Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 3. Shane McClanahan (South Florida) – College Baseball Daily

2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 3. Shane McClanahan (South Florida) – College Baseball DailyImage result for shane mcclanahan

The article mentions a low 3/4, sidearm style delivery, a "low arm slot". Hmmm, who does that sound like? I think I would take my chances with mid 90's and funky arm slot.


2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 3. Shane McClanahan (South Florida)

We continue our top 100 countdown with South Florida left-handed pitcher Shane McClanahan at number three.

He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, but elected to go to college where he sat out his freshman season due to an injury.

He came back stronger than ever in 2017 posting a 3.20 ERA in 76 innings pitched with 104 strikeouts, 36 walks, 48 hits and a WHIP of 1.11.

McClanahan was named a Freshman All-American by just about every outlet and instantly became one of the most dominant left-handed pitchers in college baseball.

The 6-foot-2, 188 pound lefty is still very raw with just a year of college experience under his belt, but there is a ton of projectability there and a very high ceiling.

His fastball sits in the mid-90s but has a lot of late life. His secondary pitches could use some refining, but they both have the chance to be plus pitches.

Throwing for a low arm slot the ball almost looks like it's fired out of a sling shot, but that also leads to some wildness and inconsistency.

Even though McClanahan has certainly been good, they hype on him is for how good people believe he can become.

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Cate Emerges As One of College's Best Lefthanders |

I missed a chance to see him throw when UConn visited UNF. Between this kid and McClanahan from USF, if you want a talented LHP, this might be the year you want to be at or near the top of the draft (hint, hint Gigantes).

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Cate Emerges As One of College's Best Lefthanders |

"Never tell Tim Cate he can't do something. Never use the word "no." Don't play him in 2K or The Show baseball video games, and definitely don't try to hit his curveball. Just don't. It's not worth it. He's going to win, and you're going to lose.

Connecticut head coach Jim Penders remembers when Cate called him in December 2013 about participating in one of UConn's indoor workouts. "I need Tommy John surgery," said Cate, then a junior at Cheney Technical High in Manchester, Conn. "But I want to come do the camp."

Penders told him "no" emphatically. But Cate came anyway.

With a torn UCL, the diminutive, rail-thin lefthander touched 87 mph--several ticks higher than the UConn coaches had ever seen him throw. And his upper-70s curveball was far more advanced than is typical for his age. UConn committed to him on the spot.

Cate had surgery on his left a"

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We X-Rayed Some MLB Baseballs. Here’s What We Found. | FiveThirtyEight


Here's more from the previous blog post to support "The Juiced Ball Theory". For those science-y types who are ten-twenty years late to the party.


