By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 2, 2010
Vincent Velasquez is an interesting prospect. Have a look at some scouting video of the Cal State Fullerton commit and we’ll discuss him.
The first thing you would notice about Velasquez is his body. He’s tall and athletic, rangy, with plenty of physical projection. His best tools, for me, are his arm and his glove. Velasquez can flat out throw the baseball. It’s hard to find a big arm on a position player – trust me, I’ve looked.
I’ve seen Velasquez play long toss standing in left field and throwing to the right field line. I’m not talking about max-effort heaves here, I mean, nice and loose and easy arm action. With a frame like this, a future on the mound cannot be ruled out, where he could be a beast.
Defensively, Velasquez is really sound for a guy who is this tall. He’s athletic, gets down on ground balls, shows you soft hands and footwork, shows you a quick release. A lot of guys this size are really slow defensively, not Velasquez.
The bat is the question. With a frame like this, there should be power there. Put power with arm and defense and you got yourself a third base prospect. From what I have seen, Velasquez needs to hit if he wants to hit later in his career and not go to the mound. I’m not ruling it out, but he’ll need to develop as a college hitter to give himself the best shot to play in the big leagues, if he goes that route out of high school. I can see him as college shortstop very easily, a career path that might make him more desirable to a team coming out of college than in high school. This guy is pure projection.