By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 23, 2012
Here’s a guy, David Dahl, I’ll have my first and only look at from the summer. I got one game to make up my mind about him. Here it goes. Welcome to the world of cross-checking, where you often get one shot and one shot alone to make your call.
This clip is from his BP, but I have a long memory from what I saw in the game. This is how old school scouting used to roll. I’m not actually that old, contrary to some reports, but I know that I was taught to work like this — your memory is your best friend and it’s usually best when you really like a guy. I liked this guy.
As anyone who has read me long enough to know, I don’t spend a lot of time caught up in rankings. But sometimes the lists and I agree.
Strong hands, fast actions, likes the ball up. Balanced and rhythmic, good takes. Decent job of letting ball get deep for high school guy. Good first step out of the box, good runner around the bases. Playable defensive actions. Adequate arm. Liked offensive potential; handsy swing with pull power potential, straight-away hitter. Stocky left-handed Matt Stairs body type. Complementary left-handed bat at ML level.
Done. Onto the next guy.
If you made me grade: Hit 4/5, Power 4/5, Run 6/6, Arm 5/5, Field 4/5. OFP 52. Not bad. 55 if he has more power than I’m giving him credit for.