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« on: December 05, 2018, 06:07:09 pm »
Six months and counting...

As it stands today (and this will change slightly depending on FA signings), the Astros will pick at:
  • #32 (1st round)
  • #69 (2nd round)
  • #80 (comp pick for Keuchel)
  • #111 (3rd round)
  • #143 (4th round)

MLB Pipeline came out with their first Top 50 Draft Prospect list. Some of the more interesting (including local guys) names who might be available when the Astros pick at #32:
  • LHP Nick Lodolo/Junior--the 6'6" Horned Frog likely gets picked quickly if he steps up his game this spring.
  • OF Jerrion Ealy/HSer--Ole Miss commit who also plays football which of course affects signability.
  • SS Braden Shewmake/Junior--the 6'4" Aggie and lefty swinger might not stick at shortstop.
  • OF JJ Bleday/Junior--another lefty swinger, the Vandy player has the arm for RF.
  • 1B Michael Busch/Junior--yet another lefty. Luhnow likes his Tarheels but might like this one more if he could play 2B or LF (which may be a possibility).
  • OF Matt Wallner/Junior--lefty hitter with arm for RF who currently patrols CF for Southern Miss.
  • OF Maurice Hampton/HSer--LSU commit who like Ealy has the football card to play.
  • SS Will Wilson/Junior--the NC Stater might have to shift to 2B.
  • SS Logan Davidon/Junior--the Clemson switch-hitter is likely to stick at SS. Wood bat struggles in the Cape though.
  • RHP Tyler Dyson/Junior--FB touching upper 90s but command/control and developing 3rd pitch needed.
  • 3B Brett Baty/HSer--lefty hitter out of Lake Travis HS is a Longhorn commit.
  • SS Matthew Lugo/HSer--the Carlos Beltran BB Academy product is a U of Miami commit.
  • OF Kyle Stowers/Junior--lefty swinger for Stanford has arm for right.
  • RHP Ryne Nelson/Junior--a two-way player for Oregon as an infielder/reliever, the hard-thrower moves into the starting rotation this spring.
  • RHP Matthew Thompson/HSer--one of two highly-rated Cypress Ranch HS pitchers who are Aggie commits.
  • RHP JJ Goss/HSer--the other.
  • 1B/OF Mike Toglia/Junior--will be one of the youngest college juniors at the time of the draft/switch-hitter/above average defender at 1B but may be able to play corner OF.
  • LHP Erik Miller/Junior--another Stanford Cardinal/has struggled in the CCBL.
  • 1B Logan Wyatt/Junior--lefty hitter for Louisville/great eye at plate/lotsa power/probably limited to 1B.
  • OF Will Robertson/Junior--lefty swinger for Creighton may be limited to left.
  • SS Nasim Nunez/HSer--superb defender/questionable bat/switch-hitter.

Others of note: SS Bobby Whitt, Jr (Colleyville Heritage HS), 3B Josh Jung (Texas Tech) and C Shea Langeliers (Baylor) are all projected to go in the first 10 picks.

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2018, 07:35:49 am »
BA's mock draft #1 says this guy to the Astros at #32:

  • 1B Michael Busch/Junior--yet another lefty. Luhnow likes his Tarheels but might like this one more if he could play 2B or LF (which may be a possibility).

.317/.465/.521 as a soph with 55 BBs vs 30 Ks in 240 ABs. 12th-ranked prospect this summer in the CCBL.

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2018, 01:24:31 pm »
Other than Baty, is there anyone in the Houston/Austin/SA area that needs watching?
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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2018, 06:11:31 pm »
Other than Baty, is there anyone in the Houston/Austin/SA area that needs watching?

Not sure whether you were asking about HSers only but I'm also including college guys (all Big 12 guys noted as well since they'll either come to Austin or shown on Longhorn Network)...

  • LHP Nick Lodolo/Junior--the 6'6" Horned Frog likely gets picked quickly if he steps up his game this spring.
  • OF Jerrion Ealy/HSer--Ole Miss commit who also plays football which of course affects signability.
  • SS Braden Shewmake/Junior--the 6'4" Aggie and lefty swinger might not stick at shortstop.
  • OF JJ Bleday/Junior--another lefty swinger, the Vandy player has the arm for RF.
  • 1B Michael Busch/Junior--yet another lefty. Luhnow likes his Tarheels but might like this one more if he could play 2B or LF (which may be a possibility).
  • OF Matt Wallner/Junior--lefty hitter with arm for RF who currently patrols CF for Southern Miss.
  • OF Maurice Hampton/HSer--LSU commit who like Ealy has the football card to play.
  • SS Will Wilson/Junior--the NC Stater might have to shift to 2B.
  • SS Logan Davidon/Junior--the Clemson switch-hitter is likely to stick at SS. Wood bat struggles in the Cape though.
  • RHP Tyler Dyson/Junior--FB touching upper 90s but command/control and developing 3rd pitch needed.
  • 3B Brett Baty/HSer--lefty hitter out of Lake Travis HS is a Longhorn commit.
  • SS Matthew Lugo/HSer--the Carlos Beltran BB Academy product is a U of Miami commit.
  • OF Kyle Stowers/Junior--lefty swinger for Stanford has arm for right.
  • RHP Ryne Nelson/Junior--a two-way player for Oregon as an infielder/reliever, the hard-thrower moves into the starting rotation this spring.
  • RHP Matthew Thompson/HSer--one of two highly-rated Cypress Ranch HS pitchers who are Aggie commits.
  • RHP JJ Goss/HSer--the other.
  • 1B/OF Mike Toglia/Junior--will be one of the youngest college juniors at the time of the draft/switch-hitter/above average defender at 1B but may be able to play corner OF.
  • LHP Erik Miller/Junior--another Stanford Cardinal/has struggled in the CCBL.
  • 1B Logan Wyatt/Junior--lefty hitter for Louisville/great eye at plate/lotsa power/probably limited to 1B.
  • OF Will Robertson/Junior--lefty swinger for Creighton may be limited to left.
  • SS Nasim Nunez/HSer--superb defender/questionable bat/switch-hitter.

Others of note: SS Bobby Whitt, Jr (Colleyville Heritage HS), 3B Josh Jung (Texas Tech) and C Shea Langeliers (Baylor) are all projected to go in the first 10 picks.

Others:
  • RHP Jimmy Lewis--Lake Travis HS
  • INF/OF Sanson Faltine III--Fort Bend Travis HS
  • RHP Will Rigney--Waco Midway HS

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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2018, 10:19:46 pm »
Not sure whether you were asking about HSers only
Oh no, college too. I watch a good bit of BigXII and central TX HS ball.  Thanks for the info as always.
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2018, 09:06:34 pm »
If you want to see a bunch of the college guys from Texas play in one weekend go to the college classic at MMP this year.
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2018, 09:20:12 pm »
If you want to see a bunch of the college guys from Texas play in one weekend go to the college classic at MMP this year.

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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2018, 09:24:54 pm »
What is this year's lineup?

UH
Rice
A&M
Baylor
TCU
Tx State

all Texas schools
https://www.mlb.com/astros/tickets/college-classic
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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2019, 08:09:25 pm »
(Expanded from earlier list. Thumbnails to come on some. Eventually. Probably. Maybe.)

Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

BIG 12
C Shea Langeliers, Baylor
3B Josh Jung, TT
LHP Nick Lodolo, TCU
RHP Alek Manoah, WVU
RHP Ryan Zeferjahn, KU

ACC
LHP Graeme Stinson, Duke
LHP Ryan Laskey, Duke
SS Will Wilson, NC State
1B/OF Michael Busch, UNC
RHP Austin Bergner, UNC
1B Logan Wyatt, Louisville
SS Logan Davidson, Clemson
3B Drew Mendoza, FSU
RHP Evan McKendry, Miami

SEC
LHP Zack Thompson, Kentucky
RHP Tyler Dyson, Florida
SS Brady McConnell, Florida
OF Wil Dalton, Florida
OF Austin Langworthy, Florida
SS Will Holland, Auburn
RHP Davis Daniel, Auburn
INF Braden Shewmake, A&M
OF JJ Bleday, Vandy
OF Cameron Misner, Mizzou
RHP Zach Hess, LSU
SS Josh Smith, LSU
LHP Matt Cronin, Arkansas
RHP Isaiah Campbell, Arkansas
OF Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas
SS Cam Shepherd, Georgia
RHP Garrett Stallings, Tenn

PAC 12
C Adley Rutschman, OSU
RHP Ryne Nelson, Oregon
RHP Kenyon Jovan, Oregon
OF Jonny Deluca, Oregon
1B Andrew Vaughn, Cal
OF Kyle Stowers, Stanford
LHP Erik Miller, Stanford
OF Andrew Daschbach, Stanford
1B/OF Michael Toglia, UCLA
OF Chase Strumpf, UCLA
RHP Ryan Garcia, UCLA
C/OF Blake Sabol, USC
INF Cameron Cannon, Arizona
3B Nick Quintana, Arizona
OF Hunter Bishop, ASU

AAC
LHP Mason Feole, UConn
OF Bryant Packard, East Carolina
1B Spencer Brickhouse, East Carolina
LHP Jake Agnos, East Carolina

CUSA
OF Matt Wallner, Southern Miss
RHP Matt Canterino, Rice

BIG EAST
RHP Ricky Devito, Seton Hall
OF Will Robertson, Creighton

OTHER COLLEGE
RHP George Kirby, Elon
SS Greg Jones, UNCW
RHP Seth Johnson, Campbell
OF Quin Cotton, Grand Canyon

CENTEX/HOUSTON AREA JUCO & HSers
RHP Matthew Thompson, Cy Ranch HS
RHP JJ Goss, Cy Ranch HS
1B Brett Baty, Lake Travis HS
RHP Jimmy Lewis, Lake Travis HS
RHP Will Rigney, Waco Midway HS
INF/OF Trey Faltine, Fort Bend Travis HS
RHP Jackson Rutledge, San Jac

OTHER HSers
SS Bobby Witt, Jr., Colleyville Heritage HS
3B Rece Hinds, IMG Academy (FL)
OF Hylan Hall, TNXL Academy (FL)
OF Emanuel Dean, Anaheim (CA)
OF Glenallen Hill, Jr., Santa Cruz (CA)
SS Matthew Lugo, Carlos Beltran BB Academy (PR)
RHP Bryce Osmond, Jenks HS (OK)
3B Cade Doughty, Denham Springs HS (LA)
SS Kyren Paris, Oakley Freedom HS (CA)



Note: A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.



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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2019, 09:59:39 pm »
Two Cy Ranch players.  The baseball success at that school is impressive.

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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2019, 11:09:55 am »
Not a local JUCO name, but Carter Stewart is also someone interesting to watch.  Braves took him with the eighth overall pick last year.  However, he never signed and is pitching for Eastern Florida State College this season.
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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2019, 01:32:17 am »
(Expanded again.)

Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

BIG 12
C Shea Langeliers, Baylor
LHP Cody Bradford, Baylor
3B Josh Jung, TT
2B Gabe Holt, TT
RHP Caleb Freeman, TT
RHP Caleb Kilian, TT
RHP John McMillon, TT
LHP Nick Lodolo, TCU
RHP Alek Manoah, WVU
C Chase Ellig, WVU
RHP Ryan Zeferjahn, KU
LHP Braidyn Fink, OU

ACC
LHP Graeme Stinson, Duke
LHP Ryan Laskey, Duke
SS Will Wilson, NC State
1B/OF Michael Busch, UNC
RHP Austin Bergner, UNC
RHP Gianluca Dalatri, UNC
RHP Tyler Baum, UNC
C Brandon Martorano, UNC
INF/OF Ashton McGee, UNC
SS Ike Freeman, UNC
1B Logan Wyatt, Louisville
LHP Nick Bennett, Louisville
RHP Bryan Hoeing, Louisville
SS Tyler Fitzgerald, Louisville
SS Logan Davidson, Clemson
3B Drew Mendoza, FSU
RHP Evan McKendry, Miami
SS Tanner Morris, Virginia
OF Chase Murray, Georgia Tech
RHP Colin Peluse, Wake Forest

SEC
LHP Zack Thompson, Kentucky
RHP Tyler Dyson, Florida
SS Brady McConnell, Florida
OF Wil Dalton, Florida
OF Austin Langworthy, Florida
SS Will Holland, Auburn
RHP Davis Daniel, Auburn
INF Braden Shewmake, A&M
LHP John Doxakis, A&M
RHP Mason Cole, A&M
OF JJ Bleday, Vandy
OF Pat DeMarco, Vandy
OF Cameron Misner, Mizzou
RHP Zach Hess, LSU
SS Josh Smith, LSU
OF Zach Watson, LSU
LHP Matt Cronin, Arkansas
RHP Isaiah Campbell, Arkansas
OF Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas
SS Cam Shepherd, Georgia
3B Aaron Schunk, Georgia
RHP Garrett Stallings, Tenn
SS Andre Lipcius, Tenn
RHP Parker Caracci, Ole Miss

PAC 12
C Adley Rutschman, OSU
RHP Ryne Nelson, Oregon
RHP Kenyon Jovan, Oregon
OF Jonny Deluca, Oregon
1B Andrew Vaughn, Cal
OF Kyle Stowers, Stanford
LHP Erik Miller, Stanford
OF Andrew Daschbach, Stanford
1B/OF Michael Toglia, UCLA
OF Chase Strumpf, UCLA
RHP Ryan Garcia, UCLA
3B Ryan Kreidler, UCLA
C/OF Blake Sabol, USC
RHP Kyle Hurt, USC
INF Cameron Cannon, Arizona
3B Nick Quintana, Arizona
OF Hunter Bishop, ASU
C Nick Kahle, Washington

B1G
OF Matt Gorski, Indiana
2B Michael Massey, Illinois
LHP Tommy Henry, Michigan

AAC
LHP Mason Feole, UConn
OF Bryant Packard, East Carolina
1B Spencer Brickhouse, East Carolina
LHP Jake Agnos, East Carolina
RHP Trey Benton, East Carolina

CUSA
OF Matt Wallner, Southern Miss
RHP Matt Canterino, Rice
3B Austin Shenton, Florida International

BIG EAST
RHP Ricky Devito, Seton Hall
OF Will Robertson, Creighton
LHP Jeff Belge, St John's

COLONIAL ATHLETIC
RHP George Kirby, Elon
RHP Kyle Brnovich, Elon
SS Greg Jones, UNCW

BIG WEST
SS Christian Koss, UCI
RHP Andre Pallante, UCI

WCC
LHP Chris Murphy, USD
LHP Ken Waldichuk, St. Mary's

MOUNTAIN WEST
SS Bryson Stott, UNLV

MVC
OF John Rave, Illinois State
RHP Adam Lukas, Evansville

BIG SOUTH
RHP Seth Johnson, Campbell
OF Matthew Barefoot, Campbell

PATRIOT LEAGUE
RHP Levi Stoudt, Lehigh

SUN BELT
RHP Hunter Gaddis, Georgia State

WAC
OF Quin Cotton, Grand Canyon

CENTEX/HOUSTON AREA JUCO & HSers
RHP Matthew Thompson, Cy Ranch HS
RHP JJ Goss, Cy Ranch HS
INF/OF Trey Faltine, Fort Bend Travis HS
RHP/3B Andre Duplantier, Houston Summer Creek HS
1B Brett Baty, Lake Travis HS
RHP Jimmy Lewis, Lake Travis HS
OF Austin Plante, Lake Travis HS
RHP Will Rigney, Waco Midway HS
RHP Jackson Rutledge, San Jac
SS Armani Sanchez, San Antonio Reagan HS

OTHER HSers
SS Bobby Witt, Jr., Colleyville Heritage HS
3B Chandler Freeman, Colleyville Heritage HS
RHP Blake Mayfield, Flower Mound Marcus HS
3B Rece Hinds, IMG Academy (FL)
3B Josh Rivera, IMG Academy (FL)
OF Hylan Hall, TNXL Academy (FL)
RHP Carter Stewart, East Florida State JC (FL)
SS Ivan Johnson, Chipola JC (FL)
RHP Thomas Farr, NW Florida State JC (FL)
RHP Chad Bryant, Pensacola State JC (FL)
OF Emanuel Dean, Anaheim (CA)
OF Glenallen Hill, Jr., Santa Cruz (CA)
SS Kyren Paris, Oakley Freedom HS (CA)
SS Matthew Lugo, Carlos Beltran BB Academy (PR)
OF Erik Rivera, Puerto Rico BB Academy (PR)
SS Dilan Rosario, Leadership Christian Academy (PR)
RHP Bryce Osmond, Jenks HS (OK)
RHP Kale Davis, OKC Westmoore HS (OK)
3B Cade Doughty, Denham Springs HS (LA)
RHP Andrew McDaniel, Lafeyette St. Thomas More HS (LA)
RHP Antoine Harris, Chalmette HS (LA)
RHP Jason Rackers, Jefferson JC (MO)
1B/OF Jason Hodges, Chicago Marist HS (IL)
LHP Chris Villaman, Thomasville Ledford HS (NC)



Note: A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2019, 06:30:37 pm »
Not particularly draft-related but seems as good a place as any to drop this:

Of 297 Division I teams, 37 have TrackMan installed at their home ballpark. Of those 37 teams, 28 belong to Power 5 conferences. Not all of those teams are created equal. Some have gained reputations among the coaching community for using the technology in effective ways; others are still scratching the surface; and still others keep their strategies close to the vest. At UNC, [their] analytics department have found hundreds of ways to manipulate TrackMan and play-by-play data, arming the Tar Heel coaches and players with binders of charts, graphics, advanced stats and concepts that might not feel intuitive to a baseball purist. Daley-Harris and his team use coding language, like Python, to evaluate huge collections of data points at once and display them in accessible, appealing fashion.

“I think a lot of credit has to start with [Head] Coach [Mike] Fox, because there are coaches all over the country who want to do more of this stuff, but their head coaches are old school and they’re just not comfortable,” said Kyle Boddy, the founder of the data-driven Driveline Baseball program and one of the game’s most innovative thinkers. “I want to stress how rare that is that someone with so much history in the game—any game really—with that kind of pedigree is willing to make the changes he did. The credit starts at the top. It’s amazing the progress they’ve made there in a year and a half,” Boddy said. “When I went there and [they] showed me [their] spray charts and everything he had for guys, I was shocked. I was like, ‘Dude, this is better than 25 pro teams.’ I mean, you’re chasing down the Astros and a few other teams maybe. They’re leagues ahead of anybody else. I could tell you. I know all the teams that are doing analytics. It’s not even close. It’s a joke. There’s not even a 1B or a 1C. Realistically, there’s not even a No. 2.”

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/north-carolina-leads-college-baseball-into-the-analytics-age/


Article was written over 9 months ago so additional schools undoubtedly have adopted TrackMan since then. But Tar Heel players working extensively with this data while in school may give Luhnow another reason to favor Tar Heel players.

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2019, 11:47:09 pm »
Rolling out thumbnails on a conference by conference basis...

BIG 12 Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

C Shea Langeliers, Baylor
Listed at 6’0” 190 lbs. Going into the spring the Keller HS grad is considered a Top 10 pick.

3B Davis Wendzel, Baylor
Listed at 6’0” 205 lbs. .310/.435/.532 for the Bears in 2018 (almost exactly the same numbers as his freshman year) followed by a somewhat disappointing .236/.346/.385 summer in the Cape.

LHP Cody Bradford, Baylor
Listed at 6’3” 195 lbs. The Aledo HS valedictorian had a terrific soph season for the Bears in 2018 as he led the conference in ERA while whiffing 87 and walking 26 in 97 IP. He also tied some team records originally set by future MLBers Jason Jennings and Shawn Tolleson. He then made two starts in the Cape over the summer, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits over 8 innings.

3B Josh Jung, TT
Listed at 6’2” 215 lbs. Like Langeliers, the San Antonio native is generally considered a Top 10 pick currently.

2B/OF Gabe Holt, TT
Listed at 5’10” 170 lbs. Draft-eligible soph who had a huge freshman season as Tech’s leadoff hitter, batting .348 and ranking 2nd in the conference in hits and SBs (11th and 18th nationally). 29 steals, caught just once. A 12% walk rate vs an 11% K rate. Hit .400 in the NCAA tourney followed by a .315 BA in the CCBL. Signability concerns and questions about his power might drop him down to later in the draft. Possible utility type at the next level after playing SS in high school and then 2B and RF for the Red Raiders.

RHP Caleb Kilian, TT
Listed at 6’4” 180 lbs. The former Flower Mound HSer is scheduled to be the Friday starter for the Red Raiders this spring. As a draft-eligible soph, was taken by the Orioles in the 20th round this past June.

RHP John McMillon, TT
Listed at 6’3” 230 lbs. Scheduled to follow Kilian in the rotation as the Saturday starter. Has been a two way player his first couple of seasons for the Red Raiders. The kid from Jasper was a 21st round pick of the Rays out of high school in 2016.

RHP Caleb Freeman, TT
Listed at 6’3” 205 lbs. The Abilene Cooper grad has been used almost exclusively out of the pen for the Red Raiders. Walks have been an issue with 33 free passes in 50 IP for Tech and another 10 BBs in 18 innings this past summer in the Cape.

1B Cameron Warren, TT
A senior so more likely taken in rounds 6-10. Older guy who turns 24 shortly after draft day. Large dude at a listed 6’3” 230 lbs. Drafted in 39th round in 2014 by the Yankees but not selected last year despite hitting .326/.444/.549 for the Red Raiders with 34 walks vs 30 strikeouts.

2B Brian Klein, TT
Listed at 5’11” 190 lbs. Tremendous improvement from his freshman campaign resulted in a .317/.422/.480 year for the Red Raiders in 2018 with a 15.9% walk rate versus 14.7% K rate. Continued to hit over the summer by putting up a .317/.396/.427 line in the California Collegiate League. Lefty hitter.

