College Baseball Prospect Update: Pitchers 2.20.11



Pac 10

Adam Plutko – RHP – UCLA – Fr. 6IP 2H 0ER 1BB 4K (W, 1-0). Proud (I’m sure) member of the Prospect Junkies preseason Freshman All American team.

Zack Weiss – RHP – UCLA – Fr. 1.1IP 2H 0ER 2BB 2K.

Dean McArdle – RHP – Stanford – So. 5IP 3H 0ER 1BB 4K (W, 1-0). McArdle finished the season as the Sunday starter as a freshman. Looks like he’s in the same role as a So. Stanford finishes off in impressive series win (2-1) at Rice.

Madison Boer – RHP – Oregon – Jr. 8IP 1H 0ER 2BB 7K (W, 1-0)

Tyler Hale – RHP – Arizona – So. 6IP 4H 1ER 2BB 7K. (W, 1-0)

Erik Johnson – RHP – California – Jr. 7IP 3H 0ER 0BB 8K (W, 1-0)

Justin Jones – LHP – California – So. 7IP 8H 2ER 1BB 5K. Former White Sox draftee (’09 – 7th Rnd)

Jake Barrett – RHP – Arizona State – So. 3IP 2H 1ER 2BB 2K. Not sure why he left after 3 IP.

SEC

Karsten Whitson – RHP – Florida – Fr. 5IP 1H 0ER 1BB 9K. (W, 1-0). The unsigned ’10 1st round pick is already a candidate to go #1 overall in ’13.

Daniel Gibson – LHP – Florida – Fr. 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K.

Taylor Hill – RHP – Vanderbilt – Sr. 7.1IP 5H 1ER 0BB 8K (W, 1-0).

Navery Moore – RHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K. (S, 1)

Grayson Garvin – LHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 8.1IP 5H 2ER 0BB 10K. (W, 1-0)

Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky – Jr. 7IP 3H 2ER 3BB 13K (L, 0-1). A loss but still encouraging for one of the most electric arms in the 2011 draft after struggling in his first 2 years at Kentucky.

Big 12

Hoby Milner – LHP – Texas – So. 7IP 2H 0ER 2BB 10K. (W, 1-0).

Jason Hursh – LHP – Oklahoma St. – Fr. 6IP 5H 0ER 3BB 0K. (1-0). Nice start for a freshman., but…no K’s?

ACC

Kent Emanuel – LHP – UNC – Fr. 5IP 6H 2ER 1BB 2K.

Kevin Brady – RHP – Clemson – So. 5.1IP 2H 1ER 1BB 10K (W, 1-0).

Cody Winiarski – RHP – Virginia – Sr. 6IP 4H 0ER 1BB 6K. (W, 1-0).

Buck Farmer – RHP – Georgia Tech – So. 5IP 4H 0ER 3BB 6K.

Matthew Grimes – RHP – Georgia Tech – Fr. 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K.

Mountain West

Steven Maxwell – RHP – TCU – Sr. 6IP 6H 2ER 0BB 5K.

Conference USA

Austin Kubitza – RHP – Rice – Fr. 6IP 6H 2ER 0BB 5K. (L, 0-1). RIce is loaded at the freshman level.

College Baseball Prospect Update – Pitchers 2.19.11



Pac 10

Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA – Jr. 7.2IP 2H 0ER 4BB 10K (W, 1-0)

Kyle Simon – RHP – Arizona – Jr. 7.2IP 1H 1ER 0BB 13K (W, 1-0)

Chris Reed – LHP – Stanford – Jr. 4.2IP 8H 6ER 1BB 5K (L, 0-1)

Austin Wood – RHP – USC – Jr. 5IP 6H 2ER 1BB 6K (W, 1-0).

SEC

Hudson Randall – RHP – Florida – So. 6IP 7H 1ER 0BB 6K (W, 1-0)

Tommy Toledo – RHP – Florida – Jr. 2.1IP 2H 0ER 1BB 1K (S, 1)

Tyler Webb – LHP – South Carolina – So. 6IP 3H 1ER 2BB 4K (W, 1-0)

Bryan Harper – LHP – South Carolina – Jr. 1.2IP 2H 0ER 1BB 2K. Bryce Harper’s brother making a name for himself after transfer

Matt Price – RHP – South Carolina – So. 1.1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 0K (S, 1)

Kevin Gausman – RHP – LSU – Fr. 5.2IP 6H 2ER 0BB 6K. Nice first start for the blue chip talent and 2012 first round candidate as a draft eligible sophomore.

