Scouting Joel Carreno and Jordany Valdespin

April 12, 2012

Joel Carreno, RHP, 25 (TOR)

A Dominican-born prospect who signed with the Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, Carreno has proven worthy of pitching in the big leagues. I saw Carreno as a starter, where he worked in the 89-93 range with decent downhill action and some sink. His two offspeed offerings both got swing-throughs. His changeup has good biting action to a lefthanded hitter and sits in the 84-86 range. His slider, which sits 80-83 MPH, is his bread-and-butter pitch. He tends to fall in love with it all counts -- if he's in a jam you will likely see his slider. Upper minors hitters could not lay off of his slider, which he tends to slow his body down to throw. He has had a tough time repeating his delivery pitch to pitch. He should strike guys out in the big leagues, but not at the clip he has done in the minors. I see him as a reliever. His fastball jumps to 94-98 out of the bullpen, which means his slider becomes even more devastating.


Jordany Valdespin, CF, 24 (NYM)

Valdespin has proven he can hit for power from the left side. He has good bat speed, which allows him to catch up to the ball on the inner half. He likes the ball down in the zone and will use the whole field. He struggles with the fastball up and away and at times will chase the breaking ball in the dirt. Though he's not a switch-hitter, he somewhat mirrors the batting stance of Jose Reyes. Moved from middle infield to center field in 2012, he is very smooth in the field. As a shortstop, he made some unbelieve plays up the middle, though he profiled more as a second-base type. With his rare combination of speed and power, Valdespin will likely get a shot at being a major league regular at some point.


-- Anonymous Scout