Monday, May 30, 2011

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Monday, May 23, 2011

More Draft Notes

Zach Cone, OF, Georgia
Cone has been an enigma for years now as he continues to show a ton of potential but little in the way of results. He is supremely athletic and truly could be a 5 tool player if everything worked out but he isn’t likely to be taken until late in the 2nd round or even later. The times I have seen him, he doesn’t show anything that would make him a top pick other than potential.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Florida High School
Lindor is one of the few players in this years’ draft to be a lock to stick at SS. The problem is his bat. He is a switch hitter with good bat control but not much power. He is a little stronger from the right side than the left. He could be an average SS defensively and in today’s game, that is very valuable but I don’t know it’s worthy of a top 10 pick like many are predicting.

Jason Esposito, 3B, Vanderbilt
Esposito should go by the middle of the supplemental round at the latest, if not as early as the late teens. He hasn’t improved his draft stock this year, but isn’t doing poorly hitting .344 and slugging .522. The problem is that the power isn’t showing up more and he is destined to play a corner position where the power will be needed.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah
Cron is a massive guy at 6’4”, 230 and he can hit. I think Cron is an example of the lack of right handed power in baseball right now and I wouldn’t be surprised for him to go early in the draft even though he offers zero defensive value and is a future DH. I just can’t see him hitting enough to be worthy of a high pick just based on the bat but an American League team could take him if they see him as a 30 homer guy with enough average to garner a spot in their everyday order.

William “Rookie” Davis, P/1B, Dixon HS, Holly Ridge, N.C.
If you like Cron, it is likely you would like Davis. He is 6’5, 230 LBS and reportedly doesn’t shave yet, so there could be more growth on its way. That kind of scares me if it’s true, medically, and for hitters and opposing pitchers. He has huge power from the right side and sticks with the power game on the mound. He throws in the low 90’s and has a very good breaking ball. He could be a work horse on the mound or a big hitting 1B. He’s not a polished player and he has faced inferior talent in high school so he could be a bust but he could be under the radar as well.

B.A. Vollmuth, 3B, Southern Mississippi
Vollmuth has moved to the hot corner this spring off of SS. I really like the bat and he seems to have enough legit power to be a solid 3B with 12 homers this season. I see him as a sleeper right now but it only takes one team to take him early. He seems like one of the better college players available this year.

Michael Kelly, P, West Boca Raton (Boca Raton Fla.)
Kelly hasn’t had a great spring but he’s a 6’5, 195 LB pitcher who can hit 96, sits 91-94 with movement and has a nasty slurve that could be an outpitch. I just can’t see him making it out of the 1st round but he might. He’s very athletic and repeats his delivery well. I just don’t see much for flaws other than his low ¾ delivery but that adds to his movement. The frame and delivery reminds me of Rick Porcello.

Tyler Anderson, P, Oregon
He has a Pettite-esque pickoff move and the change is MLB caliber already with potential to be a plus pitch. His fastball has some movement and sits in the low 90’s and can touch 95, or so I’ve been heard. His slider is a good pitch and projects as a third average or above pitch. Whoever gets him in the middle of the 1st round may have the fastest pitcher to reach the majors out of this draft, if they want to move him that fast.

Dominic Jose, OF, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, FL
Does a 6’3”, 180 LB switch hitter with MLB bloodlines and 5 tool potential sound interesting? The son of former MLB player Felix Jose, Dominic is a tall athletic OF who has the arm for RF. He has a solid bat from the left side. He isn't as good from the right side but he has a ton of potential.

Grayson Garvin , P , Vanderbilt
Prior to the season, I posted this at MLB Bonus Baby: Garvin is a polished tall lefty who knows how to pitch and is polished considering the relief role he has had at Vanderbilt. He could end up being a bullpen arm, but I think he could take off if allowed to start.
He has improved his draft stock lately by being arguably the best pitcher in the SEC this season. He is 11-1 with a 79-19 K-BB ratio in 89.1 IP.