LHP Nick Lodolo, TCU
Listed at 6'6" 180 lbs. The Horned Frog likely gets picked quickly if he steps up his game this spring after some inconsistency his first two years. A 1st round supplemental pick of the Pirates in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Alek Manoah, WVU
Listed at a husky 6’6” 260 lbs. Can run the FB up to 98. Not being able to find the plate resulted in working mostly out of the bullpen his first two years for the Mountaineers but turned heads this past summer with outstanding results in the starting rotation in the Cape. 48 Ks vs 11 BBs in 33 IP for Chatham with just 15 hits allowed and consequently BA ranked him as the #4 prospect in the CCBL.

C Chase Illig, WVU
Listed at 6’0” 210 lbs. Not drafted after HS in 2015 nor as a RS soph last year for West Virginia. Bat has been very weak for the Mountaineers but summer play has been a different story including a .363/.474/.699 line this past year in the California Collegiate League (garnering a #7 prospect ranking in that league by BA). Good defender says BA. Switch-hitter.

RHP Ryan Zeferjahn, KU
Listed at 6’4” 216 lbs. The stuff is there, the control not so much. Upper 90s FB along with a good slider. 74 walks in 133 career innings for the Jayhawks and another 9 in 15 IP this past summer in the Cape (but also allowed just 5 hits while whiffing 20). 37th round pick of the Rays out of HS.

LHP Braidyn Fink, OU
Listed at 6’1” 215 lbs. Walks have been problematic for the Sooners reliever but showed improvement this past year with a combined 57 Ks vs 21 BBs in 44 innings between Norman and the Cape.


Note (1): If no draft history noted, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): Some of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1 Baseball’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles
             
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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2019, 03:36:57 pm »
I assume Zach Zubia (Texas) is draft-eligible, and though he’s a slug, his bat is pretty impressive. Surprised none of those sources mentioned him going within the top five rounds.

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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2019, 04:45:26 pm »
I assume Zach Zubia (Texas) is draft-eligible, and though he’s a slug, his bat is pretty impressive. Surprised none of those sources mentioned him going within the top five rounds.

ZZ Bop (anyone else using that nickname?) has not shown up on any of the draft boards I've seen so far. But he had an amazing summer in the Northwoods League back in 2017 (.311/.455/.672, 57 BBs vs 51 Ks) and if he can approach anything close to that with the Horns this spring then he starts to look really interesting despite the lackluster 1B profile.

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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2019, 01:44:16 pm »
CENTEX/HOUSTON AREA JUCO & HS Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

RHP Matthew Thompson, Cy Ranch HS
Listed at 6’3” 184 lbs. Aggie commit. FB most recently reported at 91-93. Excellent SL and promising CU.

RHP JJ Goss, Cy Ranch HS
Listed at 6’2” 172 lbs. Aggie commit. FB they say has touched mid 90s and (like Thompson) has a promising SL and CU.

SS/OF/RHP Trey Faltine, Fort Bend Travis HS
Listed at 6’3” 185 lbs. Longhorn commit. Likely a future position player but his moundwork is also intriguing.

RHP/3B Andre Duplantier, Houston Summer Creek HS
Listed at 6’2” 195 lbs. Longhorn commit. Former Rice pitcher/1st round draft pick/Top 100 prospect Jon is his cousin.

RHP Josh Wolf, Bellaire St. Thomas HS
Listed at 6’2” 165 lbs. Aggie commit. Up to 93 on FB and good CB.

SS Armani Sanchez, Houston Heights HS
Listed at 6’2” 170 lbs. Sooners commit.

1B Brett Baty, Lake Travis HS
Listed at 6’3” 210 lbs. The lefty hitter is a Longhorn commit. Old for the HS draft class at 19.5 yrs.

RHP Jimmy Lewis, Lake Travis HS
Listed at 6’6” 200 lbs. LSU commit. Low 90s FB coupled with what they say is an average CB and CU.

OF Austin Plante, Lake Travis HS
Listed at 6’4” 214 lbs. TCU commit. Lefty hitter.

RHP Will Rigney, Waco Midway HS
Listed at 6’5” 190 lbs. Baylor commit. FB up to 95. SL especially is inconsistent but both it and the CU are promising.

RHP Jackson Rutledge, San Jac
Listed at 6’8” 255 lbs. Kentucky commit. The St. Louis native pitched at Arkansas his freshman year before moving on to the Gators. Reported as throwing consistently 96-97 and touching 98-99 in first outing of the season in late January. Plus SL and his CB and CU have some promise.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1 Baseball’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles


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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2019, 01:46:43 pm »
OTHER JUCO & HS Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

SS Bobby Witt, Jr., Colleyville Heritage HS
Listed at 6’1” 183 lbs. Sooners commit. Son of the former Rangers pitcher. Considered a Top 10 pick going into the spring.

3B Chandler Freeman, Colleyville Heritage HS
Listed at 6’0” 190 lbs. DBU commit.

RHP Blake Mayfield, Flower Mound Marcus HS
Listed at 6’2” 175 lbs. Aggie commit.

RHP Jack Leiter, Delbarton HS (NJ)
Listed at 6’0” 195 lbs. FB in the 91-94 range with a CB in the 2500-2600 rpm spin range. Yeah, another of the Leiter clan (papa Al, uncle Mark and cousin Mark).

RHP Brennan Malone, IMG Academy (FL)
Listed at 6’5” 210 lbs. UNC commit. Projected Top 10 pick heading into the spring.

3B Rece Hinds, IMG Academy (FL)
Listed at 6’4” 210 lbs. LSU commit.

3B Josh Rivera, IMG Academy (FL)
Listed at 6’2” 205 lbs. Florida commit.

OF Hylan Hall, TNXL Academy (FL)
Listed at 6’2” 190 lbs. U of Miami commit.

RHP Carter Stewart, East Florida State JC (FL)
Listed at 6’6” 200 lbs. Atlanta’s version of Brady Aiken. 8th overall pick of 2018 draft but the Braves didn’t sign him after finding a wrist problem during his physical. Rather than enrolling at Miss State (his original choice) he decided to go the juco route. FB touching 97-98 and silly CB spin rate in the 3000 range.

SS Ivan Johnson, Chipola JC (FL)
Listed at 6’0” 190 lbs. South Carolina commit. Switch-hitter.

RHP Thomas Farr, NW Florida State JC (FL)
Listed at 6’1” 175 lbs. Hit 97 in the fall. South Carolina commit.

RHP Conor Angel, NW Florida State (FL)
Listed at 6’4” 170 lbs. ULL commit. Canadian HSer prior to JUCO.

OF Jake Randa, NW Florida State (FL)
Listed at 6’0’ 185 lbs. Lefty hitter. Miss State commit. Dad is ex-big leaguer Joe.

RHP Chad Bryant, Pensacola State JC (FL)
Listed at 6’0” 210 lbs. Hit 96 in the fall. 36th round pick of the A’s in 2018. Bama commit.

RHP Hunter Perdue, State College (FL)
Listed at 6’3” 195 lbs. FSU commit.

RHP Haden Erbe, Seminole State (FL)
Listed at 6’3” 200 lbs. WVU commit.

RHP Orlando Ribalta, Miami-Dade CC (FL)
Listed at 6’6 210 lbs.

LHP Hunter Milam, Gulf Coast State (FL)
Listed at 6’2” 195 lbs. 22nd round pick of the Angels in 2018.

LHP Spencer Bodanza, Hillsborough (FL)
Listed at 6’0” 190 lbs. U of Miami commit.

RHP Donovan Benoit, Santa Fe (FL)
Listed at 6’3” 194 lbs. Tulane commit.

OF/RHP Jarrod Cande, Santa Fe (FL)
Listed at 6’1” 205 lbs. Florida Southern commit.

OF Emanuel Dean, Anaheim (CA)
Listed at 6’4” 210 lbs. UCLA commit.

OF Glenallen Hill, Jr., Santa Cruz (CA)
Listed at 5’9” 175 lbs. Arizona State commit. Son of the ex-MLB outfielder. Switch-hitter.

SS Kyren Paris, Oakley Freedom HS (CA)
Listed at 5’11” 167 lbs. Cal commit. One of the youngest players in the HS draft class.

SS Matthew Lugo, Carlos Beltran BB Academy (PR)
Listed at 6’0” 185 lbs. Defense purportedly is solid, reviews on the bat are mixed. U of Miami commit. Not only did he attend his academy but also is Beltran’s nephew.

OF Erik Rivera, Puerto Rico BB Academy (PR)
Listed at 6’2” 195 lbs. Florida Int’l commit. Lefty hitter.

SS Dilan Rosario, Leadership Christian Academy (PR)
Listed at 5’11” 178 lbs. USC commit.

SS Yan Contreras, Puerto Rico BB Academy (PR)
Listed at 6’1” 178 lbs. PG says he’s committed to San Jac.

RHP Bryce Osmond, Jenks HS (OK)
Listed at 6’3” 180 lbs. FB up to 94. Okla. State commit. Also has some potential as position player.

RHP Kale Davis, OKC Westmoore HS (OK)
Listed at 6’4” 210 lbs. Okla. State commit. One of the older players in the HS draft class.

3B Cade Doughty, Denham Springs HS (LA)
Listed at 6’1” 195 lbs. LSU commit.

RHP Andrew McDaniel, Lafayette St. Thomas More HS (LA)
Listed at 6’2” 170 lbs. Ole Miss commit.

RHP Antoine Harris, Chalmette HS (LA)
Listed at 6’4” 170 lbs. UNO commit.

RHP Jason Rackers, Jefferson JC (MO)
Listed at 6’7” 245 lbs. Vols commit.

RHP Andrew Peters, John Logan CC (IL)
Listed at 6’2” 185 lbs. South Carolina commit.

RHP Johnny Ray, John Logan CC (IL)
Listed at 6’3” 205 lbs. TCU commit.

OF Manny Gonzalez, Wabash Valley CC (IL)
Listed at 6’3” 180 lbs. PR native.

LHP Antoine Kelly, Wabash Valley CC (IL)
Listed at 6’5” 175 lbs. 13th rounder in 2018 by the Padres.

1B/OF Jason Hodges, Chicago Marist HS (IL)
Listed at 6’3” 210 lbs. Arkansas commit. LF or 1B type apparently so bat needs to carry.

LHP Chris Villaman, Thomasville Ledford HS (NC)
Listed at 6’2” 195 lbs. NC State commit.

SS Jamari Baylor, Benedictine College Prep (VA)
Listed at 5’11” 193 lbs. Louisburg JC commit.

OF Andre Tarver, Ringgold HS (GA)
Listed at 6’2” 210 lbs. Lefty hitter. Miss. State commit.

SS Jaden Brown, St. Marcellinus HS (ONT)
Listed at 6’1” 180 lbs. Kentucky commit. One of the youngest players in HS draft class.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1 Baseball’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2019, 12:50:06 pm »
Mid-Major West Coast Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

BIG WEST

SS Christian Koss, UCI
Listed at 6’2” 185 lbs. Big defense, sucky offense with little hint of pop. Named 23rd-best prospect in the CCBL by BA despite hitting just .263/.323/.333. That came after a soph season for the Anteaters where he put up a .287/.343/.379 line.

RHP Andre Pallante, UCI
Listed at 6’0” 203 lbs. Terrific 2018 with 115 Ks vs 30 BBs in 101 innings for the Anteaters followed by a short but strong performance in the CCBL (15 IP, 9 H, 5 BB, 15 K). He also pitched in the summer for Team USA where the scouting report said his FB sat 91-94 (reaching 95 once) with a better CB than SL. The evaluator also noted the FB was particularly effective up in the zone though Pallante didn’t throw it there often.

3B Brandon Lewis, UCI
Listed at 6’3” 215 lbs. JUCO transfer who led the California Collegiate League in both BA and HRs while posting a low 12.3% K rate. He ended up being named MVP of the league while Baseball America rated him 6th-best CCL prospect. Has a chance to stick at third.

SS Sahid Valenzuela, CSF
Listed at 5’9” 165 lbs. Some reports say he’ll have to move to 2B in the pros. 2018 was not particularly kind at the plate for Sahid. He dropped to .272/.313/.358 for the Titans (down from .314/.366/.378 as a freshman) prior to a CCBL season where he hit .286/.342/.410. Evidently that was good enough for D1baseball.com to name him 14th-best middle infielder in the Cape.

OF Tommy Jew, UCSB
Listed at 6’1” 185 lbs. Good reviews on his CF defense. Leadoff hitter with much more speed than pop at present. .313/.387/.456 for the Gauchos last year followed by a .245/.315/.357 summer in the CCBL. He did hit .328/.394/.578 in the NECBL the summer before so he does have at least some wood bat success (albeit at a lower level of competition).


WEST COAST CONFERENCE

LHP Chris Murphy, USD
Listed at 6’1” 175 lbs. Walks have been a problem in his first 2 years for the Toreros with 72 in 150 innings. But there were 180 Ks over that span. BBs continued in Cape Cod this summer with 18 in 23 IP but the 34 punchouts reflect the FB touching 95 when he pitches out of the pen (sits in low 90s as a starter). Both his CB and CU have shown potential at times. D1baseball.com ranked him the 4th-best southpaw in the Cape at the end of the summer.

LHP Ken Waldichuk, St. Mary's
Listed at 6’4 230 lbs. 118 whiffs vs 21 walks in 92 IP for the Gaels in 2018. Moved on to the CCBL for the summer and did a fairly credible job there (20 Ks/7 BBs/18 hits/18.1 IP).

RHP Riley Ornido, San Francisco
Listed at 6’4” 185 lbs. Seldom-used as a freshman, he burst out in 2018 with 95 Ks vs 32 BBs in 98 innings with only 63 hits allowed (including just 2 longballs). Followed that up with a short but quality stint in the CCBL with 15 whiffs to 3 walks in 12 IP while being dinged for just 8 hits.  Up to 93 on the FB. One of the younger players in the college draft class.

RHP Alek Jacob, Gonzaga
Listed at 6’1” 175 lbs. Yes, he’s a sidearmer. No, he doesn’t throw hard (or at least he didn’t coming out of HS 2 years ago). Probably not a recipe for great success at the next level but...he had a helluva impressive freshman debut for the Zags in 2018 with 95 Ks in 103 innings with a WHIP of 0.99. And apparently he’s a draft-eligible soph. So it’ll be an interesting spring to see how he follows up that freshman campaign.

RHP Casey Legumina, Gonzaga
Listed at 6’2” 195 lbs. Moved from a starter role into the bullpen in 2018 as the Zags’ closer and was immediately successful as he led the West Coast Conference in saves and notched 52 punchouts in 48 IP with just 7 walks. He also made a pair of starts in the CCBL over the summer, allowing no ER in 9 frames w/9 Ks and just 1 BB. FB touching 95 and a decent slider. Drafted in the 25th round in 2016 out of HS and in the 35th round last year as a draft eligible soph. Any further spike in velo this spring might push him up into Day 2 territory. Dad was a minor league pitcher in the Dodgers and Tigers orgs back in the 80’s.


MOUNTAIN WEST

SS Bryson Stott, UNLV
Listed at 6’3” 195 lbs. A likely 1st round pick say the experts who also believe he’ll probably stick at short in the pros. Hit .365/.442/.556 for the Rebels in 2018 with a walk rate of 10.9% and a K rate of just 6.1%. Played for Team USA in the summer after a brief stint in the CCBL (.275/.383/.325) where he didn’t impress anybody with his lack of pop.


WAC

OF Quin Cotton, Grand Canyon
Listed at 5’11” 200 lbs. His numbers out west in 2018 were predictably bubbly (.390/.462/.573) and fell back to earth when he headed east to spend the summer in the Cape (.286/.344/.367). D1baseball.com did however rate him the 11th-best corner outfielder in the CCBL. Folks say he doesn’t have the arm for right so putting even more pressure on him to produce offensively. Rockies drafted him in the 38th round in 2016 out of HS.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1 Baseball’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2019, 08:36:15 am »
Mid-Major Southeast Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

BIG SOUTH

RHP Seth Johnson, Campbell
Listed at 6’1” 200 lbs. A popup dude with little actual mound experience. He played at JUCO for his first two years where he mostly played the infield for Louisburg College. Did not get on the mound his freshman year and made just 5 appearances as a soph. Transferring to Campbell, in the fall he was throwing 92-95 with a pair of average breaking balls and was learning a change.

OF Matthew Barefoot, Campbell
Listed at 6’0” 205 lbs. Tore up the Big South in 2018 with a .364/.484/.585 line and was 6th in the nation in HBPs and was also 10th nationally in steals with 33 (caught just 5 times). To show his soph season for the Camels was no fluke (or beating up on subpar pitching), he then went on to wow folks in the Cape with a .379/.484/.521 line and was ranked by BA as the 47th-best prospect there. One evaluator suggested he might be limited to left due to the arm but I wonder given his speed if he has any chance of playing a halfway-decent CF. Given the Buies Creek Astros shared the Camels’ facilities and stadium the past two years, I’m guessing the Astros might have a lot more data and info on Barefoot than most other clubs. Not that it made any difference in 2018--as a RS soph he was eligible to be drafted.

RHP Zach Peek, Winthrop
Listed at 6’3” 185 lbs. His repertoire includes a FB sitting 91-95 and has touched 96. Reports say his CB had one of the highest spin rates for a soph in 2018. His CU is at least considered average. 99 Ks/24 BBs for the Eagles in 2018 in 89 innings. A bit rougher time in the CCBL with a 1.58 WHIP though he did have 27 punchouts in 26 IP.


SUN BELT

RHP Hunter Gaddis, Georgia State
Listed at 6’6” 212 lbs. FB up to 95 and both his breaking balls seem to be effective. Reports are his CU was really coming on in the fall giving him a more than decent 4 pitch arsenal. 29th-ranked prospect in the Cape by Baseball America. 98 Ks/24 BBs in 101 innings for the Panthers in 2018 followed by a summer with Chatham where he allowed just 11 hits and 4 walks in 18 IP while punching out 13.

LHP Anthony Veneziano, Coastal Carolina
Listed at 6’5” 205 lbs. The NJ kid looks to be the Chanticleers Saturday starter this spring. The stuff is there (a FB that can touch 95, a legit slider) but the control isn’t: 36 walks in 59 innings for the Chants in 2018 and another 8 in 14.2 IP for Cotuit in the CCBL.

1B Zach Biermann, Coastal Carolina
Listed at 6’3” 225 lbs. Two years at JUCO followed by his junior season with CC in 2018 in which he hit .302/.419/.561 followed by a .291/.359/.496 summer with Cotuit. Lefty hitter and as a senior probably is more likely to go in rounds 6-10. Missed fall workouts after breaking his hand on a HBP in the Cape.

2B Cory Wood, Coastal Carolina
Listed at 5’9” 180 lbs. The Chants’ leadoff hitter produced a .296/.435/.390 season in 2018 with a whopping 52 walks vs just 23 whiffs in 223 ABs. His summer with Cotuit wasn’t as good but he still had more walks than whiffs (27 vs 23). Could shoot up draft boards if he adds some pop this spring. Lefty hitter.

OF Todd Lott, ULL
Listed at 6’4” 235 lbs. 20th round pick of the Reds as a HSer in 2016 (would have gone higher but for a shoulder injury). Hasn’t really shown the promise he had coming out of high school with the Ragin’ Cajuns. A .266/.345/.344 freshman year was followed by a .246/.319/.462 soph year in 2018 in which he only played in 27 games. His wood bat summers have shown much more promise including most recently a .293/.333/.469 performance with Hyannis in the CCBL. Probably is limited to LF so the bat concerns ratchet up even more. Ex-NFL great Ronnie Lott is a cousin.

LHP Chandler Fidel, Arkansas-Little Rock
Listed at 6’5” 225 lbs. FB velocity nothing to write home about (tops out at 89) but does have a high spin rate slider. 92 Ks/21 BBs in 96 IP for the Trojans in 2018 before moving on to Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape and punching out 27 in 18 innings there.


ATLANTIC SUN

LHP Mitchell Senger, Stetson
Listed at 6’7” 240 lbs. But no power arm here--he relies more on deception with a FB is in the upper 80s to low 90s. Dominated for the Hatters in 2018 (114 Ks in 93 IP against 28 walks and allowing just 66 hits) before spending the summer with Team USA and the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape. His CCBL experience wasn’t smooth but still rated a 36th-best prospect ranking by BA. Stetson alums include Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom and the Hatters had 4 pitchers drafted last year including 1st rounder Logan Gilbert.

OF Tanner Murphy, North Florida
Listed at 6’4” 195 lbs. Pretty much led UNF in every offensive category in 2018 while batting .326/.418/.534. That slugging percentage led the ASUN. With the power comes 70-grade speed that he uses to patrol CF for the Ospreys.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1 Baseball’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2019, 11:54:35 am »
Mid-Major Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

BIG EAST

RHP Ricky Devito, Seton Hall
Listed at 6’3” 185 lbs. Reportedly has a sinker that gets up to 94 (or 96 depending on the reports). CB and CU are both seen as quality pitches. 87 Ks/30 BBs in his first 2 years for the Pirates with just 48 hits allowed. Opened some eyes with a very good summer in the CCBL (35 whiffs in 29 IP) and was named by BA as the 16th best prospect there and by D1 as the 7th best righty in the league. The Staten Island native is one of the younger players in the college draft class.

OF Will Robertson, Creighton
Listed at 6’2” 215 lbs. Considered a possible 1st or 2nd round pick heading into the spring after a standout 2018 campaign where he hit .333/412/.641 for the Omaha school and then .300/.385/.435 in the Cape. Lefty swinger for the Bluejays may be limited to left says MLBP and BA.

2B Isaac Collins, Creighton
Listed at 5’10” 185 lbs. Supposed 70-grade speed but that hasn’t necessarily been fully realized on the basepaths. Hit .266/.381/.392 for the Bluejays in 2018 followed by a better .308/.381/.367 summer with Wareham in the CCBL. Presumably gets more respect on draft boards if the power decides to make an appearance this spring. The speed seems a bit wasted at 2B so also curious to see if the evaluators think a move to CF might occur as a pro. D1 rated him the 15th-best middle infielder in the Cape. Switch-hitter.

