By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
October 16, 2009
Last stop: Cotuit.
Cory Vaughn (San Diego State) is a balanced right-handed hitter with strong hands and forearms, giving him well above-average power projection as a major league corner outfielder. Vaughn is also an average to slightly above-average runner. He won’t be a pure hitter, and you’ll take some strikeouts, but he’s got a chance to be an above-average hitter. I’ve compared him to Matt Kemp before, and I’m sticking to it.
Kevin Keyes is strong young man. Along with Vaughn, he’s also a “gunshot guy,” when you hear the sound of him hitting with wood. Keyes is an above average runner and a good athlete, and power and speed are premium tools. Keyes (Texas) is right on track to go good in the 2010 draft and is a player we will have more content on in the future.
Rico Noel (Coastal Carolina) will give you three tools: speed, infield defense, and contact. Noel isn’t a big guy, but he’s an above average athlete with some of the best actions around second base seen on the Cape this summer. His arm strength is average, but his quickness is above-average.
Chris Bisson (Kentucky) is a left-handed hitting shortstop who will give you contact, speed, and infield defense. Plus, he’s from Ottawa, which means he has probably laced up skates in the past. That explains his infield defense skills, now, doesn’t it?
Kevin Patterson (Auburn) has way above-average left-handed power but needs to prove he can maintain a plate approach and not lose his power. He’s huge (6-7) and left-handed power always get a crack to make corrections.
Zach Cox (Arkansas) lacks premium tools at third base, but puts the ball in play from the left-side with occasional pop. He’ll get a look as a pro, but he only had 90 at-bats on the Cape. He does have good hands and a hard-nosed attitude, so he may fall in the category of offensive-oriented utility type several years down the road.
Chad Bell (Walters State JC) helped himself when he threw a no-hitter at Chatham, primarily pitching with his fastball at 89-91. Bell is a big body who will have some refinements to make mechanically in terms of staying closed and getting full extension to improve his arm action. He does have a strong arm, but didn’t have a put-away pro-caliber off-speed pitch in his no-hitter. He signed with the Texas Rangers at the deadline.
DNS RHP Jake Buchanan (NC State). I would have liked to.