ROUND 3 (#101 overall)
1. A.J. Puk: LHP, Washington HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (6’6", 215) DOB=4/25/95 (#85 in BA's final ranking)
2. Chandler Eden: RHP, Yuba City HS, Yuba City, Calif. (6'1", 165) DOB=8/27/95 (#70 in BA's final ranking)
3. Ryon Healy: 3B/1B, RHH, Univ. Oregon (6'4", 210) DOB=1/10/92 (#86 in BA's final ranking)
4. Jacob Brentz: LHP/RF (bats LH), Parkway South HS, Manchester, MO (6’2", 190) DOB=9/14/94 (#80 in BA's final ranking)
5. Carlos Salazar: RHP, Kerman HS, Kerman, Cal. (6’2", 205) DOB=11/?/94 (#93 in BA's final ranking)
6. Trey Masek: RHP, Texas Tech Univ. (6’1", 190) DOB=1/9/92 (#49 in BA's final ranking)
7. Kyle Crockett: LHP, Univ. Virginia (6'2", 170) DOB=12/15/92 (#103 in BA's final ranking)
8. Brett Morales: RHP, King HS, Tampa, Fla. (6'2", 195) DOB=1/?/95 (#118 in BA's final ranking)
Now follows my in-depth look at each of the 8 prospects listed above. They're listed in the order that they appear on my draft board. To clarify what you'll see below, when you see a stat line labeled as "Mid" it's referring to the stats that the college prospect had put up 2 weekends after the midway point of the 2013 college season. I wanted to include this info this year so we could all see how consistent each college prospect was between the first and second half of the season.
1. A.J. Puk: LHP, Washington HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (6’7", 215) DOB=4/25/95
Puk's (still-growing) body, his athletic frame, his easy throwing motion and live arm, and his excellent baseball instincts make his upside truly great. He's still raw and inexperienced as a pitcher and he's still getting used to the 3 inches that he's grown in the last 16 months. OTOH, he's got very low mileage on his arm and he doesn't have a lot of ingrained bad mechanical habits that a team would have to wean him off of. To top it all off, Puk is an outstanding hitter with the bat in his hand and he plays excellent defense at 1B. If for some reason the pitching doesn't work out for him, he should still be considered a top prospect as a power-hitting, sweet-swinging 1B prospect. The $872K allotted to the Giants for the #64 slot should be plenty to entice Puk away from his Univ. of Florida scholarship offer. His frame is highly projectable - long and lean with out-sized limbs. Most noticeably, he has really long legs and a very high waist, which should benefit him very much in the coming years. Univ. of Florida commit.
VID1: Jon Mayo's scouting comments - http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=25489091
VID2: Live game - April 2013 - PG Spring Top Showcase - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bf8JA_wnxc
Vid3: live game - PG All-American Classic (Aug. 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfKsgGh8n9k
Vid4: Warmups - PG All-American Classic (Aug. 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f9oczNR6yM
2. Chandler Eden: RHP, Yuba City HS, Yuba City, Calif. (6'1", 165) DOB=8/27/95
Eden is another great athlete with a projectable frame and plenty of room for growth. He's also one of the youngest prospects in the entire draft, which bodes well for his future growth. Call me crazy, but I think that of the 2 highly rated high school pitching prospects from the Bay Area I prefer Eden over Matt Krook any day of the week. I think that Eden's best days on the mound are still ahead of him and that he's got more velocity to come, while Krook has likely already reached his top velocity and he doesn't have the projectability or excellent mechanics that Eden does. Of course, it helps that Eden is more than 10 months younger than Krook. I've read one article stating that Eden will be difficult to sign away from his Oregon State commitment, but I believe that they were projecting to be picked in the mid-3rd round or later. If Eden's local team (who are well known for their ability to develop pitchers) drafts him in the 2nd round and offers him aroun $900K to sign then I can't see him turning it down. Ranked #99 in BA's preseason ranking of HS seniors, so you can see how much he climbed up the charts this spring. He's undersized now, but he's grown an inch or 2 in the last 14 months and he'll likely add another inch or 2 and put on another 15-25 pounds before he's finished. He only gets spotty competition playing in his small school league, but he did show well during the Area Code Games down in Southern Cal last summer - where the competition was top-notch. I also give Eden extra points for being very young for his draft class - he's the 3rd youngest guy (behind only Jake Bauers & Terry McClure) in BA's final top 250 prospect rankings. He was a FB/CB pitcher last spring and summer, with a live fastball that he threw between 88-92 mph and a well-shaped and sharp-breaking overhand curve ball. BA rated his fastball as the 3rd best in the nation among all the high school pitching prospects (behind Kohl Stewart & Phil Bickford).
"Eden ... threw a no-hitter to win a Sac-Joaquin section title [at the end of May]. ... Eden struck out 14 in the game and didn’t have a ball leave the infield, holding his 92-93 mph velocity from start to finish [7 innings]."
Oregon State Univ. commit.
VID1: Live game - no-hitter wins Sectional Championship - May 2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boYSqzW5_ds
VID2: Postgame Q & A after throwing no-hitter - May 2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_avWD8dZIk
VID3: local news segment announcing college scholarship - http://mysytv.com/eden.html
3. Ryon Healy: 1B/3B, RHH, Univ. Oregon (6'4", 210) DOB=1/10/92
For a guy that played in a horrible hitter's home ballpark (especially in terms of suppressing power numbers) and on a team that gave him almost no protection in the lineup all year long, Healy put up some great offensive stats this season. He also played plus defense at 1B and even did some damage on the basepaths with his deceptive speed for a big man. The player that Healy most reminds me of at the same point in their careers is Mike Olt, the top prospect that the Rangers drafted out of Connecticut back in 2010. They have simialar builds and body types, though Healy has a much better hit tool than Olt did (or does) while Olt was a better defender at 3B than Healy is right now. Seeing how Healy fields grounders at 1B this season (with great range and soft hands), I have little doubt that he can make the transition back to 3B over the next few seasons with only minor growing pains. His arm isn't a cannon, but it is strong enough for him to make all the throws needed at 3B. Healy is a blue-collar, hard-working baseball rat that is likely to have a successful pro career due to his hit tool and his work ethic. Here's the most positive, and most complete, scouting report (with video clips) that you'll likely read on Healy between now and the draft. It's written by Jon Klima of Baseball Prospect Report (a website that I highly recommend):
'12: .312/.378/.419/.797, wOBA=.358, ISOp=.107, AB=253, 2B=13, 3B=1, HR=4, BB=23 (8%), K=45 (15.7%), SB=3/5 (60%)
'12 (Cape): .310/.344/.526/.870, ISOp=.216, AB=116, 2B=9, 3B=2, HR=4, BB=4 (3.2%), K=26 (20.6%), SB=1/1 (100%)
Mid: .352/.401/.570/.972, wOBA=.420, ISOp=.218, AB=142, 2B=13, 3B=0, HR=6, BB=11 (7%), K=17 (10.8%), SB=2/4 (50%)
'13: .333/.406/.569/.975, wOBA=.420, ISOp=.236, AB=225, 2B=20, 3B=0, HR=11, BB=27 (10.5%), K=24 (9.4%), SB=5/8 (63%)
VID1: IF + BP + live game - March 2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOr2m2Pn82g
VID2: Live game - April 27, 2013 - 2 HRs vs. Stanford - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVYF2YCf0Do
4. Jacob Brentz: LHP/RF (bats LH), Parkway South HS, Manchester, MO (6’2", 190) DOB=9/14/94
Brentz is even more raw on the mound and has even fewer innings on his arm than AJ Puk (his fellow PG Iowa Spring League alum) does. While Brentz isn't as good of a hitter as Puk, he's still very athletic and was a good enough outfielder and hitter to receive a scholarship offer form the Univ. of Missouri before they found out what a plus arm he had on the mound. One big thing that Brentz has over Puk is that his FB currently sits in the 91-93 range and has touched as high as 97 mph on several separate occasions (Puk sits 89-91 and has topped out at 93). Of course, Brentz is more than 7 months older than Puk so we'll have to wait and see how fast he's throwing in November to make a fair comparison. Brentz control of his FB and curveball has been extremely erratic in the 2 clips that I've seen of him pitching in Iowa during April, so he's got a long way to go just to be able to be counted on to get through 1 or 2 innings of work right now. On the plus side, the team that ends up with him will have a true blank slate to work with. He's a high-risk pick in the 2nd round, but a lefty with a strong pitche's body and who already touches 97 mph is hard to pass on. Previously known as a star rightfielder and very good hitter, this all-around athlete burst onto the national radar (pun intended) in October by hitting 96 mph with his FB and striking out the only batter that he faced during the WWBC. Brentz has always had plus arm strength (he’s been clocked in the 90s on throws from RF), but he pitches very few innings for his HS (less than 5 innings during the 2012 HS season and only 14 total innings in his entire HS career) and summer league teams. Prior to October, his FB typically sat in the high-80s to low-90s, so the jump in velocity he displayed in October took everybody (including Brentz) by surprise. Brentz then really solidified his October buzz by having a strong showing off the mound at the 2013 PG Pitcher/Catcher Indoor Showcase, held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Feb. 9th. Brentz sat 91-92 mph with his FB, touched 94 several times and didn't throw any FB below 91 during his 1 inning of work. He reminds me a lot of what happened with Kyle Crick, only Crick at least was a starting pitcher on his summer league team following his junior year in high school. Univ. of Missouri commit.
