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!

Scouting Carter Kieboom

Carter Kieboom                SS/3B                    Hagerstown Suns

DOB:  9/3/97        Height: 6-2        Weight:   190      Bats:  Right         Throws: Right

7-Word Scouting Report:  Promising hitter, Intriguing Power; Future Third Baseman

Future Grades:   Hit (55) / Power (50) / Run (55) / Defense (45 @ SS, 55 @ 3B) / Arm (50 @ SS, 55 @ 3B)

Washington’s 1st round pick, 28th overall, in 2016 from a Georgia high school, signed for slightly under-slot for $2 million.  19.5 y/o listed as 6-2 190lbs, very projectable body and total baby face, potential to add 10-15lbs of muscle – obvious athlete with quality speed, have clocked him in the 4.20-4.27 second home to first from the right side.  Gritty competitor, grinder – like his makeup but have observed him chirp with umpires, needs to temper this habit.

Right-handed hitter; shows lithe, loose wrists and obvious bat speed, whips the barrel through the strike zone; natural barrel skills and the ball sounds different off his bat.  Shows a willingness to work the count and has an advanced approach at the plate – does show some swing-and-miss, some can be attributed to seeing pitches but does struggle with quality spin away and will chase fastballs above the letters.  Has loft in his swing and naturally backspins the ball, allowing him to flash good power, especially to the pull side.  Has power to right-center and speed allows him to generate plenty of doubles in the gaps.  Perhaps most impressively, has shown legitimate improvement series to series and week to week.

Defensively Kieboom currently plays a passable shortstop, utilizing his above-average speed and outstanding instincts to make the routine plays.  Hands are just average and can get stiff when moving, especially laterally.  Lower half can get somewhat stiff and does not possess the natural fluidity of a major league shortstop.  Arm is solid-average and accurate with reasonable carry.  Tools feel like he could stay at shortstop in the majors, but would be a bottom five defender – profiles significantly better at the hot corner, where first-step quickness, instincts and arm would allow him to project as an above-average defender.

Kieboom is an impressive, polished high school draft pick who plays the game with a “good” swagger.  He shows a mature approach at the plate, with excellent barrel skills and some emerging power, especially to the pull side.  Like any teenager, he needs to add strength, but there is a good chance he could develop into an above-average hitter with average power – that profile fits better at shortstop, but should work fine at the hot corner.  Defensively could play a tolerable shortstop in the majors; however considering the wizardry demanded at the position in 2017, profiles much better at third base long-term; second base could also be an option based on organizational need.

Kieboom projects as a slightly above-average (Role 55) third baseman, with a medium floor due to his instincts and impressive skills at the plate.  There is also medium risk in his profile, with the biggest concerns being his distance from the majors, his eventual defensive position and how he develops recognizing spin at the plate.  Kieboom should spend most of 2017 at Hagerstown and has a major league ETA of very late 2019 or 2020.


{Editor’s Note – Carter Kieboom was injured running to first base Friday night and was placed on the disabled list.  This report was written prior to this injury and is assuming this will not affect his long-term future.  We wish Carter a speedy recovery.}