Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Giants and Brewers just being themselves


http://m.mlb.com/video/v132726583/sfmil-crawford-saves-run-with-diving-catch

Crawford's diving catch

 05/26/15 | 00:31

5/26/15: Brandon Crawford makes a diving catch on a hard liner to retire Hector Gomez and help Madison Bumgarner escape a jam in the 6th

This is Brandon Crawford just being Brandon Crawford, I had just let out a customary "Oh s^*t" as soon as the ball was hit and then I realized it was hit towards SS, where hits go to die, regardless of how hard they are hit. Amazing. It happens daily.  

There was also some Carlos Gomez - Madison Bumgarner inter-action which unfortunately did not elevate to quite the level I would have liked, which is to say a Bumgarner administered ass-whipping to the young jack-ass Gomez.  Stay tuned.

from mlb.com

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was seething in the wake of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants from what he viewed as a condescending stare from San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner during the pair's showdown in the third inning.
Gomez screamed to himself after fouling off an 0-1 fastball, loud enough to be picked up on the television broadcast of the game. Bumgarner appeared to take issue and gave Gomez a stare, then threw another fastball inside for ball one. The two looked at each other again before Bumgarner again came inside with a fastball, which Gomez hit for an inning-ending flyout to left field.
Bumgarner did not address the exchange during his postgame interview, but Gomez brought it up with reporters in the home clubhouse, unprompted.
"Who does that guy think he is, Bumgarner?" Gomez said. "I never scream at anybody when they miss a pitch and he screams at himself, or they make a pitch and be happy. I never say anything. So you put a good swing, and they're looking at you like you're a piece of [garbage]. Tell that [guy] to throw the ball and don't worry about my thing.
"That [guy] was looking at me like I'm an idiot. So you worry about pitching, I worry about hitting. I don't care what you do. You can strike me out and do whatever you want. That doesn't bother me. But a professional, like the guy he thinks he [is], you throw the pitch and the hitter can do whatever he wants. I missed a pitch. ... I was [upset] because I waited for that pitch and I'm supposed to hit it and I missed it.
"... I was [mad] at myself, so he can't be looking at me. He's not my dad."

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baseball America Mock Draft 3.0


This would be the highest rated prospect projected to fall the Giants way, so yeah, I hope so. MLB has him ranked at #6. Nikorak reportedly is a  6-5, 205 RHP with a 97 MPH that has some sink to it.

He has future ace, top of the rotation starter written all over him. The Giants would be giddy beyond belief if a talent like this fell to their spot. But you know what? It seems as if one will. We just don't know which one.

from baseballamerica.com
http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/mlb-mock-draft-2015-version-3-0/

18. Giants
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San Francisco’s success with drafting prep pitching should be rewarded with several choices this June. Allard lacks the physicality of the Giants’ homegrown arms such as Madison Bumgarner or Matt Cain or the electricity of Tim Lincecum. That’s not true of Nikorak, whose fastball has bowling ball sink.
Selection: Mike Nikorak, rhp, Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS
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from mlb.com
Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55Nikorak raised his profile with his performance at the first showcase event on the summer circuit. He came out throwing 94-97 mph at the Perfect Game National and some scouts thought he was as impressive as any prep pitcher early in the summer. After having to wait for the Northeast to thaw, he picked up right where he left off, moving up boards as one of the more intriguing prep arms in the class.


Nikorak came out this spring sporting the same 94-97 mph fastball he showed early last summer, with a free and easy delivery. Even if he loses a tick or two, the heater is still effective because it features plenty of run and sink. He shows the makings of a plus curveball at times and also flashes at least a solid changeup.


An all-conference quarterback before he decided to focus on baseball, Nikorak is extremely athletic and has a lot of projection remaining in his lean 6-foot-5 frame. He has committed to Alabama.

The BA projection also had Illinois LHP Tyler Jay as the #1 pick overall, the first time I have seen his name mentioned. A lot of sand shifting underneath some guys feet and others are filled with helium.