LHP Jeff Belge, St John's
Listed at 6’5” 225 lbs. FB can reach 94-95. Allegedly developed an improved CB in the fall. Control also an area of intense focus as he walked 59 in 102 innings last year between SJU and Chatham in the Cape (he whiffed 125 however). 32nd round selection of the Red Sox in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Gavin Hollowell, St John’s
Listed at 6’7” 215 lbs. Upper 90s FB. Used exclusively as a reliever (and will continue to do so this spring), he’s punched out 71 in 65 IP over his 1st two seasons while surrendering just 37 hits and walking 24. Roughed up somewhat this summer in the CCBL with a 1.77 WHIP in 19.2 innings. Missed fall workouts with a bone spur in his elbow.

RHP Sean Mooney, St John’s
Listed at 6’1” 185 lbs. The Friday starter for the Red Storm has been dominant in his 1st two seasons, being named both the Big East POTY and Freshman POTY in 2017 and was one of five finalists for national POTY in 2018 when he punched out 104 in 95 IP en route to a 1.07 WHIP. NJ native is a finesse guy relying on a 4-pitch arsenal (fastball-cutter-change-breaking ball). His FB ain’t so fast (87-90, occasionally hitting 92-93) but relies more on a high spin rate.

RHP Nick Morreale, Georgetown
Listed at 6’5” 220 lbs. Primarily used out of the bullpen the last two seasons. Struck out 59 in 48 IP for the Hoyas in 2018 but also walked 39. Moved on to Bourne in the Cape and notched 33 Ks in 22 innings (11 walks). FB up to 94 and inconsistent but promising CB and CU.

LHP Brent Killam, Georgetown
Listed at 5’11” 180 lbs. Impressive development by the southpaw who did not pitch in HS and was converted from the outfield to the mound as a freshman with the Hoyas. Understandably, he wasn’t used  much out of the bullpen that year but there was a hint of things to come when he pitched in the Northwoods League as a closer that summer and K’d 42 in 24 IP with just 2 free passes allowed and racking up 9 saves. Moving into the rotation as a soph in 2018, he put up an outstanding 97/26 Ks to BBs in 82 frames (breaking the season strikeout record for Georgetown in the process) and followed that with a decent performance in the CCBL where he was used in relief to limit innings considering the massive expansion of his workload relative to 2017. FB is in the 89-92 range. His SL and CU have varying degrees of effectiveness with the former more advanced than the latter. An under the radar guy to keep an eye on this spring.

RHP Conor Grammes, Xavier
Listed at 6’1” 200 lbs. In addition to being the Musketeers’ 3B, was also used out of the bullpen for the Musketeers his first 2 seasons. He hit .330/.375/.517 in 2018 for the Cincy school (and .253/.302/.502 with 7 HRs in just 24 games in the Cape) and will again be a 2-way player this spring. His future however apparently lies on the mound and no wonder given a FB touching 99. Control and developing secondary pitches still on the agenda. 35th-rounder in 2018 as draft-eligible soph. 2-time state champion wrestler in HS.

RHP Ryan Pepiot, Butler
Listed at 6’3” 215 lbs. Rang up 101 Ks in just 75 innings in 2018 for the Bulldogs and followed that with a splash in the CCBL with another 33 Ks in 22 IP. Low 90s FB with above avg CB. This fall his fastball spin rate ranged from 2300-2500 rpm while his CB registered at 2800 rpm.


AMERICA EAST

OF Ashton Bardzell, Hartford
Listed at 6’2” 195 lbs. His 2018 junior season in Bagwell’s old stomping grounds was a quite respectable .308/.412/.532 though that was down from a .343/.457/.619 soph campaign. His recent .316/.415/.491 summer with Bourne in the Cape has brought him some scouting notice. One report described him as “a bit raw” but also athletic with above average power and the arm strength to play all 3 spots in the outfield. More likely a round 6-10 pick as a senior sign.


PATRIOT LEAGUE

RHP Levi Stoudt, Lehigh
Listed at 6’2” 195 lbs. FB occasionally touching 96, quality CU and a slider that still needs some work. 67 Ks in 65 IP for the Mountain Hawks in 2018 followed by a summer in Orleans where he struggled some in CCBL play but also whiffed 26 in 25 innings.


IVY LEAGUE

RHP Hunter Bigge, Harvard
Listed at 6’0” 205 lbs. A 2-way player for the Crimson as he plays 3B when not on the mound. He’ll move into the starting rotation this year after mostly pitching out of the pen his first 2 years. Sat 90-93 with the FB and touched 94 in the Northwoods League this past summer. K’d 52 and walked 18 in 51 innings while there and his slider was noted for being one of the best breaking balls in the circuit.


COLONIAL ATHLETIC

RHP George Kirby, Elon
Listed at 6’4” 201 lbs. FB sitting 94-96 and touching 97. CU his 2nd best pitch while breaking balls need work. Breakout season for the Phoenix in 2018 with 96 Ks in 90 IP. He was superb in the Cape with 24 punchouts and just 1 walk in 13 innings. 32nd rounder in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Kyle Brnovich, Elon
Listed at 6’2” 190 lbs. Another terrific pitcher for the Phoenix, was 4th in the nation in Ks in 2018 with 147  in 105 IP. Above average CU and can whip out “The Alien” which is considered one of the best sliders in the country. FB sits low 90s. Tossed 5 scoreless innings in the CCBL, allowing no hits and walking 2 while whiffing 6. Time there was short as he was also pitching for Team USA.

SS Greg Jones, UNCW
Listed at 6’2” 190 lbs. Draft-eligible soph who hit .278/.412/.370 as a freshman for the Seahawks in 2018. His summer in Chatham in the CCBL was solid if unspectacular (.259/.374/.353). 80-grade speed as demonstrated by going 36 for 43 in steals between Wilmington and the Cape (including a 20-3 mark with Chatham in just 37 games). Has added 3 inches and 20 lbs since HS so power may show shortly. May shift to CF in the pros. 17th rounder of the Orioles in 2017 out of HS. Switch-hitter.

LHP Sean Mellen, Northeastern
Listed at 6’5” 190 lbs. Low 90s FB, plus change. 81 Ks in 79 IP last year and just 49 hits allowed but walks high with 37.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1baseball.com’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles

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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2019, 02:34:27 pm »
ACC Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

LHP Graeme Stinson, Duke
Listed at 6’5” 250 lbs. Pretty much a consensus Top 10 pick heading into the spring.

LHP Adam Laskey, Duke
Listed at 6’3” 205 lbs. No plus pitches apparently and his first 2 seasons for the Blue Devils weren’t exactly amazing but he put things together this past summer in the CCBL and ended up being named the league’s outstanding pitcher. Giants’ 31st rounder in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Bryce Jarvis, Duke
Listed at 6’2” 185 lbs. Draft-eligible sophomore who used an outstanding CU en route to whiffing 67 in 47.2 IP in his freshman season last year while allowing just 23 hits and 22 walks. Son of ex-MLB pitcher Kevin who stuck for 12 years in the bigs.

SS Will Wilson, NC State
Listed at 6’0” 175 lbs. .307/.376/.588 as a soph in 2018 with 15 HRs (including 10 in ACC play). The Wolfpacker might have to shift to 2B in the pros say the experts.

RHP Dalton Feeney, NC State
Listed at 6’3” 224 lbs. The RS soph was up to 97 on FB as a freshman in 2017 before undergoing TJS and missing all of 2018. Will shoot up draft boards this spring if he shows he’s all the way back. Having grown up in Bismarck, ND and with only 21 innings of college work under his belt, may still be fairly raw. And with two years of college eligibility remaining after this season, signability may be an issue. Drafted out of HS in the 40th round in 2016 by the Tigers.

LHP Kent Klyman, NC State
Listed at 6’7” 235 lbs. K’d 67 in 61.2 IP last year working out of the pen. FB can get up to 93 at times, good SL and developing CU.

1B/OF Michael Busch, UNC
Listed at 6’0” 207 lbs. The lefty hitter has a terrific 2018 season for NC (.317/.465/.521 with 55 BBs vs 30 Ks) and in the Cape (.322/.450/.567). Luhnow likes his Tar Heels but might like this one more if he could play 2B or LF (which may be a possibility).

RHP Austin Bergner, UNC
Listed at 6’4” 195 lbs. He’s been inconsistent for the Heels but has been a stud the past 2 summers in the Cape with 56 Ks vs 18 BBs in 54 frames. Taken in last year’s draft as a draft eligible soph in the 32nd round and was taken in the 38th round in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Luca Dalatri, UNC
Listed at 6’6” 240 lbs. Missed nearly 2 months last spring with a stress reaction in his elbow (precursor to a stress fracture). 40th rounder in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Tyler Baum, UNC
Listed at 6’2” 175 lbs. Similar to Bergner, his performance for UNC has been up and down but his CCBL work in the summer has been outstanding with 53 whiffs vs 12 walks in 55 innings. Lotsa spin on the curveball.

C Brandon Martorano, UNC
Listed at 6’2” 160 lbs. .246/.375/.491 in 2018 for the Heels followed by a .241/.302/.431 summer in the Cape. 30th round pick out of HS in 2016. Reports from back then said he had the tools to stick behind the plate but also the athleticism to play other positions.

INF/OF Ashton McGee, UNC
Listed at 6’1” 200 lbs. Lefty hitter. Has some tools but the bat has cratered after a .327/.417/.484 freshman season. Just .257/.367/.366 in 2018 and a sickly combined .140/.246/.167 over 2 summers in the CCBL. Primarily a DH in 2017 before manning LF last year.

SS Ike Freeman, UNC
Listed at 5’10” 183 lbs. .305/.383/.377 for NC last spring followed by a .250/.329/.397 summer in the Cape.

1B Logan Wyatt, Louisville
Listed at 6’4” 230 lbs. Lefty hitter for the Cardinals. Great eye at plate with lotsa power. Huge step forward last season going .339/.490/.522 with a 21% walk rate vs a 12% K rate followed by a .305/.458/.438 line in the CCBL. Probably limited to 1B say the experts so the bat has to carry.

LHP Nick Bennett, Louisville
Listed at 6’4” 210 lbs. 133 Ks vs 40 BBs over 138 IP in his first two years with just 113 hits allowed. Mid to high 90s FB. No wood bat track record as he’s spent the last 2 summers either rehabbing or doing conditioning work. 40th round pick of the Giants out of HS.

RHP Bryan Hoeing, Louisville
Listed at 6’6” 225 lbs. Cape hitters tuned him up this past summer as he gave up 43 hits in 28 IP. Taken in the 36th round of last year’s draft as a RS sophomore and in the 32nd round in 2015 out of HS. Cousin is Angels’ pitcher Alex Meyer.

SS Tyler Fitzgerald, Louisville
Listed at 6’3” 205 lbs. Anemic but improving bat with an OPS of .575 as a freshman to .722 as a soph and .785 this past summer in the Cape. Excellent speed as represented by going 32 out of 33 in steals last year between spring and summer. Red Sox 30th rounder in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Michael McAvene, Louisville
Listed at 6’3” 207 lbs. Quality FB (up to mid-90s) and CB but has trouble locating. Because of those control problems, he’s only worked 39 innings since entering school (and that includes a summer in the CCBL) with 55 punchouts but 34 walks.

SS Logan Davidson, Clemson
Listed at 6’3” 195 lbs. Switch-hitter for the Tigers who folks say may be able to stick at SS at the next level. Wood bat struggles in the Cape (.570 OPS) are starkly different than his plate work with the Tigers (.907 OPS). 30th round pick of the Phillies in 2016 out of HS. Son of the former Astro outfielder Mark.

C Kyle Wilkie, Clemson
Listed at 5’11” 205 lbs. D1 had him ranked as the 7th-best catcher in the CCBL this summer and it’s doubtful his offense was a huge contributor to that ranking (he hit .226/.314/.226 for Hyannis). He did have a very nice season at the plate for the Tigers in 2018 hitting .324/.422/.440 and finishing the year on a 39-game on-base streak and a 29-game hitting streak (4th longest in Clemson history).

3B Drew Mendoza, FSU
Listed at 6’5” 225 lbs. Lefty hitter who’s success for the Noles (.296/.424/.508) hasn’t translated to the CCBL (.199/.291/.278). One of the older juniors in the college draft class. 36th round pick of the Tigers out of HS. Statistics major.

LHP Drew Parrish, FSU
Listed at 5’11” 200 lbs. Friday night starter for the Noles. Up to low 90s FB, CB with lotsa spin and a nice CU. 128 Ks/37 BBs in 107 innings with just 71 hits allowed as a soph in 2018. Pitched for Team USA this past summer.

RHP Evan McKendry, Miami
Listed at 6’3” 200 lbs. 114 Ks vs 33 BBs in 87 innings for the Canes in 2018. Didn’t pitch during the summer (or in fall workouts) after undergoing hip surgery. Projected Friday starter.

RHP Greg Veliz, Miami
Listed at 6’2” 200 lbs. The projected Sunday starter for the Canes this spring had a superb freshman season in 2017 (just 36 hits allowed in 61 IP with 66 Ks) but was limited to only 17 innings last year due to injury. He did however throw another 21 innings in the Cape over the summer and was outstanding with 32 Ks vs 8 BBs. In their summer wood bat league rankings, BA had him ranked as the 41st-best overall prospect in the CCBL while D1 had him as the 16th-best pitcher. FB up to 96 and a possible plus SL with an above avg CU say the scouting reports.

SS Tanner Morris, Virginia
Listed at 6’2” 190 lbs. Lefty hitter. Draft-eligible soph who had a slick season for the Cavaliers in 2018 as a freshman (.298/.397/.374, 31 BBs vs 29 Ks) and even slicker summer in the Cape (.331/.404/.449). BA had him as the 30th-best prospect in the CCBL while D1 had him as the 12th-best SS. Some disagreement as to whether he sticks at SS in the pros. Experts believe the power will come.

OF Cam Simmons, Virginia
Listed at 6’3” 195 lbs. The RS junior put up huge numbers as a soph in 2017 for the Cavs (.352/.432/.563) although his subsequent summer in the Cape was disappointing (.200/.310/.290). A left shoulder injury caused him to miss all of 2018. Despite that, the Rangers still drafted him in the 15th round.

RHP Noah Murdock, Virginia
Listed at a skinny 6’8” 175 lbs. Shut down on May 17 of his freshman year and subsequently had TJS. Returned in time last year to throw 13 innings. Ready for a full season and currently throwing low 90s. Drafted in the 38th round in 2016 out of HS.

OF Chase Murray, Georgia Tech
Listed at 6’0” 189 lbs. Lefty hitter. After a broken hand limited his effectiveness as a freshman, broke out last year to the tune of .343/.410/.510 followed by a .317/.363/.446 summer in the Cape. Game action has seen him in LF and DH but has seen time in practice at CF and 2B.

HP Connor Thomas, Georgia Tech
Listed at 5’11” 175 lbs. The repertoire ain’t overwhelming but the results were impressive: 106 whiffs and just 10 walks in 97 frames for the Yellow Jackets last year.

RHP Xzavion Curry, Georgia Tech
Listed at 5’10” 183 lbs. A 2-way player prior to college and one of many future college/professional stars produced by the East Cobb program in suburban Atlanta. FB touching mid-90s, effective CU and inconsistent but promising CB produced 101 Ks vs 23 BBs in 93 IP last year for GT. One of the younger players in the college draft class.

RHP Tristin English, Georgia Tech
Listed at 6’3” 214 lbs. Final member of the Yellow Jackets weekend pitching troika. With professional teams more open to the idea of 2-way players, he might be best of that kind in D1 baseball. Hit .279/.324/.442 for GT in 2018 and was named first team All-ACC as a utility player. That was followed by a .300/.366/.510 season in the Cape. On the mound, in his first season back after missing 2017 with TJS he punched out 51 and walked 13 in 57 IP and then threw 12 effective innings in the summer. 39th rounder in 2015 out of HS but not drafted last June as a RS sophomore.

C Kyle McCann, Georgia Tech
Listed at 6’2” 217 lbs. Moves behind plate to replace second overall pick Joey Bart after playing most of his first two seasons at 1B. Strong arm but obviously needs to develop other aspects of his game back there. The lefty hitter went .300/.423/.600 last year for the Yellow Jackets but wasn’t near as good in CCBL play (.219/.309/.344). Another East Cobb product.

RHP Colin Peluse, Wake Forest
Listed at 6’3” 230 lbs. Sinking FB that can reach 94 and an effective SL. CU is still being worked on but reports from the fall said it was improving. K’d 63 in 84 IP for the Demon Deacons in 2018 while posting a 1.20 WHIP. He made a couple of appearances on Cape Cod over the summer, punching out 10 in 7 innings and allowing 4 walks and 3 hits.

RHP Morgan McSweeney, Wake Forest
Listed at 6’4” 210 lbs. McSweeney is considered to have better stuff than Peluse with a FB that was 91-95 in the fall along with a wipeout slider and quality changeup. He has walked 57 in 109 IP over his first 2 seasons as a Deacon.

OF DJ Poteet, Wake Forest
Listed at 6’4” 210 lbs. A shortstop in HS who has transitioned to the outfield grass and was the starting CF for the Demon Deacons as a freshman in 2018. The switch-hitter and draft-eligible soph definitely has the defensive chops and based on fall reports looks ready to dramatically improve on his .255/.385/.462 numbers from last season.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1baseball.com’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles


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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2019, 08:55:25 pm »
If you want to see a bunch of the college guys from Texas play in one weekend go to the college classic at MMP this year.

Or you can watch all 9 games on ATT SportsNet (Mar. 1-3).

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2019, 01:20:01 am »
CUSA and Other Mid-Major Midwest Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

CUSA

OF/RHP Matt Wallner, Southern Miss
Listed at 6’5” 220 lbs. Projected 1st round pick heading into the spring who’s hit .343/.468/.637 over his first 2 seasons. Lefty hitter with arm for RF who currently patrols CF for the Golden Eagles. He’s also a force on the mound with a FB approaching 96. 32nd rounder of the Twins out of HS.

RHP Matt Canterino, Rice
Listed at 6’3” 220 lbs. The Southlake Carroll grad had a fantastic 2018 with 116 Ks vs 22 BBs in 94 IP (allowing just 65 hits) for the Owls before spending the summer with Falmouth in the Cape where he had 29 Ks/10 BBs in 24 innings and BA ranked him as the 20th-best prospect in the league. FB touching mid-90s and a plus CB reports indicate.

RHP Addison Ross, Rice
Listed at 6’1” 170 lbs. Conroe Oak Ridge HS kid who was reportedly 94-96 in the fall. Decent but not overwhelming results for the Owls in 2018 (53 Ks/16 BBs in 63 IP) and then on to the Cape where he was pummelled in a couple of starts.

3B Austin Shenton, Florida International
Listed at 6’0” 190 lbs. Drafted in the 34th round out of HS, he went the JUCO route in 2017 to try and improve his draft stock. When he failed to get picked after that initial season, decided to attend FIU for 2018. Hit .344/.417/.524 for the Panthers and then proceeded to tear up the CCBL in the summer with a .349/.450/.490 line and being named postseason MVP when he .522/.607/1.043 in 6 playoff games. BA ranked him 35th best prospect in the league while D1 tabbed him as the 4th best corner infield prospect. Reports don’t sound promising as to sticking at 3B long term.

RHP Mike Ruff, Florida Atlantic
Listed at 6’3” 215 lbs. A swing man for the Owls his first 2 years he moves into the weekend starting rotation this spring. Struck out 18 in 17.1 frames in the Cape this past summer. FB up to 95 with a full complement of other pitches (CB, SL, CU). Needs better command. Accounting major.

C Pedro Pages, Florida Atlantic
Listed at 6’1” 234 lbs. Hit .309/.368/.436 for the Owls in 2018 and .258/.319/.379 in the CCBL. Did miss about 18 games last year for FAU due to a wrist injury. Regarded as a strong defender. Born in Venezuela.


MAC

RHP Zach Kohn, Central Michigan
Listed at 6’4” 190 lbs. Can get up to 96 on the heater but normally sits in the 91-93 range. Has a CB that can be plus at times the reports say. Game results, though, have been a might unsatisfactory. He posted a 2.37 WHIP for the Chippewas in 2018 which included 27 walks in 23.2 IP. His talent still got him an invite to the Cape and the results over the summer were better with a 1.40 WHIP and “just” 19 walks in 32 innings. He did K 36. His control is said to have gotten better in fall workouts.

RHP John Matthews, Kent State
Listed at 6’0” 175 lbs. Position player to mound conversion as he was the Golden Flashes’ starting shortstop in 2017 as a freshman before transitioning to pitching in relief as a soph last year. Actually not so much a conversion as a re-conversion as he did pitch extensively in HS. 92-95 FB with a good CB. K’d 37 in 28 innings for KSU and allowed just 18 hits. Walks a bit high at 13. Really hit his stride this past summer in the Northwoods League with 53 Ks/12 BBs in 45 IP and dinged for just 28 hits.

RHP John Baker, Ball State
Listed at 6’3” 207 lbs. Doesn’t have the blazing FB (87-91) but still racks up the punchouts with a combo of good command and decent secondary pitches (CB, CU and cutter). 118 Ks vs 33 BBs in 95 IP for the Cardinals in 2018. His summer in the Cape with Cotuit yielded 31 strikeouts and just 2 walks in 37 innings.

RHP Drey Jameson, Ball State
Listed at 6’0” 165 lbs. The draft-eligible soph had a tremendous freshman debut for the Cardinals with 97 punchouts in 72 IP and ranking 19th in the country in K/9. FB up to 96 (94 said another report) with an above average CU and good-looking CB. Locating the plate is an issue with 44 walks.


MVC

OF John Rave, Illinois State
Listed at 6’0” 185 lbs. Lefty hitter who brings some pop, a bit o’ speed and a likelihood of staying in CF.  Went .347/.402/.571 for the Redbirds in 2018 and the followed that up with a nice .304/.392/.464 summer performance in the CCBL. Drafted in the 35th round by the Red Sox out of HS in 2016.

RHP Adam Lukas, Evansville
Listed at 6’4” 210 lbs. Touches mid 90s with a FB that often misses the mark. Walked 50 in 89 innings in 2018 combined between the Purple Aces and a summer spent in the Northwoods League. But he also struck out 104 and allowed just 65 hits. And his BB/9 did actually go down significantly from spring to summer [6.5 to 3.8] while his K rate went up (9.3 to 11.4).

