Scouting Report: Kevin Grendell (Los Angeles AL)

ETA: 2017

BACKGROUND

Grendell was selected out of San Pasqual High School (CA) by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 2012 draft. He signed and finished the year in the Gulf Coast League. He was released by the Orioles on April 7th, and signed a minor league contract with Los Angeles on April 8th. He started the season in Class A and was promoted to Class A Advanced on June 3rd. He was promoted to Double A on August 3rd.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position LHP
Bats/Throws L/L
Height 6’ 2”
Weight 210
League Age 22 (08/22/1993)

Grendell possesses a tall, thin frame with a lanky build. He has broad shoulders, a very compact torso, a flat chest and a thin waist. His arms are very long and thin while his legs are really long, thin and lanky. His flexibility is loose and agile while some strength gains remain.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (50) 

Present Future
Arm Action  60  60
Mechanics  60  65
Delivery  55  60
Fastball (FB)  50  55
FB Movement  50  50
Breaking Ball (BB)  45  55
BB Movement  55  60
Off Speed (OS)
OS Movement
Control  50  60
Command  40  55
Poise  50  55
Aggressiveness  50  55
Baseball Instincts  50  55

ARM ACTION (60)

Quick. Loose. Easy. Long Arm Circle. Smooth Arm Circle. The ball is brought slightly downward out of his glove after his hands separate. He does not bring his arm behind his body. He slightly throws across his body. He throws his fastball and change up with a high three-quarters arm angle, and throws his curve ball with his arm angle slightly higher. The ball comes out clean, he is quick through his delivery and he features solid extension.

MECHANICS (60)

  • Upper Body – Long, thin, lanky arms. Controlled. Balanced. Arms are in good sync with each other.
  • Lower Body – Very long, thin, lanky arms. Plus Finish. Good Lead Leg. Good momentum to towards the plate. Solid extension. Solid hip/shoulder separation.

DELIVERY (55)

  • Stretch – He hands straight up with his shoulder slightly closed off to the plate and his throwing arm at his side. He rests his glove on the right of his chest as he looks in for the sign. His feet are basically even and about shoulder width apart.
  • Set (55) – Stands straight up on the first base side of the rubber slightly closed off. He holds his hands together at stomach level with his feet almost even and his feet about a foot apart. To start his delivery he will slightly lift his hands to chest level and display a medium leg kick in which the knee gets to waist level. He then brings his hands down, as his leg starts to descend, and they separate at stomach level. His arms are in plus sync with each other after separation and he is quick through his delivery. He displays an above average finish and is in a plus position to field the ball after he releases the pitch.
  • Slide-Step
  • Timing (50) – Solid. His hands separate a little bit after his free leg begins downward, and his throwing arm is usually not quite all the way up when his lead leg lands. However, he does make up for this a little as he is quick through his delivery and he possesses a quick arm.

REPERTOIRE 

FB – Movement (50) Control (55) Command (50) 

He sits around 91-92 with his fastball, but he can throw it harder if needed. He mainly throws a four seam that features nice life and is thrown from a solid downhill plane. He currently displays strong control and nice command with the pitch. He throws slightly across his body, so there is a little deception it; especially to left-handed hitters. The pitch contains an average spin rate that usually sits between 2,100-2,300 rotations per minute, and he gets a decent amount of ground balls with it. It features solid movement and usually presents average tilt. He also presents big-league average extension that usually sits a little above six feet.

CB – Movement (55) Deception (40) Control (45) Command (40) 

He sits between 76-78 MPH with his curve ball and he throws two different types. The first type he throws for a strike, and it displays a tight 11-5 break which flashes strong spin and plus depth. It is not very loopy, presents nice deception and features solid strike zone bite. It also displays above average tilt. The second type he throws in the dirt and he usually throws it when ahead in the count; especially with two strikes on the batter. It is sharper, dives straight down into the dirt and he throws it slight harder than his first type. The tilt on the second type is not as strong as the first, but it is still usually big-league average. Both pitches contain below average spin rates and present slightly below average extension.

