College Baseball Prospect Update – Pitchers 2.18.11

Opening Weekend for college baseball has some great matchups, highlighted by Stanford in Houston facing off against the Owls. Friday nights in College Baseball are particularly fascinating as most teams chose that platform to throw their ace and set the stage for the weekend series. Below you’ll see a list of likely MLB draft picks. Some will be first round selections, and some already have. Let’s see how they did in their respective season openers.



Pac 10

Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA – Jr. 9IP 4H 0ER 1BB 11K (W, 1-0). Cole needed just 104 pitches to go the distance in a 1-0 win against San Francisco.

Mark Appel – RHP – Stanford – So. 5.2IP 8H 2ER 1BB 4K.

Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon – Jr. 6IP 4H 1ER 4BB 3K

Scott McGough – RHP – Oregon – Jr. .2IP 1H 0ER 0BB 2K

Kurt Heyer – RHP – Arizona – So. 7IP 5H 0ER 2BB 8K (W, 1-0)

Brady Rodgers – RHP – Arizona St. So. 5IP 2H 0ER 0BB 5K (W, 1-0)

Adam Conley – LHP – Washington St. Jr. 8IP 4H 2ER 0BB 9K. (W, 1-0)

SEC

Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 4.1IP 4H 3ER 2BB 6K. Not as sharp as he’s capable of being.

Brian Johnson – LHP – Florida – So. 6IP 2H 0ER 0BB 6K (W, 1-0). Also went 2-4 at the plate with a couple of doubles. Will DH the rest of the weekend.

DJ Baxendale – RHP – Arkansas – So. 5IP 4H 0ER 1BB 7 K (W, 1-0)

Michael Roth – LHP – South Carolina – Jr. 5.2IP 4H 2ER 1BB 6K (W, 1-0).

Alex Panteliodis – LHP – Florida – Jr. 1IP 3H 2ER 0BB 1K. Last year’s Friday starter went 11-3 on an Omaha bound team is now the best midweek starter in the nation. He mopped up this game and will start Tuesday.

Ben Alsup – RHP – LSU – Sr. 5IP 5H 0ER 2BB 4K (W, 1-0)

Big 12

Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas – Jr. 9IP 5H 0ER 1BB 9K (W, 1-0). He, Gray, Cole, and Purke will challenge each other in the box scores every weekend.

John Stilson – RHP – Texas A&M – Jr. 6IP 3H 0ER 1BB 9K (W, 1-0). Looks like the rotation will suit him just fine.

Logan Verrett – RHP – Baylor – Jr. 3IP 6H 4ER 1BB 3K (L, 0-1). The first round prospect off to a rough start with poor showing against Oral Roberts.

Matt Stites – RHP – Missouri – Jr. 5IP 6H 4ER 1BB 3K. JUCO transfer.

Michael Rocha – RHP – Oklahoma – Sr. 7IP 1H 0ER 1BB 7K (W, 1-0) Senior will need to be strong for Oklahoma to go back to Omaha. He’s off to a good start.

T.J. Walz – RHP – Kansas – Sr. 4IP 7H 7ER 4BB 3K (L, 0-1)

ACC

Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia – Jr. 6.2IP 3H 1ER 1BB 10K (W, 1-0). Probably the most consistent pitcher in the college baseball over the past 3 seasons.

Brandon Kline – RHP – Virginia – So. .2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 2K (S, 1)

Sean Gilmartin – LHP – Florida State – Jr. 7IP 6H 0ER 0BB 6K (W, 1-0)

Mark Pope – RHP – Georgia Tech – Jr. 6.2IP 5H 1ER 1BB 6K (W, 1-0). Strong performance against a good Kent State squad.

Kevin Jacob – RHP – Geogia Tech – Jr. 1IP 1H 1ER 1BB 1K.

Cory Mazzoni – RHP – NC State – Jr. 6IP 8H 4ER 2BB 3K (W, 1-0)

Chris Munnelly – RHP – UNC – So. 6.1IP 4H 1ER 3BB 8K.

Scott Weismann – RHP – Clemson – Jr. 5IP 5H 3ER 1BB 4K (W, 1-0)

Big East

Tony Zych – RHP – Louisville – Jr. 1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 2K (S, 1). One of the better fastballs in 2011 Draft.

Kyle Hansen – RHP – St. John’s – So. 4IP 4H 1ER 1BB 2K. (S, 1) 2nd Team Freshman All American last season.

Randy Fontanez – RHP – South Florida – Sr. 4.2IP 9H 6ER 1BB 3K. (L, 0-1) Unsigned 15th round pick last season (Reds) has good movement on 2 seem fastball. Brian Johnson and Preston Tucker were too much to handle.

Brian Dupra – RHP – Notre Dame – Jr. 7IP 7H 2ER 0BB 5K.

Elliot Glynn – LHP – Connecticut – Sr. 4.2IP 7H 3ER 3BB 3K. (L, 0-1)

Mountain West Conference

Matt Purke – LHP – TCU – So. 4IP 1H 0ER 1BB 3K. Short outing. He’s not going to get to 16 wins again if they take him out this early.

Conference USA

John Simms – RHP – Rice – Fr. 5IP 5H 1ER 1BB 4K. Not a bad start to a college career against a good Stanford team.

Chase McDowell – RHP – Rice – So. 2.2IP 7H 4ER 0BB 1K (L, 0-1).

