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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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Scouting Video: Kevin Padlo, 3B, Murrieta Valley HS (2014 Draft)

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February 24, 2014

Kevin Padlo is one of those dudes hidden out in the wild who might give you the two tools you want from a third baseman. We’ll see. If you like him, that’s what you’d say. If the price is too high, you see him in college. As Gene Handley used to say, “That’s scouting. It ain’t hard.”

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Scouting Video: Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS (2014 Draft)

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February 20, 2014

Kodi Medeiros is going to Pepperdine, where his bat can actually play. I seem to have misplaced my camera when he came into pitch. I’d go to college all the way if I were this guy, because strength and size wise, he doesn’t look ready for the pro grind. There’s some pitch-ability here on the bump, but he’s not going to be a big arm (don’t care what the gun says), but he should have enough to be dangerous against a right-handed hitter a few years later. So we’ll see. Hey, why not. Make Rodriguez’s year. Come to the mainland and put up numbers.

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Scouting Video: Colin Welmon, RHP, LMU (2014 Draft)

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February 17, 2014

Colin Welmon is a strike-throwing right-hander who might not have the size for the next level, but he might be able to hang around if he can change speeds and locate that fastball. Pitching in that ballpark is no easy feat, because let’s face it, it’s a park that turns routine fly balls into doubles. I don’t have a real long history on him, but his bio says he was born in Milwaukee, so I can pull for the guy. It has nothing to do with the Brewers, who have been known to shop at LMU.

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Scouting Video: Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt (2014 Draft)

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February 13, 2014

Tyler Beede is back on Beginnings. This guy feels like he’s been around forever. Why, I saw him before he was imitating Bauer with his homemade raps. I gotta check my scouting card and see if there’s a place to mark beat-boxing, because I’m pretty sure clubs don’t pay extra for it. If I were Beede, I would probably be more concerned with trusting my fastball life and control otherwise it makes my velocity less effective. Dude, you go to Vandy, it’s a pitching school, why is it taking me to point this out? Secondary stuff is there, he’s a first-round arm, but I wouldn’t pitch if the end goal is to sell big on itunes.  Look, he’s always had a good arm and he’s come a long way mechanically. I’ve seen enough breaking stuff from him and he’s got every chance to justify the anticipation that he should go pretty high. But he better be ready, because he’s going to be rushed, and if you’ve spent more time beat boxing than learning to put that fastball low-and-away against Yasiel Puig, you be rappin’ down to 4-A my brother.

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Scouting Video: Michael Kopech, RHP, Mt. Pleasant (TX) HS (2014 Draft)

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February 10, 2014

Michael Kopech is going to college somewhere hot, so I hope he signs to play professional baseball. This guy is long and lean but these lines are going every which way. This is a high school kid with a good arm and a really inefficient delivery based off this one look. So, what I’d do is you get a club that is good at developing high school pitchers, and you go there. Otherwise, you take those same bad habits to the next level and they don’t often get corrected. This guy has enough arm strength to go learn how to pitch professionally. That’s all I’m going to say. And that’s about all I know.

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Scouting Video: Joseph Gatto, III, RHP, St. Augustine Prep (2014 Draft)

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February 5, 2014

Joseph Gatto had some size, some ease to the delivery, some power and a breaking ball. Pretty much every building block you need, which was fine by me. Oh and he reminded me of Johnny Antonelli. See, the beautiful thing about me using a historical comp like that is people can’t rip off my words as easily, because you’d have to know why I’m calling him Antonelli. But to the kid, trust me, it’s a good thing, and to the rest of you all, well, what do you want from me? I know a guy who reminds me of Ewell Blackwell, but that wouldn’t help you either.  

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Scouting Video: Alex Jackson, C, Rancho Bernardo HS (2014 Draft)

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February 3, 2014

Alex Jackson is supposed to be playing college baseball at Oregon. All I am going to say is this — if you go there, son, you’re going to find out what your power is really made of. They don’t make cold nights in San Diego like they make them in Eugene. As for the scouting, well, look, this is one of these known guys who put himself on the map as a junior. But I’m going to read verbatim from my Area Code scouting notes from 2013. I’m not kidding, this is exactly what I wrote to myself, may as well share it with the world: “This guy should be crushing 86-88, not breaking bats.”

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Scouting Video: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Coral Springs Christian Academy (2014 Draft)

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January 27, 2014

Touki Toussaint is a guy on whom I have one hell of a historical comp, but the second I put it out there, word will travel, and this kid will have to live up to that. He has a plus arm, no question about it, with a chance to have a plus slider. He needs to become less of a thrower and more of a pitcher and become more controlled in his tempo, pacing and gait. He has a lot of velocity, so he needs to start developing better stuff he can control. He has all the makings for what he needs. Now we’ll see what happens.

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Scouting Video: Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis HS (2014 Draft)

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January 20, 2014

Jacob Gatewood is good old Gatewood, traveling that well-worn high school guy first round path of over-exposed guy. Now the thing with Gatewood, who I’ve only seen at his two Area Code games, is this. Like a lot of these kids, he can put on a great show in BP. Yup, the raw power and the live body is there, and that’s what makes cross-checkers and scouting directors overly giddy. But there is something to be said for watching a guy in a game and asking yourself how he might translate those raw abilities into game results. Along those lines of thinking, I think this is a guy who needs a year, maybe a year and a half, on the complex after he signs to grow into his own skin a little bit. There’s going to be an offensive learning curve with this guy when he signs out of high school. I’ve seen it before. Dude gets too much hype and the legend grows off raking straight fastballs. But to be honest, I saw this guy diced up at AC’s by a smart and savvy dude who changed speeds and locations and basically beat him in-game with a 40 fastball. So I’m just saying, beware the hype, because Gatewood needs to play more. That’s my conclusion. Oh, by the way, he’s going to third base. Arm is enough, he’s a fair runner, stop calling him five-tool. If he’s going to be a big leaguer, it’s going to be as a run producing corner guy.

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