C Drew Millas, Missouri State
Listed at 6’2” 205 lbs. Gets good marks for his work behind the plate. .321/.416/.500 for the Bears in 2018 and then moved on to the Cape where he hit an unremarkable .261/.327/.293. Switch-hitter.

RHP Ray Gaither, DBU
Listed at 6’3” 220 lbs. Was the Friday night starter for the Patriots as a freshman in 2017. Went down with injury after 2 appearances in 2018 and subsequently underwent TJS. If completely healthy, he’s going to be used out of the pen initially this spring.


HORIZON LEAGUE

OF Peyton Burdick, Wright State
Listed at 6’0” 210 lbs. He bashed at a .347/.437/.459 clip for the Raiders in 2018 followed by a credible .252/.351/.435 performance for Cotuit in the CCBL which created some prospect buzz. A RS junior (so a bit older for the college jr draft class) after having TJS and missing all of 2017. He’s rated as having above average arm strength so no lingering problems there and bodes well for possibly a RF slot as a pro.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1baseball.com’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2019, 06:26:53 am »
B1G and AAC Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

B1G

OF Matt Gorski, Indiana
Listed at 6’4” 195 lbs. Hit .356/.404/.554 for IU in 2018 and D1 rated him 10th-best corner outfielder in the Cape where he hit .286/.398/.329 and despite the 33% K rate there. Started at 1B as a freshman before moving to LF last year for the Hoosiers. Due to his strong arm, he’s slated for RF this year. Good speed--he’s 39-0 in steals over his two seasons.

2B Michael Massey, Illinois
Listed at 6’0” 190 lbs. Lefty hitter and high contact guy who limits the strikeouts. .326/.369/.514 for the Fighting Illini in 2018 followed by a .280/.337/.366 summer with Brewster in the CCBL.

LHP Tommy Henry, Michigan
Listed at 6’3” 205 lbs. 4 pitch repertoire kicked off by a 90-93 FB with a decent SL and CU and a CB needing more work say those who’ve seen him in action. 1.19 WHIP for UM in 2018 with 77 Ks in 81 IP. D1 rated him the 8th-best lefty in the CCBL after putting up a 1.36 WHIP for Yarmouth-Dennis this past summer.

RHP Jake Weisenburger, Michigan
Listed at 6’3” 220 lbs. FB up to 94 and developing SL and CU but has trouble locating them as evidenced by the 28 walks in 44 innings last year between the Wolverines and Sanford in the NECBL. But he did whiff 56. Again expected to work out of the bullpen for UM this spring.

OF Dominic Canzone, OSU
Listed at 6’1” 190 lbs. The lefty hitter went .323/.395/.447 for the Buckeyes in 2018 with 31 walks vs 29 whiffs. .276/.320/.345 with Brewster this past summer.  LF profile says at least one report so he’s gotta bring more power this spring..


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LHP Mason Feole, UConn
Listed at 6’1” 194 lbs. Low 90s FB (can touch 94-95) coupled with an above average CB resulted in 120 Ks in 100 innings for the Huskies in 2018. Control problematic though with 49 walks. Also needs 3rd pitch. Pitched for Team USA this past summer (11 scoreless IP) and also tossed 2 starts for Wareham in the Cape, K’ing 10 and walking just 1 in 7 IP.

RHP Jacob Wallace, UConn
Listed at 6’1” 190 lbs. Has been used out of the Huskies’ bullpen his 1st two years and is scheduled to be their closer this spring. FB touching 96 and a plus SL has allowed him to rack up some incredible strikeout numbers--63 K in 43 innings last spring and 25 in 13.2 IP in the summer in the CCBL (didn’t allow a run and walked 5). Big spin on both pitches--up to 2600 on the former and 2700 on the latter. D1 ranked him as the 15th-best righty in the Cape.

OF Bryant Packard, East Carolina
Listed at 6’3” 200 lbs. The lefty hitter put up some big boy numbers for the Pirates last year at .406/.462/.671. Continued to hit in the Cape with a .305/.421/.576 line before departing for Team USA where he posted a .333 BA. Baseball America tabbed him as 17th-best prospect in the CCBL and D1 ranked him the 7th-best corner OF. A back issue has reportedly bothered him at times at ECU. Likely limited to LF.

1B Spencer Brickhouse, East Carolina
Listed at 6’4” 235 lbs. Another lefty hitter for the Pirates, something of an off year in 2018 (.298/.382/.502) compared to his freshman campaign (.310/.385/.513). 12% K rate for the Pirates last spring (vs a 11.8% BB rate) but did spike to a 25% K rate for Bourne in the Cape where he went just .247/.333/.373. BA still rated him the 38th-best prospect there and D1 12th among corner infielders. Limited to 1B so bat must carry. Engineering major.

LHP Jake Agnos, East Carolina
Listed at 5’11” 207 lbs. A swing man for ECU, he whiffed 86 in just 63.2 IP last year though he also walked 38. Made one start for Harwich in the CCBL when he K’d 10 and walked 2 in 6 scoreless innings before going off to pitch for Team USA and was superb there with 14 whiffs in 9.1 IP while allowing just 1 run on 1 walk and 5 hits. Reports say a FB up to 94, wipeout CB and average CU.

RHP Trey Benton, East Carolina
Listed at 6’4” 209 lbs. 68 Ks/13 BBs in 69 IP for ECU in 2018 but that control deserted him during the summer with Bourne as he yielded 10 walks in 22.1 IP while whiffing 19. FB can reach 94 at times and supposedly has 3 average secondary pitches.

3B Jared Triolo, U of H
Listed at 6’4” 215 lbs. The former Lake Travis HSer had a very nice soph season in 2018 as he went .344/.434/.457 for the Coogs. Also did a competent job in the Cape (.276/.364/.423) and D1 rated him 11th-best corner infielder there. Needs more of his raw power to show up in games. Reports on his defense at third seem positive so far.

3B Kody Hoese, Tulane
Listed at 6’4” 200 lbs. .291/.368/.435 for the Green Wave in 2018 and subsequently showed increased pop in the NECBL as he hit .283/.370/.493 over the summer with Newport. That increased power carried over to fall ball per at least one report. Considered a strong defender at 3B. 35th-rounder of the Royals in 2018 as a draft-eligible soph.

1B Joe Genord, South Florida
Listed at 6’2” 193 lbs. Breakout season (.306/.394/.633) for the Bulls last year after a mediocre first two years. A senior so probably more likely to be taken in rounds 6-10. Taken in the 19th round of the 2015 draft out of HS by the Dodgers but not taken in last year’s draft.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1baseball.com’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2019, 07:33:27 am »
PAC 12 Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

C Adley Rutschman, OSU
Listed at 6’2” 216 lbs. The consensus #1 overall pick heading into the spring.

RHP Grant Gambrell, OSU
Listed at 6’4” 225 lbs. Inconsistent work as a starting pitcher for the Beavers last season. Struck out 57 in 57 IP but also yielded a 1.43 WHIP. Up to 96 on the FB and also has a good slider and a decent change.

LHP Brandon Eisert, OSU
Listed at 6’0” 209 lbs. Used as a reliever his first 2 seasons with the Beavers and likely returns there this spring. Up to 93-94 this fall and apparently has solid secondary pitches. 102 Ks in 103.2 innings of work in his OSU career with 76 hits and 31 walks allowed.

SS Beau Philip, OSU
Listed at 6’0” 188 lbs. The juco transfer has 55 speed and looks to be able to handle the SS position at the next level. One of the better prospects in the West Coast League this past summer--he hit .293/.364/.415.

RHP Ryne Nelson, Oregon
Listed at 6’4” 184 lbs. Two-way player for the Ducks as an infielder/reliever in 2017 & 2018 but will focus exclusively on mound work this spring as the hard-thrower will get a chance to move into the starting rotation. Whiffed 54 in 36.2 innings for the Ducks over the last 2 seasons. Opened eyes on the Cape this summer with 26 Ks in 17 IP while allowing just 17 baserunners (8 hits, 9 walks). BA named him 5th-best overall prospect in the league. Besides a FB reaching 99, also has a SL and CU but needs to work on both.

RHP Kenyon Yovan, Oregon
Listed at 6’3” 215 lbs. Dominant as the Ducks’ closer in 2017 (1.97 ERA, 16 saves, 36 Ks/6 BBs in 32 IP), the former 32nd round pick of the Mariners was nearly as successful last year after moving into the starting rotation. Had 98 Ks vs 37 BBs in 85 IP last spring. Split time in the summer between the CCBL (BA ranked him the 28th-best prospect there) and Team USA. Also expected to do some DH’ing this year for OU as he’s done the past 2 seasons. But the mound is his future--in addition to a FB reaching 94, his 3 secondaries (CB, SL, CU) are all at least average at this point with perhaps his slider a tick above the rest according to reports.

OF Jonny Deluca, Oregon
Listed at 5’11’’ 196 lbs. Played CF for OU in 2018 and expected to return there this spring but whether that’s his long-term position is a bit unclear. Has also worked out at 2B and that could be his position in the pros (at least according to his HC George Horton). The stick was not friendly for him as a freshman last year as he batted just .212/.270/.325 in the spring. But summer in the Cape was another story, going .296/.369/.368 and impressing scouts there. D1 even ranked him as the 3rd-best CF in the CCBL. Draft-eligible soph and a switch-hitter, he was a 39th rounder of the Twins in 2017 out of HS.

3B Spencer Steer, Oregon
Listed at 5’11” 190 lbs. Like Deluca, didn’t necessarily impress all that much at the plate last spring for the Ducks (.275/.381/.407) but got the stick going for Orleans in the summer and hit .304/.351/.481. BA’s Cape Cod rankings said he was the 49th-best prospect there. Reports on his defense at 3B seem pretty upbeat and he also showed he could play 2B well when positioned there in the CCBL. 29th rounder in 2016 out of HS.

1B Andrew Vaughn, Cal
Listed at 5’11” 214 lbs. Viewed as a Top 10 pick going into the spring.

RHP Jared Horn, Cal
Listed at 6’4” 225 lbs. Big-time arm but the control has been severely lacking as evidenced by the 90 walks in 149 innings over his first two years. Even after walking another 19 in 28 IP in the Cape this past summer, D1 still saw enough potential from his heater and CB to rate him as 9th best RHP in the league. 20th round pick of the Brewers out of HS in 2016.

SS Cameron Eden, Cal
Listed a 6’2” 180 lbs. Glove is currently showing more consistency than the bat. After an awfully nice freshman season for the Golden Bears (.315/.361/.472), everything came crashing down for him in 2018 with a .247/.306/.292 spring followed by a .254/.302/.325 summer for Brewster in the CCBL. Obviously needs a bounceback season offensively to sniff 1st five round consideration.

OF Kyle Stowers, Stanford
Listed at 6’3” 200 lbs. Lefty swinger for the Cardinal has arm for right. After struggling in limited action as a freshman in 2017, broke out with a decent season in the spring (.286/.383/.5112) but then really came on strong with a .326/.361/.565 summer in the Cape. BA tabbed him as the 14th best prospect there while D1 rated him the 3rd best corner OF.

LHP Erik Miller, Stanford
Listed at 6’5” 240 lbs. Big guy, big stuff, big control problems. 93-97 on the FB with a good CU and promising SL. But a combined 38 walks in 72 innings between Palo Alto and the Cape in 2018 though he also had 84 whiffs.

1B Andrew Daschbach, Stanford
Listed at 6’3” 225 lbs. .286/.358/.568 for the Cardinal in 2018 with 17 HRs and an ugly 25% K rate. .306/.424/.515 for Yarmouth-Dennis in the summer and reduced the K rate to 19%. 1B ultimately is probably his spot but might be a fit in LF. 40th round pick of the Rays in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Jack Little, Stanford
Listed at 6’4” 190 lbs. Perhaps the premier closer in all of college baseball. 56 Ks/8 BBs in 44 IP for the Cardinal in 2018 with 15 saves and an 0.60 ERA. 18 whiffs vs just 1 walk this past summer with Falmouth in 8.1 innings though he was touched up for 5 runs on 10 hits. Up to 94 on the FB and a very good SL.

C Maverick Handley, Stanford
Listed at 5’11” 205 lbs. Grades high on his defense and makeup but offense is a work in progress. A .231/.362/.350 spring in 2018 (shortened by a skateboard accident) was followed by a .252/.361/.369 summer with Falmouth in the Cape. Reports from the fall indicate he’s made improvements offensively. Bioengineering major and says he wants to be an orthopedic surgeon.

1B/OF Michael Toglia, UCLA
Listed at 6’5” 200 lbs. The Bruins’ slugger pumped out a .336/.449/.588 line last spring. Followed that up with a .209/.323/.388 performance in the Cape. While disappointing, BA still rated him 15th best prospect in the CCBL and D1 said he was the 3rd best corner infielder. The switch-hitter will be one of the youngest college juniors at the time of the draft. Above average defender at 1B but may be able to play corner OF. 35th round pick of the Rockies out of HS.

OF Chase Strumpf, UCLA
Listed at 6’1” 190 lbs. Big, big numbers as a soph last season--.363/.475/.633 as he led the Bruins in all 3 categories. Didn’t play this past summer due to injury (completely healthy now said reports from the fall) but did hit .335/.425/.549 in 2017 in the Northwoods League.

RHP Ryan Garcia, UCLA
Listed at 6’0” 180 lbs. Up to 94 on the FB among his 4 pitch arsenal which also includes an above average SL and decent CU. D1 rated him the 12th-best RHP in the CCBL this past summer after he posted 33 walks vs just 8 walks in 28 IP for Wareham. That followed a very nice soph season with the Bruins with an 0.98 WHIP and 76 whiffs in 76.2 frames.

3B Ryan Kreidler, UCLA
Listed at 6’4” 208 lbs. Strong defender who’s played both 3B and SS and likely plays the latter at the next level. Played short for Wareham last summer and D1 rated him the 13th-best middle infielder there. Bat is problematic as he’s gone .232/.337/.342 over his first 2 seasons for the Bruins and .229/.300/.339 in the Cape.

OF Jeremy Ydens, UCLA
Listed at 6’2” 200 lbs. Breakout season for the Bruins last year at .350/.421/.558 followed by a .304/.347/.432 summer with Wareham. D1 slotted him at 10th best CF prospect there. 40th rounder of the Cardinals in 2016 out of HS and 33rd round pick of the D-Backs last year as a draft-eligible soph.

C/OF Blake Sabol, USC
Listed at 6’4” 215 lbs. Will move to the outfield full-time this spring for the Trojans after spending time behind the plate and in the OF the previous 2 seasons. Unclear where he lands ultimately as a pro but I’d suspect corner OF or 1B if catcher doesn’t work out. So-so numbers in for the Trojans in 2018 at .276/.338/.390. Blasted off in the Cape however with .340/.445/.573 numbers which resulted in BA naming him 22nd best prospect there while D1 said he was the 8th best corner guy. Reports say the offensive improvement there carried over to the fall. The lefty hitter was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2016 draft out of HS. Football great Troy Palomalu is his 2nd cousin.

RHP Kyle Hurt, USC
Listed at 6’3” 215 lbs. Friday night starter who brings the FB at 95 with reportedly legit secondaries. Prior to the Trojans, pitched all 4 years under HC and ex-MLB hurler Kirk McCaskill at Rancho Santa Fe’s Torrey Pines HS. An horrendous 58 walks in 81 innings as a freshman last year for SC. Numbers in the Cape were more respectable with 22 Ks/9 BBs in 23 IP. Draft-eligible soph who was taken in the 34th round by the Phillies out of HS in 2017.

INF Cameron Cannon, Arizona
Listed at 5’10” 196 lbs. Bopped at a .321/.427/.549 pace last spring with 37 BBs vs just 22 Ks. A not quite so shiny .263/.298/.338 line in the CCBL but still was rated the 27th best overall prospect there by BA (and 9th best middle infield prospect by D1). He’s played mostly 2B for the Cats but played 3B for Falmouth during the summer and got good reviews there. He’s scheduled to start the season this spring at SS. We’ll see how long that lasts. But the positional versatility he’s shown thus far certainly won’t hurt his draft stock. The Glendale, AZ native was a 21st rounder of the D-Backs out of HS in 2016.

3B Nick Quintana, Arizona
Listed at 5’10” 187 lbs. The good news offensively was his .313/.413/.592 performance for the Wildcats in 2018. The bad news? A collective .230/.312/.423 over the last 2 years in the Cape with an appalling 38% K rate. Thumbs up on the defense say the reports. 11th rounder of the Red Sox in 2016 out of HS.

C Matt Dyer, Arizona
Listed at 6’4” 175 lbs. Glendale, AZ native and teammate of Cameron Cannon at Mountain Ridge HS who played at Oregon his freshman year in 2017 before transferring to Arizona and sitting out 2018. Did play during the summer for Yarmouth-Dennis and hit .250/.318/.317. Doesn’t exactly inspire confidence but he did hit a very decent .268/.355/.362 two years ago for the Ducks in his first taste of college ball. Aside from noting a decent arm, defensive reports are sketchy. Needs to get stronger overall.

OF Hunter Bishop, ASU
Listed at 6’4” 215 lbs. Call him a 4-tool player at this point. All the other elements are there (including the ability to play CF) but he’s yet to show he can consistently hit. A .250 BA for the Sun Devils last year and a .223 BA over 2 years in the CCBL attest to that. But the tools are sexy enough that BA still rated him the 46th-best overall prospect in the Cape this summer. His coach says he put things together at the plate this fall so we’ll see. Lefty hitter and 24th round pick of the Padres in 2016 out of HS. Brother Braden was a 3rd round pick of the Mariners in 2015.

RHP Alec Marsh, ASU
Listed at 6’2” 220 lbs. 94-95 on his FB in the Cape this summer where he racked up 20 whiffs in just 11.1 innings. But he does have problems finding the plate as indicated by a BB/9 of over 4. A Milwaukee kid.

C Nick Kahle, Wash
Listed a 5’10” 210 lbs. Gets good marks on the defensive side. Bat is not overwhelming--his numbers last spring were decent enough (.293/.392/.457) but he’s struggled to hit the last 3 summers in wood bat leagues.

RHP Josh Burgmann, Wash
Listed at 6’0” 2015 lbs. TJS wrecked his freshman year in 2017 causing him to miss the final 2 months of the season. Didn’t return until late March 2018. So the RS soph really only has about 4 months of college experience under his belt. FB up to 95 combined with what they say is an above average CU and good slider. 30th round pick of the Cardinals in 2016 out of Vauxhall Baseball Academy in Alberta, Canada.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1baseball.com’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles

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SEC Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

LHP Zack Thompson, Kentucky
Listed at 6’3” 225 lbs. Generally considered at Top 15 pick heading into the spring.

RHP Tyler Dyson, Florida
Listed at 6’3” 225 lbs. Didn’t really start pitching until his senior year in HS. Has a FB touching upper 90s and a high-spin SL but command/control and continuing to develop his CU needed. A shoulder impingement shut him down early last spring but he was back pitching in the summer both for Team USA and Falmouth so it couldn’t have been considered too serious. 51 Ks/28 BBs in 50 innings in 2018 for the Gators and 23 Ks vs 9 BBs in 19 IP in the Cape. D1 rated him the 5th-best righty in the CCBL and BA the 7th-best overall.

SS Brady McConnell, Florida
Listed at 6’3” 195 lbs. The draft-eligible soph played in only 9 games last year as a freshman due to a wrist injury. They say he has a good shot at sticking at short in the pros. 33rd round pick of the Reds in 2017 out of HS.

OF Wil Dalton, Florida
Listed at 6’0” 190 lbs. 19 HRs last spring for the Gators ranked 11th nationally while hitting .262/.338/.542. That was his 1st season with the Gators after spending his freshman year in JUCO. Apparently has the arm for RF. 29th rounder of the O’s in 2016 out of HS.

OF Austin Langworthy, Florida
Listed at 5’10” 195 lbs. .290/.404/.403 for the Gators last spring but poor numbers over 2 years in the CCBL (.222/.335/.352). Scouting folks seem to like him as noted by BA’s rating of 34th-best prospect in the Cape this past summer. He did hit 7 longballs in 26 games for Falmouth and there is some expectation that the power surge will continue this spring. The lefty hitter was the 31st round pick of the Reds out of HS.

SS Will Holland, Auburn
Listed at 5’10” 185 lbs. Expected to go in the Top 20 picks as we head into the spring.

RHP Davis Daniel, Auburn
Listed at 6’1” 190 lbs. A 1.59 WHIP last year for the Tigers though he did whiff 70 in 66 ⅔ innings. Began the spring as the Saturday starter but was demoted to the pen and impressed there. Followed that with more solid work for Chatham with 15 Ks/4 BBs in 15.2 innings. Tabbed as the Friday starter this spring (at least to begin this season). FB up to 96-97 and his SL can be plus at times say observers. 11th round pick of the Brewers in 2018 as a draft-eligible soph.

INF Braden Shewmake, A&M
Listed at 6'4" 190 lbs. Preseason projections say he’s gone in the Top 25 picks. The lefty swinger might not stick at shortstop long-term.

LHP John Doxakis, A&M
Listed at 6’4” 215 lbs. Impressive soph season for the Aggie in 2018, quickly going from reliever to mid-week starter to weekend rotation and ending up with 92 Ks vs 29 walks and just 72 hits allowed in 93 IP. He then spent the summer making 3 starts for Team USA and a couple of outings in the Texas Collegiate League. The Lamar HS grad opened this spring with a 1-hit blanking of outmanned Fordham with 12 Ks and 0 walks. A deceptive southpaw whose stuff seems to be getting better with a FB that sits in the 90-92 range along with a said-to-be improved SL and CU. A guy to watch this spring.