Todd McInnis – RHP – Southern Mississippi – Sr. 8IP 5H 0ER 0BB 7K (W, 1-0)

Conrad Flynn – RHP – Tulane – Sr. 7IP 5H 0ER 0BB 5K. (L, 0-1)

Ryan Woolley – RHP – UAB – Sr. 5IP 8H 4ER 2BB 4K . (L, 0-1) Redshirt Senior was once a 6th round pick (’09 – ATL).

Big South Conference

Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina – Jr. 6IP 3H 2ER 4BB 9K. First round prospect showed dominance but also control issues in no decision against Boston College.

Adam Lopez – RHP – VMI – Jr. 3IP 3H 2ER 4BB 3K. (L, 0-1).

Cody Allen – RHP – High Point – Jr. 4IP 10H 8ER 3BB 1K. (L, 0-1). Not good.

Big West

Andrew Thurman – RHP – UC Irvine – Fr. 3.2IP 6H 3R 1BB 3K. (W, 1-0)

Matt Andriese – RHP – UC Riverside – So. 7IP 8H 0ER 0BB 3K.

West Coast

Chris Jensen – RHP – San Diego – Jr. 3IP 6H 4ER 5BB 3K (L, 0-1)

Owen Jones – RHP – Portland – Jr. 5.1IP 8H 3ER 2BB 4K

Western Athletic Conference

Lenny Linsky – RHP – Hawaii – Jr. 1IP 0H 0ER 1BB 1K.

Missouri Valley Conference

Tim Kelly – RHP – Wichita State – Sr. 5IP 3H 0ER 1BB 6K. (W, 1-0)

Brian Flynn – LHP – Wichita State – Jr. 4IP 2H 0ER 0BB 2K. (S, 1)

Corey Maines – RHP – Illinois State – Jr. 4IP 5H 2ER 4BB 2K.

Southland Conference

Carson Smith – RHP – Texas State – Jr. 2IP 3H 1ER 0BB 4K. Top draft prospect in the Southland conference.

Sun Belt Conference

Tyler Ray – RHP – Troy – Jr. 6IP 1H 1ER 2BB 5K. (W, 1-0)

America East Conference

Jeff Gibbs – RHP – Maine – So. 3IP 6H 4ER 2BB 3K. (L, 0-1)

Big South Conference

Cody Allen – RHP – High Point – Jr. 4IP 10H 8ER 3BB 1K (L, 0-1)

Southern Conference

Lex Rutledge – LHP – Samford – So. 2.1IP 3H 5ER 5BB 4K. Rough day for a 2012 potential 1st round talent.

Chris Beck – RHP – Georgia Southern – So. 4IP 4H 1ER 1BB 7K.

David Peterson – RHP – College of Charleston – Jr. 4IP 4H 3ER 1BB 5K.

Colonial Athletic Conference

Justin Bradley – RHP – UNC Wilmington – Jr. 5IP 5H 2ER 3BB 3K. (W, 1-0)

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Patrick Goelz – RHP – Bethune-Cookman – So. 8IP 3H 1ER 2BB 11K. (W, 1-0)

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College Baseball Preview 2011

The wait is over folks! The college baseball season is upon us and it couldn’t come soon enough. If you’re sick of hearing about a possible NFL work stoppage or a contract extension may make Albert Pujols the richest old man in baseball by the time the deal matures, then belly up to the computer this weekend and follow some collegiate athletics in it’s purest form.

As you prepare for the glorious event that is opening weekend, perhaps it would be beneficial to bone up on the College Preview information that we’ve been providing to you over the past several weeks.

You can check out our Preseason All-American Teams here, including our Preseason Freshman All-American Team here.

For a detailed look at our preseason top 25, look here

Finally you can check out our Top Freshmen and Top Sophomore lists.

Weekend Preview

Though I’ve outlined what to expect this weekend from our top 25 below, I wanted to take a second to highlight the #9 Stanford @ #17 Rice matchup.

Stanford: Filled with highly regarded unsigned draft choices, watching Stanford is the prospectors dream. While I love the Cardinal, the Pac 10 is the best conference in college baseball and Stanford is young. They’ll have to contend with #3 UCLA, #11 Arizona State, #12 Oregon, #18 Arizona and # 21 California.

Key Players:

Kenny Diekroeger – SS – So. The unsigned Rays 2009 2rd round pick hit .356/.391/.491 with 5 HR and 41 RBI as a freshman.

Austin Wilson – RF – Fr. Could have been a top 10 pick last year but for his college commitment. Now that he’s a scholar athlete it’s time for us to enjoy.

Brian Ragira – 3B – Fr. Baseball America regarded Ragira as the #139th best draft prospect last season. The Rangers eventually made him their 30th round pick but failed to sign him.

Jake Stewart – OF – So. Stewart hit just .209 as a freshman but his defense allowed him to see significant playing time. I’m looking for a big bounce back.

Brett Mooneyham – LHP – Jr. – Mooneyham was highly regarded out of high school but disappointed last season. He’ll look to regain his elite prospect status this season. **Update – Mooneyham will be limited to relief duty this weekend due to having stitches removed form a finger on this throwing hand.

A.J. Vanegas – RHP – Fr. – Pretty advanced for a freshman, Vanegas could end the season as the Friday starter if Mooneyham can’t throw strikes.

