Shonerd quotes a scout on Harvey:
"Physical. Held his velocity. All the stuff was projectable, too."and then runs through his arsenal:
Harvey has some deception in his delivery and generates good downhill angle on his fastball, which sits at 91-94 mph and reaches as high as 98. The heater also shows sinking action down in the zone and he can command it to both sides of the plate. He features a pair of power breaking balls in a 12-to-6 curveball and a slider that touches 87 mph, though the latter's bite can get inconsistent.
Harvey's changeup is the least effective of his offerings, though it does feature some fading action.
Shonerd on Flores:
"...his hitting skills still impressed league observers. He has an advanced feel for hitting for his age, making consistent contact, using the whole field and improving his pitch recognition as the season went on. As he fills out and gets stronger, he could become a 20-homer threat.
Flores' bat will have to carry him because his speed and athleticism are below-average and not conducive to playing shortstop at higher levels. He throws well enough to play third base, but some scouts think he lacks infield actions and eventually will have to move to an outfield corner or first base.
I have Cesar Puello ahead of Wilmer Flores, and it's not surprising that Shonerd answered a question in his chat about Puello, who apparently was close to the top 21.
Ben (Leland Grove): How did scouts evaluate Cesar Puello's season overall?Jim Shonerd: Puello would've been in the 21-23 range. He definitely has tools, but he still struggles to recognize breaking pitches and the Mets have been trying to take away a hook in his swing. He hit some monster HRs and showed he has the speed for center field at least for now. He started the year in right and moved to center after Matt den Dekker was promoted, and he has the arm to fit in right if that's where he needs to be.
These League rankings are funny business with their playing time minimums. For example, a guy who like Jeurys Familia, who just blows through the FSL, won't pitch enough innings at the level to qualify for the list. Also, I think that the League rankings are supposed to factor in the players' performance at other levels so really these are the lists of the best overall prospects in the FSL who meet BA's playing time requirement.
One other funny note from the chat: Shonerd, while knocking Darin Gorski, dishes out significant praise.
Frank (Chicago): Is Darin Gorski someone to keep an eye on? Is he someone who is considered to be not as good as his numbers?Jim Shonerd: St. Lucie lefty Darin Gorski was the FSL's pitcher of the year and its ERA leader, but yeah, his prospect status doesn't match up with his 11-3, 2.08 mark. He pitches at 90-91 mph with his fastball and throws strikes, but his breaking ball will limit him.Gorski was not 90-91 in 2010, but sat mostly 87-88, touching 90. Also, 90-91 is more than enough for a lefty. Incidentally, the FSL top 20 list has but one LHP, Detroit's Drew Smylym who, according to Shonerd "tops out at 92 mph but he mostly pitches at 87-89 with some slight tailing action."