More Draft Notes

Zach Cone, OF, Georgia
Cone has been an enigma for years now as he continues to show a ton of potential but little in the way of results. He is supremely athletic and truly could be a 5 tool player if everything worked out but he isn’t likely to be taken until late in the 2nd round or even later. The times I have seen him, he doesn’t show anything that would make him a top pick other than potential.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Florida High School
Lindor is one of the few players in this years’ draft to be a lock to stick at SS. The problem is his bat. He is a switch hitter with good bat control but not much power. He is a little stronger from the right side than the left. He could be an average SS defensively and in today’s game, that is very valuable but I don’t know it’s worthy of a top 10 pick like many are predicting.

Jason Esposito, 3B, Vanderbilt
Esposito should go by the middle of the supplemental round at the latest, if not as early as the late teens. He hasn’t improved his draft stock this year, but isn’t doing poorly hitting .344 and slugging .522. The problem is that the power isn’t showing up more and he is destined to play a corner position where the power will be needed.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah
Cron is a massive guy at 6’4”, 230 and he can hit. I think Cron is an example of the lack of right handed power in baseball right now and I wouldn’t be surprised for him to go early in the draft even though he offers zero defensive value and is a future DH. I just can’t see him hitting enough to be worthy of a high pick just based on the bat but an American League team could take him if they see him as a 30 homer guy with enough average to garner a spot in their everyday order.

William “Rookie” Davis, P/1B, Dixon HS, Holly Ridge, N.C.
If you like Cron, it is likely you would like Davis. He is 6’5, 230 LBS and reportedly doesn’t shave yet, so there could be more growth on its way. That kind of scares me if it’s true, medically, and for hitters and opposing pitchers. He has huge power from the right side and sticks with the power game on the mound. He throws in the low 90’s and has a very good breaking ball. He could be a work horse on the mound or a big hitting 1B. He’s not a polished player and he has faced inferior talent in high school so he could be a bust but he could be under the radar as well.

B.A. Vollmuth, 3B, Southern Mississippi
Vollmuth has moved to the hot corner this spring off of SS. I really like the bat and he seems to have enough legit power to be a solid 3B with 12 homers this season. I see him as a sleeper right now but it only takes one team to take him early. He seems like one of the better college players available this year.

Michael Kelly, P, West Boca Raton (Boca Raton Fla.)
Kelly hasn’t had a great spring but he’s a 6’5, 195 LB pitcher who can hit 96, sits 91-94 with movement and has a nasty slurve that could be an outpitch. I just can’t see him making it out of the 1st round but he might. He’s very athletic and repeats his delivery well. I just don’t see much for flaws other than his low ¾ delivery but that adds to his movement. The frame and delivery reminds me of Rick Porcello.

Tyler Anderson, P, Oregon
He has a Pettite-esque pickoff move and the change is MLB caliber already with potential to be a plus pitch. His fastball has some movement and sits in the low 90’s and can touch 95, or so I’ve been heard. His slider is a good pitch and projects as a third average or above pitch. Whoever gets him in the middle of the 1st round may have the fastest pitcher to reach the majors out of this draft, if they want to move him that fast.

Dominic Jose, OF, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, FL
Does a 6’3”, 180 LB switch hitter with MLB bloodlines and 5 tool potential sound interesting? The son of former MLB player Felix Jose, Dominic is a tall athletic OF who has the arm for RF. He has a solid bat from the left side. He isn't as good from the right side but he has a ton of potential.