We X-Rayed Some MLB Baseballs. Here's What We Found.By Rob Arthur and Tim Dix Mar. 1, 2018On 6,105 occasions last season, a major leaguer walked to the plate and hammered a baseball over the outfield wall. The 2017 season broke the home run record that was set in 2000 — the peak of the steroid era — when players hit 5,693 homers, and it built upon the remarkable 5,610 that were hit in 2016. It was a stunning display of power that played out in every MLB park almost every night. And with spring training underway in Florida and Arizona, MLB's power surge is showing no sign of letting up.But while we now know what caused the spike in home runs at the turn of the century — even if we didn't at the time — the reason for the most recent flurry of long balls remains an unsolved mystery. Any number of factors might have contributed to the home run surge, including bigger, stronger players or a new emphasis on hitting fly balls. But none of those possibilities looms larger than the ball itself.MLB and its commissioner, Rob Manfred, have repeatedly denied rumors that the ball has been altered in any way — or "juiced" — to generate more homers. But a large and growing body of research shows that, beginning in the middle of the 2015 season, the MLB baseball began to fly further. And new research commissioned by "ESPN Sport Science," a show that breaks down the science of sports,1 suggests that MLB baseballs used after the 2015 All-Star Game were subtly but consistently different than older baseballs. The research, performed by the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and Kent State University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, reveals changes in the density and chemical composition of the baseball's core — and provides our first glimpse inside the newer baseballs.Looking inside the balls and testing their chemical composition revealed that the cores of recent balls were somewhat less dense than the cores of balls used before the 2015 All-Star Game. The newer cores weigh about a half a gram less than the older ones, which might be enough to cause baseballs hit on a typical home run trajectory to fly about 6 inches farther. That alone is hardly enough to explain the home run surge of recent seasons, but when combined with previous research finding that baseballs began to change in other small ways starting around the same time, it suggests that a number of minor differences may have combined to contribute to the remarkable upswing in home run power we've witnessed since 2015.Asked about these findings, MLB noted that it had commissioned a group of scientists and statisticians to investigate any changes to the ball, and that the committee would issue a report on its research soon. According to Alan Nathan, one of the physicists on the commission, the task force found that all the characteristics that MLB regularly measures, including the weight, circumference, seam height and bounciness of the ball, were within ranges that meant variations in the baseballs were unlikely to significantly affect home run rates. MLB declined to provide the data supporting these assertions.Independent investigations by FiveThirtyEight, publications like The Ringer, and Nathan himself have shown differences in the characteristics of the ball and the way it performs. Research has shown that balls used in games after the 2015 All-Star Game were bouncier and less air resistant compared with baseballs from the 2014 season, when players hit a relatively modest 4,186 homers, the fewest since 1995. (Nathan noted that MLB does not regularly measure air resistance.) Taken together, these changes would result in a ball that would come off the bat at a higher speed and carry farther. While investigations have been able to show that the baseball behaves differently in recent years, no one had looked inside the ball to see if there was evidence of changes to the way the baseball is constructed.So far, these investigations have primarily looked at the exterior of the baseball.Unassuming photo of a baseballBroadly, MLB baseballs — which are produced by Rawlings in Costa Rica — are made of three components: an exterior shell of cowhide, a winding of several layers of yarn, and a core of rubber-coated cork, also known as a "pill."Cross section of a baseballTo analyze possible changes to the inside of the ball, particularly the core, "ESPN Sport Science" purchased one new ball from Rawlings and seven game-used baseballs from eBay, confirming their authenticity through MLB's authenticator program.2The eight baseballs we tested were split into two groups: an "old group" of four balls used in games played between August 2014 and May 2015, and a "new group" of three balls used in games played between August 2016 and July 2017, plus the brand-new ball. The aim was to see if the internal composition of the baseballs had changed in ways that would affect the ball's performance.3The balls were first analyzed by Dr. Meng Law, Dr. Jay Acharya and Darryl Hwang at the Keck School of Medicine at USC using a computerized tomography, or CT, scan. This test is typically used to look inside a human head or body, but in this case, it allowed Dr. Law's team to examine the interior of the baseballs without cracking them open and destroying them.CT scans of four baseballs from 2014 -- 2015 and four from 2016 -- 2017Initial CT imaging showed that baseballs in the same group had a negligible variation in internal properties.Closer look at 2014 -- 2015 baseball CT scansWhen comparing the new and old groups, however, there was a clear difference in the density of the core.Comparison of CT scans from a 2014 -- 2015 baseball to its 2016 -- 2017 counterpartIn an MLB baseball, the core consists of four parts: a cork pellet at the center, surrounded by a layer of black rubber held together by a rubber ring where the halves meet, all of which is then molded together in a layer of pink rubber.Labels on a cross section of the CT scanDr. Law's team isolated the density difference to the outer (pink) layer of the core, which was, on average, about 40 percent less dense in the new group of balls.Scale showing the density of 2014 -- 2015 baseball CT scans vs. 2016 -- 2017 scans, where the newer ball is less denseWhile other parts of the ball showed slight differences in density and volume, none were as noteworthy as the