Matty Ott – RHP – LSU – Jr. 1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 2K. Encouraging sign that the ’09 Matty Ott is back.

Ryne Stanek – RHP – Arkansas – Fr. 4IP 0H 0ER 2BB 6K. Great debut. Will develop a nice inter-conference rivalry with fellow freshman Gausman.

Bradley Hendrix – RHP – Auburn – Sr. 1.2IP 5H 2ER 1BB 1K. Unsigned 30th round pick (Reds ’10)

Taylor Rogers – LHP – Kentucky – So. 6IP 7H 2ER 0BB 7K.

Kevin Ziomek – LHP – Vanderbilt – Fr. 5.1IP 4H 1ER 1BB 5K. ND but great start for a Freshman who I anticipated would be a midweek starter.

Big 12

Cole Green – RHP – Texas – Sr. 4IP 6H 6ER 1BB 5K. (L, 0-1) Uncharacteristically bad outing from someone who was so good last season.

Michael Wacha – RHP – Texas A&M – So. 6IP 5H 0ER 0BB 7K. A top prospect in the 2012 draft class.

Bobby Shore – RHP – Oklahoma – Sr. 5.1IP 5H 5ER 4BB 2K.

Trae Davis – RHP – Baylor – Fr. .2IP 0H 0ER 1BB 0K. (W, 1-0). Bluechip freshman picks up W in first appearance.

Andrew Heaney – LHP – Oklahoma State – So. 7IP 2H 0ER 1BB 8K. (W, 1-0). One of top LHP in the 2012 draft class.

Tom Lemke – RHP – Nebraska – So. 5.2IP 6H 2ER 1BB 3K.

ACC

Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech – Jr. 5.2IP 4H 1ER 2BB 10K. If Mark Pope continues to be successful on Fridays, head coach Danny Hall will look like a genius for letting ace Bradley throw on Saturdays.

DeAndre Smelter – RHP – Georgia Tech – Fr. 1.1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 2K. (W, 1-0) Freshman two way player Smelter is on my preseason Freshman All American team.

Tyler Wilson – RHP – Virginia – Sr. 6IP 3H 0ER 2BB 6K. (W,1-0) Over Auburn.

Patrick Johnson – RHP – UNC – Sr. 5.2IP 7H 1ER 3BB 6K. Strong start in ND that UNC would would against Fullerton.

Big East

Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut – Jr. 6IP 3H 2ER 3BB 11K (L, 0-1). Barnes will be a first round pick in 2011 but he took a tough luck loss against a good Minnesota team in the Big 10/Big East challenge.

Tony Zych – RHP – Louisville – Jr. 1IP 2H 0ER 0BB 2K (S, 2). Back to back saves for Zych who I would project as a 1s thru 3rd round arm at the moment.

Mountain West Conference

Kyle Winkler – RHP – TCU – Jr. 7IP 1H 0ER 0BB 8K (W, 1-0). Winkler will be a value pick for some team in June. I’d guess maybe in the 5-10 round range but that can change of course.

Taylor Cole – RHP – BYU – So. 5IP 4H 0ER 1BB 3K (W, 1-0)

Conference USA

Matthew Reckling – RHP – Rice – Jr. – 6IP 4H 0ER 2BB 4K. (W, 1-0)

Geoffrey Thomas – RHP – Southern Mississippi – So. 7IP 3H 1ER 1BB 3K (W, 1-0). 2012 Draft Prospect.

Nick Pepitone – RHP – Tulane – Jr. 3IP 2H 0ER 1BB 2K. (W, 1-0)

Big South Conference

Matt Rein – LHP – Coastal Carolina – Sr. 2.2IP 2H 0ER 0BB 1K. (W, 1-0)

Blake Forslund – RHP – Liberty – Jr. 4IP 6H 5ER 4BB 5K.

