Notes From The Yard (4-6-18)
I’m a fan of 2019 SS Ryan Johnson. He has a lean build with some wiry strength to it and room to grow. Defensively he shows smooth actions with good range and a powerful arm. He has squared the ball up on multiple occasions in the 2 games I’ve seen and has homered in each game. The swing is flat with the barrel in the zone a long time.
2019 RHP Luke Bell is the son of Diamondbacks VP of Player Development Mike Bell. He has incredible bloodlines as his great-grandfather Gus played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1950s and his grandfather Buddy was an 18 year MLB veteran and one of the top 3B in the game. Luke has a great frame (6-4 ish with strength). He does a nice job of working downhill with the fastball, which was 82-84 on the day I saw him. He also has the makings of a plus slurvish breaking ball with good late life at 74-75.
2018 2B Mason Larusso and CF Morrison Dietz are both burners. I’ve had both of them down the line in sub 4.0 times from the right side. Dietz is 15-15 and Larusso 12-12 in stolen base attempts this spring.
I’ve seen 2 appearances from 2019 LHP Ethan Brown . The delivery is a bit of a circus act, with a big stab on the back side going into a low ¾ arm slot. He actually does a pretty good job of getting the ball in the zone for the most part, but he does have 17 walks in 21 innings. The fastball velo has been 82-84 and the delivery is deceptive. He features a sweeping breaking ball in the mid 70s and a changeup at 76-78 that has some good fade to it.
Mike Kenney (2019) is a versatile guy who has played several positions including catcher and has been on the mound. He’s a very good athlete with good strength to his frame. At the plate he gets the barrel to the baseball with regularity (hitting.486 with 3 HRs). He’s also 4-0 on the hill with 27 Ks in 17 innings.
Apache Junction 2019 SS/ RHP Austin Sample has jumped onto my radar as a legit college prospect. I saw him on the mound against Casa Grande and he sat 83 with the fastball. The arm is loose and quick and he shows the ability to spin a 70 MPH curveball. I like him at SS, where he has rangy actions and good quickness to go along with the arm strength. He needs to improve his consistency defensively but the athleticism is there. He’s a left handed hitter who has a good inside out approach. At 6-2 175 the body projects real well for added strength in the future.
I’ve seen Shadow Mountain twice now and 2019 CF/LHP Brandon Lewis is another guy who is a strong college prospect. He hits lead off for the Matadors where he swings it from the right side. I love the swing path, which is on plane with the barrel in the zone forever. He’s hitting .472 with 20 RBIs and has scored 30 runs. He’s 5-10 160 with good athleticism.
2019 SS Colton McIntosh is a University of Arizona commit and maybe the most lightly discussed 2019 commit in the state. Defensively he shows excellent body control, soft hands and athletic feet to go along with good arm strength. He’s shown the ability to make all the routine plays and will add a web gem as well. He’s a switch hitter that looks equally comfortable from both sides of the plate and he’s a decent runner.