20-80 Word Scouting Reports, MLB Draft 2017 Part 4

First, here are my previous entries in this series:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Now the fourth upload in a series of ??? uploads of scouting reports on players for the upcoming 2017 MLB Draft. Again, observations are a mix of my own and various scouting services:

Royce Lewis – SS/OF
6’2, 188
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.0
JSerra Catholic HS, CA
Commitment: UC Irvine

While many high schoolers taken in the first round have high ceiling/low floor potentials, Lewis is the odd duck that doesn’t have any particular weakness in his game that’d sink his floor too far. He’s generally regarded as having 50 or greater grades in each of the major tools, with only minor quibbling over his power potential. He’s likely to move to CF as a pro and his 70 grade speed should make it easy for him to shine there.


Seth Romero – LHP
6’3, 240
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 21.1
No School (was Junior at Houston)
Last drafted: Never

The good: a lefty with an easy 95 mph fastball, wipeout slider, and improving changeup. The bad: was kicked off the Houston club a few weeks ago due to an altercation and the culmination of many other issues. The question: how will teams evaluate the character issues? If they feel he can get right, he’s still a top 10 overall talent. If not? Someone’s going to get a good value, at least on the mound, later on.


Mark Vientos – SS/3B
6’4, 190
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 17.6
American Heritage HS, FL
Commitment: Miami

Talk to 10 different people about Vientos, you’re going to get 10 different opinions. Most agree bat could be special, and it sure looks like he generates great bat speed. Makes loud contact with loft when he connects. Some don’t like his swing due to arm bar, others love it. Average speed, but some say less. Probably moves off of shortstop, but some say not. Plus arm. Looks a bit like Jake Gatewood to me. Only 17 1/2 years old.

 


Corbin Martin – RHP
6’3, 200
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.5
Junior at Texas A&M
Last drafted: Never

Strong armed reliever turned starter midway through this season. Some effort in delivery, and some command and control issues at times. In relief, touches 98 with FB. As a starter, sits 91-94. Pitch has good run and at times, sink. Depending on the day, uses curve or slider as out pitch. Both are thrown in mid-80s, but there is good differential in shape. Both could work at next level. Changeup is promising. Unlike many college, not much wear and tear.


Brady McConnell – SS/2B
6’3, 185
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 19.0
Merritt Island HS, FL
Commitment: Florida

Tall, lean athlete with exceptional present speed, 70-75 on scouting scale. Will fill out, but has build, range, actions, and arm to stay at shortstop at least in the near term. Very quick wrists, hits from modest crouch with modest load. Can drive ball, but in-game power not there yet. Elvis Andrus production (not physical) profile offensively. Old for class, might be tough sign away from Florida, given he’ll be eligible for draft again in 2019 as a sophomore.


Jeter Downs – SS
6’3, 190
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.10
Pace HS, FL
Commitment: Miami

Named after Derek Jeter when Jeter was only in his third season as a Yankee – gutsy call by parents. Kind of a poor man’s Royce Lewis. Does everything well, but nothing as well as Lewis. Should hit, has a very nice swing and great bat to ball skill. Some loft in swing. Average to plus runner now, but will probably drop to average as he adds to frame. Arm is ok for shortstop, but many see him moving off.


Chris Seise – SS
6’3, 170
B/T: S/R
Draft age: 18.5
West Orange HS, FL
Commitment: UCF

Another in a string of 6’3ish high school shortstops. Not a tremendous defender, but arm is plus and is more likely to stay at short than some of the others. Needs to make adjustments at plate as he’s prone to chasing bad pitches. Good bat speed and has average power potential. Plus runner, 60-65 scouting grade. Will probably need a bit of development time and patience.


Jake Thompson – RHP
6’2, 205
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 22.8
Redshirt Junior at Oregon State
Last drafted: 2013, 34th round (Chicago)

Two-pitch fastball/slider combo. Fastball sits in low 90s with very good life, and can run up into the mid-90s in shorter bursts. Slider is a plus, strikeout pitch. Changeup is well behind other two pitches and effectiveness depends on fastball command. To that point, fastball command sometimes eludes Thompson due to movement on pitch and delivery. Delivery has some violence and might project better in bullpen. Turns 23 in a few months, should be easy sign.


Luis Gonzalez – OF
6’0, 185
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 21.9
Junior at New Mexico
Last drafted: Never

First and foremost, Gonzalez has great strike zone awareness, to the tune of 58 walks in 219 at-bats this season. That’s incredible. Speed is a tick above average. His batting profile while making contact isn’t overwhelming, but he has above average bat speed and line-drive gap power. He’s much more valuable if he can stick in CF due to lack of power. Definitely has enough arm, and probably enough instincts to do it.


Adam Hall – SS/2B
6’0, 165
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.0
AB Lucas Secondary (HS), ON
Commitment: Texas A&M

Rare Canadian middle infielder. Scouts don’t like his chances to stick at shortstop due to average arm and footwork issues. He’s an above average runner and has quick hands with good timing and some pop in his bat. Needs to get stronger and refine his swing. Much more valuable at short obviously, but would be great athlete to take a chance on at second or third.


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