Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: 10/24/2016

Seranthony Dominguez (RHP): 1st Base / H3Q / Good Lower Body 

This kid displays great arm action that is long, loose, fluid and gets fully extended. He was filthy versus Escogido. He threw a four-seam fastball, a curve ball and a slider. His fastball consistently presented solid cut, and at times it flashed slightly above average. He displayed nice control of the pitch, but below average command. He threw a few hard, tight sliders that flashed plus depth and sharp strike zone break. He displayed fair control of the pitch, but below average command. He induced Carlos Asuaje to hit a ground ball back to him, throwing him only fastballs, and made former big-leaguer Lew Ford look silly on a swing he took at slider he threw. He also threw a few curve balls that featured solid spin and strong depth, but it seems to be a work in progress. Has the potential to become a number 2 starter, or a strong closer at the big-league level.

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I Would Not Have Believed You..

It was the night of October 26th 1997, I had turned nine years old less than a month before, and I was a baseball fanatic. I was obsessed….and not just with the players. I was very aware of how Cleveland Indians General Manager, John Hart, had constructed the team. How many nine year old kids can say that? Especially back in 1997 when the internet was much less of an option. The biggest trade of my life took place seven months earlier when the Atlanta Braves traded my favorite player David Justice, along with Marquis Grissom, to the Cleveland Indians for my second favorite player Kenny Lofton, and Alan Embree. I knew at that moment, at eight years old, that I wanted to work in the front office of a major league baseball team.

If you would have told me on October 26th 1997 that exactly 19 years later, at age 28,  I would still be in the same exact position I was in at nine years old. I would not have believed you. NO WAY. In fact, I probably would have got mad at you. But it is true…. 19 years later and I am still on the outside looking in…

However, I am no longer a baseball fanatic. I no longer consider myself a fan, and I have no favorite team. I never wanted to be just a fan. Kids are fans. Dads are fans. Moms are fans. Grandparents are fans. But I am not a kid, or a dad or a grandparent….and I never want to be. I have moved past the concept of fanaticism and into a new realm. I consider myself a baseball detective, or a baseball prophet, in touch with the game on a level most only dream of. I am “one” with the game of baseball….and soon the powers that be in major league baseball will know it.

“Cause it’s cool to be the player, but it sucks to be the fan.” – Eminem  

Home Grown Talent in the World Series – Cleveland Indians

17 of the 25 players on the Cleveland Indians 2016 World Series roster were drafted, signed or acquired via trade (and spent time in their minor league system) by the Cleveland Indians.

2002:

Coco Crisp – Acquired via trade from St. Louis

2006:

Josh Tomlin – Drafted in the 19th round
Danny Salazar – Signed out of the Dominican Republic

2008:

Lonnie Chisenhall – Drafted in the 1st round
Roberto Perez – Drafted in the 33rd round
Carlos Santana – Acquired via trade from Los Angeles (NL)
Michael Brantley – Acquired via trade from Milwaukee *

2009:

Jason Kipnis – Drafted in the 2nd round
Jose Ramirez – Signed out of the Dominican Republic
Carlos Carrasco – Acquired via trade from Philadelphia *

2010:

Zach McAllister – Acquired via trade from New York (AL)
Corey Kluber – Acquired via three-way trade from San Diego

2011:

Francisco Lindor – Drafted in the 1st round
Ryan Merritt – Drafted in the 16th round
Cody Allen – Drafted in the 23rd round

2012:

Tyler Naquin – Drafted in the 1st round

2013:

Yan Gomes – Acquired via trade from Toronto
Trevor Bauer – Acquired via three-way trade from Arizona

2014:

Mike Clevinger – Acquired via trade from Los Angeles (AL)

* In back-to-back years they were acquired in two separate, very controversial, trades. Neither on World Series roster, but both are instrumental to this team and the teams preceding it.

Scouting Report: Jerry Vasto (Colorado)

ETA: 2017

1st Base / H3Q / Great Lower Body

BACKGROUND

Vasto was selected out of Felician College in the 24th round of the 2014 draft by the Colorado Rockies. He signed and finished the year at short-season Class A. This is his first stint at the Class A Advanced level. He was promoted to Double A on June 15th.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position LHP
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 6’ 2”
Weight 195
League Age 24 (02/12/1992)

Vasto possesses a tall, thick frame with a solid, sturdy build. He has broad shoulders, a long torso, a thick chest and a trim waist. His arms are long and strong while his legs are long, strong and thick. His flexibility is loose and agile while his current physical projection is minimal.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (50)

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

“Vasto is an underrated left-handed pitcher who has the potential to possesses two slightly above average big-league pitches. He displays plus arm action to along with above average mechanics and a smooth, balanced delivery. He demonstrates impressive poise on the mound, and is always in control of his emotions. He can dominate left-handed hitters but, due to the strong command of his fastball, I think he can be effective against right-handed hitters. He can consistently hit the low, inside corner to right handed hitters, and his slider can break down and in to the back leg of a right-handed hitter. At the very least he will be a lefty specialist at the big-league level, but I see him as a strong set-up man and maybe even a closer.”   

