On this column, we’re evaluating MLB players utilizing the 20–80 Scouting Scale that scouts usually use (80 is the maximum, 50 is the average ability/skill for a big-leaguer). It’s not strange that big-leaguers have been scouting during their careers; scouts, managers, coaches do that normally. Scouting reports on big-leaguers are very important for future acquisitions of players. Our scouting report is based on what a player shows during a specific game. We’re evaluating the 5-tools for position players (hitting, power, speed, defense, arm) and pitching performance (fastball, change-up, slider, curveball, control/command).
HITTING: Matt Joyce (RF Rays): put together quality at-bats working the count high; hit a two-run double in the 5th after a 12-pitch at-bat (70). B.J. Upton (CF Rays): went 3-for-4 with a double showing good hitting skills (70).
POWER: Jason Kubel (RF Twins): belted a HR to right on an curveball left in the middle by Hellickson (60).
SPEED: B.J. Upton (CF Rays): displayed all his running ability stealing three bases (two times third base), reaching 31 on the season (80).
DEFENSE: Alexi Casilla (2B Twins): good range and good hands (60).
ARM: Evan Longoria (3B Rays): showed his strong arm in some assists to first base (70). Drew Butera (C Twins): showed a good arm checking the runners on base and caught stealing two of them (60).
FASTBALL: Jesse Crain (RHP Twins): good control of a 95 mph heat (70). Jose Mijares (LHP Twins): the lefty easily hit 94 mph (70). Jeremy Hellickson (RHP Rays): threw constantly for strike a 91-93 mph fastball to both sides of the plate (60).
CHANGEUP: Jeremy Hellickson (RHP Rays): complemented his fastball with a plus 81-83 mph change that used to take hitters off-balance, resulting as his real out pitch (70). Carl Pavano (RHP Twins): he relied heavily on his low-80s changeup, and though he lacked control sometimes, he threw it as an out pitch (60).
SLIDER: Chad Qualls (RHP Rays): the newcomer showed a good 85-86 mph slider (60).
CURVEBALL: Jeremy Hellickson (RHP Rays): very good 74-78 mph sharp curveball he threw for quality strikes (60).
CONTROL: Jeremy Hellickson (RHP Rays): in his MLB debut Hellickson showed a very good control of three plus pitches (70). Carl Pavano (RHP Twins): denoted some control issues to locate his plus change and average fastball (50).