VID1: Jon Mayo's scouting comments - http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=26722147
VID2: Live game - April 2013 - PG Spring Top Showcase - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4iNkmcYdbI
VID3: Local news segment - bullpen session - http://www.ksdk.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2029140207001
VID4: Indoor live AB session - PG Indoor Showcase, Feb. 2013 - http://www.baseballwebtv.com/mobile/Video.aspx?videoID=78429#ooid=l1MG44OTrNHJonDKnr8rVrENS8FtX2EZ
VID5: Indoor live AB session - PG Indoor Showcase, Feb. 2013 - http://www.baseballwebtv.com/Video.aspx?videoID=79179
VID6: Indoor live AB session - PG Indoor Showcase, Feb. 2013 - http://www.baseballwebtv.com/Video.aspx?videoID=78432
5. Carlos Salazar: RHP, Kerman HS, Kerman, Cal. (6’2", 205) DOB=11/?/94
Another high school pitcher that has touched 97 mph several times between October 2012 and May 2013, Salazar is more polished than Puk or Brentz and his delivery is much more repeatable right now. He's physically strong and he has plus arm strength and arm speed with a promising breaking ball. The Giants should have no trouble signing him away from his Fresno State commitment at this early round. Salazar came out of the dark to impress scouts with his mid-90s velocity during the WWBC back in October. He throws from a overhand arm slot, but still gets good late arm-side run on his FB. He has trouble repeating his mechanics and it shows in his below average control. He has a hesitation right before he starts his forward motion, which provides a measure of deception. He doesn’t stride much with his legs, but manages to generate very good power with a strong and quick push off his back leg and excellent hip rotation timing. In short, he’s a raw work in progress that shows excellent arm strength and a sturdy and powerful frame. Here's what one PerfectGame scout tweeted after watching Salazar pitch at the showcase in October:
"2013 RHP Carlos Salazar (Kerman, CA) goes 4 up/4 down showcase IP. Worked 94-95, touched 96, cutter @ 90-92. Changeup 84-87, CB up to 79."
Fresno State Univ. commit.
VID1: Jon Mayo's scouting comments - http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=25996905
Vid2: Live game – WWBC, Fla (Oct. 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qBT7vaCeLPY
VID3: Warmups + Live game - WWBC, Fla (Oct. 2012) - http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=297789
VID4: Live game - Fall 2012 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATWaexRQnpc
6. Trey Masek: RHP, Texas Tech Univ. (6’1", 190) DOB=1/9/92
It’s pronounced “MAH-sihck”. Masek had one of the best first 2 months of the college season of any pitcher in the nation and he probably was headed for a top 30 draft pick. He got sidetracked a bit when he developed some minor tendonitis in his bicep and had to miss 4 consecutive starts during the middle of the season. He did manage to make it back for his final 5 starts of the season, but he wasn't quite the same pitcher after the long layoff. His velocity was close to what it had been before the layoff, but his breaking ball wasn't near as crisp and he didn't have as good command and control of his pitches as he did before. As long as there's no long-term effect from the tendonitis then Masek would be a steal at #64 overall. He's continually underated because of his height and stature, but when he's healthy his stuff is top-shelf and his command and control are well above average. I like the idea of the Giants exploiting the bias against shorter RHPs to steal away a promising pitcher or 2. Masek was undrafted out of his Texas high school, despite showing above-average arm strength and touching low-90s velocity as a senior, probably because of his sub-6 foot heights and very slim build at the time. He's added a few inches in height, about 20 pounds of weight, and about 3 mph in velocity over the last 3 years to finally demand the notice of all the major leaggue teams heading into the June draft. Masek also pitched well on the Cape this past summer. Masek has a hard curve/slider with nice shape, depth and bite (named the 2nd best slider in the CCL - behind only Sean Manaea - by PG.com). Masek is no dumb jock, either, he had a 4.0 GPA as a Civil Engineering major in 2011-12.
'12: G=18, GS=6, IP=53, K=46, K/9=7.8, BB=20, BB/9=3.4, K/BB=2.3, H=47, H/9=8, WHIP=1.26, BAA=.244, BABIP=.320
'12 (Cape): G=7, IP=39.2, K=47, K/9=10.7, BB=15, BB/9=3.4, K/BB=3.1, H=37, H/9=8.4, WHIP=1.31, ERA=3.18
Mid: GS=6, IP=43, K=42 (K/9=8.8), BB=11 (BB/9=2.3), K/BB=3.8, H=27 (H/9=5.7), WHIP=0.88, BAA=.184, BABIP=.257
'13: GS=11, IP=79, K=69 (K/9=7.9), BB=22 (BB/9=2.5), K/BB=3.1, H=58 (H/9=6.6), WHIP=.99, BAA=.206, BABIP=.276
Vid1: bullpen + live game (July 2012), CCL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dd7t6Jilt4
7. Kyle Crockett: LHP, Univ. Virginia (6'2", 170) DOB=12/15/92
Most usually wouldn't recommend drafting a college closer this high and I would agree. However, Crockett was only made a closer by default at the beginning of this college season. His coach had nobody else he could trust in the critical role and Crockett's stuff and control were so excellent that he took to the role like a duck to water. Even though he has the repertoire and stamina to be a starter, he was too valuable to the team as a closer to be allowed to do what would be best for his draft status. One huge plus for Crockett is that he is by far the youngest college prospect in the draft (not counting JuCo players). He won't even turn 21 until this coming December. Crockett is Very slender and gangly-looking. He generates power and arm speed with a long stride and solid, repeatable mechanics. He has + command and control and has steadily improved all of his stats in each of his 3 seasons (pitching almost entirely out of the pen) at UVA - working his way up from middle relief to setup man to multi-inning closer. Crockett was originally scheduled to take the #1 or #2 spot in the starting rotation this year, but he tweaked his back in the preseason and had to stop pitching for a few weeks. By the time he was ready to start pitching again the season was starting and he had so few innings of work in that his coach decided to start him out in the pen. It was only supposed to be a temporary role until he regained his stamina, but Crockett performed so well as a reliever that he became the irreplaceable closer for the young pitching staff. He has a FB/SL/CH repertoire that would seem to be a good candidate to try converting to a starting rotation in the pros, but he is quite skinny for his height and may not hold up to the season-long grind of pitching 5+ innings every 5th day. OTOH, he has shown an ability to work multiple innings out of the pen and to pitch on back-to-back-to-back nights. Here's how his coach described him at the midway point in the season:
"His stuff is a lot better than you will have seen [from him] the last two years. He’s pretty much 90-92, will touch 93. He has a really good slider, a good changeup, and his command is so good. The guy’s got one walk on the year and it’s an intentional walk."
"Kyle Crockett (4-1, 1.81, 10 SV), is a lanky lefty with a 90-92 fastball, good slider and pinpoint command."
Mid: G=17, IP=26.1, K=34 (K/9=11.6), BB=1 (BB/9=0.3), K/BB=34, H=18 (H/9=6.2), WHIP=0.72, BAA=.194, BABIP=.305
'13: G=28, IP=53.2, K=68 (K/9=11.4), BB=6 (BB/9=1.0), K/BB=11.3, H=39 (H/9=6.5), WHIP=.84, BAA=.202, BABIP=.312
8. Brett Morales: RHP, King HS, Tampa, Fla. (6'2", 195) DOB=1/?/95
Morales is more of a physical specimen than Danish and he throws with more consistent velocity than him. He doesn't have Danish's command and control, though, and he had an inconsistent high school season this spring. That being said, Morales is a fairly new convert (from SS) to pitching (only been pitching full time since the summer of 2012), so he has low miles on his arm and plenty of room for future growth as he gains experience on the mound. Morales is also committed to the Univ. of Florida, and should also be an easy sign at around the $900K mark. Ranked #21 in BA's Nov. 2012 ranking of HS seniors, so you can see that BA has downgraded him a lot for his last 4 months of work. Despite his relative lack of pitching experience, Morales displayed an advanced feel for pitching, repeatable mechanics, and a good 3-pitch mix (FB/CU/CH) during the summer and fall showcase circuit in 2012. He's athletic and solidly built, but he still has some projection on his frame. Here's what one PG.com scout wrote about Morales after seeing him at the PG National Showcase back in June 2012:
"Tall well proportioned athletic build, projects physically. Slow paced delivery, good balance and direction, fast loose arm action, high 3/4's slot, really works downhill well, repeats delivery. Low 90's fastball, topped out at 93 mph, good sinking life with plus angle to the plate. Hard spin on mid 70's curveball, nice bite and depth, very good change up, maintains arm speed well despite big velocity gap, lots of sink, hitters didn't pick up off speed stuff. Showed plus pitchability and ability to sequence pitches. Former infielder relatively new to full time pitching. Very impressive prospect who still projects."
Think of Morales in the Kyle Crick mold, but with more pitchability and a deeper repertoire at the same age. Univ. of Florida commit.