Scouting Report: Chuck Taylor (Arizona)

BACKGROUND

Taylor was selected out of Mansfield Timberview High School in the 4th round of the 2012 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He signed and finished the year in the Arizona League. This is his second stint at the Class A Advanced level. He was promoted to Double A on July 4th.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position OF
Bats/Throws S/L
Height 5’ 9”
Weight 190
League Age 22 (09/21/1993)

Taylor possesses a thick medium-sized frame with a strong, sturdy build. He has strong, broad shoulders, a compact torso, a thick chest and a trim waist. His arms are long and muscular with big forearms. His legs are long, strong and thick with strong calves. His flexibility is loose and agile and while some strength gains remain.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (50)

Present Future
Plate Feel  50  60
Bat Control  50  60
Hit  40  50
Power  25  35
Fielding  50  55
Range  50  50
Arm Strength  45  45
Arm Accuracy  45  50
Run Speed  55  55
Base Running  50  55
Aggressiveness  55  55
Instincts  55  60

THOUGHTS

Taylor is a durable switch-hitting outfielder. He already displays a big-league average feel at the plate with solid bat control. He makes a lot of contact, displays above average plate coverage and does not strike out too often. He features nice patience, solid plate discipline and average pitch recognition ability. He also displays solid judgment of the strike zone and is willing to walk; both of  which have helped him post a nice strikeout-to-walk rate so far in his young career. He is currently a fair hitter, but he presents plus bat speed and a plus twitch from both sides of the plate. He is a line-drive hitter who does a good job of keeping his hand back and hitting the ball where it is pitched. In batting practice he sprays line-drives all over the field from both sides of the plate and displays more power from the left side; although he possesses below average power from both sides of the plate. However, I believe his strong forearms, strong wrists and plus twitch will help provide him with more power as he gets older and I think he could eventually display fair in-game power from the left side of the plate. Taylor is a solid defender with sure hands. He usually catches the balls he can get to, displays solid jumps and takes solid routes to the ball. He features slightly above average speed with solid closing speed and average range. However, his range plays slightly above average at a corner outfield position. His arm strength is below average, so he fits best in left field, but it is accurate and he usually keeps his throws close to the ground. Taylor is not much of a base stealer and he is not very aggressive on the bases.  He is still a solid base runner and presents an average first-step. He is a better runner once he gets on the move and from first base to third base. I think Taylor starts next season in Double A.

HIT

Taylor is a switch-hitter who displays a fairly similar stance from both sides of the plate. From the left side Taylor stands upright with a slight bend and his feet open and slightly wider than shoulder width apart. He holds his hands close to his body and at shoulder level while he rests the bat on his shoulder. He puts slightly more weight on his back leg and holds the bat fairly high, flat and still. His load is quiet and fairly mechanical as his body bends and slightly rocks back while he slightly moves his hands back and upward. His short stride stays close to the ground and he uses it to close his hips. He presents good timing from the left side as his body stays centered throughout his approach and swing while his hands are in a plus position to hit when his stride lands. From the right side of the plate Taylor stands upright with a slight bend and his feet even and slightly wider than shoulder width apart. He holds his hands close to his body and at shoulder level while he rests the bat on his shoulder. His weight is more centered and he slightly wags his bat fairly high, flat bat. His load is still quiet and mechanical has his body bends and slightly rocks back while his hands slightly move backward. His stride is very short and stays close to the ground. He maintains strong balance as his body stays centered throughout his approach and swing while his hands are in a strong position to hit once his stride lands. He features a good swing with plus bat speed and a plus twitch. He is very short to the ball, quick through the zone and he drives through the ball. He usually finishes with two hands on the bat.

Approach (55): Mechanical.

  • Stance – Upright with a slight bend. Wide. Bat rests on shoulder while hands held at shoulder level. Bat is held fairly high, flat and slightly waged.  LS: Open. Wide. RS: Even.
  • Load – Mechanical. Body bends and slightly rocks back. Hands move slightly back and upward.
  • Stride – Short. Foot stays close to the ground. LS: To Close.

Swing (55): Quick. Compact. Hands close to body. Strong Wrists.

  • Plane – Slight Uppercut. Nice Lift. Very short to the ball.
  • Speed – Plus (60) Plus Twitch. Quick through the zone.
  • Strength – Solid extension. Drives through the ball. Strong use of hips. 

Timing (60): Very Controlled. Balanced.

  • Balance – Body stays strongly balanced throughout approach and swing. Solid back foot.
  • Rhythm – Hands are in a good position to hit when his stride lands.

