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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: Jordan Kutzer, RHP, Stanford (2014 Draft)

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May 8, 2013

Jordan Kutzer. Who is this guy and why haven’t I seen him in a game? It’s not very often that I see a guy throwing a flat so well that he actually looks like he is throwing off the mound, and it’s even more rare when it’s a guy who can whip it down low from that submarine slot. But the truth is…I have seen this guy before. Where?

Brookside Park, Pasadena. Spring 2010. I’m there with 800 other scouts to see Dylan Covey. The guy pitching for Pasadena Poly is a junior wearing those orange-and-white uniforms. I remember walking up the right field side and seeing this tall dude getting loose. At the time, he wasn’t throwing all that hard, but he was just a junior growing into his body. I made a note, I saw one pitch, I liked him. Then I went and watched Covey.

Fast forward and I’m working my beat. I see this dude throwing for Stanford, and I’ll be damned, it’s Kutzer — but now with new and improved submarine slot. And what gets me is this — this guy is a nightmare waiting to happen for right-handed hitters. I mean, this guy has the potential to be Ewell Blackwell death to right-handers, and hey, just like old Ewell from Bonita High, he is from the 626 Sidewinders bloodline. Yes, Indiana Jones chased the Grail Bloodline. Old Beginnings guy is chasing the 626 Sidewinders. (more…)

Scouting Update (with Video): Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford (2013 Draft)

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May 1, 2013

And with the second pick of the 2013 draft, the Chicago Cubs select Mark Appel and hope he’s not Mark Prior. That’s my guess at least, we’ll see if I’m right. As for Appel, this is the third consecutive year I have seen him, and here’s what I think this time. I bet he’s getting sick of signing all those Team USA cards though, even if he’s too nice of a guy to admit it.

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My Scouting History: Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford (2013 Draft)

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February 25, 2013

Austin Wilson is a guy I have seen quite a bit of over the past few seasons. Here’s a look at some Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 video and my thoughts after. I should preface this by saying that I wrote this before he got hurt this season — so we’ll see what impact that medical has on his draft year.

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Q&A with Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford (2012 Draft)

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May 22, 2012

Mark Appel and I had a little talk out in the sun one afternoon, day after he made a start. Guy’s got a big arm and he’s learning how to use it. Fact is, you can be raw as a skinned knee, but if you throw 97-98 early the way this guy does, you have no trouble getting a job. The rest comes later and it’ll determine what kind of success he has. I’m on the record with Appel — good arm, flashes good stuff, needs to get more consistent and needs to do it quickly because there will not be a great deal of patience wherever he goes. If he’s the 1/1, that’s not my call, but I’d say this — you know, if you’re picking that high, it means you got nothing in the organization, and the best way to build from scratch is to take guys you can develop from scratch. I mean, at some point, you have to say, who cares what kind of strikes a guy did or didn’t throw in college. You gotta go with the tools, and if you got an org full of guys pitching at 91, you gotta get in some guys who blow gas, hope they figure out how to locate, and build from there.

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Scouting Video: Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Stanford (2012 Draft)

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May 10, 2012

Stephen Piscotty is seen here one last time. Somebody will draft him and try him at third. If that doesn’t work, they’ll turn him around and try him on the bump.

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Scouting Update/Video: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford (2012 Draft)

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May 2, 2012

I had my second look this season at the Stanford right-hander in his outing at UCLA. Overall, it’s the third time I’ve seen Mark Appel in the past two years. This was his best look in my opinion and probably the one that got him signed, sealed, and delivered as the 1/1 to the Astros with Luhnow sitting there for all seven innings. Good thing for Appel, too – he was far better here than he was when I saw him a few weeks earlier pitching in the thin Tucson air against a better lineup. That Marine Layer at UCLA is a real mother and their lineup isn’t as deep as Arizona’s, so Appel had everything he needed to look his best.

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Scouting Video: Brett Mooneyham, LHP, Stanford (2012 Draft)

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April 20, 2012

Brett Mooneyham has that funk in his arm action. As a pro, it’s probably going to be his best friend or his worst enemy, and in all likelihood, it’s probably going to be a little bit of both. I hadn’t seen him since 2010 when I saw him again early in 2012. Good arm by most left-handed standards but a guy who, to me, has always looked like he can’t quite figure himself out. I think the guy’s pro success will be greatly determined by role, because as a good money guy from a good school, I just can’t see the pro development learning curve being very generous. So he is what he is. Personally I think he’s a middle reliever without the repeatability to go through big league lineups. But you use him right and he’s a good cog in a good bullpen.

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Scouting Video: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford (2012 Draft)

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April 16, 2012

Mark Appel is a good arm, always said that. I actually like the guy, I just want him to correct the stuff he needs to correct sooner rather than later. The hitters will tell him the rest. Have fun with the video, it’s pretty good footage.

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Scouting Update: Stephen Piscotty, Stanford, 3B (2012 Draft)

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April 12, 2012

The first time I saw Stephen Piscotty was probably the worst night of his life, four ground ball outs on a Friday night in 2011 at USC. On my scouting card that night, I made the note, “might be one adjustment away.”

Then I saw him again recently in 2012. The first thought is, “Where is the guy I thought looked a lot like a young Casey Blake?”

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