He got a four-pitch repertoire with a fastball that reaches up to 93 MPH but will settle on 88-92 MPH with good arm-side run and sink to it if he doesn't overthrow it. He's also confident on throwing it inside to lefties. His curveball is his best offspeed pitch in the low-70s that got an consistent above-average late break and can buckle hitters sometimes. His slider is an average offering. His changeup is a cicle-change at low-80s with above-average sinker-like movement but it's inconsistent. He never got plus velocity but he compensates it well with his advanced mental approach and throwing quality strikes. His command of his pitches is good due to his sound delivery and his overall feel and intelligence. He always post good FIPs and solid walk numbers even though it's the first time that he exceeds 3 BB/9. He may not surprise you with tons of strikeouts but he knows how to get batters out and he'll be a good, reliable guy for the Giants soon.
My Grades: FB 50 | CB 55 | SL 45+ | CH 50 | CMD 55
Ceiling: #3-4 Starter Floor: #5 Starter/Long Reliever ETA: Sept. 2015/2016
Aramis Garcia C (A)
6'2" 220 lbs. R/R Video: Credits to David Lee and MiLB.com
Even though the Giants have a franchise player in Buster Posey and top prospect Andrew Susac behind the plate, they drafted Garcia, a successful hitting catcher in the 2nd round last year. He was lightly scouted in high school due to his lack of physicality at 195 lbs. but during his college career, he added 25 pounds of muscle in his body which adds more raw power in his body.
In the batter's box, he got sound and easy hitting mechanics. He got good balanced thanks to his equally separated legs, making his torso located at the center of the body. His bat is sound with no excessive movement while waiting for the pitch. Once the pitcher starts to drive, he lifts his left leg slightly but very noticeable similar to Yoenis Cespedes, shifting all his weight to his back leg. You'll see his body raising during the mini leg kick then moving back to his original position and the bat position is where you want it with no funky movement in it, creating a good swing path with a two-handed follow through and mostly a line-drive approach. His sound hitting mechanics makes he conclude that he'll have a solid hit tool to utilize his above-average raw power and he's now starting to put the power numbers recently. Even though his average is subpar this season, I am pretty impressed by his patience and eye at the plate, generating a 116 point difference in his batting average and OBP (.220 vs .337) and 1:2 BB/K ratio but I'm guessing that he's more of a guess hitter this year due to his pretty average wrists and bat speed. In the future, I'm going to say that he'll hit .250-.290 in the future.
Even though he's listed at 220 lbs. and being a catcher, he got underrated speed and athleticism as a catcher but will still not going to be a consistent baserunning threat. Scouts said that his defense is way back from his offense but this season, he's been better defensively based on the fielding numbers. He also gun down 40% of all the base stealers this season with his 1.9 second pop time (1.75 is considered elite) and easy carry on his arm (From David Lee's tweet). He can still improve on his defense (7 PB could still be lower) but his bat will be his calling card in the future and he's got a chance to be a full-time catcher in the Majors.
My Grades: Hit 50 | Power 50+ | Run 35 | Arm 50 | Glove 50
Ceiling: Everyday Catcher Floor: Backup catcher ETA: 2017
Kelby Tomlinson 2B (AA)
6'3" 180 lbs. R/R Video: Credits to MiLB.com and Mike Rosenbaum
You might not expect that Kelby's going to be on my top 10 prospect list because he's old and there's not much ceiling for him but in my opinion, he's been going really good this season to pop up some eyes. He reduced his K% to a career low 13%, doubled his ISO (isolated power from .055 to .103), raised his OPS by most than 150 points, and hit more flyballs this year than last year (1.33 GO/AO vs 1.73 last year) among many more positives. He's making more solid contact while maintaining his walk numbers and also his speedy nature. Does something clicked to Kelby that he's slowly becoming a guy that we should place our eyes on?
His frame is lean and athletic but it's better if he doesn't put on more weight because his specialty is to use his legs. His body will not make him generate home run power but his nature is more on gap power anyway. In his batting mechanics, there's a difference from last year and this year regarding where the bat is placed. If you noticed on Rosenbaum's video which is last year, he's holding the bat almost vertical and far away from his body while his hands is on chest level. He then pulls the bat back close to his body then loads it up. On the MiLB video this year, the bat starts while rested on his right shoulder, hands positioned a bit higher but more importantly, it's much closer to his body then he loads up. For me, it's a matter of simplification of his pre-load is the difference on last year and this year. His swing is a bit weird because he pulls his bat as far back as he could when he's going to swing and he swings like he's playing cricket or putting but he makes it work to his favor. His swing path is flat but he got really quick-twitch wrists, really quick bat speed even and he relies on that to deliver gap-power, base hits and contact overall because when he gets good contact, he can run really good. He also got a good eye to draw 24 walks while having 35 Ks this season and to hit the baseball where he relies on hand-eye coordination the most.
His main calling card though is his speed. Plus speed that he used to stole 49 bases last year and 15 this year. He's going to be a basestealing threat in the future with close to 20+ bases in the minimum. His defensive instincts is good and his defensive range is average but accurate arm though will make him a mainstay at second base. His work ethic and his hustle will not make him a true superstar player but he's solid and going to be a regular player and a possible leadoff hitter that may exceed his ceiling. I'm betting on this guy.
My Grades: Hit 45+ | Power 30 | Speed 60 | Arm 50 | Glove 45+
Ceiling: Everyday 2B Floor: Bench player ETA: Sept. 2015/2016
Here's my scouting reports on the three guys. I hope you find all of my scouting reports informative and pretty fun to read. There's more to come! Cheers!