changes to the core.It's not just that the inside of the ball looks different — the chemical composition of the cores appears to have changed as well. After being tested at the Keck School, the same set of balls were sent to Kent State University. There, researchers at Soumitra Basu's lab in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department cut open the balls to examine the cores using a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). This test essentially cooks a material to see which parts parts of it vaporize at which temperatures. Using that information, researchers can create a molecular profile of a given material.This test showed that the pink layer of the core in baseballs from the new group was, on average, composed of about 7 percent more polymer than the same area in baseballs from the old group. Additionally, an analysis with a scanning electron microscope showed that the same layer in the new balls contained, on average, 10 percent less silicon, relative to the amount of other ingredients in the pill. According to the Kent State researchers, these chemical changes produced a more porous, less dense layer of rubber — which explains the results seen in the CT scan at the Keck School.It may not seem obvious, but these slight changes in the chemical composition of the core could have an impact on how the balls played once they were sewn up and shipped to major league teams. Less dense cores could mean lighter baseballs. The cores of the new balls weighed, on average, about 0.5 grams less than the cores from the old group. This difference was statistically significant, which means it's highly unlikely that it was due to sampling error. The overall weight of the balls also dropped by an average of about a 0.5 grams between groups, but, unlike with the cores, this difference was not statistically significant.4Half a gram isn't much — it's only about the weight of a paperclip. A tiny change like this might add only about 6 inches to flight of a baseball hit on a typical home run trajectory, according to Nathan's calculations. But the timing of these changes to the weight and density of the core coincides with a much larger boost to the bounciness of the baseball. According to a previous analysis performed by The Ringer, that increase in bounciness alone would add around 0.6 mph to the speed of the ball as it leaves the bat and add roughly 3 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball — enough to make the difference between the warning track and the stands.On top of the fact that the balls became bouncier as the core itself changed, previous research at FiveThirtyEight showed that they also became less air resistant. The decrease in drag is probably a result of a smaller, slicker baseball with lower seams. The change in air resistance could add an additional 5 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball. Combine all these factors together — a lighter, more compact baseball with tighter seams and more bounce — and the ball could fly as much as 8.6 feet farther. According to Nathan's calculations, this would lead to a more than 25 percent increase in the number of home runs. Asked whether these changes in combination could have significantly affected the home run rate, MLB declined to comment.In actuality, home runs spiked by about 46 percent between 2014 and 2017, which means that the changes to the ball could account for more than half of the increase. The remainder could be reasonably chalked up to a philosophical shift among MLB hitters, who are likely swinging upward to maximize the number of balls they hit in the air and are not shy about the increase in strikeouts that may come with that approach.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has repeatedly denied that the baseball is juiced. On numerous occasions, he has said league testing found that baseballs continue to fall within the range that MLB designates as acceptable, and he recently said that MLB testing showed the balls to be fundamentally the same. But even if the baseballs still meet the league's manufacturing guidelines, their performance could change enough to double (or, theoretically, halve) the number of home runs hit in a year.In fact, in January of 2015, Rawlings filed a patent application for a manufacturing process that would allow it to produce softballs and non-MLB baseballs5 that were as bouncy as possible while still falling within the manufacturing specifications set by the league. This type of ball is constructed quite differently from MLB baseballs, so there's no indication that this patent means Rawlings is deliberately manipulating major league baseballs in this way, but it demonstrates that it's at least theoretically possible for balls to be "fundamentally the same" while also performing differently than they have in the past.Kathy Smith-Stephens, senior director of quality and compliance at Rawlings, said that no change had been made to the baseballs but that "natural variation" occurs in the manufacturing process. She noted that they "continuously tweak" — though later in the interview she asked that we say "continuously refine" — the manufacturing process in an effort to reduce variations, but said that Rawlings' internal testing had shown no difference in the ball's weight or bounciness.Evidence that the baseball is at least partially responsible for the last few years' spike in the home run rate mounted throughout the summer of 2017 and reached a peak during October's World Series. In those seven games, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers smashed 24 homers, including eight in one game. In the wake of this power display, Manfred asked all 30 teams to start storing baseballs in a climate-controlled room and commissioned a task force of scientists and statisticians to investigate whether the ball was juiced in 2017. Our own research, combined with controlled tests from three separate academic laboratories, strongly suggests that the physical properties of the ball have changed. Taken together, all these studies give us a lot of evidence to suggest that today's baseballs differ in meaningful ways from those of a few years ago. In other words, there are many questions for Manfred's committee to address.Special thanks to Sean O'Rourke, Dr. Cynthia Bir and Nathan Beals for additional research assistance.

