1/17/21

Scouting Report - 2B - Cooper Kinney

 


Cooper Kinney

 

2B      6-2      195      Baylor HS (TN)          @cooperkinney8

 

1-14-21  -  Baseball America

 

Cooper Kinney

 

Baylor HS, Chattanooga 2B/3B 

 

Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 195 | B-T: L-R

Commit/Drafted: South Carolina

Age At Draft: 18.5

 

Kinney has an unusual profile for a prep hitter—one that teams more typically let get to college. A projectable, 6-foot-2, 195-pound infielder, most scouts believe Kinney is a second baseman at the next level thanks to below-average arm strength. Some evaluators have wondered if he could handle third base, but his arm could prevent him from handling the position. It’s rare for high school second basemen to be selected in a signable range (just 14 have signed inside the top 10 rounds since 2010) but Kinney’s bat could be strong enough for him to join that select group. Kinney stays through the zone well from the left side of the plate and while he has below-average power presently, he has a chance to grow into average power as he fills out his frame. Kinney is the sort of player who teams are likely split heavily on, but those who are in like him potentially as high as a day one player. He is committed to South Carolina.

 

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Cooper Kinney is a 2021 2B/C/3B with a 6-2 195 lb. frame from Chattanooga, TN who attends Baylor. Strong athletic build with room to get stronger. Left handed hitter, hits from a slightly open stance with a well timed leg lift trigger, easy and fluid swing with loose quick hands and present bat speed, has very good feel for the barrel and consistently squares up the ball, projects power, pull to mid field approach, chance to be an impact hitter. 7.17 runner, compact arm action, stays on top of his throws well and makes accurate throws.

 

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9/25/19 - South Carolina commit. 6-foot-2, 195-pound left-handed hitting infielder and catcher, durable, athletic build, strength through frame with much more to come, one of the top bats at the PBR Cup. Showed an incredible amount of bat speed at the plate with quick, loose hands, could hear the draft of the bat as it whipped through the zone. Keeps it simple with a short hand load and stride. Explosive through the point of contact, really lets it fly. Barrel works uphill through the zone as he attempts to do damage with each and every swing. Put it all together Saturday as he smashed a home run 373 feet, 96 mph off the bat. 

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Scouting Report - RHP - Jake Hunter


 Jake Hunter

 

RHP 6-4 210 East Rowan HS (NC)

 

11-9-20 - PG -

 

Jake Hunter (2021 Rockwell, NC) is as competitive as any pitcher in the class. He finished his travel ball career in stunning fashion throwing a ton of quality strikes using his refined three pitch mix. Given his stuff, 6-foot-4 frame, and pitchability he is a great candidate to continue to make jumps.

 

 

8-23-20  -  Salisbury Post -

 

The tall, talented 17-year-old has been firmly committed to East Carolina’s baseball program since the summer of 2019 and the NCHSAA has a plan in place for him to have a senior season that will start in late April and run into June.

 

Hunter will be expected to provided Strasburg-like mound outings for East Rowan and eventually for East Carolina. He’s almost 6-foot-4 and he’s a 90-mph guy. He’s hit 91 on the radar gun. More importantly, he can work consistently at 89-90 and command three pitches.

 

 

PG -

 

Jake Hunter is a 2021 RHP/1B, 3B with a 6-3 210 lb. frame from Rockwell, NC who attends East Rowan. Large frame with broad, strong build; ran 60 yard dash in 8.16 seconds. Primary righthanded pitcher, lower slot slinger arm stroke, stabs through back but stays inline, hides the ball very well, fastball worked 76-80 mph with lots of life from that tough slot, showed slider with good bite, mixed in changeup as well with good dive and flashed curveball. Hits from even-based stance with toe tap trigger, steep entry to hitting zone, torques hips well, showed ability to keep head on ball, contact skills are solid. Worked out at first base, showed ability to throw accurately from multiple arm slots, clocked up to 74 mph across the diamond.

 

PG -

 

Jake Hunter, RHP, South Charlotte Panthers

 

Hunter had less of a breakout than he did a cherry on top to cap off an outstanding year on the circuit. Hunter seemed to dominate in every start he showed up at over the summer and he did again on the big stage in Fort Myers with a complete game, eleven-strikeout performance at 8 am against one of the favorites in the event. He’s got an impressive repertoire with real feel command as his combination of youth and size could lead to a rise up boards come next spring.


