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).
Chris Iannetta was productive at the plate and behind it.
ROCKIES 2, METS 1 (Source: MLB.com)
HITTING: Dexter Fowler (CF Rockies): went on base 3-out-of-4 times from the leadoff spot with a single and two walks (rated 60).
POWER: Chris Iannetta (C Rockies): hit a double and a line-drive HR to left aided by the thin air of Coors Field (55).
DEFENSE: Troy Tulowitzki (SS Rockies) & Jonathan Herrera (2B Rockies): both showed well-above average range (70); Tulo on a grounder by Murphy that he grabbed diving to his left to end the game with a strong throw to first; Herrera has quick feet, soft hands and plus athleticism.
ARM: Josh Thole (C Mets): he caught stealing Spilborghs in the 7th with a 1.93 sec. release time to second base (50). Chris Iannetta (C Rockies): showed an accurate arm when gunned down Harris (the potential tying run) at second for the second out in the ninth inning with a release time of 1.93 sec. (50).
FASTBALL: Rafael Betancourt (RHP Rockies): the Venezuelan threw a scoreless inning relying mainly on a 92-94 mph fastball (65) to earn his 10th hold of the season.
CHANGEUP: Jhoulys Chacin (RHP Rockies) & Chris Capuano (LHP Mets): both starters showed a solid low-80s changeup (50).
SLIDER: Jhoulys Chacin (RHP Rockies): displayed the command of an 80-84 mph slider, constantly throwing it for quality strikes; his real out-pitch (70). Chris Capuano (LHP Mets): Capuano’s best pitch was a plus 77-82 mph slider he located well in the strike zone, throwing it as an out-pitch (60).
CURVEBALL: Jhoulys Chacin (RHP Rockies): sometimes missed his spots with a 76-79 mph curveball that seemed an average offering (50).
CONTROL: Chris Capuano (LHP Mets): he was in command of an 85-89 mph fastball, a plus slider and a low-80s changeup (60). Jhoulys Chacin (RHP Rockies): walked a career-high six batters in six innings, due to a shaky control (40) of his 89-93 mph sinker and changeup (only 55 of his 107 pitches were strikes); still he showed poise and thanks to his plus slider gave up only two hits in six innings.