Jordan Pries – RHP – Jr. Though Pries lacks the star potential of Mooneyham or Vanegas, he’s the stability between the inconsistent ace and the newcomer.

Mark Appel – RHP – So. Appel is one of the most talented arms in college baseball and could be this year’s John Stilson. Is it to early to compare people to John Stilson if Stilson is still in school? **Update – Appel has been named the Friday starter for this series.

Rice: Rice is once again be the Conference USA favorite but they will have to contend with a talented Tulane squadron. Wayne Graham’s team is light on pitching experience but the talent is there. The Owls will need contributions from their freshmen class on the mound while Anthony Rendon carries the offense.

Key Players:

Anthony Rendon – 3B – Jr. He’s not just the best hitter in college baseball, he’s a plus defender and the possible #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft. You know what, if you’re reading this and you don’t know who Anthony Rendon is, you probably stumbled upon this site erroneously.

Michael Ratteree – 2B – So. Ratteree was a 45th round pick in 2009 (Nationals). Coming off a good freshman season he’ll attempt to provide some protection to Rendon.

Jeremy Rathjen – CF – Jr. Coming off of a 13 HR 69 RBI season.

Michael Fuda – LF – Jr. Hit .346 with 45 RBI last season.

Chase McDowell – RHP – So. Had a great summer and may be the Owls ace.

John Simms – RHP – Fr. Baseball America ranked him as the #118th best draft prospect in 2010. Washington used a 39th round pick on him. ** Update Simms will start Friday for the Owls

Austin Kubiza – RHP -Fr. Unsigned 7th Round Pick (Pirates). **Update – Kubiza will be the Sunday starter this weekend, giving the Owls a weekend rotation that is 2/3 freshmen.

** The updates above were provided based on information in Aaron Fitt’s Baseball America Weekend Preview

Rank

Team

W-L

Upcoming

Comments

1

Florida

0-0

Feb. 18-20: South Florida

Friday’s Game will be televised in my area on Fox College Sports Atlantic.

2

TCU

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Kansas

Kansas Sr. RHP T.J. Walz has won 20 games in his career but I don’t expect #21 to come this weekend.

3

UCLA

0-0

Feb. 18-20: San Francisco

Dons Seniors Stephen Yarrow (3B) and Pete Lavin (OF) should make San Francisco formidable this season, but they’ll be no match for Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer.

4

Vanderbilt

0-0

Feb 18, 20 @ San Diego, Feb 19 @ San Diego State

Vanderbilt may have the toughest opening weekend among the other top 5 teams. I’m anxious to see how San Diego freshman Dylan Covey will debut.

5

Texas

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Maryland (4 games)

Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green pale only to Cole and Bauer far as 1-2 punches go.

6

Clemson

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Eastern Michigan

Clemson will hit this year.

7

Cal State Fullerton

0-0

Feb. 18-20 @ Long Beach State, Feb 19: North Carolina (4 games)

Dirtbag Andrew Gagnon is good enough to steal a game but Titan ace Noe Ramirez is better.

8

Oklahoma

0-0

Feb. 18-20: William & Mary (4 games)

Many have Oklahoma ahead of Texas as the Big 12 favorite.

9

Stanford

0-0

Feb. 18-20: @ #17 Rice

Series of the weekend!

10

Connecticut

0-0

Feb. 18: Purdue, Feb 19: Minnesota, Feb 20: Michigan

Big Ten/Big East Challenge: Clearwater, FL

11

Arizona State

0-0

Feb. 18-20: New Mexico

I have New Mexico as a regional sleeper but they’ll get off to a rough stretch this weekend.

12

Oregon

0-0

Feb. 18-20: @ Hawaii (4 games)

I’m pretty high on the Pac-10.

13

South Carolina

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Santa Clara

Santa Clara is no slouch this season but they shouldn’t pose a real threat to the defending national champions.

14

Florida State

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Virginia Military Institute

FSU 3-0.

15

Texas A&M

0-0

Feb. 18-20: LeMoyne

Tom Browning was a LeMoyne Dolphin.

16

Virginia

0-0

Feb. 18: UAB, Feb. 19: Auburn, Feb. 20: Arkansas State

Auburn Tournament: Auburn, AL

17

Rice

0-0

Feb. 18-20: #9 Stanford

A strong weekend performance could shoot the Owls up this list.

18

Arizona

0-0

Feb. 18-20: North Dakota State

Looking for a big start by sophomore RHP Kurt Heyer.

19

Baylor

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Oral Roberts

Although Summit League champion Oral Roberts as a Regional team last year, first round talent RHP Logan Verrett will be too much to handle.

20

Coastal Carolina

0-0

Feb. 18: Boston College, Feb. 19: Tennessee Tech, Feb. 20: Indiana, Feb. 20: Virginia Tech

Caravelle Resort Tournament, Conway, SC

21

California

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Utah

On the week when Cal learns that donations weren’t enough to save the baseball program, they can take their aggression out on Utah.

22

LSU

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Wake Forest (4 games)

While Wake isn’t an ACC contender, I’m still intrigued by this series. LSU should sweep or take 3 of 4.

23

Miami

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Rutgers

Miami lacks pitching depth but it shouldn’t be an issue this weekend.