ARM ACTION (60)

Vasto displays good arm action which is long, loose and fluid. He gets his arm fully extended as he slightly brings it behind his body. He also throws slightly across his body, which helps creates some deception.  The ball is brought straight down after his hands separate and it leaves his hand clean.

MECHANICS (60)

  • Upper Body – Long, strong arms. Long Torso. His arms are in strong sync after his hands separate.
  • Lower Body – Long, strong, thick legs. Plus Finish. Good Lead Leg. He displays strong momentum toward the plate and presents slightly above average extension. He also demonstrates strong hip/shoulder separation.

DELIVERY (60)

  • Stretch – Vasto stands upright on the first base side of the rubber with his pivot leg slightly bent. His feet are even and about a foot apart as he rests his glove at the waist of his lead leg. His throwing arm hangs down at his left side with ball in hand.
  • Set (60) – To get into the set position Vasto calmly brings his hands together in front of his body, at waist level, and continues to slowly bring them closer to his body until they rest at his body, just below the waist. During this time Vasto brings his lead foot a little closer to his pivot foot, and further up the rubber. He also creates an angle with his lead foot in which his toes face toward the first baseman. To start his delivery he brings his hands, which stay close to his body, up to shoulder level along with a high leg kick in which the knee gets up to chest level. His hands are then brought down before they separate at the bottom of his chest. However, his leg begins to descend a moment before his hands separate and this adds a little length to his arm action. He presents a plus finish with a good lead leg and strong momentum toward the plate. He is consistently in a good position to field the ball after it is released.
  • Slide-Step – 
  • Timing (50) – Solid. His forearm is up, but usually not all the way up, when his lead leg lands. His hands also separate a little bit after his leg kick begins to descend.

REPERTOIRE

FB – Movement (45) Control (55) Command (50) 

His fastball sits around 92-93 MPH, but he can throw it harder when needed. He mainly throws a four seam that features nice strike zone life. The pitch presents nice tilt, and fights gravity pretty well as it consistently demonstrates a spin rate around 2,400 rotations per minute. His fastball will also jump on the batter a little as he also consistently demonstrates an extension around six and a half feet when he throws the pitch. He constantly stays down in the zone with his fastball and he currently displays slightly above average control with the pitch. He consistently throws it for a strike, and he can spot it pretty well within the strike zone as he currently displays big-league average command. I think his fastball develops into a slightly above average pitch at the big-league level.

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

His slider sits around 85-86 MPH, and it features hard, tight break with solid strike zone life. It demonstrates a downward 3/4 break with tight rotation and flashes solid deception. The pitch presents a plus spin rate that sits around 2,600 rotations per minute, and it has solid depth to it with nice tilt. It is currently his main strikeout pitch as well as his number one out pitch. He does cut himself off a bit as the extension he presents when he throws the pitch is usually a little under six feet, which is slightly below average. He does feature nice control of the pitch and can throw it for a strike, or in the dirt, pretty consistently. He also currently displays fair command of the pitch, which should improve over the next couple years. I think his slider develops into a slightly above average pitch at the big-league level.

Scouting Report: Taylor Ward (Los Angeles AL)

ETA: 2018

BACKGROUND

Ward was selected out of Fresno State University in the 1st round of the 2015 draft by the Los Angeles Angels. He signed and finished the year at full-season Class A. This is his first full season of professional baseball and his first stint at the Class A Advanced level.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position Catcher
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 6’ 1”
Weight 185
League Age 22 (12/14/1993)

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

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (50)

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

HIT

Ward stands straight up at the plate with his feet fairly wide apart and slightly open. He holds his hands near his head, in front on his back shoulder, and almost above head level. His back elbow is very high and he very slightly wags his bat, which is held very high and almost completely vertical. He presents a quiet load that is fairly fluid as his body slightly rocks body while his hands down and backward. He uses his medium length stride to close his hips and it stays pretty close to the ground. He demonstrates slightly above average timing as his body stays solidly centered throughout his approach and swing while his hands are usually in a strong position to hit when his stride lands. He likes to get his arms extended, and when he does he displays strong lift and strong extension. However, he also displays a nice ability to inside-out the ball as he is short to the ball, quick through the zone and his hands stay close to his body. His approach and swing stay consistent with two strikes and he usually finishes with one hand on the bat.

Approach: Quiet. Fairly Fluid.

  • Stance – Straight Up. Fairly Wide. Slightly Open. Very High Elbow. Hands are held near his head, in front of his back shoulder, and almost above head level. Bat is slightly waged and held high and vertical.
  • Load – Quiet. Fairly Fluid. Body slightly rocks back. Hands move down and backward.
  • Stride – To Close. Medium Length. Foot stays pretty close to the ground.

