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Scouting Video: Ron Miller, 1B (2012 Draft)

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April 30, 2012

Ron Miller is about the only guy I have ever met who can make a Baum bat sound so good, as he does for most of this video. The rest is earlier Area Codes BP. Maple, meet Ron. Ron, meet Maple. You guys were born for each other.

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Because The Hat said so: Catching up with Diamondbacks RHP Prospect Trevor Bauer

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February 29, 2012

Bauer 2009: He picked the school, but the hat picked him. (Photos: UCLA)

Pretty soon, there will be more e-bay pages of Trevor Bauer stuff than Trevor Bauer actually has pitches. And if you know anything about Bauer, you know that’s really saying something. One item I am most certain you will not see for sale anytime soon is Bauer’s legendary UCLA hat. I imagine the moment that Bauer first met this hat had to be something like the sorting hat scene from the Harry Potter movies: “This one is highly ambitious, clever and cunning, creative and crafty, not for the common mold. Oh, skipped his senior year of high school ball for this fitting? Send him to the house of Savage, and leave him be for three.”

And then, of course, the hat faded from Bruin blue to battery acid. At least the sorting hat got washed off every now and then, or at least I think it did. But like Crash Davis said, when you put up big numbers, you can do whatever the hell you want and the media will think you’re colorful.

As Bauer said to me a few days ago, “You were really the first person on the bandwagon before there was a bandwagon.” In 2009, literally a few weeks after we started the site, I went out and put Tim Lincecum Jr. on this guy. Then in the 2010 College World Series, he’s on TV, and we’ve got all these hits from Bristol…and the play-by-play guys are calling him Timmy Jr., thinking the fading hat is colorful, and wondering what the hell this guy is doing with the rubber bands and the wiggle stick.

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Scouting Video: Tyler Beede, RHP, 1st rd., Blue Jays (2011 Draft)

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July 13, 2011

Tyler Beede was the 21st overall pick in the 2011 Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Take a look at this last bit of video we have from his high school career.

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Scouting Video: Alex Meyer, RHP, 1st round, Washington Nationals (2011 Draft)

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July 11, 2011

Here is a little bit more video of first round draft pick, Alex Meyer. The right-handed pitcher out of Kentucky was chosen with the 23rd overall pick by the Washington Nationals. This is the rest of the video from Spring 2010. You can read my observations in the scouting report and the first half of this video.

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Scouting Video: George Springer, CF, UConn (#11 overall, Astros, 2011)

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July 1, 2011

George Springer had a pretty good college ball run. The first time I saw him, two summers ago on the Cape, he was just this little thin wiry kid who was very shy and kept to himself. He was coming off a good year, but he was still a little fish in a big pond. When I stood behind the cage and watched him hit, I liked him. The reason? Right-handed power. Loose right-handed power, the best kind. He had very snappy wrists and the ability to wait on a pitch and drive it. He didn’t have much meat on his bones and he could still put a charge in the ball. You could look in the crystal ball and really like him.

I saw him a lot for a guy whose home field is about 3,000 miles away from here. I remember the light-tower BP at Cal State Northridge. And this spring, down at USD, he played well. Really, for Springer, who went 11th overall to the Astros, it’s all about at-bats and experience now. I think he needs a full pro development cycle to get the power out. There is a danger here. I like this boy but I need to see him do some things in pro ball I didn’t see him do consistently as an amateur. (And if you guys in the Astros front office reading this think John Klima is going to tell you what that is for free, come hire me and I’ll tell you.)

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Baseball Beginnings on Sam Stafford, No. 88, Yankees

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June 8, 2011

The New York Yankees selected Sam Stafford in the 2nd round (#88 overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Baseball Beginnings has been scouting Stafford from the start of the draft cycle. Enjoy links to the content we have published on him through the year.

Watch Sam Stafford Video
Read Sam Stafford Scouting Update

Baseball Beginnings on Madison Boer, No. 87, Twins

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June 8, 2011

The Minnesota Twins selected Madison Boer in the 2nd round (#87 overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Baseball Beginnings has been scouting Boer from the start of the draft cycle. Enjoy links to the content we have published on him through the year.

Watch Madison Boer Video

Baseball Beginnings on Andrew Susac, No. 86, Giants

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June 8, 2011

The San Francisco Giants selected Andrew Susac in the 2nd round (#86 overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Baseball Beginnings has been scouting Susac from the start of the draft cycle. Enjoy links to the content we have published on him through the year.

Watch Andrew Susac Video

Baseball Beginnings on Austin Hedges, No. 82, Padres

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June 8, 2011

The San Diego Padres selected Austin Hedges in the 2nd round (#82 overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Baseball Beginnings has been scouting Hedges from the start of the draft cycle. Enjoy links to the content we have published on him through the year.

Watch Austin Hedges Video
Read Austin Hedges Scouting Report
Watch Austin Hedges Video (Summer 2010)
Read Austin Hedges Scouting Update (Summer 2010)
Watch more Austin Hedges Video (Fall 2009)

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Baseball Beginnings on Charles Tilson, No. 79, Cardinals

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June 8, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Charles Tilson in the 2nd round (79overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Baseball Beginnings has been scouting Tilson from the start of the draft cycle. Enjoy links to the content we have published on him through the year.

Watch Charles Tilson Video
Read Charles Tilson Scouting Report