2022 MLB Draft: Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison

Player: Chase DeLauter 
School: James Madison                                                 Position(s): OF 
Height:  6-4                  Weight:  235                       Bats: Left                        Throws: Left 
Hit: Busy feet in swing, full shoulder load, hips fire too early and leak. Some stiffness in wrists. Pulls hands through allowing him to handle the inner half. Busy body leaves concern regarding long term consistency with contact.  
Power: Legit, unquestioned pop. Jammed on ball and still flew to track, plenty of no doubters, bat is searching for power over hit. Shoulder load and hip fire to go with quick hands make this the carrying tool. Has 35 HR potential.
Run: Average runner which feels above-average due to size. 
Arm: Potential plus will allow him to play right with ease if moved off center.  
Glove: Good enough range to stick in center, seen too many poor routes. Can get caught with parallel or in on first step. Gave up double on mis-read in Florida State series. Potential above-average defender if moved to right, average at best if sticks in center.  
Summary: Abysmal series against the best pitching he will face this season, has feasted on lower-level arms. Showed pop in Cape, but long-term consistency is the concern. Massive bust profile for me. The load, the early hip fire, the busy feet all scream trouble. He can hold down center but may be better suited to play right at the next level. He is a sure-fire first round pick, but I don’t want to be the GM that pulls the trigger, too much risk in the bat for me despite the massive power potential. 

2022 Draft Profile: Daniel Susac, C, University of Arizona

Player: Daniel Susac
Organization: University of Arizona                                                             Position(s): C
Height: 6’4”                   Weight: 220 lbs.                        Bats: Right                   Throws: Right
Hit: Former switch-hitter turned RH only. Head stays still through swing and body stays balanced. No glaring hole in the zone. Hands are quick to zone but long through. Can cover whole plate and not afraid to use whole field. Had much larger leg kick out of HS, calmed it down which has helped adjust to off-speed easier.
Power: Pop is real and size suggests even more to come. Currently more of a doubles pop consistently, but 25+ HR in the future not unlikely. Want to see more HR production this season.
Run: Runs like a catcher.
Arm: 2.05 pop with ball right on money in one attempted steal against. Above-average to plus strength, accuracy solid. Real weapon behind plate.
Glove: Shown real improvement receiving ball. Hands are soft enough to stick behind dish, won’t be much better than average, but should reach average receiver. Blocking was issue. Lack of ability to get down and keep body square cost three bags in first two games of series. One was attempted backhand pick that let ball get away.
Other: Good bloodlines, brother Andrew former big-leaguer, younger brother also on Arizona as a pitcher.
Summary: Top ten college prospect without question. Big body for a catcher, it shows when handling balls in dirt, but hands and arm will keep him behind dish long term. Wouldn’t put an above-average overall grade on him, but average is easy and has a high likelihood to reach that level. Can be future everyday backstop for a contender.
2021 Draft Prospect: Ty Madden – RHP – Texas

2021 Draft Prospect: Ty Madden – RHP – Texas

Player: Ty Madden                                    Scout Date: 3/5/2021 vs. Houston
Organization: Texas                      Position(s): RHP
Height: 6’3”           Weight: 215 lbs.    Bats: Right                   Throws: Right
Fastball: 93-98 on day. Heavy sinking downhill plane with limited arm-side run. Plus offering that will play even better at next level with less forgiving wood bat. Rarely gets barreled on fastball.
Change: Low-80s, arm speed consistent with fastball creating deception. Late dip with plenty of run has the look of plus potential with easy above-average projection.
Slider: Mid-80s, 1-7 break. Starts high with natural downhill plane ending in late cut. Two plane action is truly plus and is easily best off-speed, maybe best offering overall. One of the best sliders in the draft.
Curve: High-70s, rarely threw it on day. Have seen it as a looping 1-7 breaker on other days. Inconsistent that needs to be improved to round out a quality four pitch mix. Unlikely to ever be more than average.
Delivery/Mechanics: High arm slot. Limited drop with back leg but still gets good drive off it. Repeats well despite late effort and some fall to glove side. 1.40 delivery. Impressive extension takes full advantage of size.
Summary: Complete game shutout with 14 Ks on day. Starter’s body with starter’s repertoire. Does not have the upside of some other arms in draft but could be a quick moving starter. Fastball-slider combo can play in bigs now, change almost there, curve distant fourth offering. No real concern with the late effort, as safe a pick in the top 10 as there is. Could slip simply because not a sexy pick as no way to call him an ace, but a high quality 3 likely with shot to become a number 2.
MLB Debuts on Opening Day

MLB Debuts on Opening Day

Taylor Trammell was given an early heads up he had made the Seattle Mariners Opening Day roster, but for a trio of top prospects they had to wait until the last few days before hand to learn their first big league experience would come on Opening Day.

For the Cincinnati Reds, they roll out an Opening Day lineup of three third basemen, with stud prospect Jonathan India hitting seventh and playing second base, a position he has all of five games of pro ball under his belt playing. The Florida Gator prospect has plenty of athleticism though and should be able to hold down the position just fine despite having significantly more arm strength than needed at the keystone position. He is a bat first guy with plenty of pop that will likely move up in an underrated lineup. He could be a guy that flirts with the ROY this season.

Also batting seventh in his MLB debut is Kyle Isbel in the regular season battle of Surprise Stadium, the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers spring complex. Isbel is debuting in right field despite having an average arm at best, but there is a shot he settles in as the center fielder given he has plus wheels and quality instincts that should be enough to stick up the middle. He was a third round pick in 2018 out of UNLV that saw the Royals add Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar, and Daniel Lynch in the first round, but a scout with the Royals at the time told me there were people in the organization who felt it was Isbel who would turn out to be their best selection in that draft.

The Chicago White Sox get the late start on Opening Day, but the most anticipated debut will come in that game as Andrew Vaughn has made the roster and is expected to get the start at first base (although it could be DH with Jose Abreu at first). Vaughn was arguably the best player in the country in 2019 despite Adley Rutschman going first overall and Bobby Witt Jr. going second, but the White Sox were thrilled to get Vaughn with the third pick. There was no argument as to who was the best pure hitter that year, as Vaughn was far and away the top of that list, and he has incredible power to go with it. He is not the typical slugger of this generation that will be massive power and massive strikeouts, instead he is a guy that can hit over .300 and put the ball in play most his trips to the plate. Defensively he is not going to wow anyone, but the bat will more than make up for any defensive issues that arise.