8/19 Rookie scouting report

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo followed the Minor League system, and gave this scouting report on the three pitchers acquired from the Braves for Derrek Lee:

* The best arm in the deal is Robinson Lopez. The 19-year-old
right-hander was signed out of the Dominican Republic in November 2008 and had a
stellar U.S. debut in 2009, going 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA, .229 batting average
against and 42 strikeouts (vs. just 12 walks) in 48 2/3 innings pitched. This
year with Class A Rome in the full-season South Atlantic league, Lopez has gone 3-8
with a 4.37 ERA, striking out 70 and walking 43 in 92 2/3 IP.

He’s fared better
as a reliever (2.61 ERA, .213 BAA, 27 K’s in 20 2/3 IP) than as a starter (4.88
ERA, .248 BAA, 43 K’s in 72 IP), but has the chance to be a starter. He’s got a
plus fastball that sits at 91-94 mph and will touch 96 mph. He’ll show an
occasional above-average curve as well. Young for the league, he got off to a
great start (2.88 ERA in the first half) but got tired in his first taste of
full-season ball.

* Jeffrey Lorick, a 20th-round pick out of the University of
Virginia last year, has been with Lopez on the Rome staff in his first full
season. Pitching mostly in relief (including one two-inning stint up a level),
the southpaw has gone 3-6 with a 2.24 ERA in 27 games, all but four in relief. In 52
1/3 total innings, he’s given up 43 hits (.224 BAA) while striking out 43 and
walking 21. He throws his fastball 88-92 mphwith an average to slightly
above-average curve. He has a changeup, but it’s below average.

His future is as
a reliever – he’s got a 1.87 ERA out of the Rome bullpen – and likely as a lefty
specialist. He’s held left-handed hitters to a .128 batting average in the South
Atlantic League, but he needs to improve his control to succeed at the higher
levels.

* Tyrelle Harris, at age 23, is the oldest of the trio. A senior sign out of the University of Tennessee, he’s pitched at three
levels in 2010, almost entirely in relief. He was assigned to the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee team. With the Braves’ Double-A team, Harris had a
combined 2.90 ERA and six saves with a .210 BAA and 60 K’s in 49 2/3 IP.

There’s
not a ton of upside here, but he’s got a fastball in the 90-93 mph range, with a
fringe-average slider and changeup. He seems to be more of a value to provide
depth in an organization, a bullpen arm who could get called up in an
emergency.

– Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

As long as Hendry got any warm bodies and saved over 1.5 million I’d have to give him credit for this move. Not much of a gamble moving Lee at this stage of the game and much better than getting nothing for him at the end of the year.

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