Scouting Report: Jurickson Profar (TEX)


This is the ninth day of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be St. Louis Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong.

About the player:  Jurickson Profar is a 19-year old shortstop in the Texas Rangers organization. Profar was sign as an amateue free-agent back in 2009 at age 16. He is ranked towards the top in the Rangers minor league system.

Bat: Profar has a smooth steady swing and really drives the bat threw the zone. 60/65

Power: He has average pop off his bat. 45/50

Speed:  Profar is a above average runner. 60/60

Fielding: Profar has good foot work and for the most part takes good routs to the ball. 60/60

Arm: Profar has a canon at short. 60/65

Body: Profar is 6′ 0″, and weighs 165 lbs.

Risk factor: High, profar has yet to prove he can hit big league pitching and is still very young.

Future: I see him as a solid middle infielder in the Major Leagues in the near future.

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Scouting Report: Jonathan Singleton (HOU)


This is the eight day of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be Texas Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar.

About the player:  Jonathan Singleton is a 21-year old firstbassmen in the Houston Astro’s organization. Singleton was drafted in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was ranked number 34 overall prospect in 2012 by Baseball America.

Bat: Singleton is a left handed hitter; has a great swing makes good contact and has power.

Power: If you’re looking for a power hitter Hamilton is not your guy he will probably hit anywhere from 2-4 homeruns a season. 20/30

Speed:  Singleton is a below average runner. 40/45

Fielding: He’s an average first basemen50/60

Arm: Singleton has an average arm. 50/55

Body: Singleton is 6’ 2″, Weight: 235 lbs.

Risk factor: High, Singleton has yet to prove he can hit big league pitching.

Future: Single will most likely be an everyday firstbasemen or designated hitter for a Major League club. Now that the Astros are in the AL he can either play first or DH.

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Scouting Report: Shelby Miller (STL)


This is the seventh day of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be Houston Astros firstbaseman Jonathan Singleton.

Scouting Report: Shelby Miller

About the player: Shelby Miller is a 22-year old right-handed pitcher in the Cardinals organization. He was drafted 19th overall out of high school in 2009. He was also named number 8 overall prospect in 2012 by Baseball America. Miller features a fastball, curveball, and change-up.

Fastball: Miller fastball ranges anywhere from 93-95 mph reaching 96 mph once in a blue moon. 60/70

Breaking pitch: (Curveball) Miller’s curveball is very good; the only problem is he has trouble commanding it. 55/70

Other pitches: (Change-up) Miller uses his change-up very well with his fastball. His change-up looks a lot like his fastball when it is released. 60/70

Delivery: Miller’s delivery is very simple and fluent; he releases the ball at three-quarters.

Control: Miller has great control with his fastball and change-up, but could use a little work on the curveball. 60/75

Body: Miller is 6′ 3″, and weights 195 lbs.

Risk factor: Low, He may be young, but last year he proved that he can pitch in the Major Leagues last season, as he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning.

Future: I wouldn’t be surprised if Shelby makes the team next year as the Cardinals 5th starter. Miller has the stuff to be an ace in the Major Leagues.

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Scouting Report: Billy Hamilton (CIN)


This is the sixth day of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller.

About the player: Billy Hamilton is a 22-year old shortstop/outfielder in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He was drafted in the 2nd round in the 2009 Armature Draft by the Reds and is ranked number 48 prospect by Baseball America. Hamilton recently made the switch to the outfield this year in the Arizona Fall League.

Bat: Hamilton is a switch hitter, with a nice smooth swing; makes solid contact. 50/60

Power: If you’re looking for a power hitter Hamilton is not your guy he will probably hit anywhere from 2-4 homeruns a season. 20/30

Speed: Hamilton is way above average base-stealer clock at about 3.95 from home to first, enough said. 80/80

Fielding: He is an average; learning how to play the outfield.40/55

Arm: Hamilton has an average arm for an outfielder. 50/55

Body: Hamilton is 6′ 1″, and Weight 160 lbs.

Risk factor: Moderate, Hamilton is currently at the Double-A level and is learning a new position, which can be a risk factor as we seen in the Arizona Fall League Championship Game when Hamilton crashed into the centerfield wall, hurting his back and was ok but it look pretty scary.

