Hey everyone, I had the opportunity to see Reading last night. I am not a pro scout by any means. I actually just graduated high school and I am going to college this fall. I hope to do this one day professionally and I have been following baseball for a long time.
All of the velocities come from Readings radar gun which is typically 3 MPH slow.
These of course are just my opinion.
Drew Naylor- 84-86 FB, touched 88, 68-70 CB, 79-81 CU. Also showed a cutter/slider in the 83 range. Fastball was straight. Had decent command. Curveball looked very good. Multiple times he was tipping the pitch however. It still induced weak contact and swing and misses. Tired in the 4th, leaving many pitches up and losing sharpness. As of now he has a 45 fastball, 60 curveball, fringe 40 change, and a 35 slider. I can see him being effective out of the bullpen. If he can bump his fastball up, he can be effective. There were a few scouts there, none were watching Naylor for what it’s worth.
Harold Garcia- Was fooled badly on back to back changeups in his first at bat. Was hit in second AB. Stole second, showed good speed and stole the base easily off of a pretty quick pitcher with a good move and a plus defensive catcher in Romine. Built really solid. Looked to have a pretty quick bat.
Matt Rizzotti- Very low hands. was fooled on a changeup in first at bat to ground out to first. Didn’t see much out of him. I would like to see more of him though. Purely off of size and personality he reminds me of Jim Thome. I would really like to project him out to be a regular, but I don’t see it. I hope I’m wrong. I do like his size.
People might not car here about these two, but I figured I would include them here anyway.
Corban Joseph- Very skinny and yet to fill out. Hits ball with authority and has a very quick bat. Very good speed underway.
Austin Romine- Very good defensively. Plus arm. Didn’t see enough to form an opinion at the plate. Was struck out looking on a pitch way off the plate.
Thanks for reading. -Ryan