Scouting the Stars (Mets at Rockies)

iannetta.jpgOn 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).

SPEED: -

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.

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