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April 17, 2014

What Scouts Are Saying

April 17, 2014

by Baseball Prospectus


Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

Major Leagues

Nationals OF Bryce Harper: “Bryce Harper has a ton of talent, but he still plays way too out of control for me. He runs into outs on the basepaths and can be too aggressive in the outfield. He's only 21 years old and he will figure it out—he's too talented not to figure it out—but he is still a work in progress.”




Nationals RHP Blake Treinen: "Blake Treinen really impressed me. Top-shelf stuff with a mid-90s bowling ball and a sharp breaking ball. He's young and still needs to improve his command, but he's an interesting guy with a lot of weapons."



Braves OF Justin Upton: "Justin Upton was about as locked in as any hitter I've seen in quite some time. The impressive thing about him is that he shows so much power up the middle and the other way. He's not a burner, but he's a good baserunner and has good instincts in the outfield. He may have been so built up at one point that he's underrated now."

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CountryHardBall

Great column. Keep them coming.

Apr 17, 2014 05:24 AM
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jlarsen

I have just read 2 conflicting reports on Hawkins today, between this and "Notes from the Field". Seeing him before, I am more apt to lean towards the future 30 hit tool guy whose hit tool's awfulness will limit how much his raw power plays.

Apr 17, 2014 07:55 AM
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MaineSkin

There are so many reports on Hawkins not just having different mechanics at the plate, but was adjusting all last year and made another adjustment in ST w/the big lg club. I read he spread his stance more to quite the lower half like Pujos in the box.
I'd love to see an entire post with gifs of early '13 Hawkins, post futures game Hawkins and today's Hawkins. The raw we always read was special, so will his top 101 ranking rise along with the ct% is goig to rise?

Apr 17, 2014 08:24 AM
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cnote66

Great stuff!

Apr 17, 2014 09:20 AM
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wpmulligan

It is not a big deal but there are numerous Serra High Schools in California.

Apr 17, 2014 10:59 AM
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Ogremace

More

Apr 17, 2014 17:26 PM
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greenfrog

Scouting report on Brett Lawrie, please.

Apr 17, 2014 18:12 PM
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kcheaden

This is awesome but putting the date of the quote by the scout would be useful. I;m guessing the Jup quote was from a few weeks ago since he's gone 0 for 12 recently and is swing right through 93 mph fastballs.

Apr 17, 2014 19:17 PM
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