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Trio from Legend HS, Parker CO (Kian Manmano, Justin Boyd, & Hank Bard)

Trio from Legend HS, Parker CO (Kian Manmano, Justin Boyd, & Hank Bard)

Player: Kian Manmano Scout Date :4/25/19 & 5/18/19
Organization:  Legend HS (Parker, CO) Position(s): CF
Height: 6’1” Weight: 170 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hit: Slightly wide base into long leg kick creating very wide base at fire. Quiets leg kick with 2 strikes. Bat path can get long but bat speed is good. Makes plenty of contact despite long bat at times.
Power:  Good weight transfer with hips and hands in sync allowing ball to jump. No doubt HR in second AB. Will hit 5-10 HR in college with upside for more.
Run: No infield singles to get time to first, but based on range OF and ability to go first to third, comfortable putting an easy 50 on speed.
Arm: Good enough. 40-45. Accurate but no cannon. More than enough to play well in center though.
Glove: Easy centerfielder, covers a ton of ground and can make special catches. Ran down easy double if not triple in right-center to make catch over the shoulder to save runs early in game, very few HS players catch up to that ball, much less catch it. First step is always back before instincts and read takes over. Raw skills have potential plus defender, first step reads just need improving.
Other: Colorado Mesa commit.
Summary: Mesa getting another impressive player that should be in D1. Can see him carving out role as freshman and becoming star for team. Projectability in body, could see him turning into a draft guy by junior year at Mesa.
Player: Justin Boyd Scout Date: 4/25/19 & 5/18/19
Organization:  Legend HS (Parker, CO) Position(s): SS
Height: 6’1” Weight: 195 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hit: Upright stance with controlled stride. Quick bat with some uppercut to swing. Direct bat path. Picks up ball early and shows advanced eye at plate. Came away unimpressed on 4/25, but the bat played to the hype on 5/18. Real potential here.
Power: HR in third AB. Ball on a rope cut through windy day. Too much light contact to translate into real power currently, but has genuine upside of 50 pop.
Run: Not enough to judge
Arm: Accurate, although he drops arm unnecessarily. Arm strength is limited, 40 bordering on 45 but accuracy and quick transitions make it play as an easy 45.
Glove: Soft hands, special glove control, although does get caught up with it and can get too slick for own good at times. Good first step and advanced instincts should allow him to stick at short. Needs to be more aggressive, once in each game I saw he stayed back on ball too long leading to an infield single on should-be routine groundouts. Too content standing ground rather than coming in to get ball.
Other: Oregon State commit.
Summary: 12 months ago I was on record expressing the almost certainty Jayce Easley would be headed to Oregon State as I was not high on him heading into draft. Instead he was drafted 5th round and signed with Rangers. I am higher on Boyd current and future, although I will come out again and state he will end up in Corvalis. That said, I would not be surprised or blame a team for grabbing him in rounds 3-6 if they feel they can get him under slot as he has real potential to be a quality bat in pro levels, although the body does lack projectability.
Player: Hank Bard Scout Date: 4/25/19 & 5/18/19
Organization: Legend HS (Parker, CO) Position(s): Catcher
Height: 6’2” Weight: 190 lbs. Bats: Left Throws: Right
Hit: Tall, slightly open stance. Some bat wrap and hitch in load. Bat was extremely long on 4/25, still long on 5/18 but not as much. Long leg kick also slows bat speed. Shows ability to stay alive and foul off would be strikeout pitches but will go out of zone too often.
Power: Ball jumps when staying on top of ball but gets under more often than not. Didn’t see any ball truly driven in two games, best contact was hard line drive to 2B, but that ball was smoked. Based on swing, type of contact, and body, I project more of a gap doubles power guy than over the wall, especially with an approach that is more middle-away than pull, which limits the power he does currently have.
Run: N/A, didn’t see enough
Arm: Warm up pop times only, 2.20 timed, but wasn’t close to full speed. Arm seems to get stuck behind head creating some hesitation, but arm strength and accuracy are both there. Plenty to play at college level and beyond.
Glove: Some jab cost pitcher strikes early in game but adjusted and limited the jab later on. Strong hands keep ball where caught. Turns glove over on backhand too early that could be costly with advanced pitchers. Agile behind plate with smooth lateral movement while keeping shoulders square. Can block ball well but has glove skills to pick ball in dirt while still in position to block ball.
Other: Kentucky commit.
Summary: Would like to see more of the bat, although he battled strong every time and showed a knack for staying alive with 2 strikes. Bat length needs to be shortened to have success in SEC and if he has any chance to be successful in pro ranks. Final clip in video was him shooting a ball over the LF head for walk-off win in playoff game. Like the glove behind the plate, can stick as C for long time, adjustments with bat will determine upside, as floor is a solid defensive catcher.

Oregon State’s Big Three: Cadyn Grenier, Nick Madrigal, and Trevor Larnach

Courtesy of Aaron Whelan
Courtesy of Aaron Whelan

There might not be a better 2-3-4 section of a lineup in college baseball than when Oregon State rolls out Cadyn Grenier, Nick Madrigal, and Trevor Larnach. Let’s work backwards:

Trevor Larnach: The left handed hitting outfielder has sneaky good power. He has great strength in his wrists allowing him to drive the ball out even on pitches he gets beat on. I saw him get jammed inside but muscle the ball out to the opposite field. He hit just three home runs in 2017 but already has four in his first 31 at bats of 2018. He has also walked more than he has struck out early in the year. The strikeouts are going to be something he struggles with in his career but the power will only continue to improve. He could develop 60 grade power but probably stick to 45-50 hit tool. I see him more of a left fielder than right where he has played mostly for Oregon State.

Nick Madrigal: The Dustin Pedroia and Jose Altuve comparisons are going to fly when Madrigal is discussed, but Madrigal is going to make a name for himself. Madrigal is looking to buck two trends, the 5’7” player playing short at the next level, and the college second baseman moving to short at the next level. He has as natural a hit tool as anyone in the draft this year with gap power that may turn into 10-15 home run power in time. The Beavers have given him some time at short this season and he looks every bit as smooth and natural there as he does when he plays a plus second base. His arm is easily enough to stick at short and he has the fluid actions to stick there as well. In the end, he is a true 55 overall prospect with a 60 hit, 45 power, 60 run, 50 arm, and 60 field that may get bumped down to a 55 in time.

Cadyn Grenier: Who is the player keeping Madrigal from being a regular at short? It is Cadyn Grenier. Arguably the best defensive shortstop in this year’s draft, he is an easy 60 fielder at short and is seeing time at third where his 55 arm is holding up just fine. His big questions are at the plate where he his hit tool is a bit of a question. He hit under .300 in 2017 and I have seen him go through some real slumps. His mild leg kick can throw his timing at times and he has a swing that is just a tick long. He will still have a 50 grade hit tool and 50 power and has a shot to become a big league starter, but higher likelihood is that of an excellent utility infielder.