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Scouting Video: Luke Eubank, RHP, Oxnard College (2014 Draft)

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May 29, 2014

Luke Eubank is, to me, a thing of beauty to watch pitching. I’ve seen him since high school. I have a few things I have always said about Eubank. One is that he “knows how to be the guy.” That means, he knows how to be THE GUY. What is the GUY? The GUY is that guy on your pitching staff who basically says, “You know what? I don’t give a s— what you think. Guy on third? Bring it.” THE GUY is that guy who knows how to win.¬†And that’s what Eubank does. 10-0, 0.77 ERA, 98 Ks in 93 1/3 innings in the regular season for Oxnard College in 2014. He went 11-0 with a 1.01 ERA as a high school senior for Newbury Park in 2012, winning the Division I title game at Dodger Stadium.

This season, he had a 0.87 WHIP, a 45 percent ground ball rate, 2.8 ground ball to fly ball ratio. There I’m done. The numbers speak for themselves.

Fastball, Slider, Change. Good luck. That’s all you need to know. He’s going to pitch in the big leagues.

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Scouting Video: Monte Harrison, OF, Lee’s Summit West HS (2014 Draft)

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May 26, 2014

Haven’t seen this guy in a while, but Monte Harrison is said to be one of the best high school athletes in this draft. I don’t know much more than this, but here’s a little BP video, and you can go from there.

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Scouting Video: Alex Verdugo, OF, Sahuaro (AZ) HS (2014 Draft)

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May 19, 2014

Alex Verdugo is seen here in the ACs. Press Play.

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Scouting Video Flashback: Michael Conforto, Oregon State (2014 Draft)

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May 15, 2014

Michael Conforto is seen here back in the day, doing his two tours through the Area Codes. I remember liking him then. Always had a pretty simple swing and showed strong hands. Following him in college, he hasn’t developed into one of those big physical presence type guys, one of those 6-foot-5 athletic looking dudes. That said, I don’t think you’ll find anyone in the business who thinks he can’t hit, but you will find people asking where the power is this year. That’s a question to be answered. Guys who get drafted good hit home runs. The top of the draft is not supposed to be for doubles hitters, but that does happen sometimes. We’ll see.

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Prospect vs. Prospect: Stone Garrett vs. Touki Toussant (2014 Draft)

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May 8, 2014

I still like Stone Garrett even though I’ve never seen him outside of the AC. Touki has a good arm, he needs control of his fastball and breaking ball, and an average change to be an ML starter, otherwise it’s bullpen life. Sort of Marcus Stroman looking the more I think about him. There you go world, run with that one.

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Scouting Video: David Carver, LHP (2014 Draft)

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May 1, 2014

David Carver is an example of how you can find talent in the back of the draft. Here’s a lefty with an 89-90 fastball that has been up to 90-92 and can spin a breaking ball. The physicality is coming. So what we have here is a 6-foot-3 lefty gradually getting to 200 pounds. This is a guy you sign as a roster filler with potential, but once you pull a guy out of college baseball, you often get that two grade fastball jump. It is hard to find smooth and efficient deliveries like this guy has. Guys like this find a way to survive in pro ball, they just do, and then you look up, and wonder where they came from, when they’ve really been there all along.

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Scouting Video: Jeren Kendall, OF, Holmen (WI) HS (2014 Draft)

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April 10, 2014

Jeren Kendall is a guy who showed up at Area Codes, and who people liked. Small state cold weather guy with a big SEC commit or a pro option out of high school, we’ll see what happens. Personally reminds me a little bit of Tony Kemp, those speedy lefty hitters Vandy likes.

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Scouting Video: Marcus Wilson, OF, Serra HS (2014 Draft)

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April 7, 2014

Marcus Wilson is seen here. Since last summer, the George Hendricks comp has been flying around. The only difference, I know who signed George Hendricks, and he knew what a hitter looked like. The problem is nobody here has any idea if Wilson hits. Sorry, that’s the facts. What you’re drafting is an athlete with the good body, but everything else is not developed. I saw him in Summer and again in Spring and pretty much he’s the same guy. You can box him out all you want and decide if he’s all tooled out, but the point doesn’t change. He’s going to be for one of the clubs that likes to draft athletes, which in baseball parlance, means black players with upside. We talk about the black athlete in baseball, and this is what the unfinished product looks like. The problem is that this guy isn’t the hitter Smith was, so maybe ASU is the right direction. So that’s not a bad thing, but either one of two things will happen: if he signs out of high school, he’ll develop at a satisfactory pace or be on the complex until he’s 21. Maybe both. I look at him as a high school sign and say this is a 2-year complex guy, 6-year project. That’s the gamble you take. The team that likes him will take that chance because they will tell you speed-power-athleticism-arm is too rare to pass up. Hey, to each his own. Some clubs will just say, not strong enough, not ready enough. So all it takes is one. You can take out all the prospect media PG trumpeters, and in the real world, that’s what you get. Once the draft is over, once high school is finished, the real world begins.

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Scouting Video: Jonathan Teaney, RHP, Quartz Hill HS (2014 Draft)

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April 3, 2014

Jonathan Teaney is going to pitch at the nice ballpark at USD last I heard. I’ve seen him a few times. What you see is what you get. He’s a 90-92 fastball guy with a slider. Really fast delivery, which I’ve never cared for, but if that’s who he is, that’s who he is. Arm is smooth and I always liked that. Physicality has always been a concern of mine. He has to physically develop a little bit more to find out what he will be. Has always kind of reminded me of Bauer for his size and up-tempo, almost hurried, max-effort windup. Reminding me of Bauer used to be a good thing. Used to be.

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Scouting Video: Quinn Brodey, LHP, Loyola HS (2014 Draft)

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March 31, 2014

Quinn Brodey is a guy people like if they like that kind of guy. A left-hander with the average 89-91 fastball when he dials it up, 86-89 when he dials it back. He’s got the change-up, which profiles as his outpitch. Not a power arm, but a pretty clean delivery, strike thrower, should have a third average pitch in there somewhere in the future. Never met him, don’t know the first thing about him. I will say that I have learned the hard way that the only thing better than a smart ballplayer is a ballplayer smart enough not to go to Labrum U.

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