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Working on draft stuff..

It's really hard to find video on college guys but I'm doing my best.

Here are some small scouting reports on the top guys on my list. The last few have gotten a little more long winded. Sorry, I'm trying to keep them pithy.

Bryce Harper C Southern Nevada CC : Harper has the highest ceiling for any hitter in the upcoming draft. He has above average tools across the board. He needs to quiet his swing down. I'm not sure he will stay behind the plate either.

Jameson Tallion RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS : Tallion can run it up to the mid-90's. He's 6'6" and has 2 very good breaking balls. Not much projectino left, but it isn't needed. He looks like a big leaguer right now.

Anthony Ranaudo RHP LSU : Ranaudo is 6'6" sinker ball pitcher, with a good curveball and the attitude to be a frontline guy.
Drew Pomeranz LHP Mississippi : Pomeranz has a smooth delivery with a good fastball and a nasty curve. Far and away the best LHP in the draft.

Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA : Castellanos has a beautiful swing. He will hit for average and for good power. Also a good defender at 3rd.

Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State : Brentz has easy power but has a little hitch at the start of his swing. He has a very good arm and could be an above average LF.

AJ Cole RHP Oviedo HS, Orlando : Cole is a 6'4" lean righty with a
big arm. He already hits the mid 90's and could add velo with strength. He reminds me of Chris Tillman.

Zack Cox 3B Arkansas : Cox has a very short, quick swing. I think he could be a very solid average hitter, but I don't see a lot of power coming from his swing.

Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA : Wilson is a physical specimen who has great power, a little bit of a long swing with good speed and a great arm.

Deck McGuire RHP Georgia Tech : McGuire has a high effort delivery and is a little inconsistent with velocity because of it. Needs more consistency.

Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla. : Whitson has good velocity with an easy delivery, but he has the dreaded wrist hook. That scares me, but he has a very good slider.

Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton : Colon has good range and should be a solid middle infielder. He could be a .280 hitter with 10-12 HR at SS.
Matt Harvey P North Carolina : Harvey has the ability and stuff to be a front line starter, but he hasn't shown it consistently. He needs to do that this season or he will fall down quickly in the draft.

Levon Washington 2B/OF Chipola JC : Washington is a smooth athletic player who makes everything except throwing the baseball look easy.
Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami : Machado is a lean athletic middle infielder who could be a great hitter. He has a wrist wrap at the start of his swing that may hinder him from catching up with mid 90's fastballs.

Josh Sale OF Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA : Sale is built like a rock with a quick powerful swing. He kinda has the Bryce Harper leg twist at the start.

Chris Sale LHP Florida Gulf Coast : Sale throws hard from a 3/4 delivery with good sinking action from his fastball and change. Not too sure about his breaking ball.

Jedd Gyorko 2B West Virginia : Gyorko is a short stocky guy with an open stance. His swing looks like he could be tied up inside.

Brandon Workman P Texas : Workman has great stuff on occasion. He is a little inconsistent but hasn't been used as much in college, which could be a good thing. If he gains some consistency he could be an ace or he could be a dominant closer.

Stetson Allie 3B St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio : Allie is huge and could be a power hitting corner infielder or a triple digit throwing pitcher. It will be interesting to see which way pro teams want him to go.

Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington : Ragira is a skinny outfielder who has some power in his swing, but I think he will need to add some strength before he will be an impact player.

Dylan Covey P Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA : Covey has a powerful downhill delivery with really good stuff. He is very athletic and has good command.

Derek Dietrich SS Georgia Tech : Dietrich has a hard time making contact and probably won't stay at SS. He could end up being a 3B, but I'm not sure he has the bat. May end up as an average LF.

DeAndre Smelter P Tattnall Square GA : Smelter has a solid fastball that looks pretty straight. He's built like a running back and has stiff mechanics. He has some potential but I don't see him as an elite talent.

Kevin Gausman RHP Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo : Gausman has a long, lean basketball body. He has a high leg kick with good arm actions. He has a decent fastball but needs work on his breaking ball. High Upside.

Cameron Bedrosian P East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, GA : Bedrosian has good bloodlines and good stuff. He flashes a good breaking ball but he has a short stocky body that offers no projectability. Has good upside if he polishes his secondary stuff and gains command which should be attainable.

Josh Spence LHP ASU : Spence has a little soft-tosser to him. He has great pitchability with fringe average stuff but likes to mess with hitters. He could advance quickly in pro ball and is a safe pick to be a big leaguer altough with a limited ceiling.

Zach Alvord 2B/3B South Forsyth HS, GA : Alvord is athletic and has good actions in the field. He has a quick bat but doesn't stay back well and could have problems with off-speed and breaking pitches. Generates extra base power with his swing though.

Justin O' Conner SS/C Cowan HS, Muncie, Ind. : O' Conner has a short, quick sweet right handed swing. He rotates into the ball well but looks like he could hit a lot of weak fly balls. He has a great arm and could be be drafted as a catcher or even a pitcher.

Bryan Morgado LHP Tennesee : Morgado has a hard fastball and good poise on the mound. Needs work on his control. He may be a college lefty that needs a couple years in the minors to gain control and a change to be a starter or be a falme throwing back of the pen arm.


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