Big West Conference

Noe Ramirez – RHP – Cal State Fullerton – Jr. 7IP 6H 1ER 0BB 5K (W, 1-0). Strong win against rival Fullerton.

Nick Ramirez – LHP – Cal State Fullerton – Jr. 2IP 1H 0ER 3BB 2K. (S, 1). Unrelated Nick is the closer on top of being the #3 hitter fir the Titans.

Andrew Gagnon – RHP – Long Beach State – Jr. 7IP 4H 2ER 3BB 6K. He and Noe Ramirez are the two best pitching prospects in the Big South. Would have loved to see this face off in a 2-1 Fullerton win.

Tyler Pill – RHP – Cal State Fullerton – Jr. 6IP 7H 3ER 2BB 5K. Against North Carolina.

Dylan Floro – RHP – Cal State Fullerton – So. 4.1IP 3H 0ER 1BB 3K. (L, 0-1)

Mitch Patito – RHP – UC Riverside – So. 1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 2K. (S, 1)

Dylan Stuart – RHP – UC Riverside – Fr. 1.2IP 1H 0ER 0BB 2K.

Chase Johnson – RHP – Cal Poly – Fr. 1.2IP 5H 4H 3BB 1K. (L, 0-1)

West Coast Conference

Dylan Covey – RHP – San Diego – Fr. 7IP 7H 4ER 2BB 7K. Freshman All American with an OK debut.

Martin Viramontes – RHP – Loyola Marymount – Jr. 5.1IP 5H 2H 1ER 1BB 4K. (W, 1-0)

Powell Fansler – LHP – Santa Clara – Fr. 1IP 0H 0ER 1BB 1K.

Ryan Carpenter – LHP – Gonzaga – Jr. 5IP 8H 3ER 3BB 5K. He and Viramontes are the best draft prospects in the West Coast Conference.

Missouri Valley Conference

Charlie Lowell – LHP – Wichita State – Jr. 5IP 1H 0ER 0BB 7K (W, 1-0).

Jacob Booden – RHP – Bradley – Jr. 5IP 2H 0ER 4BB 5K.

Mid American Conference

Zach Cooper – RHP – Central Michigan – Jr. 6.2IP 6H 3ER 3BB 6K.

Atlantic Sun Conference

Jacob Barnes – RHP – Florida Gulf Coast – Jr. 2IP 1H 0ER 0BB 5K. (S, 1) Dominate performance for 2011 draft prospect.

Ben Carhart – RHP – Stetson – Jr. 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K.

Colonial Athletic Conference

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

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Ali Simpson – LHP – Bethune-Cookman – Jr. 6IP 1H 0ER 1BB 14K. (W, 1-0) I have no idea if Simpson is a prospect, but performances like this cannot be ignored. He’s on my radar.

Southland Conference

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

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)

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.

2011 Top 5 Relief Pitching Prospects



1. Aroldis Chapman – LHP – CIN – 6’4″ 185 – 2.28.88. Signed: Cuba 2009. Who throws 105 mph? Aroldis Chapman and Sidd Finch, that’s who!

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

IL

AAA

9-6

3.57

39

13

1

0

8

95.2

77

52

125

1.348

2010

NL

MLB

2-2

2.03

15

0

0

0

0

13.1

9

5

19

1.050


2. Chris Sale – LHP – CHW – 6’5″ 170 – 3.30.89. College: Florida Gulf Coast Drafted: 1st Round (13th Overall) 2010. Sale’s long term future may be in a rotation but he shouldn’t leave the bullpen anytime soon. Like Chapman, Sale can help a contender win now so his long term development is secondary.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAR

A+

0-0

2.25

4

0

0

0

0

4

3

2

4

1.250

2010

IL

AAA

0-0

2.84

7

0

0

0

0

6.1

3

4

15

1.105

2010

AL

MLB

2-1

1.93

21

0

0

0

4

23.1

15

10

32

1.071

3. Kenley Jansen – RHP – LAD – 6’6″ 220 – 9.30.87. Signed: Curacao 2004. We all remember Jansen as a light hitting riffle armed catcher on the Netherlands WBC team that shocked the Dominican Republic. Now a pitcher, Jansen posted 15.6 K/9 in minors and 13.7 K/9 majors in 2010. If Jon Broxton can’t fix his noggin, Jansen might be closing by year end.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAL