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Scouting Report - 1B - Charlie Condon



 Charlie Condon

 

1B          6-5          200          Walker HS (GA)

 

 11-9-20 - PG -

 

Charlie Condon (2021 Marietta, GA) just continues to produce. He just hits at every stop and typically does so with a high OPS. His frame has huge projection remaining and he could have real helium potential as he starts to fill out.

 

 10-26-20 - 6-4-3 Pathetics -

 

With great excitement and pride, 6-4-3 DP Baseball announces that Charlie Condon (1B/3B/OF; Class of 2021) has committed to play college baseball at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  Charlie is a special young man who trusted his skills, focused on his own development pace, did not worry which team he played for, and patiently let his large frame mature.  Over recent years, Charlie was often a member of the "so called #2 team" (a.k.a. Jaguars).  Charlie is now an SEC prospect indeed!  The entire 6-4-3 staff congratulates Charlie on his achievement and wishes him the very best on his continued journey as a standout student-athlete.

 

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Charlie Condon is a 2021 1B/3B, OF with a 6-5 200 lb. frame from Marietta, GA who attends Walker. Ran a 7.02 second 60 yard dash time. Extra-large frame with long limbs and athletic build. Primary corner infielder with smooth feet and good turns. Bends at the waist and has a strong arm with accurate throws. Throws it 88 mph across the diamond. Showcased great athleticism and coordination for his size. Right-handed hitter with a very wide base and high hand and elbow set. Toe tap trigger with smooth operation and creates sufficient bat tilt during load. Impact to the pull side and evident strength. Loud contact all round and the swing plays gap to gap. Line drive path with the 

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Scouting Report - LHP - Andrew Abbott

 


Andrew Abbott

 

LHP 6-0 175 Virginia 

 

2020 Virginia stat line - 9-appearances, 3-0, 1.35, 13.1-IP, 28-K



 

 

1-14-21  -  Baseball America

 

Andrew Abbott

 

Virginia LHP

 

Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 175 | B-T: L-L

Commit/Drafted: Yankees '17 (36)

Age At Draft: 22.1

 

A small-framed, 6 feet, 175-pound lefthander, Abbott has been a consistent weapon for Virginia’s bullpen since he stepped on campus. After adding nine relief appearances in the shortened 2020 season, Abbott has a 3.24 career ERA for the Cavaliers in 108.1 innings of work, with 165 strikeouts (13.7 per nine) and 49 walks (4.1 per nine). He has also excelled as a reliever with Team USA and posted a 2.70 ERA in 26.2 innings in the Cape Cod League over two summers. Simply put, Abbott has done his job at a high level wherever he’s been. He can run his fastball into the 94-95 mph range, but sits in the 89-93 range typically, with a breaking ball in the mid-to-upper 70s that features solid depth. A competitive arm on the mound, Abbott has faced questions about his size and the durability issues that may come from that, but there aren’t many relievers in the class with as much extensive track record as he’s compiled throughout his career.

 

 virginia sports 

 

2021

 

• Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Third Team Preseason All-American (Relief Pitcher)

• Perfect Game Second Team Preseason All-American (Relief Pitcher)

 

2020

 

• Ranked No. 7 in D1Baseball.com’s Top 50 relief pitchers in college baseball

• Appeared in nine games, all out of the bullpen, the second most on the staff

• His 1.35 ERA was the lowest among UVA relievers and fifth lowest among ACC relievers with 10 or more innings pitched

• Struck out 28 batters (the most among any ACC reliever) in 13.1 innings pitched

• Recorded team-high three wins against VMI (2/19), William & Mary (2/25) and Dartmouth (3/1)

• Pitched a season-high 3.1 innings pitched and struck out a career-high eight batters in win over William & Mary (2/25)

• Did not allow an earned run in his first 10 innings pitched allowed only two in 13.1 innings pitched on the year

• Credited with a team-best three bullpen holds – vs. Oklahoma (2/14), Dartmouth (2/29) and NC State (3/6)

 

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MLB Comp

 

Andrew Abbott is a tricky player to comp. There are not many active left-handed relief pitchers that are undersized like he is and thrive with two pitches. However, that does not mean that there aren’t pitchers to compare him to.

 

Ranger Suarez of the Philadelphia Phillies is one undersized left-handed reliever. He stands six-feet, one-inch tall and he weighs 180 pounds. He utilizes a much different pitch mix than Abbott, but he is able to find success despite his size, and he posted a 3.14 ERA in 2019.