RHP Mason Cole, A&M
Listed at 6’6” 200 lbs. The former Round Rock HSer and RS soph has pitched just 9.2 innings for the Aggies after making just 2 appearances back in 2017 before having to undergo TJS. He returned to pitch in 7 games out of the bullpen last season. Followed that up with a summer in the Northwoods League where he walked 26 in 35.2 IP. Reports from the fall were encouraging with a FB up to 96. He’ll again be in pen this spring with a possibility of being the Aggie closer at some point.

OF JJ Bleday, Vandy
Listed at 6’3” 205 lbs. Missed 22 games in 2018 with an oblique injury but still managed to have a superb .368/.494/.511 season and ended the year with a 28 game on-base streak and 10-game hitting streak. Hit .391 in the 12 SEC games he was able to play in. Went on to hit .311/.374/.500 for Orleans in the CCBL and BA rated him 10th-best prospect in the league (D1 had him as the 2nd-best corner OF). Has 65 BBs vs 49 Ks over his first 2 seasons with the Dores. Lefty swinger who they say has the arm for RF.

OF Pat DeMarco, Vandy
Listed at 5’11” 205 lbs. The kid from Staten Island is a draft-eligible soph who (along with his dad who is a commodities trader) moved to Georgia his final 2 years of HS solely to play baseball. .277/.353/.479 with 11 homers and 10 steals as a freshman for the Dores in 2018 followed by a .265/.306/.355 summer with Orleans. Might be versatile enough defensively to play all 3 positions in the grass. 24th rounder of the Yankees out of HS in 2017.

LHP Jackson Gillis, Vandy
Listed at 6’3” 225 lbs. The reliever has a mid-90s FB, plus slider and apparently even a reliable CU. 44 whiffs vs 17 walks in 33.2 frames last year for the Commodores. A bit of a rough go in brief action with Harwich in the Cape with 13 baserunners allowed in 7.2 IP with 6 Ks.

RHP Drake Fellows, Vandy
Listed at 6’5” 2015 lbs. 107 Ks/35 BBs in 96 IP last spring with just 75 hits allowed. Again will be the Dores’ Friday night starter this season.Low 90’s FB that occasionally touches 94 with a SL and CU that reportedly need some additional work.

C Philip Clarke, Vandy
Listed at 5’11” 190 lbs. Draft-eligible soph hit a very fine .294/.382/.450 as a frosh last spring including .302 in SEC play but a subpar summer in Orleans at .232/.291/.284. Lefty hitter. Thumbs up seems to be the conclusion thus far on the defense.

LHP Zach King, Vandy
Listed at 6’6” 210 lbs. Being used out of the pen for the Dores but with a FB touching 93 and average to plus CB and CU he could start for many teams across the country. 51 Ks/21 BBs in 52 IP last spring. Saw brief action in the CCBL and punched out 9 in 7.2 innings.

OF Cameron Misner, Mizzou
Listed at 6’4” 225 lbs. Most preseason predictions have him going in the 15-25 range in the 1st round.

LHP TJ Sikkema, Mizzou
Listed at 6’0” 220 lbs. The Friday starter for the Tigers had something of a down season in 2018 as he pitched to a 1.36 WHIP in 70 innings with 75 Ks. Not horrible but certainly nothing like his freshman campaign when he posted an 0.88 WHIP (9th in the nation) and had 81 Ks vs just 18 BBs. Had an 0.99 WHIP in the Cape this past summer with 23 Ks in 31.2 IP. His stuff isn’t the greatest with a high 80’s FB and a slurvy breaking ball which is his go-to pitch.

RHP Zack Hess, LSU
Listed at 6’6” 220 lbs. One of the older juniors in the college draft class. Moved from the closer’s role in 2017 (83 whiffs in 60.2 IP and a 1.14 WHIP) to the starting rotation in 2018 where the results were decidedly more mixed. Rang up 107 punchouts in 92.2 innings but also allowing 49 walks. To go along with that scatter-shot command, he’s got a FB that reaches mid 90s and a decent slider per those watch him. He had a good summer in limited appearances in the CCBL (just 2 walks/hits allowed in 7 innings with 8 Ks) and also reportedly for Team USA. Allegedly he looked good in the fall too before being shut down early but that may not have carried over to spring though as he got pounded by ULM in the season opener the other day. Drafted in the 35th round by the Yankees in 2016 out of HS and the Braves in the 36th round last year as a draft-eligible soph.

SS Josh Smith, LSU
Listed at 5’10” 175 lbs. A stress reaction in his back caused him to miss all but 6 games in 2018. Played in all 72 games for the Tigers in 2017 where he started at 3B and hit .281/.407/.409 with 39 BBs vs 33 Ks and then topped that with a .382/.478/.513 summer in the Cape. The lefty hitter will play SS this spring (as he did last year before getting injured) and gets good marks there. 38th rounder of the Tigers in 2016 out of HS.

OF Zach Watson, LSU
Listed at 6’0” 165 lbs. Posted .317/.376/.507 numbers as a freshman which dropped slightly last year to .308/.366/.479. Did miss 9 games early in the season with a strained oblique. Saw limited action in the Cape this past summer where he hit .382/.450/.500. He also played for Team USA. Has been the starting CF for the Tigers since claiming the job in March of 2017 and after being an infielder throughout his HS career. And yes he’ll definitely stick in the middle of the outfield grass at the next level. A 40th round pick of the Red sox in 2018 as a draft-eligible soph.

RHP Todd Peterson, LSU
Listed at 6’5” 230 lbs. Up to 95 on the FB this fall with a good CB. His overall numbers for 2018 don’t look particularly outstanding (only 38 Ks in 47 IP while surrendering 48 hits) but that masks what he did down the stretch. Over his last 8 appearances, allowed just 8 hits and 1 walk in 13.2 IP with 11 walks as he showed signs of becoming a dominant closer.

OF Antoine Duplantis, LSU
Listed at 5’11” 175 lbs. A senior who has put up a .324/.381/.420 line over his 3 seasons with the Tigers and .266/.319/.374 numbers over two summers in the Cape. Didn’t play this past summer after sustaining a shoulder injury while training with Team USA. Above-average defender in RF. Despite the lack of pop, did get drafted in the 19th round by the Indians in 2018. Has hit exactly 2 home runs in each of his first 3 seasons but already has 2 HRs after just 2 games this spring. A likely budget pick in rounds 6-10 but if he continues to show power might move up into the 1st 5 rounds. Hasn’t had much opportunity to play CF with LSU but that may be a realistic option as a pro.

C Saul Garza, LSU
Listed at 6’3” 230 lbs. Played 1 year at Howard JC before transferring and this will be his 1st season with the Tigers. BA rated him the 2nd best prospect in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League this past summer. His K rate there was 33% however so until proven otherwise there’s going to be questions about the stick. Based on his fall performance, Paul Mainieri thinks he’ll be fine both at the plate and behind it and was quoted as saying Garza reminds him of Baylor backstop Shea Langeliers. 31st round pick of the Cardinals in 2017 out of HS and is draft-eligible this season as a soph.

LHP Matt Cronin, Arkansas
Listed at 6’2” 195 lbs. The Hogs’ closer has a FB up to 95 and reportedly a good CB and has developed a splitter. 59 Ks/18 BBs in 48 IP last spring with an 0.81 WHIP and 14 saves.

RHP Isaiah Campbell, Arkansas
Listed at 6’4” 225 lbs. FB sat 94-96 in the fall with improved command said the reports. 75 Ks vs 29 BBs in 70 IP in 2018. Will be the Friday starter this spring. Bone spurs in his elbow wiped out his 2017 season which is why he was draft-eligible as a soph last season and was taken in the 24th round by the Angels.

OF Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas
Listed at 5’10” 185 lbs. The lefty hitter put up a .806 OPS in 2018 which was down from the .851 OPs he put up the prior year as a freshman. Despite the reports of superlative defense in CF, there is some question whether he can continue there at the next level given his somewhat fringey speed. If he doesn’t stick at that position in the pros, does have the arm for right (BA rated him having the best OF arm in the SEC)..

LHP Jacob Kostyshock, Arkansas
Listed at 6’4” and just 175 lbs. The results as a Razorback have yet to show up but he did gain a bit of traction this past summer in the Northwoods League with a 1.25 WHIP in 27 IP and continued on to the fall showing a plus SL and FB up to 96 with a developing CU. Will again be used out of the bullpen this spring or if things really go well as a mid-week starter.

SS Cam Shepherd, Georgia
Listed at 6’1” 187 lbs. Slumped to .244/.357/.385 last year after a solid .307/.354/.452 as a freshman. Had the opportunity to play in the Cape this past summer but instead chose to work out and get stronger. Reports said he looked much better in the fall. FWIW, went 5-10 this past weekend in the opening series against Dayton with a pair of doubles and 4 BBs vs 0 Ks. One report suggested he might eventually have to move off shortstop at the next level. Drafted in the 29th round out of HS by the Red Sox in 2016.

3B Aaron Schunk, Georgia
Listed at 6’2” 205 lbs. Can he take a step forward offensively this season? His numbers last year for the Dawgs don’t jump out at you (.299/.340/.411) at least on the power side. That lack of pop was also highlighted in the CCBL this past summer as he generated an ISO of just .049. Even so, D1 still ranked him the 10th-best corner infield prospect in the Cape. If the raw power he’s displayed in BP finally starts to show up in games this spring then he starts to look a lot more interesting. Also served as the closer for the Bulldogs last season and not surprisingly was rated by BA as having the best infield arm in the SEC and gets good marks for his work at 3B.

RHP Tony Locey, Georgia
Listed at 6’3” and a hefty 239 lbs. 97 Ks in 96 innings over his 1st 2 years with the Bulldogs but also 61 walks. A summer in the Cape back in 2017 went better and was listed by BA as the 42nd-best prospect there. But that promise is still mostly unrealized making this spring fairly critical to his draft hopes. Mid 90s FB with an improving CB and CU. If the command ever comes...

RHP Garrett Stallings, Tenn
Listed at 6’2” 200 lbs. More command and guile than plus stuff. BA said he was the 42nd-best prospect this past summer in the Cape after K’ing 21 and walking zip in 18 IP. Carried over to the start of this season as he blanked WVU over 7 innings last Friday in the season opener, allowing just 1 hit and 0 walks and whiffing a career high 8.

SS Andre Lipcius, Tenn
Listed at 6’1” 190 lbs. Had a very successful 2018, going .315/.399/.473 for the Vols and followed that with a .313/.391/.456 summer with Harwich. Played 1B as a freshman (Nick Senzel was staked out at short) but shifted to the left side of the infield last year. If he doesn’t stick at SS long-term, looks to have the arm for 3B. His twin brother Luc also plays for the Vols. Nuclear engineering major.

RHP Zach Linginfelter, Tenn
Listed at 6’5” 220 lbs. 132 Ks in 111 IP for the Vols over 2 seasons but also 63 walks. The free passes continued in the Cape with 18 walks this past summer in 31 innings. Low to mid 90s FB with inconsistent secondaries. Twice drafted previously--in 2016 in the 16th round out of HS by the Yankees and in 2018 as a draft-eligible soph in the 19th round by the Nats.

SS Grae Kessinger, Ole Miss
Listed at 6’2” 200 lbs. Hit .300/.389/.473 for the Rebs in 2018. Grandson of Don, the slick-fielding Cubs shortstop back in the 70’s. 26th rounder of the Padres in 2016 out of HS.

RHP Will Ethridge, Ole Miss
Listed at 6’5” 240 lbs. FB that can bump 94 and decent CB and CU. Friday night starter this spring after mostly pitching out of the bullpen his first 2 seasons where he racked up 103 Ks vs 25 BBs in 92 innings with 81 hits allowed. His CCBL experience has been a bit rougher with 30 hits surrendered in 23 IP and 21 Ks/7 BBs. 35th rounder of the Mariners out of HS in 2016.

1B/OF Thomas Dillard, Ole Miss
Listed at 6’0” 230 lbs. Terrific .310/.439/.563 season last spring although his subsequent Cape numbers were more subdued at .250/.383/.385. Switch-hitter. Runs pretty well, stealing 17 out of 20 bases in 2018.

RHP Parker Caracci, Ole Miss
Listed at 6’0” 205 lbs. Redshirted his first 2 seasons (no injury involved) before seeing action for the first time in 2018. And it was a helluva season as he established himself as one of the nations’ premier college closers with 73 Ks in 48 IP and 38 hits and 14 walks allowed. That got the draft-eligible soph selected in the 37th round last year by the Blue Jays. Has a heater that can get up to 96 and an excellent SL.

OF Jake Mangum, Miss State
Listed at 6’1” 180 lbs. 4-year starter in CF for the Bulldogs. .355/.420/.455 over his 3 seasons in Starkville. Draft pick in 2017 as a draft-eligible soph (30th round, Yankees) and again in 2018 as a junior (32nd round, Mets).

LHP Ethan Small, Miss State
Listed at 6’3” 215 lbs. The Friday starter punched out 122 while walking 33 over 101 innings last spring. FB up to 93 with a decent CB. Missed 2017 with TJS. 26th rounder by the D-Backs last year as a draft-eligible soph.

RHP Keegan James, Miss State
Listed at 6’2” 215 lbs. Sunday starter this spring after working out of the bullpen his first 2 seasons. Heater up to 95. Like Ethan Small, missed 2017 after undergoing TJS.

OF TJ Hopkins, South Carolina
Listed at 6’0” 195 lbs. .302/.376/.451 over his first 3 seasons for the Gamecocks. Has been bothered by injuries his last 2 years including a back problem.


Note (1): If no draft history shown, then player has never been drafted.

Note (2): Righty hitter unless otherwise noted.

Note (3): A number of these players will be gone by the time the Astros make their first pick at #32 and are included here merely for the sake of completeness.

Sources:
BA = BA 2019 Top 200 Draft Prospects
MLBP = MLB Pipeline 2019 Top 50 Draft Prospects
FG = Fangraphs 2019 Top 89 Draft Prospects
D1 = D1baseball.com’s 2019 Top 150 College Draft Prospects 1.0 (and supplemental lists)
PBR = Prep Baseball Report Top 100 HS Draft Prospects & Top 20 JUCO Draft Prospects
PG = Perfect Games 2019 High School Prospect Profiles

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #27 on: February 18, 2019, 08:31:30 pm »
Davis Daniel left a game this weekend with a forearm injury.  Dr. Andrews paying a visit.   
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« Reply #28 on: February 18, 2019, 09:45:01 pm »
Davis Daniel left a game this weekend with a forearm injury.  Dr. Andrews paying a visit.

In other injury news, TJS already on the schedule for OU's Braidyn Fink who's obviously out for the year.

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« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2019, 05:44:38 pm »
And Shea Langeliers will be out for a while with a broken hamate.

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« Reply #30 on: February 22, 2019, 02:39:15 pm »
RHP Andrew Peters, John Logan CC (IL)
Listed at 6’2” 185 lbs. South Carolina commit.

Partially torn UCL and out for remainder of season.

3B Josh Rivera, IMG Academy (FL)
Listed at 6’2” 205 lbs. Florida commit.

Currently recuperating from knee surgery.
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« Reply #31 on: February 24, 2019, 07:15:10 pm »
Lists, lists and more friggin' lists...

OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

North Texas D1’s & JUCO’s

LHP Brandon Williamson, TCU (36th round pick of the Brewers in 2018)
RHP Charles King, TCU (up to 94 on FB and excellent slider)
RHP Jake Eissler, TCU (58 Ks vs just 5 BBs in 42 IP for the Horned Frogs in 2018)
RHP Jared Janczak, TCU (SR/32nd round pick of Angels in 2018)
SS Hunter Wolfe, TCU (12th rounder of Pirates in 2017 & 19th rounder of Royals in 2018)
2B Austin Henry, TCU (juco transfer from Walters State CC)
1B Jake Guenther, TCU (converted from a pitcher while at juco/lefty hitter)
OF Johnny Rizer, TCU (SR/Cy Fair-ex had injury plagued spring in 2018 but hit .305/.391/.557 in NECBL)

RHP Kurt Wilson, TT (draft-eligible SO/up to 96 on FB but has struggled with command)

OF Luke Bandy, DBU (32nd round pick of the Royals out of HS in 2016)
OF Augie Isaacson, DBU (SR/transfer from an NAIA school/MVP of Northwoods League last summer)
C Herbert Iser, DBU (24th round pick of the Orioles in 2018 out of San Jac)
C Christian Boulware, DBU (juco transfer who is DH’ing to start off this spring)
RHP Luke Eldred, DBU (draft-eligible SO/son of 14-year MLB pitcher Cal)
LHP Jordan Martinson, DBU (SR/hampered by cyst in throwing shoulder in 2018)
RHP M.D. Johnson, DBU (SR/mid 90s FB)
RHP Parker Towns, DBU (SR/37th rounder of the Mariners in 2018)

C/OF Nick DeNicola, Paris JC (SO from NJ/OSU commit)

SS Kemuel Thomas-Rivera, North Central Texas JC (SO from Puerto Rico/uncommitted)

SS Joab Gonzalez, New Mexico JC (SO from Puerto Rico/uncommitted)
RHP Brayan Garcia, New Mexico JC (SO from NYC/uncommitted)


Oklahoma D1’s & JUCO’s

SS Brandon Zaragoza, OU (the glove works...the bat not so much)
RHP Nathan Wiles, OU (Saturday starter for the Sooners)

LHP Mitchell Stone, OSU (draft-eligible FR after a 2018 redshirt season)
RHP Logan Gragg, OSU (juco transfer who missed the 2017 season after undergoing TJS)
RHP Jensen Elliott, OSU (missed most of 2017 and 2018 after undergoing TJS)
OF Trevor Boone, OSU (lotsa pop but lotsa swing & miss as well)
C Colin Simpson, OSU (listed at 5’9” 228 lbs)

OF Marc Lebreux, Seminole State (OK) JC (SO from Quebec City/U of Virginia commit)
C Archer Brookman, Seminole State (OK) JC (SO from Montreal/Ohio State commit)

INF Matt Golda, Western Okla State (SO/U of Kentucky commit)
1B Dan Pruitt, Western Okla State (SO/a top hitter in the West Coast League this summer/uncommitted)

LHP Brian Martinez, Connors State (OK) (SO from Dominican Republic/uncommitted)


Kansas D1’s & JUCO’s

OF/LHP Will Brennan, K-State (hit .359/.454/.427 in ‘18 w/32 BBs vs just 11 Ks/on hill 30K/7BB in 28IP)
2B Cam Thompson, K-State (Deer Park HS grad hit .340/.468/.400 in 16 games in the Cape in 2018)

INF/OF Luke Ritter, Wichita State (SR/37th round pick of the Twins in 2018)
LHP Alex Segal, Wichita State (draft eligible SO/elbow surgery in ‘17/38th rounder in ‘16 out of HS)
RHP Clayton McGinness, Wichita State (SR)

RHP Cam Wynne, Johnson County (KS) JC (SO/Aggie commit)
OF Anthony Amicangelo, Johnson County (KS) JC (SO/WSU commit)
OF Jake Owens, Johnson County (KS) JC (SO/Wichita State commit)
1B/OF Malik Williams, Johnson County (KS) JC (SO from Toronto/Lipscomb commit)
RHP Zach Ebert, Johnson County (KS) JC (SO/Kansas State commit)

RHP Brannon Jordan, Cowley (KS) JC (FR/Gamecocks commit)
C Cody Milligan, Cowley (KS) JC (SO/Southern Miss commit)

INF Logan Sartori, Hutchinson (KS) CC (FR/Aggie commit)


Missouri D1’s & JUCO’s

C Ryan Hernandez, Saint Louis (good defender but major struggles with bat)

SS Freilin Cabrera, Crowder CC (SO/DR native/uncommitted)
RHP Ross Carver, Crowder CC (SO/DBU commit)
1B Colten Nix, Crowder CC (SO/uncommitted)

OF Matt Turino, Jefferson JC (SO/Scarborough, Ontario native/lefty hitter/Vols commit)


Arkansas D1’s & JUCO’s

RHP Cody Scroggins, U of Arkansas (FB up to 96 for the converted infielder)
RHP Kevin Kopps, U of Arkansas (Draft-eligible SO/the George Ranch HS grad is returning from TJS)
UTIL Trevor Ezell, U of Arkansas (SR/grad transfer from SE Missouri St. who hit .377/.442/.558 in ‘18)

C Justin Felix, Arkansas State (SR/missed all of 2018 with injury)

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« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2019, 07:23:14 pm »
Davis Daniel left a game this weekend with a forearm injury.  Dr. Andrews paying a visit.

