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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:51 pm 
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Perfect Game is reporting that 185 pitchers hit 90 mph or higher during the tournament in Jupiter led by Grant Holmes at 97. Their guns were hot but that is a ton of velocity. This draft is extremely deep in High School pitching. Here's the list of the top 10 pitchers in velocity:

1. Grant Holmes
2. Cre Finfrock
3. Keith Weisenberg
4. Scott Blewett
5. Touki Toussaint
6. Sean Reid-Foley
7. Zach Shannon
8. Brandon Murray
9. Branden Kelliher
10. Jake Godfrey (Providence HS)


When do these kids rest their arms if they play March through early November and then do showcases during the winter?

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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Most don't get a lot of rest. Some pitchers do shut it down for the fall to rest their arms or because they're playing football. That's a little scary because some of the top pitchers in the draft didn't even go to Jupiter.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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jimmypasta wrote:
Theo will have his minions in the media sale us the next Mickey Mantle who gets drafted by the Cubs. As everybody knows,it's a crap shoot. I have no interest in these guys until I see at least one decent season in double A ball. That's when they get on my radar.


Jimmy, where you the kid that cried until you got a Red Ryder BB gun for xmas, only to shoot your eye out when you got one?

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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Scott Blewett.


definitely a future cub

The whole time he was pitching I was dying to yell this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5RtlpXsl8k

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:11 pm 
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BA came out with their top 100 High School players. Jake Godfrey (Providence) is #41 and Evan Skoug (Libertyville) is #48. I have no idea why Jaren Kendell is #34. Below is the top 50 along with their College commitment:

1. Tyler Kolek RHP R/R Shepherd (Texas) HS Texas Christian
2. Alex Jackson C/OF Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, Calif. Oregon
3. Jacob Gatewood SS/3B Clovis (Calif.) HS Southern California
4. Brady Aiken LHP Cathedral Catholic, San Diego UCLA
5. Touki Toussaint RHP Coral Springs (Florida) Academy Vanderbilt
6. Luis Ortiz RHP Sanger (Calif.) HS Fresno State
7. Kodi Medeiros LHP Waiakea HS, Hilo, Hawaii Pepperdine
8. Cobi Johnson RHP Mitchell HS, Holiday, Fla. Florida State
9. Nick Gordon SS/RHP Olympia HS, Orlando, Fla. Florida State
10. Braxton Davidson 1B/OF Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C. North Carolina
11. Sean Reid-Foley RHP Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville Florida State
12. Alex Verdugo LHP/OF Sahuaro, Tucson, Ariz. Arizona State
13. Grant Holmes RHP Conway (S.C.) HS Florida
14. Scott Blewett RHP Baker HS, Baldwinsville, N.Y. St. Johns
15. Michael Gettys OF/RHP Gainesville (Ga.) HS Georgia
16. Mac Marshall LHP Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Louisiana State
17. Michael Chavis 3B/2B Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga. Clemson
18. Derek Hill OF Elk Grove (Calif.) High Oregon
19. Forrest Wall 2B Orangewood Christian HS, Winter Park, Fla. North Carolina
20. Justus Sheffield LHP Tullahoma (Tenn.) HS Vanderbilt
21. Spencer Adams RHP White County, Cleveland, Ga. Georgia
22. Monte Harrison OF Lee’s Summit West (Mo.) Nebraska
23. Ti’Quan Forbes SS/3B Columbia (Miss.) HS Mississippi
24. Marcus Wilson OF Junipero Serra HS, Los Angeles Arizona State
25. Milton Ramos SS American Heritage, Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Florida Atlantic
26. Cameron Varga RHP Cincinatti Hills Academy, Loveland, Ohio North Carolina
27. Josh Morgan SS Orange County Lutheran, Corona, Calif. UCLA
28. Dylan Cease RHP Milton (Ga.) HS Vanderbilt
29. Joseph Gatto RHP St. Augustine Prep, Hammonton, N.J. North Carolina
30. Sean Bouchard 3B Cathedral Catholic, San Diego UCLA
31. Keaton McKinney RHP Ankeny (Iowa) HS Arkansas
32. Keith Weisenberg RHP Osceola HS, Seminole, Fla. Stanford
33. Jakson Reetz C/OF Norris HS, Hickman, Neb. Nebraska
34. Jeren Kendall OF Holmen (Wisc.) HS Vanderbilt
35. Michael Kopech RHP Mount Pleasant (Texas) HS Arizona
36. Adam Haseley LHP/OF The First Academy, Orlando Virginia
37. Shane Benes 3B/RHP Westminster Academy, Town and Country, Mo. Missouri
38. JJ Schwarz C Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens Florida
39. Scott Hurst OF Bishop Amat, La Puente., Calif. Cal State Fullerton
40. Clay Casey OF Desoto Central, Southhaven, Miss. Mississippi
41. Jake Godfrey RHP Providence Catholic, New Lenox, Ill. Notre Dame
42. Matthew Railey OF North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State
43. Justin Smith OF Bartram Trail, St. Johns, Fla. Miami
44. Blake Bivens RHP George Washington, Sutherlin, Va. Liberty
45. Gareth Morgan OF North Toronto (Ont.) Collegiate Uncommitted
46. Trenton Kemp OF Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif. Fresno State
47. Evan Skoug C Libertyvile (Ill.) HS Texas Christian
48. Alex Faedo RHP Alonso HS, Tampa Florida
49. Jack Flaherty 3B/RHP Harvard-Westlake, Burbank, Calif. North Carolina
50. Trace Loehr 2B Putnam HS, Milwaukie, Ore. Oregon State

