Scouting the Stars (Red Sox at Yankees)

David Ortiz.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).

David Ortiz plus power set the tone of the game.

BOSTON 11, NEW YORK 6 (Source: MLB.com)

HITTING: Francisco Cervelli (C Yankees): showed very good hitting skills going on base in all four PAs with a 3-for-3 performance and a walk (rated 70). Jacoby Ellsbury (CF Red Sox): good swing, good bat speed, went 3-for-5 with a double (65).

POWER: David Ortiz (DH Red Sox): with a two-run blast to right-center set the tone of the game (65).

SPEED: Jacoby Ellsbury (CF Red Sox): plus running speed, stole his 23rd base of the season and covered a lot of ground in center field (65).

DEFENSE: Robinson Cano (2B Yankees): plus range and soft hands (60).

ARM: Eduardo Nunez (3B Yankees): the Dominican guy showed an above average arm (60).

FASTBALL: Alfredo Aceves (RHP Red Sox): threw his four-seam fastball in the 92-95 mph range, touching 96 (70), even tough missed his spots at times.

CHANGEUP: Alfredo Aceves (RHP Red Sox): good 82-85 mph offering with sinking action he can throw constantly for strike (60).

SLIDER: Boone Logan (LHP Yankees): went 1.2 scoreless innings in part thanks to a good 79-81 mph slider he located well in the zone (55).

CURVEBALL: Alfredo Aceves (RHP Red Sox): his 79-81 mph sharp curveball was an above average offering; he could pitch it with command (60).

CONTROL: Alfredo Aceves (RHP Red Sox): the former Yankee threw four pitches for strike: above average fastball, curveball & change and an average cutter (60). A.J. Burnett (RHP Yankees): he often missed the location of his 92-94 mph fastball and 81-84 mph curve (30).

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