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Daniel, who left Friday’s game after two innings with tightness in his right forearm, underwent an MRI on Monday. The MRI alleviated the worst fears, an injured or torn ulnar collateral ligament. Orthopedist James Andrews has evaluated the results of the MRI and determined there is no UCL damage. He is expected examine Daniel on Wednesday and determine when he can start to throw again.
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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2019, 02:12:00 pm »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic D1’s & JUCO’s

OF Chris Galland, Boston College (draft-eligible SO/hit .316/.403/.398 as a FR with 28 SBs)

SS Anthony Prato, UConn (despite nagging injuries hit .320/.384/.406 for the Huskies in 2018)

SS Nick Grande, Stony Brook (.377/.468/.560 for the Seawolves in 2018 with 32 SBs)
OF Michael Wilson, Stony Brook (lefty hitter/15th rounder of the Red Sox in 2016 out of HS)

RHP Ben Anderson, Binghamton (26th rounder of the BJs in 2016 out of HS)

INF Danny Casals, U of Maine (SR)

OF Ryan Ward, Bryant U (draft-eligible SO/hit .306/.389/.435 in NECBL)

RHP Kyle Martin, Fordham (56 Ks in 39 IP as the Rams’ closer in 2018)

RHP July Sosa, Monroe College

LHP Tyler Blohm, U of Maryland (17th round pick of the Orioles in 2016 out of HS)

C Spencer Smith, Harford CC (SO/37th round pick of Rangers in 2017 out of HS/uncommitted)
SS Matt Shilling, Harford CC (SO/uncommitted)
LHP Mike Taylor, Harford CC (SO/EKU commit)

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« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2019, 12:21:33 pm »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST--MIDWEST

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Minnesota/Michigan/Nebraska/Iowa/Dakotas D1’s & JUCO’s

C Eli Wilson, U of Minnesota (son of 14-year big league catcher Dan)
C/1B Cole McDevitt, U of Minnesota (SR)

RHP Louie Varland, Concordia-St. Paul (older brother Gus was a 14th-round pick of A’s in 2018)

OF Dominic Clementi, U of Michigan (hit .368/.485/.574 with 29 BBs vs 27 Ks in 2018)

RHP Indigo Diaz, Mich State (Vancouver, BC native who spent 2 previous years at Iowa Western CC)

RHP Grant Jebbia, Lansing CC (SO/ULL commit)
RHP Wyatt Rush, Lansing CC (SO/Michigan State commit)

LHP Denson Hull, Creighton (SR/ex-San Antonio Churchill HSer can hit 94 but lacks command)
RHP Evan Johnson, Creighton (SR/1.12 WHIP in Northwoods League in ‘18/also up to 94)

OF/1B Connor McCaffery, U of Iowa (draft-eligible FR/also plays on hoops team under dad Fran)
RHP Cole McDonald, U of Iowa (SR)

OF Levi Usher, Kirkwood CC (FR from Iowa/Louisville commit/lefty hitter)
LHP Austin Krob, Kirkwood CC (FR from Iowa/TCU commit)
RHP Cameron Leff, Kirkwood CC (SO out of Wichita/FAU commit)

RHP Evan Reifert, North Iowa Area CC (SO from Iowa/UNC commit)
RHP Harrison Beethe, North Iowa Area CC (SO from Ft. Worth Arlington Heights HS/TCU commit)
LHP Tom Skoro, North Iowa Area CC (SO from Minnesota/Mizzou commit)
RHP Michael Oh, North Iowa Area CC (SO from Illinois/UNC commit)
SS Jake Hansen, North Iowa Area CC (SO from Illinois/U of Cincinnati commit/lefty hitter)

OF Austin Murr, Des Moines Area CC (SO from Minn./NC State commit/lefty hitter)

SS Candido Encarnacion, Marshalltown CC (SO/uncommitted)
INF/OF Tom Josten, Marshalltown CC (FR/switch-hitter/UCF commit)

LHP Brady Stover, South Dakota State (can get up to mid 90s on the heater)


Indiana/Illinois/Ohio D1’s & JUCO’s

RHP Cameron Junker, Notre Dame (outstanding work in NECBL with 46 Ks in 42 IP and 1.14 WHIP)

OF Logan Kaletha, U of Indiana (SR)
RHP Tanner Gordon, U of Indiana

RHP Cyrillo Watson, U of Illinois (up to 94 on the FB)
SS Ben Troike, U of Illinois

C Zade Richardson, Wabash Valley (IL) CC (FR)
OF Noah Myers, Wabash Valley (IL) CC (SO from Toronto/Gamecocks commit)
LHP Andy Samuelson, Wabash Valley (IL) CC (SO/NC State commit)
RHP Jon Beymer, Wabash Valley (IL) CC (SO/Campbell U commit)
RHP Nick King, Wabash Valley (IL) CC (SO/Bradley commit)
RHP Ryan O’Connell, Wabash Valley (IL) CC (SO/Bama commit)
LHP Cameron Tullar, Wabash Valley (IL) CC (FR)
RHP Austin Kelly, Wabash Valley (IL) CC (SO/uncommitted)

OF Luke Brown, John Logan (IL) CC (SO/uncommitted)

3B Jeff Heinrich, McHenry County (IL) CC (SO/uncommitted)

RHP Ricky Castro, Parkland (IL) CC (FR/Purdue commit)

LHP Jakob Brustoski, Sinclair (OH) CC (SO/TT commit)

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #35 on: February 27, 2019, 03:50:06 am »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST--SOUTHEAST

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Virginia/The Carolinas/Georgia D1’s & JUCO's

C Logan Driscoll, George Mason (lefty hitter/plus arm/struggled in Cape but hit .342 for GMU in ‘18)

RHP Layne Looney, Richmond (SR/Highland Park HS-ex was 19th round pick of the Cubs in 2018)

OF Kerry Carpenter, Virginia Tech (lefty hitter/juco transfer has been the Hokies’ best hitter in fall/early spring)

RHP Ben Gross, Duke (grad transfer from Princeton was drafted in 2018 by the Astros in the 34th round)
OF Kennie Taylor, Duke (SR/good centerfielder)

RHP/OF Ty Adcock, Elon (up to 97 this spring)

RHP Alec Barger, NC State (16th rounder of the Brewers in 2018 out of juco)
1B Evan Edwards, NC State (SR)

SS Corey Joyce, NC Central U (.280/.383/.385 in the NECBL back in 2017)

LHP Scott Kobos, Coastal Carolina (38th round pick of the Indians in 2017 out of juco)

RHP Kyle Mott, Pitt CC (FR/UNC commit)

RHP Logan Bender, Catawba Valley CC (SO/NC State commit/64 Ks in 47 IP at Campbell U in 2018)

RHP Ridge Chapman, U of South Carolina (SR)
UTIL Jacob Olson, U of South Carolina (SR)
C Chris Cullen, U of South Carolina (SR)

OF Jeffery Brown, The Citadel (.331/.385/.404 in NECBL in 2018 with 19 SBs)

RHP Carson Spiers, Clemson (Bill’s nephew doesn’t have great stuff but is effective)

INF/OF Michael Neustifter, North Greenville U (transfer from OSU)

RHP Elian Almanzar, Florence-Darlington CC (FR)

INF L.J. Talley, U of Georgia (SR)
RHP Will Proctor, U of Georgia (converted to pitching full-time in 2018)

SS Austin Wilhite, Georgia Tech (twin brother Nick also plays for the Yellow Jackets)

RHP Seth Shuman, Georgia Southern (39th round pick of the Orioles in 2016 out of HS)
RHP Joe Nahas, Georgia Southern (FB hits 95/K’d 142 in 74 IP at juco in 2018)

OF Terence Norman, Kennesaw State


West Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee D1’s & JUCO's

OF Darius Hill, WVU (SR/over his Mountaineers career has hit .326/.379/.469)
C/1B Paul McIntosh, WVU (draft-eligible SO/34th round pick in 2018 by Angels out of juco)

C Rey Pastrana, Marshall (SR/one of three Johnny Bench Award finalists in 2018)

OF Jaren Shelby, U of Kentucky (son of ex-MLB outfielder John)
1B Dalton Reed, U of Kentucky (no relation to the former UK 1B & current Astro minor leaguer)
1B/DH T.J. Collett, U of Kentucky (40th round pick of the Twins in 2016 out of HS)

1B/3B Davis Sims, WKU (hit .252/.349/.449 in CCBL last summer w/ league best 8 home runs)

INF Ethan Paul, Vandy (SR/26th round pick by Pirates in 2018 draft/lefty hitter)
RHP Patrick Raby, Vandy (SR)
C/UTIL Stephen Scott, Vandy (SR/31st rounder of the Marlins in 2018/lefty hitter/econ major)

OF Kevin Strohschein, Tennessee Tech (SR/has hit .351/.409/.620 over 3 seasons)

RHP Alex Haynes, Walters State CC (SO/29th rounder of the Mets in 2016 out of HS/Vols commit)
RHP Gage Gillian, Walters State CC (SO/UNC commit)
LHP Corey Stone, Walters State CC (SO/27th round pick of Rangers in 2017 out of HS/uncommitted)

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« Reply #36 on: February 27, 2019, 03:42:36 pm »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST--SOUTHEAST (PART 2)

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Florida D1’s & JUCO’s

OF Nelson Maldonado, U of Florida (SR)
INF Blake Reese, U of Florida (SR/switch-hitter)

C Mike Amditis, U of Miami (draft-eligible SO/37th round pick in 2016 draft by the Indians out of HS)

RHP Brenden Heiss, FGCU (FB up to 97 but BBs an issue/31st rounder of the Cubs in 2016 out of HS)
C Alex Brait, FGCU (.335/.404/.467 for the Eagles in ‘18 and off to a .400/.457/.567 start this spring)
3B Richie Garcia, FGCU (.944 OPS last spring)
1B/DH Kohl Gilmore, FGCU (.282/.399/.525 last spring in his first year at the D1 level after 1 year at juco)

OF Ray Alejo, UCF (speedy CF who hit .299/.379/.402 with 34 SBs in ‘18 & off to a .310/.375/.552 start this year)
RHP Trevor Holloway, UCF (juco transfer/FB up to 92 and decent slider/shaky command)
C/INF Dallas Beaver, UCF (lefty hitter/fall performance suggested breakout/off to a .304/.419/.609 start this spring)
RHP Jordan Spicer, UCF (SR/26th rounder of the Twins in 2017 out of juco)

RHP Robbie Peto, Stetson (3 quality pitches including a FB up to 94/30th round pick of LAA in ‘16 out of HS)
OF Jacob Koos, Stetson (SR/hit .306/.415/.379 in the NECBL last summer)

RHP Nelson Alvarez, USF (23rd round pick in 2018 and 26th rounder in 2016)
RHP Carson Ragsdale, USF (one of the better prospects in Northwoods Lg in 2018 w/ 40 Ks in 26 IP)

RHP Anthony Maldonado, Bethune-Cookman (FB up to 95)

RHP Blake Baker, Miami Dade CC (SO/Uncommitted)
LHP Matthew Stevens, Miami Dade CC (FR)

RHP DJ Wilkinson, Pensacola State CC (SO/Troy commit)
LHP Jake Sweeney, Pensacola State CC (FR)

RHP Ryan Gusto, Florida Southwestern CC (SO/WKU commit)

INF Kaden Polcovich, NW Florida State CC (SO/OSU commit)
OF Justice Thompson, NW Florida State CC (FR)
RHP/1B Will Moriarty, NW Florida State CC (FR/32nd round pick of the Rangers in 2017)
RHP Jacob Kush, NW Florida State CC (FR/Guelph, Ontario native)

OF Max Dineen, State College CC (FR/35th rounder of the Reds in 2018 out of HS)

RHP Jose Visaez, Chipola CC (SO/originally from Venezuela/uncommitted)
3B Julio Carrion, Chipola CC (SO/PR native/uncommitted)
OF Jordan Anderson, Chipola CC (SO/Miss State transfer/40th rounder of the Rangers in 2017 out of HS)
RHP Andrew Moore, Chipola CC (FR)
LHP/OF Parker Pillsbury, Chipola CC (FR)
SS Josh Rivera, Chipola CC (SO/21st rounder of Dodgers in 2017 out of Carlos Beltran BB Academy)
RHP Jake Smith, Chipola CC (FR/21st rounder of Phillies in 2018 out of HS)
LHP Jacob Smith, Chipola CC (FR)
OF Kyle Jacobsen, Hillsborough CC (SO/33rd rounder of the Brewers in 2017 out of HS/uncommitted)

RHP Yordy Cabrera, Palm Beach State (FR)

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #37 on: February 28, 2019, 11:51:44 pm »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST--GULF COAST

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Louisiana D1’s & JUCO’s

LHP Brendan Cellucci, Tulane (1.04 WHIP in the Cal Ripken League this past summer/up to 95 on FB)
RHP Kaleb Roper, Tulane (SR/the ex-San Jac Gator is the Green Wave Friday night starter for the 2nd year in a row)
OF/1B Grant Mathews, Tulane (.347/.412/.554 in ‘18 and off to a .364/.500/.576 start this spring)
RHP Keagan Gillies, Tulane (Saturday starter for the Green Wave)
RHP Chase Solesky, Tulane (Sunday starter/32 Ks in 26.2 IP in the NECBL this past summer)
RHP Trent Johnson, Tulane (up to 94 on FB)
SS Sal Gozzo, Tulane (son of ex-MLB pitcher Goose/twin brother Paul is the starting catcher at UConn)
1B/DH Trevor Jensen, Tulane (SR/hitting .462/.551/.744 in the early going in 2019)

LHP David Leal, Louisiana Tech (SR/will miss 2 months with broken foot)

LHP Gunner Leger, ULL (SR/had 2 surgeries & missed 2018/Marlins’ 26th rounder in ‘17 & turned down overslot money)

RHP Bryce Tassin, SE Louisiana (can hit 95 with the heater)

OF Shane Selman, McNeese State (SR/39th rounder of the Red Sox in ‘18)

INF/DH Rafael Ramirez, Grambling (lefty hitter/.353/.440/.735 for the Tigers in ‘18/SA McCollum HS ex is listed at 5’9” 225 lbs)

INF/OF Jarrett McDonald, LSU-Eunice (FR/lefty hitter)


Mississippi D1’s & JUCO’s

C Cooper Johnson, Ole Miss (BA rated him the best defensive catcher in the SEC)
UTIL Ryan Olenek, Ole Miss (SR/17th rounder of the Giants after hitting .350/.388/.464 last year)
1B Chase Cockrell,Ole Miss (SR/hit .317/.376/.539 in spring & .356/.446/.625 in summer last year)

1B Tanner Allen, Miss State (draft-eligible SO who hit .287/.353/.444 as a freshman)
OF Elijah MacNamee, Miss State (SR/Cy Ranch HSer hit .309/.377/.495 in 2018)
INF Gunner Halter, Miss State (22nd rounder in 2017 and 26th rounder in 2018 out of juco/dad is Shane)

2B Matt Guidry, So. Miss (undrafted in ‘18 as RS SO despite a .944 & 1.043 OPS respectively his first 2 years at USM)

INF/OF Dexter Jordan, Pearl River CC (FR)

RHP Chance Denson, East Mississippi CC (FR)

LHP Houston Harding, Itawamba CC (SO/Miss State commit)

OF Hayden Leatherwood, Northwest Mississippi CC (SO/lefty hitter/Ole Miss commit)
LHP Dalton Fowler, Northwest Mississippi CC (FR/Ole Miss commit)
1B Ben Van Cleve, Northwest Mississippi CC (SO/Ole Miss commit)


Alabama D1’s & JUCO’s

RHP Gordon Ashcraft, UAB (12th round pick of Dodgers out of HS in 2016)

RHP Levi Thomas, Troy (draft-eligible SO)

LHP Jared Shemper, Wallace-Dothan CC (SO/Miss State commit)
1B/OF Oraj Anu, Wallace-Dothan CC (SO/U of Kentucky commit)
RHP DJ Roberts, Wallace-Dothan CC (SO/40th rounder in 2016 out of HS/FIU commit)
C Luis Aviles, Wallace-Dothan CC (SO/uncommitted)
C/1B Golston Gillespie, Wallace Dothan (FR/switch-hitter)
OF Justin Farmer, Wallace-Dothan CC (SO/uncommitted)
SS Jose Ciccarello, Wallace-Dothan CC (FR)
3B Brandon Dorsey, Wallace-Dothan CC (SO/uncommitted)

RHP Britt Sparks, Shelton State CC (SO/Bama commit)
OF Jason Rooks, Chattahoochee Valley CC (SO/uncommitted)
RHP Chase Patrick, Chattahoochee Valley CC (SO/Miss. State commit)


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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2019, 09:07:35 pm »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST--GULF COAST (PART 2)

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Central/South Texas D1’s & JUCO’s

RHP Blair Henley, UT (Saturday starter for the Horns/22nd round pick of Yankees in ‘16 out of HS)
OF Austin Todd, UT (former RR HSer trying to rebound from injury-marred ‘18/off to a .371/.463/.571 start this spring)
OF Duke Ellis, UT (lefty hitter/speedy CFer but as his .279/.421/.279 line from the Cape shows he lacks pop)
1B Zach Zubia, UT (draft-eligible SO/hit .250/.390/.417 in the Cape in ‘18 after that huge performance in Northwoods League in ‘17)
C/1B DJ Petrinsky, UT (SR/shoulder issue has restricted his time behind the plate so far this spring)
3B Ryan Reynolds, UT (son of Shane/very solid defender/switch-hitter off to promising start at plate this spring)
RHP Matteo Bocchi, UT (SR/from Italy to Odessa JC to the Forty Acres & lights out in the NCAA regionals & CWS)

RHP Fred Villarreal, U of H (34 Ks/5 BBs in Valley League last summer/22nd rounder of the Rays in ‘16 out of HS)
OF/1B Lael Lockhart, U of H (.297/.425/.419 for the Coogs in 2018)
RHP Carter Henry, U of H (up to 93 on FB w/plus SL/40th round pick of Red Sox in ‘16 out of HS)
LHP Tristen Bayless, U of H (Hutto HSer-->Aggie-->juco-->Coogs/35th round pick of Nats in ‘16 out of HS)
1B/DH Joe Davis, U of H (SR/off to a .333/.455/.889 start this spring/16th rounder of Rays in ‘15 out of Austin Bowie HS)
RHP Devon Roedahl, U of H (West Brook HSer-->TCU-->San Jac-->Coogs/heater up to 93)
RHP Ryan Randel, U of H (SR/Coogs’ Saturday starter/FB now touching 93 to go along with an excellent CU)
OF/LHP Tyler Bielamowicz, U of H (Cy Ranch HSer a dual threat being the Friday night starter this spring & hitting .309/.449/.456 in ‘18 w/30 BBs/26 Ks)

RHP Garrett Gayle, Rice (FB up to 98/54 Ks in 42 IP for Owls in ‘18 but also 31 BBs, 17 WPs & 3 HBPs)
RHP Roel Garcia, Rice
2B Trei Cruz, Rice (draft-eligible SO/Cheo’s grandson picked by the Astros in 33rd round in 2017)

RHP Nick Fraze, Texas State (Friday starter/outstanding start vs Rice today with a 1-hitter over 7 IP & 12 Ks)
RHP Hunter McMahon, Texas State (juco transfer who’s the Saturday starter for the Bobcats)

RHP Hayden Wesneski, SHSU (up to 95 on FB/33rd rounder of Rays in ‘16 out of Cy Fair HS/27 Ks vs 3 BBs in 20 IP so far in ‘19)
LHP Kyle Backhus, SHSU (control issues continuing to go south)
RHP Nick Mikolajchak, SHSU (20 Ks vs just 2 BBs in 14.2 IP in the Cape this past summer)
LHP Brad Demco, SHSU (Lake Travis HS-ex had 28 whiffs vs 7 walks in 17 IP in Calif. Collegiate League in ‘18)

INF JC Correa, Lamar (Carlos’ bro/33rd round pick of Astros in 2018)

RHP Dustin Lacaze, Texas A&M--CC (up to 95 on FB/no runs & just 3 hits allowed in his 1st 13.2 IP this spring)

2B Bryan Arias, UTSA (SR/hit .362/.429/.621 in the Calif. Collegiate League this past summer)

INF/RHP Kyle Bergeron, Incarnate Word

RHP Dane Acker, San Jac (SO from Brenham/OU commit)
LHP Luke Little, San Jac (FR from NC/U of South Carolina commit)
OF/INF Andrew Papantonis, San Jac (SO from NJ/Coogs commit)
RHP Jonathan Jones, San Jac (FR out of Manvel HS/28th rounder of the Phillies in 2018)
RHP Jack Conlon, San Jac (SO out of Clements HS/4th rounder in 2017 failed 2 physicals/Rice commit)
SS Adisyn Coffey, San Jac (SO out of Indiana/ASU transfer)
LHP Mitchell Parker, San Jac (FR out of NM/28th rounder of the Cubs in 2018)
OF Hunter Townsend, San Jac (FR out of Rusk HS/Aggie commit)
OF Tyriece Silas, San Jac (SO out of Cy Falls HS/TSU commit)
RHP Austin Marozas, San Jac (FR out of IL/OSU commit)
1B Ryan Hernandez, San Jac (SO out of Boston/Coogs commit)
RHP Bryant Salgado, San Jac (FR out of Klein Forest HS)
INF/OF Camryn Williams, San Jac (SO out of FL/DBU transfer/39th rounder of Mariners in 2016)
RHP Dylan Lester, San Jac (SO out of Brenham HS/Coogs transfer/2-time TJS/U of Pitt commit)

RHP Nicco Cole, Howard JC (FR out of Southlake Carroll HS/CSF commit)
LHP Ricky Apodaca, Howard JC (FR out of Albuquerque)
1B/OF Brett Cain, Howard JC (SO out of Waco/Coogs commit)
RHP Jordan Mikel, Howard JC (SO out of IL/ULM commit)
RHP David Bates, Howard JC (FR out of TN/Tulane commit)

RHP Jackson Leath, Blinn (SO from Waxahachie/U of Tenn commit)
RHP Jace Hutchins, Blinn (FR from College Station HS)
RHP Jacob Millender, Blinn (SO from Lamar HS/TSU commit)

LHP Gerrit Van Zijll, Alvin CC (FR from Clear Lake HS/TT commit)

RHP Chase Embry, McLennan (SO/uncommitted)
LHP Grant Miller, McLennan (SO/the ex-RR HSer is a TCU commit)

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #39 on: March 02, 2019, 06:41:16 am »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST--GULF COAST (PART 2)

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Central/South Texas D1’s & JUCO’s

RHP Blair Henley, UT (Saturday starter for the Horns/22nd round pick of Yankees in ‘16 out of HS)
OF Austin Todd, UT (former RR HSer trying to rebound from injury-marred ‘18/off to a .371/.463/.571 start this spring)
OF Duke Ellis, UT (lefty hitter/speedy CFer but as his .279/.421/.279 line from the Cape shows he lacks pop)
1B Zach Zubia, UT (draft-eligible SO/hit .250/.390/.417 in the Cape in ‘18 after that huge performance in Northwoods League in ‘17)
C/1B DJ Petrinsky, UT (SR/shoulder issue has restricted his time behind the plate so far this spring)
3B Ryan Reynolds, UT (son of Shane/very solid defender/switch-hitter off to promising start at plate this spring)
RHP Matteo Bocchi, UT (SR/from Italy to Odessa JC to the Forty Acres & lights out in the NCAA regionals & CWS)

