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July 31, 2014

Notes from the Field

July 31, 2014

by Jeff Moore and Austin Diamond


Florida State League, by Jeff Moore

Tampa Yankees

Aaron Judge, OF
Incredibly large human, both tall and well built; starts with hands high in stance but lowers them as the pitch is delivered; does a good job keeping swing short for his size, but his long arms will always force his swing to be longer than is ideal, creating a hole inside; not elite bat speed, but enough to handle everything but premium velocity; struggled with recognition of sliders and changeups but up-the-middle approach and long path through the strike zone allow him to get bat on ball even when fooled; might have some issues with arm-side pitching but could crush lefties when he gets his arms extended; presently an above-average defender in right field; good natural athlete and moves well for his size; good reactions and tracks the ball well; arm is an asset, above-average strength with plus accuracy; gets rid of the ball quickly and knows where to go with it; potential middle-of-the-order bat but likely a good support piece offensively.

Dante Bichette, Jr., 3B
Solidly built but mostly maxed out physically; not overly tall (listed at 6’1”) but stays tall in swing and maximizes height; great load with moderate leg kick to generate plus bat speed; big swing, bat whip that generates good backspin on the ball; more gap/line drive power than over-the-fence power presently, should rack up a lot of doubles; patient hitter, good recognition of arm-side sliders; hard stuff (fastball, sliders) not a problem; struggles with soft stuff (slow curveballs, changeups), as he has trouble keeping his weight back; will get aggressive in RBI situations; still learning to drive the ball but should have above-average power, though it will manifest itself more in the form of doubles than home runs; could be an everyday bat.

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username49

These are great. If you guys got someone out in Arizona, I'd love to hear some thoughts on Bobby Bradley. He is mashing and had one of the most advanced HS bats in the draft according to scouts.

Jul 31, 2014 04:31 AM
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Tex2045

Thanks! I love that you have someone reporting from the AZL. I hope there are more reports coming.

Jul 31, 2014 05:38 AM
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Nojsztat

Thanks for the eyes! I've been wondering if DBJ's statistical improvement could make him succeed in the majors after we'd all written him off as a bust. Disappointing report on Jagielo, though.

Jul 31, 2014 07:48 AM
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Kaluk8

Thanks - great reports.

Nothing on Verdugo for the Dodgers? Looking like a real hitter.

Jul 31, 2014 08:19 AM
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Shauncore

Man I can't believe Holmes made it to 22.

Jul 31, 2014 08:26 AM
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bjaltensey

There were reports before the season that Vogelbach lost over 30 pounds and was looking great in pictures. Did he gain this weight back or is this lazy reporting/relying on old information?

Jul 31, 2014 10:52 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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This was my first look at him in person and I don't trust the listed weight on official rosters and such but he was still quite big. If he lost 30 pounds from last year then I'm not sure how he played last year.

Jul 31, 2014 14:18 PM
 
cnote66

Great stuff -- keep it coming!!

Jul 31, 2014 11:05 AM
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