Note: this was part of the blurb for the pick just prior to #18, the Indians projected pick of TN RHP Donny Everett:
Russell and Nikorak pitched on the same day, and while Russell consistently pitched at 92 mph, Nikorak’s velocity continued to be somewhat erratic, with reports all over the board. Russell holds his velocity better and has a better present breaking ball; both have more projection than Tennessee prep Everett, but Everett has the best arm of the trio.
So the more they talk, the more guys rise and fall.  I can't recall the last time I have seen such a lack of consensus about the Giants pick in general and the top two or three picks specifically. Generally speaking, by now there is a pretty clear cut feel for how the top five or so picks are going to go. This one could be a real crap-shoot, I also cannot recall a year where a pick ranked as far down most lists as Tyler Jay all of a sudden elevated to the top of the charts, Go figure.

For the record, the way I would rank them is as follows:

Note: I do not project which team will pick which player, only whether it appears a team got good value relative to their slot or not. I do not subscribe to the NFL "need-pick" philosophy in MLB since anyone drafted outside the first three to five picks is likely not going to contribute for the organization for 2-3 years or more.

Also Note Aiken and Matuella are two wild cards. Premium, top of the draft talent when healthy, as both were spoken of as #1 picks overall and Aiken actually was a #1 overall. Where they rise / fall depends entirely on teams interpretation of the medical reports and willingness to wait for good health to develop.

  1. Brendan Rodgers, SS
  2. Dillon Tate, RHP
  3. Dansby Swanson, SS
  4. Alex Bregman, SS
  5. Carson Fulmer, RHP
  6. Kyle Funkhouser, RHP
  7. Kyle Tucker, OF
  8. Daz Cameron, OF
  9. Walker Buehler, RHP
  10. Mike Nikorak, RHP
  11. Tyler Jay, LHP
  12. Ian Happ, OF
  13. Kolby Allard, LHP
  14. Nick Plummer, OF
  15. Trenton Clark, OF
  16. Garrett Whitley, OF
  17. Jon Harris, RHP
  18. Nathan Kirby, LHP
  19. Ashe Russell, RHP
  20. Brady Aiken, LHP 
  21. Mike Matuella, RHP
  22. Kevin Newman, SS
  23. Justin Hooper, LHP
  24. Phil Bickford, RHP  
  25. Cornelius Randolph, SS
  26. Chris Betts, C
  27. Cody Ponce, RHP
  28. James Karprellian, RHP
  29. Tyler Stephenson, C
  30. D.J. Stewart, OF
  31. Dakota Chalmers, RHP
  32. Beau Burrows, RHP
  33. Alex Young, LHP
  34. Austin Smith, RHP
  35. Donny Everett, RHP
  36. Richie Martin,SS
  37. Jalen Miller, SS
  38. Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B
  39. Andrew Benintendi, OF
  40. Mitch Hansen, OF
  41. Scott Kingery, 2B-OF
  42. Eric Jenkins, OF
  43. Jacob Nix, RHP 
  44. D.J. Shaw, 1B
  45. Riley Ferrell, RHP
  46. Kyle Cody, RHP
  47. Blake Trehan, SS
  48. Tyler Nevin, 3B
  49. Chandler Day, RHP
  50. Triston McKenzie, RHP




Monday, May 25, 2015

To those who had the guts to serve, we salute you this Memorial Day





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be8mdM6z2CA


“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”.  -- Ronald Reagan



http://www.christianpost.com/news/5-memorable-memorial-day-speeches-in-american-history-139451/


1. Ronald Reagan's Remarks on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetary, 1982.
Reagan, known as "The Great Communicator," concluded his remarks with a challenge: "Earlier today, with the music that we have heard and that of our National Anthem – I can't claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don't know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.

.....

3. Just a mere few months before he ascended to the presidency after the death of Warren G. Harding, then Vice President Calvin Coolidge delivered a Memorial Day speech titled, "The Destiny of America," in Northhampton, Massachusetts, in 1923.
Coolidge, who often played the role of civic educator, stressed the importance of American ideals and sacrifice in his remarks. He called war "not the worst of evils." He honored America's fallen and Memorial Day by saying we set the day apart "to do honor to all those, now gone, who made the cause of America their supreme choice." Coolidge quoted John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Giants scouting Cuban CF Eddy Julio Martinez

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Let's see. All the big budget teams are in the mix, meaning the price gets bid up. Not the Giants usual International M.O. They are more bargain hunters it seems than anything else.

