November 12th, 2013
Earlier this week I wrote about several AFL players.
Today, I continue those snapshots. Please note that I will not include players I have already profiled (or will profile this coming week) on MLBPipeline.com
Cory Spangenberg-INF Padres. He’s a scrappy player with a bat that plays. Has some speed to steal bases and score some runs. Good defender with range. No power. Good prospect.
Kyle Parker-IB Rockies.Home run and RBI power potential. Long swing, but when he connects the ball really gets out in a hurry. Should be dangerous at Coors. Hits for average.
Albert Almora-OF Cubs. One of the Cubs top prospects on display. Very good contact hitter. Hits for average. Power may come later. Should be able to hit better quality pitching.
Japhet Amador-IB/DH Astros. Huge (6-4, 315#) right-handed hitter from Mexico. Hit 36 home runs and drove in 121 runs in Mexico last season. A low-risk gamble who might deliver.
Stefen Romero-OF Mariners. Have always liked his line drive bat. Surprising pop with good RBI potential. Will need to play consistently to stay sharp. A long shot, but has value.
Andy Burns-INF Blue Jays-Has hit well so far and has gotten some attention. Line drive bat with some energy and pop. Very good contact hitter this fall while flashing speed/average.
Derek Law-P Giants- A true bullpen arm with command and control. Very good mound presence. Has enough in the tank to save games with different type delivery. Solid.
Angel Villalona 1B Giants- Very surprising agility and reflexes from a man 6-3 and 257 pounds. Has some pop in his bat-but has to gain experience hitting breaking balls.
Max Kepler OF Twins- Native of Germany. Tall and thin. Profiles best as 4th outfielder type. Not much power, but enough to keep me interested. Needs lots of development time. Raw.
Marcus Semien-IF White Sox. Played 2B for White Sox at end of the season and has a shot at playing there again to start 2014. No special tool, but can hit some. Dependable.
Each week I feature three scouting profiles on MLBPipeline.com. Many of them will be about the players above and other Arizona Fall League players.
There are a number of highly talented young men playing in Arizona. I will make every attempt to introduce their talent to you over the winter.
This is the final week of AFL play. The Championship Game will be played Saturday November 16th at Scottsdale. I will be there. And I’ll be tweeting from games whenever I can for the remainder of this week.
That’s it. I’m done.