Bernie on the Scene: Scouting Reports on Recently Promoted Players

Bernie on the Scene: Scouting Reports on Recently Promoted Players

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

This week, I begin a new series of articles. 

With so many injuries, clubs are reaching down to their farm system to fill roster spots. Almost every team has been required to pluck a player from the development program to the big leagues to fill a void on the 26-man roster.

You may find several of these players on your waiver wire. Others will require a trade if you want to grab them.

I am sharing my scouting report of each player. Hopefully, it helps you gather information to make a good decision. 

Each player noted has less than 50 days of big league service time. Their rookie status remains.

Scouting Grades:

45 - utility player
50 - everyday quality player, but subject to platoon in today's baseball environment
55 - everyday player who is better than average and less subject to platoon

Alek Manoah, RHP, Blue Jays
6-6, 260 
Age 23
2019 first-round pick in 2019 out of West Virginia University

Called "The Mount" by his teammates, Alek Manoah dazzled in his debut against the Yankees.

Granted, there was no Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Hicks to contend with, but Manoah was outstanding in throwing six shutout innings and yielding only two hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

Manoah throws his fastball 93-97 mph. He also has a slider and a wicked changeup. Those three pitches are enough to navigate a big-league lineup. It may help him to develop a curveball for the future. The greater the repertoire,

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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