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#16 Luke

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:21 PM

Looks like I can only do two videos per post. Let's see if I can two more in here.


Kris Bryant -
There is game footage of a nice at bat starting around the 2:00 mark. Fouls off a bunch of pitches before drawing a walk. Next at bat he doubles off the hands (college... metal bat... but still) and takes third when the opposing outfielders misplay the ball. He is stiff when playing third, but I see no reason he couldn't move to left. And love how fast his bat gets into the hitting plane, and how long it stays there.


Mark Appel -
This one was taken earlier this month, and it is easy to see why people are excited by him. He's big, throws hard, and has a fluid, easy delivery that he repeats well. Nice breaking pitch, and he is willing to attack hitters inside - not all college pitchers are. I also see a fastball that does not have a lot of movement on it, and a breaking pitch that hitters seemed to be waiting on. I like the polish, but I don't see ace material here. He looks like a solid No 2 or 3 guy who could be in the majors as soon as 2014, but that ace ceiling just isn't there for me.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:22 PM

By the way, Brett, I only intended those to be links, not embeds. If embedding causes any problems, technical or legal, feel free to edit the relevant scripts make them links again.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:37 AM

I just am not crazy about Appel. Overrated.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

http://www.arkansasr...TCLID=206428460

video of Stanek

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

Another one of Stanek from a bit of a better angle.



I'm not sure I like his delivery. That trailing leg seems to be flying all over the place.

Pretty good stuff, though. If he clean up his mechanics, I suspect he'll have a higher ceiling than Appel.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:28 AM

Wow, never noticed that before you pointed it out. The trail leg does seem to land in different locations on most every pitch as well as sometimes higher than others.

Question from the under informed. Would / could this lead to trouble in repeating the same motion BEFORE releasing the ball? To my untrained eye it appears that everything is pretty much the same until the ball is released

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:36 AM

Without studying a lot more tape I wouldn't want to answer definitively, but my first reaction in this case is that his balance is sometimes off as he comes towards the plate, and that can throw off a pitcher's control. It also looks like some of the less standardized pitches might be ones he is overthrowing.

I wouldn't call it a terribly uncommon problem and probably not enough to scare me off of him.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

Couldn't that increase the chance of injury though?

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

Luke, you are the man. Thank you, a hundred times over.

Any chance that you have time to make this a feature on the site? Maybe just a quick review with a bit of video of the top 10 or so players that the Cubs could consider, once we get a little closer to June?

#25 Luke

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:19 PM

I'd like to increase Bleacher Nation's pre draft coverage somewhat, but I don't have any concrete plans yet. It is something Brett and I will likely start talking about later in the spring.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

That would be great since I feel stupid about not knowing any of these guys (besides a couple of them).

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

Don't forget Clint Frazier: better arm and swing than Meadows, better upside than Bryant, and Baez-like bat speed.



3 homers in first 2 games this season.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

Frazier has one of the better looking swings I've watched tape on lately.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:37 AM

Impressive

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:54 AM

I had never really watched any video of Stanek before but man is he all over the place with his land foot and balance. He needs to get that ironed out and then he will have much better control. His arm angle is a little lower then I imagined too.




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