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New study links changes to the baseball to the record number of home runs in MLB -


Yeah, I know. Been saying it for a while now, welcome to the party. Launch angles my butt.

It's what they did to get fans back after cancelling the World Series in 1994. And please don't tell me MLB didn't know about the performance variations inherent in their ball specifications. It's called plausible deniability. 

New study links changes to the baseball to the record number of home runs in MLB -

"This is why people are wondering whether MLB is using a juiced baseball these days ...
2017 1.26
2016 1.16
2015 1.01
2014 0.86
That's a steep upward trend when it comes to home runs on a league-wide basis. As well, that 1.26 figure from last season is an all-time record by a wide margin (breaking the 1.17 mark in 2000).
Part of what's going on is a widespread emphasis among hitters on elevating the ball via an increased launch angle. A bigger factor, however, appears to be structural changes to the baseball itself. The seams may be lower and tighter, and the ball may be bouncier and -- to hear some World Series participants tell it -- slicker.
MLB has countered that the contemporary baseball still falls within the normal ranges when it comes to official specs. Part of the issue, though, is that those normal ranges are fairly sprawling. In other words, two balls can satisfy those criteria and behave quite differently off the bat. "
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Saquon Barkley Just Demolished the 2018 NFL Combine | STACK

Saquon Barkley Just Demolished the 2018 NFL Combine | STACK
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He should be the next great RB for the NYGs. Barkley is a big fan of Curtis Martin, his versatility reminds me of former Penn State RB Lydell Mitchell (#23 at Penn State but #26 in the pros) .

Similar pro production to Mitchell would make him a solid pick at #2. The G's may look to draft Eli's eventual replacement, but this might be too good to pass up on a maybe, which most college QB's are. 

Saquon Barkley Just Demolished the 2018 NFL Combine

In this episode of the Michael Johnson Performance Series, former Olympic Gold medalist Michael Johnson shows you how to get into a perfect starting stance for the 40-Yard Dash.
Saquon Barkley just proved himself as one of the greatest athletes in NFL Combine history.
While we'd heard of Barkley performing some astonishing athletic feats in college, you've often got to take such anecdotes with a grain of salt. But after watching the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year dominate the marquee Combine events, any lingering skepticism regarding his raw athletic abilities has been thoroughly squashed.
Barkley's results included a 4.40 40-Yard Dash, a 41-inch Vertical Jump and 29 reps on the 225-pound Bench Press test.
This tweet from NFL Research really sums it up best:
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at 2018 Combine:

- Stronger than Joe Thomas
- Quicker than DeSean Jackson
- Faster than Devin Hester
- Jumps higher than Julio Jones@PennStateFball
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch)
Barkley told Kim Jones of NFL Network that he would not be performing the Broad Jump, 60-Yard Shuttle or 3-Cone Drill at the Combine. His game tape shows some ludicrous lateral agility, so perhaps he'll perform the shuttle drills at his Pro Day.
As if Barkley's results weren't impressive enough, they're even more eye-popping considering he measured in at 6-foot, 233 pounds. That made him one of the heaviest running backs at this year's Combine, yet his frame seems to contain nothing but muscle. All these metrics add up to make Barkley an absolute nightmare for defenders. Now, the question is what backfield he'll find himself lining up in next season.

