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2010 Players I’ve Seen Live

I wanted to give you a quick list of the players I’ve seen in person this spring, focusing on the players eligible for the 2010 draft. The Ole Miss-Georgia writeup will likely have to wait for tomorrow, and I’m sure you’ll love what I do with it.

Here are the players I’ve seen this spring. Feel free to ask questions about any and all:

Derek Dietrich
Deck McGuire
Brandon Cumpton
Kevin Jacob
Zach Brewster
Cole Leonida
Tony Plagman
Chase Burnette
Jeff Rowland
Andrew Robinson
Roddy Jones
Thomas Nichols
Justin Grimm
Justin Earls
Reggie Williams
Blaine O’Brien
Nathan Fawbush
Heine Rivera
Bryan Benzor
T.J. Rich
Chevez Clarke
Kevin Jordan
Andrew Smith
Ralston Cash
Andrew Toles
Chris Triplett
Aaron Warren
Zane Evans
Conner Kendrick
Myles Jaye
Jaren Matthews
Mike Lang
Casey Gaynor
Dan Betteridge
Jayson Hernandez
Aaron Meade
Mike Kickham
Steven Brooks
Pay Doyle
Aaron Conway
Drew Pomeranz
Matt Smith
Robert Crews
Mike Murray
Tim Ferguson
Miles Hamblin

That’s all I can think of right now. I’ll add more as I see them.

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April 10, 2010 - Posted by | Scouting

15 Comments »

  1. Hello. If you’re the Orioles and set on a college pitcher is it Deck McGuire, Drew Pomeranz or someone else? And why? Thanks!

    Comment by Mick | April 10, 2010 | Reply

    • After seeing Pomeranz, I go with him.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. Chase Burnette’s stats look good when occasionally see the box score of a GT game. What’s his draft stock like? Tools? Where’s he looking to go?

    Comment by Joshua B. | April 10, 2010 | Reply

    • He’s risen from his pre-season stance, but he’s still a late single-digits pick. Think rounds 8-12 if he’s signable.

      His tools are average or below across the board, and he’s probably a fourth or fifth outfielder at best, but there are some things to like. His hit tool is his best feature, and he’s got some pop, but he’s a below-average runner, fringe-average fielder and below-average thrower, meaning he might be limited to left field and first base.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. Deck McGuire, from a write up you had of one of his games earlier this year, he seems to dominate college competition. However I get the impression that his fastball is weak compared to his slider or other offerings. Could you describe the fastball and give me some insight on whether or not he can be a top of the rotation pitcher with that fastball.

    Comment by Jeffrey | April 11, 2010 | Reply

    • His fastball is above-average due to movement, despite the velocity being roughly average most of the time. He can pump up the velo to be plus if he wants to, but it cuts down on the movement and his command of it. Currently his movement is better than his command, though some places like to say his command is plus. It’s more of the average variety, though he can sometimes place it perfectly.

      I think he’s better described as a #2/3 starter, someone that will have some very good years, but should settle in to be a slightly above-average pitcher when compared to the league for a number of years. I like his mechanics and his athleticism, which bodes well for his durability if he isn’t run into the ground this year and in his early years of pro ball. He should move very quickly in the minors.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  4. What is your baseball background?
    Coach, player, mlb scout?

    Comment by gotti | April 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Player, though not of the pro variety.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  5. You touted Miles Hamblin fairly well leading up to the 2009 draft. Has he improved in any noticeable ways? How’s he looking compared to this time last year, draft stock wise?

    Comment by Ryan | April 11, 2010 | Reply

    • He’s probably dropped from last year, mainly due to his issues behind the plate. When I saw on Friday, he was bigger than he was last year, and I don’t mean that in a good way. He was never the most athletic player, but he looks more like a future reserve than a regular now.

      On the hitting side, I think he’s struggling to see the ball right now. His pitch recognition wasn’t very good against Grimm, and I’m told that’s been the issue all year. He might be in a position to come back to school for his senior year.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  6. When you do your mock draft do you have a hard time putting players you have seen and liked behind players you hear about and know they will go good in the draft? B/C you have a lot of players you have seen here but many you have not that are on your mock draft list. I guess the question is, how can you do a personal mock draft if you have not seen all the players?

    Comment by Jake | April 11, 2010 | Reply

    • I get a lot of reports, especially about the early round players, and they can be as glowing or more so than my own reports about players. It’s about gauging the general interest in a player, ignoring my own personal likes and dislikes. Every scout has their own personal tastes, and I know that I’m not as qualified as they are, so I trust the general feelings I’m given about players.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hey bud, I’m real curious about Seattle area OF Josh Sale. I don’t see him on your list, but I wanted to know your impressions…

    Thanks man! Keep up the GREAT work!

    -peter

    Comment by Peter Friberg | April 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m as bullish as anyone on Sale, as I think he’s one of the few potential middle of the order hitters in this draft. Unlike some places, I do believe he should be tried in right field until he proves he can’t handle it, as you don’t want to shove him in left field until you have to. His arm and range are good enough to handle right field right now, and even though he might slow a bit, I trust his instincts as a player.

      The only thing I worry about with him is his overwhelming desire to lift weights at such a young age, and I’m afraid he’ll age prematurely into a Jeff Bagwell type of player that has no defensive value.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hey Andy,
    I’m curious about WFU’s Steven Brooks. Kid seems like he’s got a lot of potential. What are your thoughts on him as a player and his potential draft status? Thanks!

    Comment by Madison | April 13, 2010 | Reply


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