RHP Fred Villarreal, U of H (34 Ks/5 BBs in Valley League last summer/22nd rounder of the Rays in ‘16 out of HS)
OF/1B Lael Lockhart, U of H (.297/.425/.419 for the Coogs in 2018)
RHP Carter Henry, U of H (up to 93 on FB w/plus SL/40th round pick of Red Sox in ‘16 out of HS)
LHP Tristen Bayless, U of H (Hutto HSer-->Aggie-->juco-->Coogs/35th round pick of Nats in ‘16 out of HS)
1B/DH Joe Davis, U of H (SR/off to a .333/.455/.889 start this spring/16th rounder of Rays in ‘15 out of Austin Bowie HS)
RHP Devon Roedahl, U of H (West Brook HSer-->TCU-->San Jac-->Coogs/heater up to 93)
RHP Ryan Randel, U of H (SR/Coogs’ Saturday starter/FB now touching 93 to go along with an excellent CU)
OF/LHP Tyler Bielamowicz, U of H (Cy Ranch HSer a dual threat being the Friday night starter this spring & hitting .309/.449/.456 in ‘18 w/30 BBs/26 Ks)

RHP Garrett Gayle, Rice (FB up to 98/54 Ks in 42 IP for Owls in ‘18 but also 31 BBs, 17 WPs & 3 HBPs)
RHP Roel Garcia, Rice
2B Trei Cruz, Rice (draft-eligible SO/Cheo’s grandson picked by the Astros in 33rd round in 2017)

RHP Nick Fraze, Texas State (Friday starter/outstanding start vs Rice today with a 1-hitter over 7 IP & 12 Ks)
RHP Hunter McMahon, Texas State (juco transfer who’s the Saturday starter for the Bobcats)

RHP Hayden Wesneski, SHSU (up to 95 on FB/33rd rounder of Rays in ‘16 out of Cy Fair HS/27 Ks vs 3 BBs in 20 IP so far in ‘19)
LHP Kyle Backhus, SHSU (control issues continuing to go south)
RHP Nick Mikolajchak, SHSU (20 Ks vs just 2 BBs in 14.2 IP in the Cape this past summer)
LHP Brad Demco, SHSU (Lake Travis HS-ex had 28 whiffs vs 7 walks in 17 IP in Calif. Collegiate League in ‘18)

INF JC Correa, Lamar (Carlos’ bro/33rd round pick of Astros in 2018)

RHP Dustin Lacaze, Texas A&M--CC (up to 95 on FB/no runs & just 3 hits allowed in his 1st 13.2 IP this spring)

2B Bryan Arias, UTSA (SR/hit .362/.429/.621 in the Calif. Collegiate League this past summer)

INF/RHP Kyle Bergeron, Incarnate Word

RHP Dane Acker, San Jac (SO from Brenham/OU commit)
LHP Luke Little, San Jac (FR from NC/U of South Carolina commit)
OF/INF Andrew Papantonis, San Jac (SO from NJ/Coogs commit)
RHP Jonathan Jones, San Jac (FR out of Manvel HS/28th rounder of the Phillies in 2018)
RHP Jack Conlon, San Jac (SO out of Clements HS/4th rounder in 2017 failed 2 physicals/Rice commit)
SS Adisyn Coffey, San Jac (SO out of Indiana/ASU transfer)
LHP Mitchell Parker, San Jac (FR out of NM/28th rounder of the Cubs in 2018)
OF Hunter Townsend, San Jac (FR out of Rusk HS/Aggie commit)
OF Tyriece Silas, San Jac (SO out of Cy Falls HS/TSU commit)
RHP Austin Marozas, San Jac (FR out of IL/OSU commit)
1B Ryan Hernandez, San Jac (SO out of Boston/Coogs commit)
RHP Bryant Salgado, San Jac (FR out of Klein Forest HS)
INF/OF Camryn Williams, San Jac (SO out of FL/DBU transfer/39th rounder of Mariners in 2016)
RHP Dylan Lester, San Jac (SO out of Brenham HS/Coogs transfer/2-time TJS/U of Pitt commit)

RHP Nicco Cole, Howard JC (FR out of Southlake Carroll HS/CSF commit)
LHP Ricky Apodaca, Howard JC (FR out of Albuquerque)
1B/OF Brett Cain, Howard JC (SO out of Waco/Coogs commit)
RHP Jordan Mikel, Howard JC (SO out of IL/ULM commit)
RHP David Bates, Howard JC (FR out of TN/Tulane commit)

RHP Jackson Leath, Blinn (SO from Waxahachie/U of Tenn commit)
RHP Jace Hutchins, Blinn (FR from College Station HS)
RHP Jacob Millender, Blinn (SO from Lamar HS/TSU commit)

LHP Gerrit Van Zijll, Alvin CC (FR from Clear Lake HS/TT commit)

RHP Chase Embry, McLennan (SO/uncommitted)
LHP Grant Miller, McLennan (SO/the ex-RR HSer is a TCU commit)


BTW, Lockhart for UH also pitches.  Fred has been good this season-or at least when I've gone to games.  Now Davis will probably get drafted as a 1b or DH.
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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #40 on: March 02, 2019, 12:21:29 pm »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST--PACIFIC/WEST REGION

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Northern California/Pacific Northwest/Hawaii D1’s & JUCO’s

C Carter Bins, Fresno State (35th round pick of the Phillies in 2016 out of HS)
RHP Ryan Jensen, Fresno State (touched 99 in the fall)
OF Zach Ashford, Fresno State (SR/hit .314 in the Cape in ‘18 though with limited pop)

RHP/DH Will Matthiessen, Stanford (interesting 2-way player off to a .400/.500/.700 start this spring & 9 Ks vs 2 BB in 6.1IP)
OF Brandon Wulff, Stanford (SR/hitting .393/500/.893 to begin ‘19/missed half of ‘18 season with foot injury)

C Korey Lee, Cal (also has seen work on the mound)
OF Brandon McIlwain, Cal (also Cal’s QB but future is in BB/.hitting .286/.333/.619 this spring after laying off the sport last 2 years)

RHP/1B Kevin Milam, St Mary’s (one of the best 2-way players in the country)

C James Free, U of Pacific (switch-hitter/monster freshman year in ‘17 at .343/.407/.652 but regressed some in ‘18)
RHP Ryan Shreve, U of Pacific (29 K/3 BB in 29 IP in Calif. Collegiate League in ‘18 and 16 Ks/2 BBs in 14 IP this spring w/just 7 hits allowed)

RHP Finn Del Bonta-Smith, SJSU (45 Ks/6 BBs in 26 IP in the Northwoods League in 2018)

LHP Chris Daniels, Sacramento City CC (FR)
OF Jaden Lyburtus, Sacramento City CC (FR)

LHP Robert Gasser, San Joaquin Delta CC (SO/Coogs’ commit/pitched at UNM in 2018)
RHP Gunner Mayer, San Joaquin Delta CC (FR)
RHP Jonathan Pierce, San Joaquin Delta CC (SO/Baylor commit)
SS Zack Mathis, San Joaquin Delta CC (SO/CSUN commit)

OF Jakob Goldfarb, Oregon (also getting some looks behind the plate)

LHP Jake Mulholland, OSU (not exactly a power arm but still manages to be one of the best closers in the country)
OF Tyler Malone, OSU (lefty hitter/moves to RF after a strong CWS in ‘18 where he hit 3 homers in 8 games as the Beavers’ DH)

LHP AJ Block, WSU (20 Ks in 12.2 IP in the Cape in ‘18 but also 17 hits allowed & 8 walks)

RHP Nick Iverson, Gonzaga (from Oakville, Ontario/15th round pick of the Brewers in 2018 out of juco)

RHP Bubba Hoopii-Tuionetoa, Pierce CC (FR/16th rounder of the Twins in 2018 out of HS)

RHP Dylan Thomas, U of Hawaii (CCBL relief POTY with a combined 76 Ks/6 BBs in 62 IP in 2018)
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« Reply #41 on: March 02, 2019, 05:47:13 pm »
OTHER DRAFT NAMES OF INTEREST--PACIFIC/WEST REGION (PART 2)

Note: Some of these players will go in the first 10 rounds, many will go in the 11th round and later and others (due to injury, poor springs, etc.) won’t get drafted at all.

Southern California/Arizona D1’s & JUCO’s

LHP Justin Hooper, UCLA (missed 2018 due to TJ/25th round pick in 2015 draft out of HS)

RHP Chris Clarke, USC (one of the youngest players in college draft class/up to 94 on the heater)
RHP Connor Lunn, USC (up to 95 with the cheese)
LHP Quentin Longrie, USC (also can hit 95 but rarely where it needs to go)
C TJ Stubbs, USC (the brother of Garrett missed 2018 after undergoing TJS)

RHP Darius Vines, CSU-Bakersfield (32nd rounder of the Astros in 2016)

OF Bradlee Beesley, Cal Poly (hit .368/.419/.529 in the Cape last summer)

RHP Logan Boyer, SDSU (FB hitting 96 and healthy after injury-plagued 2018)
OF Julian Escobedo, SDSU (lefty hitter/batted .316/.419/.429 in 2018 w/37 BBs vs 30 Ks)

LHP Josh Hendrickson, U of SD (Aussie/20th rounder of Royals in 2018 out of juco)

SS Nick Sogard, LMU (Eric and Alex are cousins/Steve Sax is an uncle)

2B Hank LoForte, CSF (SR/listed at 5’6”)

LHP Jack Dashwood, UCSB (17 Ks vs 4 BBs in 12 IP with just 7 hits allowed to kick off this spring)
SS Andrew Martinez, UCSB (33rd round pick of the Marlins in 2018 as a draft-eligible FR)

RHP Tanner Brubaker, UCI (28th rounder of the Rays last year out of juco)

RHP Adrian Chaidez, Cypress CC (SO from Calif./converted catcher/UCLA commit)

INF Carter Aldrete, ASU (uncle Mike is the former big leaguer)
C Lyle Lin, ASU (29th rounder of the Astros in 2018 as a draft eligible soph)
C Sam Ferri, ASU (38th rounder of the Yankees in 2016 out of HS)

LHP Andrew Nardi, U of Arizona (39th rounder in both 2017 & 2018 by NYY & Nats out of juco)

1B/OF Kona Quiggle, Grand Canyon (lefty hitter out of Phoenix)

LHP Lucas Knowles, Central Arizona JC (SO out of Washington/U of Kentucky commit)
RHP Jason Nelson, Central Arizona JC (SO out of Phoenix/ULL commit)
SS Liam Spence, Central Arizona JC (SO out of Australia/Vols commit)
OF Hunter Jump, Central Arizona JC (SO out of Calif./ASU transfer)
SS Ernny Ordonez, Central Arizona JC (SO out of Goodyear/KU commit)
RHP Dakota Donovan, Central Arizona JC (SO out of Utah/Oregon State transfer)
LHP Leo Palacios, Central Arizona JC (FR out of Phoenix)

RHP Drew Hill, South Mountain (AZ) CC (SO out of Utah/TCU commit)
INF Juan Colato, South Mountain (AZ) CC (SO out of El Salvador/GCU commit)
OF Connor Kimple, South Mountain (AZ) CC (SO out of Wisconsin/ULL commit)

SS Carlos Arellano, Arizona Western CC (SO out of Calif./uncommitted)
RHP Gabe Ponce, Arizona Western CC (SO out of Arizona/USD transfer)
RHP Chris Koeiman, Arizona Western CC (SO out of Curacao/uncommitted)

RHP Chase Webster, Chandler-Gilbert CC (FR/has been hitting 96 this spring)
RHP Ben Thompson, Chandler-Gilbert CC (SO from New Zealand/Tulane commit)

RHP Dominic Hamel, Yavapai CC (SO out of Arizona/DBU commit)
SS Tommy Sacco, Yavapai CC (SO out of Arizona/TCU commit)
3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Yavapai CC (FR out of Calif.)

LHP Brendon Rodriguez, Scottsdale CC (SO out of Tucson/New Mexico State commit)

OF Antoine Mistico, Gateway CC (SO from Arizona/14th rounder in ‘17 out of HS/Grand Canyon commit)


Nevada/Utah/New Mexico/Colorado D1’s & JUCO’s

LHP Ryan Anderson, U of Nevada (30 Ks/16 hits/6 BBs allowed in 27 IP in Northwoods League in 2018)

OF/1B Steven Rivas, Southern Nevada CC (SO/37th rounder of LAA in 2017/Coogs’ commit)
LHP Nick Rupp, Southern Nevada CC (SO/Coogs’ commit)
RHP Matt Gilbertson, Southern Nevada CC (SO/U of Pittsburgh commit)

2B Oliver Dunn, Utah (lefty hitter)
C Zack Moeller, Utah (missed 2018 after undergoing TJS)

OF Brock Hale, BYU (SR/hitting .368/.458/.614 for his career)

RHP Justin Slaten, U of New Mexico (BA’s 4th-best prospect in the Northwoods League in 2018)

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #42 on: March 02, 2019, 06:00:18 pm »
A FEW MORE HSers OF INTEREST

Note: Most of these guys probably won’t get drafted high enough to make it worth their while and instead will end up honoring their commitments.


Texas
OF/RHP Quinton Martin, Sweeny HS (Rice commit)
INF Brenden Dixon, Argyle HS (Longhorn commit)
SS/RHP Tyler Wade, Midland HS (Vols commit)
C Wyatt Childress, Georgetown HS (Aggie commit)
INF Beau Wimpee, Rockwall HS (TCU commit/yep, that’s his name)
LHP Bryson Lucas, College Station HS (TCU commit)
LHP Bodi Rascon, Decatur HS (OSU commit)
OF Logan Britt, Colleyville Heritage HS (Aggie commit)
RHP Evan Vanek, Frisco Heritage HS (Aggie commit)


Florida
OF Riley Greene, Hagerty HS (lefty hitter/U of Florida commit)
RHP Matthew Allan, Seminole HS (U of Florida commit)
LHP Hunter Barco, Bolles HS (U of Florida commit)
RHP Tyler Nesbitt, Labelle HS (U of Florida commit)
RHP Tyler Owens, Trinity Catholic HS (U of Florida commit)
C/3B Tyler Callihan, Providence HS (lefty hitter/U of South Carolina commit)
SS Tyler McKenzie, Benjamin HS (Vandy commit)
RHP Kendall Williams, IMG Academy (Vandy commit)
C/1B Will Bartlett, IMG Academy (Arizona commit)
RHP Joseph Charles, TNXL Academy (UNC commit)
2B Christian Cairo, Calvary Christian HS (LSU commit)
SS Connor Walsh, Niceville HS (Ole Miss commit)
RHP Hunter Mink, Palm Harbor HS (U of Florida commit)


Georgia
SS C.J. Abrams, Blessed Trinity HS (lefty hitter/Bama commit)
RHP Daniel Espino, Premier Academy HS (LSU commit)
SS Nasim Nunez, Collins Hill HS (switch-hitter/Clemson commit)
SS Myles Austin, Westlake HS (Bama commit)
RHP Landon Sims, South Forsyth HS (Miss State commit)
RHP Alex McFarlane, Habersham Central HS (Miami commit)
LHP/OF Michael Harris, Stockbridge HS (switch-hitter/TT commit)
C Jonathan French, Parkview HS (Clemson commit)
RHP Mason Barnett, Cartersville HS (Auburn commit)


California
LHP/1B Spencer Jones, La Costa Canyon HS (lefty hitter/Vandy commit)
SS Brooks Lee, San Luis Obispo HS (switch-hitter/Cal Poly commit)
RHP Derek Diamond, Ramona HS (Ole Miss commit)
RHP Evan Fitterer, Aliso Niguel HS (UCLA commit)


Washington
OF Corbin Carroll, Lakeside HS (lefty hitter/UCLA commit)
INF Carter Young, Selah HS (switch-hitter/Vandy commit)


Louisiana
RHP Thomas Wilhite, West Ouachita HS (LSU commit)
C Hayden Travinski, Airline HS (LSU commit)


Mississippi
OF John Rhys Plumlee, Oak Grove HS (U of Georgia commit)


Tennessee
LHP Hayden Mullins, Hendersonville HS (Auburn commit)


Alabama
3B Gunnar Henderson, Morgan Academy HS (lefty hitter/Auburn commit)
C Ethan Hearn, Mobile Christian HS (lefty hitter/Miss State commit)
C Nathaniel LaRue, McGill-Toolen HS (Auburn commit)


New York/New Jersey
SS Anthony Volpe, Delbarton (NJ) HS (Vandy commit)
RHP Michael Limoncelli, Horseheads (NY) HS (Coastal Carolina commit)
RHP Dave Falco, Center Moriches (NY) HS (U of Maryland commit)
RHP Joe Biancone, John Jay Cross River HS (George Washington commit)


Wisconsin
C Nathan Stevens, Waunakee HS (lefty hitter/Arkansas commit)


Michigan
LHP Colin Czajkowski, Woodhaven HS (U of Michigan commit)


Ohio
OF Jase Bowen, Toledo Central Catholic HS (Mich. State commit)
RHP Mack Anglin, Highland HS (Clemson commit)


Pennsylvania
OF Sammy Siani, William Penn Charter HS (lefty hitter/Duke commit)
RHP Jack Kochanowicz, Harriton HS (Virginia commit)
OF Chris Newell, Malvern Prep HS (lefty hitter/Virginia commit)


Indiana
OF Ethan Vecrumba, Edgewood HS (lefty hitter/U of Indiana commit)


Illinois
SS Jalen Greer, St. Rita of Cascia HS (Mizzou commit)
RHP Quinn Priester, Cary-Grove Community HS (TCU commit)
C Matt McCormick, St. Laurence HS (lefty hitter/WVU commit)


Kansas
OF Marcus Smith, Pembroke Hill HS (lefty hitter/U of Michigan commit)


Puerto Rico
SS Landy Pena, Leadership Christian Academy (switch-hitter/one of youngest players in HS draft class/uncommitted)


Canada
SS Cesar Valero, Foothills Composite HS (Calgary) (originally from Venezuela/one of youngest players in HS draft class/Oregon St. commit)
OF Dasan Brown, Abbey Park HS (Toronto) (one of youngest players in HS draft class/Aggie commit)
OF Ethan Sanasie-Edwards, Mississauga Secondary HS (Toronto) (Wabash Valley CC commit)


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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #43 on: March 06, 2019, 12:07:16 am »
Astros selections since the draft was shortened to 40 rounds in 2012 (which also coincides with the Luhnow era):

2018
D2/D3/NAIA--8 draftees
JUCO--1 draftee

2017
D2/D3/NAIA--3 draftees
JUCO--5 draftees

2016
D2/D3/NAIA--6 draftees
JUCO--6 draftees

2015
D2/D3/NAIA--5 draftees
JUCO--3 draftees

2014
D2/D3/NAIA--5 draftees
JUCO--9 draftees

2013
D2/D3/NAIA--3 draftees
JUCO--2 draftees

2012
D2/D3/NAIA--3 draftees
JUCO--4 draftees


TOTALS (2012-2018)
D2/D3/NAIA--33 draftees
JUCO--30 draftees

TOTALS (2015-2018)
D2/D3/NAIA--22 draftees
JUCO--15 draftees

TOTALS (2012-2014)
D2/D3/NAIA--11 draftees
JUCO--15 draftees

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #44 on: March 06, 2019, 06:22:24 pm »
The New Thing I Learned Today...

I was aware of the rule allowing an athlete to compete professionally in one sport while still maintaining amateur status in a second sport. But I was unaware of the rule that allows you to regain your amateur status in the same sport after having lost such status previously. To wit these provisions that exists in the NAIA rules (don't have a clue as to whether the NCAA has a similar provision):


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Article VII Section E of the 2018-2019 NAIA Handbook for having amateur status reinstated:

1. Discontinue violation of NAIA amateur-standing regulations.

2. You will be charged a season of competition for every year you competed at a professional level.  The NAIA gives you four seasons of competition for the first 10 semesters or 15 quarters you are enrolled in college.
 
3. Attending two consecutive semester, or three consecutive quarters, at an institution prior to being a part of an athletic team.
 
4. Finally, an athlete must submit verification to the NAIA National Coordinating Committee proving they have completed the three previous requirements to restore their amateur status.

I was curious and had to track down the provision after noticing that Matthew Merrill was playing baseball for the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO). Merrill was taken by the Astros out of high school in the 37th round of the 2017 draft. He then signed a contract, was assigned to the GCL and pitched in 6 games. He was subsequently released in May of 2018 without pitching in a game in '18. By my reading of the above rule, he should have at most 3 seasons of eligibility with the Drovers (and perhaps only 2 depending on how 2018 is factored in).

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« Reply #45 on: March 06, 2019, 09:58:28 pm »
You sir are amazing.  So impressed with the detail of your research and your ability to find things that most folks would never even think to look for.  Glad you are on our side. 
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« Reply #46 on: March 07, 2019, 12:38:33 am »
You sir are amazing.  So impressed with the detail of your research and your ability to find things that most folks would never even think to look for.  Glad you are on our side.

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2019, 11:15:56 am »
BIG 12 Names to Know for 1st 5 rounds of 2019 Draft

LHP Cody Bradford, Baylor
Listed at 6’3” 195 lbs. The Aledo HS valedictorian had a terrific soph season for the Bears in 2018 as he led the conference in ERA while whiffing 87 and walking 26 in 97 IP. He also tied some team records originally set by future MLBers Jason Jennings and Shawn Tolleson. He then made two starts in the Cape over the summer, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits over 8 innings.

Bad news for the Bears: Bradford's out for the year (after throwing only 7.1 innings over 3 starts) due to thoracic outlet syndrome.
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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #48 on: March 08, 2019, 10:36:02 pm »
Rounding up folk's comments and adding a few more:

Spring Injury List

LHP Cody Bradford, Baylor (out for year with TOS)
RHP Davis Daniel, Auburn (forearm tightness has him on the shelf for now)
LHP Braidyn Fink, OU (out for year with TJS)
RHP Andrew Peters, John Logan CC (out for year with partially torn UCL)
3B Josh Rivera, IMG Academy (FL) (delayed start to spring while recuperating from
OF/RHP Matt Wallner, Southern Miss (forearm tightness has limited him to DH thus far)
OF Jeremy Ydens, UCLA (broken ring finger puts him out of action for 6 weeks)

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #49 on: March 09, 2019, 12:29:04 pm »
Correcting the Josh Rivera line...

