph (35)

Abilities

Defensively, Erceg is strong at fielding balls hit in front of him. He charges aggressively and, when necessary, effectively utilizes his bare hand. He already possesses an above average arm for a big league third baseman. On the offensive side, he uses his hips very well which helps provide fair power. He is patient at the plate, a good judge of the strike zone and is confident hitting with two strikes.

Weaknesses

Offensively, Erceg has a tendency to pull off the ball during his swing. He routinely drops his back shoulder. At times, he can struggle with off-speed pitches. Defensively, he needs improvement on his first step. His body is very thin and may wear down during a professional season.

Summation

“Young, athletic, two-way player. He has a sweet, smooth, swing with great hip/shoulder separation. He has great arm strength for a big league third baseman and effectively uses his aggressiveness and strong baseball instincts. Utility type, role player off the bench.”