DEFENSE

Taylor displays a strong feel for the ball in the outfield. He is a strong defender with soft, sure hands. He presents average quickness and average jumps, but he takes strong routes and features above average closing speed. He can play all three outfield positions. He displays big-league average range in center field and slightly above average range in the corner positions. he features short arm action for an outfielder, but his arm is quick and fluid. His arm contains below average strength and slightly below average accuracy. However, his arm plays up a little bit because his throws usually stay close to the ground.

  • Arm – Strength (40) Accuracy (45) Short Action. Quick. Fluid.
  • Hands/Fielding – Strong (55) Range (50) 
  • Jumps/Routes – Jumps (50) Routes (55) Strong closing speed.
  • Body Control – Agility (55) Quickness (50) Coordination (60) 

RUN

When Taylor is on the move he displays short, quick, powerful strides and remains fairly upright. He presents slightly above average speed and is a solid base runner. He will not attempt to steal too often, and he has not been very successful when he has done so. He features a solid first-step on the bases, but he is a better runner once he gets on the move and from first base to third  base. He displays solid leads, usually takes above average secondaries and will look to move up on a ball in the dirt.

  • Style – Quick. Short. Powerful. Graceful. Fairly Upright.
    • Speed (55) Base Running (50) Aggressiveness (55)

Scouting Report: Victor Reyes (Arizona)

BACKGROUND

Reyes was signed out of Venezuela by the Atlanta Braves on July 2nd 2011. He played stateside fr the first time during the 2013 season in both the Gulf Coast and Appalachian League. The Diamondbacks acquired Reyes on April 6th 2015. This is his first year at the Class A Advanced level.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position OF
Bats/Throws S/R
Height 6’ 3”
Weight 170
League Age 21 (10/5/1994)

Reyes possesses a tall, thin frame with a lean and slender body. He has broad shoulders, a long torso, a flat chest and a thin waist. His arms are long and thin while his legs are long and lean. His flexibility is loose and agile while solid strength gains remain.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (45)

Present Future
Plate Feel  45  55
Bat Control  45  55
Hit  40  50
Power  30  40
Fielding  50  55
Range  50  50
Arm Strength 50  50
Arm Accuracy  55  60
Run Speed  55  55
Base Running  55  55
Aggressiveness  55  60
Instincts  50  55

HIT

Reyes is a switch hitter who displays fairly similar stances from each side. From the left side of the plate his stance is bent with his feet even and very wide apart. He puts slightly more weight on his back leg, holds his hands at shoulder level and slightly behind his body. His elbow is down and he holds the bat fairly high, vertical and slightly waged. His load is fluid and very athletic as his body rocks back, his hands move back and upward and he features a high leg kick. His timing is solid as he remains fairly centered throughout his approach and swing while his hands are usually in a strong position to hit when his stride lands. From the right side he is a little more upright with feet still fairly wide apart and slightly open. His weight is centered and he holds his hands at chest level in front of his back shoulder. He holds the bat fairly high, vertical and it is slightly waged. His low stays fluid as his body rocks back while he displays a high leg kick. His timing is strong as his body stays centered throughout his approach and swing while his hands are in a good position to hit when his stride lands. His compact swing is similar from both sides of the plate and it presents plus speed with strong lift and solid extension. He is short to the ball, quick through the zone and he drives through the ball. From both sides of the plate he finishes with one hand on the bat.

Approach: Athletic. Fluid.

  • Stance – Very wide. Even.
  • Load – Fluid. Athletic. Body rocks back and hands move back and upward.
  • Stride – LS: Medium Leg Kick. Medium Length. RS: To Close. Medium Leg Kick. Medium Length.

Swing: Quick. Compact.

  • Plane – Slight Uppercut. Strong Lift. Short to the ball.
  • Speed – Plus (60) Strong Twitch. Quick through the zone.
  • Strength –  Solid Extension. Drives through the ball.

Timing: Timing Guy. Fairly Repeatable.

  • Balance – Body stays centered throughout approach and swing; especially from the right side.
  • Rhythm – Hands are in a strong position to hit when his stride lands.

DEFENSE

Reyes displays a solid feel for the ball in the outfield. He is an average defender who covers a nice amount of ground; especially at a corner outfield position. He presents solid jumps and usually takes solid routes whiling displaying big-league average range. He is sure-handed and usually secures the balls he can get to. He features a strong throwing arm that contains solid big-league strength and strong accuracy.

