Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31 - Salt River @ Mesa

Got a fairly quick game from Mesa today, thanks in part to it being called after 9 innings with a 2-2 tie.

OF Corey Dickerson (Rockies) - I didn't want to like him while I was out here and still not sure what his ultimate ceiling is, but it is an easy to repeat lefty swing that can work for avg and power when it doesn't get long.  Seen some barrel control from him.  He is limited to LF (and profiles as a fringy defender) and not sure if there is enough offense to offset that.

RHP Luke Putkonen (Tigers) - First look at the righty who pitched in the big leagues this year, he is a tall, athletic guy with long arm and attacks from a H 3/4, SWU.  He worked 93-96, but it played down due to lacking life in the strike zone.  His CH was 84-86 w/ ok armspeed, but he had a tendency to pull the pitch and he showed a 79-81 CB that was a mdm dwnr and slowed his arm slightly for early in the count, but it did show 2-plane break as an out pitch.  Interesting first look, but want to look closer at the delivery.

RHP Evan Marshall (Dbacks) - Still like this guy and he threw a sinking FB at 92-94 w/ a big SL at 82-84 and a SF at 84.  Profiles as a setup guy for me and have seen him fill up the strike zone and get early outs in both outings.

As you are noticing, the writeups are getting shorter.  This is because guys are starting to settle in as what I see them as.  I plan to start finalizing reports this weekend for players who have exited the AFL (this list includes Javier Baez) and for guys who I have a feel for.  These will be posted sporadically and will culminate with an AFL overview post about a week after the AFL has concluded.

Tomorrow, will be heading to Scottsdale to watch them take on Surprise with a first look at Justin Marks and a 2nd look at Chris Gloor.

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