TigsTown Top 50 Scouting Reports: 45-41

The next five scouting reports are up, with the rest of the players that fell in the 40's, including right-hander Chad Smith, catcher Will Allen, and a trio of young Latin American players; corner infielder Luis Torrealba, outfielder Julio Martinez and shortstop Hector Martinez.

45. Chad Smith (RHP)
Tool Grades (Present / Future):

Fastball Slider Control
Pres: 5+ / Fut: 6 Pres: 5 / Fut: 5 Pres: 4 / Fut: 4+
Smith got a taste of the big leagues in 2014 and he could find his way back on the roster in subsequent seasons. Armed with an above-average fastball that has a chance to play more consistently in the plus range with more consistent mechanics and movement, Smith attempts to attack hitters with low-90s gas that can reach 95 mph. His slider is an average pitch that plays well with his heater and gives him a chance to keep hitters off balance with a two-plane offering. Smith struggles to throw strikes consistently and it is unlikely he will develop enough control to be more than a middle reliever that can help when a starter is knocked out early, or provide a multi-inning bridge to the late inning relievers.

44. Will Allen (C)
Tool Grades (Present / Future):

Hit Power Speed Defense Arm
Pres: 3+ / Fut: 4+ Pres: 4+ / Fut: 5 Pres: 3 / Fut: 3 Pres: 4+ / Fut: 5+ Pres: 5+ / Fut: 6
Nothing on Allen’s resume stands out and his prospect stock relies heavily on the sum of the parts his tools package represents. Allen’s defense will be his calling card as he projects to be an above-average Major League defender that receives and blocks well, has good footwork, and calls a good game. Allen compliments the rest of his defensive game with a potential plus arm that should allow him to control the running game. Offensively, Allen is a well below-average runner that befits his position. He has a solid approach at the plate, though he can be fooled by quality secondary stuff, and he has a chance to be a fringe-average hitter that posts .250-.260 averages with solid power. All told, Allen could be the next in a line of quality defensive catchers with enough offensive ability to play regularly at the big league level for the Tigers.

43. Luis Torrealba (3B/1B/LF)
Tool Grades (Present / Future):

Hit Power Speed Defense Arm
Pres: 3+ / Fut: 4+ Pres: 5+ / Fut: 7 Pres: 3 / Fut: 3 Pres: 3 / Fut: 4 Pres: 4+ / Fut: 5+
One of the Tigers prized signings during the 2013 international signing period, Torrealba could be the type of power bat that is so rare in today’s game. Torrealba has shown an ability to drive the ball out of any park at a young age with plus present power to the pull side, and average power to the other fields. At his peak, Torrealba has a chance to flash double-plus power if his hit tool allows things to manifest. Torrealba’s hit tool will determine his fate as a prospect; if he hits, he will make his way through the minor leagues. Defensively, Torrealba was signed as a third baseman and played plenty of left field in 2014, but he will likely end up at first base over the long haul. Mature physically, Torrealba’s body will have to be watched as he develops, and if it gets out of control, his prospect stock could plummet.

42. Julio Martinez (OF)
Tool Grades (Present / Future):

Hit Power Speed Defense Arm
Pres: 3 / Fut: 5 Pres: 5+ / Fut: 6+ Pres: 4 / Fut: 4+ Pres: 3 / Fut: 4+ Pres: 4 / Fut: 4+
Similar to Torrealba, Martinez was a high-profile international signing, inking his contract last summer on the back of his impressive raw power. Martinez’s ability to pound the ball to all fields could lead to him being an offensive force that hits in the middle of a big league lineup. For his age, Martinez carries an advanced approach with good feel for the barrel and power that routinely flashes in the plus range. Defensively, Martinez doesn’t have much in the way of arm strength, and that will limit him to left field if he is able to remain in the outfield. There is chance that he will slide to first base long term and if that happens, he will have to reach of his offensive potential to maintain his value as a player.

41. Hector Martinez (SS)
Tool Grades (Present / Future):

Hit Power Speed Defense Arm
Pres: 3+ / Fut: 5 Pres: 4 / Fut: 5 Pres: 5+ / Fut: 5+ Pres: 3+ / Fut: 5 Pres: 5 / Fut: 5
Yet another higher profile international signing, Martinez represents a prospect that can remain at a premium position while offering offensive value. Martinez’s defensive chops are of the caliber that he can play the position long term, including good hands, quick feet, and above-average speed, giving him the potential to be an average shortstop defender. He has an average arm that should also play on the left side. At the plate, Martinez has an ultra-aggressive approach that could hinder his hit tool development, but his feel for the barrel gives him chance to reach an average tool. In terms of power, Martinez shows gap power that could develop into some over the fence power in time.


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