VID1: Mound warmups - PG National Showcase (June 2012) - http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=291958
ROUNDS 4 THRU 10 (in alphabetical order - separated by college vs. high school):
Matt Boyd: LHP, Oregon State Univ. (6'3", 217) DOB=2/2/91 Ranked #178 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. After being a reliever ever since starting college back in 2010, Boyd has made a suucessful transition to the starting rotation in 2013 - taking over the #1 spot for the Beavers in the early going. I don't know enough about his velocity, repertoire and mechanics to put him into consideration for the first round, but he's an interesting late-riser to consider starting in the 2nd round. '12: G=31, IP=37, K=31, K/9=7.5, BB=13, BB/9=3.2, K/BB=2.8, H=33, H/9=8, BABIP=.286, BAA=.237, WHIP=1.24, ERA=3.41, FIP=4.54 '12 (Cape): G=11, GS=3, IP=27, K=39, K/9=13, BB=7, BB/9=2.3, K/BB=5.6, H=23, H/9=7.7, WHIP=1.11, ERA=4.33 Mid: GS=9, IP=63.2, K=58 (K/9=8.2), BB=16 (BB/9=2.3), K/BB=3.3, H=39 (H/9=5.5), WHIP=0.86, BAA=.176, BABIP=.230 '13: GS=16, IP=114.1, K=106 (K/9=8.3), BB=28 (BB/9=2.2), K/BB=3.8, H=79 (H/9=6.2), WHIP=.94, BAA=.195, BABIP=.251
Chase Brookshire: LHP, Bemont Univ., Tennessee (6', 190) DOB=3/7/91 Brookshire is a senior who has been a starting pitcher in each of his 4 years at Belmont and has worked very hard to turn himself into a complete starting pitcher with a repertoire of 4 pitches that are at least average. After avery solid junior season in 2012 (16 starts, 110 innings, ERA=2.45, BAA=.217), he has been a dominant presence on the mound for Belmont through the first half of the 2013 season. Always stingy with hits and walks, Brookshire has dramatically improved his strikeout rate from 6.6 per 9 all the way up to 9 per 9 innings. He's always been tough on LH hitters, but so far this year he's been using his improved changeup and fringe-plus command and control to make life difficult for RH hitters too. His stuff isn't anything that catches your eye and his velocity is never likely to top 90 mph, but he knows how to keep hitter off-balance and make them uncomfortable, he can really spot his pitches where he wants them, he regularly pitches deep into the games that he starts, he's a very durable, and he tends to pitch his best in big games on the road when the pressure is at its highest. I think that he would be a good candidate for the Giants to take a chance on after the 10th round, or during rounds 7-10 if they want to try to save some money under the slot for other picks. Mid: GS=7, IP=47, K=47 (K/9=9), BB=5 (BB/9=1), K/BB=9.4, H=31 (H/9=5.9), WHIP=0.77, BAA=.193, BABIP=.259 '13: GS=11, IP=71, K=82 (K/9=10.4), BB=12 (BB/9=1.5), K/BB=6.8, H=45 (H/9=5.7), WHIP=.80, BAA=.184, BABIP=.253
Aaron Brown: LHP, Pepperdine Univ. (6'1", 222) DOB=6/20/92 Ranked #99 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Brown will be a draft-eligible sophomore (just barely) in June 2013. He's a very good athlete and 2-way player that started 32 games in right field as a freshman in 2012. He also got in 16 relief appearnces when his team needed some help on the mound. BA reported that Brown was touching 94 mph with his FB and sporting an improved slider and changeup during fall ball in 2012. Drafted out of HS by Pittsburgh in the 17th round of the 2011 draft. '12: G=18, IP=21.1, K=19, K/9=8, BB=21, BB/9=8.9, K/BB=0.9, H=21, H/9=8.9, BABIP=.358, BAA=.284, WHIP=1.97, ERA=4.64, FIP=4.45 Mid: GS=7, IP=40.2, K=28 (K/9=6.2), BB=22 (BB/9=4.9), K/BB=1.3, H=39 (H/9=8.6), WHIP=1.50, BAA=258., BABIP=.311 '13: GS=12, IP=72.2, K=49 (K/9=6.1), BB=31 (BB/9=3.8), K/BB=1.6, H=79 (H/9=9.8), WHIP=1.51, BAA=.336, BABIP=.284 Danny Collins: 3B/LF, RHH, Troy Univ., Alabama (6’2", 205) DOB=2/11/91 After hitting the 3rd most HRs in the Sun Belt Conference during his sophomore season at Troy in 2012, Collins headed north and had a monster summer league season. He broke the single season Northeast Collegiate League records for HRs, slugging percentage, extra-base hits and total bases - hitting 19 HRs in only 41 games (181 PAs) to smash the 15-year old record by 5 HRs. Collins is old for his junior class, because he red-shirted his freshman season at Alabama in 2009. Unsatisfied with his situation at Alabama, he transferred and played the 2010 season (his freshman season) for a small northern Florida JuCo. He then transferred back to Division 1 baseball by signing with Troy during the summer of 2011, which led to his breakout 2012 sophomore season. Normally a 3B, Collins has been moved to RF by his Troy coaches this spring to allow his right shoulder to fully heal after injuring it playing defense during the 2012 college season. UPDATE: Collins has continued his powerful and hot hitting streak during the first 3 weeks of the 2013 college season. He's hitting .526/.612/1.053 with 4 HRs, 2 triples and 4 doubles (ISOp=.527!) through his first 38 ABs - with 7 BBs and only 3 Ks. He hasn't faced much tough pitching yet, but he wasn't slowed down at all by a very highly-rated Southern Mississippi pitching staff (7-11 with 2 HRs + 1 double) during a 3 game series in the 4th weekend of the young season. '12 (college): .318/.388/.562/.950 – AB=233, 2B=17, 3B=2, HR=12, BB=22 (8.2%), K=24 (9.0%) '12 (NEBL): .390/.461/.818/1.279 – AB=159, 2B=9, 3B=1, HR=19, BB=19 (10.4%), K=30 (16.6%) Mid: .389/.494/.710/1.204, wOBA=510, ISOp=.321, AB=131, 2B=14, 3B=2, HR=8, BB=23 (14%), K=15 (9.1%), SB=1/2 (50%) '13: .360/.452/.631/1.084, wOBA=.465, ISOp=.301, AB=236, 2B=25, 3B=3, HR=11, BB=32 (11.2%), K=33 (11.6%), SB=1/2 (50%) Vid1: BP – Mar 2009 (high school senior): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huUaNPHineE
Marcus Davis: LF, LHH, Florida State Univ. (6'2", 215) DOB=4/26/92 Ranked #409 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Davis was on my draft board for the 2012 draft, but went undrafted. He graduated from his JuCo and ended up getting a surprise late-summer scholarship offer from FSU when the Seminoles lost most of their best high school commitments to the 2012 major league draft. This will be a huge opportunity for Davis to showcase his skills to a wide audience while playing against the highest level of college competition in the country. If he can stay healthy, I think Davis is a great sleeper pick to keep a close eye on and he will very likely be the one college draftee that sees the highest rise in his draft position between 2012 and 2013. Davis transferred to Walters State from LSU prior to his freshman year and blossomed into one of the top JuCo position players in the nation during his sophomore season in 2012. Davis missed his senior year of high school with a shoulder injury, lost his scholarship to LSU, and didn't impress during his 2011 freshman season at Walters State. He showed that he has the sought-after combo of speed and strength during the 2012 college season and posted some of the best offensive numbers of any college player in the country. Davis has solid above average speed (6.7 second 60) and arm strength (he has thrown as fast as 88 mph off of the mound - though his throwing mechanics need some work). UPDATE1: I saw Davis hit a loud and long (> 430') HR out of the stadium and into the parking lot in his first AB as an FSU Seminole on Feb. 15th. He's definitely got a sweet swing and above-average power, but I didn't get a chance to see him on defense as he was used at DH. UPDATE2: Through the first 3 weeks of the season, Davis is hitting well over .400 and slugging well over .900, with 4 HRs and 5 doubles in only 36 ABs. Of course, it's a SSS and FSU has faced decidedly mediocre competition so far, but Davis has continued to show a sweet swing and the ability to barrel up the ball and hit it hard even when making outs. He also has shown some patience at the plate by working 6 BBs (versus only 6 Ks) in his first 44 PAs of the season. He forced his way from the #6 spot in the batting order to the #3 spot after the first 5 games. OTOH, his OF defense probably needs work. He started out as a DH this season, although he did take over in LF for 6 games when the starter got injured (he's back at DH now that the starting LF is healthy once again. At this point, I wouldn't use a draft pick on him before the 4th round, until I can get some sense of his defensive abilities, but he could be a good gamble after that as a sleeper in the Shawn Payne mold - with more power but lesser speed. Although, if he continues to hit well and show a powerful bat when FSU starts playing against the top competition in the ACC then he's unlikely to remain a sleeper by the first week in June. 2012: .440/.514/.766/1.280 AB=218, ISOp=.326, 2B=27, 3B=1, HR=14, BB=31 (12.1%), SB=14/16 (87.5%) Mid: .300/.390/.569/.959, wOBA=.414, ISOp=.269, AB=130, 2B=14, 3B=0, HR=7, BB=16 (10.3%), K=17 (11%), SB=2/3 (67%) '13: .300/.379/.504/.884, wOBA=.389, ISOp=.204, AB=230, 2B=20, 3B=0, HR=9, BB=27 (10%), K=33 (12.2%), SB=5/7 (71%)
