I noticed this comment needed my approval because of the links attached, but it really deserves its own discussion because of the length and quality of the report. Reader “Jslasher88” was kind enough to type out a long report from his recent trip to see the Crosscutters in action. I hope he’s okay with me bringing his report to the top of the site. Check below.
Update —> Bumped to the top for Jslasher’s 2nd review, which I’ve added to the original post.
July 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM (Edit)
I took a nice day trip yesterday over to Batavia, NY yesterday to catch the Williamsport game. Here are my observations from the 8-1 loss:
Lisalberto Bonilla – I thought it was going to be Angelle starting, but I was pleasantly surprised to see LB making his W-port debut. He was in and out of trouble for the most part, but there’s a lot to like here. Like others have documented, he’s very lean/lanky, but the ball just flies out of his hand. There was no radar gun, but Rupp’s mitt was popping. I’m guessing Bonilla was probably in the low 90′s. He threw mostly fastballs, but missed a couple of bats with a promising changeup. If anything, his fastball might be a tad straight, but the good news is that I think he was throwing even harder in his last inning than in his first. He did get rattled once when he dropped the ball on the mound, resulting in a balk.
Other notable player performances:
Altherr – finished 3/4. His first two hits were absolute rockets…his triple went off the wall in right-center, very close to a HR. He also showed a cannon in LF…on a line drive single to left late in the game the Batavia coach sent home a runner from second, and Altherr’s throw was an aerial missile to Rupp’s mitt, who was waiting with the ball before the runner was even halfway between third and home. Looks like quite a promising prospect.
Domingo Santana – Had an infield single in his first at-bat, but struggled to make contact all game. Definitely has trouble with offspeed stuff. Didn’t have much action in the field.
Kyrell Hudson – VERY smooth in CF…some deep flies looked like big trouble off the bat, but he just glides over and makes the catch without any sense of panic. At the plate, looked overmatched except in his second AB when he lined a hard single to left. Got picked off trying to take second, but the pitcher’s throw to first went wide, and Hudson ended up on third. I was sitting in the first row right near W-port’s on-deck circle, and I noticed that “Huddy” doesn’t have a square inch on either arm not covered in tattoo ink. Carries a very hardcore, serious demeanor…looks kinda ticked off all the time.
Rupp – Didn’t show much with the bat, but did a good job managing the pitcher and leading the infield in general. Bonilla needed several “calming-downs,” and Rupp seemed to handle them well.
Morgado – Had a 1-2-3 6th inning, but the wheels came off in the 7th when he was pulled after walking the first 4 batters. Hard-throwing lefty seems to have good stuff, but obviously needs to learn how to harness it.
Miguel Alvarez – had a rough night. 0-4 with 4 K’s…the first two K’s were a result of fastballs getting blown by him…second two he got fooled with slower stuff.
Cesar Hernandez – Couple of nice hits, solid in the field.
Duran and Jake Smith looked pretty lost at the plate. Neither of them hit the ball out of the infield.
Julian Sampson – Was pretty “meh.” Looked much larger than I expected him to be…I thought he was a college guy at first. Fastball was probably in the high 80′s. Gave up some hard-hit shots.
Here’s a couple of novice videos I took from my camera. The light was really tough to work with, but if you’re bored you may have some interest in them.
Domingo Santana infield single –
Bonilla warming up –
Altherr’s fly to right –
Morgado warming up –
I’m hoping to get to the game tonight as well…will be back with a similar field report if that works out.
Review of Second Game
Update: Here’s my review of last night’s game in which Batavia prevailed 3-2.
Garrett Claypool – Looked pretty solid in his first 3 innings. Live fastball which seemed to have some movement. He had trouble spotting his breaking ball, which was consistently in the dirt. But because his curve has a nice bite, he was able to get a few bad swings on the low ones and collect a couple K’s. Started out the 4th with a HBP and walk, and then gave up a long homer to right-center which gave the Muckdogs the lead for good. His delivery was a bit odd to me; it seemed like he was short-arming his pitches a little bit, but I’m not a scout so I couldn’t tell you for sure what was going on there.
The Batavia pitcher was a right-hander with a bit of a funky delivery. He didn’t appear to have plus stuff, but had good control and a mix of pitches.
Cesar Hernandez – Finished 3/4, started off the game with a hard-hit double just like he did the night before. He has a solid approach at the plate and a nice short, compact swing from the left side. Two of his hits went down the left field line. Also plays a very smooth 2B.
Edgar Duran – His glove is definitely his asset, although he did hit a long double to right-center yesterday in his third at-bat. Had one eye-opening play last night in which he ranged far to his right to field a slow chopper, and fired off-balance to first for the out. Cusick made a nice stretch to help him out, but Duran made a very difficult-looking play appear routine.
Kyrell Hudson – Looked pretty awful at the plate last night. Two K’s swinging, and the third time was caught looking.
Aaron Altherr – Seemed a little overeager last night, as he went right after the first pitch a couple times which went for easy outs. In the 9th inning he laced a hard-hit single up the middle off the Batavia closer who has a sub-zero ERA. He had the most action of any outfielder, and had one catch where he raced all the way to the left-field corner to track down a deep liner.
Domingo Santana – Still looked a little tentative at the plate, especially against those breaking balls. The scouting reports must be out on the kid, because he didn’t see anything too fast or straight. Did have one clean single to left field in his third at-bat.
Banks, Johnson, and Borup all looked solid out of the ‘pen. Johnson’s probably the only prospect out of the group (and a fringe one at that), but they’re all big guys who were mostly getting by on heavy fastballs.
One other interesting note: Due to my strategic ticket-purchasing, I was able to get a seat right near the W-port dugout. The team trainers were hanging out on my end of the dugout, so I was able to talk to them a little bit. It turns out that Kelly Dugan IS in fact alive, and currently in Clearwater rehabbing to get his lower body strength back. He could rejoin the team in a week or so.
Lastly, here’s a few more videos from last night. Again, pretty crude in quality, but it’s nice to put a name with a body sometimes to see these guys in action.
Claypool warming up:
Miguel Alvarez’ single-that-was-never-meant-to-be-a-double:
If you have any other questions about my observations, just let me know!