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Apr '09 04

Scouting some Players at the 2009 World Baseball Classic



Reader Vincenzo Russo commented on Riccardo Schiroli’s World Baseball Classic article and we thought his analysis was so great to publish it directly on Mister-Baseball.com

The WBC showed some good players to take notice to. I saw many games on TV during the last World Baseball Classic (on ESPN America). Some players captured my attention (and some scouts’ interest too): That’s the List.

RHP Suk Min Yoon (Korea), 22 Yrs: he showed a very good control of 4 pitches (a 90-94 mph fastball, a 83-86 mph slider, a 77-79 mph changeup and a 70-72 mph curve)

RHP Hyun Wook Jong (Korea), 29 Yrs: he showed 3 average or above average pitches (a 90-94 mph fastball, a mid 80 mph slider and mid 70 mph curve)

1B Tae Kyun Kim (Korea), 25 Yrs: a right handed hitter, led the WBC with 11 RBIs showing interesting power (made the All-Tournament team)

SS Ki Hyuk Park (Korea), 27 Yrs: in my opinion, the best defensive SS of the tournament, with above average range, defensive skills and arm. A major leaguer right now for his defense, but he doesn’t hit.

OF Jong Wook Lee (Korea), 28 Yrs: a left-handed hitter with above average hitting skills.

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan), 28 Yrs: he can command 4 above average pitches (an 88-92 mph sinker with movement, an 84-86 mph splitter, a 78-81 mph slider and a 70-72 mph curve). In my opinion (and of teammate Dice-K too), the real MVP of the WBC (made the All-Tournament team).

LHP Toshya Sugiuchi (Japan), 28 Yrs: a reliever in the WBC, but a starter in the NPB, the lefty has an outstanding command of a low 90s fastball and of a 77-79 curveball.

1B-3B Shuichi Murata (Japan), 28 Yrs: a right handed slugger with solid average power and good discipline at the plate.

SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (Japan), 26 Yrs: a five-tool talent, bats for average and power, outstanding defender, plus speed. One of the best players of the tournament.

OF Norichika Aoki (Japan), 27 Yrs: left handed hitter with above average hitting skills and defense (made the All-Tournament team).

RHP Vladimir Garcia (Cuba), 26 Yrs: OK, Aroldis Chapman is the ace of team Cuba, but take a look at this closer with great stuff (96-97 mph heat, low 80s curve). He seemed a little bit wild during the WBC, but the arm is there.

Cuba showed two interesting OFs in Frederich Cepeda, 29 Yrs, a switch-hitter with above average hitting and power, and Yoennis Cespedes, 23 Yrs, a right handed hitter with an amazing combination of hitting (average), speed (above average), and defense (above average range and arm). Both made the All-Tournament Team.

Two 19 years old RHPs from Netherlands weren’t afraid of attacking Major League caliber line-ups with their low 90s fastball: Juan Carlos Sulbaran (a Reds prospect) and Dennis Neuman (Red Sox).

He can’t be considered a prospect anymore due to his age (34), but Dutch RHP Robbie Cordemans showed a plus plus command of his off-speed stuff.




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