BA on Mejia:
Mejia has a 94-95 mph fastball, and he can cut or sink it depending on the situation. He flashes a plus curveball, though it's inconsistent and he struggles to locate it at times. Unlike a lot of young pitchers, he's willing to throw his changeup, but it has too much velocity and only rates as an adequate pitch at this point.I disagree with the assessment of Mejia's change-up. It's his second-best pitch right now, and his pitching coach loved the movement on the offering. Yes, it's unusually hard, but it also has unusual movement, which makes it hard to command.
Mejia has a solid pitcher's frame. His delivery and lack of secondary stuff could lead to an eventual move to the bullpen.
BA on Davis:
Thanks to his quick hands, Davis has plus power. He uses a squared-up stance that some managers felt left him too often hitting off his front foot, but in his defense, he's not bothered by breaking balls and offspeed stuff.
Along with his power, he stood out for his work at first base with good hands, solid agility around the bag and an above-average arm for the position.Davis acknowledges that he has a tendency to get out on his front foot. He describes himself as a fastball hitter and I've seen breaking balls give him fits. If he's not bothered by breaking balls why did he OPS 481 (!) points better against righties than lefties in the FSL? The primary difference from a hitter's perspective is picking up the release point, and dealing with the opposite break on offspeed stuff.
BA on Nieuwenhuis:
As a tall, rangy center fielder with power, Kirk Nieuwenhuis had FSL managers reaching back in their memory banks for a comparison....
When the season began, Nieuwenhuis was a high-ball, opposite-field hitter. Pitchers found they could bust him inside with fastballs, but he worked on shortening his swing and creating a better hand path, which made him much tougher to contend with. ...
While Nieuwenhuis did make some nice adjustments, there still are concerns that he swings and misses too much. Despite his size, he's a tick above-average runner who's even faster underway. Though he played center field in 2009, his lack of overwhelming speed eventually will force him to right field, where his strong, accurate arm will fit well.I'm not convinced that Nieuwenhuis has enough bat to play everyday in right. That many strikeouts in A-ball usually pressage a drop in batting average at the next level. The counter-argument is that the changes he made to his swing will allow him to adapt in AA. In addition to the contact issues, I'm not sure he's got the pop to play in right either.
Jeff (Pittsbugrh):No Reese Havens? I'm a bit surprised by that. He showed good power (considering the league) and pretty good plate discipline. His average was a bit low, but so was his BABIP.
Oh man. If you can't hit .250 in Advanced-A at age 22, you don't have enough bat for a corner. On the flip side, if he was never fully healthy, he has some kind of excuse, and wrist injuries really do linger.
- Julian (New York): What is your true accessment of Kirk N. He tore up the league and he has the build to continue to grow. he looks like a big leaguer to me. Does he have a higher ceiling the Davis?
If Cooper really doesn't think Nieuwenhuis is a CF, then he likes Nieuwenhuis's bat even more than I do.