Prospect Junkies Podcast: 003 -College Opener

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Burke Granger and Howard Corona talk high school, college, and minor league prospects in this edition of the Prospect Junkies Podcast.

Discussion topics included: Prep Baseball Report Super 60, early performances of college prospects, and current professional prospects who could make an immediate MLB impact.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Alec Hansen

By Burke Granger

Alec Hansen – RHP – Oklahoma.  6’7″ 235.  Class: Junior.  DOB: October 10, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 – Colorado (25th Round).

Scouted:  The University of Oklahoma @ West Virginia University on 4/18/2015.

In 2013, the same year the Colorado Rockies popped flame throwing righthander Jonathan Gray from the University of Oklahoma at #3 overall, they selected Hansen from nearby Loveland (Colo.) High School in the 25th Round.  Baseball America ranked Hansen as top draft prospect in the state of Colorado that year and the 136th best overall prospect.  The Rockies were unable to dissuade Hansen from his college commitment, so it was onward to Norman.

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2015 MLB Draft Non-Scouting Report: Dansby Swanson – SS – Vanderbilt

by Burke Granger

MLB Draft Prospect: Dansby Swanson – SS – Vanderbilt. Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 190.  Born: 2.11.1994.  Previously Drafted: 2012 – Colorado (38th Round).  
A 4.0 student at Marietta (Ga.) High School and teammate of 2010 first round pick Chevy Clarke (Anaheim), Swanson was considered a tough sign and slid to the 38th round of the 2012 draft, where he was selected by the Colorado Rockies.
As a freshman in 2013, foot and shoulder injuries limited Swanson to just 11 games and 16 ABs.
Swanson won the starting second base job for the Commodores in 2014 and would go on to be named the Most Outstanding Player in the College World Series, while leading Vanderbilt to the first national championship in school history.

 

SCOUTED
Vanderbilt @ Kentucky – May 1-3, 2015
STATISTICS (as of 6/4/15)
YEAR
AVE
OBP
SLG
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
SB/ATT
2013
0.188
0.435
0.250
1
0
0
1
4
5
1/2
2014
0.333
0.411
0.475
27
2
3
34
37
49
22/27
2015
0.348
0.443
0.656
22
6
14
61
42
43
15/17

It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the knowledge or training that they have.  I do go get live looks at these players and I talk to scouts.  While scouts typically reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts on the player with you, the reader.  How lucky are you?

HITTING – Swanson should hit for a high average thanks to a compact swing and an above average eye at the plate.  Swanson has shown good patience at the plate, walking in 13.2% of his career plate appearances.  Swanson owns a career K% of 15.4%, and while that would be above average as a professional, it’s higher than one would expect from the projected #1 overall pick.
POWER – Though he has hit 14 HR this season including 5 so far in this post-season, Swanson has just average power and projects to be more of a doubles hitter as a professional.
SPEED – An owner of above average speed, Swanson gets out of the box well from the right side and gets enough good jumps on the base paths to steal 38 bases in 45 attempts for his career.
ARM – Swanson’s arm was a question mark coming out of high school and entering this season after his transition from second base.  This season he’s made enough plays in the hole to his right to silence his critics and prove that the arm is at least solid average.
DEFENSE – First step quickness, soft hands, and a strong accurate arm make Swanson an above average shortstop and a good bet to stick at the position as a professional.
FUTURE – Swanson is projected to go #1 overall next week and won’t make it out of the top 3 picks.  Swanson’s greatest strength is his lack of weaknesses.  In a draft class lacking cathedral ceiling players, Swanson’s safe tools and exceptional leadership qualities make him an appealing prospect.

