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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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Scouting Video: Chris McCready, OF, Valencia HS (2014 Draft)

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March 27, 2014

Chris McCready. Classic Dirtbag ballplayer. Left-handed hitting outfielder who is an average runner on the ML scale, better with metal than with wood, covers gaps in the OF. Comes from a very good high school program where the ballplayers are held accountable. A guy area scouts have known about for a few years and will follow into college to see how he physically develops and what kind of offensive player he becomes.

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

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March 24, 2014

Luke Eubank. Knows how to be the guy. I don’t get to say that very often about young prospects, because the vast majority of them have no idea how to compete. Proved it in his senior year of high school at Newbury Park and is proving it again at Oxnard College two years later. They got a row of names on the outfield wall at that ballpark — some of those guys, my old man Buster and I saw them back in the day: Towers, Willy, Mac. One day Lars is going to add Luke. Fastball 90-93, touches 94, firm 92 with sink, tail and cut, all late life low in the zone. 87-89 when he’s dialed back, up from 85-86 in high school. One of the most intuitive young pitchers I have ever seen. Very rarely do we see a guy whose ball is so alive in the zone, that natural two-seam action. The change-up will gain more and more consistency as he ages. Some people get scared by guys who throw from the wide 3/4 arm slot, to which I would say, well, it worked for Walter Johnson, Satchel Paige and Dennis Eckersley. What it comes down to is if he can miss bats with a guy on third, and the answer is yes. Managers will love this guy. Competitor who knows how to work fast, efficiently, roll ground balls. Fifth infielder. Athletic. A real pitcher. There ain’t many, not at this age.   

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Scouting Video: Kyle Garlick, OF, Oregon (2014 Draft)

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March 20, 2014

This is a guy who is trying to put himself on the map. He came into Los Angeles early in the season and showed pretty well, actually, well, he was showing what you’re supposed to do with the bat when you’re trying to get drafted. Short right-handed stroke with good hands, bat speed and pull power. Average ML runner, average around the bases. There’s a 5 arm hiding in there, too. Hard-working kid from baseball country in Southern California who has had some injury issues through his college career. Put together a 15-game hitting streak for Oregon. The way I look at him is there’s going to be a period of time for him to catch up, to build consistency, to learn his own strike zone. The raw tools are there — 50 raw, 50 run, and that’s a pretty good get. Put it in the wheelhouse and he won’t miss. Reminds me of Jason Bay, who was a 22rd round senior sign out of Gonzaga. Same body, same swing.

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Scouting Video: Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien HS (2014 Draft)

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March 7, 2014

Grant Hockin is a known name around these parts this year, but I’m not as sold as most. Mainly my problem is that I think he profiles to only slightly-plus velocity and I didn’t see a breaking ball. Maybe I’m wrong, I’ve only seen a few looks, and I saw them a while ago. I think he’d be OK as what I think he really is, which is a college ready right-handed starter. I mean, he’d be great in the PAC right off the bat. But pro wise, I’m not seeing the kind of power I need in a right-handed starter and I’m not seeing the durability either. Not trying to be snotty in the least. I think my old pal Spider would tell this guy to take the college money and run.

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Scouting Video: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd (TX) HS (2014 Draft)

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March 3, 2014

Tyler Kolek. yeah I remember him. This was the dude who reminded me (and probably everyone else, to be fair) of Joba Chamberlain. What we have here is a good old fashioned, max effort, Texas breed “grunter,” as Paul Richards would have said. Big arm, gotta learn to be efficient, as is usually the case. He’s durable but has to make sure he doesn’t become dumpy. I will say this. He threw harder than Crick did at his AC, but I liked Crick better, because I thought Crick still had upside. I think this guy, the power is what you see is what you get, and now you need to cut him loose as a young pro and see if he can prove he can make adjustments. You ain’t gonna find that out until he signs, and you won’t find out if he goes to college. I like how the arm works, honestly, it’s an easier arm than most high school right-handers I’ve seen in recent seasons who produce that upper-level velocity. I like the durability potential. Really it’s going to be how well he throws strikes and can he throw a second pitch for strikes.

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Scouting Video: Grant Watson, RHP, UCLA (2014 Draft)

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February 27, 2014

Grant Watson is what he is — you got yourself a strike-throwing, soft-tossing lefty with plus fastball control who needs to prove he’s got a weapon for the right-handers. That’s his ticket. Not real sexy but functional and lost in the fuss at UCLA, but if he can change speeds and have enough power when he needs it, he has a chance to at least kick around for a few years. Simple as that. 

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