Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mookie Betts Scouting Report (CF, Boston Red Sox)

Mookie Betts

Profile

Positions: Second Base, Center Field and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 155 lb
Born: 10/7/1992
Drafted: 5th Round, in 2011 by the Red Sox, out of John Overton HS (Brentwood, TN)

Scouting Report

Mookie Betts has solidified the center field job for the Red Sox with an incredible Spring so far, in which he is hitting .487 in 41 PA, with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, and 1 SB.  He has reached base 21 times out of the 41 times he stood in the box.  Betts is also making sparkling plays in center with his speed, despite his usual position being second base.

Betts is a small guy, barely topping 150 pounds, who has an amazing feel for the strike zone and put up one of the best BB:K ratios you will see in the minors (174 BB : 137 K).  Despite the small stature, he has surprising pop with 26 HR in 1,116 minor league AB.  He has also hit the most extra base hits in a Red Sox Spring Training (11) since Josh Reddick in 2010.  His latest Spring Training HR came off of Atlanta's ace, Julio Teheran.

Betts is the quintessential leadoff hitter, posting a .408 OBP in his 4 minor league seasons, and stealing 92 bases while getting caught only 15 times.  The main concern was his shift from second base (Dustin Pedroia occupies second) to the outfield and so far, the transition is relatively easy for this athletic kid.

I suspect Betts will be in the starting Boston lineup for years to come and will quickly become a fan favorite, if he hasn't already.

Mookie Betts - Ebay Listings

Mookie Betts swinging
Moooooooookie

TYRONE TAYLOR (Brewers, OF) - Top 100 Prospects Baseball America - Bowman Chrome Auto Analysis

93.

Tyrone Taylor, OF

Brewers 20 2016
Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Defense: 70. Arm: 50.

Tyrone Taylor - Stats
 
Tyrone Taylor - Ebay Listings Ending Soon

Tyrone Taylor, currently the top prospect in the Brewers system according to Baseball America, is a potential 5 tool player who is trending in the right direction.  His walk rate has increased from his time in A ball in 2013 to his time in A Advanced in 2014, while his K rate has decreased.  His wOBA has hovered in the .340 area and he has shown the ability to steal a base.  When I look at Taylor, he seems like one of those players primed for a breakout season, where everything seems to fall into place.  I'll certainly be keeping an eye on him.

Tyrone Taylor 2012 BDPP Auto Purple Refractor /10 - BGS 9.5/10
Tyrone Taylor 2012 BDPP Auto Purple Refractor /10 - BGS 9.5/10
 

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RYAN MCMAHON (Rockies, 3B) - Top 100 Prospects Baseball America - Bowman Chrome Auto Analysis

95. Ryan McMahon

3b, Rockies -- 20 yrs old -- ETA: 2017
Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Defense: 50. Arm: 60.

Stats
McMahon has shown his plus power potential in his two years in the minors since being drafted in the second round in 2013 by the Rockies.  In 700 AB, McMahon has 64 doubles, 29 HR, and an OPS of .899.  His K rate is high at about 200 K's in those 700 AB, but his solid defense and ample power at a corner infield spot can move him up the Rockies ranks quickly, even though he is still only 20 years old.
I would give him a BUY/HOLD recommendation.
Ryan McMahon 2013 BDPP Auto Red Ref /5 BGS 9.5/10
Ryan McMahon 2013 BDPP Auto Red Ref /5 BGS 9.5/10
 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SPENCER ADAMS (White Sox, RHP) - Top 100 Prospects Baseball America - Bowman Chrome Auto Analysis

Going through the Top 100 prospects, as ranked by Baseball America, here is the series with what you need to know in regards to Bowman Chrome autographs.

100.  Spencer Adams - White Sox - 18 yrs old - ETA 2018 - Pitcher

2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Auto

Spencer Adams - Stats
Spencer Adams Ebay Listings

Has ace stuff: 96 mph fastball, one of the best breaking balls in the draft (slider), excellent command and control.  59 K : 4 BB : 42 IP last year in Rookie Ball.

STRONG BUY

Spencer Adams 2014 BDPP Auto BGS 9.5
Spencer Adams 2014 BDPP Auto BGS 9.5