Here are his important assessments on each guy:
Martinez continues to elicit a range of reactions.
One AL scout called him a below-average runner with a tweener profile, lacking the impact bat for an outfield corner. A manager who said he liked Martinez's bat last year believed that he'd lost some explosiveness in his swing.
"I like him a lot better than I did last year," one AL scout summarized, "but he's not Carlos Beltran."
Some scouts I talked to complained that they had trouble getting a read on Martinez because he was so rarely on the field.
Scouts agree with the shorthand assessment of Murphy's Binghamton manager, Mako Oliveras: "He's a grinder who can hit."
Scouts don't consider him capable of handling second base consistently, but he should continue to hit enough to fit in left field for New York long-term.
Scouts project him as fourth or fifth starter in the short run, and as a No. 3 or 4 starter as he gains savvy and experience.
Some scouts were concerned with his delivery, as he lands with an open front shoulder and leans back in pronounced fashion toward third base. The delivery hinders Niese's control, though he has developed a slider that acts like a cutter to gives him another pitch he can throw for strikes.
I just don’t know where this slider stuff is coming from. Niese throws a fastball, which he can cut a little bit, a big curveball and a changeup. He did not throw a slider in any of his big league starts. The SNY crew repeatedly talked about how Niese needed to develop the ability to spin a harder curve in addition to his big loopy one.
"It's a funky delivery," an AL scout said, "but it's deceptive and helps him."