Future: Hamilton will no doubt be a future lead-off hitter, and I can also see him breaking several stolen base records.

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Scouting Report: Bubba Starling (KC)


This is the fifth day of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton.

Scouting Report: Bubba Starling

About the player: Bubba Starling is a 20-year old outfielder in the Kansas City Royals organization. He was drafted in the first round 5th overall in the 2012 Amateur Draft.

Bat: Starling is a right-handed batter; has a great eye for the ball making good contact; he does a good job at driving the bat head through the strike zone. 55/65

Power: He also shows great power, at times getting a little pull happy, but I can still see him being a 20+ homerun guy in the Major Leagues. 45/70

Speed: Starling is an average runner. 50/50

Fielding: Starling makes good reads on balls, just needs to work on taking smother routs to the ball. 50/60

Arm: Starling has a below average arm for an outfielder. 45/ 50

Body: Starling is 6′ 4″, and weighs 180 lbs., which is pretty average for a Major League outfielder.

Risk factor: Very High, Starling was drafted out of high school, is very young, and has still not played a game at a higher level than rookie ball.

Future: I can see him as a middle of the lineup particularly a fourth or fifth hitter, he is currently a centerfielder, but I can see him making a switch to a corner outfield spot in the near future. I don’t see him in the Majors anytime soon; we will probably have to wait until late 2015 or the beginning of 2016.

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Scouting Report: Gerrit Cole (PIT)


This is the fourth day of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be Kansas City Royals outfielder Bubba Starling.

About the player: Gerrit Cole is a 22-year old right-handed pitcher, he was drafted 28th overall by the New York Yankees in 2008, but elected to go to the University of California. He was later drafted number one overall in 2011. Cole is ranked number 12 prospect by Baseball America in 2012.

Fastball: He has a good fastball, but every now and then he has trouble locating his fastball, which ranges anywhere from 94-95 mph and reaching 98 mph at times. 60/70

Breaking pitch: Cole’s curveball is average it does not have any major break to it but still can be effective. 45/55

Other pitches: Cole also features an change-up and a slider, his change-up works very well with his fastball at catching hitters off-guard. 50/60

Delivery: Cole has a very smooth deliver, with a very high leg kick and his arm angle is over-top. The only problem I see with his delivery is when he releases the ball his back foot is completely off the ground. If you’re a pitcher you want to keep the back toe on the ground until you release the ball.

Control: Cole struggles with control on occasions but when he has control especially with his fastball he is very effective. 55/70

Body: Cole is 6′ 4″, and 220 lbs., which is a pretty good size for a right-handed pitcher.

Risk factor: Moderate, he has shown that he has what it takes to be a future big league pitcher; the only issue is his control.

Future: I can see Cole as future number one starter and will probably be pitching in the big leagues by the end of the 2014 season.

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Scouting Report: Oscar Taveras (STL)


This is the third day of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole.

About the player: Oscar Taveras is a 20-year old outfielder currently in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Taveras is ranked prospect number 74 on Baseball America’s top 100 Prospects List.

Bat: Taveras bats right-handed, and has an above average bat; has the potential to bat over .300. 60/75

Power: Last year Taveras started showing some home run power to opposite-field hitting 23 homeruns. I can see him tuning into a 30+ homerun guy in the future. 60/70

Speed Taveras is an average runner. 50/50

Fielding: Taveras seems to take good routes to the ball, and gets above average reads on the ballTaveras had a fielding percentage of .969 in his 4 seasons in the Minor League50/50

Arm: He has an average left-handed arm at best. 40/50

Body: Taveras is 6’ 2″ 180 lbs. he has good strength and is extremely athletic.

Risk factor: Moderate, Taveras is very young and has not proven himself past the Double-A level.

Future: I can see Taveras in the Cardinals outfield in the not too distant future, possible in centerfield, he will most likely be a middle of the lineup guy.

 

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Scouting Report: Wil Myers (TB)


This is the second day of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be St Louis Cardinal’s outfielder Oscar Taveras.