The Giants were among the clubs to scout 20-year-old Cuban center fielder Eddy Julio Martinez in the Dominican Republic recently, reports MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez (All Twitter links). At this time, the Giants, YankeesAngelsBlue JaysNationalsRockiesTigers and Dodgers are all in the mix for Martinez. One scout placed the lofty comp of a young Andruw Jones on Martinez, Sanchez adds, though clearly not every scout will be quite that bullish. Martinez is expected to work out for more clubs this week and is eligible to sign at any time.
A young Andruw Jones, even if you have to wait, may be worth the price.

Wait a second, Andruw Jones was in the league at age 19 and was Rookie of the Year at age 20.

This kid is 20 years old.

Maybe this is one bidding war you might want to win. Baseball America did not have Martinez on their Top 20 Cuban Prospect list posted in April 2015.
http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/top-20-prospects-cuba-1-10/  (Subscription required)

Plus, the last bargain, bonus-baby Daniel Carbonnel is struggling in AA.

It seems as if the days of signing a ready-made, immediate impact Cuban bat or arm like Jose Abreu are over, If this guy is an International budget-buster, I say PASS.


Meet the new Timmy



His 162-game average year for the Giants is 14-11,  3.54 ERA a .565 winning percentage according to Baseball Reference. He has earned every bit of the $99M the team has paid him plus signing bonus. A .565 winning percentage across the board gives the team a 90 win season.

That's far fewer sliders (24 percent versus 14 percent) and far more splitters (16 versus 25), plus a few extra curves mixed in (seven versus 12). The increase in splitters, another ground-ball pitch, in particular makes sense with Lincecum's apparent change in approach. You can see all of those numbers in table form here.
The more-grounders-fewer-strikeouts philosophy shows itself in the results, in addition to the process. Lincecum has a career-high 50.4 percent ground-ball rate (not to mention a career-low 18.8 percent line-drive rate) and is striking out a career-low 6.8 batters per nine innings.
from baseball-reference.com

Salaries



  
Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
YearAgeTeamSalaryServTm(OpnDay)SourcesNotes/Other Sources
200824San Francisco Giants$405,000?
200925San Francisco Giants$650,000?
201026San Francisco Giants$9,000,0002.148
201127San Francisco Giants$14,000,0003.148
201228San Francisco Giants$18,000,0004.148contracts
201329San Francisco Giants$22,000,0005.148contracts
201430San Francisco Giants$17,000,0006.148contracts
201531San Francisco Giants$18,000,0007.148
2015 StatusSigned thru 2015Earliest Free Agent: 2016
Career to date (may be incomplete)$99,055,000

No doubt Timmy will put the franchise in a tight spot deciding whether to bring him back for four or five years. If you told me he could replicate the 14-11 pace for the next five year as he transitions from power pitcher to finesse pitcher, I would do it.

Do I think you could get him back at 4years / $55M?
Yes.
Would it be a bit of a gamble given that he has barely been over .500 since 2010?
Yes.
Would I still do it.
Yes.

But it's not my money.

It has taken Timmy a bit more time to make the transition (any more than Barry Zito?) that the change in his stuff has forced upon him, but he's doing it on the fly. Like trying to jump on a moving train. Sometimes it's going to look ugly. Sometimes it never happens for a guy. I think Timmy makes it happen and has a rebirth. I would like the Giants to be in on that. He's moving up the career Giants charts in some of the more important pitching stats, passing names like "King" Carl Hubbell. He's a fan favorite. If you burn some money here, to me, it hurts less than burning it on McGehee, DeRosa and Company.

Again, not my money, but it's never too early to start beating the drums.

BRING TIMMY BACK!!!


MLB Prospect Guide Mock Draft 1.0



I like the picks here and the logic behind both. Stewart would be a great get at the #31 pick. I see him as this years version of Kyle Schwarber, who the Cubs swooped in and got with last years 1st rounder. I think he has a big-time, big-league bat that will play well and fast.

As far as Aiken goes, you have to be sure about the health of the elbow and be ready to write a nice, oversized check for the slot. Two steals before the second round would really help the post-draft grade for the Giants. 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

18. San Francisco Giants

Brady Aiken, LHP

The Giants tend to slant toward college talent but with Aiken, they could get a top of the rotation talent at 18th overall. The status of his elbow is unclear but the potential is worthy of this pick.

31. San Francisco Giants

D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State

D.J. Stewart is a Kung Fu Panda knockoff as a LF. It only makes sense that he is the pick for the comp pick for Panda. I love his bat and I truly think this would be a steal for the Giants.