Brandon Dixon, 3B, RHH, Univ. Arizona (6'1", 213) DOB=1/29/92 Ranked #134 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Dixon has an athletic frame and a near ideal 3B body - with sloping shoulders and strong hands. Dixon had Lasik surgery on his eyes last fall and has been an entirely different hitter in 2013 - hitting for average and power. In 2012 (when the Wildcats won the College World Series), Dixon's hitting was so spotty that he was relegated to being a late-innning defensive replacement at 1B by the end of the season. In 2013, his new-found batting prowess and above-average range has allowed him to win the starting 3B spot. Dixon was born and raised in the San Diego area before heading to AZ on a baseball scholarship. Drafted by the Rangers in the 48th round of the 2010 draft. '12: .245/.326/.323/.650, ISOp=.078, AB=155, 2B=9, 3B=0, HR=1, BB=12 (6.5%), K=34 (18.3%), SB=8/12 (67%) Mid: .386/.462/.598/1.061, ISOp=.212, AB=132, 2B=6, 3B=5, HR=4, BB=13 (8.1%), K=21 (13%), SB=25/27 (93%) '13: .369/.443/.561/1.003, wOBA=.442, ISOp=.192, AB=214, 2B=13, 3B=5, HR=6, BB=21 (8.2%), K=35 (13.6%), SB=30/37 (81%)
Kyle Finnegan: RHP, Texas State Univ. (6’1", 165) DOB=9/4/91 Ranked #268 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. He’s grown past he 6 foot height barrier since he entered college, but he remains a very skinny guy. He can bring the heat, though, with a loose arm and well above-average arm strength and arm speed. He touched 96-97 mph during the autumn workouts at Texas State and his FB sat in the 92-94 mph range. Finnegan shows some effort at release during his delivery, but generates most of his power with an excellent hip-turn and leg drive. He’s been too hittable during his first 2 seasons at Texas State and in the 2012 Cape Cod League, but he’s shown steady improvement with that – along with most of his other stats. Finnegan relies mostly on his FB and promising changeup, and needs to develop a consistent breaking ball if he’s going to remain a starter in pro ball. '12: G=15, IP=93.1, K=75, K/9=7.2, BB=26, BB/9=2.5, K/BB=2.9, H=86, H/9=8.3, BABIP=.299, BAA=.242, WHIP=1.20, ERA=3.28, FIP=3.69 '12 (Cape): G=9, IP=35.2, K=44, K/9=11.1, BB=18, BB/9=4.5, K/BB=2.4, H=31, H/9=7.8, WHIP=1.37, ERA=6.56 Mid: G=10, GS=9, IP=46.2, K=46 (K/9=8.9), BB=26 (BB/9=5), K/BB=1.8, H=52 (H/9=10), WHIP=1.67, BAA=.277, BABIP=.338 '13: G=19, GS=10, IP=65.2, K=64 (K/9=8.8), BB=36 (BB/9=4.9), K/BB=1.8, H=74 (H/9=10.1), WHIP=1.68, BAA=.275, BABIP=.335 Vid1: live game (March 2012) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8itefli3ryM
Trevor Frank: RHP, Univ. Calif-Riverside (6', 195) DOB=6/23/91 Ranked #294 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Frank is a senior, but is young for his class - he won't turn 22 until 2 weeks after the draft. He has pitched all 4 years for UC-Riverside after graduating from a San Diego area high school. He had an uncle (Dennis) that played in the Cardinals system. Frank is another one of those power-armed college relief pithcers that the Giants have been keen on collecting in the draft the last 2 years. As would be suspected for a guy that isn't on the national radar screen, control of his pitches is his major weakness. Frank has touched 96 mph with his FB this season and his slider has been much-improved since last season. Here's a recent tweet from Kendall Rogers (PG.com): "Got a good report on @UCR_Baseball Jr. RHP Trevor Frank. 95-96 w/ good SL to close out #UCIrvine last wk" '12: GS=, IP=, K= (K/9=), BB= (BB/9=), K/BB=, H= (H/9=), WHIP=, ERA=, BAA=., BABIP=. '12 (West Coast Summer): GS=6, IP=29.1, K=17 (K/9=5.2), BB=7 (BB/9=2.1), K/BB=2.4, H=16 (H/9=4.9), WHIP=0.78, ERA=0.61 Mid: G=16, IP=24, K=26 (K/9=9.8), BB=5 (BB/9=1.9), K/BB=5.2, H=13 (H/9=4.9), WHIP=0.75, BAA=.148, BABIP=.210 '13: G=26, IP=44, K=44 (K/9=9.0), BB=9 (BB/9=1.8), K/BB=4.9, H=37 (H/9=7.6), WHIP=1.05, BAA=.215, BABIP=.283
Scott Frazier: RHP, Pepperdine Univ. (6'7", 230) DOB= Ranked #160 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Frazier was already on scouts' radars after a strong sophomore season for Pepperdine in 2012. Now there's even more buzz around him as reports drift in that he was touching 95 mph with his FB during fall ball - and displating improved mechanics to go along with a better slider. Here's BA's Aaron Fitt's eyewitness account of Frazier's 2013 opening day start on Feb. 15th: "Pepperdine cruised to an 11-1 win behind Scott Frazier (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K), who pounded the zone with a 91-94 mph fastball that bumped 95 and mixed in a sharp downer curve at 73-77." And here's Fitt's report on what scouts were saying about Frazier's first start of the season: "Scouts who saw Frazier in the fall [of 2012] said he cleaned up his arm action, eliminating a stab in the back and making it shorter. That mechanical adjustment helped his breaking ball improve. In his season debut last Friday against Western Michigan, Frazier struggled with his feel for his curveball in the first inning, casting it to his arm-side a few times, but he quickly settled down and started throwing sharp downer curveballs in the 73-77 range. He used it as the putaway pitch on four of his six strikeouts over seven innings of three-hit ball, allowing just an unearned run in the first. His fastball sat at 92-94 mph early and bumped 95 a few times, and he still pitched at 91-92 and touched 93 in the seventh. He also threw a few quality changeups in the low 80s" Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. '12: GS=15, IP=103, K=69, K/9=6, BB=31, BB/9=2.7, K/BB=2.2, H=104, H/9=9.1, BABIP=.316, BAA=.264, WHIP=1.31, ERA=3.93, FIP=4.06 '12 (Cape): GS=3, IP=12.2, K=10, K/9=7.1, BB=4, BB/9=2.8, K/BB=2.5, H=17, H/9=12.1, WHIP=1.66, ERA=4.97 Mid: GS=9, IP=62, K=55 (K/9=8), BB=23 (BB/9=3.3), K/BB=2.4, H=59 (H/9=8.6), WHIP=1.32, BAA=.259, BABIP=.337 '13: GS=13, IP=88.2, K=83 (K/9=8.4), BB=40 (BB/9=4.1), K/BB=2.1, H=75 (H/9=7.6), WHIP=1.30, BAA=.237, BABIP=.313
Conrad Gregor: 1B/LF, LHH (throws RH), Vanderbilt Univ. (6’3", 220) DOB=2/27/92 Ranked #425 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Gregor is a patient hitter with great pitch recognition and very rarely wastes at-bats. Most seasons he will walk as much as he strikes out, and he forces the opposing pitcher to throw a lot of pitches to get past his spot in the batting order. Gregor has the arm strength to play RF, but is unlikely to maintain the footspeed needed to play the position in the pros. Drafted out of HS by the White Sox in the 40th round of the 2010 draft. '12: .328/.439/.463/.902, wOBA=.406, AB=229, ISOp=.135, 2B=20, 3B=1, HR=3, BB=41 (14.7%), K=41 (14.7%), SB=10/10 (100%) '12 (Cape): .329/.466/.550/1.016, AB=149, ISOp=.221, 2B=7, 3B=1, HR=8, BB=38 (19.7%), K=40 (20.7%), SB=7/10 (70%) Mid: .280/.418/.360/.778, wOBA=.379, ISOp=..080, AB=125, 2B=7, 3B=0, HR=1, BB=33 (19.4%), K=13 (7.6%), SB=14/15 (93%) '13: .306/.437/.412/.849, wOBA=.399, ISOp=.106, AB=216, 2B=14, 3B=0, HR=3, BB=52 (18.2%), K=26 (9.1%), SB=20/23 (87%)
Tyler Horan: LF/RF, LHH (throws RH), Virginia Tech. Univ. (6’1", 220) DOB=12/2/90 Ranked #293 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Pronounced HOAR-uhn. Many evaluators thought that he was the best power hitter in the Cape Cod League in 2012. On the negative side, Horan is hella-old for his college class, because he red-shirted his entire freshman year in 2010. He currently has the speed (6.75 in the 60) and above-average arm to play RF, but he could thicken up as he matures and end up in LF. In looking at clips of Horan's swing, there's much to like. He has a compact and quick swing, with very strong hands and wrists. He is able to genrate well above-average power with no leg kick or stride. It does look to me, though, that he'll have major trouble reaching pitches up in the zone with his current swing. '12: .282/.400/.585/.985, wOBA=.423, AB=188, ISOp=.303, 2B=8, 3B=2, HR=15, BB=27 (11.6%), K=46 (19.8%), SB=7/9 (78%) '12 (Cape): .342/.410/.717/1.127, AB=152, ISOp=.375, 2B=7, 3B=1, HR=16, BB=11 (6.4%), K=41 (23.7%), SB=3/3 (100%) Vid1: live games - 2012 Cape Cod League: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG47o2ZIeYE Vid2: live games - 2012 Cape Cod League: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqgIh7BQOPE Mid: .320/.379/.529/.908, wOBA=.393, ISOp=.209, AB=153, 2B=11, 3B=3, HR=5, BB=12 (7.1%), K=23 (13.6%), SB=2/5 (60%) '13: .342/.391/.603/.995, wOBA=.424, ISOp=., AB=257, 2B=26, 3B=4, HR=11, BB=18 (6.4%), K=38 (13.5%), SB=5/9 (56%)
C.K. Irby: RHP/OF/1B, RHH, Samford Univ., Alabama (6'1", 195) DOB=5/6/92 Ranked #237 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Mid: GS=9, IP=55, K=61 (K/9=), BB=21 (BB/9=), K/BB=2.9, H=47 (H/9=7.7), WHIP=1.24, BAA=.236, BABIP=.311 '13: GS=15, IP=91.1, K=90 (K/9=8.9), BB=33 (BB/9=3.3), K/BB=2.7, H=80 (H/9=7.9), WHIP=1.24, BAA=.241, BABIP=.305 Mid: .360/.429/.640/1.070, wOBA=.459, ISOp=.280, AB=139, 2B=9, 3B=3, HR=8, BB=17 (10.4%), K=21 (12.9%), SB=4/5 (80%) '13: .383/.450/.599/1.049, wOBA=.456, ISOp=.216, AB=222, 2B=16, 3B=4, HR=8, BB=28 (10.9%), K=32 (12.4%), SB=6/7 (86%)
