Scouts View-The Kansas City Royals 2012 Draft from the eyes of the scouts that signed them By Greg Schaum Reviewed by Momizat on . 2012 draft:  Area Scout Reports for the Kansas City Royals (Photo Bill Mitchell) Kyle Zimmer RHP 6’3: 210 The University of San Francisco Area Scout: Max Val 2012 draft:  Area Scout Reports for the Kansas City Royals (Photo Bill Mitchell) Kyle Zimmer RHP 6’3: 210 The University of San Francisco Area Scout: Max Val Rating:
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Scouts View-The Kansas City Royals 2012 Draft from the eyes of the scouts that signed them By Greg Schaum

Scouts View-The Kansas City Royals 2012 Draft from the eyes of the scouts that signed them By Greg Schaum

2012 draft:  Area Scout Reports for the Kansas City Royals

(Photo Bill Mitchell)

Kyle Zimmer RHP 6’3: 210 The University of San Francisco

Area Scout: Max Valencia

Region:Northern California

What were your thoughts the first time you Kyle Zimmer?

My first thought was I am looking at a future Big Leaguer

How did you follow Zimmer  from first time until the draft?

I followed his starts at the school he attended each week

Does Kyle play other sports that you watched, and were those sports part of your evaluation-if so, what did you like about him as an overall athlete?

No I did not as he only played Baseball at his college! He was an infielder prior to pitching so you saw the athleticism in him on the mound !

Did you have a relationship with Kyle’s family and how important was that during this process?

I did meet his father a few times prior to the draft and he gave me more information about his son on and off the field which allowed me to put all the pieces together.

How has Kyle evolved since you first saw him? (Makeup off the field, on field presence and skill set)

Yes, his approach to the game and his competitiveness escalated each start; make-up was always consistent on and off the field in a very positive way

Does he remind you of anyone? (I know that is a tough question to ask but if you have a comp that is fine…if not, that is Ok and I understand)

Brandon Morrow

What does Kyle need to continue to work on and what do you think his ceiling is?

I just think he needs mound time to reach his ceiling as a very productive big leaguer !

Pic via Independent Record (Photo Dylan Brown)

Sam Selman LHP 6’3; 185 Vanderbilt University

Name of Scout: Sean Gibbs

Area Covered: GA, AL, TN

What were your thoughts the first time you saw the player?

Sam did not pitch a ton in his first two years at Vanderbilt. They had very deep & quality pitching staffs, so he really only pitched in the summer his first two years of college. So my first real impression, I feel, on Sam was in the fall of 2011 during Vanderbilt’s fall practice season. What caught my eye the most was the raw power he possessed in that left arm. I always try to keep things as simple as I can as a scout and a left hander with a good body and a live arm is always a great place to start. The ball really jumps out of his hand when he is going well and he would always show glimpses of a power FB & sharp biting SL, even during the rough patches he went through in the fall and the spring.

How did you follow the player from first time until the draft?

With the Royals, as with many clubs, we work very hard to get to know the player as well as we can. This takes a long time and with college prospects that process often goes right up to the draft. I really feel our staff did a good job scouting and sticking with Sam during the entire year. From the first time I watched him in the fall and put my follow report in to the last game he started for his college team this year, we always knew the progress and development of Sam. I visited with him briefly in the winter on Vanderbilt’s scout-player meeting day. This is where we test the players and hand them out the bio paperwork & test we need to help evaluate the players. We had scouted Sam in high school in Texas so he had some familiarity with the Royals even though he had chosen to go to college. Vanderbilt opened up in the spring on the West Coast, so I did not see his first start but we had several scouts in to see Vanderbilt play against Stamford. He started off slowly, this spring but our guys there liked what they saw that day; as I had last fall even through the rough patches. We stayed with the tools this pitcher possessed and we scouted him hard throughout the season. When he pitched mid-week, the club did a great job of having someone in there to see him throw even if he was only going to work a couple of innings. Our Scouting Director (Lonnie Goldberg) made sure he was at the SEC Tournament along with our Asst. GM (J.J. Picollo) & our Special Asst.(Mike Arbuckle) to see him pitch in a tough environment. He pitched well and Lonnie had another of our National Cross Checkers (Junior Vizcaino) there at the NCAA Regional to see his last start before the draft. I really liked this kid’s raw stuff from day one but it takes teamwork and good leadership from the top to get the looks you need to take a player up this high in the draft that did have some rough patches during his season.

Does he play other sports that you watched, and were those sports part of your evaluation-if so, what did you like about him as an overall athlete?

No other sports watched.

Do you have a relationship with the player’s family and how important was that during this process?

Sam, being a college athlete who was not from my area in high school, my relationship was mainly with him over his entire family. Though after getting to know Sam, I easily can tell what a great and caring family he comes from.

How has the player evolved since you first saw him? (Makeup off the field, on field presence and skill set)

Sam was a bit up and down in the fall and had a bit of a rough start to his season, to one point of not throwing a lot for even his college team. During that time he continued to work hard and improve, it took time and I know it did not come all at once for Sam. You could see his confidence and stuff coming together as the season continued on. This is a testament to his make-up and overall ability. The biggest improvements were to his consistency of stuff from pitch to pitch as well as his attacking the strike zone more and more each outing. For me, he learned to trust his stuff as the season went on. As the season finished up, he was very dominant with his FB & SL for his college team, so he did not get to use his change-up as much. Now he can focus on developing that to go along with his quality FB & SL. He never quiet when times were rough and he continued to battle, that is something all scouts always look for in a player during tough time.

What does this player need to continue to work on and what do you think his ceiling is?

