Ventura, California —— At the top of this post, watch our April 2017 scouting video of Ventura College sophomore third baseman Blake Chiaramonte, taken from one of his games against Western State Conference opponent Moorpark College at the Pirates’ home ballpark.
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Blake Chiaramonte scouting report notes
Blake Chiaramonte‘s swing is gorgeous.
It’s a well-balanced work of art with consistent weight transfer, he has exceptional coordination of all parts of his body through it, and he has great bat speed and a good path with his barrel. He’s a pretty radical pull hitter, as you can see in our videos, and while there’s a downside to that he’s able to do it because of his quick hands and above-average bat speed. Multiple times during our observations, he turned on absolute frozen rope line drives that landed several hundred feet foul. Chiaramonte mentioned it a bit in the interview also up on Baseball Census today, but he’ll need to take a center-to-right-center approach with more consistency as he faces better and better pitchers at the four-year level—or else he’ll be rolling over ground balls to shortstop quite a bit.
But yeah, that swing. It’ll be difficult to beat him with anything inside, and even tougher to sneak a fastball by him anywhere in the zone. If you leave something hittable middle-in, he’s going to absolutely crush it. He’s also a mature hitter, mindful of how he’s being pitched with good pitch recognition, and he heads to the plate with a plan every time. He’s patient to work deep counts, and even though he’s liable to jump out on a fastball and pull it far foul, he refrains from getting too jumpy and lunging at breaking balls down and away. He has a little bit of swing-and-miss in his game (21 strikeouts against seven walks in 125 at-bats so far this year), but it’s nothing too noteworthy for his role with some power.
Defensively, Blake Chiaramonte shows good lateral movement at third base and is a good fit for the position. He has the soft hands and arm strength good enough to play across the infield as necessary, but he’s in the right place right now for Ventura College. His reaction times at third are good, and he is exceptional at moving in to field bunts and dribblers with good fundamentals.
Long-term, Chiaramonte—a former Cal State University, Northridge recruit who also spent some time at VC rival Moorpark College—is a prime bounce-back candidate who ought to have enough projection at the plate to get a long Divison I look this summer. Entering Saturday, he’s slashing .320/.365/.440 with six doubles and three home runs in 29 games. He’s doing that in a massive ballpark at Ventura, and as he gets stronger over the final two years of his college eligibility, I think he’ll develop a bit more power that will further improve his value as a third baseman, too.
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Blake Chiaramonte scouting report: 140 characters or less
A bounce-back candidate for a Division I with good hands at third base, Blake Chiaramonte’s beautiful swing is itself a sight to see.
Blake Chiaramonte baseball video
Below, we’ve got two clips of Blake Chiaramonte video from his 2017 season with Ventura College. First, there’s a clip of his at-bats against Cuesta College from March:
And then most recently, an April 4th clip of some Blake Chiaramonte video against Moorpark College:
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Blake Chiaramonte scouting report GIFs
Just as with the Blake Chiaramonte video, here’s a set of GIFs of him swinging.
Damn, that’s beautiful.
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