A+

1-1

1.50

11

0

0

0

0

18

15

6

28

1.167

2010

SO

AA

4-0

1.67

22

0

0

0

8

27

14

17

50

1.148

2010

NL

MLB

1-0

0.67

25

0

0

0

4

27

12

15

41

1.00

4. Tanner Scheppers – RHP – TEX – 6’4″ 200 – 1.17.87. College: Fresno State Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (44th Overall) 2009. Scheppers was part of the 2008 Fresno State National Championship team but was hurt down the stretch which caused the top 10 talent to slide to the Pirates in the 2nd round. He didn’t sign, made a few appearances in Indy Ball and improved his stock the following year.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TL

AA

0-0

0.82

6

0

0

0

2

11

3

0

19

0.273

2010

PCL

AAA

1-3

5.48

30

7

0

0

4

69

82

30

71

1.623

2010

TOT

2Lgs

1-3

4.84

36

7

0

0

6

80

85

30

90

1.438

5. Craig Kimbrel – RHP – ATL – 5’11” 200 – 5.28.88. College: Wallace State CC (AK) Drafted: 3rd Round 2008. The retirement of Billy Wagner could spell Rookie of the Year for Kimbrel.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

IL

AAA

3-2

1.62

48

0

0

0

23

55.2

28

35

83

1.132

2010

NL

MLB

4-0

0.44

21

0

0

0

1

20.1

9

16

40

1.210

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College Baseball: 2011 Preseason All-American Teams


A new year is upon us and that means we’re one step closer to baseball season. I spent New Year’s Eve much like the rest of you; watching the Twilight Zone Marathon, drinking some smoked porter that my buddy made in his basement and working on my Preseason Collegiate All-American teams. Well here is the end result of that wacky crazy night. Keep in mind that most of these kids I’ve only seen on TV while others I haven’t seen at all. It should also be noted that I tend to favor higher ceiling guys than strictly numbers guys although I tried to find a balance between those guys that have already produced gargantuan numbers and those who I feel are capable of doing so. Well enough of this palaver, let’s get this show on the road.



FIRST TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Gerrit Cole

JR

UCLA

11-4

3.37

19

0

123

92

153

52

NYY ’08 (1)

LHP

Matt Purke

SO

TCU

16-0

3.02

20

0

116.1

91

142

34

TEX ’09 (1)

RHP

Taylor Jungmann

JR

Texas

8-3

2.03

17

0

120

88

129

41

LAA ’08 (24)

LHP

Danny Hultzen

JR

Virginia

11-1

2.78

16

0

106

75

123

24

ARI ’10 (10)

RHP

Noe Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

12-1

2.54

16

0

106.1

92

119

19

N/A

RHP

Sonny Gray

JR

Vanderbilt

10-5

3.48

19

1

108.2

101

113

48

CHC ’08 (27)

RHP

John Stilson

SO

Texas A&M

9-1

0.80

33

10

79

51

114

23

MIN ’09 (18)

UTL

Mike McGee

SR

FSU

4-1

2.96

20

13

27.1

15

33

18

ARI ’10 (41)

Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Peter O’Brien

JR

Bethune-Cookman

.386

51

78

13

0

20

56

18

39

0

N/A

1B

Paul Hoilman

SR

Eastern Tenn. St.

.421

79

99

24

2

25

84

51

41

1

TB ’10 (49)

2B

Kolten Wang

JR

Hawaii

.357

57

89

15

4

7

40

36

20

19

MIN ’08 (16)

3B

Anthony Rendon

JR

Rice

.394

83

89

12

1

26

85

65

22

14

ATL ’08 (27)

SS

B.A. Vollmuth

JR

So. Mississippi

.386

72

91

17

2

20

76

43

51

4

HOU ’08 (32)

OF

Jackie Bradley Jr.