Grayson Garvin , P , Vanderbilt
Prior to the season, I posted this at MLB Bonus Baby: Garvin is a polished tall lefty who knows how to pitch and is polished considering the relief role he has had at Vanderbilt. He could end up being a bullpen arm, but I think he could take off if allowed to start.
He has improved his draft stock lately by being arguably the best pitcher in the SEC this season. He is 11-1 with a 79-19 K-BB ratio in 89.1 IP.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

MLB Draft Prospects Notes

Texas Christian's staff ace Kyle Winkler, who has stepped up in the absence of Matt Purke, will be skipped this week to give him some much needed rest. He doesn't have the prettiest delivery in the world, but is consistently 92-95 with his fastball and enough secondary stuff to merit consideration in the supplemental round.

Dylan Bundy, who has a brother in the Orioles minor leagues as well as a father who was a pro ball player, could be the first right handed high school pitcher to ever be taken #1 overall in the draft. It is unlikely, but he may have the highest ceiling of any player in this draft. He has a lot of mileage on his arm for a high school kid already. That could be an issue at some point and needs to be considered but the Pirates could choose to add him to the core of young studs who could all reach the majors at about the same time in 4 or 5 years.

George Springer does not get cheated at the plate. There is no wonder he K's as much as he does. There is no way his contact rate will improve without him cutting back on his swing. It makes me wonder if he just runs into pitches or if he has more bat control than that. If he can cut back on his swing and just make better pitch choices to unleash his bat speed on, he has a huge ceiling. If he just has to guess and hope he runs into one, he may not be much of a pro player with a ceiling of a 4A guy. That is what scouts get paid to figure out. I haven't seen him enough from the angles I need on video to give you a good answer.

Jed Bradley seems inconsistent to me. In one viewing he was 91-93 with plus secondary pitches. The second time I saw him, he was 86-88 with plus secondary stuff. That is a big difference in the fastball and the difference between a back of the rotation guy and a front end guy. I think he's a lock to be a major leaguer though.

Levi Michael could be a solid hitter with the chance to be a SS. His actions there are good and he has the arm to play there. He could be one of the top 15 2B in the majors in 5 years if he doesn't stick at SS.

I don't care how short Sonny Gray is, I love that arm. He has two plus pitches that could get MLB hitters out right now.

Gerrit Cole's inconsistency scares me. It's not that he's not a great pitcher but I see him more as an A.J. Burnett type of pitcher than an annual Cy Young winner.

Bubba Starling may be the biggest disappointment in this draft. He may end up being a 5 tool stud, but I don't have a great feeling about his hit tool. As I stated earlier, he reminds me of a more athletic David McCarty. He was the 3rd overall pick in the 1991 MLB Draft and ended up getting nearly 1500 AB's in the majors with a .242/.305/.371 slash line. I could see Starling producing similar numbers when or if he makes it to the majors. Just what I see.

I'm holding out hope I get to see more of Danny Hultzen soon.
Alex Meyer is an impressive pitcher on the mound. His fastball pops and his slider is just nasty but so is his delivery. He is so tall that if his mechanics just get off by a little bit, he could be a mess, but when he is on, his stuff is phenomenal. I don't think I could pull the trigger on him in the top 15 picks though.

I love Trevor Bauer. He throws more than a lot of pitchers should in college but I think he'll be fine. He has trained for it and should be one of those guys that a pitch count shouldn't stipulate how long he's in a game.

I don't like Blake Swihart nearly as much as many. He is one of the best catching prospects in the draft, but I would take Austin Hedges before him 10 out of 10 times.

John Stilson is a reliever. He has the stuff to try starting but with that delivery and those pitches, he is much better suited to come out of the pen. He should be taken as a bullpen arm, not as a front end starter.

Alex Dickerson isn't as good of a hitter as I thought he was 2 months ago. I haven't seen him hit a single ball well enough to believe he is a 1st rounder. He is not a good defensive LF and if he isn't even average there, he needs to be a masher and that isn't going to happen.

Josh Osich will make whoever drafts him a happy club, especially if they get him in the 2nd round or later. He can pitch, has plus stuff and has already been through the TJ rehab.

Mikie Mahtook has better contact ability than he had in the last two years. I wasn't that much of a believer last year, though the potential was obvious. He could be the closest thing to a finished 5 tool player in this draft.

