I do enjoy John Klima's scouting takes. They are pretty outstanding in both detail and how he breaks the mold in discussing prospects.â†µ
That's exactly what he does in talking about Harvard-Westlake HS righthander Lucas Giolito, one of the few high schoolers who may be considered for Houston's No. 1 overall pick.
What did Klima have to say?â†µ
Giolito was comfortable 96, easy motion, smooth delivery, good on-line, good landings. He throws a heavy fastball, frequently 95-96 in this look, frequent hard sink and tail against right-handers. Everything with this guy is around the plate, which is a rarity among young power arms.â†µ
Oh, but that's only the first part. Klima goes on to talk about lot of different things, including how his pitching arsenal may adjust in pro ball and his projection for Giolito down the road. It's a great read and a really interesting take on how to evaluate prospects. Him, John Sickels and the guys at Project Prospect provide a refreshing take on scouting reports that have become almost cliche over the years.â†µ
Plus, we get some great first-hand info on one of the top pitchers in the 2012 draft. Win-win!