Draft : : Prospect Scouting Reports
Draft Focus: Alex Verdugo
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Alex Verdugo Perfect Game profile
Birthdate: May 15, 1996
High School: Sahuaro
City, State: Tucson, Ariz.
Travel Team: Prospects National Team
Commitment: Arizona State
Projected Draft Round: 1
thought first struck me over two decades ago, why wouldn’t a
professional team take a player with legitimate two-way talent as a
hitter and lefthanded pitcher and develop him on both sides of the
ball? Players like Mark Kotsay, John Olerud and Todd Helton were
entering pro ball as position players after extremely successful
college careers on the mound and there was never any thought to
letting them continue to pitch in a reduced role.
seemed like a waste of a potential asset.
the last two decades most Major League pitching staffs have become
even more and more specialized than they were in early 1990s. The
term LOOGY was coined by long-time analyst John Sickels and stands
for “Lefty One Out Guy” with Jesse Orosco being the ultimate
example of the breed. It doesn’t hurt the popularity of the LOOGY
role that the St. Louis Cardinals often had a 13-man pitching staff
last year with a pair of LOOGYs in young fireballer Reid Siegrist and
older soft tosser Randy Choate. Success breeds imitation.
should be noted that wondering why a team doesn’t dual develop a
righthanded thrower doesn’t enter into the equation. I wouldn’t
expect Nicholas Gordon or Michael Gettys, to cite two very talented
righthanded throwing two-way prospects in the 2014 class, to be
developed on both sides of the ball. There just isn’t the perceived
need for specialty righthanded relievers at the Major League level as
there is for southpaws.
every lefthanded throwing dual position prospect is an ideal
candidate. For instance, 2013 Red Sox first round pick Trey Ball
would not have been a candidate, in my opinion, as he was neither
physically mature nor polished enough on the mound to fully develop
as a pitcher without extensive innings that wouldn’t be available
if he was a full-time center fielder.
brings us to Arizona high school two-way standout Alex Verdugo.
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