Only 19 days to go now. We've had some movement of prospects since I posted my preliminary draft list about 2 weeks ago. I won't recreate the OP, so here's the link to the previous 2011 draft fanpost with tons of info and video clips on all of the prospects.
Here's my original draft board from the OP, for ease-of-use:
1. Kolten Wong: LHH, 2B, Un. of Hawaii (5'9", 180) (DOB=10/10/90)
2. Derek Fisher: LHH, OF, Cedar Crest HS, Lebanon, PA (6'3" 215) (DOB=8/19/93)
3. Brandon Nimmo: LHH, RF, East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo. (6'2", 185) (DOB=3/27/93)
4. Andrew Chafin: LHP, Kent State (6'2" 205) (DOB=6/17/90)
5. Robert Stephenson: RHP, Alhambra HS, Martinez, Ca (6'2" 185)
6. Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Auburn, MA (6'4" 200) (DOB=5/23/93)
7. Kyle Smith: RHP, Santaluces HS, Lake Worth, FL (5'11", 170) (DOB=9/10/92)
8. Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS, Hunt. Bch, CA (6'6" 190) (DOB=7/21/92)
9. Michael Kelly, RHP, W. Boca Raton HS, Boynton Bch, FL (6'5" 195) (DOB=9/6/92)
10. Anthony Meo: RHP, Coastal Carolina Univ. (6'2", 185) (DOB=2/19/90)
11. Jake Hager: RHH, SS, Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas, NV (6'2", 185) (DOB=3/4/93)
12. Brad Miller: LHH, SS, Clemson (6'1" 185) (DOB=10/18/89)
13. Austin Slater: RHH, 3B/SS, Bolles HS, Jacksonville, FL (6'2" 190) (DOB=12/19/92)
14. Trent Gilbert: LHH, 2B/SS, Torrance HS, Torrance, CA (6'1", 175) (DOB=3/17/93)
15. Max Homick, LHH, OF/1B, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego, CA (6'4" 200) (DOB=6/10/92)
16. Riley Moore: SWH, C, San Marcos HS, Santa Barbara, CA (6'3" 190) (DOB=8/12/93)
17. Nick Tropeano: RHP, Stony Brook Univ. (6'4" 200) (DOB=8/27/90)
18. B.A. Vollmuth, RHH, SS/3B, Un. So. Miss. (6'4" 200) (DOB=)
19. Nick Burdi: RHP, South HS, Downers Grove, IL (6'4" 210) (DOB=1/19/93)
I have 1 major update. I'm moving Tyler Beede, the young RHP out of a HS in Mass, up to the #4 spot on my list and moving Andrew Chafin to my holding pen. Chafin has some issue that has casued him to miss 2 starts, pitch fewer innings, and see his results deteriorate significantly over the past 3 weekends. As for Beede, it has been a cold and wet Spring in the northeast, so the 2011 season for the prospects located there has been delayed and curtailed. We've finally gotten a detailed report on Beede's spring performances from BaseballAmerica.com and it's very good IMO. Here's the link and a pertinent excerpt after the jump.
A late start to the season and poor weather has limited Beede to only a handful of appearances this spring, but talent evaluators have been flocking in waves to see each week’s outing. One of Beede’s recent starts featured about 35-40 area scouts and at least five scouting directors. In five starts this season for Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.), Beede is 5-0, 0.39 with 71 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched, while walking six and allowing only seven hits. The weather in the Northeast has been cooler and wetter than usual, but Beede hasn’t let it affect his performance. . . .
You’ve got to long toss a little longer, you’ve got to stretch out a little more and run a little bit to get the blood flowing. It really doesn’t bother me once (I’m) on the mound.” But nothing seems to bother Beede when he’s on the mound. The righthander has an ideal pitcher’s frame, standing at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. Throwing from a high three-quarters arm slot, Beede’s fastball sits at 88-93 mph and touches 95. He has good arm speed on his 78-80 changeup that flashes plus, and he has a firm 75-78 curveball that’s presently average but has good shape.
“It’s hard to argue with his stuff when he’s giving you three potentially plus pitches right now,” said a third area scout, adding that Beede likely projects as a sandwich-round selection. Though Beede said he worked on his curveball the most last offseason, his changeup has an interesting back story. “It’s not a circle change, it’s not a box change, it kind of lays in my fingers and whatever happens to my hand moving, it happens. Sometimes I don’t even know which way the ball is going to move, and if I don’t know which way it’s going to move, the hitter doesn’t,” Beede said. Some scouts had questions in the past about Beede’s mechanics and arm action, but he has smoothed them out this year, repeating his delivery well and getting good extension out front. “I was falling off, and I wasn’t staying over my back leg as much, so I added in a (movement) to my delivery, kind of going over my head like a Curt Schilling type of windup. I’m doing that, so it’s helping me stay more balanced and stay over my back leg longer and rotate my hips better. That was one of the things, and my arm slot dropped a little bit last year, so that was something I worked on when I was doing my throwing program. It’s really gotten better.”
In the offseason, Beede works out at Cressey Performance, a baseball-specific exercise facility in Hudson, Mass., where major leaguers Kevin Youkilis and Tim Collins train. Beede started working out with Eric Cressey three years ago at the suggestion of former big leaguer Rich Gedman, and since then, he has added about 40 pounds to his body and about eight to 10 mph in velocity on his fastball.