Jackie Bradley is a hardnosed player and plays the game right. He seems to be a little pull happy, but that may just be because he can handle the velo that the college guys are throwing at him. He does go the other way some times and that is promising. He should be an above average LF in the majors at the worst.

I love Preston Tucker's plate approach but I just don't believe in the bat. He is one of the better hitters in the Florida lineup and the results are there, I just don't have a good feeling.

Some people will tell you that Brian Goodwin could be a potential #1 overall pick if he doesn't sign this year and plays at South Carolina next year. Don't believe them. He won't hit much and the draft next year isn't as deep as this one, by any means, but it isn't a paltry class either.

Matt Purke? Hmmm....Lets see what he does when he comes back but the fact he has thrown so little, if he is drafted, I hope he has a solid summer wherever he plays just to get innings in without setting back his development too much.

Amir Garrett is a ridiculously athletic left handed pitcher who is a top 100 basketball recruit as well. He hasn't played organized baseball in a while but he reportedly has been working with a private pitching coach and is throwing in the low 90's. If he shows low 90's stuff and any ability to spin a curve or pull the string on a change, he could be taken in the 1st round. The good thing is, it sounds like he wants to play baseball and that would be a good thing for all of us.

MLB Draft Prospects Notes

Texas Christian's staff ace Kyle Winkler, who has stepped up in the absence of Matt Purke, will be skipped this week to give him some much needed rest. He doesn't have the prettiest delivery in the world, but is consistently 92-95 with his fastball and enough secondary stuff to merit consideration in the supplemental round.

Dylan Bundy, who has a brother in the Orioles minor leagues as well as a father who was a pro ball player, could be the first right handed high school pitcher to ever be taken #1 overall in the draft. It is unlikely, but he may have the highest ceiling of any player in this draft. He has a lot of mileage on his arm for a high school kid already. That could be an issue at some point and needs to be considered but the Pirates could choose to add him to the core of young studs who could all reach the majors at about the same time in 4 or 5 years.

George Springer does not get cheated at the plate. There is no wonder he K's as much as he does. There is no way his contact rate will improve without him cutting back on his swing. It makes me wonder if he just runs into pitches or if he has more bat control than that. If he can cut back on his swing and just make better pitch choices to unleash his bat speed on, he has a huge ceiling. If he just has to guess and hope he runs into one, he may not be much of a pro player with a ceiling of a 4A guy. That is what scouts get paid to figure out. I haven't seen him enough from the angles I need on video to give you a good answer.

Jed Bradley seems inconsistent to me. In one viewing he was 91-93 with plus secondary pitches. The second time I saw him, he was 86-88 with plus secondary stuff. That is a big difference in the fastball and the difference between a back of the rotation guy and a front end guy. I think he's a lock to be a major leaguer though.

Levi Michael could be a solid hitter with the chance to be a SS. His actions there are good and he has the arm to play there. He could be one of the top 15 2B in the majors in 5 years if he doesn't stick at SS.

I don't care how short Sonny Gray is, I love that arm. He has two plus pitches that could get MLB hitters out right now.

Gerrit Cole's inconsistency scares me. It's not that he's not a great pitcher but I see him more as an A.J. Burnett type of pitcher than an annual Cy Young winner.

Bubba Starling may be the biggest disappointment in this draft. He may end up being a 5 tool stud, but I don't have a great feeling about his hit tool. As I stated earlier, he reminds me of a more athletic David McCarty. He was the 3rd overall pick in the 1991 MLB Draft and ended up getting nearly 1500 AB's in the majors with a .242/.305/.371 slash line. I could see Starling producing similar numbers when or if he makes it to the majors. Just what I see.

I'm holding out hope I get to see more of Danny Hultzen soon.
Alex Meyer is an impressive pitcher on the mound. His fastball pops and his slider is just nasty but so is his delivery. He is so tall that if his mechanics just get off by a little bit, he could be a mess, but when he is on, his stuff is phenomenal. I don't think I could pull the trigger on him in the top 15 picks though.

