Scouts talk about Brandon Snyder
Triple-A first baseman Brandon Snyder was supposed to be the Orioles’ first baseman of the future, but the 23-year-old is hitting just .234 for the Tides with two homers and 21 RBIs. And his struggles come after he hit .248 for Norfolk last season with two homers and 43 RBIs in 73 games after he knocked around Double-A pitching to the tune of a .343 average.
Only two of the scouts that we talked to had seen the Orioles’ first round pick in 2005 recently, and neither offered a ringing endorsement. That shouldn’t come as a complete surprise with how much he’s struggled this year.
Scout No. 1
“With Snyder, I did notice mechanical differences with Snyder from last year to this year. It’s almost like he is trying to always get the inside pitch and he is pulling out his front side. He’s pulling out and can’t get to the outside pitch. He’s made an adjustment there and now he is not able to do his thing that he used to do, and that’s hit the ball away to right center. He is so concerned with the inside pitch that he can’t hit the pitch he was so good at hitting before. Every hitter has weaknesses and strengths and he needs to go back and make sure he can handle the outside pitch. Right now, he can’t hit either one of them.”
“Brandon Snyder had a great year last year at Bowie and I still project him to be a major league player, an average major league corner. He’ll come out of it.”
Scout No. 2
“I’ve always thought that he was a real overrated guy. I never really liked him. He’s not much of an athlete, not a real hard worker. He doesn’t really get after it real hard. He doesn’t really have a position. He’s an extra guy to me. I don’t think he’s a future starting corner infielder in the big leagues.”