2021 Draft Prospect: Colton Cowser – OF – Sam Houston State

Player: Colton Cowser                                                        Scout Date: 3/9/2021 vs. Texas
Organization: Sam Houston State                                         Position(s): OF
Height: 6’3”                  Weight: 195 lbs.                   Bats: Left                  Throws: Right
Hit: As quick a bat as any lefty in draft. Hips clear well to find barrel on inside fastball. Starts with a big bat wrap resting on shoulder but uses mild leg kick to get hands in sync with feet. Covers whole plate and will get bat on anything. Sits on breaking balls well and explodes on ball.
Power: Not a powerful look or approach, but quickness creates the pop. Line drive swing will limit home run totals but can line balls off the wall to either gap with apparent ease.
Run: Above-average times, plus application. Uses baseball knowledge all over field to allow wheels to play up.
Arm: Wasn’t tested on day, all reports put it as average.
Glove: Covers incredible amount of ground. Natural center fielder for me despite many scouts having expressed doubt. Speed and instincts are more than enough.
Summary: Old school two-hole type hitter. Gets bat on ball and is always a threat for extra bases. Should stick in center, can hold down right, too good to be stashed in left. Should be top half of first round type pick. No massive holes in game, bat will be carrying tool. Some concern the lack of ideal launch angle will not play well with analytic heavy organizations. More of a scout friendly style.

2021 Draft Prospect: Jack Leiter – RHP – Vanderbilt

Player: Jack Leiter                                    Scout Date: 3/20/2021 vs. South Carolina
Organization: Vanderbilt                      Position(s): RHP
Height: 6’            Weight: 195 lbs.     Bats: Right                   Throws: Right
Fastball: Absolutely dominant pitch on day. 90-97, sat 95. Final pitch (number 124) was 96. True 4-seamer, occasional arm side run but typically pretty straight. Rising look when working up in zone. Gets solid downhill plane despite shorter stature.
Change: 83-85. Far and away his fourth best offering on most days, was only off-speed working early in outing. Flashed plenty of arm side run. Inconsistent and rarely used currently but flashed easy above average upside.
Slider: 79-82 big 2-8 breaker that shows plus at times. Had no command of it on day, regularly missing glove side or bouncing. Mixing in cutter that runs. Seen this be his best pitch on days, this day it was just not working for him.
Curve: 76-77, 12-6 break, many scouts like this as best offering. No feel for it in first 7 innings on day. Best came in 8th and was unquestioned plus in one good offering. Consistency needs to be better. More loop than big faller. Plays close enough to slider batter doesn’t know where it will end.
Delivery/Mechanics: 3/4 to high-3/4 slot. Big leg kick in stretch and windup. Tons of drop and drive. Lands with very wide base. Fights against front leg some leading to late effort. Base combined with violence at the finish screams future arm issues. Ability to use legs suggest staying as starter highly likely.
Summary: No-hitter on the day with 16 Ks and one BB. Absolutely dominant on day despite none of the secondary offerings working. One pitch pitcher for 7 of the innings and couldn’t be touched. Overall, there is some longevity concerns with the effort late, but has established himself as a real 1-1 candidate. Outing after he went 7 hitless before being removed. Pure stuff he is on-par with Kumar Rocker, prior knock was lack of track record against high level talent, no longer a factor. Ace upside, injury risk, quick mover with aggressive approach on mound.

Prospect Call Up: Taylor Trammell, OF, Seattle Mariners

Prospect Call Up: Taylor Trammell, OF, Seattle Mariners

Jarred Kelenic may be stuck in the minors until after the Super Two deadline passes, but that doesn’t mean the Seattle Mariners won’t have a top outfield prospect making his MLB debut on Opening Day. Taylor Trammell was the 35th overall selection in 2016 by the Cincinnati Reds before being the piece that went to the San Diego Padres in the Trevor Bauer deadline deal in 2019. A year later Trammell found himself on the move at the deadline again, this time for Austin Nola and a pair of relievers.

Trammell has one season at Double-A and has yet to see Triple-A, but he has been informed he will be on the Opening day roster this season with Kyle Lewis unlikely to be ready to go. Despite having plus speed, 263 of his 394 games in the minor leagues have come in left field. His arm is well below average making right a non-option, but the speed will allow him to hold down center in a pinch, but left is the long-term solution for him. With that, the bat needs to improve from the .689 OPS he posted at Double-A.

When with the Padres, they made some minor tweaks to his swing that saw him selling out for pull side power too often and he really improved down the stretch. Based on raw talent, Trammell is a no brainer as an everyday guy, but he has not put it all together yet. He impressed enough in the alternate site a season ago and again this spring to get the nod, although I fully expect him to be sent down to Triple-A once Lewis is back and stay down there for long enough to keep him from being Super Two eligible.

2022 MLB Draft Prospect – Elijah Green – OF – IMG Academy

Player: Elijah Green                                                        Scout Date: 2/25-2/27/2021
Organization: IMG Academy                                                                          Position(s): OF
Height: 6’3”                  Weight: 215 lbs.                   Bats: Right                   Throws: Right
Hit: Mild leg kick in stride, bat lives in a 45-degree plane covering the whole zone. Shows quality zone awareness. Solid balance through swing. Swung and missed on quality curve early in AB, same pitch later in AB turned on for double.
Power: Ball jumps. XBH machine. Doesn’t get cheated on hacks. HR in big league ballpark. Mature body but still room to add strength. True plus power potential.
Run: 7.60 home to second on dribbler to center turned hustle double. Steals bases with ease. Concern the speed will slow to average in time based on frame, but a weapon today.
Arm: Scouts have had him up to 93 in the OF in showcases, take a few MPH off to account for game action and still above-average to plus. Wasn’t tested in weekend I watched.
Glove: Bad route led to dropped fly ball that should have been caught. Athleticism currently makes up for raw routes. May be lone concern currently but likely to improve.
Summary: There is a reason Green is listed as the top prospect for 2022. He opened the tournament at Globe Life with a rough game but bounced back in games two and three with dominant performances. Most athletic player on field anytime he steps onto it, plus raw power, advanced approach at the plate with an efficient swing. Would not surprise me to see true five-tool player grades on him, some concern about future speed and the D has room to improve. Real shot to go 1-1!