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).
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).