Spring Injury List

LHP Cody Bradford, Baylor (out for year with TOS)
RHP Davis Daniel, Auburn (forearm tightness has him on the shelf for now)
LHP Braidyn Fink, OU (out for year with TJS)
RHP Andrew Peters, John Logan CC (out for year with partially torn UCL)
3B Josh Rivera, IMG Academy (FL) (delayed start to spring while recuperating from knee surgery)
OF/RHP Matt Wallner, Southern Miss (forearm tightness has limited him to DH thus far)
OF Jeremy Ydens, UCLA (broken ring finger puts him out of action for 6 weeks)

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #50 on: March 10, 2019, 07:49:28 am »
NAIA Draft Names to Know

With the Astros' increasing interest in recent years in drafting players from smaller 4yr schools, thought I should at least make an attempt to compile a list of 2019 draft prospects from those schools starting with the NAIA.

Hope International (Fullerton, CA)
RHP Justin Friedman (SR/43 Ks vs 12 BBs in 31.2 IP this spring/but 74 BBs in 139 IP at 3 previous stops, including 2 D1 programs)
C/OF Sam Cohen (SR/transfer from UCSB)
SS Shane Martinez (went 5-13 as a freshman with the Arizona Wildcats back in ‘17)
C/INF William Aguilar

Georgia Gwinnett College
SS/RHP Brent Burgess (SR/40th rounder of Rangers in ‘16 & 38th rounder of Yankees in ‘17/hitting .415/.469/.830 this spring)
OF Brody Wofford (SR/LSU-->Chipola CC-->UCF-->GGC/14th rounder in ‘17 by Reds out of juco/hitting .340/.456/.620 in ‘19)
OF CJ Ballard (SR/38th round pick of Red Sox out of HS in ‘15/played 2 years at Georgia Southern/a .427/.504/.545 hitter in ‘18)
RHP Matthew Swain (SR)
LHP Greg Loukinen (SR/35 Ks vs 7 BBs in 31 innings in ‘19)

Middle Georgia State (Macon)
OF Zach Cornell (lefty hitter/1.160 OPS so far this spring/1.026 OPS in ‘18)
SS Trent Nash (SR/1.101 OPS so far in ‘19/1.047 OPS in ‘18/1st 2 years spent at Bethune-Cookman)
3B Blake Jackson (SR/1.485 OPS so far in ‘19/.998 OPS in ‘18/Georgia Tech as a frosh)

Southeastern U (Lakeland, FL)
OF Manuel Mesa (SR/switch-hitter/from the Dominican/off to a .354/.436/.622 start in ‘19)
1B Noah Strohl (also does some pitching/batting .382/.436/.691 on the spring)
RHP Bryce Oriold-Fraser (Lethbridge, Alberta native)
LHP Austin Covers (SR/previous school: East Carolina U)
LHP Felix Dieguez (SR/27 Ks in 15.2 IP this spring)
OF Mike Taylor (.410/.480/.607 to kick off ‘19/previous school: Southeastern Louisiana U)
1B/OF Dan Valerio (SR/off to .354/.462/.646 start in ‘19 after hitting .390/.438/.703 in ‘18)
3B Ivan Nunez (SR/batting .408/.500/.718 this spring)
2B Dom Anagnos (SR/former RR HSer whose previous school was Purdue/hitting .389/.560/.444 in ‘19 with 17 BBs vs 5 Ks)
UTIL Abdel Guadalupe (switch-hitter/juco transfer off to .306/.469/.710 start this spring/from Puerto Rico)

Tennessee Wesleyan
OF Tyler Reichenborn (35th round pick of LAA in ‘18 draft out of Iowa Western CC/hit .327/.440/.481 in the Northwoods League this past summer)
RHP Cole Bellair (SR/1st 2 years at U of Illinois/32 Ks & 9 Ws in 32 IP in Northwoods Lg in ‘18/30 Ks & 9 Ws in 21 IP this spring)
OF Dan Fry (lefty hitter/juco transfer off to .339/.433/.589 start this spring with 10 Ws vs 6 Ks)

Bryan (Dayton, Tenn)
3B Gabe Howell (20th rounder of Braves in 2016 out of HS/PED suspension in ‘17 followed by his release/off to a .348/.458/.681 start in 1st college season)

Faulkner U (Montgomery, Ala)
C Max Guzman (juco transfer who’s hitting .392/.484/.582 this spring/3rd-ranked HS catcher out of Florida in ‘16 by PG)
LHP Antonio Frias (Panamanian/juco transfer/42 Ks vs just 5 BBs in 28 IP this spring)
OF Marcus Ragan (15th-rounder of the Red Sox in ‘17 out of juco/56-3 in steals over last 3 seasons)

Webber International (Lakeland, FL)
OF Rougie Odor (yes, the Odor plague has reached pandemic status)

U of Rio Grande (Ohio)
C Dylan Shockley (.391/.486/.598 thus far in ‘19)

Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne)
1B Glen McClain (SR/2 years at Xavier but DNP/posted a 1.186 OPS in ‘18)

Lawrence Tech (Southfield, MI)
OF Sean Fannon (SR)

Central Methodist (Fayette, Missouri)
C/INF Sergio Macias (transfer from San Jac)
RHP Peyton Long (transfer from Kirkwood CC)
1B Logan Haring (lefty hitter/posted a 1.100 OPS in ‘18)

Missouri Baptist (St. Louis)
SS DeShawn Lookout (transfer from Seminole State CC)
LHP Josh Ray (transfer from Jefferson CC)

Southwestern Christian (OKC)
LHP Juan Carlos Gonzalez (SR/originally from the Dominican)
RHP Victor Del Carmen (originally from the DR/12.9 Ks per nine in ‘18 which has increased to 16.4 thus far in ‘19)

Oklahoma City U
RHP Bryce Milligan (41 Ks vs just 4 walks in 34.2 IP this spring with just 17 hits allowed)

U of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha)
LHP Colton Williams (listed at 6’5” 215 lbs/Magnolia West HS grad spent 2 seasons at Galveston CC)

Oklahoma Wesleyan  (Bartlesville)
SS Austin Sojka (SR/silly 1.720 OPS on the spring with 12 BBs vs just 3 Ks/1.173 OPS in ‘18)
OF Drenis Ozuna (juco transfer from Connors State is posting a 1.434 OPS so far this spring)

William Penn (Oskaloosa, Iowa)
RHP Chase Stratton (49 Ks and just 6 Ws in 29.2 IP this spring)

Campbellsville U (Kentucky)
RHP Malcolm Gray (SR/37th rounder of Phillies in 2015 out of HS/12 Ks vs 3 BBs in 9 IP this spring)

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Re: 2019 Draft
« Reply #51 on: March 12, 2019, 09:47:22 pm »
Updating...

Spring Injury List

LHP Cody Bradford, Baylor (out for year with TOS)
RHP Davis Daniel, Auburn (forearm tightness has him on the shelf for now)
LHP Braidyn Fink, OU (out for year with TJS)
RHP Andrew Peters, John Logan CC (out for year with partially torn UCL)
3B Josh Rivera, IMG Academy (FL) (delayed start to spring while recuperating from knee surgery)
OF/RHP Matt Wallner, Southern Miss (forearm tightness has limited him to DH thus far)
OF Jeremy Ydens, UCLA (broken ring finger puts him out of action for 6 weeks)
C/1B DJ Petrinsky, Horns (shoulder problem turned out to be a labrum tear for which he had surgery/looks like he'll redshirt and return to campus next year, taking him out of this year's draft)
C Drew Millas, Missouri State (pulled hammy kept him out a couple of weeks)
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« Reply #52 on: March 13, 2019, 05:43:28 am »
D3 Draft Names to Know

With the Astros' increasing interest in recent years in drafting players from smaller 4yr schools, this is an attempt to compile a list of interesting 2019 draft prospects from the D3 ranks.

College of Wooster (OH)
1B/OF Dan Harwood (lefty hitter/listed at 6’3” 210 lbs/Astros drafted Michael Wielansky out of same school in ‘18 as 18th rounder/Wielansky posted 1.173 OPS as JR while Harwood had 1.162 OPS as SO)

Baldwin-Wallace (Berea, OH)
RHP Danny Cody (SR/listed at 6’3” 175 lbs/100 Ks vs 28 Ws in 83 IP in ‘18/22 Ks vs 5 Ws in 16 IP this spring)

Wheaton College (IL)
RHP Michael McCraith (SR/listed at 6’3” 210 lbs/83 Ks in 68 IP in ‘18/22 Ks vs 3 Ws in 12 IP this spring)

Rowan U (Glassboro, NJ)
RHP Danny Serraino (SR/listed at 6’3” 225 lbs/89 Ks in 79 IP in ‘18 and his 0.84 WHIP was 2nd-best in all of D3)
RHP Andrew DePiazza (SR/listed at 6’7” 235 lbs/78 Ks in 60 IP in ‘18 with a 1.00 WHIP)

Stevens Inst. of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)
LHP Danny Poidomani (SR/51 Ks vs 5 Ws in 41.2 IP in Coastal Plains League in ‘17/a 1.00 WHIP in 23 IP in the CCBL in ‘18 tho w/just 14 Ks)

SUNY-Oswego
OF Mike Dellicarri (SR/lefty hitter/1.034 OPS in ‘18)

St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)
OF Allen Murphy (off to a .439/.500/.707 start this spring after hitting .324/.399/.581 in ‘18)

Salve Regina (Newport, R.I.)
LHP Patrick Maybach (listed at 6’3” 195 lbs/77 Ks in 66.2 IP in ‘18/26 Ks in 16 IP this spring/accounting major)

U of Southern Maine (Portland)
2B/RHP Jake Dexter (SR/listed at 6’2” 215 lbs/OPS has gone from .562 to .798 to .940 over 1st 3 years/109 Ks vs 26 Ws in 111 career IP and 25 saves over last 2 seasons)

Middlebury College (Vermont)
RHP Colby Morris (SR/listed at 6’3” 190 lbs/27 IP in the Northwoods League this past summer and 1 IP in the Cape)

Salem State (Mass.)
RHP Brock Riley (SR/listed at 6’1” 188 lbs/pitched briefly in the Cape this past summer)

UMass-Dartmouth
RHP Matt Cronin (SR/saw 6.2 innings of work in the CCBL in ‘18)

Western New England (Springfield, Mass.)
SS Alex Loparco (SR/1.022 OPS last spring for WNE)

Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA)
RHP Nick Roth (SR/just 18 BBs allowed in 162 career innings for the Yellow Jackets)

Emory U (Atlanta, GA)
OF/RHP Richard Brereton (K’d 25 in 17.2 IP in the Futures Collegiate League this past summer while posting an 0.96 WHIP)

U of Pittsburgh-Bradford
C Austin Parent (SR/listed at 5’11” 200 lbs/his numbers were certainly...umm...interesting in 2018 with a .496/.616/.916 slash line and 34 BBs vs 13 Ks)
RHP Ryan Boyer (SR/listed at 6’2” 210 lbs/a 10.1 K/9 in ‘18/whiffed 16 and walked 0 in his 1st start this spring)

Keystone College (Factoryville, PA)
RHP/OF Dakota McFadden (SR)

Willamette U (Salem, OR)
OF Connor Bailey (SR/went .339/.418/.683 in ‘18 and is hitting .379/.479/.707 this spring/89 BBs vs 51 Ks in his career w/12 BBs vs just 3 Ks in ‘19/econ major)
RHP Matt Steindorf (SR/listed at 6’0” 160 lbs/37 Ks vs 4 BBs in 37.2 IP this spring/econ major)

Pacific U (Forest Grove, OR)
LHP Casey Brown (SR/listed at 6’0” 185 lbs/52 Ks vs 3 BBs in 46 IP this spring)

Chapman University (Orange, CA)
RHP Jonathan Hernandez (SR/posted a 0.90 WHIP in the Northwoods League last summer with 37 K’s in 42 IP)

Southwestern U (Georgetown)
INF Daniel Montgomery (Boling HS grad has had up and down career for the Pirates but is off to a .415/.510/.927 start this spring)
RHP Colton Hunter (ex-RR HSer has 30 Ks vs just 2 BBs so far in ‘19/listed at 6’1” 210 lbs)

Texas Lutheran (Seguin)
RHP Nathan Malinovsky (SR/ex New Braunfels HSer is listed at 6’4” 200 lbs)
OF Tyler Cauley (the former Barbers Hill HSer hit .371/.438/.693 as soph last year and led all D3 in total bases/accounting major)

East Texas Baptist (Tyler)
RHP Call Florence (SR)

Trinity U (San Antonio)
OF Rafe Chaumette (ex Clements HSer/lefty hitter/hit .392/.449/.596 in ‘18)

Dubuque U (Iowa)
LHP Nathan Schneiderman (SR/listed at 6’5” 220 lbs/55 Ks vs 14 Ws in 39.2 IP in ‘18)

U of Wisconsin-La Crosse
RHP Mason McMahon (SR/107 Ks vs 32 Ws in 67 IP in ‘18)

U of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
RHP Colan Treml (SR)

U of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)
LHP Henry DeCaster (SR/72 Ks vs 18 BBs in 63 IP in ‘18)

Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)
RHP Matthew Plisko
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« Reply #53 on: May 28, 2019, 12:17:55 pm »
With the 2019 Draft a week away, any thoughts on who the Astros might take?  Most of the mocks I've seen have them focused on prep pitchers.  For whatever that's worth.
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« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2019, 03:36:40 pm »
With the 2019 Draft a week away, any thoughts on who the Astros might take?  Most of the mocks I've seen have them focused on prep pitchers.  For whatever that's worth.

30ish is where most of those sites have a lot of prep pitchers so it makes sense for them to do that.  With the Beer pick last year the Astros clearly had their own view of the world as most sites didn't have him in the upper 20's to low 30's.  Most had him in the low 40's range.  Therefore I won't even begin to guess.  32 is just too far down the draft line.
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Is anyone else watching the MLB Amateur Draft?
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« Reply #56 on: June 03, 2019, 07:45:37 pm »
Josh Jung goes to the Rangers, and Brett Baty unfortunately goes the the Mets.
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« Reply #57 on: June 03, 2019, 07:48:40 pm »
I'm a tad bit surprised with the percentage of every day players versus pitchers.
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« Reply #58 on: June 03, 2019, 08:34:49 pm »
I'm a tad bit surprised with the percentage of every day players versus pitchers.

That tells you how little high end college pitching there is this year.
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« Reply #59 on: June 03, 2019, 09:32:27 pm »
College catcher Korey Lee from Cal.  The pudnits have him rated much lower.  Power arm, power bat.  How well will he hit overall and how good is he and can he be behind the plate?
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« Reply #60 on: June 03, 2019, 09:40:55 pm »
Are there questions about him remaining at catcher?  I’d hope not for a first rounder.

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« Reply #61 on: June 03, 2019, 10:01:16 pm »
Are there questions about him remaining at catcher?  I’d hope not for a first rounder.

I didn’t see anything about his receiving skills yet.
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« Reply #62 on: June 03, 2019, 10:17:26 pm »
I didn’t see anything about his receiving skills yet.

Saw this:

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Korey Lee, C, California (Cal) - Teammate to Andrew Vaughn, and has been hitting cleanup most of the season. Lee has also been in the mix as their second best hitter too. On the season he’s hitting .325 with 11 HR. The negatives are that he does have swing and miss to his game. On the defensive side, Lee has thrown out 50% of runners, but has five errors and five passed balls.

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« Reply #63 on: June 04, 2019, 12:19:47 am »
I didn’t see anything about his receiving skills yet.
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« Reply #64 on: June 04, 2019, 08:08:58 am »
Until this morning, I didn't even realize they were going more than one round last night.

Anyway, in Round 2, the good guys get:

Grae Kessinger, SS Ole Miss, 4 yr Jr.


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« Reply #66 on: June 04, 2019, 10:11:22 am »
Until this morning, I didn't even realize they were going more than one round last night.

Anyway, in Round 2, the good guys get:

Grae Kessinger, SS Ole Miss, 4 yr Jr.

Grandson of former Cubs SS Don Kessinger. And, yes, I remember Don playing. Played on an infield with Banks, Beckert and Santo. Grandpa was a bit lanky for a SS and not much of a hitter but could pick 'em at short.

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« Reply #67 on: June 04, 2019, 10:16:21 am »
Grandson of former Cubs SS Don Kessinger. And, yes, I remember Don playing. Played on an infield with Banks, Beckert and Santo. Grandpa was a bit lanky for a SS and not much of a hitter but could pick 'em at short.
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« Reply #68 on: June 04, 2019, 11:07:43 am »
Baseball America calls Lee "the biggest surprise selection of the first round":
https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/was-korey-lee-mlb-drafts-biggest-surprise-not-to-the-houston-astros/

Astros' scouting director Kris Gross: “We think he can be an everyday catcher who provides plus defense behind the plate, really be a run-stopper out there,” Gross said. “And we think he can put up above-average power numbers and hit in the middle of the lineup.”

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« Reply #69 on: June 04, 2019, 11:26:26 am »
JJ Cooper on Korey Lee:

"Yes, we ranked Korey Lee 173....we did hear some late helium....we may have underranked him. We talked about pushing him up in the rankings and decided to stick with the rankings....blame me on that one."

https://twitter.com/jjcoop36/status/1135734488821129217

Call me horribly unimpressed with the Kessinger pick, especially when Jimmy Lewis was still on the board.  Hoping they're setting themselves up to draft some overslots in later rounds, although I highly doubt they have the money for Matthew Allan.
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« Reply #70 on: June 04, 2019, 11:33:20 am »
You got me biting on "who is Jimmy Lewis?'  He is either an aging Hawaiian surfer and surfboard shaper, or the pitcher from Lake Travis.  Didn't LT make the final 4, and will he throw the Friday game?

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« Reply #71 on: June 04, 2019, 12:38:23 pm »
And now Allan is off the board, to the Mets, so that's a moot question.  Really interested to see who the Astros pick...

Believe Jimmy Lewis, the pitcher and not the ageless surfer, suffered a season ending injury.  Someone (probably Cooper) mentioned it as a reason why he was probably still available last night and could be an absolute steal of a pick.
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« Reply #72 on: June 04, 2019, 01:34:57 pm »
Since someone needs to do it.

Round 3
Brewer, Jordan
Michigan (MI)
CF
R/R
4YR JR

Another guy still playing, against UCLA
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Round 4
Barber, Colin
Pleasant Valley HS (CA)
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L/L
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« Reply #74 on: June 04, 2019, 02:16:04 pm »
Round 5
Brown, Hunter
Wayne State (MI)
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« Reply #75 on: June 04, 2019, 03:16:00 pm »
Round 6
Barefoot, Matthew
Campbell University (NC)
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« Reply #76 on: June 04, 2019, 03:48:57 pm »
Round 7
Henley, Blair
Texas (TX)
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« Reply #77 on: June 04, 2019, 04:31:01 pm »
Round 8
Guerrero, Luis
Miami Dade CC Kendall (FL)
CF
R/R
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« Reply #78 on: June 04, 2019, 04:51:56 pm »
It looks like they think they have a dearth of outfielders at the short season and rookie teams.
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« Reply #79 on: June 04, 2019, 05:08:15 pm »
Round 9
Battenfield, Peyton
Oklahoma State (OK)
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R/R
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Another one whose team is still playing: against Texas Tech this weekend

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« Reply #80 on: June 04, 2019, 05:27:48 pm »
It looks like they think they have a dearth of outfielders at the short season and rookie teams.

For whatever it's worth, Spencer Morris over on TCB sounds pretty bullish on the Day 2 picks, especially the first three.  Springer like comps on Jordan Brewer, while Colin Barber is a toolsy prep outfielder who hasn't put it all together.  I like the Hunter Brown pick a lot.  Young college Junior with a live arm. 

Texas Longhorn Blair Henley apparently has a pretty high spin rate on his CB.
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« Reply #81 on: June 04, 2019, 06:44:57 pm »
Round 10 Final round for the day
Stubbs, C.J.
USC (CA)
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I’m assuming the brother of Garrett, or maybe not as I think his brother was also a catcher

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« Reply #82 on: June 04, 2019, 06:48:44 pm »
Round 6
Barefoot, Matthew
Campbell University (NC)
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That would be Matthew "Barefoot in the Minute Maid Park"... correct. Good name.

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« Reply #83 on: June 04, 2019, 06:50:17 pm »
Round 8
Guerrero, Luis
Miami Dade CC Kendall (FL)
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R/R
JC J2

I think I read a piece on this kid being the best pure hitter in the draft that went unnoticed by all the pundits. Glad the Astros noticed him.

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Round 10 Final round for the day
Stubbs, C.J.
USC (CA)
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I’m assuming the brother of Garrett, or maybe not as I think his brother was also a catcher

He is Garrett's brother. 
He moved from catcher to pitcher in high school and pitched @ USC until TJS that wiped out his junior year (2018). 

Now his focus is on catcher again.  A pre-draft interview follows.
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« Reply #86 on: June 07, 2019, 04:50:42 pm »
Battenfield pitching for Okie State against Tech right now. Seems to have an easy motion. Just struck out two Techsters.
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« Reply #87 on: June 08, 2019, 11:24:38 am »
Kessinger with a bomb in inning 1 against the piggies.

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« Reply #89 on: June 12, 2019, 04:28:16 pm »
Thanks for that info.  Luhnow mentioned that they would need to go overslot on the fourth round high school bat.  To get the money, I didn't know if one, two or all three of the higher picks would be underslot.  Looks like they got a nice chunk of what they will need from the #1 pick.

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« Reply #90 on: June 14, 2019, 04:42:46 pm »
2)Kessinger and 4)Barber are signed.
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« Reply #91 on: June 14, 2019, 10:05:47 pm »
2)Kessinger and 4)Barber are signed.

Wow... I loved watching his grandfather play for the Cubs/Cardinals.  Still in shock of how time flies.

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If you want to keep up with who signed and who went where, I recommend following this guy on twitter or reading through his  feed.

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