College Baseball Prospects: Pitchers 3.28.15

Southeastern Conference
2015 Draft Class
Walker Buehler – RHP – Vanderbilt.  5.2IP 7H 5R 0ER 0BB 7K. 
2016 Draft Class
A.J. Puk – LHP – Florida.  3.1IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 5K.  (W, 5-2).  
Dane Dunning – RHP – Florida.  5.2IP 6H 4R 4ER 1BB 4K.
Wil Crowe – RHP – South Carolina.  6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 7K.  
Keegan Thompson – RHP – Auburn.  8IP 4H 0R 0ER 1BB 5K.  (W, 5-2).
Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Kenny Koplove – RHP – Duke.  0IP 1H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K.  
Nathan Kirby – LHP – Virginia.  6IP 5H 0R 0ER 2BB 8K.  (W, 4-1).  
Josh Sborz – RHP – Virginia.  1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  (S, 6).  
Andrew Suarez – LHP – Miami.  3IP 4H 1R 1ER 4BB 2K.  
Trent Thornton – RHP – UNC.  0.1IP 0H 1R 1ER 1BB 0K.  
2016 Draft Class
Connor Jones – RHP – Virginia.  7.2IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 9K. 
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Ryan Burr – RHP – ASU.  1.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  (S, 9).  
Ryan Kellogg – LHP – ASU.  6IP 7H 2R 2ER 2BB 2K.  (W, 5-0).  
Kyle Twomey – LHP – USC.  7IP 4H 0R 0ER 7BB 4K.  
2016 Draft Class
Bobby Dalbec – RHP – Arizona.  1.1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Riley Ferrell – RHP – TCU.  1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 3K.  
Preston Morrison – RHP – TCU.  6.1IP 5H 4R 2ER 0BB 6K.  (W, 6-0).   
Dalton Brown – RHP – Texas Tech.  2IP 3H 1R 0ER 1BB 0K.  
2016 Draft Class
Alec Hansen – RHP – Oklahoma.  6.1IP 6H 5R 2ER 1BB 8K.  (L, 3-3).  
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Tyler Jay – LHP – Illinois.  1.1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 6).  
Kevin Duchene – LHP – Illinois.  6IP 8H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K.  (W, 5-1).  
Kevin Mooney – RHP – Maryland.  1.1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  (S, 3).  
Travis Lakins – RHP – Ohio State.  6IP 2H 1R 0ER 2BB 5K.  
Blake Hickman – RHP – Iowa.  8IP 3H 1R 1ER 3BB 6K.  (W, 3-1).  
Jacob Croneworth – RHP – Michigan.  5IP 3H 2R 2ER 1BB 9K.  (L, 1-2).  
Jake Kelzer – RHP – Indiana.  6IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K.  
Luke Harrison – RHP – Indiana.  2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 3K. 
2014 Draft Class

Mike Shawaryn – RHP – Maryland.  7.1IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K.  (W, 6-0).    
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Blake Fox – RHP – Rice.  7IP 8H 3R 3ER 0BB 7K.  (W, 3-0).  
Phil Maton – RHP – Louisiana Tech.  5IP 8H 8R 3ER 0BB 3K.  (L, 3-1).  
Best of the Rest
Jon Harris – RHP – Missouri State.  8IP 7H 0R 0ER 1BB 6K.  (W, 3-0).  
Justin Garza – RHP – Cal State Fullerton.  5.1IP 9H 4R 3ER 0BB 4K.  (L, 1-2).  
Justin Jacome – LHP – UC Santa Barbara.  9IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 12K.  (W, 4-1).  
Andrew Sopko – RHP – Gonzaga.  5IP 4H 0R 0ER 4BB 6K.  (W, 3-3).  
Trevor Megill – RHP – Loyola Marymount.  3.1IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K.  
Travis Bergen – LHP – Kennesaw State.  7IP 3H 0R 0ER 2BB 12K.  
Zach Plesac – RHP – Ball State.  5IP 2H 3R 2ER 6BB 7K.  

College Baseball Prospect Update: Pitchers 3.27.15

Every weekend Prospect Junkies will be keeping tabs on the performances of the Top College Baseball Prospects and feeding their stats and our insights into one convenient place.