Mason Katz, 1B, RHH, LSU (5'10", 190) DOB=8/23/90 Ranked #231 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Katz is a senior, and an old one at that, who has played all 4 years at LSU. Katz gets fringe-plus power from his a strong, fireplug type build and is quite athletic. What you see is what you get with his physique, though, as he's fully grown with no projection left. He has played in the Cape Cod League during the summers of 2011 and 2012 with some success (named to the 2011 All-Star team). Katz has had a terrific first half of the 2013 season, showing huge gains in his contact rate and consistency at the plate without sacrificing any power, to emerge as one of the top all-around offensive forces in the entire country. I do have some doubts that a lot of his improvement isn't just a factor of his advanced age, SSS, and the fact that he is surrounded by a great offensive lineup at LSU this year. I have seen him on TV several times during the 2012 and 2013 college seasons and I do like what I've seen of his swing mechanics and plate approach this year. He's hitting the ball more to CF and RF this year, as opposed to being more of a dead pull hitter in the past. He's also simplified and quieted his swing some this year. As for defense, Katz is a fringe-plus defender at 1B right now, with lots of range and an accurate arm. His lack of height and reach is a drawback. He did play RF as a junior and could easily move to a corner OF spot in the pros and be at least an average defender there. LSU did try him out at 3B during fall ball, but decided that he was more of an asset at 1B. If a team believes in his bat then I would suggest that they try him at 3B to begin his pro career. If he can't make the conversion they can always move him to 1B with '12 (CCL): .258/.316/.424/.740, ISOp=.186, AB=66, 2B=0, 3B=1, HR=3, BB=7 (%), K=13 (%), SB=1/1 (100%) Mid: .422/.500/.800/1.300, wOBA=.542, ISOp=.378, AB=135, 2B=8, 3B=2, HR=13, BB=20 (12.5%), K=20 (12.5%), SB=3/7 (43%) '13: .378/.467/.652/1.120, wOBA=.480, ISOp=.274, AB=230, 2B=14, 3B=2, HR=15, BB=37 (%), K=37 (13.4%), SB=5/12 (4213.4%)
Conner Kendrick: LHP, Auburn Univ. (6', 195) DOB=8/18/92 Ranked #313 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Kendrick started out his college career at Georgia Tech Univ. in the spring of 2011, pitching only 7 innings for a deep and talented pitching staff. He left Georgia Tech after his freshman season and joined the JuCo ranks (at Northwest Florida State College) for the 2012 season, where he finished the season with a 5-5 record and 84 Ks in 78.2 innings of work. Auburn snapped him up and he's rewarded them by starting out the 2013 season as their best pitcher out of the bullpen - in both long and short roles. Through the first 4 weeks of the season, Kendrick has appeared in 6 games (all in relief) and 16.1 innings - with 22 Ks (for a K/(=12.1) vs. only 5 BBs and 4 hits (WHIP=0.55). Opponents are hitting a measley .077 off of him and he has yet to allow a run. His coach is thinking about moving him into the starting rotation, although he does love the flexibility that he has by having him available for any game out of the pen. Kendrick has a a stocky frame, with a thick middle and lower-body, and is unlikely to have any more physical projection left. He throws from a high three-quarters delivery, and generates excellent arm speed with a smooth and relatively easy motion. he has a slight pause at the top of his delivery, so there is a bit of deception for the batter. He has a 3-pitch mix of FB/CH/CU with the FB being his main weapon. The main reason for his excellent early season success appears to be the development of his curveball as a true weapon, in addition to improved overall command and control of all of his pitches. Last season his changeup was his main secondary pitch and the curveball was inconsistent and not very tight or sharp-breaking. I don't know what his exact velocity is now, but he was throwing his FB in the upper-80s as a senior in high school back in 2010, so I imagine he's at least in the low-90s by now. From the vid clip posted below, it appears to my eye that his fastball could even be reaching the mid-90s at times. Kendrick is also one of the younger college guys in his draft class, so he offers a bit more potential to dream on. Kendrick has an older brother, Catlan, who pitches for Kennesaw State Univ. as a senior this year. '12 (JuCo): G=14, GS=13, IP=76.2, K=84 (K/9=9.9), BB=39 (BB/9=4.6), K/BB=2.2, H=72 (H/9=8.5), WHIP=1.44, ERA=4.46 VID1: live game vs. Alabama (3/5/13) - Kendrick is the LHP in the orange top who starts pitching at the 1:17 mark: http://www.auburntigers.com/allaccess/?media=377204 Mid: G=13, GS=3, IP=42, K=45 (K/9=9.6), BB=16 (BB/9=3.4), K/BB=2.8, H=39 (H/9=8.4), WHIP=1.31, BAA=.258, BABIP=.362 '13: G=19, GS=9, IP=80.1, K=75 (K/9=8.4), BB=29 (BB/9=3.3), K/BB=2.6, H=78 (H/9=8.7), WHIP=1.33, BAA=.259, BABIP=.333
Corey Littrell: LHP, Univ. Kentucky (6’2", 180) DOB=3/21/92 Ranked #130 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Littrell had a very high K-rate as a starter in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2012, but he remains very hittable and a likely bullpen candidate as a pro. Drafted out of HS by Washington in the 43rd round of the 2010 draft. '12: IP=98.7, H=104, K=87, K/9=7.9, BB=25, BB/9=2.3, K/BB=3.5, H/9=9.5, BABIP=.371, BAA=.286, WHIP=1.31, ERA=2.74, FIP=3.55 '12 (Cape): GS=8, IP=37, K=52, K/9=12.6, BB=13, BB/9=3.2, K/BB=4, H=39, H/9=9.5, WHIP=1.41, ERA=5.11 Mid: GS=9, IP=57, K=51 (K/9=), BB=21 (BB/9=), K/BB=2.4, H=54 (H/9=8.5), WHIP=1.32, BAA=.250, BABIP=.311 '13: GS=14, IP=94.1, K=77 (K/9=7.4), BB=35 (BB/9=3.3), K/BB=2.2, H=89 (H/9=8.5), WHIP=1.31, BAA=.256, BABIP=.307
Ben Lively: RHP, Univ. Central Florida (6'4', 210) DOB=3/5/92 Ranked #127 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Lively has been a steady developer through his freshman and sophomore years in the starting rotation for UCF. What has really separated him from the pack of mid-range college pitching prospects since last summer is his vastly improved command and control of his 4-pitch repertoire. He found something while pitching in the Cape Cod League in 2012 and it's continued into the first 5 weeks of the 2013 college season. NOt only have scouts noticed it, but the statistics bear it out. His BB per 9 innnigs has fallen dramatically from 5.0 during his 2012 college season, to just under 3 on the Cape last summer, to 2.0 through his first 5 starts (36 innings) of the 2013 college seasons. That's important for Lively, because he doesn't have the elite velocity that other top-ranked pitching prospects can fall back on in a pinch. Lively's no slouch, though, as his FB sits in the 89-92 mph range and has touched 93 this year. He does have a strong and athletic frame, so it's possible that he'll add a few mph in the next several years, but I wouldn't count on it at this point. His FB does "play up" due to it's deceptive late movement. His main weapon is a well above-average wipeout slider that he has commanded very well this year. He has also shown very good progress with a promising changeup that he started perfecting on the Cape last summer. He also uses a big-breaking curveball as a change of pace pitch to keep hitters off balaonce. Lively's a prospect that I would expect to go off the board between the middle of the 2nd round to the end of the 5th round - depending on if a team believes in his ability to maintain his low-90s velocity (or even add to it) once he faces the rigors of having to pitch every 5th day as a pro. '12: G=19, GS=13, IP=81, K=84 (K/9=9.3), BB=45 (BB/9=5.0), K/BB=1.9, H=67 (H/9=7.4), HR=1 (HR/9=.11), WHIP=1.38, ERA=3.00 '12 (Cape): GS=6, IP=30.1, K=43 (K/9=12.8), BB=10 (BB/9=2.97), K/BB=4.3, H=28 (H/9=8.3), HR=6 (HR/9=1.8), WHIP=1.25, ERA=4.15 VID1: live game (Cape Cod League 7/27/2012) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0agDaFtuRg VID1: Post-game Q & A (he looks and talks a bit like Matt Cain) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIzgkoCwHUY Mid: GS=9, IP=66.1, K=63 (K/9=8.6), BB=15 (BB/9=2), K/BB=4.2, H=46 (H/9=6.2), WHIP=0.92, BAA=.197, BABIP=.266 '13: GS=15, IP=106, K=101 (K/9=8.6), BB=28 (BB/9=2.4), K/BB=3.6, H=88 (H/9=7.5), WHIP=1.09, BAA=.231, BABIP=.309
Justin Livengood: RHP, UNC-Wilmington (6'3", 210) DOB=3/2/90 Ranked #364 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Livengood is a 5th year redshirt season with no eligibility left and already 23 years old. Reliever with a 92-94 mph fastball and a plus curveball. Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. '13: G=29, IP=33.2, K=48 (K/9=12.8), BB=26 (BB/9=7), K/BB=1.8, H=28 (H/9=7.5), WHIP=1.60, BAA=.219, BABIP=.342
