Commenter “sillybones” posted an in depth review of the Clearwater game from July 6th he attended, and I think it warrants its own post. For future reference, if you attend a game and would like to contribute a writeup, I would love to add it as its own post, and I’m actually going to create a section of the site here for reader submissions and things of that sort. Note, I’m only interested in reports that contain observations on prospects/players, not how much fun you had, if the hot dogs were good, etc etc. If you have a game report you want to share, send them to me via email…phuturephillies at gmail dot com. In the meantime, check below for a report from Clearwater, featuring Jarred Cosart.
Hey everybody, been a reader here for the past few years, thought I’d make a post since I was at the Clearwater game last night. Thought I’d post up some impressions on the notable guys for anyone who’s interested. Granted I don’t see a lot of live games and am hardly a scout, so take it for what it’s worth.
COSART 5IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 3SO 1HR… definetly wasn’t sharp on the mound. Seemed a bit agitated out there. Never really settled in. Looked like he was having trouble consistently locating his fastball. Heaters topped out at about 95 (via scoreboard) a few times. I’d say his fastball probably averaged about 91-92 for the game. Could’ve just been my imagination but seemed like the harder fastballs were flatter with slower ones having more movement on them. But it might have just been that he was running them up the ladder making them look flatter.
Hard to really get a read on how effective his secondary stuff was considering he was struggling with the fastball location. He was able to throw his curve for a strike. Batters weren’t really squaring the pitch up from what I could tell, except maybe one or two he left hanging. I guess it was a change up he was throwing in the low 80s. Seemed like his arm slot was repeated consistently from what I could tell. Really, he was having trouble putting batters away. Got two strikes a lot but couldn’t get the K. Gave up a homer to the first batter of the game. On a full count, he put a fastball right down the pipe and the guy was all over it. He might not have been fooling too many guys, but his stuff was good enough that they weren’t able to square up a whole lot of balls. Only 3 of the 6 hits were well struck. 1 infield single probably would have been an out with an Mlb caliber SS behind him (Hanzawa made a nice diving stretch to his right, but didn’t have enough arm to beat the runner). Two back to back walks in the third really hurt him.
All in all though he battled. Wasn’t phased when he got into some jams. No Kendrick style deer-in-headlights look. I’d say that was the big positive I left with. Though he struggled he stayed after it and got the win. While he might not have been sharp, his raw stuff was still enough to have some success.
Also, he fielded his position very well. Comfortably handling a couple of slow choppers sent back towards him and an impressive snag on a ball over his head he stretched out for. Did a decent job holding runners on I guess. Throws over to first were a bit inaccurate in the first inning moving off the front of the bag toward the line. But got much better and accurate later in the game.
JAMES 4AB 2R 3H 1BB… had a great game. Tremendous athlete. Most physically imposing player on the field. Seemed really comfortable at the plate, liked going after the first pitch. I’d say he’s an aggressive hitter but still had the ability to draw a walk and take balls. Has a nice swing, maybe a bit long at times.
Extremely impressed with his baserunning. Great instincts and reads on the balls put in play. Executed his part of a hit and run perfectly to go first to third. Alertly scored on a past ball. Read it so well he scored standing up even though the ball didn’t get too far from the catcher.
Later in the game, on second, grounder at 3rd baseman who looked him back. James kind of gave a juke back to second and drew the throw to first, than took third anyway with his speed. Kind of a clever play and allowed him to score on a sac fly with the next batter.
Went first to third easily on another single he read perfectly. Oh, he runs hard too. On his double, he blooped one in to shallow left and was able to stretch it for two since he busted it out the box. Very kinetic on the bases trying his best to distract the pitcher and get in his head.
Very smooth out in center. Looked like he was getting good reads. Was able to chase down a hard liner to right center fairly easily.
Funny anecdote, before each at bat he scribbles something into the edge of the dirt with the end of his bat. Couldn’t make it out, but whatever it was it worked for him as he reached base four times.
SINGLETON 4AB 1R 1H 1RBI… had a solid game. Plays with a relaxed confidence, especially at the dish. His approach and quick swing are as described. (Though don’t think he was on the same page with the ump as far as the strikezone. Especially, early in the game. He checked some swings, expecting them to go for balls, but were called strikes anyway). Very comfortable hitting with two strikes. Had a nice sac fly out to left. Always great to see a young player who can target the opposite field. Nice piece of situational hitting. Should have had two hits on the game. Ripped a liner to right center, but the RF made a nice sliding catch.
Looked fine out in left. Handled a couple semi-routine flyballs he had to move for easily. Hustled after the balls in front of him. If I were being picky, I’d say there was one shallow looper he didn’t get a great jump on. Twitched to his left, before coming in on it. But it was a hard read heading out to left center before slicing back toward the line. One of those low fly balls that are kind of right at you, which as I understand are the hardest to read. Even with a great jump, I don’t think a speedy fielder could have got it anyway.
His error came with runners on and he had to chase down a liner and was definetly rushing to get the ball back in. Threw to the wrong bag, allowing runner to take third. Basically, just a mental mistake from a guy still learning the position. Not something to be concerned about at this point. I didn’t see any reason why he can’t make for a solid left fielder. There was certainly no Ben Franscico cha cha-ing going on out there.
VALLE 5AB 2R 2H 2RBI… had five walks. Joking of course, loves to swing. Does make a lot of contact and fights off pitches. Oddly enough though, I believe he took the first pitch on his first four ABs. Could’ve had three hits, but was robbed on a great diving catch by the LF in shallow left.
His zeal got the better of him on two strikeouts, swinging at garbage. Probably was looking for fastballs. The first was particularly disappointing considering he had a man on second, no outs. Failed to move the runner, swinging for the fences. Must be watching too many Phillies’ games *rimshot*
But, he made up for it in the ninth. With two strikes it was nice to see him shorten his swing and dump one into shallow right for his second rbi on the night.
DH’ed so didn’t get to see him behind the plate.
Anyway hope somebody finds these ramblings interesting.