With the draft going on all day today, I still wanted to put this post out for everyone because the information seemed to be too good to not share with everyone. No full scouting reports today, but notes on Robert Stephenson, Nick Travieso, Zack Weiss and Sam LeCure are all below for subscribers to the site. Before getting into that though, I thought I’d share some thoughts on Devin Mesoraco in left field and share an impressive play by Yorman Rodriguez from the Louisville Bats game on Tuesday night.

Devin Mesoraco

The Reds have him rehabbing in Louisville and playing in left field. On Monday he didn’t really have a chance to make any plays. That changed on Tuesday night as he got more than a few chances to make some plays. The first play was on a line drive that he took an ok route on, but surprising to me, he laid out for the ball. He came up short, but kept the ball in front of him (while diving to his right). He got up quickly and fired the ball into third to get the lead runner. The next play was a hard liner towards him. His first step was back, but it was the only step he took as the ball came right to him for an out. The final play was one he, or any other outfielder had a chance to make unless they were playing on the warning track when the ball was hit and are also seven foot tall. The ball was hit hard and reached the wall quickly, but Mesoraco played the bounce off of the wall well, barehanded it and turned and fired it into the infield. He didn’t look lost out there, and while his diving attempt wasn’t the smoothest thing I’ve ever seen, I’ve seen worse attempts by guys who have played out there for years.

Yorman Rodriguez

Yorman Rodriguez has long been labeled by me as a human tool shed for the raw tools that he possesses. On Tuesday night he showed off one of those tools in a big way. On a play similar to the one described above, a ball hit hard off of the wall was played well. Rodriguez grabbed the ball on the warning track in right-center and uncorked a laser to second base to nail the batter. It was one of those throws that really sets itself apart. When scouting arms if you’ve seen enough of them, you can tell when a ball just carries. There’s not arc to it, it’s just straight for a long time. That’s pure arm strength. Rodriguez showed that off on Tuesday night. The ball just carried and carried from the warning track to the infield.

Robert Stephenson

Stephenson didn’t have the best start he’s ever had, and he even had a few struggles in the early going, but he battled through them and was quite dominant over the final five innings of the game. He finished with 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out eight. Going back three plus starts he has put up these numbers: 26.1 innings, eight hits, four walks and 36 strikeouts.

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His fastball on the night was mostly in the 92-95 MPH range, but when he needed to really reach back and get it by someone, he was able to do that, topping out at 99 MPH on the night. Like his previous few starts, he was mixing things up well with his curveball and change up.

Nick Travieso

He was sitting in the 93-95 MPH range with his fastball for most of the night, but what stood out was his reliance on his change up to put hitters away in the start. He struck out six batters in six innings on the night without a walk in one of his better starts of the season.

Zack Weiss

The right hander has his best outing at the Double-A level on Tuesday night, throwing two perfect innings with two strikeouts. He’s been battling his mechanics since arriving in Double-A and it’s been one reason he’s had struggles after dominating in Daytona, but last night he was able to get things working and the results were strong.

Sam LeCure

He wasn’t fooling anyone on the night. He allowed a solo home run in one inning of work, but Columbus was teeing off on him. Two of the outs recorded were caught on the warning track. The home run he allowed was an absolute blast to right field.

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