24

College of Charleston

0-0

Feb. 18: Kentucky, Feb. 19: Miami (OH), Feb: 20: Marshall

College of Charleston Invitational, Charleston, SC

25

Georgia Tech

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Kent State

Kent State can prove they belong with the big boys.

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College Baseball: 2011 Preseason Freshman All-American Team

Predicting a Freshman All-American team is about as premature as a Mock Draft at this point in the year but hey, they’re fun. I’m really excited about this year’s freshman class, thanks in large part to the two unsigned first round picks (Karsten Whitson and Dylan Covey). Austin Wilson was also a clear first round talent who slid for signability reasons due to his strong college commitment.

What I find most interesting about this class is the impact that each newcomer will play on Omaha contending teams. Whitson could end the season as the Friday starter on the #1 team in the nation. There are three Stanford Cardinal on my list, and they came in at #9 on my Preseason Top 25. UCLA is a consensus top 5 team and they’ll likely have Adam Plutko in the anchor leg of the weekend rotation behind near certain first rounders Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, while Pat Valaika (brother of Reds prospect Chris) will play a crucial up the middle role.

Position

Player

Class

School

Height

Weight

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Karsten Whitson

FR

Florida

6’4″

215

SD ’10 (1)

RHP

Dylan Covey

FR

San Diego

6’2″

200

MIL ’10 (1)

RHP

Ryne Stanek

FR

Arkansas

6’4″

180

SEA ’10 (3)

RHP

Kevin Gausman

FR

LSU

6’4″

185

LAD ’10 (6)

RHP

A.J. Vanegas

FR

Stanford

6’3″

200

SD ’10 (7)

RHP

Adam Plutko

FR

UCLA

6’3″

190

HOU ’10 (6)

UTL

DeAndre Smelter

FR

Georgia Tech

6’3″

225

MIN ’10 (14)

Position

Player

Class

School

Height

Weight

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Stefan Sabol

FR

Oregon

6’2″

210

ATL ’10 (17)

1B

Kris Bryant

FR

San Diego

6’5″

215

TOR ’10 (18)

2B

Zach Alvord

FR

Auburn

6’0″

175

ATL ’10 (18)

SS

Pat Valaika

FR

UCLA

5’11”

195

STL ’10 (24)

3B

Brian Ragira

FR

Stanford

6’2″

205

TEX ’10 (30)

OF

Austin Wilson

FR

Stanford

6’4″

235

STL ’10 (12)

OF

Michael Lorenzen

FR

Cal State Fullerton

6’3″

180

TB ’10 (7)

OF

Krey Bratsen

FR

Texas A&M

6’0″

160

OAK ’10 (45)

DH

Dominic Ficociello

FR

Arkansas

6’4″

185

DET ’10 (23)

UTL

DeAndre Smelter

FR

Georgia Tech

6’3″

225

MIN ’10 (14)


Top 100 Baseball Prospects 2011


Rank

Player

Position

Team

1.

Bryce Harper

OF

Nationals

2.

Mike Trout

OF

Angels

3.

Jesus Montero

C

Yankees

4.

Julio Teheran

RHP

Braves

5.

Jeremy Hellickson

RHP

Rays

6.

Mike Moustakas

3B

Royals

7.

Aroldis Chapman

LHP

Reds

8.

Will Myers

OF/C

Royals

9.

Desmond Jennings

OF

Rays

10.

Domonic Brown

OF

Phillies

11.

Dustin Ackley

2B

Mariners

12.

Freddie Freeman

1B

Braves

13.

Eric Hosmer

1B

Royals

14.

Michael Pineda

RHP

Mariners

15.

Jameson Taillon

RHP

Pirates

16.

Matt Moore

LHP

Rays

17.

Zach Britton

LHP

Orioles

18.

Shelby Miller

RHP

Cardinals

19.

Manny Machado

SS

Orioles

20.

Jarrod Parker

RHP

Diamondbacks

21.

Jacob Turner

RHP

Tigers

22.

Martin Perez

LHP

Rangers

23.

Kyle Drabek

RHP

Blue Jays

24.

Aaron Hicks

OF

Twins

25.

Brandon Belt

1B

Giants

26.

Lonnie Chisenhall

3B

Indians

27.

Chris Sale

LHP

White Sox

28.

Randall Delgado

RHP

Braves

29.

Mike Montgomery

LHP

Royals

30.

Tyler Matzek

LHP

Rockies

31.

Kyle Gibson

RHP

Twins

32.

Brett Lawrie

2B

Blue Jays

33.

Jonathan Singleton

1B/OF

Phillies

34.

Simon Castro

RHP

Padres

35.

Zach Wheeler

RHP

Giants

36.

Mike Minor

LHP

Braves

37.

Wilin Rosario

C

Rockies

38.

Brett Jackson

OF

Cubs

39.

Gary Sanchez

C

Yankees

40.

Jordan Lyles

RHP

Astros

41.

Chris Archer

RHP

Rays

42.

Jenrry Mejia

RHP

Mets

43.

Casey Kelly

RHP

Padres

44.

Jake Odorizzi

RHP

Royals

45.

Yonder Alonso

1B

Reds

46.

Chris Carter

1B/OF

Athletics

47.

Jason Kipnis

2B

Indians

48.

Billy Hamilton

2B

Reds

49.

Miguel Sano

3B

Twins

50.

Alex White

RHP

Indians

51.

Jean Segura

2B

Angles

52.

