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 for big-leaguers to be scouted 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).
Drew Stubbs showed he has power.
CINCINNATI 8, SAN DIEGO 2 (Source: MLB.com)
HITTING: Jonny Gomes (LF Reds): timely hitting, went 2-for-4 with a walk; his two-out single in the 11th off Luebke started the six-run frame for the Reds (rated 60).
POWER: Drew Stubbs (CF Reds): hit a three-run blast straight to center in the spacious Petco Park to cap Reds’ six-run 11th inning (60).
SPEED: Orlando Hudson (2B Padres): displayed his above average speed with a 10th inning infield hit (70).
DEFENSE: Brandon Phillips (2B Reds): quick feet, soft hands, saved the score (2-2) in the 8th with a spectacular barehanded play on a grounder hit by Venable with two outs and Maybin on third base (80). Reds’ Defense: in addition to the play of Phillips, Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce & Gomes made great defensive plays (80).
FASTBALL: Aroldis Chapman (LHP Reds): the Cuban flamethrower threw not as hard as we have become accustomed to, however pitched at 96-98 mph (75). Heath Bell (RHP Padres): the closer pitched the 9th sitting at 93-95 mph with command (70).
CHANGEUP: Clayton Richard (LHP Padres) & Sam LeCure (RHP Reds): both showed an average changeup, Richard in the mid-80s, LeCure in the low 80s (50).
SLIDER: Sam LeCure (RHP Reds): showed the command of a plus 78-80 mph sweeping slider (60).
CURVEBALL: Sam LeCure (RHP Reds): has the feel for a low-70s 12-to-6 curveball (55).
CONTROL: Clayton Richard (LHP Padres): mixed a 90-93 mph fastball (touched 94), a high-80s cutter and a mid-80s changeup with control, throwing 76 strikes out of 107 pitches (70); Sam LeCure (RHP Reds): was in command of a 87-90 mph fastball with movement, a 78-80 mph slider and an occasional curve (70); struck out career-high 8 batters and gave up only one hit in 6 IP.