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:38 pm 
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So Vandy has 3 of the top 20, all pitchers. No wonder they are so good every year, they can get pitchers.

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They're not stepping foot on campus but I have bad news for you Hawger. Neither is McKinney. That kid is awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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I am a little disappointed to not see Arkansas better represented on that list, but maybe they don't go after a lot of those players knowing they are going to be drafted. I will be curious to see how they do this coming year, they lost a ton of pitching.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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It's tough but I think Van Horn does a good job of getting talent on campus. They'll be fine pitching wise. You know they have plenty of arms in reserves. I read Brett Mcaffe was playing outstanding this fall. They need another offensive player to go along with Anderson and Spoon.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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It's tough but I think Van Horn does a good job of getting talent on campus. They'll be fine pitching wise. You know they have plenty of arms in reserves. I read Brett Mcaffe was playing outstanding this fall. They need another offensive player to go along with Anderson and Spoon.

Their offense was abysmal last year, it was hard to watch with the pitching they had. They need a few players to step up this year, Anderson can really hit and hopefully with a little bit more power this year.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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Brady Aiken LHP Cathedral Catholic HS 6'4” 205: Aiken is a very projectable left hander with lots of polish and pitchability. Aiken throws from a ¾ arm slot and his above average fastball sits 89-91 and can touch 93 with late arm side run. Aiken's big slow 1-to-7 curveball flashes above average to plus but needs to show more consistency. Aiken's plus changeup shows excellent arm speed and good deception with plenty of late sink. Aiken's a very good athlete with a loose easy delivery that is very repeatable and features an advanced feel for pitching. Aiken projects as a top of the rotation starter.

Nick Gordon SS Olympia HS 6'0 170: Gordon (son of Flash) is a two way player and a tremendous athlete with the ability to stay in the middle of the infield. Gordon has an easy smooth line drive swing and the ability to consistenly barrell up the ball. Gordon is not a power hitter but with added strength could be a gap to gap doubles hitter. Gordon has natural defensive ability with soft hands and outstanding range. Gordon has a plus arm with good carry and accyracy. Gordon is a plus runner with very good base stealing instints which should produce high stolen base totals. Gordon projects as a middle infielder and top of the order hitter.

Braxton Davidson 1B TC Roberson HS 6'1”215: Davidson is the best pure prep hitter in the draft. The left handed hitting Davidson has a violent powerful swing with natural loft that generates tons of bat speed and plus raw power. Davidson has an advanced approach and feel for hitting which allows him to make consistent hard contact and the ability to drive to ball out to all fields. Davidson is just an average athlete with below average speed. Davidson has soft hands decent range and an above average throwing arm. Davidson projects as a first baseman and middle of the order hitter.

