2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Zack Brown

By: Burke Granger

Zack Brown – RHP – Kentucky.  6’2″ 200.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  December 15, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Chicago Cubs- 38th Round).

Scouted:

Vanderbilt Commodores @ Kentucky Wildcats, May 1, 2015.  Lexington, Kentucky.

Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats, March 25, 2016.  Lexington, Kentucky.

Baseball America ranked Zack Brown as the 385th best prospect in the 2013 draft out of Seymour (Ind.) High School.  Brown slid to the Cubs in the 38th round, due in in part because of his strong college commitment to Kentucky.  As expected, the Cubs were unable to sign Brown as he ended up in Lexington.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Joey Wentz

By: Burke Granger

Joey Wentz – LHP – Shawnee Mission East (Kan.).  Bats: L. Throws: L.  6’5″ 220.  College Commitment:  Virginia.

Scouted:  Prep Baseball Report’s Super 60, McCook (Ill.).  February 7, 2016.

Not traditionally known as a hotbed for high school pitching prospects, Kansas has produced one prep pitcher who was selected in the first round over the past 10 years.  That particular draftee was Collin Wiles whom the Texas Rangers selected 53rd overall.  This year, the Sunflower State could produce two first round hurlers in fireballer Riley Pint of St. Thomas Aquinas, and Shawnee Mission East’s Joey Wentz.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Cavan Biggio

By: Burke Granger

Cavan Biggio – 2B – Notre Dame.  6’1″ 203.  Bats: L.  Throws: R.  DOB: April 11, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Philadelphia Phillies – 29th Round).

SCOUTED:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016. Game 1.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016.  Game 2.

Yes, this is the part of the report when I’m obliged to tell you that Cavan is the son Craig Biggio.  You may have heard of him.  The elder Biggio collected over 3,000 hits over a 20 year Major League career that culminated with his Hall of Fame induction in 2015.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Blake Rutherford

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Chaminade Prep School outfielder Blake Rutherford highlights a loaded So Cal high school draft class.  (Photo Courtesy of Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Times)

By: Mario Phillips

Blake Rutherford – OF – Chaminade Prep School (CA). 6’2″ 190.  Bats: Left.  Throws: Right.  DOB: 5.2.1997.  College Commitment:  UCLA

Scouted:  2015 Area Code Games (Blair Field, CA) August 4 and 5, 2015; March 29, 2016, at 2016 Boras Classic (Junipero Serra Catholic HS, CA).

The top prep outfielder from California and according to MLB.com, and the seventh best 2016 draft prospect, Rutherford’s name will be called amongst the top 5 picks in the first round of this year’s draft.  Rutherford has excelled on the national stage, and shined playing for the 18U USA National Team.  He is a polished ballplayer who will be thrilling MLB fans in a few years with his bat and athleticism.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Sean Murphy

By: Burke Granger

Sean Murphy – C – Wright State.  Bats: R. Throws: R. DOB: October 4, 1994.  Last Drafted: Never.

SCOUTED:  Toledo Rockets @ Wright State Raiders.  April 15, 2016.  Dayton, Ohio.

Sean Murphy is from Centerville, Ohio.  Elk Pride!  Undrafted before heading to Wright State, Murphy contributed right away for the Raiders.  Murphy earned Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors in 2014 after he hit .301/.390/.442 with 4 home runs and 10 stolen bases.

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Prospect Roundup: Week 9

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Jason Groome, the possible top overall pick in the June draft, has been declared ineligible for violating transfer rules.  (Photo courtesy of Mark Brown, B51 Photography)

By: Burke Granger

While we normally reserve this weekly installment for our college draft prospects, we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least touch on the Jason Groome situation.  Groome is currently looking like the top player on the board in this draft class.  A Vanderbilt commit, there are few who think Groome will end up in Nashville.  A 17-year old, 6’5″ 210 pound lefty who can bump it up to 97 mph, Groom is obviously going to be an attractive commodity this June.

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