Kyle McGowin: RHP, Savannah State Univ., Georgia (6'4", 190) DOB=11/27/91 Ranked #211 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. McGowin is a tall, thin guy from Long Island who moved south to pitch for a small conference college once his high school career ended. He's been a starter since day 1 of his freshman season and he's proven very durable - he's yet to miss a start in 2+ seasons of college ball and in 2012 he averaged just over 7 innings per start. He developed into an outstanding control pitcher as a sophomore in 2012 and he's always been able to keep the ball in the park, so he was able to post a very respectable 3.43 ERA despite allowing an average of almost 1 hit per inning in 2012. He's reportedly gained some strength and velocity since the end of his 2012 college season, which has allowed him to greatly increase his K-rate (currently at 12.8 per 9, with 43 Ks in his first 30 innings of work) through his first 4 starts of the 2013 college season. And he's been able to maintain his excellent control (only 4 BBs total) while holding opposing hitters to a measley 0.195 BAA. He's also proving his advanced ability to pitch deep into ball games by averaging almost 8 innings per start so far this season. This is quite rare for a pitcher his age - not to mention one that's striking out opponents at such a high rate. Of course, McGowin normally plays against a relatively low level of competition for a Division 1 program (the MEAC consists of 9 historically black colleges stretching from the mid-Atlantic to central Florida), but the progression of his development over the past 3 seasons paints a promising picture. Keep an eye on this kid as a deep sleeper prospect for June. From BA: "Kyle McGowin (12-1, 1.33)...who works in the 89-93 mph range, touches 95 and flashes a plus slider, allowed just one run in a complete game in Savannah State’s [league] tournament opener against Maryland-Eastern Shore, then bounced back [on only 3 days rest] with a masterpiece in Sunday’s title game [against perennial league powerhouse Bethune-Cookman]. He threw 144 pitches over 10 shutout innings, scattering seven hits and two walks while striking out 11." '12: G=16, GS=13, IP=97, K=91, K/9=8.4, BB=14, BB/9=1.3, K/BB=6.5, H=93, H/9=8.6, HR=3, HR/9=0.28, WHIP=1.10, ERA=3.43 '12 (Atlantic Coll. Summer): GS=8, IP=56, K=65, K/9=10.4, BB=9, BB/9=1.4, K/BB=7.2, H=50, H/9=8.0, WHIP=1.05, ERA=2.73 Mid: G=10, GS=9, IP=71.1, K=88 (K/9=11.1), BB=11 (BB/9=1.4), K/BB=8, H=60 (H/9=6.3), WHIP=1.00, BAA=.220, BABIP=.321 '13: GS=16, IP=120.1, K=135 (K/9=10.1), BB=30 (BB/9=2.2), K/BB=4.5, H=101 (H/9=7.6), WHIP=1.09, BAA=.224, BABIP=.313 VID1: Lve game - March 23 vs. North Carolina A&T - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXS9EVHTHt8&list=PL1__T-25O5_YmlOL9Kxwe4bvUOjCMTnEM
Daniel Palka: RF/1B, LHH, Georgia Tech Univ. (6'2", 225) DOB=10/28/91 Ranked #112 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Palka's best asset is his well above-average power - he hit 12 HR in both his freshman and sophomore seasons of college ball and then added 11 more HRs in only 158 ABs in the Cape Cod League last summer. His worst trait is that he swings and misses too often. He did do a good job of getting his k-rate down to an almost acceptable level in the 2012 college season, but then went and posted a 24.6% k-rate in the CCL. I'm not sure what his defense is like in the OF (I would guess that it's only average), although I believe that he has a strong arm because Tech uses him to pitch in relief at times. With the dearth of power bats (and guys with plus raw power) in the college draft class this June, I could see a team reaching to draft Palka as soon as the mid-20s if he's able to put up another college season of at least 12 HRs and show that he's good enough to play at least average D in RF. Right now, I wouldn't want the Giants drafting Palka before the 4th round. Drafted out of HS in the 19th round of the 2010 draft by Philadelphia. '12: .303/.380/.550/.931, AB=238, ISOp=.247, 2B=19, 3B=2, HR=12, BB=17 (6.2%), K=50 (18.2%), SB=6/7 (86%) '12 (Cape): .272/.364/.519/.883, AB=158, ISOp=.247, 2B=6, 3B=0, HR=11, BB=19 (10.2%), K=46 (24.6%), SB=4/5 (80%) Mid: .366/.478/.649/1.127, wOBA=.482, ISOp=.283, AB=131, 2B=10, 3B=0, HR=9, BB=21 (13%), K=32 (19.9%), SB=3/3 (100%) '13: ./././, wOBA=., ISOp=., AB=, 2B=, 3B=, HR=, BB= (%), K= (%), SB=/ (%)
Nick Petree: RHP, Missouri State Univ. (6'1", 195) DOB=7/16/90 Ranked #259 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Petree seems to me to be a good guy to target in rounds 8-15. He went undrafted as a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore in 2012, and will return for his junior season in college in 2013. He sat out the 2010 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was a mid-80s FB velocity guy prior to the TJ, but the year after sitting out he was throwing his FB in the 88-90 mph range. He gained more velocity during the fall of 2011 and entered the 2012 college season throwing in the 90-92 mph range. Early in the 2012 season he suffered a herniation in the forearm muscle of his pitching hand. His velocity dropped into the mid-80s, ocassionally touching the upper-80s. It was sometimes painful for him to pitch with the injury, but doctors said he can't hurt himself worse by pitching with it and he remained very successful during the 2012 season - at one point going more than 65 consecutive innings (over 8 weeks) without allowing an earned run He relyied on his ability to get a lot of late movement on his FB and to locate all 4 of his pitches with great command to make up for the loss of velocity. His repertoire included a plus change-up, a good slider, and a cut FB. Petree pitched in the MINK Summer League after the 2011 college season ended (Mike Kickham pitched there in 2010), with encouraging results. In 5 starts he threw 26 innings - recording the following eye-popping stats: ERA=0.27, WHIP=0.88, K=33, K/9=11.4, BB=4, BB/9=1.4, K/BB=8.2 '12: GS=16, IP=107.1, H=79, K=109, K/9=9.1, BB=34, BB/9=2.9, K/BB=3.2, H/9=6.6, BABIP=.304, BAA=.214, WHIP=1.05, ERA=0.92, FIP=2.84 Mid: GS=7, IP=49, K=52 (K/9=9.6), BB=14 (BB/9=2.6), K/BB=3.7, H=33 (H/9=6.1), WHIP=0.96, BAA=.191, BABIP=.273 '13: GS=14, IP=100.1, K=111 (K/9=10), BB=19 (BB/9=1.7), K/BB=5.8, H=79 (H/9=7.1), WHIP=.98, BAA=.217, BABIP=.310
Bryan Radziewski: LHP, Univ. Miami (5'10", 195) DOB= Radziewski was the Friday night starter for Miami as a freshman and he had great success. He only was able to get through the first 5 weeks and 5 starts of the season as a sophomore in 2012 before being shutdown and ending up having surgery on his pitching shoulder last May. He was able to rehab and regain enough strength in his arm to start the 2013 season in the pen for 2 weeks. Even though his arm wasn't back to full strength his coach saw enough out of him from his pen work to move him back to the Friday night starter spot and Radziewski has rewarded that confidence by being virtually unhittable in each of his 7 starts through mid-April (BAA=.158). Not only has he shown the ability to control all 4 of his pitches in the strike zone, but he has also displayed a large increase in his ability to make hitters swing-and-miss (K/9=12.2) with the development of much better and more consistent Changeup and curveball (his FB and slider have always been his best and most consistent pitches). He had been known to touch 90-91 mph with his FB, while sitting at 87-89, prior to the shoulder surgery, but so far this season he normally sits in the 85-87 range and touches 88 to 89. It's likely that he will regain another mph or 2 on his FB once he's 18-24 months removed from the shoulder surgery, but Radziewski is never going to be known for his power stuff. With his mix of 4 pitches that are at least average and his improving command, control and consistency he should, added to the fact that he's a lefty he should have a good chance for a bright future in pro ball if he can maintain the upper-80s velocity and keep his shoulder healthy. '11: GS=16, IP=91.1, K=92 (K/9=9.1), BB=37 (BB/9=3.7), K/BB=2.5, H=87 (H/9=8.6), WHIP=1.36, HR=2 '12: GS=5, IP=26.1, K=21 (K/9=7.2), BB=14 (BB/9=4.8), K/BB=1.5, H=24 (H/9=8.2), WHIP=1.44, HR=3 Mid: GS=7, IP=40.2, K=55 (K/9=12.2), BB=10 (BB/9=2.2), K/BB=5.5, H=22 (H/9=4.9), WHIP=0.79, BAA=.158, BABIP=.262 '13: GS=14, IP=91, K=109 (K/9=10.8), BB=30 (BB/9=3), K/BB=3.6, H=53 (H/9=5.2), WHIP=.91, BAA=.175, BABIP=.269
Jimmie Sherfy: RHP, Univ. of Oregon (6'", ) DOB= Ranked #94 in BA's final predraft ranking. I have a feeling that Sherfy and the next guy on this list, Dan Slania, are going to be the first 2 college relievers to get drafted come June. I could see them going off the board as soon as the 3rd round. When I saw Sherfy pitch twice during the 2012 college season he was channeling Sergio Romo. He threw one plus slider after another and then finished the hitter off with another slider. The difference was that Sherfy also had a FB that touched the low-90s. Word is that Sherfy has gained a bit more velo this year (92-95 mph) and has also flashed an improved changeup. Mid: G=23, IP=24.1, K=33 (K/9=12.2), BB=8 (BB/9=3), K/BB=4.1, H=19 (H/9=7), WHIP=1.11, BAA=.218, BABIP=.352 '13: G=37, IP=38.2, K=53 (K/9=12.3), BB=14 (BB/9=3.3), K/BB=3.8, H=29 (H/9=6.8), WHIP=1.11, BAA=.212, BABIP=.345