Southeastern Conference
2015 Draft Class
Carson Fulmer – RHP – Vanderbilt.  8IP 5H 0R 0ER 3BB 12K.  (W, 4-1).
Trey Killian – RHP – Arkansas.  5IP 6H 5R 5ER 4BB 6K.  (L, 0-2).  
Trey Wingenter – RHP – Auburn.  2IP 1H 0R 0ER 2BB 3K.  
Grayson Long – RHP – Texas A&M.  5IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 7K.
2016 Draft Class
Logan Shore – RHP – Florida.  9IP 10H 1R 1ER 1BB 8K.  (W, 4-2). 
Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Michael Matuella – RHP – Duke.  4.2IP 5H 6R 2ER 5BB 6K.  (L, 1-1).  
Kyle Funkhouser – RHP – Louisville.  7IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 7K.  (W, 3-2).  
Trent Thornton – RHP – UNC.  1IP 4H 3R 3ER 0BB 1K.  (L, 1-2).  
2016 Draft Class
Alex Bostic – LHP – Clemson.  0.2IP 1H 2R 0ER 1BB 1K.  
Zach Burdi – RHP – Louisville.  1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K.  (S, 2).  
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
James Kaprielian – RHP – UCLA.  8IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 9K.  (W, 5-1).  
2016 Draft Class
Brett Hanewich – RHP – Stanford.  5IP 8H 4R 4ER 4BB 0K.  
Bobby Dalbec – RHP – Arizona.  1.1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K.  (S, 5).
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Mitchell Traver – RHP – TCU.  6IP 4H 1R 1ER 3BB 5K.  (W, 4-0).  
Trey Cobb – RHP – Oklahoma State.  4.1IP 4H 0R 0ER 1BB 3K.  
Parker French – RHP – Texas.  4.1IP 7H 3R 3ER 0BB 3K.  (L, 2-2).  
2016 Draft Class
Ryan Moseley – RHP – Texas Tech.  4.1IP 9H 4R 3ER 2BB 5K.
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Ben Meyer – RHP – Minnesota.  8.1IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K.  (W, 1-3).  
Lance Thonvold – RHP – Minnesota.  0.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  
Chance Sinclair – RHP – Nebraska.  7.2IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 6K.  (W, 4-3).
Josh Roeder – RHP – Nebraska.  1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 8).  
American Athletic Conference
2015 Draft Class
Patrick Weigel – RHP – Houston.  4.1IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 5K.  
Jimmy Herget – RHP – South Florida.  6IP 1H 0R 0ER 5BB 11K.  (W, 5-1).  
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Kevin McCanna – RHP – Rice.  7IP 7H 3R 3ER 0BB 8K.  (W, 3-2).  
Best of the Rest
Thomas Eshelman – RHP – Cal State Fullerton.  8IP 9H 2R 2ER 0BB 5K.  (W, 3-2).  
Dillon Tate – RHP – UC Santa Barbara.  9IP 3H 2R 0ER 1BB 10K.  (L, 3-3).  
Joseph Shaw – RHP – Dallas Baptist.  6IP 6H 2R 2ER 3BB 4K.  (W, 5-0).  
Colin Welmon – RHP – Loyola Marymount.  7IP 9H 5R 5ER 2BB 5K.  
Mike Murray – RHP – Florida Gulf Coast.  5.1IP 10H 6R 6ER 2BB 3K.  (W, 3-3). 

College Baseball Prospect Update – Pitchers 3.21.15

I was able to check out what was I thought was to be the premier Big 10 Conference pitching matchup of the season.  Draft eligible sophomores Cam Vieaux of Michigan State and Travis Lakins of Ohio State squared off at Bill Davis Stadium Saturday afternoon and both were hit hard.  

Ohio State won game 6-5, and while Vieaux and Lakins didn’t put up the stat line I had hoped, I did speak to on NL scout who liked what he saw from both of them.

Lakins sat at 90-92 with his fastball, topping out at 93 and held his velocity all the way through his start.  His breaking ball is sharp 74-76 and he sparingly threw a changeup at 81-82 but didn’t seem to have a feel for the pitch.  In this start, he lacked command of all pitches.

Vieux opened the game sitting 90-91 with his fastball but was down to 86-89 in the 3rd and 4th innings.  His slurvy breaker is longer and looper.  He relies heavily on this pitch and will throw it in any count.  When ahead, he’ll throw one down, out of the zone fishing for the swing and miss, and he’ll throw a “get me over” curve in a fastball count for a strike.

Detailed game reports will follow as we get closer to the draft on both players.     


