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).
Wilson’s nasty slider was the best tool of the game.
SAN FRANCISCO 5, ARIZONA 2 (Source: MLB.com)
HITTING: Chris Young (CF D’backs): very good approach at the plate; went 2-for-3 with a walk (rated 60).
POWER: Chris Young (CF D’backs): displayed solid power with a HR to left on a curve outside by Bumgarner and a double (60).
SPEED: Justin Upton (RF D’backs): showed above average speed on the bases (infield hit) and on defense (60).
DEFENSE: Justin Upton (RF D’backs): plus speed, plus range and athleticism, made a spectacular sliding catch (70).
ARM: Ryan Roberts (3B D’backs): the third baseman showed a strong arm (60).
FASTBALL: Madison Bumgarner (LHP Giants): his fastball sat at 91-93 mph (60).
CHANGEUP: Joe Saunders (LHP D’backs): 81-84 mph change that was is best pitch, or the one he controlled the most (55).
SLIDER: Brian Wilson (RHP Giants): he commanded a nasty 86-88 mph hard slider that is the main reason of his MLB leading 20 Saves (70).
CURVEBALL: Madison Bumgarner (LHP Giants): flashed an average 74-77 mph curveball (50).
CONTROL: Madison Bumgarner (LHP Giants): the lefty’s control was better than his command; he threw a good number of strikes (66/101, 65.3%) with two above average (fastball & 84-88 mph slider) and an average (75-77 mph curve) pitches, but left different offerings in the middle of the plate, finishing to being hit hard as evidenced by the two homers and the 2/7 GO/FO ratio (55). Joe Saunders (LHP D’backs): his control of a three solid pitch mix (88-92 mph fastball, 81-84 mph change & mid-70s hook) was average, with the changeup working better than the fastball (50).