TheLTSHOW visits - Scouting Frederick 6/23
Scouting Fredrick 6/23: Brady Wager, Jesse Beal, and Hitters
Starting Pitcher: RHP Brady Wager
Breaking Ball: 79-81
Final Line: 5 IP 2 H 4 R 0 ER 4 BB 4 K
Brady Wager used a fastball heavy arsenal to keep Myrtle Beach at bay for most of the night, but was hurt by poor command and a few unfortunate defensive plays that ended his outing early. Wager begins his motion far on the first base side of the rubber with a slight hop in his delivery at the top of his leg kick. He manages good stride length despite landing across his body. Rather than maintain a strong glove side, like his counterpart Luke Jackson, Wager rips the glove through with his front side. There isn't anything wrong with this as a part of the delivery but it can make repeatability an issue.
Wager worked through the first two innings pitching mostly off his fastball that occasionally showed arm side run. He worked the outer half against most lefties, and hitters were unable to square him up when he kept the ball down. In the second inning, Wager led two hitters off with off speed but none were particularly effective. It held true through the game that when Wager got bad swings on his off speed pitches, it was because hitters were fooled rather than exceptional movement.
Wager's swings and misses during the course of the outing came from elevated fastballs, usually out of the zone. Once runners reached base, Wager struggled to repeat his delivery from the stretch and his arm slot lowered, but didn't have the same movement as out of the windup. The consistency of Wager's pitches faltered in the stretch due to an inconsistent release point. Wager seemed to get a bit frustrated in the fifth inning when at bats started to get longer and a few close calls didn't go his way.
A pitcher like Wager has to have excellent command in order to progress through the system given his raw stuff. He was most effective elevating his fastball and throwing his off speed only to differentiate from his fastball. The adage goes that pitchers must have swing and miss stuff within the strike zone and that was not the case with Wager. This will be difficult for him to continue as he faces more experienced hitters that will be able to lay off a high fastball out of the zone that is not premium velocity.
Relief Pitcher: RHP Jesse Beal
Breaking Ball: 83-85
Final Line: 2 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 2 K
Beal showed good velocity and a loose arm again and had some difficult luck in surrendering a run. He aggressively went after the inside part of the plate and looked to establish his fastball early. The first two hits he gave up were weakly hit grounders that found holes, but in each case the runners were able to get great jumps on stolen base attempts. Like Wager, Beal did not have the best control of his emotions when calls weren?t going his way. He has much better stuff than his stats would indicate with a good fastball with life and a sharp breaking ball. It will be interesting to see what the organization's plan is for him: to eventually transition back into the rotation or develop into a late inning reliever.
Ruettiger, like many hitters of his stature, doesn't have a lot of room for mistakes in order to still get on base. The key for Ruettiger is to stay through the baseball, which for him means keeping his hips square through contact. He has the hands to consistently hit the ball to the opposite field and the difference between balls the outfield and weak grounders to short is his lower half. Ruettiger had an interesting night on the bases. He stole second base when the catcher popped a 1.95 but also broke for the plate on a fly ball to shallow right field and stopped half of the way down the line. Not sure if it was his decision, but it killed a potential Keys rally.
Hit two balls well and looked comfortable at the plate. He may not be to Walker?s level of plate discipline, but it is clear that Delmonico has a very good idea of the strike zone and takes few bad swings at pitches out of the zone. He showed good bat speed turning around a 3-0 pitch at 93 around the letters into right for a double.
Walker is the kind of hitter that looks like he could fall asleep at the plate he's so relaxed, but every swing was a bit off tonight. He wasn't trying to do too much with pitches, but seemed a tick ate on every swing and didn't make very good contact. Walker did make a nice play on a difficult chopper down the line to get Wager out of the 5th inning.
It's always good to see a guy with Ohlman's size have the hand speed at the plate to turn around premium velocity. Ohlman hit a high 97 with authority for a single in his second at bat. He had another good contact in his final at bat of the game when he singled back up the middle. He looked a little uncomfortable on breaking balls from Luke Jackson, but the pitch was very good all night.
Massacred 96 over the fence for a two run home run, barreled a fastball back through the middle for a single later in the game, and looked entirely overmatched by anything that wasn't straight.
Looks like a hitter with zero confidence at the plate. He was not aggressive in any of his at bats and took some very hittable pitches only to put himself in a hole. Davis looked like an amateur hitter in his final at bat when he bailed out on two average breaking balls that both were called strikes and had 96 blown past him in his second at bat.
Bat speed has always been a question with Esposito and he's not helping himself with a very deliberate, inefficient hand load. He is consistent with his hand positioning, but his hands come from almost 7 to 1 and don't put him in a good launch position.
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