Scouting the Stars (Reds at Padres)
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).
Drew Stubbs showed he has power.
CINCINNATI 8, SAN DIEGO 2 (Source: MLB.com)
HITTING: Jonny Gomes (LF Reds): timely hitting, went 2-for-4 with a walk; his two-out single in the 11th off Luebke started the six-run frame for the Reds (rated 60).
POWER: Drew Stubbs (CF Reds): hit a three-run blast straight to center in the spacious Petco Park to cap Reds’ six-run 11th inning (60).
SPEED: Orlando Hudson (2B Padres): displayed his above average speed with a 10th inning infield hit (70).
DEFENSE: Brandon Phillips (2B Reds): quick feet, soft hands, saved the score (2-2) in the 8th with a spectacular barehanded play on a grounder hit by Venable with two outs and Maybin on third base (80). Reds’ Defense: in addition to the play of Phillips, Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce & Gomes made great defensive plays (80).
FASTBALL: Aroldis Chapman (LHP Reds): the Cuban flamethrower threw not as hard as we have become accustomed to, however pitched at 96-98 mph (75). Heath Bell (RHP Padres): the closer pitched the 9th sitting at 93-95 mph with command (70).
CHANGEUP: Clayton Richard (LHP Padres) & Sam LeCure (RHP Reds): both showed an average changeup, Richard in the mid-80s, LeCure in the low 80s (50).
SLIDER: Sam LeCure (RHP Reds): showed the command of a plus 78-80 mph sweeping slider (60).
CURVEBALL: Sam LeCure (RHP Reds): has the feel for a low-70s 12-to-6 curveball (55).
CONTROL: Clayton Richard (LHP Padres): mixed a 90-93 mph fastball (touched 94), a high-80s cutter and a mid-80s changeup with control, throwing 76 strikes out of 107 pitches (70); Sam LeCure (RHP Reds): was in command of a 87-90 mph fastball with movement, a 78-80 mph slider and an occasional curve (70); struck out career-high 8 batters and gave up only one hit in 6 IP.