Swing (55): Quick. Inside-Out Ability. Hands stay close to his body. Can get loopy.

  • Plane – Slight Uppercut. Strong Lift. Short to the ball.
  • Speed – Strong (55) Strong Twitch. Quick through the zone.
  • Strength – Strong Extension. Drives through the ball.

Timing (55): Controlled. Repeatable.

  • Balance – Average (50) His body stays solidly centered throughout his approach and swing. Solid back foot.
  • Rhythm – Slightly Above Average (55) His hands are usually in a strong position to hit when his stride lands, but at times his start to go before his stride can fully land.

DEFENSE

Ward displays a nice feel for the ball behind the plate. His is a solid receiver who keeps his forearms quiet and displays solid pitch frame ability. He strongly frames pitches to his throwing arm side, but could use some work on pitches to his glove arm side. He is pretty quiet behind home plate, and moves well due to his athletic ability and strong footwork. He features solid range on balls in front of him and displays a nice ability to block the ball. His footwork and arm action are in strong sync as his quick, fluid arm is consistently in a good position to throw. His strong glove-to-hand transfer and plus arm strength allow him to present an above average pop-time to second and third base. He usually demonstrates solid accuracy, but at times he can be a little inconsistent.

  • Arm – Strength (60) Accuracy (50) Proper Action. Quick. Fluid. Strong on-line carry.
  • Hands/Field – Solid (50) Range (50) Pop-Time (55) Soft. Sure.
  • Footwork – Strong (55) Block (45) Gets feet his feet under him to throw out runners.
  • Body Control – Agility (50) Quickness (45) Coordination (55)
  • Pitch Frame – Nice (45) Receive (50) His wrists/forearms are strong and quiet.

RUN

When on the move Ward displays long, strong, fluid strides and gets fairly low. He is a nice base runner overall who possesses slightly below average run speed. He features a nice first-step, but is a better runner from first base to third base. He is not overly aggressive on the bases as he very seldom steals or demands attention from the pitcher and catcher. However, he does not clog the bases and will look to take the extra base. He presents fair leads off of the bag and usually takes a solid secondary.

  • Style – Long. Fluid. Strong. Fairy Low.
    Speed (45) Base Running (45) Aggressiveness (45)

Scouting Report: David Fletcher (Los Angeles AL)

ETA: 2018

BACKGROUND

Fletcher was selected out of Loyola Marymount University by the Los Angeles Angels in the 6th round of the 2015 draft. He signed and finished the year at full-season Class A. This is his first full season of professional baseball and his first stint at the Class A Advanced level. He was promoted to Double A on August 16th.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position Middle Infield
Bats/Throws R/R
Height 5’ 10”
Weight 175
League Age 22 (05/31/1994)

Fletcher possesses a thin, medium-sized frame with a solid 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 fairly long and lean. His flexibility is loose and agile while some strength gains remain.

OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (45)

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

HIT

Fletcher stands upright at the plate with a very slight bend, and his feet are even and slightly wider than shoulder width apart. He holds his hands slightly out in front of his body, near the middle, and at neck level. His bat is pretty quiet and he holds it high and fairly vertical. He demonstrates a mechanical load in which his hands move slightly down and then backward quite a bit, while his body weight stays centered and he implements a medium length stride that stays close to the ground. He presents slightly above average timing as his body stays solidly centered throughout his approach and swing, and his hands are usually in a strong position to hit when his stride lands. Fletcher presents a solid level swing that features slightly above average bat speed and an average twitch. It is quick through the zone and he drives through the ball well. He will usually bend his stance a little more with two strikes, and he consistently finishes with two hands on the bat.

Approach (50): Mechanical.

  • Stance – Upright with a very slight bend. Even. Narrow. Hands are held in front of body, near the middle, and at neck level. Bat is held high, fairly vertical and is quite.
  • Load – Mechanical. Hands move slightly down and then backward quite a bit. Body weight stays centered.  
  • Stride – Medium Length. Stays close to the ground.

Swing (50): Quick. Compact. His hands stay close to his body.

  • Plane – Level. Nice Lift. Fairly short to the ball.
  • Speed – Strong (55) Solid Twitch. Quick through the zone.
  • Strength – Solid Extension. Drives through the ball.

Timing (55): Controlled. Repeatable.

  • Balance – Average. His body stays solidly centered throughout his approach and swing.
  • Rhythm – Slightly Above Average. His hands are usually in a strong position to hit when his stride lands.