Dan Slania: RHP, Notre Dame Univ. (6’5", 275) DOB=5/24/92 Ranked #153 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. We all know how much Barr and Tidrow have loved drafting power-armed college relievers in the 4th through 8th rounds of the past 2 drafts, so don't be surprised if Slania gets nabbed by the Giants as soon as the 4th round if he's still on the board. Massive in size and strongly-built, Slania put his intriguing potential all together during his summer on the Cape in 2012. He finished with 10 saves and was selected 2012 winner of the Russ Ford Award as the top relief pitcher in the CCL. Slania did an excellent job of pounding the strike zone with his mid-90s FB all summer long – and impressed scouts with the great late movement of his FB. Here’s what baseball reporter Frankie Piliere tweeted on Slania after seeing him pitch in the CCL during the summer of 2012: "Dan Slania, closer for Cotuit showing a power fastball with big life. Up to 96 so far, sitting 93-95." Drafted out of HS by Boston in the 42nd round of the 2010 draft. '12: G=31, IP=31, K=37, K/9=10.7, BB=12, BB/9=3.5, K/BB=3.1, H=36, H/9=5.2, BABIP=.434, BAA=.300, WHIP=1.55, ERA=2.03, FIP=2.88 '12 (Cape): G=21, IP=29.2, K=39, K/9=11.8, BB=4, BB/9=1.2, K/BB=9.8, H=18, H/9=5.5, WHIP=0.74, ERA=1.52 Mid: G=12, IP=24.1, K=21 (K/9=7.8), BB=5 (BB/9=1.9), K/BB=4.1, H=13 (H/9=4.8), WHIP=0.74, BAA=.160, BABIP=.217 '13: G=24, IP=59.1, K=43 (K/9=6.5), BB=11 (BB/9=1.7), K/BB=3.9, H=47 (H/9=7.1), WHIP=.98, BAA=.218, BABIP=.272
Brandon Thomas: CF, SWH (throws RH), Georgia Tech Univ. (6'3", 208) DOB=2/7/91 Ranked #134 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Thomas is a toolsy senior who turned down a pretty nice chunk of change (around $330K) from the Pirates last summer (they drafted him in the 4th round) to return to Georgia Tech for his senior year in 2013. It's probably going to turn out to be a bad decision for him money-wise, but maybe he had some good personal reasons for coming back - or maybe he really didn't want to be in the Pittsburgh org. He's got to hope that he can put up very good numbers, impress the scouts with his tools, and become this year's James Ramsey (who got $1.77M from the Cards as the #23 overall pick despite being a senior with no eligibilty left), because the new CBA has been very tough on college seniors in terms of signing bonuses so far. Thomas appears to have all of the tools to be at least an averge CF in the majors, although his ability to make consistent contact with the bat is in question. He also has the physical size and should be able to develop the strength to allow him to slide over to RF and be a success there if he works hard and can tap into his natural power in the future. Drafted out of high school in the 37th round of the 2009 draft by Colorado. '12: .360/.481/.550/1.031, AB=211, ISOp=.190, 2B=15, 3B=5, HR=5, BB=37 (14%), K=43 (16.3%), SB=12/17 (71%) '11 (Cape): .273/.345/.386/.731, AB=132, ISOp=.113, 2B=9, 3B=3, HR=0, BB=10 (6.7%), K=33 (22.1%), SB=12/15 (80%) Mid: .413/.476/.560/1.035, wOBA=.456, ISOp=.147, AB=109, 2B=11, 3B=1, HR=1, BB=14 (11.3%), K=21 (16.9%), SB=3/4 (75%) '13: ./././, wOBA=., ISOp=., AB=, 2B=, 3B=, HR=, BB= (%), K= (%), SB=/ (%) VID1: live ABs - Cape Cod League (summer 2011) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCL1n7a999o VID2: BP + live ABs - Cape Cod League (summer 2011) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvBYnf37J50
A.J. Vanegas: RHP, Stanford Univ. (6’3", 205) DOB=8/16/92 Ranked #78 in BA's final predraft ranking. Vanegas was reported to be much-improved and flashing premium stuff during fall practice at Stanford. If he can follow it through with a good showing as a starter during the 2013 college season then he could jump up as high as the middle of the first round. UPDATE: Vanegas tweaked a muscle in his side just prior to the start of the 2013 college season and has yet to pitch in a game for Stanford through the first 3 weeks of the season. This will likely hurt him in his attempt to climb into the first round of the draft, but could end up being good news for a team drafting at the back-end of round 1 or beginning of round 2 that believes in Vanegas's arm and potential. '12: G=21, GS=5, IP=65.1, K=53, K/9=7.3, BB=37, BB/9=5.1, K/BB=1.4, H=56, H/9=7.7, BABIP=.299, BAA=.235, WHIP=1.42, ERA=2.62, FIP=3.67 '12 (Cape): G=10, IP=11.1, K=14, K/9=11.1, BB=6, BB/9=4.8, K/BB=2.3, H=15, H/9=11.9, WHIP=1.85, ERA=3.97 Mid: G=7, IP=8, K=10 (K/9=11.3), BB=2 (BB/9=2.3), K/BB=5, H=10 (H/9=11.3), WHIP=1.50, BAA=.294, BABIP=.391 '13: G=8, IP=8.2, K=12 (K/9=12.5), BB=4 (BB/9=4.2), K/BB=3, H=11 (H/9=11.4), WHIP=1.73, BAA=.289, BABIP=.400
Austin Voth: RHP, Univ. Washington (6’3", 185) DOB=6/25/92 Voth's FB sat in the 88-91 range, touching 94, during his sophomore season at Washington. He appears to have upped the lower end of his range as a starter on the Cape this past summer, and because of that his k-rate went way up. "Voth was one of the most dominant starters on the Cape, striking out 52 over 35.2 innings, but persistent control issues kept him from rating among the elite. Voth features a low 90’s fastball which he moves all over the zone challenging hitters, a straight change with good arm deception and a hard slider that – while inconsistent – serves as his out-pitch. He has a good, clean arm action but fails to consistently repeat his delivery and struggles with release point. I have little doubt that he should be able to overcome these issues." '12: G=22, GS=11, IP=67.1, K=62, K/9=8.3, BB=22, BB/9=2.9, K/BB=2.8, H=56, H/9=7.5, BABIP=.287, BAA=.227, WHIP=1.16, ERA=,4.14 FIP=3.92 '12 (Cape): GS=7, IP=35.2, K=52, K/9=13.1, BB=20, BB/9=5, K/BB=2.6, H=27, H/9=6.8, WHIP=1.32, ERA=4.29
Bobby Wahl: RHP, Univ. Mississippi (6'3", 200) DOB=3/21/92 Ranked #36 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Wahl was a top-ranked prospect entering his senior year of HS back in 2010, but he didn't pitch well in his final year of HS and dropped off almost every teams' draft boards. He also struggled to put things together during his freshman year at Ole' Miss back in 2011, but he got some good coaching during his stint in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2011 that provided the springboard that he needed to establish himself as the ace of the Ole' Miss staff during the 2012 college season. Wahl pitched his team into the NCAA Tournament, but they were eliminated during the first round. He then competed for, and gained, a spot on the Team USA roster for this past summer. Wahl's fastball sat 91-93 mph during most of 2012, and he also threw a hard slider in the mid-80s that showed excellent potential. His next best pitch is an inconsistent, but developing, changeup that he throws in the low-80s. Drafted out of HS in the 39th round of the 2010 draft by Cleveland. '12: GS=17, IP=99, K=104, K/9=9.5, BB=32, BB/9=2.9, K/BB=3.3, H=76, H/9=6.9, BABIP=.279, BAA=.211, WHIP=1.09, ERA=2.55 FIP=3.61 Mid: GS=9, IP=57.2, K=48 (K/9=7.5), BB=30 (BB/9=4.7), K/BB=1.6, H=40 (H/9=6.2), WHIP=1.21, BAA=.196, BABIP=.252 '13: GS=16, IP=97.2, K=78 (K/9=7.2), BB=44 (BB/9=4.1), K/BB=1.8, H=69 (H/9=6.4), WHIP=1.16, BAA=.197, BABIP=.245
Dustin Driver: RHP, Wenatchee HS, Wenatchee, Wash. (6'2", 200) DOB=10/?/94 Ranked #106 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Ranked #22 in BA's preseason ranking of HS seniors. Driver has a very solid and strong frame, in both his upper- and lower-body, to pair with his above-average athleticism. During the summer of 2012, his fastball consistently sat in the 90-92 mph range and topped out at 94 on the showcase circuit. According to his trainer, he has been working diligently to add a slider, cut FB and changeup to his repertoire since the fall of 2012 (he had been strictly a FB & curveball pitcher up until then). UCLA commit. VID1: Mound warmups - PG National Showcase (June 2012) - http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=286967
Andrew Dunlap: RHP, Westbury HS, Houston, Texas (5'11", 210) DOB=5/4/94 Dunlap really helped himself with the scouts by having a strong showing off the mound at the 2013 Pitcher/Catcher Indoor Showcase, held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Feb. 9th. Dunlap had the best velocity of any pitcher at the showcase. His FB sat in the 91-94 mph range and he touched 95 and 96 mph. Previous to the end of 2012, Dunlap was known only as a catching prospect with a strong arm, average defense and above-average power potential with the bat. Now I think we'll see him stick strictly to pitching. Rice Univ. commit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cioWdxo31M8
Dane Dunning: RHP, Clay HS, Green Cove Springs, Fla. (6'3", 200) DOB= Ranked #490 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Little brother of Giants' reliever Jake Dunning (currently pitching very well for Fresno) and his high school coach is one of the all-time great SF Giants, Robby Thompson. Dunning is well ahead of where his older brother was in terms of pitching at this same point. Dane already throws in the low 90s and he has the similar long and lean frame that projects to add strength and velocity in the next 3-5 years. Barring injury, and based on his frame and bloodlines, he has the obvious potential to be touching the mid-90s by the time he hits 21 or 22 years of age - if not sooner. Univ. of Florida commit. VID1: live game - May 2012 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhxGc1NnBCI&feature=player_embedded#!