McGehee DFA, Duffy starts at 3B


The Free Matt Duffy!!!! movement is victorious! The only person in the organization who may feel worse than McGehee today has to be Adam Duvall. If he showed more, maybe McGehee doesn't even get signed. Oh well, live and learn.

Duffy earned the spot, let's hope he holds it for a long while. He has hit at every stop and being an ex-shortstop, he should be able to handle the transition to third-base. As for those that say he isn't strong enough, check back in five years or so. I'll bet he looks a lot different physically and the hit tool stays
the same or gets better. The infield looks set for many years to come across the diamond if the Giants play their cards right.

from mercurynews.com
http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/2015/05/24/breaking-giants-designate-casey-mcgehee-hand-starting-third-base-job-to-matt-duffy/


Posted on 
DENVER – The Giants almost never jettison a veteran starting position player in May, yet Casey McGehee found himself without a major league job Sunday morning.

The Giants designated McGehee for assignment, a move that is a reflection of his struggles, the emergence of new everyday third baseman Matt Duffy and the club’s current roster bind as a tired bullpen tries to wend its way through four games in three days at Coors Field.
The Giants have 10 days to trade, waive or outright McGehee, whose $4.8 million salary makes it a cinch that he will not be claimed by another club. GM Bobby Evans said he hoped McGehee would accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Sacramento; McGehee, a Santa Cruz native, said it wasn’t the kind of decision he could make without consulting his family.

Friday, May 22, 2015

BA - MLB 2015 Draft Report

IMO, the two best sources for drat information. You need a subscription to access some of Baseball America's information, well worth the price. 

If MLB.com is spot on accurate (an impossible task IMO) the Giants would draft RHP Phil Bickford in the #18 spot and RHP Donny Everett #31. 

That would be a decent haul and add youth and depth to the organizational pitching staff. 

BA is predicting prep OF Nick Plummer #18 and prep RHP Ashe Russell for the Gaints 

For the Rays, if he lasts until their pick prep OF Garret Whitley has Rays written all over him. BA had him going to the Rays, but have walked away from the pick in version 2.0.  I will not.

Note: Keith Law posted his mock draft over at ESPN and has the Giants selecting John Harris, RHP from Missouri State. It seems as if at least one pitcher, perhaps two from the Giants first and compensation picks. 

from mlb.com

from MLB.com



Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Kyle Crick 6-4,220 RHP Power pitcher in the Matt Cain mold. High K-rate comes with High BB-rate. Low 90's FB with sink. Can be a top of the rotation starter once command/control issues ironed out. Mechanics are sound.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Clayton Blackburn 6-3, 220 RHP Good low 90's FB with sink, excellent command of stuff, good secondary pitches. His 8.64 K/BB ratio is off the charts efficient.
  • 4. Adalberto Mejia 6-3,195 LHP Throws strikes and mixes pitches well. Good secondary stuff, projects as middle rotation guy. Keeps ball down and gets outs.
  • 5. Ty Blach 6-1, 210 LHP Glavine comps will give him a chance to rise fast.
  • 6. Keury Mella 6-2, 200 RHP Dominican signee is really opening eyes with a nice power arm
  • 7. Chris Stratton 6-3, 185 RHP Mississippi State Decent four-pitch mix, solid pitching frame. Can run FB to 94 MPH with movement. Throws SL/CB, with the slider the better of the two.
  • 8. Mac Williamson 6-4, 240 OF Wake Forest grad with five-tool potential if he hits advanced pitching.
  • 9. Derek Law 6-2, 210 RHP power arm with some deceptiveness in his delivery, could be a dark horse to contribute in 2014
  • _10. Joan Gregorio 6-7, 180 RHP potential closer material
  • _11. 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
  • _12. Daniel Carbonell 6-2, 215 Cuban signee, speedy, switch-hitting CF with power potential. Could be a five-tool player if he hits.
  • _13. Ryder Jones 6-2, 200 3B polished bat with some pop. Good athleticism for the corner IF
  • _14. Steven Okert 6-3, 210 LHP Oklahoma product, another power lefty prospect.
  • _15. Christian Arroyo 6-1, 180 SS very efficient with the bat, good hitting approach, test will be how he handles advanced pitching
  • _16. Martin Agosta 6-1, 180 RHP FB up to 94 mph with some sink. Plus secondary stuff, shows ability to mix pitches.
  • _17. Luis Ysla 6-1, 185 LHP from Venezeula cruises at 92-94MPH snd touches 97 on occasion, max effort delivery concerns, iffy slider, projects as reliever.
  • _18. Gustavo Cabrera 6-0, 190 OF INTL signee, 16 year-old compared to Justin Upton. Injuries slowed his progress in 2014
  • _19. Dylan Davis 6-0,215 OF Good size and speed package from Oregon State. Has a good arm so may challenge in RF down the road.
  • _20. Sam Coonrod 6-3, 215 RHP Hard-thrower got off to a good start in rookie ball, impressed with high K/BB ratio. Needs to keep ball in the yard.