DEFENSE

Fletcher displays a strong feel for the ball when on the infield. He is a strong fielder who accepts the ball with an open glove and features soft, sure hands. He moves well on the infield as he stays low, possesses strong quickness and presents solid footwork. His footwork is also strong around the bag at second base, and he displays a solid pivot. He demonstrates average range at the shortstop position, but it plays slightly above average at second base. He features a solid big-league arm that contains average strength from the shortstop position and slightly above average accuracy. The strength of his arm does play up at second base, and he presents a strong glove-to-hand transfer.

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

RUN

When on the move Fletcher displays long, strong, fluid strides and gets pretty low. He is a slightly above average base runner who presents solid aggressiveness on the bases. He demonstrates a strong first-step and presents slightly above average speed when he goes from first to third base. Every once in a while he will attempt to steal a base, and he has posted a strong success rate so far in his young career. When he gets on base he takes strong leads, usually presents a slightly above average secondary and will look to move up on a ball in the dirt.

Style – Long. Fluid. Strong. Gets Low.

  • Speed (55) Base Runner (55) Aggressiveness (55)

Scouting Report: Hutton Moyer (Los Angeles AL)

ETA: 2018

BACKGROUND

Moyer was selected out of Pepperdine University in the 7th round of the 2015 draft. He signed and finished the year in the Pioneer League. This is his full season of professional baseball, and he started the season at full-season Class A. He was promoted to Class A Advanced on May 14th.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Position Middle Infield
Bats/Throws S/R
Height 6’ 1”
Weight 185
League Age 23 (04/30/1993)

Moyer possesses a thin, medium-sized frame with a wiry, athletic build. He has broad shoulders, a fairly 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 (45)

Present Future
Plate Feel  45  55
Bat Control  45  55
Hit  35  45
Power  30  40
Field  45  50
Range  50  50
Arm Strength 55 55
Arm Accuracy  50  55
Run Speed  55  55
Base Runner  50  55
Aggressiveness  50  55
Instincts  55  60

HIT

Moyer stands fairly far from the plate, in the back of the box, with a nice even bend and his feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. He holds his hands next to his head, at head level, and in front of his back shoulder. He wags his bat, which he holds high and fairly vertical. He presents a little hitch in his athletic and fluid load, along with a very high leg kick. This hitch, in which his hands move down quickly before they are brought upward, and his very high leg kick are in sync with each other. As his hands move downward, the hitch, his very high leg kick moves upward. Once his hands begin to move back and upward his leg kick begins to descend to the ground. His stride is fairly long, but it moves into the ball and toward the plate which helps him really drive through the ball (George Brett displayed a similar stride) He features a sweet, compact, uppercut swing that is short to the ball and quick through the zone. His approach and swing remain consistent with two strikes and he usually finishes with two hands on the bat.

Approach (50): Big Timing Guy. Very Athletic. Fluid.

  • Stance – Even Bend. Fairly Narrow. Low Elbow. Hands are held next to his head, at head level, and in front of his back shoulder. Bat is waged and held high and fairly vertical.
  • Load – Athletic. Fluid. Body slightly rocks back. Hands move down quickly before they move up and backward. Hitch.
  • Stride – Very High Kick. Long. Strides into the ball.

Swing (50): Quick. Compact. Some swing-n-miss. Hands stay close to his body.

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

Timing (45): Lots of movement. Fairly Inconsistent.

  • Balance – Slightly Below Average (45) His body stays nicely centered throughout his approach and swing.
  • Rhythm – Slightly Below Average (45) At times, after the hitch, his hands may not be in a solid position to hit when his stride lands.

DEFENSE

Hutton displays a nice feel for the ball when on the infield. He is playable all around the infield, but he is probably best suited at second base. He is a solid fielder who accepts the ball nicely with an open glove and soft hands. He moves well on the infield and features solid footwork around second base. He displays average range at shortstop, but it plays slightly above average at second base. He presents solid reaction time at third base and also does a solid job of coming up on bunt hits. His solid arm, with slightly above average strength and strong on-line carry, helps him complete the double play from second base and he currently demonstrates average accuracy.

  • Arm – Strength (55) Accuracy (50) Proper Action. Quick. Fluid. Strong on-line carry.
  • Hands/Field – Slightly Below Average (45) Range (50) Soft. Reliable. Strong glove-to-hand transfer.
  • Footwork – Average (50) Pivot (50) Solid on bunt hits.
  • Body Control – Agility (50) Quickness (55) Coordination (55)

RUN

When on the move Moyer displays long, fluid, graceful strides and remains fairly upright. He is a solid base runner who presents average aggressiveness on the base paths. He will occasionally attempt to steal a bag, as he presents a solid first-step, but he is a better runner from first base to third base where he demonstrates slightly above average speed. When on base, Moyer takes average leads and usually displays a solid secondary. He will take the extra base as he tags up on fly balls, when on second and third base, and looks to move up on a ball in the dirt.

Style – Long. Fluid. Graceful. Fairly Upright.

  • Speed (55) Base Running (50) Aggressiveness (50)