AFL Scouting Notes: Gilmartin Looking Sharp

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing, and is here to bring you all the latest coverage. Throughout the duration of the AFL schedule we'll be providing first hand scouting reports and video on the league's top talents. Let's take a look at some of the latest scouting notes from around the league.

- Sean Gilmartin looks to be exactly what the Braves' bargained for when they drafted him back in June. If anything, he seems to have added a tick of velocity in the last year. Gilmartin consistently touched 92 mph in his most recent outing and sat steadily around 90-91 mph. He showed some good life through the zone, but also made some mistakes over the middle. Gilmartin showed two different variations of his breaking ball, one being a slow one at 68-70 and a much better, plus offering in a 77-79 mph with biting 11-5 action. He also flashed a plus changeup at 75-77 mph. This is a three pitch guy who looks like he'll move fast.

- One of the early standouts of the league in my eyes is Nick Franklin. He's been doing it all, and has particularly stood out in the field. His range is impressive to his backhand side at shortstop and he's showing off the arm strength to make the play from deep in the hole. He's also showed off some impressive game action power and ability to work the count against some advanced pitching.

- There's some excellent pure stuff on display in the fall league this year, and Anthony Bass belongs in that crop of pitchers. Bass got the ball on Wednesday in Mesa and showed off the type of stuff that allowed him to sport the 1.68 ERA he posted in his taste of the big leagues this season with the Padres. He cranked his fastball up to 97 MPH and worked steadily at 93-96. There's some effort to his delivery, and that will be something to monitor but he seemed to hold his stuff well in this outing.

- Few pitchers in the league have as lively a fastball as Jacob Petricka. He showed off a heavy 93-95 mph fastball with outstanding two-seam action down in the zone. Petricka has to improve the command of either his slider or changeup, though. He's getting by on his plus moving fastball right now, but his secondary pitch command is severely lacking. If he can obtain any semblance of command in the secondary department he could rocket up the ladder. His changeup and slider show potential but the consistency isn't there yet.

- Mets prospect, Robert Carson has plus velocity from the left side and that sure counts for a lot in the baseball world. He also produces that velocity with great ease. He's showing 92-95 mph heat in Arizona and reached 96 mph in his most recent outing. Carson also cuts his fastball at 88-90. Command is a big issue, however, and he isn't showing he can establish his secondary pitches as of yet.

- Scouts were high on the power that Kentrail Davis brought to the table coming out of the amateur ranks. The home run numbers, however, haven't been outstanding since he arrived in the pros. It's still raw, but it's showing up in game action in Arizona. Davis smoked one off the high center field wall in Mesa on Wednesday, a shot that would have been easily a 430 foot shot if not for the unusually high wall.

- Bruce Pugh has plenty of velocity. However, the Twins' prospect proved on Wednesday he has a lot to work on beyond just that power fastball. He worked at 95-97 mph from a three quarter delivery and was able to keep his fastball down in the zone for the most part. However, he showed a lack of feel for his slider and as a result he was hit around in his brief outing. In other words, the arm is fantastic but the secondary attach needs to come along.

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