About the player: Wil Myers is a 22-year old outfielder; was a drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft by the Kansas City Royals as a catcher transferred to the outfield last season at Double-A NW Arkansas. Myers was ranked number 10 overall prospect in 2011, and number 28 overall in 2012 by Baseball America. Myers was traded on December 9th to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Bat: Myers has above average bat speed and has a great eye for the ball. He has the potential to be a .300 plus hitter. 60/70

Power: Myers has been starting to show some pop in his bat, hitting 24 homeruns this year at Triple-A Omaha. 55/60

Speed: Myers is an average runner. 40/40

Fielding: He is an average fielder but has only played one year as an outfielder, so there is room for improvement. 50/60

Arm: He has a good arm being that he was a catcher. I think his arm will transfer over to the outfield and making him a pretty good weapon out there. 55/60

Body: Myers is 6′ 3″, 205 lbs. very athletic has above average upper body strength.

Risk factor: Myers risk factor is very low now that he has moved out from behind the plate and also has proven that he can hit big league pitching.

Future: I see Myers fitting in nicely in Tampa Bay’s lineup, I can also see him replacing B.J. Upton in the outfield this upcoming season.

 

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Scouting Report: Dylan Bundy (BAL)


This is the first of twelve in my 12 days of scouting reports. Tomorrow scouting report will be Tampa Bay Ray’s outfielder Wil Myers

About the player: Dylan Bundy is a 20-year old right-handed pitcher andwas the Orioles 1st round pick; 3rd overall in the 2011 First Year Player Draft. Bundy was ranked number 10 overall prospect in 2012 by Baseball America and got his first taste of the Majors last season, pitching just 1.2 innings; allowing just one hit and allowed no runs. Bundy is a four pitch pitcher (FB, CV, CT, and CH) with good control.

Fastball: His fastball can top out at 100 mph, on average it stays in the 95-96 mph range. 60/70

Breaking pitch: Bundy throws a nice sweeping curve, which goes well with his plus fastball. 50/60

Other pitches: Bundy also has a change-up and a cutter to go along with his fastball and curveball. 50/60

Delivery: Bundy’s delivery is very fluent and looks to be in sync; he is very repeatable with his delivery, he throws high three-quarters.

Control: Bundy has above average control on his fastball and off-speed pitches. 50/60

Body: Bundy is 6′ 1″, 195 lbs., which is average for a Major League Pitcher; he seems to stay in great shape. 50/50

Risk factor: Bundy has a very Low risk; I don’t see anything in his delivery that is a risk factor for injury.

Future: I can defiantly see Bundy as a future number one pitcher, and could possibly be pitching for the Orioles this upcoming season.

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

Transaction: Royals Send Myers to Tampa for Shields and Davis


Last night I started watching video on then Kansas City Royal’s top prospect Wil Myers, for my new weekly scouting report series, which I plan to, have finished and up by Saturday. How ironic 24-hours later the top prospect was on the move to Tampa. Myers was ranked number 10 overall prospect in 2011, and number 28 overall in 2012 by Baseball America. Myers was drafted as a catcher but made the switch to the outfield last season at double-A NW Arkansas. I believe both teams will benefit the Royals get two star pitcher and a potential prospect. The Rays get one of the top outfield prospects and two of the top pitching prospects.

 

What each team gets in the trade:

 

Royals

  • James Shields- Was Tampa Bay number two starter last year posting a 3.52 ERA, and striking out 223, in 227.2 innings pitched last season. Shields finished 3rd in the CY Young voting in 2011.
  • Wade Davis- Posted a 2.43 ERA in 70.1 innings pitched last season, he struck out 83 batters, out of Tampa Bay’s bullpen.
  • A player to be named later- Could very well be one of the Rays picks in the 2012 First Year Player Draft.

 

Rays

  • Will Myers- Is a good outfield, with great bat speed, and has been starting to show some pop hitting 24 homeruns a Triple-A Omaha last season. (I will post a full scouting report over Wil Myers on Saturday.)
  • Jake Odorizzi- Is a 22-year old right-handed, who went 11-3, with a 2.93 ERA in Triple-A Omaha last season.
  • Mike Montgomery- A good left-handed pitcher, named number 23 prospect by Baseball America. The 23-year old was the Royals 1st round pick in the 2008 First Year Player Draft.
  • Patrick Leonard- A 20-year old thirdbasemen who spent last season in Rookie ball. He is the Royals 5th round pick in 2011 First Year Player Draft. Leonard batted .251 with 14 homeruns in 268 plate appearances last season.

 

Thanks for reading,

-Brady Houston

 

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