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Scouting Video: Jacoby Jones, OF, LSU (2013 Draft)

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February 27, 2013

Jacoby Jones is a guy I think has made progress since I saw him a bit in the summer before his senior year.

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Q&A with Kevin Gausman, RHP, LSU (2012 Draft)

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May 29, 2012

Any high profile high school right-hander that chooses college over professional baseball for any reason is taking a risk. That’s my opinion, pure and simple. I’ve been to this rodeo long enough to have seen some pitchers go in to college with a 70 fastball and come out with a 50, or a 60 and come out with a 40. College baseball isn’t always the place where dreams come true, sometimes it’s the place where pitching careers go to die, with bad instruction, bad reasoning, bad influences, and the all-around placement of someone else’s priorities over a kid’s priorities. Any time the dollar sign is deemed more valuable than professional development, you take a risk, period.

Usually, it’s the luck of the draw on who comes out better, only that and nothing more. Not everyone is a Trevor Bauer, a guy who was defiantly hands off. Mike Leake was the same way – don’t tell me, I’ll tell you. But some guys fall victim to bad advice or bad coaching, even at very big name places. As scouts, we know this to be true. We won’t tell you the names we have seen this happen to. But we know it happens. We call it going backwards.

Which makes the case of a guy like Kevin Gausman all the more impressive. Always gifted with a wiry and whippy frame and a fast and strong arm, he turned down the Dodgers in 2010 and went to Louisiana State. (Zach Lee ought to send Christmas cards to Gausman for the rest of his life, but that’s another story.) Gausman and I have a little bit of history, and we caught up again a week before that…thing…where the teams pick…you know…ah, nobody gives a shit where you were drafted when you’re between the lines.

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Scouting Video: Kevin Gausman, RHP, LSU (2013 Draft)

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February 18, 2011

Kevin Gausman might be the next impact arm to come out of LSU. He’s another one of the power arms getting to college baseball rather than signing out of high school. This trend is caused by a combination of decisions, ranging from personal maturity, mound maturity, and good old fashioned contract leverage. Let’s not be so idealistic that we loose sight of what’s really going on here.

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Scouting Video: Tyler Hanover, INF, LSU (2011 Draft)

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January 27, 2011

Tyler Hanover is seen here with one AB at the UCLA Regional in 2010 and a few Cape at-bats in 2009 and 2010.

I see a guy with slightly spread crouch, a back-loaded swing, a short stride, and an aggressive swing plane that does get extension and a slight uppercut. His swing is too long for wood in some looks, but he has shown the ability to swing down on the ball, which he’ll need to do as a pro. He’ll have to get stronger but not become too big for his own good. Chances are pretty good that on most pro scouting reports, you’ll find 4 speed, 4 arm, 5 field, 4 hit, 3 power. He’s also a hard-nosed, smart college player who will find his way to the minor leagues.

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Scouting Video: Jake Cave, OF/LHP, Kecoughtan (VA) HS (2011 Draft)

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January 12, 2011

Jake Cave comitted to LSU to be a two-way player, so here’s a look both ways. In my opinion, the swing has too many moving parts. I’d prefer him on the mound when he gets drafted because the arm is his best tool.  

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Scouting Video: Trevor Story, OF, Irving (TX) HS (2011 Draft)

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December 15, 2010

Trevor Story has an athletic build and physical projection. He’s potentially a well-rounded guy, with an above-average arm, average solid speed, and power potential. The swing has a sweeping uppercut. He helped himself in this Long Beach look.

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Scouting Video: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Boston Red Sox (LSU)

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September 3, 2010

Anthony Ranaudo is a guy we ventured over the river and through the woods to get a look at. I’m on the record for my thoughts on this guy and I think the video will show why I feel the way I do. What we have here is not a fast-twitcher, in other words, we got average arm speed here that is about to be fast-tracked with a medical history already in his back pocket. Maybe the Red Sox see something I don’t, and if they’re right and I’m wrong, no worries at all, I can live with it. But I can’t see this guy profiling as anything more than a major league grunt who has enough to be there but not enough to stand out. We’ll see what happens.

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Scouting Update: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU (2010 Draft, Boston Red Sox)

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August 20, 2010

I had a look at Anthony Ranaudo in one of his five starts on the Cape. We have video we’ll run a bit later, but this is the summary and comparison to how he was when I saw him at UCLA in June. The Red Sox forked out $2.55 million for him.

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Scouting Video: Leon Landry, Los Angeles Dodgers (2010 Draft, LSU)

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July 20, 2010

Great story I love to tell about Leon Landry.

The first time I saw Landry, I didn’t see him. I heard him. I know a gunshot when I hear it. It was at Harwich in Summer 2009. Landry was fresh out of a car with his family. He was in the side cage out at that little field. And I heard the gunshot.

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Scouting Update: Kevin Gausman, RHP (Dodgers 6th round, 2010 Draft, LSU commit)

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July 1, 2010

Kevin Gausman bounced around the mound like a pitcher who had found himself again. In my first look at him since summer 2009, I felt he successfully re-established his fastball and arm speed as premium right-handed weapons. If you’re a Dodger fan, he’ll probably never get to you, because he just threw the best he’s thrown in a year, and nobody was in the house while Gausman pitched about 50 miles from their ballpark.

If you’re an LSU fan, be excited, because this guy’s arm speed is better than your previous Friday night guy. All this and not a scout in the house. Oh, wait, except for me. At least somebody is making the effort to see players in person.

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