 

Jalen Beeks of the Tampa Bay Rays is another undersized left-handed reliever. He stands five-feet, eleven inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. Beeks uses a fastball, curveball combo, but his changeup is more prominently used than his curveball.

 

Andrew Abbott will be a good pickup for any team, especially one that wants a quicker return on their investment.

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Scouting Report - 2B - Eddie Saldivar

 


Eddie Saldivar

 

2B 5-10 160 San Joaquin HS (CA) 

 

Talking Chop -

 

Eddie Saldivar, 2B - I didn’t know much about Eddie Saldivar until he showed up and played well back at the Area Code Games, so he was a guy I was looking forward to seeing more of. He didn’t disappoint. Saldivar has the ability to make hard, line drive contact with the barrel and shows a good feel for the strike zone. He’s more gap power at present, but he’s got the speed and base running ability to take an extra base, and should only continue to get stronger.

 

 PBR -

 

4/16/19

at Fresno Easter Classic - Lean bodied left-handed hitting middle infielder that shows very good actions defensively to go with a patient and disciplined offensive approach. Hard hit single through the box on a breaking ball he sat back on. Busted out of the box forcing the center fielder to work a little to get the ball in. Shows feel for the barrel with a short, compact attack on the ball. Saldivar showed to be a strong defender with excellent footwork and quick hands with clean exchanges. Turned a double play with ease and in a hurry. Arm is presently average with accuracy.


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Weekly Draft Notes


Good morning.

 

1-14-21 - BA -

 

Earlier this week, the 120 teams invited to be part of Major League Baseball’s new minor league system received their Professional Development Licenses (PDL). Now, the clock has begun on what is expected to be one of the final stages of an 18-month process.

 

The 120 teams have until Feb. 10 to decide whether to sign the PDLs and become part of MLB’s new minor league system, or decline and forge their own path.

 

If a team fails to sign within the 30-day window, MLB could opt to extend the deadline, but it is more likely to simply offer the declining team’s PDL to a different team.

 

 

1-13-21 - Joe @JoeDoyleMiLB

 

Cal RHP Grant Holman (6-6, 235) has seen his name bump up boards this winter after a loud summer/fall. FB-CB-CH, up to 93-95/t97. Been a two-way guy, leaning harder into pitching now. Solid command. Developing put-away pitch. Rd 2-4 round talent. Good, big, durable, starter body

 

 

1-12-21 - BA -

 

The Mets paid out one of the biggest bonuses of the 2019 class to land Dominican center fielder Alexander Ramirez for $2.05 million. Later in the year, they signed Venezuelan righthander Robert Dominguez, a late riser who ran his fastball up to 99 mph at 17 years old and ranked as the top pitcher signed in 2019.

 

For the upcoming signing class, the Mets seem to be taking a different approach, with no projected seven-figure signing at the moment, but a significant volume of players in the $100,000 to $600,000 bracket.

 

Two outfielders the Mets are expected to sign are Johairo Cuevas from the Dominican Republic and Gustavo Marquez from Venezuela.

 

Among pitchers, the Mets are expected to sign Dominican righthander Elian Nuñez, who throws a lively fastball that sits in the upper 80s and pairs it with a tight-spinning curveball, as well as Venezuelan righthander Enderson Arevalo.

 

Other Venezuelan players the Mets are expected to sign include shortstops Diego Mosquera and Samuel Camacaro, righthanders Lennerd Ramos and Aaron Martinez and lefthander Inmer Lobo. Dominican catcher Ruben Tatis and Dominican outfielder Sebastian Castro are also connected to the Mets.

 

 

1-12-21 - Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

 

The Commissioner's Office sent a dictum to teams that spring training is to start on time, and clubs are taking it seriously and diving into their plans now. This does not guarantee it will go seamlessly, or will be without pauses, but the camps will open in mid-Feb., apparently

 


1-11-21 - lookout landing -

 

Benny Montgomery is one of the best power-speed threats in this years class. The physical skills mirror those of Adell four years ago. Montgomery is a sure-fire top ten talent in terms of raw tools, though his hit-ability this spring will likely determine how high his stock can soar.

 

The ceiling here is a top ten pick with the floor likely being out of reach for Seattle at pick no. 47. If the hit tool really shows out this spring, Montgomery would be the perfect type of project for the Mariners player development staff to sink their teeth into assuming they have the confidence to optimize what’s possible with this kid.