2015 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Michael Matuella 6-6, 225 RHP Duke Nice four pitch mix, mid 90's FB and 12-6 CB. Potential top of first rounder.
  • 2. Nathan Kirby 6-2, 185 LHP Virginia Dominant starter, 92-93 MPH FB and power curve ball. Added an effective change-up.
  • 3. Carson Fullmer 6-0 RHP Vanderbilt Mid 90's FB compliments effective breaking ball and change-up for effective three pitch mix.
  • 4. Riley Ferrell 6-1, 200 RHP TCU closer for TCU upper 90's FB touches 98-99. Nasty high 80's slider makes him virtually unhittable as closer, can transition to starter
  • 5. Alex Bregman 5-11, 180 2B/SS LSU BS Freshman of Year in 2013 has all the tools, instinctive player.
  • 6. Kyle Funkhouser 6-3, 205 RHP Louisville FB cruises at 92-94 and touches 97.
  • 7. Walker Buehler 6-1, 170 RHP Vanderbilt Low 90's FB and competitive streak, will compliment Fullmer at top of rotation for defending champs.
  • 8. Kyle Cody 6-7, 245 RHP Kentucky Fastball sits at 93-96, 3:1 K/BB ratio in Cape Cod League, secondary stuff needs work
  • 9. Cody Pence 6-6, 240 RHP Cal Poly Pomona Nice four pitch mix, 95-96 MPH FB, plus cutter and curve
  • _10. Ian Happ 5-11, 190 OF Cincinnati Switch hitter with compact, line drive stroke, hard-nosed, high energy player
  • _11. Gio Brusa 6-3, 190 OF Pacific Switch hitter with above average power
  • _12. Phil Bickford 6-4, 200 RHP Cal State Fullerton (??) Good FB, power curve ball mix.
  • _13. Marc Brakeman 6-1 180 RHP Stanford 90-95 MPH FBm 47:7 K/BB ration in Cape Cod League, good swing and miss change and slider
  • _14. Richie Martin 5-10, 170 SS Florida Athletic ING with good speed and arm strength
  • _15. C.J. Hinojosa 5-11, 180 SS Texas Good instincts, confident player. Good arm, fringy power bat
  • _16. Kevin Newman 6-1, 180 SS Arizona Back to back Cape batting titles. Average arm, speed, controls strike zone well
  • _17. Alex Young 6-3, 200 LHP TCU Low 90's FB and slider, two pitch mix, projects as a starter
  • _18. Steven Duggar 6-2, 190 OF Clemson Good speed 6.3 60yd, good bat speed from left side. Potential five-tool guy
  • _19. Kyle Twoney 6-3, 170 LHP USC Easy delivery, good FB command 94 MPH FB
  • _20. Kevin Duchene 6-2, 205 LHP Illinois High 80's FB with nice change, strike thrower, repeatable delivery, good mound presence

