AFL Scouting Notes: Power Arms Galore

AFL Scouting Notes: Power Arms Galore

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing, and Scout.com is here to bring you all the latest coverage. Throughout the duration of the AFL schedule we'll be providing first hand scouting reports and video on the league's top talents. Let's take a look at some of the latest scouting notes from around the league.

- Of all the starters competing out here in the fall league, it's clearly Gerrit Cole who brings the best stuff to the table. In his most recent start Cole bumped 100 mph three times on my radar gun and consistently lived at 96-99 mph. What continues to come as a surprise though is how routinely hitters seem to be able to square up his explosive fastball. His location is the only real issue at this point, as his movement and life are as impressive as his raw velocity.

- Cubs' prospect, Marcus Hatley is another right-handed arm showing plenty of velocity. But, he's doing so coming out of the bullpen. Hatley comes right over the top with his 94-96 mph fastball and he knows how to elevate that fastball for the out. Hatley also mixes in a hard breaking ball at 83-86 mph, which has also netted him quite a few swings and misses.

- Dan Jennings, out of the Marlins' system, is yet another reliever showing off some plus velocity and ability to miss bats. Jennings does it from the left side, however. Fastball command in the zone is something he needs to improve, but his velocity and breaking ball have stood out this fall. Jennings works at 92-94 mph with his fastball and flashes a plus slider at 83-85 mph. He needs to finish his delivery better if he's going to improve his command. Right now his slider and fastball are staying up just a little too much.

- Rockies' prospect, Rob Scahill has spent his career as a starter, but in the fall league I got a glimpse of him in a relief role. While this isn't to say he can't be a starter, his stuff sure does play well in a short relief role. Scahill has been sitting 93-95 mph with his fastball and has put hitters away with a tight, plus slider at 86-88 mph. He knows how to work inside with his fastball, which has made that slider away to righty hitters even more effective.

- There have also been some tremendous standouts on the defensive side of things here in Arizona, but Mets' prospect Wilfredo Tovar has really been the star of the show in that regard thus far. Tovar has showed off smooth actions and outstanding hands at second base, flashing the ability to make the routine play as well as the spectacular one. His bat has some catching up to do, but he's been on the clear stars of the league with his glove alone.

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