Grant Green

SS

Athletics

53.

Zack Cox

3B

Cardinals

54.

Anthony Rizzo

1B

Padres

55.

Jose Iglesias

SS

Red Sox

56.

Dellin Betances

RHP

Yankees

57.

Nick Franklin

SS

Mariners

58.

Drew Pomeranz

LHP

Indians

59.

John Lamb

LHP

Royals

60.

Jurickson Profar

SS

Rangers

61.

Anthony Ranaudo

RHP

Red Sox

62.

Yasmani Grandal

C

Reds

63.

Tyler Skaggs

LHP

Diamondbacks

64.

Dee Gordon

SS

Dodgers

65.

Manny Banuelos

LHP

Yankees

66.

Devin Mesoraco

C

Reds

67.

Wilmer Flores

SS

Mets

68.

Nolan Arenado

3B

Rockies

69.

Derek Norris

C

Nationals

70.

Tony Sanchez

C

Pirates

71.

Matt Dominguez

3B

Marlins

72.

Nick Weglarz

OF

Indians

73.

Hank Conger

C

Angels

74.

Nick Castellanos

3B

Tigers

75.

Travis d’Arnaud

C

Blue Jays

76.

Tanner Scheppers

RHP

Rangers

77.

Jarred Cosart

RHP

Phillies

78.

Cesar Puello

OF

Mets

79.

A.J. Cole

RHP

Nationals

80.

Zach Lee

RHP

Dodgers

81.

Engel Beltre

OF

Rangers

82.

Chris Dwyer

LHP

Royals

83.

Jaff Decker

OF

Padres

84.

Brent Morel

3B

White Sox

85.

Drake Britton

LHP

Red Sox

86.

Christian Colon

SS

Royals

87.

Ben Revere

OF

Twins

88.

Yorman Rodriguez

OF

Reds

89.

Stetson Allie

RHP

Pirates

90.

Christian Friedrich

LHP

Rockies

91.

Trey McNutt

RHP

Cubs

92.

Trayvon Robinson

OF

Dodgers

93.

Jared Mitchell

OF

White Sox

94.

Arodys Vizcaino

RHP

Braves

95.

Matt Harvey

RHP

Mets

96.

Michael Choice

OF

Athletics

97.

Deck McGuire

RHP

Blue Jays

98.

Guillermo Pimentel

OF

Seattle

99.

Kaleb Cowart

3B

Angles

100.

Tyrell Jenkins

RHP

Cardinals

Number of players in each MLB organization in the top 100:

Arizona Diamondbacks – 2

Atlanta Braves – 5

Baltimore Orioles – 2

Boston Red Sox – 3

Chicago Cubs – 2

Chicago White Sox – 3

Cincinnati Reds – 6

Cleveland Indians – 5

Colorado Rockies – 4

Detroit Tigers – 2

Florida Marlins – 1

Houston Astros – 1

Kansas City Royals – 8

Los Angeles Angles – 4

Los Angeles Dodgers – 3

Milwaukee Brewers – 0

Minnesota Twins – 4

New York Mets – 4

New York Yankees – 4

Oakland Athletics – 3

Philadelphia Phillies – 3

Pittsburgh Pirates – 3

St. Louis Cardinals – 3

San Diego Padres – 4

San Francisco Giants – 2

Seattle Mariners – 4

Tampa Bay Rays – 4

Texas Rangers – 4

Toronto Blue Jays – 4

Washington Nationals – 3

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Scouting Report: Aroldis Chapman – LHP – CIN

Aroldis Chapman – LHP – Cincinnati Reds. 6’4″ 185. DOB: 2.28.88. Signed: Cuba 6 Year $30.25MM.

Scouted: Louisville Bats @ Columbus Clippers 6.1.10 (In Person)

I got my first look at Aroldis Chapman on TV during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. While pitching for the Cuban National Team, Chapman elevated his international prospect status with a 4IP 3H 1ER 1BB 7K performance against Australia. The following outing against Japan however, Chapman struggled with his control. He often had trouble with his release point and when things were not going well, he stomped and pouted on the mound. He took the loss against the eventual champions and left with a line of 2.1IP 3H 3ER 3BB 1K. After defecting in 2010, Chapman shocked baseball pundits by signing with the low budget Reds.

Cuban National Series Statistics

Year

LG

W-L

ERA

G

GS

S

IP

H

BB

K

2005-06

CUBA

3-5

4.33

15

15

0

54

48

54

56

2006-07

CUBA

4-3

2.77

23

12

7

81

59

50

100

2007-08

CUBA

6-7

3.89

16

16

0

74

55

37

79

2008-09

CUBA

11-4

4.03

22

20

0

118

109

62

130

TOTAL

24-19

3.74

76

63

7

328

271

203

365

Minor League Statistics

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

2010

IL

AAA

9-6

3.57

39

13

1

0

8

95.2

77

52

125

1.348

Major League Statistics

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

2010

NL

MLB

2-2

2.03

15

0

0

0

0

13.1

9

5

19

1.050

It’s important to note that getting one live look doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report, but that’s not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway. On the day Chapman produced a line of 7IP 4H 2ER 3BB 5K in a no decision.

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball: On sheer velocity, Chapman breaks the 80-20 scale. That’s what happens when you can hit 105 MPH on the radar gun. While he doesn’t get much actual movement at that velocity, his 3/4 delivery causes the ball to cross the plane at a boring angle to right handed hitters.

