The Scouting Trail: Week 11Prospects
David Seifert spent the last decade working as an area scout and cross-checker with the Philadelphia Phillies. Previous to scouting, he spent nine years as a Junior College and Division I baseball coach. Now he’s beating the bushes on the scouting trail for D1Baseball and Prep Baseball Report. This weekend’s stop was Northern California to see four more of the Midseason Top 150, as well as a several other talented prospects from Stanford and California.
Each day on my travels to Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Stanford’s campus, I was reminded of the best the Golden State has to offer with its sunshine and perfect temperatures. Also, as I sat stop-and-go on the 280, I experienced its downside; traffic and litter. Luckily, once the traffic was navigated, it was time to enjoy some great baseball between long-time rivals Cal and Stanford. As for tools and talent, here’s what I saw:
#16 Nico Hoerner, 5’11/195, R/R, Junior, SS, Stanford- Athletic, medium framed infielder with good bounce and energy to his game. Always seemed to be in the middle of the action whether it was turning a double-play, squaring up a base hit or stealing a base. Offensively, he showed a mostly balanced approach with a loose swing. On Friday, he fought his lower half for balance and pulled off, grounding everything to the left side. Saturday, his balance was improved and he used the middle and opposite fields. Looks like more of a doubles/gap power type with maybe 10-12 home runs a year in pro ball. He has contact and pitch recognition skills that should allow him to also hit for average, as well as take his share of walks. His above average-to-plus speed plays in the game. Ran 4.02 and 4.14 on ground outs to the shortstop and a 4.18 on an infield single. The 4.02 was recorded on a two-strike, out front swing where his momentum was already leaning out of the batter’s box.