JR

South Carolina

.368

56

89

12

1

13

60

41

37

7

N/A

OF

Alex Dickerson

JR

Indiana

.419

62

99

19

0

24

75

20

35

3

WAS ’08 (48)

OF

Mikie Mahtook

JR

LSU

.335

68

80

19

4

14

50

38

54

22

FLA ’08 (39)

DH

Garrett Wittels

JR

Florida International

.413

47

100

21

2

2

60

22

19

4

HOU ’08 (36)

UTL

Mike McGee

SR

FSU

.328

61

82

15

1

17

73

44

53

5

ARI ’10 (41)


SECOND TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Trevor Bauer

JR

UCLA

12-3

3.02

18

0

131.1

121

165

41

N/A

RHP

Cole Green

SR

Texas

11-2

2.74

17

0

111.2

88

75

27

DET ’10 (4)

LHP

Alex Panteliodis

JR

Florida

11-3

3.51

18

0

100

86

82

26

N/A

LHP

Tyler Anderson

JR

Oregon

7-5

2.98

17

0

102.2

84

105

33

N/A

RHP

Steven Maxwell

SR

TCU

11-2

2.70

18

0

103.1

89

93

34

MIN ’10 (12)

RHP

Anthony Meo

JR

Coastal Carolina

13-2

2.61

18

0

96.2

82

94

34

WAS ’08 (43)

RHP

Matt Price

SO

South Carolina

5-1

2.26

31

10

55.2

37

83

19

BOS ’10 (8)

UTL

Nick Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

1-3

3.50

27

11

43.2

41

38

8

N/A



Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

James McCann

JR

Arkansas

.286

32

61

6

0

9

34

18

28

3

CHW ’08 (31)

1B

Austin Maddox

SO

Florida

.333

48

88

16

0

17

72

7

42

0

TB ’09 (37)

2B

Zack MacPhee

JR

Arizona State

.389

67

89

8

14

9

64

41

39

20

DET ’08 (22)

3B

Jason Esposito

JR

Vanderbilt

.359

65

94

25

1

12

64

34

35

31

KC ’08 (7)

SS

Brad Miller

JR

Clemson

.357

71

90

19

4

8

49

50

43

9

TEX ’08 (39)

OF

George Springer

JR

Connecticut

.337

84

82

16

4

18

62

60

70

33

MIN ’08 (48)

OF

Chad Oberacker

SR

Tennessee Tech

.452

67

108

29

5

6

70

34

23

14

STL ’10 (19)

OF

Jeremy Baltz

SO

St. Johns

.396

64

95

16

1

24

85

28

44

6

NYY ’09 (45)

DH

Levi Michael

JR

UNC

.346

76

74

14

4

9

54

44

26

20

N/A

UTL

Nick Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

.346

62

90

28

1

16

75

19

50

6

N/A


THIRD TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Matt Barnes

JR

Connecticut

8-3

3.92

15

0

82.2

79

75

25

N/A

RHP

Kyle Winkler

JR

TCU

12-3

3.39

19

0

116.2

111

92

36

MIL ’08 (37)

RHP

Tim Kelly

SR

Wichita St.

11-2

3.94

16

0

96

108

80

26

N/A

LHP

Jed Bradley

JR

Georgia Tech

9-5

4.83

16

0

91.1

107

99

25

N/A

RHP

Logan Verrett

JR

Baylor

5-3

3.28

16

0

90

88

97

23

N/A

RHP

Karsten Whitson

FR

Florida

SD ’10 (1)

RHP

Matty Ott

JR

LSU

2-4

6.38

28

0

42.1

40

40

21

N/A

UTL

Will Lamb

JR

Clemson

4-4

5.02

18

2

52

57

30

25

N/A


Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Andrew Susac

SO

Oregon St.

.260

15

25

4

0

2

13

15

23

0

PHI ’09 (16)

1B

Preston Tucker

JR

Florida

.331

50

81

17

2

11

49

43

29

8

N/A

2B

Ryan Wright

JR

Louisville

.366

61

93

17

2

16

80

20

26

10

N/A

3B

Harold Martinez

JR

Miami (Fla.)