  • Arm – Strength (50) Accuracy (55) Long Action. Loose. Fluid. Fully Extended.
  • Hands/Fielding – Solid (50) 
  • Jumps/Routes – Jumps (50) Routes (50) Range (50) 
  • Body Control – Agility (55) Quickness (50) Coordination (60) 

RUN

When Reyes is on the move he displays long, fluid, graceful strides and remains fairly upright. He possesses slightly above average speed and is a strong base runner. He can steal bases, and he possesses a solid first-step, but he is a better runner once he gets on the move and from first to third base. He has been moderately successful at stealing bases throughout his young career. He displays solid leads, usually takes strong secondaries and will look to move up on a ball in the dirt.

  • Style – Long. Fluid. Graceful. Fairly Upright.
    • Speed (55) Base Running (55) Aggressiveness (55)

Scouting Report: Keynan Middleton (Los Angeles AL)

ETA: 2017

1st Base / H3Q / Great lower body

BACKGROUND

Middleton was selected out of Lane Community College in Oregon by the Los Angeles Angels in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft. He signed and split time between the Arizona and Pioneer Leagues to finish out the year. This is his first stint at the Class A Advanced level. He was first promoted to Double A on June 30th and then promoted to Triple A on August 7th.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position RHP
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 6’ 2”
Weight 185
League Age 22 (09/12/1993)

Middleton possesses a tall frame with a strong, lean, athletic build. He has broad shoulders, a compact torso, a thick chest and a trim waist. His arms are long and thin while his legs are long, strong and thick. His flexibility is live, loose and agile while a little strength gain remains.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (60)

Present Future
Arm Action  60  60
Mechanics  50  60
Delivery  50  60
Fastball (FB) 70 70
FB Movement  40  45
Breaking Ball (BB)  50  65
BB Movement  50  55
Off Speed (OS)  40  45
OS Movement  40  45
Control  50  60
Command  40  50
Poise  50  55
Aggressiveness  55  60
Baseball Instincts  50  55

ARM ACTION (60)

Quick. Loose. Fluid. Long arm circle. The ball is slightly brought down out of his glove after his hands separate. He does not bring his arm behind his body. Consistently repeats his arm action, as well as arm speed, when throwing his breaking ball and change up. Arm will whip back upward after ball is released. The ball comes out clean, he is quick through his delivery and his features good extension and a good follow-through.

MECHANICS (50)

  • Upper Body: Long, thin arms. Controlled. Repeatable. At times his throwing elbow can get above shoulder level.  his arms are in solid sync with each other after his hands separate.
  • Lower Body: Long, strong and thick legs. Great finish. Plus lead leg. Good momentum moving toward home plate. Solid extension. Strong hip/shoulder separation.

DELIVERY (50)

  • Windup (60): He stands upright on the third base side of the rubber with his free foot a couple feet in front of his pivot foot, allowing him to face home plate at angle, and his hands held together at waist level. His front shoulder is the closest part of his body to home plate and he places his pivot foot on the rubber in the same way he would if he was in the set position. It remains stationary throughout his windup and when he starts his windup he slightly strides backward, but his free foot never crosses the rubber. He will then twist is body back toward second base, his back almost completely to the batter, and implement a medium leg kick. During this time he keeps his hands together, close to his body and brings them up to shoulder level. He then brings his hand slightly downward and they separate at chest level. After separation his arms are in strong sync with each other. He displays a plus finish with good momentum toward home plate and a great lead leg. His arm will also whip back upward after he releases the pitch. He is usually in a solid position to field the ball after he releases the pitch.
  • Stretch: Leans in to get the sign with his glove arm on his left thigh and his throwing arm dangling at his side with the ball in his hand.
  • Set (50): He sets with his feet even and a couple feet apart. His pivot leg is slightly bent and he holds his hands near his body at chest level. His body bends a little more in the set position before his hands separate. They still separate at chest level and during his leg kick his knee gets close to waist level. He displays a strong finish with good momentum toward home plate. He is usually in a solid position to field the ball after the pitch is released. He is usually 1.3 seconds to home plate with a runner on first base.
  • Slide-Step (40): He does not feature much of a slide-step.
  • Timing (65): He gets his throwing arm up quickly and, when his free foot lands, it is in a good position to throw. In both the windup and set position, his hands start to separate once his leg kick begins downward. His glove arm and throwing arm are in good sync with each other after separation. He maintains strong balance and control throughout his delivery and follow-through.

