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Jeff Kemp – 2B
Bowie native drafted in the 33rd round this year out of Radford. Stands at 6’00”, 190 lbs. Possibly a little growth left into his frame, although he probably is what he is.
Defensively, average to a tick above average range, quick hands, quick feet, quick pivot and transfer up the middle and on double-plays. Looks to be a safe bet to stick at Second, might be able to play some Shortstop in a pinch.
Offensively, calm stance with minimal movement. Typical upright stance with slight crouch at the knees. A little noisy on his swing, sometimes flails. Average bat-speed, fringe power. Average approach at the plate, seems to struggle on off-speed pitches with good fade. Ball sounds good off the bat. Definitely a spray hitter.
Not a flashy player, but might be able to provide decent depth in the minors.
Trey Mancini – 1B
Drafted in the 8th round this year out of Notre Dame. Big player at 6’04” 215 lbs. Looks to have a first base mold.
Decent bat speed, enough to provide impact. Swing already looks to have shortened a little from the reports I read heading out of college. Hands have gotten quicker and he is able to pull them in against inside pitches. Has a minor hitch in his load, but nothing too drastic. Plus raw power, definitely his best tool. Ball sounds great off the bat. Bat solely relies on how much contact he makes down the road. Approach is average, takes too many strikes and will sometimes chase pitches outside of the zone low and away. Striking out too much for a college player in the NYPL.
Fringe to average range defensively, shows a decent pick at first. Good awareness at first, ability to search out the fence in foul territory and make the play. Definitely a bat-first type of player.
Crazy body frame, standing at 6’2″ 140 lbs. Obviously has a ton of room to grow into his frame, but it has not come yet heading into his age 21 season. Very quick on the mound, plus agility, looks to be a good athlete. Great arm speed, allows fastball to explode out of his hand. Has trouble repeating his delivery, which leads to command issues. Will need to refine his command, delivery and secondary pitches to be anything more than a reliever at the next levels. Pick off move is more of a “throw-me-over” at this stage, which correlates with his trouble holding runners on.
FB: 87-93 mph with late tailing action and some late life. CH: 79-81 mph with average fade, drags arm on it occasionally. CV: 72-79 mph with 11/5 spin and fringe tilt. Drops elbow sometimes, leading to inconsistent results. Some potential here, the good ones look average. Delivery Times: 1.48, 1.42, 1.48, 1.47, 1.47
Tucker Blair was born and raised in the Baltimore area and currently lives in Elkridge, Maryland. He graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a B.S in Entrepreneurial Studies and is currently a Project Analyst for a Management Consulting Firm in Federal Hill, Baltimore. Tucker was previously the Managing Editor at Orioles Nation, where he worked on prospect lists, reports, and analysis on the Orioles minor league system. He also previously wrote his personal blog, The EntreprenOriole.