20-80 Word Scouting Reports, 2017 MLB Draft Part 9

Previous entries in this series:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8

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

Trevor Rogers – LHP
6’6, 185
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 19.7
Carlsbad HS, NM
Commitment: Texas Tech

A high schooler, but Rogers turns 20 a few months after this season. Tall lefty with velocity consistency issues – has been 93-96, also has been 88-90. Fastball command is unusually great for a big, lanky kid. High knee to chin leg kick and lower 3/4 delivery creates good angle for improving slider. He throws across his body a bit. Short stride out of stretch. His changeup is coming along as well. Lacks command of breaking pitches at times.


Matt Sauer – RHP
6’4, 205
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.4
Ernest Righetti HS, CA
Commitment: Arizona

Another in a series of tall, lanky high school righties. Sauer throws harder than most of them, as his present velocity already ticks up into the high 90s. Also throws a sharp slider. Biggest question surrounding Sauer is his delivery. He has a long arm stroke and big head whack upon delivery. Those things combined with a nascent changeup lead some to project him as a reliever. His drafting team will undoubtedly leave him as a starter for now.


Clarke Schmidt – RHP
6’1, 200
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.3
Junior at South Carolina
Last drafted: Never

An easy mid-first round pick coming into the spring, Schmidt blew out his elbow and went under the knife for Tommy John surgery. He will still get drafted, and quite possibly on draft day one. That speaks to his stuff: sometimes overwhelming mid-90s heat, coupled with a plus change and average curve and changeup. Command is also borderline plus. The team drafting him will need to be patient, but may well be rewarded.


Steven Jennings – RHP
6’2, 175
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.6
Dekalb County HS, TN
Commitment: Mississippi

A quarterback on his high school team, Jennings tore his ACL in the fall and was not seen again on a baseball diamond until later this spring. Has impressive stuff, including a 91-93 mph fastball and two potential plus breaking balls in a curve and slider. Changeup could be come average and delivery is pretty clean. He does have a smaller frame and has battled consistency issues in his return to the mound.


Stuart Fairchild – OF
5’11, 180
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.2
Junior at Wake Forest
Last drafted: 2014, 38th round (Washington)

Next to Jeren Kendall, may be the tools-iest/high upside college hitter in the draft. Fairchild is a plus runner, takes very good routes in centerfield, and his arm is more than good enough to stay there. Also has at least average power potential in his compact frame. Hit tool is biggest question as his swing involves a bit of an arm bar, though many college onlookers were impressed at his progress this year.


Kyle Hurt – RHP
6’4, 205
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 19.0
Torrey Pines HS, CA
Commitment: Southern California

A big righty who shows more polish than most his age. Hurt has heavy sink on a 91-94 mph fastball, which he throws from a very clean and easy delivery into a high 3/4 arm slot. He has the makings of a plus curveball and plus changeup as well. Command is already at least average. Knee injury cost him early part of season, but if that pushes his stock down, the team that drafts him will be getting a great value.


Michael Gigliotti – OF
6’1, 176
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 21.3
Junior at Lipscomb
Last drafted: Never

If nothing else, Gigliotti knows what kind of player he has to be. Lean, wiry speedster who has developed extraordinary bunting skills and works the count. Plays a plus center field as well. His outfield arm is a few ticks below average, though most think it is passable. Not much power, to the gaps at best most of the time, and bat speed is so-so. Very slow start at the plate this year cost him some draft position.


Colton Hock – RHP
6’4, 220
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.2
Junior at Stanford
Last drafted: Never

A reliever at the collegiate level, many think Hock should be given a chance to start as a pro. It’s not a bad idea. Big, durable frame and his delivery doesn’t have a ton of effort. He comes almost over the top and gets phenomenal sink on his fastball, which sits 91-93. Curveball command waivers, but when it’s on it is at least a plus pitch. Will need to develop a changeup from scratch to start at pro level, however.


Dalton Guthrie – SS
5’11, 185
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.5
Junior at Florida
Last drafted: 2014, 40th round (Minnesota)

Diamond-savvy son of MLB veteran lefty Mark Guthrie. The younger Guthrie is a plus defensive shortstop with agility and soft hands. An arm injury in the fall sapped some of his arm strength, which was already fringe average for the position. He’s an above average runner with well below average power. Bat to ball skills are there, and he’ll need them if he has to move off of shortstop.


Kyle Jacobsen – OF
6’0, 185
B/T: R/L
Draft age: 19.0
Allatoona HS, GA
Commitment: South Carolina

Like first round prospect Evan White, Jacobsen has the rare backwards hit/throw profile. A 65-70 grade runner/natural base stealer with intriguing power potential and great skill as a defender in center field. The main issue with Jacobsen is swing and miss in his swing due to a pronounced arm bar. This will need to be addressed once he turns pro or goes to college.


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