REPERTOIRE (55)

FB (70) – Movement (40) Control (50) Command (45)

He generates easy velocity that consistently sits in the mid 90’s, and he can get it in the upper 90’s when needed. It is currently his best pitch and he mainly throws a 4-seam that features nice rising action. He currently displays solid control and nice command with it. He throws his fastball from a good downhill plane, although is does not possess a lot of movement and it contains a below average tilt. However, it fights gravity pretty well and features an above average spin rate that sits in the range of 2,400-2,500 rotations per minute. He displays solid big-league extension when throwing his fastball.

SL (50) – Movement (50) Deception (50) Control (45) Command (40)

He sits in the upper 80’s with his slider, but he can get it up to the low 90’s. It flashes tight spin, solid depth and a three quarter break. It features nice bite, late strike zone movement and solid deception. It runs away from right-handed hitters while breaking down and in to left-handed hitters. He uses it as his out pitch, and he can also get a lot of strikeouts with it. It possesses a slightly below average spin rate that sits around 2,500 rotations per minute; however, it contains a solid tilt that usually sits between 8:00-9:30. His keeps his slider extension fairly similar to his fast ball extension, and it is big-league average for a breaking pitch.

CH (40) – Movement (40) Deception (40) Control (40) Command (35)

He sits in the upper 80’s with his change up and it currently displays below average deception. It is a work in progress, and so far he displays fair control and decent command with the pitch. He does a nice job of keeping the same arm speed. It possesses below average tilt and demonstrates nice fade and fair sink. It features a solid spin rate for a change up, and he gets slightly above average big-league extension when throwing the pitch.

Scouting Report: Colin Bray (Arizona)

ETA: 2018

BACKGROUND

Bray was selected out of Faulkner State Community College in the 6th round of the 2013 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He signed and finished the year in the Pioneer League. This is his first stint at the Class A Advanced level.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position OF
Bats/Throws S/L
Height 6’ 3”
Weight 197
League Age 23 (06/18/1993)

Bray possesses a tall, thin frame with a lean, wiry build.  He has broad shoulders, a compact torso, a flat chest and thin waist. His arms are long, thin and wiry while his legs are long, lean and wiry. His flexibility is loose and agile while some strength gains remain.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (40)

Present Future
Plate Feel 40 50
Bat Control 50 55
Hit  35  45
Power  25  35
Fielding  55  60
Range  55  55
Arm Strength  50  50
Arm Accuracy  50  55
Run Speed  60  60
Base Running  55  60
Aggressiveness  55  60
Instincts  50  55

THOUGHTS

Bray is a wiry, switch-hitting outfielder who glides on the field. He currently features a fair feel at the plate with solid bat control. He features nice pitch recognition ability, but below average patience and plate discipline. He likes to swing and strikeouts too much for a guy who does not hit many home runs. However, he is a solid judge of the strike zone and presents solid plate coverage. Bray is a line-drive hitter who should make more contact than he currently does. In batting practice he sprays line-drives all over the field from both sides of the plate. He features well below average power from both sides of the plate, but does present more power from the left side. He currently displays fair in-game gap power and I think he eventually develops solid in-game gap power. He is also not afraid to try and bunt for a base hit, and he bunts well from both sides of the plate. Bray possesses a plus feel for the ball in the outfield and solid hands. He glides in the outfield and effortlessly tracks down fly balls and line-drives. He can play center field well, moves gracefully from gap to gap and features plus range. He gets strong jumps, usually takes strong routes and displays above average closing speed. He presents plus arm action for an outfielder and it plays big-league average; especially in center field. He features slightly below average arm strength; however, he is accurate with his throws and keeps them close to the ground. Bray is a strong base runner and is not afraid to show off his plus speed. He is pretty aggressive on the bases as he likes to steal and distract the pitcher. So far throughout his young career he has posted a solid success rate. I think Bray starts next season in Double A.

