Scouting Notes: Dwyer's Missing Velocity

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Spring training can be an interesting window into what prospects are working on or what issues they may be contending with. In A's prospect Sonny Gray's case, we've seen him working on refining a secondary pitch. In Royals' prospect Chris Dwyer's case, we've seen him have some velocity issues. We look at those two prospects and many more in this edition of scouting notes.

Chris Dwyer, Kansas City Royals

There has to be some concern regarding Chris Dwyer and his velocity. Granted, some pitchers take longer than others to build arm strength in spring training. But, the fact is that Dwyer sat at 84-87 mph in his outing this week against the Padres' organization. When he's right, Dwyer lives at 90-94 with relative ease with his fastball. If there's an upside, Dwyer did locate his big, plus curveball well in this outing, but we'll need to keep a close eye on the velocity as spring progresses.

Sonny Gray, Oakland A's

Sonny Gray truly is a model of consistency. I've scouted Gray several times over the course of his amateur and now professional career and very rarely does his performance vary by much. Gray worked at his usual 92-95 mph with his fastball and spotted it very well. He also took some off his fastball at times at 90-91 and added some impressive movement.

Gray also spotted his sharp 80-84 mph breaking ball for strikes, showing an ability to backdoor it to lefty hitter that will serve him well at the next level. All of the typically impressive aspects of Sonny Gray's game, however, are not what stood out most on this day. It was, in fact, his changeup that had his coaches truly pleased. He was able to spot the changeup at 83-86 with two-seam type action diving away from left-handed hitters. If he can spot this offering the way he did in this outing, it's beginning to look like a swing and miss type pitch.

Jose Rosario, Chicago Cubs

A right-handed starter in the Cubs' organization, Jose Rosario, has been one of the more pleasant surprises I've seen first hand in camp. Rosario worked at 92-94 mph in his most recent outing and attacked the zone aggressively with that fastball. His secondary pitches are not quite as developed, however. His slider, while well spotted, showed fringe action at 81-84 mph. It flashed average potential, but right now it needs a great deal of refinement. His loose, power arm makes him a highly intriguing prospect, though.

Scott Snodgress, Chicago White Sox

There's so much to like about the left arm of White Sox prospect, Scott Snodgress, but also nearly as much left to be desired. He shows the ability to be potentially electric from the left side, consistently delivering lively 92-95 mph fastballs from a highly deceptive arm angle. But, as good as his fastball is, he simply doesn't have a consistent enough presence with his secondary pitches. His breaking ball shows promise, as does his changeup, but he can't seem to locate well enough with either. This is an arm you stay patient with, however. If one of his secondary offerings comes around, he could be a dangerous late inning reliever down the road.

Rymer Liriano, San Diego Padres

Padres' prospect, Rymer Liriano continues to be one of the more impressive bats in minor league camp. His plate discipline has been solid and he consistently is able to square up what scouts like to cal "pitcher's pitches".

Guillermo Pimentel, Seattle Mariners

Mariners' prospect, Guillermo Pimentel puts on an impressive batting practice show before game action. But, a moment I witnessed in game action says a lot about his potential. In a lefty on lefty matchup, Pimentel fought off several off-speed pitches before turning on a high 95 mph fastball and yanking it into the right field corner. This type of at-bat says a lot not just about his raw bat speed to turn around such a pitch, but also says a lot about his improving hit tool.

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