I love Trevor Bauer. He throws more than a lot of pitchers should in college but I think he'll be fine. He has trained for it and should be one of those guys that a pitch count shouldn't stipulate how long he's in a game.

I don't like Blake Swihart nearly as much as many. He is one of the best catching prospects in the draft, but I would take Austin Hedges before him 10 out of 10 times.

John Stilson is a reliever. He has the stuff to try starting but with that delivery and those pitches, he is much better suited to come out of the pen. He should be taken as a bullpen arm, not as a front end starter.

Alex Dickerson isn't as good of a hitter as I thought he was 2 months ago. I haven't seen him hit a single ball well enough to believe he is a 1st rounder. He is not a good defensive LF and if he isn't even average there, he needs to be a masher and that isn't going to happen.

Josh Osich will make whoever drafts him a happy club, especially if they get him in the 2nd round or later. He can pitch, has plus stuff and has already been through the TJ rehab.

Mikie Mahtook has better contact ability than he had in the last two years. I wasn't that much of a believer last year, though the potential was obvious. He could be the closest thing to a finished 5 tool player in this draft.

Jackie Bradley is a hardnosed player and plays the game right. He seems to be a little pull happy, but that may just be because he can handle the velo that the college guys are throwing at him. He does go the other way some times and that is promising. He should be an above average LF in the majors at the worst.

I love Preston Tucker's plate approach but I just don't believe in the bat. He is one of the better hitters in the Florida lineup and the results are there, I just don't have a good feeling.

Some people will tell you that Brian Goodwin could be a potential #1 overall pick if he doesn't sign this year and plays at South Carolina next year. Don't believe them. He won't hit much and the draft next year isn't as deep as this one, by any means, but it isn't a paltry class either.

Matt Purke? Hmmm....Lets see what he does when he comes back but the fact he has thrown so little, if he is drafted, I hope he has a solid summer wherever he plays just to get innings in without setting back his development too much.

Amir Garrett is a ridiculously athletic left handed pitcher who is a top 100 basketball recruit as well. He hasn't played organized baseball in a while but he reportedly has been working with a private pitching coach and is throwing in the low 90's. If he shows low 90's stuff and any ability to spin a curve or pull the string on a change, he could be taken in the 1st round. The good thing is, it sounds like he wants to play baseball and that would be a good thing for all of us.

MLB Draft Prospects Notes

Texas Christian's staff ace Kyle Winkler, who has stepped up in the absence of Matt Purke, will be skipped this week to give him some much needed rest. He doesn't have the prettiest delivery in the world, but is consistently 92-95 with his fastball and enough secondary stuff to merit consideration in the supplemental round.

Dylan Bundy, who has a brother in the Orioles minor leagues as well as a father who was a pro ball player, could be the first right handed high school pitcher to ever be taken #1 overall in the draft. It is unlikely, but he may have the highest ceiling of any player in this draft. He has a lot of mileage on his arm for a high school kid already. That could be an issue at some point and needs to be considered but the Pirates could choose to add him to the core of young studs who could all reach the majors at about the same time in 4 or 5 years.

George Springer does not get cheated at the plate. There is no wonder he K's as much as he does. There is no way his contact rate will improve without him cutting back on his swing. It makes me wonder if he just runs into pitches or if he has more bat control than that. If he can cut back on his swing and just make better pitch choices to unleash his bat speed on, he has a huge ceiling. If he just has to guess and hope he runs into one, he may not be much of a pro player with a ceiling of a 4A guy. That is what scouts get paid to figure out. I haven't seen him enough from the angles I need on video to give you a good answer.

