THE NatsGM Show #99 – Guest Grant Paulsen

On a special Memorial Day episode, THE NatsGM Show #99 is now available and we are proud to welcome back from the “Grant and Danny Show” on 106.7 The Fan DC, Grant Paulsen!

This week’s conversation sees Grant giving his thoughts on the Washington Nationals, the problems with the bullpen, the depth of the starting rotation and looking ahead to the trade deadline.  In addition, Grant talks about the Washington Capitals, the upcoming expansion draft and the forthcoming offseason.

Thank you to Grant for joining us again and to you for downloading!

Link to our previous interview ->

Evaluating Riley Pint RHP Asheville Tourists

Riley Pint RHP Asheville Tourists Low-A (Evaluated 4/9/17)

Fastball (50/65) / Curveball (45/55) / Slider (40/50) / Changeup (35/45)

“We ARE selling jeans here!” – looks the part, standing a wiry 6-4 195lbs with potential to add 15+ pounds.  4th overall pick to Colorado in the 2016 MLB Draft, signed for a $4.8 million bonus.  High 3/4s arm slot, nearly from his right ear; struggled repeating his mechanics, often under-rotating, sending his fastball high and arm-side.  Easy velocity, looks like he is playing catch – mechanics need refining to improve command/control but no obvious flaws.

4-pitch repertoire-  Fastball sits 95-98mph touching 99mph 4x – lower velocities can show sinking and/or cutting movement, upper velocities are lively with arm-side wiggle.  Curveball sits 79-83mph with 11-5 movement and late breaking action; starts behind the batter and made several look foolish; true swing-and-miss “55” potential.  Showed a few 83-85mph sliders with some hard, late bite; inconsistent but potentially average.  Changeup 89-90mph shows excellent arm speed and tumbling arm-side movement; struggles to locate for strikes as it fades out of the zone but freezes batters – “45” potential

Pint will spend all year at 19 y/o and will experience growing pains in his 1st year of full season ball; injury risk due to the premium velocity for a high school arm; will need 3+ years of minor league development.  Fastball command will determine ultimate role.  #2 starter ceiling, with the likely outcome being a mid-rotation starter and floor as an impact reliever.

Scouting Weston Davis RHP Hagerstown Suns

Weston Davis RHP Hagerstown Suns (Evaluated 4/9/17)

Fastball (40/45)                 Slider (30/40)                     Changeup (30/35)

Intriguing, projectable athlete listed at 6-3 185lbs, with easy potential to add 15+ pounds as he matures.  Throws from a low 3/4s arm slot, between the letters and his arm pit.  Uses a simple one-step and rock windup, repeats his mechanics reasonably well.  Arm slot leaves him particularly susceptible to lefties.

3-pitch repertoire – Fastball (89-92mph T93) shows some arm-side run and natural sinking movement, especially at lower velocities.  Struggles with his command AND control, particularly to the arm-side.  Slider (73-75mph) has 10-4 sweeping movement; inconsistent both in shape and throwing for strikes – can spin the pitch and shows some potential but extremely raw.  Changeup (80-83mph) replicates his arm speed well but shows precious little movement; more similar to a batting practice fastball.  Can locate for strikes but not enough sink or fade to disrupt hitter’s timing.

11th round pick in 2014 (signed for an over-slot $200,000 bonus), the 20.5 y/o has an ideal pitcher’s frame, a quality fastball and natural movement on his pitches.  His main weaknesses include his below-average command/control and nascent secondary offerings.  This is an interesting arm and a “name to remember” but unless his command and off-speed pitches improve, he is likely to stagnate in the upper minors.

{ Editor’s Note: Apologies for the lack of pictures and video of Mr. Davis – It was not from a lack of effort but rather a lack of photographic talent. }

THE NatsGM Show #98 – Guest Hagerstown Suns Broadcaster Kevin Gehl

THE NatsGM Show returns with Episode #98 and we are proud to welcome Hagerstown Suns Broadcaster and Media Relations Director Kevin Gehl!

Our conversation begins with Kevin sharing about his early life growing up in the Bay Area, going to school at Missouri and how he found himself in Hagerstown.  Then Kevin and I begin discussing several of the talented prospects on the Suns’ roster this season, including Juan Soto, Carter Kieboom, Daniel “DJ” Johnson, Blake Perkins and others.  And finally, we talk about Hagerstown Municipal Stadium, home of the Suns, and play a round of “Rapid Fire”.

Thanks to Kevin for joining the show and to you for downloading!