Southeastern Conference
2015 Draft Class
Walker Buehler – RHP – Vanderbilt.  5.2IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K.  (W, 2-0).  
Trey Killian – RHP – Arkansas.  6IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 1K.  (L, 0-1).  
Trey Wingenter – RHP – Auburn.  4.1IP 5H 6R 3ER 3BB 4K. (L, 1-2).  
2016 Draft Class
A.J. Puk – LHP – Florida.  2.1IP 3H 5R 4ER 4BB 6K.  Rough outing but recorded 6 of 7 outs via the K.  
Dane Dunning – RHP – Florida.  4.1IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K.  
Keegan Thompson – RHP – Auburn.  0IP 2H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K.  
Jordan Sheffield – RHP – Vanderbilt.  6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K.  
Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Kenny Koplove – RHP – Duke.  1.1IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K.  
Josh Sborz – RHP – Virginia.  0.2IP 2H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K.  (L, 0-1).  
Andrew Suarez – LHP – Miami.  5IP 7H 4R 3ER 1BB 3K.  (W, 2-0).  
2016 Draft Class
Connor Jones – RHP – Virginia.  4.1IP 2H 6R 6ER 6BB 3K. 
Alex Bostic – LHP – Clemson.  0.1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  
Zach Burdi – RHP – Louisville.  3.2IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Ryan Kellogg – LHP – ASU.  9IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 7K.  (W, 4-0).  
Kyle Twomey – LHP – USC.  6IP 2H 0R 0ER 1BB 4K.  
2016 Draft Class
Bobby Dalbec – RHP – Arizona.  2IP 2H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K.  (S, 4).
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Preston Morrison – RHP – TCU.  7.2IP 6H 4R 3ER 3BB 9K.
Dalton Brown – RHP – Texas Tech.  0IP 2H 2R 1ER 0BB 0K.  
Chad Hollingsworth – RHP – Texas.  7.1IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K.  
Parker French – RHP – Texas.  6IP 7H 3R 1ER 2BB 4K.   
2016 Draft Class
Alec Hansen – RHP – Oklahoma.  9IP 3H 2R 2ER 3BB 10K.  (W, 3-2).  
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Tyler Jay – LHP – Illinois.  1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 5).  
Kevin Mooney – RHP – Maryland.  1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 2).  
Travis Lakins – RHP – Ohio State.  6IP 9H 5R 2ER 4BB 3K.  (W, 1-2).  Not his best day, but enough or the win.  Held his velocity.
Blake Hickman – RHP – Iowa.  4.2IP 3H 4R 4ER 5BB 5K.
Dalton Sawyer – LHP – Minnesota.  2.1IP 3H 4R 4ER 2BB 1K.  
Cam Vieaux – LHP – Michigan State.  4IP 9H 6R 5ER 1BB 2K.  (L, 0-4).  Didn’t look sharp.  Lost velocity as game went on.
2014 Draft Class
Mike Shawaryn – RHP – Maryland.  8IP 6H 1R 0ER 1BB 6K.  (W, 5-0).  
American Athletic Conference
2015 Draft Class
Aaron Garza – RHP – Houston.  1IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K.  (S, 3).  
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Blake Fox – RHP – Rice.  3.2IP 5H 7R 3ER 2BB 3K.  
Seth McGarry – RHP – Florida Atlantic.  3IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 7K.  
Best of the Rest
Justin Garza – RHP – Cal State Fullerton.  7IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K.  
Justin Jacome – LHP – UC Santa Barbara.  8IP 8H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K. 
Andrew Sopko – RHP – Gonzaga.  6IP 12H 7R 5ER 2BB 2K.  (L, 2-3).  
Trevor Megill – RHP – Loyola Marymount.  3.1IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K.  (L, 4-2).  

Travis Bergen – LHP – Kennesaw State.  6IP 9H 6R 6ER 2BB 6K. 

College Baseball Prospect Update – Pitchers 3.20.15

Conference play kicks off this weekend, and it couldn’t come at a better time to break up some of the SEC dominace atop the Prospect Junkies Top 25 Rankings, as SEC clubs currently occupy five of the top six spots.  #5 Texas A&M remains unbeaten with a 4-2 victory over Alabama, in which ace righty Grayson Long struck out 14 to move to 5-0 on the season.
#1 TCU, #2 Florida, #4 Vanderbilt and #6 South Carolina all dropped the first game of their respective weekend series’ so we could be in line for some significant changes among the top 25 when the updated rankings are released on Monday.      