Jed Bradley seems inconsistent to me. In one viewing he was 91-93 with plus secondary pitches. The second time I saw him, he was 86-88 with plus secondary stuff. That is a big difference in the fastball and the difference between a back of the rotation guy and a front end guy. I think he's a lock to be a major leaguer though.

Levi Michael could be a solid hitter with the chance to be a SS. His actions there are good and he has the arm to play there. He could be one of the top 15 2B in the majors in 5 years if he doesn't stick at SS.

I don't care how short Sonny Gray is, I love that arm. He has two plus pitches that could get MLB hitters out right now.

Gerrit Cole's inconsistency scares me. It's not that he's not a great pitcher but I see him more as an A.J. Burnett type of pitcher than an annual Cy Young winner.

Bubba Starling may be the biggest disappointment in this draft. He may end up being a 5 tool stud, but I don't have a great feeling about his hit tool. As I stated earlier, he reminds me of a more athletic David McCarty. He was the 3rd overall pick in the 1991 MLB Draft and ended up getting nearly 1500 AB's in the majors with a .242/.305/.371 slash line. I could see Starling producing similar numbers when or if he makes it to the majors. Just what I see.

I'm holding out hope I get to see more of Danny Hultzen soon.

Alex Meyer is an impressive pitcher on the mound. His fastball pops and his slider is just nasty but so is his delivery. He is so tall that if his mechanics just get off by a little bit, he could be a mess, but when he is on, his stuff is phenomenal. I don't think I could pull the trigger on him in the top 15 picks though.

I love Trevor Bauer. He throws more than a lot of pitchers should in college but I think he'll be fine. He has trained for it and should be one of those guys that a pitch count shouldn't stipulate how long he's in a game.

I don't like Blake Swihart nearly as much as many. He is one of the best catching prospects in the draft, but I would take Austin Hedges before him 10 out of 10 times.

John Stilson is a reliever. He has the stuff to try starting but with that delivery and those pitches, he is much better suited to come out of the pen. He should be taken as a bullpen arm, not as a front end starter.

Alex Dickerson isn't as good of a hitter as I thought he was 2 months ago. I haven't seen him hit a single ball well enough to believe he is a 1st rounder. He is not a good defensive LF and if he isn't even average there, he needs to be a masher and that isn't going to happen.

Josh Osich will make whoever drafts him a happy club, especially if they get him in the 2nd round or later. He can pitch, has plus stuff and has already been through the TJ rehab.

Mikie Mahtook has better contact ability than he had in the last two years. I wasn't that much of a believer last year, though the potential was obvious. He could be the closest thing to a finished 5 tool player in this draft.

Jackie Bradley is a hardnosed player and plays the game right. He seems to be a little pull happy, but that may just be because he can handle the velo that the college guys are throwing at him. He does go the other way some times and that is promising. He should be an above average LF in the majors at the worst.

I love Preston Tucker's plate approach but I just don't believe in the bat. He is one of the better hitters in the Florida lineup and the results are there, I just don't have a good feeling.

Some people will tell you that Brian Goodwin could be a potential #1 overall pick if he doesn't sign this year and plays at South Carolina next year. Don't believe them. He won't hit much and the draft next year isn't as deep as this one, by any means, but it isn't a paltry class either.

Matt Purke? Hmmm....Lets see what he does when he comes back but the fact he has thrown so little, if he is drafted, I hope he has a solid summer wherever he plays just to get innings in without setting back his development too much.

Amir Garrett is a ridiculously athletic left handed pitcher who is a top 100 basketball recruit as well. He hasn't played organized baseball in a while but he reportedly has been working with a private pitching coach and is throwing in the low 90's. If he shows low 90's stuff and any ability to spin a curve or pull the string on a change, he could be taken in the 1st round. The good thing is, it sounds like he wants to play baseball and that would be a good thing for all of us.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Work In Progress

The site is a work in progress. Look for much more draft information to come over the next month leading up to the draft.

Work In Progress

The site is a work in progress. Look for much more draft information to come over the next month leading up to the draft.