Anfernee Grier: CF, RHH, Russell County HS, Phenix City, Ala. (5’11", 175) DOB=10/13/95 Ranked #379 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Ranked #88 in BA's preseason ranking of HS seniors. Very toolsy and athletic teenaged centerfielders from Alabama will always have a place in my heart. Grier is still very raw, but shows above-average or better tools in all 5 categories, including a plus arm and bat speed that should produce above-average power. He runs with a long, quick stride that reminds some of former CF standout Devon White. His throws from the OF were clocked as high as 94 mph, and he ran a 6.63 60, during the summer of 2012. He's still got good projection left in his frame and he’s one of the youngest players in the draft and he won’t turn 18 years old until the middle of October after the draft. Auburn Univ. commit. Vid1: live AB - NHSI Tourney, Cary, NC (March 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vALd-ZZH4aQ Vid2: live AB (June 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt6MPiaEXpk Vid3: live AB (June 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KpqJySWdIg
Alex Hagner: LHP, Eustis HS, Mount Dora, Fla. (6'1", 175) DOB=7/11/94 Hagner went 7-1, 1.67 with 60 strikeouts as a junior during the 2012 HS season. His FB was sitting in the upper-80s during the summer and fall of 2012, but he showed good mechanics and an advanced feel for pitching. He also appears to have some projection left in his frame. Univ. of Florida commit. VID1: live game - PG National Showcase (June 2012) - http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=273486
Chris Kohler: LHP, Los Osos HS, Alta Loma, Calif. (6'3", 195) DOB=5/4/95 Ranked #168 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. The best things about Kohler are his projectable frame, relative lack of innings on his arm, arm-speed and -strength, and his ability to throw his FB up to 91 mph as a kid that just turned 17 years old. He has some funk in his windup and delivery, which creates deception, but he tends to throw against a stiff lead plant leg, which isn't the best long-term thing in terms of health and ideal mechanics. From BA, back in Nov. 2012: "Kohler was 86-89 mph with a big sweeping curveball in the low 70s and was not particularly sharp Sunday. He has been up to 92 mph in the past. Kohler has a big frame with more room to add weight and velocity, and he is still relatively new to pitching." From PG, back in June 2012: "Chris Kohler is a 2013 LHP/OF with a 6-3 190 lb. frame from Alta Loma, CA who attends Los Osos HS. Very athletic build, lots of projection left. Clean low handed leg raise delivery, good balance, long deep arm action in back, high 3/4's arm slot, ball comes out clean, throws downhill. Upper 80's fastball, topped out at 89 mph, mostly straight, can improve throwing fastballs to spots. Change up a nice pitch, good arm speed and release point with sink. Big breaking curveball, has nice 1/7 depth, tends to slow body on release and cost himself CB velo. Makings of three solid pitches and has projection. Verbal commitment to Southern California." Univ. of Oklahoma commit. UPDATE: BA.com just posted an in-depth article on Kohler that includes a vid clip a scouting report and lots of info on his baseball history over the last 3+ years: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/high-school/2013/03/kohler-returns-to-varsity-baseball/ VID1: Mound warmups - PG National Showcase (June 2012) - http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=284505
Dylan Manwaring: RHP/3B, Horseheads HS, Horseheads, NY (6’3", 205) DOB=9/27/94 Son of long-time SF Giants catcher (and current Minor League Roving Instructor) Kirt Manwaring from the 1980s and ‘90s. He’s a 2-way prospect whose best upside appears to be on the mound. He already throws a heavy FB in the low-90s with very little input from his hips or lower body. If some team were to coach him up with better mechanics I could see him throwing mid-90s with ease. In the field he seems to be an ideal 3B, with soft hands, quick feet and a cannon for an arm. If his range at 3B ends up being hurt by his size, then I could see him being converted to a catcher if pitching isn’t in his future. He has plenty of present strength and power at the plate, but his swing is a bit too long and he can be tied up with inside pitches. On the plus side, he remains very balanced and quiet during his setup and swing, and he uses almost no leg-kick or stride to generate his bat-speed and power. As would be expected from the son of a long-time major leaguer, Manwaring shows great baseball smarts and poise on the field. There are 2 negatives to keep in mind. First off, he's very old for his HS class (he'll be less than 4 months away from his 19th birthday on draft day 1) and should really have graduated from HS last spring. Secondly, looking at his build and physique it appears quite likely to me that he doesn't have much more projectability in his frame. To end on a positive note, Manwaring pitched in 2 games during the WWBC in Florida last October. Against elite competition, he pitched 5 innings and struck out 9 batters, while giving up no runs, 3 hits and 1 BB. Wake Forest Univ. commit. VID1: BP + scouting report (John Klima) - Summer 2012 - http://www.bbprospectreport.com/2013/02/28/dylan-manwaring-video#more-17106
Terry McClure: CF, RHH, Riverwood Int. Charter School, Atlanta, Geo. (6’2", 190) DOB=9/29/95 Ranked #164 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. McClure has the projectable frame, high waist, and long limbs that scouts love to see in a growing teenager. He’s athletic and strong. He really helped his stock by showing some plus tools in the summer national showcases and with his play in tournament games during October’s WWBC down in Florida. His hit tool really stood out in the Florida tourney, but his biggest tool right now is his speed – he has been timed as low as 6.48 seconds in the 60. He also has an above average arm that will play in RF if CF doesn’t pan out for him. Here’s how BA wrote him up back in spring of 2012: "…excellent instincts both in the field and on the bases. His righthanded stroke is loose and quick and results in hard contact. His strength leads to some present power giving him the hard-to-find power-speed combination." A big plus for him is his relative youth - he ranks with Anfernee Grier as one of the youngest players available in the entire draft. Georgia Tech Univ. commit.
Chris Oakley: RHP, St. Augustine Prep, Egg Harbor, NJ (6’8", 225) DOB=8/20/94 He’s tall, but also has the high hips that you look for in a pitcher. He impressed scouts with his athleticism and body-control despite being so tall and relatively heavy. In the spring and summer of 2012 he was throwing 90-92 mph with ease, and touched 94, even without much contribution at all from his lower body. His FB has a hard natural tail, so it plays up in velocity. He also has a developing curveball that’s only average right now and a slider or cut FB that looks promising. With his large frame, loose arm and easy velocity, Oakley has a ton of untapped potential and upside. If he learns to use his lower body in his delivery we could see him touching 95+ mph in the coming years. The risk is that he may never gain the consistency and control of his body and his mechanics due to his great height and long limbs. Oakley was told reproters that he would be working to improve his command and to feel more comfortable with his split-finger changeup during the fall 2012 baseball offseason and during his final HS baseball season in 2013. Univ. North Carolina commit. Vid1: live game - PG All-American Classic (Aug. 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjkeyly0OGw
Jeff Paschke: 3B/RF/RHP, RHH, Santa Barbara HS, Santa Barbara, Cal. (6’4", 195) DOB=12/19/94 Ranked #426 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. Paschke looks the part of the All-American kid, and he’s played that way on the diamond throughout his teenaged years – hitting .645 with 17 HRs and 72 RBI as a sophomore in 2011. He played his first 3 years of HS ball for Valley Christian in the Phoenix area, but his family moved to Santa Barbara for work at the end of the summer in 2012. With a FB that has been clocked at near 90 mph, he has the arm strength you want from a left-side of the infield guy. He’s tall and gangly, but not thick around the middle, so I think he has a chance to stick at SS. If not, he certainly seems to have the power and hit tool over to 3B very easily. His main drawback is the footspeed. He’s not a base-clogger, but his best time in the 60 is a fringe-average 7.1 seconds. Paschke is currently leading the undefeated Santa Barbara High School basketball team to its best start in many years. Univ. of Southern Cal commit.
Cal Quantrill, RHP, Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada (6'", ) DOB=2/10/95 Ranked #90 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. I like him a lot due to his projectable build and stuff, not to mention the advanced and sustained coaching he's received from his dad over the last 8 years, but I worry about his signability due to the Stanford scholarship. If the Giants wait until the 3rd round or later to draft him then I believe that they won't be able to sign him. "Quantrill has everything you want from a high school pitcher—bloodlines (his father Paul was an all-star who pitched in the big leagues for 14 years), projection (some scouts believe he’ll throw in the upper 90s someday), and a feel for pitching (he has been pitching on Canada’s junior national team for the past couple of years). Quantrill talked about his repertoire in a BA interview this month: "...the most important pitch that I have is my fastball and I think it should be like that for pretty much every pitcher. For me, I’m not going to blow ‘em away with 97 (mph), that’s just not me, but I am going to hit my spots. When I’ve got my stuff, I can split the plate into thirds and I can hit whichever third I need to hit to get the guy out. So, I’m throwing that somewhere between 89-93 most days and putting it right where I want it, and I can work off that pitch. I feel like my changeup is what I’m known for, but really the most important pitch for the changeup is the fastball. If I can’t locate my fastball, the changeup’s not effective. But, when I’m locating my fastball, the changeup can be a very effective pitch, especially low and in to righties and low and away to lefties. That just seems what’s been working in the last year or two and that can be a very effective pitch for me, so they can’t just time me up, no matter where I put it. And then both my breaking balls—a slider and a curveball—are in progress. Some days, it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s a devastating slider.’ And other days, ‘Ooh, that’s just not breaking at all.’ They’re coming around. The slider can be very effective for me—especially to righties, throwing it away from them. But it needs work and I am working on it, so hopefully it will come around." Stanford commit.
Jonah Wesely: LHP, Tracy HS, Tracy, Cal. (6’2", 204) DOB=12/8/94 Ranked #389 in BA's final predraft ranking of all prospects. LHP with a very good curveball and a FB that touched 93 mph in 2012. He also shows very good arm speed and arm strength and a strong and sturdy build. What’s not to like? Here’s how PG scouted him at the National Showcase weekend in Minnesota back in June: "Fast paced delivery, on line mechanics, quick compact arm action, high 3/4’s release, hides ball very well, works quickly and pounds the strike zone. Fastball to 92 mph, good fastball plane, cuts fastball with intent, ball gets on hitter quickly with deception. Curveball is a plus pitch, hard with sharp biting action and depth, swing/miss pitch, has good feel for spotting curveball, has slider appearance at times. Change up still developing, tends to slow arm and drop release point. Aggressive pitcher with two potential plus pitches and the ability to use them." UCLA commit. VID1: Live game – summer 2012 – http://www.bbprospectreport.com/2012/10/01/jonah-wesely-video#more-16695