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Mets' Tim Tebow slowly but surely improving

Tebow on starting at DH for Mets
If he shows decent numbers in AA -- which is where the Mets would need to send him to determine if a late-season call-up is warranted -- then it seems like all systems are go for Timmy to take on the Big Apple.

Tebow showing marked improvement at plate

Callaway on former NFL star: 'He's putting some really good swings on some pitches'

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The procession of elite starting pitchers was new to Tim Tebow last year, when the quarterback-turned-outfielder faced Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer in the same month. Tebow did not fare well in those games. His transition to baseball was still raw.

And while it's true that no one ever quite grows accustomed to facing Scherzer -- "That's challenging for anybody," manager Mickey Callaway said after Tebow struck out against the three-time Cy Young winner on three pitches Friday in the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Nationals -- it's also clear that things have changed. Tebow's ability to recover, lacing a single off highly touted prospect Erick Fedde in his next at-bat, provided the latest evidence that he is improving before the Mets' eyes.

"I just feel a lot more adjusted to the game," Tebow said. "I feel like I have a much different approach and swing, so I can be a lot more patient seeing pitches and trusting all the work I've put in."

The differences between Tebow last year and this year are plain to the naked eye. Following an offseason spent transforming his batting stance, Tebow now positions himself more athletically, with his feet closer together. His swing is shorter, more compact. Tebow's trademark power is still obvious -- particularly during early spring batting practice, when he twice clanged balls off sheds beyond the outfield fence. But there is more to Tebow's game now than mere parlor tricks.

"He has a good swing, and he's putting some really good swings on some pitches," Callaway said. "He looks comfortable at the plate. And he tells us he's feeling more and more comfortable, like he's in a much better spot than he was last year at this time."

It is a swing that Tebow spent the better part of a year revamping, working this winter with Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and Mets assistant hitting coach Tom Slater. When Tebow arrived at camp last month, Mets players Jay Bruce and David Wright also offered advice.

Whether that translates into improved statistics from Tebow, who hit just .226 at two levels of Class A ball last season, remains to be seen. But he is at least building the foundation for the type of career general manager Sandy Alderson hinted at when he said he expects Tebow to play in the big leagues.

"I've been really comfortable," said Tebow, who finished 1-for-3 Friday to improve to 1-for-7 on the spring after missing several games recovering from a sprained ankle. "I think I'm getting more comfortable every at-bat."
Others are starting to take notice. Scherzer, who faced Tebow for the first time last March, did not attack him in quite the same way, starting the former Heisman Trophy winner out with a first-pitch curveball.

"I'm out there trying to get him out," Scherzer said. "I'm working on my instincts, what I needed to do to get him out."

Others will likewise give Tebow their best, not wanting to find themselves on the wrong side of headlines. In that sense and others, this spring is an audition for Tebow, who could advance straight to Double-A Binghamton if Mets officials see enough improvement.

It's something Tebow swears is not on his mind, even if such an assignment would put him two quick hops from the big leagues.

"I just worried about today, facing Max Scherzer," Tebow said, laughing. "We'll worry about that when I get there."

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 4. Casey Mize (Auburn) – College Baseball Daily

2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 4. Casey Mize (Auburn) – College Baseball Daily
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Very effective, efficient pitcher. He has to stay healthy and that might chase team away from a  top of the draft pick, but if he falls to the Giants second pick...I like it.


2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 4. Casey Mize (Auburn)

Coming in at number four on our countdown is Auburn starting pitcher Casey Mize.
Coming out of high school in Springville, Ala., Mize was ranked as the second best pitcher in the state of Alabama.

As a freshman at Auburn in 2016 he impressed right away posting a 3.52 ERA in 69 innings pitched with 59 strikeouts, 18 walks, 69 hits and a WHIP of 1.26.