2015 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Justin Hooper 6-7, 230 LHP De La Salle HS (CA) 6-6 athletic lefty with mid-90's FB. UCLA commit.
  • 2. Kolby Allard 6-2, 175 LHP San Clemente HS (CA) easy mid 90's FB tops at 95MPH, good command with plus breaking ball and change. UCLA commit.
  • 3. Brendan Rogers 6-0, 195 SS Lake Mary HS (FL) Good speed and power, athletic IF. Florida State commit.
  • 4. Ashe Russell 6-4, 200 RHP Cathedral Catholic HS (IN) FB that sits at 92-94 and tops at 95 with average potential breaking ball. Could rise fast. Texas A&M commit.
  • 5. Daz Cameron 6-1, 185 OF Eagles Landing HS (GA) Athletic and toolsy player with power and speed. Son of Mike Cameron. Florida State commit.
  • 6. Mike Nikoriak 6-4, 205 RHP Stroudsburg HS (PA) FB sits at 94-96 with sionk. CB is inconsistent. QB prospect with Alabama commit.
  • 7. Beau Burrows 6-1, 200 Weatherford HS (TX) RHP FB workable breaking ball and change. FB sits at 94, tops at 96 with tilt. Texas A&M commit.
  • 8. Trenton Clark 6-0, 200 OF Richland HS (TX) speedy (6.6 60 yd) OF, solid line drive stroke with power potential, Texas Tech commit.
  • 9. Kyle Tucker 6-3,190 OF Plant HS (FL) Solid CF who can hit. Florida commit.
  • _10.. Nick Plummer 5-10, 200 OF Bloomington Brother Rice (MI) Physical, athletic lefty hitter with good bat speed.
  • _11. Chandler Day 6-4, 162 RHP Watkins Memorial HS (OH) solid 93 MPH FB
  • _12. Donny Everett 6-2, 220 RHP Clarksville HS (TN) Power pitcher tops at 96 MH FB
  • _13. Cole McKay 6-5, 215 RHP Smithson Valley HS (TX) Strong frame, power pitcher with some feel for pitching. 92-94 FB with late stuff. Curve and change are both above-average with sink to the change. Louisiana State commit.
  • _14. Chris Betts 6-2, 220 C Wilson HS (CA) Plus pure arm strength, arm stroke gets long for a catcher. needs work receiving, above average raw power from left side, good athlete. Tennessee commit.
  • _15. Hunter Bowling 6-7, 215 LHP American Heritage HS (FL) Great pitcher's build, projectible body. FB touches 93 MPH wit downward tilt. Slider is average, Florida commit.
  • _16. Ryan Johnson 6-3, 200 OF College Station HS (TX) Good bat speed and power bat. TCU commit.
  • _17. Luken Baker 6-4, 245 RHP/OF Oak Ridge HS (TX) Big, strong, physical two-way player. 94 MPH FB with extreme power bat. TCU commit.
  • _18. Wyatt Cross 6-3, 190 C Legacy HS (CO) One of the stronger arms behind the plate, plus pop time. Good strength and athleticism. North Carolina commit.
  • _19. Austin Riley 6-3, 220 RHP/INF DeSoto Central HS (MS) Two-way player and FB prospect as QB, FB touches 92-94 has power potential with bat from right side.
  • _20. Devin Davis 6-2, 210 1B/OF Valencia HS (CA) Two-way player who leads with the power bat. Hitting ability is advanced with natural power leverage in his stroke. Loyola Marymount commit.
  • _21. Thomas Szapucki 6-2,185 LHP Dwyer HS (FL) Three pitch arsenal with deceptive delivery. FB is low 90's with 93 top. Slider can show above average, with a workable change.
  • _22. Sati Santa Cruz 6-3, 230 RHP Sahaurita HS (AZ) Physical, power pitcher challenges hitters with a heavy FB that sits low 90's and touches 95. Secondary stuff needs work. Arizona commit.
  • _23. Corey Zangari 6-4, 230 RHP Carl Albert HS (OK) Also a catcher, his FB cruise at mid 90's and tops at 97. Breaking ball has potential but lacks consistency. Oklahoma State commit.

2015 Top Tampa Bay Area High School Baseball Players

  • LHP Nick Kennedy Alonso HS
  • OF Kyle Tucker 6-3, 175 Plant HS Good pure hitter and defensive OF. Solid skills across the board. Florida commit.
  • RHP Jake Woodford Plant HS Florida commit.

2015 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects (NW Suburban Chicago Area)

  • C Brandon Krennrich Johnsburg HS Kentucky commit.
  • OF Bobby McMillen Naperville Central
  • OF Brandon Post Elk Grove HS
  • OF Eric Giltz Wheaton Warrenville HS
  • RHP Anthony Holubecki Kaneland HS/IMG Academy(FL) - JR
  • RHP Bradley Parchute Marengo HS
  • RHP Brady Huffman Genoa-Kingston HS - JR
  • RHP Brenden Heiss Jacobs HS - JR
  • RHP Jake Esp Marmion Academy
  • RHP Mitchell Boyer Batavia HS
  • RHP/3B Joe Dittmar Richmond-Burton HS - JR
  • SS Connor Dall West Chicago HS