Slider: Chapman can hit 90 MPH with this pitch on a good day, and it has sharp but sizable break.

Changeup: His changeup is a below average offering and it’s simply not needed out of the pen. His eventual success as a starter will depend heavily on the development of this pitch.

DELIVERY

Chapman has improved his delivery as a professional as the lengthy lefty used to have trouble repeating his delivery. On occasion Chapman will depart from his 3/4 delivery and come over the top to throw his sliders. More experienced hitters will exploit this if Chapman doesn’t maintain a consistent release point.

FUTURE

The question on Chapman’s future is whether he’ll start or relieve. Chapman, like any premium pitching prospect, is more valuable as a front line starter than as a reliever. However, Chapman is so filthy out of the pen on a contending team that his immediate future is to resume his 8th inning role in Cincinnati and possibly take over for Francisco Cordero if he falters.

College Baseball Prospects: Top Sophomores 2011

The sophomore year is perhaps the most important evaluation period for a college prospect. While some super studs like Matt Purke and Anthony Rendon before him truly shine as freshman, the sophomore year usually separates the men from the boys. While I did rank the players below, I wouldn’t pay particularly close attention to where each player falls on the list. The ranking below was an attempted balance between high profile recruits and lower profile performers. They all deserve my attention as I prepare coverage of future MLB drafts and projecting the performance of college baseball’s best teams. If there are guys that I’ve missed, and undoubtedly there are, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can follow their performance throughout 2011.

1. Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. Last Drafted: Rangers ’09 1st Round (14th Overall)

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TCU

FR

16-0

3.02

20

18

1

0

0

116

91

34

142

1.07

2. Kenny Diekroeger – SS/3B – Stanford. 6’2″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 2nd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

55

216

42

77

12

1

5

41

1

12

44

.356

.392

.491

3. Brian Goodwin – OF – Miami-Dade Community College. 6’0″ 190. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: White Sox ’09 17th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UNC

FR

60

227

47

66

13

8

7

63

7

45

49

.291

.409

.511

4. Jake Barrett – RHP – Arizona State. 6’4″ 235. Last Drafted: Toronto ’09 3rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ASU

FR

2-0

3.41

28

0

0

0

2

29

26

10

43

1.24

5. Austin Maddox – DH/1B/3B – Florida. 6’3″ 220. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UF

FR

63

264

48

88

16

0

17

72

0

7

42

.333

.369

.587

6. Deven Marrero – SS – Arizona State. 6’1″ 180. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Cincinnati ’09 17th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

ASU

FR

42

156

31

62

12

3

6

42

11

13

24

.397

.442

.628

7. Jeremy Baltz – OF – St. John’s. 6’3″ 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Yankees ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STJ

FR

63

240

64

95

16

1

24

85

6

28

44

.396

.482

.771

8. Andrew Susac – C – Oregon. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia: ’09 16th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OSU

FR

42

96

15

25

4

0

2

13

0

15

23

.260

.387

.365

9. Michael Zunino – C – Florida. 6’2″ 220. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Oakland ’09 30th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

55

176

31

47

7

1

9

41

8

9

38

.267

.314

.472

10. Nolan Fontana – SS – Florida. 5’11” 190. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

63

216

56

62

15

2

3

23

11

53

29

.287

.429

.417

11. Brian Johnson – DH/ LHP – Florida. 6’3″ 225. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 27th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

27

84

13

34

5

1

4

21

0

9

15

.405

.458

.631

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

6-4

4.03

16

14

0

0

0

73.2

88

14

51

12. Stephen Perez – SS – Miami. 5’11” 175. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Cincinnati ’09 18th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MIA

FR

63

239

50

61

14

1

8

38

24

39

72

.255

.362

.423

13. Lex Rutledge – LHP – Samford. 6’1″ 185. Last Drafted: Milwaukee ’09 26th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SAM

FR

5-1

1.71

33

0

0

0

11

47

41

19

65

1.27

14. Jake Stewart – OF – Stanford. 6’2″ 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia ’09 14th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

55

172

24

36

6

2

2

16

5

12

43

.209

.266

.302

15. Branden Kline – RHP – Virginia. 6’3″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Boston ’09 6th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

UVA

FR

5-1

3.62

22

8

0

0

3

64

54

20

56

1.14

16. Derek Dennis – SS – Michigan. 6’3″ 170. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 10th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MICH

FR

53

176

32

47

5

0

4

32

7

14

49

.267

.337

.364

17. Cohl Walla – OF – Texas. 6’3″ 165. Bats R: Throws: R. Last Drafted: Nationals ’09 43rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TEX

FR

62

228

41

72

12

2

8

40

14

13

42

.316

.355

.491

18. Hudson Randall – RHP – Florida. 6’4″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Kansas City ’09 46th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

8-4

3.24

20

17

0

0

0

97

102

21

69

1.26

19. Dylan Floro – RHP – Cal State Fullerton. 6’2″ 180. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 20th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CSF

FR

7-2

3.26

27

8

2

2

2

91

102

11

69

1.24

20. Kurt Heyer – RHP – Arizona. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. BA Freshman All American.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ARI