That following summer he had a 3.00 ERA in the Cape Cod League over 12 innings of work with 11 strikeouts, 5 walks, 9 hits and a 1.17 WHIP.

But this past spring he really broke out by going 8-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 83.2 innings pitched with 109 strikeouts, only 9 walks, 66 hits and a WHIP of 0.90.

He earned second and third-team All-American honors after the season, and turned himself into one of the top pitching prospects in college baseball.

This past summer he spent time with the USA Collegiate National team, but left early due to forearm tightness, something he's struggled with throughout his collegiate career.

The 6-foot-3, 220 pound righty has an electric arm and a very smooth delivery on the mound.

Mize has added some muscle since his high school days, which may have helped his velocity jump into the mid-90s. He also posses a nasty splitter and a slider that both generate hard downward movement.

The only question mark on Mize is his healthy. It almost seems inevitable that he's going to miss a year-and-a-half at some point with Tommy John surgery.
But when healthy, he has the ability to lead a pitching staff. I'm hoping we'll see a big, healthy year for Casey Mize in 2018.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Quick Hits: Tillman, Tigers, O's, New York, G. Torres, Tebow - MLB Trade Rumors

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If the NFL doesn't want Tebow, then MLB does (modestly of course). If he continues developing, especially his power, he gets a late-season call-up. Especially if the Mets appear out of by late August, a more than modest possibility. 

Quick Hits: Tillman, Tigers, O's, New York, G. Torres, Tebow - MLB Trade Rumors:

"The Mets actually have “modest expectations” that minor league outfielder Tim Tebow will eventually earn a major league call-up, Alderson revealed (Twitter link via James Wagner of the New York Times). “He’s great for baseball. He was phenomenal for minor league baseball last year,” Alderson said of the former Denver Broncos starting quarterback and ex-University of Florida football star. Prior to last season, which the 30-year-old divided between Single-A and High-A and hit .226/.309/.347 in 486 PAs, Tebow hadn’t played organized baseball since high school."

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2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 6. Nick Madrigal (Oregon State) – College Baseball Daily

2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 6. Nick Madrigal (Oregon State) – College Baseball Daily
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It's easy to dismiss this guys, especially for Giants fans since his position in college is SS and the HT/WT metrics. However, read the comps to Pedroia and begin to dream of a premium 2B and he rises near the top of the draft.


2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 6. Nick Madrigal (Oregon State)

At number six on our Top 100 Countdown is possibly the most popular player in college baseball right now in Oregon State second baseball Nick Madrigal.
He represents everything that is great about the game of baseball. Madrigal is only 5-foot-8, 165 pounds and plays with as much passion as anyone in the game.
Perfect Game ranked him as the 109th best high school prospect before he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
He did not sign and went on to play in the West Coast League that summer before attending Oregon State. In the WCL he hit .303 in 178 at-bats with 35 runs scored, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 20 RBI, 40 stolen bases, 7 strikeouts, 9 walks and a .342 on-base-percentage.
I've been doing previews and player reviews all summer, I don't think I've seen anybody with single-digit strikeouts over that many at-bats.
As a freshman for the Beavers in 2016 he hit .333 in 195 at-bats with 38 runs scored, 11 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 29 RBI, 8 stolen bases, 14 strikeouts, 15 walks and a .380 on-base-percentage.
Madrigal was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and he was a Freshman All-American in just about every publication. He was also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
In 2017 he was even better hitting .380 in 237 at-bats with 53 runs scored, 20 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 40 RBI, 16 stolen bases, 16 strikeouts, 27 walks and a .449 on-base-percentage.
He was the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year along with several other awards.
This past summer he played for the US Collegiate National Team.
The obvious comparison for Madrigal because of his size and position is Dustin Pedroia. The Boston Red Sox second baseman doesn't have quite as big of a leg kick as Madrigal, but that's about the only difference.
The increase in home runs for Madrigal in his sophomore season make you believe he's capable of hitting 10-plus at the next level.
This kid obviously has all of the tools to be a good hitter at the next level. He also posses enough speed to swipe 15-20 bags, and he's clearly one of the best defensive second baseman in college baseball.
As a college baseball fan, I can't wait to kick back and enjoy is final season at the collegiate level.

