November 10th, 2013
Believe it or not, we are heading to the last week of this year’s edition of the Arizona Fall League.
I say this every year-but this year’s edition was among the best.
I want to share my thoughts on some of the players I saw. Every week I have done at least 3 profiles of Fall League players on MLBPipeline.com. Those profiles are more in depth than in this space. They will continue through the off season. Hope you check them out.
Jared Mitchell-OF White Sox: I see some progress in Mitchell’s approach at the plate. He still isn’t the hitter we had hoped he’d be, but I like the patience I’ve seen. Has shown some pop.
Jorge Alfaro-C Rangers- What an arm. A cannon. And he can hit. Swing is a little long and strikeouts are an issue. Aggressive. Bat speed is a real plus. Catching mechanics still a bit raw.
Henry Urrutia-OF Orioles-Watch out for Henry. Has the body of Darryl Strawberry. Power is coming, but line drives jump off his quick bat. Great hands. Upside-especially vs. RH pitching.
Travis Shaw-1B Red Sox- Love to watch this big- bodied guy hit. Big power as a left-handed hitter. Has game-changing power and hits towering fly balls. Watch him.
Kris Bryant-3B Cubs-Everyone’s talking for a reason. His swing, his quick hands through the ball and his power are beyond impressive. Might be best in RF or 1B. Tall and athletic.
Byron Buxton-OF Twins- As advertised, for sure. Just pure athletic ability. Tools were on display. Power is real. Didn’t hit for average. Speed and defense all top notch, too.
Mason Williams OF Yankees- An outstanding center fielder with speed and very good “reads” off the bat. I still question his hitting ability. Hasn’t shown much power. Contact not great. Iffy.
Addison Russell-SS Athletics-Tempting to bring him up already at age 19. Very athletic. Good hands, quick feel and a very polished bat. He can do it all. One of the new, exciting shortstops.
Nick Ahmed-SS Diamondbacks-There has to be a place for him in the Major Leagues. Defense first. He has outstanding hands and feet at SS. Range and a solid arm. Struggling at the plate.
Corey Seager-SS Dodgers- Athletic shortstop with a bat that plays. May have to move to 3B if he continues to grow. Has nice range and a solid arm. Can do it all. Needs more time for sure.
C J Cron-1B Angels- Has shown tremendous power this fall. Hit the scoreboard at Mesa at least twice when I was there. Knocking in runs but hitting for great average as well. Soaring.
Andrew Susac- C Giants- Has shown both offensive and defensive tools. Powerful and accurate arm behind plate and enough pop to hit home runs and hit for average. Solid catching tools.
Alex Meyer-P Twins- Has had some good outings with command and control of mid-90’s fastball. Long (6’9) and lean, but fairly upright. Fewer hits than innings pitched. Close to ready?
Aaron Sanchez-P Blue Jays- Very similar approach to Meyer. Has really come along in last two starts. Top of rotation starter with great mix of fastball with late life and secondary pitches.
Kyle Crick-P Giants-Slow start but very solid recent outings. Has begun to repeat his delivery more and looks much more comfortable and in synch than early October. Has all the pitches.
Sammy Solis-P Nationals- Big lefty starter may be the most consistent. Throwing strikes. Can become hittable at times when he gets too much of the plate or gets the ball up in the zone.
I’ll have more snapshots mid-week. There are so many players that have been impressive.
That’s it. I’m done.