Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 1. Brady Singer (Florida) – College Baseball Daily

2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 1. Brady Singer (Florida) – College Baseball DailyImage result for brady singer

If the draft were held today, Singer would likely be the #1 pick overall. He would be the "safest" pick, which means the one that would receive the least criticism. Another line about "concern over his mechanics or delivery". How do these guys get to this level with such crappy deliveries? IDK. The Perfect Pitcher Mechanics Theory lives on I guess.

Singer would be a great get for the Giants, if not there are two or three pitchers below that would be just as intriguing and we haven't even started to look at HS pitchers, like Ethan Hankins from (GA).

It should be an interesting couple of months as performance and injuries (or concerns) jiggle the lists around a bit. Stay Tuned.


2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 1. Brady Singer (Florida)

Number one this year might have been the easiest selection we've ever had. As soon as the College World Series was over last year, just about everyone knew Brady Singer was the best player in college baseball.

We already knew he was a great talent as the Toronto Blue Jays took him in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft. However, a failed physical sent him to college (yay us), and he now has the chance to be the first overall pick.

Things didn't start out great for Singer in college as he had a 4.95 ERA as a freshman in 43.2 innings pitched with 38 strikeouts, 17 walks, 43 hits and a WHIP of 1.37.

He made improvements in the Cape Cod League that following summer posting a 0.82 ERA in 22 innings pitched with 20 strikeouts, 2 walks, 16 hits and a 0.82 WHIP.

But this past spring he took it to a whole new level with a 3.21 ERA in 126 innings pitched with 129 strikeouts to just 32 walks. He did allow 120 hits, which made his WHIP a tad higher than you would expect at 1.21.

He was a Second-Team All-SEC selection last year, and this year he's a First-Team Preseason All-American.

Singer has been able to dominate at the college level with pretty much two pitches, but his mid-90s fastball and slider are already plus pitches.

His fastball has a ton of movement on it running back in against right-handed hitters, and is slider is just as good as his former teammate's in Alex Faedo.

Obviously you would love to see him develop that third pitch, most likely a change-up, before getting to the next level. But what he has now is good enough to get out major league hitting.

His wind-up is a bit herky-jerky, which raises some red flags. But Chris Sale (although as a left-hander) has done just fine at the next level with a similar delivery.

Regardless of what happens at the next level for Singer, I love the passion and fire that he plays with, which is what makes the college game so great. That passion for the game combined with his talent makes him an easy choice for number one on our 2018 CBD Top 100 Countdown.

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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.