Baseball America bird dog scout Dave Perkin attended the Futures Game and had these impressions:
• Mike Trout, of course, was the most exciting potential five-tool player in the game. I had him getting down the line in 3.88 seconds. My concerns with him center around some hitting mechanical issues: His bat starts behind his head, and he sometimes fails to complete his swing across his face or around his head; and finally, I'd like to see him really let that top hand go–use it to whip and fire the bat head. He pushes it a bit now. When he does that, he'll reach his power potential.
• Fellow Angels farmhand Hank Conger had a really tough day catching and throwing, and was visibly upset with himself on that front. He redeemed himself with the homer, but I still have some of the same worries I had from his days as an L.A. area prep. Conger still overstrides, and will often flip that front side open too soon. So you will get the occasional home run but the batting average isn't what it could be.
• I liked Logan Morrison, Carlos Peguro, Eric Hosmer, Lonnie Chisenhall and Moustakas in batting practice. Brown showed monster tools but significant funkiness in his swing, which needs to be ironed out to eliminate some holes. Moustakas, for me, has the best chance to hit in the majors. I know he didn't have a big game, but he is well balanced, short to the ball, gets his hands in a perfect pre-swing angled launch position, accelerates the bat head at contact and can drive the ball hard to all fields.
• After the game, I spoke with several scouts and we kind of tossed ideas around. The general consensus was that we were a bit disappointed in the arms, there were not many guys we can identify as number one starters or shutdown closers. Also, especially with the World pitchers, we expected much more refinement and polish in the pitching mechanics and defense. So we were surprised at some of the sloppiness.
Some of the thoughts that we discussed regarding the ptichers:
• The two starters were quite different. Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson was fairly clean with the delivery, but was a bit too straight up and down. Meanwhile, World starter Simon Castro of the Padres had unimpressive mechanics, and he didn't look as good as had been advertised.
• Rays lefty Alex Torres was excellent: lively stuff, good delivery, challenges hitters on the hands.
• Braves righthander Julio Teheran showed a terrific arm but was inconsistent with the arm slot and release.
• Cardinals righty Shelby Miller has a chance to be a front-line starter but needs to be cleaned up. He was rushing to the plate, opening the front side too soon.
• Mets righthander Jeurys Familia has a big arm but is begging for an arm, shoulder or elbow injury. His arm action is awkward and he pushes the ball from a low slot.
• Rockies lefty Christian Friedrich does not have a monster arm, but his mechanics were the cleanest. He establishes a downward plane, stays closed, full finish, gets out over the front leg.
• Rangers righty Tanner Scheppers showed the big fastball but the command was way off. He might be a closer since he figures to throw too many pitches to be efficient enough to be a starter.