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June 27, 2007

Scouts Talk About Yanks Minor Arms

Via the recent edition of Baseball America -

Brett Smith, rhp

"He's a guy that has to hit his spots to be successful," a scout from a National League club said. "He's not going to overwhelm you with anything."

"I really like the arm action on his changeup, which for me is probably plus right now," the scout said. "I liked the curveball better than the slider. He's got the ability to command the fastball to both sides of the plate. He's going to have to be real fine at the upper levels . . . not much room for error."

Scott Patterson, rhp

"You start looking at him and think it's just unbelievable," a NL scout said. "You don't want to like him, but you come away liking him because of the stuff and the intimidation factor. He throws that fastball overhand that makes it look like it's coming out of the sky and then it sinks down . . . very heavy sink. The other stuff is just OK. He throws at 91-92 (mph), but that's like a 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4 guy throwing 93-94. He's very aggressive and attacks the zone. He's not an elite guy, but he's interesting."

Jeff Marquez, rhp

"He's got a real quick arm and works very fast, good rhythm," a scout from an American League club said. "His curveball is a little too soft, too loopy at times. He can really get around it and doesn't have the consistency you might think. But he's a power arm with an awful lot of upside. He could really be a groundball machine."

Alan Horne, rhp

"He can sometimes get a little too long in the back with his arm action--he'll fly open on the front side and the arm will drag behind," another scout from an AL club said. "But he's a very good arm with explosive life on the fastball and his changeup was one of the best ones I saw in that league this season."

Michael Dunn, lhp

"He hides the ball extremely well," a scout from a NL club said. "It's tough to pick it up coming out of his hand. He repeats his delivery well. He still has some of that residue from the outfield in his arm action and you'd like to see him field his position better, but he's still learning that muscle memory of being on the mound. He's definitely got upside."

It's always interesting to hear what other people have to say about Yankees prospects. There's some good stuff being said here about some Yankees prospects other than Clippard, Hughes, Chamberlain, Kennedy, et al. Nice to see, indeed.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 27, 2007 09:58 AM


off topic:

i hate the way the all-star game selects its lineup. it is rediculous that as of right now cano is the starting second basemen, and lowell is the starting thirdbasemen.

i think the manager should pick the entire team.

Posted by: Corey [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2007 11:45 AM

never mind on the lowell thing, i missread something.

Posted by: Corey [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2007 11:48 AM