By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
October 8, 2009
I might need a road map and a reliable GPS to help me find my way around the Cape, but although I may be directionally-challanged, I’m not about to miss a guy like Leon Landry.
Leon Landry was the best multi-tool outfielder I saw on the Cape. Offensively, he loads his swing with his hands from the left side. Some scouts expressed apprehension about that approach, but until Landry gets to pro ball and proves how quick his hands really are, you can’t eliminate him because of this. Landry is a line-drive hitter with some lift to his swing, meaning he has pull power but also can go gap-to-gap for extra-bases. He lacks power to all fields, but adds average to slightly above-average speed and excellent base running instincts. His arm was sore from landing on it during the College World Series with LSU when I saw him. Landry has power in his body, especially in his lower half, and hits off a solid foundation. Groomed by former first rounder Jared Mitchell at LSU, Landry also has a lot to like in his own right.
Left-hander Aaron Meade turned down the Yankees and will return to Missouri State with a fastball at 89-91 and a breaking ball that needs better movement for his move into pro ball. Meade has a modest frame and wasn’t creating the downhill plane I would have liked to see, but these factors are related and both are correctable. What you have with Meade is a left-hander with room for a touch more growth on his fastball and a CH that will help him against right-handers. He had a good summer and a good fall will give him momentum going into spring.
Right-hander Brian Dupra is a typical big-body right-handed closer who can pitch at 90-94 with a slider at 81-84. Notre Dame’s closer reminds me of Jason Stoffel from Arizona and he has a chance to be a fast-tracked bullpen arm, but absolutely needs to refine a second pitch to stay in a big league bullpen in the future.
Trent Mummey (Auburn) is a spunky little left-handed hitter. He doesn’t drive the ball, but he does put it in play and uses his speed. Tools wise, Mummey will be a drafted player. He’s going to take speed, contact and defense with him and will have to maximize those tools and find himself in the right organization at the right time. He won’t be a dominant player, but additional strength to go with these tools will give him the best chance to succeed.