I usually hold off my judgements on players until after I see them a few times, but I'm really excited about the season starting and to provide content that I've decided to put together a little first impressions report on the Yankees and Cyclones. These are just some scouting notes on a few players from either team. This is going to be kind of brief since it was only one game, but I was eager to write something up so here it goes:
Giovanny Gallegos, Yankees, RHSP
The three words I would use to describe Gallegos' delivery are clean, repeatable, and simple. There isn't any unnecessary movement, which helps him do the same thing with every pitch. He also has a very easy arm action, something that is at times hard to find in the NYPL. Another thing that Gallegos does very well mechanically is he stays tall and creates a very steep plane which creates some downhill action. His fastball sat in the 88-91 range in the first few innings with some arm side run and started touching 92 later on. He had very good command of the pitch and was able to dot both corners. The young righty didn't throw his first curveball until the third. The pitch, which sat 73-75, is inconsistent and looks kind of slurvy, but he was able to spin some good ones and it seemed like it got better as the game went on. He also threw a change which didn't have much going on and needs a lot work. That was in the 82-84 mph range and most of them bounced at the plate. He just didn't seem to have a good feel for it. Gallegos combined this repertoire with very good sequencing. He had a plan and executed it very well.
Robert Gsellman, Cyclones, RHSP
Gsellman is another guy who had a very nice and clean delivery. However, he also had a low arm slot which caused him to get on the side of the baseball at times and lose his command. The arm action was fine and he worked fast, which is something I really like. His fastball sat 90-91 with a few 92's mixed in. His second best pitch was a change up which was 80-83 with the some sink. The arsenal was rounded out by a slurvy looking breaking ball that sat in the mid-high 70's, but needs a lot of work. It had way too much loop. He tended to lose some arm speed with his off-speed stuff, but the change of speed and change in plane was enough to fool some of the unexperienced hitters.
L.J. Mazzilli, 2B, Cyclones
You can tell Mazzilli grew up around the game from watching him play. He has a great feel for it and has very good instincts. He's a ball player and he looks the part. He has good hands and movements at second base and makes good reads off the bat. At the plate, he has good bat speed and a level swing, which allow him to make good solid contact. He won't hit for much power, but he'll hit the gaps. He shouldn't be in Brooklyn for long.
Gavin Cecchini, SS, Cyclones
Cecchini looks really good at shortstop. He has good footwork, good first movements, and a solid arm. However, I'm not sure he hits. He's a small guy, whcih could change as he matures, but he also bails as the pitch is being thrown. What I mean by this is as the pitcher starts hit delivery and Cecchini takes his step, he steps forward and toward third base. This is not good because it will make it tougher for him to stay on off-speed stuff. In one particular instance, he lost his balance and picked up his back foot. He's also late when triggering his load. He was late on a couple of 88 mph fastballs. Anytime you get a guy that can legitimately play shortstop, there's excitement, but the bat is still a question for me.
Players from these two teams I want to see more of: Mike O'Neil (OF Yankees), Brandon Thomas (OF Yankees), Matt Obereste (1B Cyclones)