I think the biggest thing Sam needs is just the chance to pitch every 5th day to fully develop his arsenal. He did not throw a lot of innings his first two years of college. As I said before, he was dominant with his FB & SL down the stretch so he did not get to use his CH, as much as you normally would like to see a college starter use it. He had a fairly high base on ball numbers in college. He knew he was going to have to cut those down to get to his goal of a Major League Pitcher. He has already shown in his brief time in the minor leagues, his best days our yet to come with the start he has had. He is pounding the zone with his stuff, even better than he did down the stretch in college when he started to really turn the corner as a pitcher. Our staff in Idaho Falls has done a great job with this young live armed southpaw with a very bright future in front of him. If all things come together he has a real chance to be a quality starter for the Royals on a Championship level team. I could also see him starting out in the pen for us early in hisMajor League career; going down the stretch of a great season, if we needed a left hander out of the pen in a Jonny Venters type mold for the short run. For the long run, we all want to see him develop into that impact Major League Starting Pitcher we feel he has the attributes and ability to become.

 

Colin Rodgers via theadvocate.com

Colin Rodgers LHP 6’0; 180 Parkview Baptist HS, Louisiana

Name of scout: Travis Ezi
Area covered: Louisiana & Mississippi 

What were your thoughts the first time you saw the player?  

First time I saw Colin wasn’t really on the frame slightly undersized. Also his arm slot was lowered pitches weren’t effective at that slot. As he began to raise his slot has stuff had more depth and movement. I really paid attention to his skill set. The way he went about his business is poise & demeanor. That really attracted me. 

How did you follow the player from first time until the draft?

He actually played on a few of our summer teams. And also lived in the same city I reside in.  So that helped out a lot. 

Does he play other sports that you watched, and were those sports part of your evaluation-if so, what did you like about him as an overall athlete?

Colin is a baseball guy. That guy that sleeps, eats, and dreams baseball. The kid is mobile and has athletic ability on the mound. 

Do you have a relationship with the player’s family and how important was that during this process?

Yes we as an organization did our homework. Knew the family very well knew what they were all about. They wanted there son to be taken care of and treated fairly. He comes from a very smart strong and stable home. 

How has the player evolved since you first saw him? (Makeup off the field, on field presence and skill set)

This is a solid, solid make up type kid on and off the field. On the field he pretty much stays early stays late pays attention to detail. Tries to absorb all the helpful information he can. He is kind of a quiet type kid and off the field stays to himself good with his studies.

Does this player remind you of anyone? (I know that is a tough question to ask but if you have a comp that is fine…if not, that is Ok and I understand)

Reminds me a little bit of CJ Wilson with his mound presence & delivery. 

What does this player need to continue to work on and what do you think his ceiling is?

For me he needs to improve with his change up. In high school he really didn’t use his change as much. Should get to a point where he could use it at any count and have command for that pitch. Also his overall command has potential to gain more consistency due to his delivery. If he does these things he should reach his ceiling potential.

Kenny Diegroeger INF 6’2; 200 Stanford

Area Scout: Max Valencia

Region:Northern California

How did you follow Diekroeger  from first time until the draft?

Watching him each home stand @ his college

Does Kenny play other sports that you watched, and were those sports part of your evaluation-if so, what did you like about him as an overall athlete?

No he did not!

Do you have a relationship with the player’s family and how important was that during this process?

I had a good relationship with his family which helped the communication throughout the season.

How has the player evolved since you first saw him? (Makeup off the field, on field presence and skill set)

He stayed even keel throughout the season which helped his game evolve !  Quality player with competitive edge on and the field.

Does this player remind you of anyone? (I know that is a tough question to ask but if you have a comp that is fine…if not, that is Ok and I understand)

Michael Young

What does this player need to continue to work on and what do you think his ceiling is?

Stay consistent offensively and defensively to reach his potential of being an everyday Big leaguer

(Photo Bill Mitchell)

Chad Johnson C 6’1; 175 Galesburg HS, Illinois

Scott Melvin –Midwest – IL, MO, IA, MN, WI

Catcher – LHH Galesburg High school Galesburg, IL 5TH Rd

What were your first impressions of Chad?

1ST impressions:  Jr SEASON   2011,   showed soft mitt w fringe avg arm and mobility. LHH  w/ balance

How did you follow Chad thru this process?

Saw in several showcase events, including Midwest Scouts Association Workout @ Kauffman Stadium ,  July 2011,  Jupiter WWBA in Oct and then  handful of times thru out the the spring 2012.

Did Chad play other sports and did you watch him outside of baseball?

Played basketball for the Galesburg Silver Streaks,  saw play firsthand  vs my hometown Quincy Blue Devils in December 2011, no fear, full of confidence in hostile environment.

Do you have a relationship with his family ?

I spent time with parents and sisters in their home in Dec 2011 along with Chad.  Hard working family, solid foundation and work ethic.

How has the player evolved since you first saw him? (Makeup off the field, on field presence and skill set)

Players gravitated towards Chad during his senior season, his passion appeared contagious……He has gained strength; arm improved and has begun driving the ball in the gaps.  Puts in the time to improve his defensive skills, on field and off the field makeup is and always has been rock solid. His Christian values play a major part in his families’ daily lives.

What does Chad need to continue to work on?

Like most young prospects, Chad needs to continue to improve in all aspects of the game.  Very matured and focused, His work ethic, passion and respect for the game will allow him to continue his progress in reaching his ultimate goals.

 

About The Author

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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Comments (1)

  • PREGNANT ROLLERSKATE

    Really enjoying these…..Area Scout Valencia must be using twitter to answer these questions bc he is short and to the point…..

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