The Staten Island Yankees are the team that I've seen the most, so I have a lot of notes on them. I posted some notes on four of their pitchers a few weeks back, but here is a more complete team report. I'll have the Connecticut Tigers up either later this week or early next week.
Michael O'Neil, OF
The first thing that I thought when I saw O'Neil is that he's not a center fielder. He's got a bad body and a thick lower half, so he profiles more as a corner. However, I think he can be very good corner outfielder because he reads balls well off the bat and he's decptively fast. He also uses this speed to be a presence on the bases and he has very good instincts. At the plate, he shows some raw power, but I see him more as a gaps hitter. He has a long way to go though because he has a very hard time reading off-speed pitches. He's taken many weak hacks at curveballs and change ups which is troubling for a kid who came out of a DI college. The swing also has some unnecessary loop.
Eric Jagielo, 3B
Jagielo has strong wrists and good bat speed which gives him plus raw power. The swing is a little long, but I still think he can make enough contact. He does a good job of reading the spin on breaking balls before deciding to pull the trigger. He also keeps his weight back well and is able to explode on mistakes. At third, he'll never be a plus defender, but I think he can stick. He doesn't have the quickest first step, but he covers a decent amount of ground and has good hands, though he doesn't have a great arm. In the end, the bat will be what carries him.
Brandon Thomas, OF
Thomas has some raw pop and he has speed and I think there's a chance he can play center field. However, the tools aren't loud enough for him to be too much of impact player. He's more of a fourth outfielder type if things break right.
John Murphy, SS
Good makeup, can play short and has a decent arm. At the plate, I don't like the swing. His feet start off close together and he jumps at the pitch, though to his credit he does stay back well. Could maybe be a utility guy if things break right.
Phil Walby, RHSP (revised)
I wrote up Walby in my post about Yankees pitchers a few weeks ago (which you can get to by clicking the link in the intro), but I came away a much bigger fan after seeing him throw again. First of all he had more velocity. His fastball was sitting 92-95 and touching 96 with tail paired with a 12-to-6 curveball with very good shape. His third offering is a surprisingly good change that has some bottom heavy action at 78-80. He also hides the ball pretty well to go along with it. However, he has a lot of trouble commanding it all, especially the heater. He has trouble throwing it for strikes and when he does, it can find barrels. The lack of command might have to do with some violence in the delivery; he tends to snap his head as he strides forward. Still have to like the stuff though.
Jairo Heredia, RHSP
Heredia is an older rehabbing guy, but I figure Yankees fans will like to hear how he's doing. His fastball can range from anywhere between 86-92. Some innings he'll be more 91-92 and others he'll be 88 and sometimes even lower. It's pretty weird and I'm not sure if that's just the way he pitches changing speeds or if it's a side effect from the injury, but I would think the former. His second best pitch is a change up that sits 83-84 with good fade and downward action on it. It's the type of pitch that makes Penn League hitters look foolish. He rounds out the arsenal with a curveball that has decent shape and looked a lot sharper the second time I saw him.
Conner Kendrick, LHRP
Kendrick has loogy (Lefty One-Out GuY) written all over him. He's a two pitch guy featuring a fastball at 91-92 with run and a 77-80 mph curveball with good shape. During the leg kick, he has a little twist which helps him hide the ball very well, especially from lefties. My one knock is that he's slow to the plate and doesn't do a great job with the running game for a lefty.
Andy Beresford, RHRP
Beresford is just another reliever to look out for. He's got a 91-92 mph fastball, low 70's curveball, and a low 80's change up. It's a solid repertoire that should allow him to have success, at least in the lower levels. He could be a solid middle reliever type. He also wears stirrups, which is really cool.