Scouting Report: Loo was the first prep player picked out of Hawaii in 2004, and he's been the best prospect in Arizona's wood-bat junior-college conference the last two seasons. He had led Yavapai to a 49-10 record and No. 2 national ranking into early May, though he wasn't the team's best player statistically. Loo, whose native island of Molokai has no stoplights, entices scouts with a five-tool potential. Though his present power remains below-average, his ability to cover the plate, make consistent, hard contact and repeat his short stroke make makes hitting his best tool, and his raw power could profile him for third base. He moved to that position at Yavapai, but scouts agree he could play short or any other infield position as a pro thanks to above-average arm strength, excellent athleticism, good range and solid infield actions. If Loo's effort and performance were more consistent, he'd rank among the nation's top position players. He's a plus runner and solid baserunner but doesn't run out ground balls as often as scouts want to see. After being bothered by a strained thumb and gimpy ankle in 2005, Loo missed time late this spring when his elbow flared up. It was diagnosed as nerve irritation, and he returned to DH in the postseason.
So, forgetting the rankings and just looking at the players, do you see these relievers (Coutlangus, Medlock, etc.) filling a major league role above the mop-up level? The Reds have an immediate need for quality arms in the middle innings and I have hope for these guys. Also, what do you think of Pelland's future? Rotation? Bullpen? Loogy?
I honestly think the Chattanooga bullpen of Guevara, Coutlangus, Medlock and Shafer can all help the Reds bullpen out. With all of them in Chattanooga I cant believe we made the trade to improve the pen without giving some of those guys a shot first, but thats another story for another day. As for Pelland, I think next year is pretty crucial for him as far as his future if he wants to be a starter. He needs to make some strides forward with his control and his secondary stuff. On the bright side, he started today for his AFL team and went 4 innings, allowed 0 runs on 3 hits, had 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. He threw 32 of his 45 pitches for strikes, another good sign.
I also understand where you are coming from with the bullpen guys, I just think I have more faith in Janish and Moran than you that is all.
I'm looking for Coutlangus to help the Reds soon. If I recall correctly, he is a converted position player and, therefore, has taken longer to develop. He seems a real steady lefty reliever and I have a bit more confidence in him right now than the other Chatanooga guys. Shafer is probably right behind him.
I also think people should be more positive about Janish. He isn't known for offense, but did ok in that department last year. If he can become a .250 or .260 hitter in the big leagues, this guy could be a starting shortstop for someone. Because of his poor rep for offense, I think people discount him, but he is still young and improving offensively. And supposedly first rate defensively.
crap. Wasn't he throwing low 90's out of high school? I guess he still might be an okay pitcher. I'm really let down now.Vazquez just turned 23 actually. The fact that his FB is only in the high 80's is something that draws me toward ranking him lower.
Good list, fun to think about. Two names I think belong somewhere. One would be Aaron Herr, the other James Avery. Herr put together a solid season offensively and was doing very well at Louisville until he got hit rather badly by a pitch and missed some time. Avery's overall numbers are a lot less impressive than his performance in stretches. He was FSL Pitcher of the Week at least twice, showed at times he could be just dominant. Anybody know more about him?
James Avery had a 4.43 ERA or so and doesnt really strike anyone out. He had some good games in there, but overall his body of work was not impressive.
One American League scout thinks the Reds may have found a usuable lefty in 2002 fourth-round pick Camilo Vazquez, who was recently promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. "I realize his numbers aren't great, but he's a bit of a sleeper for me as a potential No. 4 or 5 starter," he said. "The curve is a real out pitch, and his fastball is only in the upper 80s but has really nice movement with some tailing action, and the change is usable. He's got a chance to break through."
It would surprise me if Dorn is not assigned to high A in 2007. He was injured often in college at Cal but was a lauded HS ballplayer and I think he has some size, power and hitting ability.
Yeah, I cant wait until next year to see how they promote and place guys in the minors.
What depth the Reds organization had was in Billings and Dayton, so we should have a handful of prospects at Dayton and Sarasota next year. I bet Valaika gets assigned to Sarasota - so what about Morales? Sarasota should have a lot of offense. Dayton should have a lot of pitchers to watch - Gonzalez and Valiquette return in addition to all the Billings pitching talent, as well as Watson.
I'd say move up Rosales, add Obisopo.
I hope it's never sunny in Philly again.
I don't know. He seemed to go backwards in 06, and was already on the old side for A ball. I'm not aware of any significant injury problems, though I think he was nicked up at some point.I'd say move up Rosales
He needs a big rebound in 07, or he's off the map, I think. With Janish improving and Valaika and Turner behind him, Rosales becomes an underdog again.
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lollipopcurve, Rosales was injured off an on the entire time he was in Sarasota. With that said though, I dont think he needs to be moved up at all.