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).
Mike Cameron displayed power to all fields.
SEATTLE 5, BOSTON 4 (Source: MLB.com)
HITTING: Ichiro Suzuki (RF Mariners): never swung at bad pitches, outstanding bat speed, went 2-for-4 with a BB (rated 60).
POWER: Mike Cameron (RF Red Sox): he hasn’t hit much so far, but in this game showed power to all fields with a homer to right and another to left over the “Green Monster” (70).
SPEED: Michael Saunders (CF Mariners): stole his 2nd base of the season and covered a lot of ground in center field thanks to his above average speed (60).
DEFENSE: Ichiro Suzuki (RF Mariners): nice sliding catch in right field; above average range (60).
FASTBALL: Daniel Bard (RHP Red Sox): threw his fastball at 98-99 mph (80). Brandon League (RHP Mariners): the closer sat at 95-98 mph earning his 6th Save (75).
CHANGEUP: Jason Vargas (LHP Mariners): showed a plus low-80s changeup he could locate very well (60).
SLIDER: Daniel Bard (RHP Red Sox): good control of a plus mid-80s mph slider (60).
CURVEBALL: Jamey Wright (RHP Mariners): the veteran reliever displayed a very good control of a plus 78-80 mph hook (60).
CONTROL: Jason Vargas (LHP Mariners): Vargas overcame some control issues in the early stage to win this game; overall, he had an average control (50) of his pitches: a 87-88 mph fastball, a changeup, a 82-85 mph cutter and a 72-75 mph curve. Daisuke Matsuzaka (RHP Red Sox): left the game in the fifth with an elbow problem, but he wasn’t as sharp as the previous two games, as he couldn’t locate constantly his repertoire of 89-92 mph fastball, 78-80 mph curveball, low-80s change & slider (45). Bobby Jenks & Hideki Okajima (RHP & LHP Red Sox): both struggled mightily to locate their pitches (20); Jenks threw at mid-90s but gave up two doubles and a single for 2 RBIs leaving pitches just in the middle of the plate and suffering the loss; Okajima simply couldn’t find the strike zone granting two walks and suffered no damage thanks to a DP started by Pedroia.