 

There’s very real superstar potential here, but whomever drafts Montgomery must have conviction and a plan.

 


1-9-21 - gators wire -

 

As a freshman at Florida, Jack Leftwich appeared in 24 games as a pitcher, making 12 starts and tossing a total of 81.1 innings, the most by a freshman at Florida since Logan Shore‘s 95.2 in 2014.

 

In 2019, Leftwich became exclusively a starting pitcher, posting a 5.31 ERA in 62.2 innings over 13 starts. He was hampered throughout the season by a blister on his pitching hand but rebounded nicely to record a 1.77 ERA over his final three outings. His high point of that campaign was a complete-game shutout at Taylor Stadium against the No. 24 Missouri Tigers on May 17. To date, this remains the lone complete game in his Gators career.

 


1-7-21 - CUBBIES CRIB -

 

Jackson Jobe, SS/RHP, Heritage Hall

 

One of the more seemingly underrated prospects within Baseball America’s top 30 draft-eligible high school prospects of this upcoming draft is a two-way star, Jackson Jobe. Standing a solid 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Jobe packs a punch and displays a smooth delivery. He currently has a verbal commitment to Ole Miss.

 

 

Jobe was on a unique trajectory as a two-way player. His primary position started at shortstop, but soon after, the stocky right-hander moved to the mound. Most likely, he will not see the number six spot on the diamond moving forward.

 

His two strongest pitchers are his fastball, which topped out at 96 mph, and his slider carries a nice breaking bite, and per his scouting report, at Perfect Game carries a spin-rate of 3,100 rpm. To put it into perspective, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler posted the second-best slider spin-rate in the majors in 2020 at 2948. If Jobe can make his slider the primarily dominant pitch, he will be in business.

 

As a very talented and athletic star for Heritage Hall, Jobe put up some gaudy improvements, adding more velocity to his fastball and continuing to master his curveball and changeup, which moves towards right-handers in the box, making it a potentially strong out pitch.

 

Jobe also drives the ball with authority. His exit velocity of 92 mph, according to Perfect Game, ranked above the 90th percentile in his class. The swing is effortless. Being able to sit back on the ball patiently appears to be a strength of his, and it could translate well if he continues to work on hitting too at the next levels.

1/16/21

Scouting Report - RHP - Greysen Carter


 

Greysen Carter

 

RHP          6-4          218

 

 11-7-2020 - PG -

 

Greysen Carter (2021 Louisville, CO) makes one of the biggest jumps and it was expected from how he ended his 2019 summer. Due to Covid and travel issues making things understandably difficult, Fort Myers was the PG staff's first look at the righty in 2020. The 92-96 mph fastball and hard breaking and high spin rate curveball in the 80 mph range were enough to remind everyone of the vast potential that Carter possesses.

 

 PG  -

 

Greysen Carter is a 2021 RHP/OF with a 6-4 205 lb. frame from Louisville, CO who attends Fairview. Big and strong athletic build with the chance to get even stronger. Hands over the head delivery, compact arm action in back with over the top arm slot that creates big angle to the plate, stays on line well, very little upper body lean off line for his arm slot. Fastball topped out at 93 mph with occasional nice cutting action, holds his velocity well from the stretch, fastball gets on hitters quickly, no reason he can evolve into a steady mid-90's thrower when physically mature. Firm change up to slow down hitter's bats a bit, tends to slow arm on his curveball, primary fastball pitcher at present. Switch-hitter who is much stronger at present from the right side, hits from a spread stance with a deep load and fast level swing, generates power to the middle of the field right handed and projects lots of power.

 

 PG -

 

Greysen Carter, RHP, Trosky National 2021

 

The 6-foot-4, 218 pound Carter last appeared at a PG event in August, 2019 at the All-American Underclass Games in San Diego, where he made the Top Prospect List.  He was an unknown enough prospect that at least one team this scout talked to didn’t even have Carter on their follow list for the event.  He will be now.  Carter was 92-96 mph for three innings with big downhill angle and heavy sinking life down in the zone, not a complete surprise as he topped out at 93 mph 15 months ago.  The big surprise was the 78-80 mph hammer curveball he showed with a spin rate around 2,700 rpm, a pitch he definitely didn’t have at the AA Underclass.  The future is bright for the Vanderbilt commit.


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