Southeastern Conference
2015 Draft Class
Carson Fulmer – RHP – Vanderbilt. 5.2IP 7H 6R 1ER 3BB 8K.  (L, 3-1).  
Grayson Long – RHP – Texas A&M.  6IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 14K.  (W, 5-0).  Prospect of the Day! 
2016 Draft Class
Logan Shore – RHP – Florida.  3.2IP 3H 2R 2ER 2BB 3K.  (L, 3-2).  
Wil Crowe – RHP – South Carolina.  8IP 6H 3R 2ER 2BB 6K.  (L, 3-2).  
Keegan Thompson – RHP – Auburn.  6.2IP 7H 3ER 3BB 8K.  (W, 4-2).  Impressive in win over #4 Vanderbilt.
Dakota Hudson – RHP – Mississippi State.  1IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 3K.  

Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Michael Matuella – RHP – Duke.  6.1IP 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 5K.
Kenny Koplove – RHP – Duke.  1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 5K.  (S, 5).  
Kyle Funkhouser – RHP – Louisville. 7IP 4H 0R 0ER 3BB 8K.  (W, 2-2).  
Nathan Kirby – LHP – Virginia.  6IP 6H 4R 2ER 5BB 11K.  ND, but #8 UVA gets back on track with win over #14 FSU.
Josh Sborz – RHP – Virginia.  1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 4K.  (S, 5).    
Trent Thornton – RHP – UNC.  1IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K.  
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
James Kaprielian – RHP – UCLA.  6.2IP 5H 1R 0ER 3BB 7K.  (W, 5-1).  
Ryan Burr – RHP – ASU.  2IP 1H 0R 0ER 2BB 5K.  (W, 4-0).  
Garrett Cleavinger – LHP – Oregon.  0.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K.  
2016 Draft Class
Brett Hanewich – RHP – Stanford.  6IP 3H 4R 3ER 5BB 6K.  (L, 1-2).  
Bobby Dalbec – RHP – Arizona.  0.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K.  (S, 3).  
Hunter Virant – LHP – UCLA.  1IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K.  
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Riley Ferrell – RHP – TCU.  2IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K.  (L, 0-1).  
Mitchell Traver – RHP – TCU.  5IP 2H 3R 2ER 4BB 3K.  
Trey Cobb – RHP – Oklahoma State.  1.2IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K.  
Koda Glover – RHP – Oklahoma State.  2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2K.  (W, 1-2).  
2016 Draft Class
Garrett Williams – LHP – Oklahoma State.  1.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 2BB 2K.  
Ryan Moseley – RHP – Texas Tech.  7IP 3H 1R 0ER 2BB 6K.  (W, 2-2).  
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Kevin Duchene – LHP – Illinois.  7IP 2H 1R 0ER 1BB 8K.  (W, 3-1).  
Chance Sinclair – RHP – Nebraska.  6IP 8H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K.  (W, 3-3).  
2014 Draft Class
Brett Adcock – LHP – Michigan.  1.2IP 5H 6R 5ER 5BB 1K.  (L, 2-3).  
American Athletic Conference
2015 Draft Class
Patrick Weigel – RHP – Houston.  2IP 0H 2R 2ER 3BB 1K.
Aaron Garza – RHP – Houston.  0.2IP 2H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K.  (S, 2). 
Ian Gibaut – RHP – Tulane.  3.2IP 5H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K.  (L, 4-2).  
Jimmy Herget – RHP – South Florida.  6.1IP 10H 7ER 2BB 3K.  (L, 4-1).  Lit up by a very good Illinois team.  
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Kevin McCanna – RHP – Rice.  2.1IP 8H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K.  (L, 2-2).  
Phil Maton – RHP – Louisiana Tech.  8IP 2H 1R 1ER 3BB 12K.
Best of the Rest
Thomas Eshelman – RHP – Cal State Fullerton.  6IP 7H 3R 1ER 0BB 8K.
Dillon Tate – RHP – UC Santa Barbara.  6.2IP 5H 4R 4ER 3BB 8K.  (L, 3-2).   
Joseph Shaw – RHP – Dallas Baptist. 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K.  (W, 4-0).  
Colin Welmon – RHP – Loyola Marymount.  6IP 8H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K.  (W, 3-3).  
Mike Murray – RHP – Florida Gulf Coast.  9IP 6H 0R 0ER 0BB 4K.  (W, 2-3).  

Zach Plesac – RHP – Ball State.  9IP 3H 0R 0ER 0BB 8K.  (W, 1-1).