FR

7-4

3.26

17

16

1

0

0

102

97

29

109

1.24

21. Matt Price – RHP – South Carolina. 6’2″ 215. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SC

FR

5-1

2.26

31

0

0

0

10

55.2

37

10

35

22. Justin Jones – LHP – California. 6’3″ 175. Last Drafted: Chicago White Sox ’09 7th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAL

FR

10-6

4.22

18

15

2

0

0

98

102

29

73

1.34

23. Hoby Milner – LHP – Texas. 6’3″ 165. Last Drafted. Washington ’09 44th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TEX

FR

3-1

1.97

18

3

0

0

0

32

29

12

31

1.28

24. Michael Ratteree – SS – Rice. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Washington ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

RICE

FR

63

224

60

63

9

1

10

64

3

46

44

.281

.424

.466

25. Logan Vick – OF – Baylor. 5’11” 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

BAY

FR

60

228

59

75

17

2

10

27

11

59

49

.329

.471

.553

26. Anthony Gomez – 2B – Vanderbilt. 6’0″ 180. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

VAND

FR

60

214

41

81

10

0

2

30

9

14

9

.379

.399

.453

27. Max White – OF – Oklahoma. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OK

FR

62

215

48

63

13

1

15

43

7

13

58

.293

.345

.572

28. Christian Walker – 1B – South Carolina. 6’0″ 210. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 49th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SC

FR

61

226

35

74

12

2

9

51

2

18

18

.327

.384

.518

29. Pat Biondi – OF – Michigan. 5’9″ 160. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tigers ’09 35th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MICH

FR

57

230

69

72

11

6

2

30

29

36

30

.313

.410

.439

30. Barrett Barnes – 1B/OF – Texas Tech. 5’11” 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

Tech

FR

57

217

71

74

19

2

14

53

12

40

50

.341

.465

.641

31. Beau Amaral – OF – UCLA. 5’10 175. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UCLA

FR

64

223

45

79

12

0

4

31

9

20

53

.354

.437

.462

32. Brett Huber – RHP – Mississippi. 6’2″ 210. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MISS

FR

2-0

3.54

30

0

0

0

12

48

38

19

54

1.18

33. Michael Wacha – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’6″ 195. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

A&M

FR

9-2

2.90

25

10

0

0

0

105

86

22

97

1.02

34. Josh Elander – OF/C – TCU. 6’1″ 215. Last Drafted: Washington ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TCU

FR

59

194

41

69

16

4

2

33

11

24

50

.356

.510

35. Carlos Lopez – 1B – Cal State Fullerton. 6’2″ 205. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted Detroit ’10 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CSF

FR

62

237

44

84

16

3

7

51

5

22

23

.354

.414

.536

36. Jayce Boyd – 3B – Florida State. 6’3″ 185. Last Drafted: Texas ’09 19th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FSU

FR

67

227

49

74

15

1

8

39

4

27

38

.326

.394

.507

37. Richie Shaffer – 3B – Clemson. 6’2″ 190. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 25th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CLEM

FR

48

158

45

51

11

0

7

36

2

18

36

.323

.415

.525

38. Kyle Hansen – RHP – St. John’s. 6’8″ 200. Last Drafted: Milwaukee ’09 40th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

STJ

FR

8-3

3.71

18

15

0

0

0

94

77

38

85

1.21

39. Tom Lemke – RHP – Nebraska. 6’8″ 230. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 10th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

NEB

FR

5-6

5.34

14

14

2

2

0

60

67

30

43

1.60

40. Cody Keefer – OF – UCLA. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Detroit ’09 33rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UCLA

FR

45

148

29

47

9

0

2

31

1

32

31

.318

.452

.419

41. Jerad Grundy – LHP – Miami (FL). 5’11” 180. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 46th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MIA

FR

2-0

3.57

9

2

0

0

0

17

17

6

13

1.30

42. Christian Jones – LHP – Oregon. 6’2″ 205. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ORE

FR

2-2

3.71

20

1

0

0

0

26.2

25

12

21

43. Stephen Piscotty – IF – Stanford. 6’3″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

56

227

45

74

17

0

4

36

5

15

18

.326

.387

.454

44. Michael Heller – RHP – Florida. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Pittsburgh ’09 29th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

0-0

4.15

5

0

0

0

0

4

5

1

1

1.38

45. Mark Appel – RHP – Stanford. 6’5″ 190. Last Drafted: Tigers ’09 15th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

STAN

FR

2-1

5.92

24

3

0

0

2

38

44

15

14

46. Dan Gulbransen – OF – Jacksonville. 5’10” 205. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

JAX

FR

54

202

53

79

14

2

8

46

5

39

23

.391

.502

.599

47. Sam Selman – LHP – Vanderbilt. 6’3″ 165. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles: ’09 14th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

VAN

FR

0-0

9.00

4

0

0

0

0

6

10

4

8

2.33

48. Corey Roberts – RHP – UNC Charlotte. 6’1″ 235. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

UNCC

FR

6-3

3.48

15

12

0

0

0

85

81

23

75

1.22

49. Taylor Rogers – LHP – Kentucky. 6’3″ 175. Last Drafted: Baltimore ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

KY

FR

4-7

6.40

14

14

1

0

0

83

108

15

39

1.48

50. Chad Kettler – SS – Oklahoma. 6’1″ 185. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 24th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OK