HIT

Bray has played with his stance throughout the season. he is a switch-hitter who usually displays a similar approach and swing from both sides of the plate. He stands at the plate with a nice even bend and his feet very wide apart. He holds his hands just above head level and well behind his body with his elbow very high. He holds the bat high, flat and it is slightly waged. His load is very quiet as his body stays very still while his hands slightly move backward. He features good timing as his body really stays centered throughout his approach and swing, while his hands are in a good position to hit when he decides to pull the trigger. He will either implement a very short stride that stays close to the ground, or he will not stride at all. He presents a strong swing that is quick, compact and very short to the ball. It stays level through the zone, displays plus speed and features an above average twitch. He finishes with one hand on the bat from both sides of the plate.

Approach (50): Quiet. Mechanical.

  • Stance – Bent. Even. Very wide. Hands are held head level and behind body. Bat is held high and vertical. Really high elbow.
  • Load – Very quiet. Mechanical. Body stays pretty still while hands slightly move back.
  • Stride – No stride.

Swing (55): Compact. Quick. Strong Wrists. Hands close to body.

  • Plane – Level. Solid Lift. Short to ball.
  • Speed – Plus (60) Quick through the zone. Strong Twitch.
  • Strength – Solid Extension. Drives through the ball. Nice use of hips.

Timing (60): Controlled. Repeatable.

  • Balance – Body stays strongly centered throughout approach and swing.
  • Rhythm – Hands are in a good position to hit when his stride lands.

DEFENSE

Bray possesses a good feel for the ball in the outfield. He is an above average defender in center field with plus range. He uses his plus speed to glide in the outfield and he often makes the difficult play look easy. He gets strong jumps, takes strong routes and is not afraid to leave his feet. He is aware of his surroundings in the outfield and does not hesitate as he gets closer to the wall. He features great arm action for an outfielder as its action is long, loose, fluid and fully extended. It contains nice strength, solid accuracy and displays solid on-line carry while staying close to the ground.

  • Arm – Strength (45) Accuracy (50) Long Action. Full Extension. Loose. Fluid.
  • Hands/Fielding – Strong (55) Soft. Smooth. Reliable.
  • Jumps/Routes – Jumps (55) Routes (55) Range (60) Strong closing speed.
  • Body Control – Agility (60) Quickness (60) Coordination (60)

RUN

Bray glides when he is on the move and displays long, fluid and graceful strides. He moves like a gazelle and gets out of the batters box and down the first base line very quickly; especially from the left side of the plate. He features plus speed, agility and quickness. He is an aggressive runner who likes to steal bases and put pressure on the pitcher and defense. He presents a solid first-step and has been somewhat successful throughout his young career. He usually gets solid jumps off the pitcher, takes strong leads and displays strong secondaries. He will also look to move up on a ball in the dirt.

  • Style – Long. Fluid. Graceful. Glides. Fairly Low.
    • Speed (60) Base Running (55) Aggressiveness (60)

Scouting Report: Henry Castillo (Arizona)

ETA: 2018

BACKGROUND

Castillo was signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played stateside for the first time in the Arizona League during the 2013 season. This is the first year he has played in 100 games. It is also his first stint at the Class A Advanced level.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position 2B
Bats/Throws S/R
Height 5’ 11”
Weight 189
League Age 21 (12/08/1994)

Castillo possesses a thick medium-sized frame with a solid, athletic build. He has broad shoulders, a compact torso, a thick chest and trim waist. His arms are long and strong while his legs are long and lean. His flexibility is loose and agile while some strength gains remain.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (55)

Present Future
Plate Feel 45 55
Bat Control 50 60
Hit  40 50
Power  35 50
Fielding  45 55
Range  55  55
Arm Strength  55 55
Arm Accuracy  55  60
Run Speed 50 50
Base Running  50  55
Aggressiveness 55 60
Instincts  50  55

THOUGHTS

Castill0 is a gifted switch-hitting second baseman. He currently features a nice feel at the plate with solid bat control. He likes to swing and, due to his below average patience and plate discipline, strikes out a little too much. However, he does present strong plate coverage, solid pitch recognition and is an average judge of the strike zone. So far he has posted a below average walk-to-strikeout ratio during his young career. Castillo features a strong, compact swing from both sides of the plate and it is short to the ball and quick through the zone. He is a line-drive hitter who sprays liners all over the field from both sides of the platen in batting practice. He displays fair power potential and presents more power from the left side of the plate. He currently displays nice in-game gap power and I think he eventually develops solid in-game gap power. Castillo features a strong feel for the ball and is a sure-handed infielder with soft, smooth hands. He displays strong range at second base with a solid pivot at the bag. He is better at ground balls hit to his left, but he still displays a nice backhand. He features a big-league average arm that presents above average strength and solid accuracy. He displays good arm action in warm ups, but shortens up in the game. His arm is fairly quick and features solid on-line carry. It plays average at shortstop and third base, and above average at second base. He is a solid base runner with slightly above average speed, but he is not much of a threat to steal bases. Still, he presents solid instincts and is strong when moving from first base to third base. I think he starts next season in Double A.