.295

48

71

10

0

21

69

30

54

5

TEX ’08 (19)

SS

Kenny Diekroeger

SO

Stanford

.356

42

77

12

1

5

41

12

44

1

TB ’09 (2)

OF

Jason Coats

JR

TCU

.361

68

99

23

4

13

69

20

57

8

N/A

OF

Zach Cone

JR

Georgia

.363

45

77

12

7

10

53

14

33

13

LAA ’08 (3)

OF

Patrick Biondi

SO

Michigan

.313

69

72

11

6

2

30

36

30

29

DET ’09 (35)

DH

C.J. Cron

JR

Utah

.431

55

85

16

0

20

81

17

23

4

CHW ’08 (44)

UTL

Will Lamb

JR

Clemson

.289

42

50

6

2

4

36

23

30

14

N/A

Aroldis Chapman

Ham Schmitmeyer,

Guest Columnist

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When a friend of mine told me the Reds had signed Aroldis Chapman, my immediate response was, “Okay, who is that?” I don’t really keep up with prospects. I probably shouldn’t admit that on this particular site, and perhaps it will be edited out, but the future talent isn’t what interests me about baseball. I don’t have that kind of attention span. This is why I watch television on hulu.com while I simultaneously view movies on my actual television, and why I play yahoo euchre during my Grad School classes. It’s probably also why my grades could be better, and it’s definitely why after writing for a solid 4 minutes, I’m going to take a break.

Okay, I’m back. When I heard Aroldis was an untested, unpolished flamethrower, with a fastball that reaches well beyond 100mph, I thought it was a joke. When I finally realized that he actually throws that hard, I thought it was a terrific signing by the Reds. With that kind of stuff, if Aroldis had proven to have control of his pitches, there’s no way the Reds could have acquired him. The Yankees or Red Sox would probably have outbid everyone. The Reds, and clubs in a similar financial situation, need to allocate their money to the farm system, to develop cheap talent, and take risks on free agents that the large market clubs aren’t willing to do. After Aroldis’s 6-year, $30.25 million deal expires and he’s reached his potential, then the Yankees will get him. Apparently, the Nationals felt the same way I did, since they finished 2nd in the Aroldis sweepstakes (think about Strasburg, Chapman and Bryce Harper on the same team in 3 years).

After hearing so much about Chapman’s stuff, it was frustrating to wait for him to “find it” in the minors and come up to the bigs. It was worth the wait, however, as Aroldis has been better than advertised. He’s still painfully raw, featuring only two pitches, but his role out of the bullpen has been unparalleled over the final month of the season. I don’t think he’ll be ready to start next season, and I’m okay with that.

Aroldis has been exactly what the Reds have needed late in the season. As Arthur Rhodes deteriorates with plantar fasciitis, Aroldis filled in, before the void even developed. Statistically, the Reds have had around the 12th best bullpen in baseball this year. I don’t care about that number, because Aroldis hasn’t been around all season. In October, there may not be a better bullpen throwing every game than Aroldis Chapman, Nick Masset and, gulp, Francisco Cordero.

I hate to use this cliché, but I’m going to do it. I can’t believe I actually think it’s valid. When Aroldis enters a ballgame from the bullpen, an almost tangible energy is immediately infused to the game. The number 1 reason to watch the Phillies and Reds in the NLDS is for Aroldis Chapman. He’ll change the energy as you watch the game on your couch, and it’s incredible what he’ll do to a game you’re actually attending (I was present at the Reds game when they clinched).

If you’re the type of person that believes a great defensive play to end an inning can spark the offense in the following half inning, Aroldis can do this to the 10th degree. He’ll enter stagnant, regular season games in Cincinnati and a few times, the Reds scored runs in their subsequent at-bat. His energy and talent isn’t just exciting for the fans, his teammates have never seen this either.

Up till now, Aroldis has not gone longer than 4 outs in an MLB game. I hope this role is expanded against the lefty-laden Phillies. I would love to see him go two innings Wednesday and Friday, because he has the stuff to do something legendary. Not to mention, I don’t think it’d be wise to shove Bronson out on the mound for the third time through the lefty-heavy Phils, when the Reds could easily go Aroldis, Aroldis, Masset, Cordero to close out the final four innings.

I’m a fan of baseball and I’m excited Aroldis will be in the national spotlight to try to infuse some excitement back into my favorite sport. Don’t be surprised if you end up watching a Reds game this postseason that you’ll never forget. I can only wish the rest of the Reds afford Aroldis the opportunity to do something incredible.