Matt Taylor is off to a good start for the year. Do you still see him as a bullpen arm, or has he cleaned up his delivery to stick as a starter.
Taylor has lessened the exertion in his delivery in the last year or so, but the overall arsenal has not improved much. In fact, Taylor’s velocity has actually dipped since his first arrival at Aberdeen in 2011. Unfortunately, I have not seen him yet this year, so I would uncomfortable saying too much. I can’t imagine that he has drastically improved enough in which he suddenly becomes a starter prospect at higher levels. The stuff will probably not play up and the strong command he has displayed in the past two years may not matter as much. Here is the velocity readings I was given on him from his latest scoreless outing against Winston-Salem:
FB: 87 mph
SL: 79 mph
CB: 72-73 mph
CH: 80 mph
– Tucker Blair
When Chris Davis returns, what happens to Steve Pearce? He has been awesome!
Tucker? Is that you? Indeed, Steve Pearce has been fantastic. He has filled in extremely well for Davis in his absence and provided a great spark at the bottom of the Orioles’ lineup. Pearce has shown good power, solid defense, and a decent approach at the plate (even though his strikeout rate is sky high which is probably due to sample size issues rather than an alarming trend). A surprising turn happened today, when Matt Wieters was placed on the 15 Day DL with a right elbow strain. It appeared that Wieters was going to avoid the DL. Now with Wieters on the DL both Delmon Young and Steve Pearce will likely remain on the roster. When Wieters comes back from the DL, the roster question comes down to Young and Pearce. Over these past couple of weeks Pearce has shown the ability to hit and play 1B effectively. Young has hit well, but that is all he can do and the roster needs more flexibility at the bottom end. I think Pearce makes the final cut.
– Alex Conway
Have you seen Branden Kline this year? Has he gone back to the hunched-over delivery he used at UVA, or is he sticking with the more upright one he showed after being drafted? Also, is he a legit prospect at this point?
I have seen Kline twice now: and I wrote him up at Baseball Prospectus a few weeks ago. I was planning on running a scouting report on him this week, but here is a sneak peek:
Long delivery and extension; arm slot is high 3/4, almost over the top; some exertion. Fastball sits 93-94 mph, topping out at 96; straight as an arrow; 11-to-5 power curve (slider depending on who you talk to) has bite and depth; flashes solid-average potential; sits 79-83 mph; lacks feel for his change; 82-84 mph; could not command or locate it.
His delivery is still not as upright like the one he showed directly after being drafted, but not quite UVA delivery. Orioles have slightly tinkered with it. More on Kline this week!
– Tucker Blair