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: 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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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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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: Ian Happ – OF – University of Cincinnati

By Burke Granger

MLB Draft Prospect: Ian Happ – OF – University of Cincinnati. Bats: S Throws: R – 6’0″ 205.  Born: 08/12/94.  Previously Drafted:  None.  
Not ranked in the top 500 draft prospects in 2012, Happ went un-drafted out of Mt. Lebanon HS in Pittsburgh.  As a freshman however, Happ burst onto the scene earning Freshman All-American honors from both Perfect Game and the NCBWA while putting together a .322/.451/.483 line.
Happ continued to establish himself in the Cape Cod League in each of the past two summers and was the lone bright spot on a Cincinnati team that went just 15-41 this season.
SCOUTED
UCF @ Cincinnati – 4.4.15
STATISTICS (as of 6/4/15)
YEAR
AVE
OBP
SLG
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
SB/ATT
2013
0.322
0.451
0.483
13
1
6
36
47
32
25/30
2014
0.322
0.443
0.497
13
1
5
27
32
35
19/24
2015
0.369
0.492
0.672
18
0
14
44
49
49
12/20
It’s important to note that getting one live look at a player doesn’t provide nearly enough information for a scouting report.  It’s also important to note that I’m not a scout.  I do however actually go to see these guys play live, which is more than you’ll get from many online “Scouting Reports”.  I also talk to scouts when I’m there.  While scouts reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.
HITTING – Happ’s bat has been his calling card in college and that’s not expected to change as a professional.  Happ is better from the left side, though the swing is balanced and controlled from both sides of the plate.  Happ gets plus grades for his hitting ability.  The swing and plate discipline (18.2 BB% – 1.10 BB/K Ratio) indicate an advanced feel with the bat.  That advanced feel was not evident on the day that I saw him as he struck out three times, swung through a couple of fastballs on the inner half and chased a couple 59 foot curve balls.
POWER – Happ has shown some pop this season, driving balls out of the park from straight away center to the pull side foul poll, while displaying gap power to the opposite field.
SPEED – Somewhat of a short stocky build, Happ runs well for his body which is thick but not soft.  Average speed.
ARM – Happ has average arm strength which should be playable in any of his positional possibilities, though not ideal in right field.
DEFENSE – The biggest question mark for Happ is where he’ll play defensively.  An infielder in high school and his first year on campus, he’s played almost exclusively in right field this season.  The team that drafts Happ may give him the opportunity to give infield another try, but I see a left fielder.
FUTURE – This is a draft that is short on impact bats, which makes Happ appealing and a probable first rounder.
I don’t like coming up with comps on players because they’re unfair, subjective and likely biased.  That said, here’s my unfair, subjective and biased comp for Ian Happ.
A number of data points on Happ remind me of 2010 first round pick Kolbrin Vitek of Ball State (Boston – 20th Overall).  Like Happ, Vitek’s defensive position was in question, he was considered one of the more advanced hitters in draft class that was perceived to be lacking bats, and he dominated sub par college competition.  Vitek flamed out of pro ball after just a few seasons and retired in 2014.
This was the only time I saw Happ live out of his 163 collegiate games.  To say this is a small sample size is an understatement.  Every report that I’ve read on Happ has been glowing.  But if you’re reading this I assume you want to know what I saw rather than me regurgitating what others have written.  I saw a guy swing and miss at a surprising amount of pitches, and argued balls and strikes with the umpire.  Let’s hope it was simply an off day.

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 3.7.15

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
John Kilichowski – RHP – Vanderbilt.  4.1IP 5H 5R 3ER 1BB 2K.  
Grayson Long – RHP – Texas A&M.  7IP 3H 0ER 0BB 10K.  (W, 3-0).  Out-shined Houston’s Jake Lemoine.  
2016 Draft Class
A.J. Puk – LHP – Florida.  5.2IP 2H 1ER 2BB 6K.  (W, 3-1).  
Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Michael Matuella – RHP – Duke.  3IP 1H 0ER 1BB 0K.  
Kyle Funkhouser – RHP – Louisville.  5.1IP 8H 5ER 4BB 2K.  
Anthony Kidston – RHP – Louisville.  4IP 9H 7R 6ER 1BB 3K.  (L, 0-2).  
Nathan Kirby – LHP – Virginia.  7IP 7H 1ER 2BB 13K.  (L, 3-1).  
Josh Sborz – RHP – Virginia. 2IP 0H 0ER 1BB 1K.  (S, 4).  
Zack Erwin – LHP – Clemson.  1IP 5H 6ER 2BB 1K.  (L, 1-2).  
Trent Thornton – RHP – UNC.  1IP 1H 0ER 1BB 1K.  
2016 Draft Class
Connor Jones – RHP – Virginia.  7IP 4H 1ER 1BB 7K.  (W, 4-0).  
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Ryan Kellogg – LHP – ASU.  7IP 5H 2ER 2BB 8K.  
Kyle Twomey – LHP – USC.  5IP 12H 4ER 0BB 4K.  Hit hard v. Vanderbilt, but the Trojans still earn the victory.  
2016 Draft Class
Brett Hanewich – RHP – Stanford.  6.2IP 5H 3ER 3BB 7K.  
Bobby Dalbec – RHP – Arizona.  1.2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 2K.  (W, 2-1).  
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Riley Ferrell – RHP – TCU.  1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 0K.  (S, 4).  
Alex Young – LHP – TCU.  8IP 3H 1ER 1BB 9K.  (W, 3-0).  
Koda Glover – RHP – Oklahoma State.  1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 2K.  
Parker French – RHP – Texas.  7IP 6H 1ER 5BB 4K.  (W, 2-1).  
2016 Draft Class
Alec Hansen – RHP – Oklahoma.  7IP 3H 0ER 2BB 8K.  (W, 2-1).  
Ryan Moseley – RHP – Texas Tech.  3IP 4H 3ER 3BB 1K.  (L, 1-1).  
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Alex Robinson – LHP – Maryland.  0.2IP 0H 2R 0ER 1BB 2K.  
Brett Adcock – RHP – Michigan.  5.2IP 3H 3R 0ER 3BB 7K.  (W, 2-1).  
Cam Vieaux – RHP – Michigan State.  7IP 9H 3ER 3BB 2K.  (L, 0-3).  
Blake Hickman – RHP – Iowa.  6IP 4H 1R 0ER 2BB 2K.  (W, 2-0).  
American Athletic Conference
2015 Draft Class
Jake Lemoine – RHP – Houston 6.1IP 6H 5R 3ER 1BB 2K.  
Patrick Weigel – RHP – Houston 2.2IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 1K.  
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Blake Fox – RHP – Rice.  6IP 8H 1ER 2BB 4K.  (W, 2-0).  
Phil Maton – RHP – Louisiana Tech.  7IP 6H 1ER 2BB 6K.  (W, 3-0).  
Best of the Rest

Justin Garza – RHP – Cal State Fullerton.  6IP 6H 2ER 1BB 5K.  (W, 1-0).  
Andrew Sopko – RHP – Gonzaga.  6IP 6H 2R 0ER 3BB 5K.  (W, 2-1).  
Matt Rose – RHP – Georgia State.  1IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 2).  
Trevor Megill – RHP – Loyola Marymount.  2.1IP 6H 5R 4ER 4BB 1K.  (L, 1-2).  

Travis Bergen – LHP – Kennesaw State.  6.2IP 7H 1R 0ER 1BB 5K.  (W, 2-2).