FR

5

7

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

.286

.286

.286

51. Kevin Plawecki – C – Purdue. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

PUR

FR

54

204

36

70

12

1

8

53

2

8

11

.343

.396

.529

52. Cory Spangenberg – 2B/3B – Indian River State College (FL). 6’0″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. Transfer from Virginia Military Academy.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

VMI

FR

55

235

62

87

14

3

11

49

24

14

45

.370

.409

.596

53. Matt Koch – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 185. Last Drafted: Boston ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

LOU

FR

3-0

3.27

11

6

0

0

0

44

37

9

31

1.05

54. Andrew Heaney – LHP – Oklahoma State. 6’2″ 165. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 24th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

OSU

FR

5-4

5.16

16

10

0

0

1

66

81

24

55

1.58

55. Ryan Dalton – 3B – Texas-San Antonio. 6’1″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TSA

FR

50

190

38

58

9

1

17

51

0

12

46

.305

.362

.632

56. Jabari Henry – OF – Florida International. 6’0″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 39th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FIU

FR

49

165

47

52

10

1

12

51

6

32

36

.315

.439

.606

57. Ronnie Richardson – OF – Central Florida. 5’7″ 175. Bats: B Throws: L. Last Drafted: Minnesota ’09 11th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CF

FR

46

165

36

49

9

2

4

36

12

34

23

.297

.439

.448

58. Ronnie Freeman – C – Kennesaw State. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

KS

FR

54

211

27

77

8

0

9

47

2

10

31

.365

.399

.531

59. Steve Nyisztor – 2B – Rutgers. 6’4″ 190. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

RUT

FR

56

229

52

94

17

3

4

51

11

11

22

.410

.450

.563

60. Tyler Gaffney – OF – Stanford. 6’1″ 215. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. Also a RB on the Football Team.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

53

198

42

65

13

3

3

24

2

15

30

.328

.406

.470



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2011 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

**Update: Final Mock Draft from 6.5.11 posted here.*



Let’s face it, it’s far too early to do a mock draft. Yet here I am. Completely and ridiculously inaccurate. This mock gives zero weight to signability and team need and way too much weight to hunches on how good I think these players are.


1. Pittsburgh Pirates – Anthony Rendon – 3B – Rice. 6’0″ 190. The best amateur player in the country.

2. Seattle Mariners – Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. The unsigned 14th overall pick from 2009 draft should go even earlier as a draft eligible sophomore.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks – Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 6’4″ 220. Like Purke, Cole is another unsigned former 1st rounder (NYY – ’08 – 28th overall).

4. Baltimore Orioles – Bubba Starling – OF/RHP – Gardner Edgerton HS (KS). 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: Nebraska (Football). He’ll be a tough sign and much more likely to slide down draft boards and get well above average bonus offers.

5. Kansas City Royals – Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6″ 195.

6. Washington NationalsDaniel Norris – LHP – Science Hill HS (TN). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: Clemson

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – South Carolina. 5’10” 175.

8. Cleveland Indians – George Springer – OF – Connecticut. 6’3″ 205.

9. Chicago Cubs – Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt. 6’0″ 185. The Cubs took a flyer on him in 2008 (27th Round) knowing it would be tough to sign him away from Vanderbilt. Makes sense they’d take him again.

10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Archie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma.

11. Houston Astros – Dillon Howard – RHP – Searcy HS (AR). 6’2″ 200. College Commitment: Arkansas.

12. Milwaukee Brewers – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180.

13. New York Mets – John Stilson – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’4″ 190. The Mets may draft a stud reliever so they can stop using their blue chip starting pitching prospects in the bullpen.

14. Florida Marlins – Dylan Bundy – RHP – Owasso HS (OK). 6’1″ 200.

15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA. 6’1″ 175. Tim Lincecum comps are ludicrous, but he’s still very good.

16. Los Angeles Dodgers – Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia. 6’2″ 195. 2011 will be his 3rd year as the ace for a good Virginia team.

17. Los Angeles Angles – Blake Swihart – C – Cleveland HS (NM). 6’0″ 175. College Commitment: Texas.

18. Oakland Athletics – Josh Bell – OF – 6’3″ 205. Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). College Commitment: Texas.

19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Francisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State.

20. Colorado Rockies – Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195.

21. Toronto Blue Jays – Jason Esposito – 3B – Vanderbilt. 6’1″ 195.

22. St. Louis Cardinals – Derek Fisher – OF – Ceder Crest HS (PA). 6’3″ 210. College Commitment: Virginia.

23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. This ranking is based purely on talent and not on results. Here’s hoping Meyer has a Matt Harvey like turn around in 2011.

24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) – Brandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. College Commitment: Arkansas.

25. San Diego Padres – Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina. 6’2″ 190.

26. Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre) – Jose Fernandez – RHP – Alonso HS (FL). 6’3″ 215. College Commitment: South Florida.

27. Cincinnati Reds – Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. 6’3″ 220. See scouting report here.

28. Atlanta Braves – Zach Cone – OF – Georgia. 6’2″ 200.

29. San Francisco Giants – Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205.

30. Minnesota Twins – Noe Ramirez – RHP – Cal State Fullerton. 6’3″ 180.

31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Logan Verrett – RHP – Baylor. 6’2″ 180.

32. Tampa Bay Rays – Charlie Tilson – OF – New Trier HS (IL). 6’0″ 165.

33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Mikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205.

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