2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Corey Ray

Corey Ray – Outfielder – Louisville.  Bats: L, Throws: L.  5’11” 185.  DOB: Sept. 22, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 – Seattle Mariners (33rd Round).

Scouted:

Xavier Musketeers @ Louisville Cardinals.  February 28, 2015, Louisville, KY (DH)

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

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

From Kyle Funkhouser to the Brothers Burdi, Louisville dominates the Chicagoland recruiting territory.  Corey Ray played his high school ball at the Simeon Career Academy in Chicago’s South Side.  Cracking the Baseball America top 500 draft rankings in 2013 (480th), Ray slid to the Mariners in the 33rd round, chose not to sign and followed through on his commitment to Louisville.

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How It’s Made: St. Louis Cardinals

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By: Hammer Schmitmeyer

Since the year 2000, the St. Louis Cardinals have won the NL Central nine times.  They have appeared in the playoffs 12 times.  They have played in National League Championship Series nine times, advancing to the World Series four times and ultimately hoisted the World Series trophy in 2006 and 2011.  I haven’t enjoyed any of it.  That’s not true.  I did enjoy Game Six of the 2011 World SeriesMy favorite team was not involved in the game, I had no money on the game and I still found myself pacing around the apartment as it unfolded.  It was a rough one on the ol’ ticker.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Will Proctor

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Mira Costa shortstop Will Proctor, a Georgia commit, impresses with the glove and the bat.

By: Mario Phillips

Will Proctor – SS– Mira Costa (CA), 6’2″ 175.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment:  Georgia

Scouted:  2015 Area Code Games (Blair Field, CA) August 4 and 5, 2015; February 27, 2016, at West Torrance HS (CA).

A highly scouted, toolsy SS from the Southern California baseball hotbed,  Proctor has had an opportunity to put his talent on display at various national showcases, to include the Area Code Games and several Perfect Game Tournaments.  Proctor was selected as the Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All American California, All Region First Team.     Proctor’s athleticism and baseball instincts stand out the most when first seen.  Proctor entered the year as the 77th ranked high school senior by Perfect Game.

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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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