Camden Duzenack Scouting Report & Game Video

Position: Shortstop
Height/Weight: 5’9”, 170 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: March 8, 1995
Hometown: Melissa, Tex.
School: Dallas Baptist University
FV (20-80): 45 (Platoon/Utility INF)
MLB ETA: 2020

Dates Observed: June 29 – July 3, 2018

Team/Organization: Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Continues to prove me wrong about his defensive work; makes his fair share of errors, will boot a gimme here or there, but really ranges out side to side with softer hands and a better arm at shortstop than I’d given him credit for; plays big there. Feel to make the difficult play; hard-nosed kid who really takes it personally about being undersized and seen by most as a second baseman/utility man. Covers a ton of ground, believes he can get to anything even remotely hit his way; plays very hard … Speed tracks with previous readings; had him 3.89 up the line on a base hit bunt (safe), as well as 4.33 and 4.34 on swings out of the RHH box, and 4.74 on the turn at first … Really, really slumping at the plate at the beginning of this look — 0-for-28 across the second half of June after coming out of the All Star Break. Appears to have started to get things together a bit with several walks early against San Jose in this series, then had a two-hit night on July 1. Big leg kick, really searching for leverage through weight transfer; leaves him susceptible to getting off balance out in front, struggles to keep hands back to fire off late when he jumps the gun. Lots of early week this entire week pre-BP to practice going the other way, using hand/wrist strength to pepper right/center field with line drives. Work to do there … Bigger picture, Camden Duzenack is probably not going to be much of a significant offensive weapon in the future, but he needs to continue to develop his hit tool just enough to keep his big league future in sight. Ultimately, I still don’t think he’ll hit enough for an everyday (50 FV) ceiling, and so I have him a likely platoon/utility 45 FV guy who could provide some real big league value in versatility coming off the bench.

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Dates Observed: May 21-24, 2018

Team/Organization: Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Team guy; high marks from teammates, opponents, and org officials for towing the team line, doing little things to win — situational hitting, bunting, moving runners over, defensive awareness, etc. Grinder who hustles all the time, plays hard; sort of a natural David Eckstein comp in that sense, considering his approach to the game and lack of size/physical projection. Good competitiveness; great focus and plenty of intensity on the field at all times … Showed out very well defensively across this late May series for me; made a couple very nice plays in the hole and several more up the middle to his forehand; good range and surprising arm strength in the six-hole considering his size. Easy for me to say he won’t stick at short long term (and I don’t really think he will), but there’s more here than initially meets the eye; great first step reads on balls off the bat, good carry and accuracy on his throws, reliable hands with great spatial awareness — Camden Duzenack can really play short; he’s improved quite a bit defensively from the guy I saw briefly a year ago … His bat is more of a project; fairly involved, large load with leg kick and high hands can mess with his timing, leave him late to the ball as he comes through and fires off to swing; below-average bat speed without great barrel skills, particularly for a smaller guy who you’d think would survive as a contact guy/table-setter. Overly aggressive at times; susceptible to getting busted with hard stuff in and getting tied up on it, then liable to lunge out at soft away with little discipline; some fairly bad at-bats to that end in my late May look … Below-average foot speed out of the box; 4.32 and 4.34 up the line from the RHH box, but it plays considerably better as first-step quickness in the field … As encouraging as defensive development has been in the last calendar year, I’m skeptical Camden Duzenack will hit enough at higher levels to remain in an everyday role; to that end, he’s more a 45 FV at ceiling than an everyday 50 FV for me. He may fall back into an org depth role, too, but I have a feeling he’ll go Eckstein-light and over-achieve/max out his tools with great work ethic and perseverance.

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Dates Observed: August 1-3, 2017

Team/Organization: Hillsboro Hops (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: Northwest League (Short-Season)
Scouting Notes: Thin and undersized; stereotypical spark plug/gamer sitting at the top of the order as a table setter. Hillsboro manager Shawn Roof was extremely high on Duzenack as a culture guy, team-first with understanding of how to win, how to do the small things to set up his teammates … Likely some value there going forward, but on his own, Duzenack is pretty limited offensively. Below-average bat speed with weaker hands and wrists; very little power at all; lacks ability to manipulate the barrel. Generally an inside-out approach at the plate; contact guy with average barrel skills at best, but often producing weak ground ball/fly ball contact to right and right-center field, often over-matched … Gave a decent look as a defender; playing shortstop and second base in my looks, but at his size, he’s most likely a future second baseman at best, or a utility/bench man who can play spell starters at a few different positions … High marks for makeup and character aside, Camden Duzenack will be something of an underdog story as he fights through the Diamondbacks’ system; definite chance for him to overachieve, but I can’t yet get to an everyday ceiling on him; we’ll see in the next few years.

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