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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Tyler Beede 6-4, 215 RHP from Vanderbilt projects as top of the rotation starter when he works out his command/control issues. When he misses, he misses by a bunch.
  • 2. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • 3. Bryan Reynolds 6-2, 210 OF Switch hitter with average speed and polished hitting approach. Fits Giants mold of high-floor, low-ceiling prospects.
  • 4. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • 5. Sandro Fabian 6-0, 180 OF Dominican signee from 2014, shows some pop in his bat. Below average arm and lack of speed should push him towards LF.
  • 6. Aramis Garcia 6-2, 220 C from Florida INTL projects as a good bat behind the dish with enough defensive skill to play there long-term
  • 7. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 8. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
  • 9. Heath Quinn 6-2, 190 OF Strong hitter, makes contact with improving approach at the plate. Returns from hamate bone injury.
  • 10. Seth Corry 6-2 195 LHP Highly regard HS pick. Was mentioned as possible chip in high profile trades.
  • 11. Jacob Gonzalez 6-3, 190 3B Good pedigree, impressive bat for HS prospect.
  • 12. C.J. Hinojosa 5-10, 175 SS Scrappy IF prospect in the mold of Kelby Tomlinson, just gets it done.
  • 13. Shaun Anderson 6-4, 225 RHP Large frame, 3.36 K/BB rate. Can start or relieve
  • 14. Garett Cave 6-4, 200 RHP He misses a lot of bats and at times, the plate. 13 K/9 an 5 B/9. Wild thing.

2018 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Ethan Hankins 6-6, 215 RHP Forsyth Central HS (GA) Mi 90's FB tops at 96-98, plus breaking ball. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 2. Kumar Rocker 6-5, 250 RHP North Oconee HS (GA) Heavy 98 FB, sharp mid 90's slider. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 3. Matthew Liberatore 6-5, 200 LHP Mountain Ridge HS (AZ) High 3/4 arm slot, 91-93 FB tops at 95, with good feel for pitching. Arizona commit.
  • 4. Slade Cecconi 6-4, 195 RHP Trinity Prep HS (FL) High 90's FB tops at 97, with mid 80's breaking ball. Miami commit.
  • 5. Carter Stewart 6-6, 200 RHP Eau Galle HS (FL) Highest spin rate breaking ball in draft. Mississippi State commit.
  • 6. Luke Bartnicki 6-3, 210 LHP Walton HS (GA) Low 90's FB with command, workable slider. Georgia Tech commit.

2018 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Brady Singer 6-5, 200 RHP Florida Sergio Romo-esque slider from whippy low 3/4 arm slot. Mid 90's FB, sharp slider and change-up. 3.4 K/BB rate.
  • 2. Casey Mize 6-3, 210 RHP Auburn Forearm issues, 96 FB with split/slider mix, 6.2 K/BB ratio.
  • 3. Logan Gilbert 6-6, 205 RHP Stetson Loose arm action, 3 pitch mix, 93-96 FB 3.2 K/BB.
  • 4. Ryan Rollison 6-3, 200 LHP Mississippi Smooth delivery from 3/4 arm slot, 89-93 FB tops at 94/95. Late 1st, early 2nd rounder. 2.8 K/BB rate.
  • 5. Shane McClanahan 6-1, 175 LHP South Florida Thin build, 3/4 arm slot, tall and fall delivery. 93/96 FB range. 3.0 K/BB rate.

2018 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects in Tampa Bay Area

  • 1. Connor Scott 6-4, 180 OF Plant HS (FL) Florida commit.