Prospect Roundup: Mock Drafts (And Other Ramblings)

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By: Burke Granger

With the 2016 MLB Draft now officially less than a month away, the buzz is starting to heat up with multiple sites posting mock drafts and top 100 lists.  We’re not going to be one of those sites.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Matt Thaiss

By: Burke Granger

Matt Thaiss – C – Virginia.  6’0″ 195.  Bats: L.  Throws: R.  DOB: May 6, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Boston Red Sox – 32nd Round).

SCOUTED:

Virginia Cavilers @ Pittsburgh Panthers: April 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Thaiss was twice named First-Team All-State out of Jackson Memorial High School (N.J.) before the Red Sox selected him in the 32nd round in the 2013 draft.  Rather than signing, Thaiss elected show up on campus in Charlottesville.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Eric Lauer

By: Burke Granger

Eric Lauer – LHP – Kent State. 6’3″ 205.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  June 3, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Toronto Blue Jays – 17th Round).

Scouted:  Buffalo @ Kent State, May 6, 2016.  Kent, Ohio.

Lauer was a top 5 round talent coming out of Midview HS in Grafton, Ohio.  A good athlete, Lauer was a second team All-Ohio selection as a receiver in football.  Baseball America had him ranked as the top prep player in Ohio and 125th overall in the 2013 draft.  Due in part to his strong college commitment to Kent State, Lauer slid to the 17th round and was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays.  Lauer followed through with his intention to attend college, and the move has paid off as Lauer could find himself being selected in the first round three years later.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: T.J. Zeuch

By: Burke Granger

T.J. Zeuch – RHP – Pittsburgh. 6’7″ 225.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  August 1, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Kansas City Royals – 31th Round).

Scouted:  Virginia Cavaliers @ Pittsburgh Panthers, April 30, 2016.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2014 was a big year for the University of Pittsburgh.  It was their first in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and it’s when big T.J. Zeuch arrived on campus.  A Mason, Ohio product, Zeuch considered Kentucky, Louisville, and Cincinnati as options to further his eduction before ultimately choosing Pittsburgh.  “When I first came up to Pitt, I kinda just fell in love with the place,” said Zeuch.  “Everything; the coaches, the conference – it’s kind of a home away from home.  I love it here!”

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Connor Jones

By: Burke Granger

Connor Jones – RHP – Virginia  6’3″ 200.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  October 10, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 (San Diego Padres – 21th Round).

Scouted:  Virginia Cavaliers @ Pittsburgh Panthers, April 30, 2016.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A product of Great Bridge HS in Chesapeake Va., Baseball America ranked Jones as the 34th best prospect in the 2013 draft, making him a borderline first round pick.  Jones’ commitment to Virginia was so strong however, that he wrote a letter to all 30 teams informing them of his intention to follow through on his commitment to go to college.  This letter obviously caused Jones to slide in the draft and though the Padres took a flier on him in the 21st round, he chose to put professional ball on the back burner and attend school.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Nick Kahle

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Chaminade catcher Nick Kahle adds to an already deep So Cal prep draft class.    Photo Courtesy of The Prospect Pipeline.

By: Mario Phillips

Nick Kahle – C – Chaminade Prep School (CA), 5’11″ 210.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment:  Washington

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).

Kahle (pronounced Kale) is one of the top prep catchers in the country, in what is a deep HS catcher class.   While Kahle is a notch below top CA catching prospect Blake Sabol, he is still an elite catching prospect.  His work ethic, makeup, and leadership intangibles are off the chart.  Oh yeah, he is an excellent defender, has an above average arm behind the plate, and can flat out hit!

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Prospect Roundup: Week 11

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Virginia ace Connor Jones tossed a complete game four-hitter against Pittsburgh on Saturday in ACC action.

By: Burke Granger

As the June 9th MLB draft approaches, Florida’s A.J. Puk is solidifying his spot as the top arm in this class.  After exiting a start earlier this month with back spasms and then sitting out the following weekend, Puk has looked like the 1:1 candidate he is since his return.

This weekend against Georgia, Puk struck out 10 over 6 innings, while surrendering just 4 hits, a run, and 3 walks.  Puk did leave this start with what coach Kevin O’Sullivan later called a hand cramp so that will be something to monitor this weekend to determine if it’s something more serious.

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