2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: A.J. Puk

By: Burke Granger

A.J. Puk – LHP – Florida.  6’7″ 230.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  April 25, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Detroit Tigers – 35th Round).

Scouted:  University of Florida @ University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.  March 26, 2016.

Baseball America ranked A.J. Puk as the 85th best prospect in the 2013 draft and the top prospect from the state of Iowa.  After a slow start in the cold Midwest spring, Puk slid to the 35th round where the Detroit Tigers took a flier on him.  Puk was joined by future Florida teammate Buddy Reed (Rangers), who was picked just 5 spots later in the same round.  The duo will likely be picked in the same round again this year, though it’ll be about 34 rounds higher than it was last time.

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Beyond Compare: Corey Ray v. Buddy Reed

By: Burke Granger

While this draft class is lacking a premier 1:1 frontrunner, there is significant depth at a number of positions; perhaps none greater than the class of college outfielders, which offers power, speed, and defense.  Of the deep class of college outfielders, none entered the season with higher expectations than Louisville’s Corey Ray and Florida’s Buddy Reed.

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College Prospect Roundup: Week 7

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Georgia righty Robert Tyler came within one out of a no-hitter on Friday.  (Photo courtesy of Emily Selby and GeorgiaDogs.com)

By: Burke Granger

Robert Tyler was brilliant on Friday night.  Hosting Alabama in Athens, Tyler took a no-hitter into the 9th inning before losing it and his shutout with two outs when pinch hitter Georgie Salem (who’s hitting .174) homered.  Tyler would eventually finish out the 7-1 victory for his 3rd win of the season.  Tyler’s line was 9IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 9K.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Buddy Reed

Buddy Reed – Outfielder – Florida.  Bats: B.  Throws: R.  6’4″ 210.  DOB:  April 27, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 – Texas Rangers (35th Round).

Scouted:

Three Game Series:  Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats, March 25-27, 2016, Lexington, KY.

The major leagues are full players who were multi-sport athletes in high school and Reed looks to have his name added to that list.  While most of these athletes excelled in football and/or basketball (in addition to baseball), Reed’s other sports were soccer and hockey.  Playing for St. George’s School in Middleton, Rhode Island, Reed was the soccer team’s leading scorer, while holding down first line duties on the ice.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Zack Burdi

By: Burke Granger

Zack Burdi – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 205. Class: Junior. DOB: 3.9.95. Last Drafted: Never.

Scouted:

Louisville Cardinals @ Ohio State Buckeyes – April 14, 2015. Columbus, Ohio.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals – March 11, 2016. Louisville, Kentucky.

In speaking with a scout last season, I mentioned that I hadn’t yet seen Zack Burdi pitch.  His reply was, “if you’ve seen his brother, then you’ve seen Zack because they’re the same guy.”

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College Prospect Roundup: Week 5

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Dakota Hudson set the pace for the Bulldogs in series win in Nashville.  (Courtesy of hailstate.com)

By: Burke Granger

Conference play kicked off for some of the elite conferences this past weekend, resulting in a clash between several of the nation’s top teams.  #6 Miami hosted #4 Louisville in Coral Gables and took the first two games of the series thanks to big performances by some of their top prospects.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Kyle Funkhouser

Kyle Funkhouser – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 225. Class: Senior. DOB: 3.16.94. Last Drafted: 2015 – Los Angeles Dodgers (35th Overall).

By: Burke Granger

SCOUTED:

Xavier Musketeers @ Louisville Cardinals.  February 28, 2015, Louisville, KY.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016, Louisville, KY.

Regarded as the 360th best draft prospect in the 2012 draft by Baseball America as a prep star at Oak Forest (Ill.), Funkhouser went undrafted and followed through on his commitment to Louisville.

While working primarily in relief as a freshman, Funkhouser still managed 6 starts and accounted for Louisville’s only shutout that season (against Villanova).  Funkhouser got his first taste of Omaha as a freshman, but it wouldn’t be his last.  The Cardinals 2013 trip to the College World Series was their first since 2007.  While Louisville went two and out in 2013, Funkhouser saw relief action in an 11-4 loss to Oregon State putting together a 2.1IP, 2H 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K line.

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