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Scouting Video: Andrew Thurman, RHP, UC Irvine (2013 Draft)

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June 4, 2013

Andrew Thurman is seen here in vintage style, from way back when.

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Scouting Video: Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian (2013 Draft)

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June 3, 2013

Bickford. Well, he can’t be any worse of a pro than Gretzky.

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Prospect vs. Prospect, Mark Appel (Stanford) vs. Ryon Healy (Oregon)

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May 31, 2013

It’s been quite a while since we rolled out one of these on Beginnings, so let’s go to the video and hear what Ye Ole Beginnings Guy has to say.

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Scouting Video: Joey Martarano, 3B, Fruitland (ID) HS (2013 Draft)

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May 30, 2013

Joey Martarano is a guy I only saw a handful of times. So I’ll watch the video with the six readers this site has, then follow with my comments.

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Scouting Video: Reed Reilly, RHP, Cal Poly (2013 Draft)

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May 24, 2013

Reed Reilly profiles in a set-up role, at least that is what my eyes tell me from this recent look up at SLO. Have a look at the video and then I’ll write.

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Scouting Video: Nick Vander Tuig, RHP, UCLA (2013 Draft)

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May 21, 2013

Nick Vander Tuig has had a pretty good season in that UCLA program, where you throw strikes or you sit while others throw strikes.  To the video:

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Scouting Video: Trey Ball III, LHP, New Castle (IN) HS (2013 Draft)

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May 14, 2013

Trey Ball is going in the first round. OK then. Gonna bet people have Chris Sale on him.

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Scouting Update: Ryon Healy, 1B, Oregon (2013 Draft)

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May 14, 2013

As a man of a million stories, here’s another one. Ryon Healy’s senior year, I go see a night game. I can’t even remember who Crespi was playing anymore. I had seen Healy at Area Codes, where the broken bat didn’t dissuade me because the long double sold me. I had seen him at Brewers fall ball, and damn I loved the power. Then I went to check on him in the good old C.I. of F. Ran into an area guy I know. What do you think of Healy, I ask? College guy, comes the answer. I’m like, “Da (expletive)?”

Hey, I learned long ago never to doubt myself when I look at players, and I don’t care if the guy next to me thinks the guy we’re looking at is a college guy. People make mistakes in baseball all the time and they make them because they fail to take into consideration all the present variables that you might have to dig for in order to identify why or why not a guy is a major league prospect. This is why I don’t like the amateur baseball machine, the beauty pageant baseball, the pimping off of kids to travel teams, the collecting of hats and freebies along the way. That doesn’t make you a major leaguer. What does? Let’s have a look at Healy now.

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Scouting Video: Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (2013 Draft)

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May 7, 2013

Kohl Stewart probably has a lot of ink and eyes on him this spring and I haven’t seen him since August. So when I saw him, he was a big, strong physical kid with a good arm. Beyond that, well, any sort of hyperbole on my part would be pre-draft jocksniffing journalism, and that ain’t my style. Big kid, throws hard, let’s see what happens next. All I can really tell from this video is that at the time it was filmed, he was a thrower and not a pitcher.  Or that’s all that I will say in public that I can infer from even the quickest look at anyone I see.

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Scouting Update: Brett Thomas, OF, Oregon (2013 Draft)

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May 3, 2013

I look at Brett Thomas and I see a guy who reminds me of something I learned a long time ago. It is the old belief that just when you think you’ve seen everyone you think you have come to see, you better not stop looking at all the players, because just when you think there’s nobody else, “Up Jump The Devil.”

Yes, I always remember old Jim Walton teaching me that, and anybody that Del Crandall trusted with his pitchers is good enough for me. So up at the University of Oregon, where many a scout has trudged to see Ryon Healy hit home runs and Jimmie Sherfy close games, is a left-handed hitting outfielder named Brett Thomas, who just might, “Up Jump the Devil.” And hey, you got nine innings to wait for Sherf, so look at the leadoff guy while you’re at it.

I look at Thomas and I see a left-handed hitter who lives 4.15-4.20 down the line, can play all three outfield positions and close the gaps in center, has enough arm to play, and is an athletic guy growing into the hitter with the strength and pop he needs to have in order to survive professionally. Thomas is the junior leadoff hitter at Oregon who has 14 doubles – one less than Healy, who the world agrees can hit the sh*t out of the ball – and he’s gotten better as his junior season has gone along. Healy’s got a ton of RBIs and Thomas has a ton of runs scored. Good aggressive base runner, can steal a base, can go first to third. That has value, but you gotta watch. If there is one hitter in that lineup who has helped make Healy better, this is the guy.

So ask me what his role is and I say major league fourth outfielder with defensive versatility, occasional pop, average to plus speed, playable arm and a hardnosed, hard-working attitude, who can be signed for cheap. I see Sam Fuld, who was a 10th rounder out of Stanford, the school that wears tight white uniforms from 1983.

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