HIT

Castillo is a switch-hitter whose approach and swing are similar from both sides of the plate. He stands at the plate upright with a nice even bend and his feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. His hands are held close to his body at shoulder level and in front of  his back shoulder. He slightly wags his bat, which he holds vertical and fairly high. His elbow is high from both sides of the plate and his load is fluid and athletic. His body will rock back while his hands twist down and then move backward. Also, from both sides, he displays a medium leg kick with a stride that is medium length. He presents strong timing as he remains solidly balanced throughout his approach and swing while his hands are usually in a strong position to hit when his stride lands. He features a slightly uppercut swing that stays close to his body and contains plus speed, strong extension and strong lift. He usually finishes with one hand on the bat.

Approach (55): Athletic. Fluid.

  • Stance – Upright with a bend. Even. Wide. High elbow. Hands are held close to body just under shoulder level and in front of his back shoulder. Bat is held fairly high, vertical and waged.
  • Load – Fluid. Body rocks back. Hands twist down and move backward.
  • Stride – Medium Kick. Medium Length.

Swing (60): Smooth. Easy. Hands stay close to body.

  • Plane – Slight Uppercut. Solid Lift. Short to the ball.
  • Speed – Plus (60) Quick through the zone. Plus Twitch.
  • Strength – Strong Extension. Drives through the ball. Uses hips well.

Timing (55): Controlled. Repeatable.

  • Balance – Body stays solidly balanced throughout his approach and swing.
  • Rhythm – Hands are in a strong position to hit when his stride lands.

DEFENSE

Castillo displays a strong feel for the ball on the infield. He is a slick fielder with smooth, sure hands and a strong glove-to-hand transfer.  His strong footwork and strong body control provide him with above average range at second base. He displays a solid backhand and is strong on balls hit to his left that seem to be heading into right field for a hit. He throws properly for an infielder in game action, but during warm ups his arm will display long, loose and fluid action. It is a strong arm with above average strength that plays into a plus at second base. This arm strength comes in handy when completing double plays, along with his solid pivot at second base.

  • Arm – Strength (55) Accuracy (50) Proper Action. Loose. Fluid. Quick.
  • Hands/Fielding – Strong (55) Smooth. Sure. Reliable. Strong glove-to-hand transfer.
  • Footwork – Strong (55) Range (55) Pivot (50) Stays Low. Moves well around second base.
  • Body Control – Agility (55) Quickness (50) Coordination (60)

RUN

When Castillo is on the move he displays short, quick, graceful strides and gets fairly low. He possesses a solid first-step, displays average run speed and is a better runner once he gets on his way. He does not attempt to steal bases very often, and when he has he has not been very successful. He does get solid leads, usually takes strong secondaries and, although he is not too aggressive, he will look to move up on a ball in the dirt.

  • Style – Quick. Short. Powerful. Fairly Low.
    • Speed (50) Base Running (50) Aggressiveness (50)

Scouting Report: Dawel Lugo (Arizona)

ETA: 2017

BACKGROUND

Lugo was signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Toronto Blue Jays on July 4th 2011. He played in the states for the first time during the 2013 season in both the Appalachian League and at short-season Class A.  He was acquired via trade by the Diamondbacks on August 8th 2015. This is his second stint at the Class A Advanced level. He was promoted to Double A on July 10th.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position SS/3B
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 6’ 0”
Weight 190
League Age 21 (12/31/1994)

Lugo possesses a thin, medium sized frame with an athletic, lean build. He has broad shoulders, a long torso, a flat chest and a thin waist. His arms are long and thin while his legs are long and lean. His flexibility is loose and agile while some strength gains remain.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (55)

Present Future
Plate Feel  45  55
Bat Control  50  60
Hit  40  50
Power  35  45
Fielding  50  55
Range  55  55
Arm Strength 60 60
Arm Accuracy 50 55
Run Speed 50 50
Base Running  50  50
Aggressiveness  55  60
Instincts  50  55

THOUGHTS

Lugo is an athletic right-handed hitter who can play both positions on the left side of the infield. He currently possesses a nice feel at the plate and displays solid bat control. He likes to swing  and displays both fair patience and fair plate discipline. He often swings early in the count and usually does not get into deep enough counts to walk. Thus, he has posted a below average strikeout-to-walk rate throughout his career. He displays nice pitch recognition, solid plate coverage and is a nice judge of the strike zone. He features a strong swing with plus bat speed, strong extension and strong lift.  In batting practice he sprays line-drives all over the field and can drive the ball well to left and center field. He also displays strong pull power potential. He currently presents strong in-game gap power and has shown an ability to drive the ball well into the left-center and right-center gaps. He uses his hips very well and the finish to his swing reminds me of Juan Uribe. Lugo is a strong defender who can play average defense at position in the infield. However, due to his strong range and plus arm, he fits best at shortstop and third base. With Domingo Leyba slightly better at shortstop, Lugo slides over to third base where he plays above average. At third base he displays a solid reaction time and a smooth, sure-handed glove. He is above average when fielding bunts and coming in on soft ground balls as his plus body control allows him to throw well when on the move. Lugo possesses average run speed and is not much of a threat to steal bases. He is a solid runner who displays solid instincts and is a better runner once he gets on his way.

HIT

Lugo stands bent at the plate  with his feet open and wide. He holds the bat vertical and right next to his body at chest level. His is very relaxed at the plate and slightly wags the bat, which he holds in front of his back shoulder with his elbow down. His load is fluid, and fairly quiet, as his body will slightly rock back while his hands move back and slightly upward. His stride is short, stays close to the ground and is use to close his hips; which he uses very well. He features strong timing as his hands are in a good position to his when his stride lands and he body remains solidly balance throughout his swing. His swing is above average as it is short to the ball, quick through the zone and he drives through the ball well. He finishes with one hand on the bat.

Approach: Athletic. Fluid. Relaxed.

  • Stance – Bent. Open. Wide. Hands held chest level right next to body in front of back shoulder. Bat is held fairly high, vertical and slightly waged. Low Elbow.
  • Load – Fluid. Body slightly rocks back. Hands move back and slightly upward.
  • Stride – To Close. Short. Foot stays close to the ground.

Swing (60): Quick. Easy. Fluid. Hands close to body.

  • Plane – Slight Uppercut. Strong Lift. Short to the ball.
  • Speed – Plus (60) Quick through the zone. Plus Twitch.
  • Strength – Strong Extension. Drives through ball. Good use of hips.

Timing: Controlled. Repeatable.

  • Balance – Body stays solidly center throughout approach and swing.
  • Rhythm – Plus. Hands are in a good position to hit when his stride lands.

DEFENSE

Lugo displays a strong feel for the ball on the infield. He plays above average defensively at both shortstop and third base. He features above average range, especially at third base, with strong footwork and a plus arm. His arm contains good strength, solid accuracy and is quick and fluid. Combined with a strong glove-to-hand transfer, he can get the ball across the field quickly. He stays low, fields the ball out in front and his hands are usually pretty reliable. He demonstrates plus body control, which helps him complete plays where he has to leave his feet and throw on the run.

  • Arm – Strength (60) Accuracy (50) Proper Action. Loose. Fluid. Quick.
  • Hands/Fielding – Solid (50) Soft. Sure. Smooth. Strong glove-to-hand transfer.
  • Footwork – Strong (55) Range (55) Stays Low.
  • Body Control – Agility (55) Quickness (55) Coordination (65)

RUN

When on the move Lugo displays quick, short, graceful strides and remains fairly upright. gracefully with short, quick strides. He is very athletic and possesses above average quickness and solid run speed. However, he does not attempt to steal very often, and when he has he has not been very successful. He possesses a solid first-stop, takes solid leads and usually gets strong secondaries. He does run better once he gets on his way and from first base to third base.

  • Style – Quick. Short. Graceful. Fairly Upright.
    • Speed (50) Base Running (50) Aggressiveness (50)