Aaron Nola RHP LSU 6'1” 185: Nola is a slender highly polished college pitcher with outstanding makeup and command. Nola's above average fastball sits 89-92 and can touch 93 with heavy arm side fade. Nola's above average hard bitting curveball shows depth and a two plane break. Nola's plus swing and miss changeup has excellent deception with good depth and arm side fade. Nola is a good athlete who throws from a low ¾ arm slot with a free and easy delivery which allows him to aggressively pound the strike zone with a nice three pitch mix. Nola projects to be a top of the rotation starter.

Kodi Medeiros LHP Waiakea HS 6'1' 190: Medeiros is the biggest wild card in the draft. Medeiros is flat out nasty who slings the ball with a low ¾ arm slot. Medeiros fastball sits 91-93 and can touch 95 with tremendous deception and late movement. Medeiros throws an unhittable bugs bunny slider with tight spin and an unbelievable amount of break. Medeiros rarely throws a changeup but at this point with two plus plus offerings why would he. Medeiros is a good athlete with an unconventional delivery and is still a little raw. Medeiros needs to work on consistency and command as he tends to over stride and overthrow. Medeiros projects to be an ace with an added third pitch or a shut down closer.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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Here's a video of Kodi Medeiros. I love how the catcher has problems catching his warm up pitches and he's one of the top HS catchers in the counrty. The same thing happened in Jupiter. Check out the back to back sliders at 1:04. Filthy nasty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My0UF4Ow3fQ

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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Me no likey pitchers that high.

Still feeling the sting of that Jason Stumm draft pick?

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Looks like the LOOGY from hell. I wouldn't want to be the umpire in that video.

Sign me up for that Davidson guy. Looks like a flat out masher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkkXCxU2UXo


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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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That catcher didn't have "problems", he flat couldn't catch him :lol:

I wonder who was happier when that outing ended, the catcher or the (wide eyed) blue?

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He looks like Jim Parque

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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1: Houston- Carlos Rodon LHP North Carolina St
2: Miami- Alex Jackson C Rancho Bernado HS
3: Chicago WS- Jeff Hoffman RHP East Carolina
4: Chicago Cubs- Trea Turner SS North Carolina St
5: Minnesota- Tyler Kolek RHP Shepard HS
6: Seattle- Braxton Davidson 1B TC Roberson
7: Philadelphia- Brady Aiken LHP Cathedral Catholic HS
8: Colorado- Jacob Gatewood SS Clovis HS
9: Toronto- Grant Holmes RHP Conway HS
10: NY Mets- Sean Newcomb LHP Hartford
11: Toronto- Touki Toussaint RHP Coral Springs HS

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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Florida HS baseball started last night and Touki was up to 96. Nice way to start out the year, Touk.

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Florida HS baseball started last night and Touki was up to 96. Nice way to start out the year, Touk.


I just hope he didn't throw 30-35 pitches an inning.

He was/is electric, but I still remember zero control.

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He was on a pitch count and only went 2.1 innings so he got there pretty quick but that's ok, Reader. He has plenty of time to learn command/control.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 MLB Draft
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Florida HS baseball started last night and Touki was up to 96. Nice way to start out the year, Touk.


I would bet an indoor field would be a huge money maker in this city. I know there are places with reduced infields and outfields, like Frozen Ropes near my house. However, I am talking about a full size field with reasonable outfield. You could have high school teams fighting for time from November to March...run holiday tournaments to extend the season. I bet it would be as popular as Icehouse or Windy City Fieldhouse are for other sports.

Do you know of anything like that around here Keyser?

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Florida HS baseball started last night and Touki was up to 96. Nice way to start out the year, Touk.


I would bet an indoor field would be a huge money maker in this city. I know there are places with reduced infields and outfields, like Frozen Ropes near my house. However, I am talking about a full size field with reasonable outfield. You could have high school teams fighting for time from November to March...run holiday tournaments to extend the season. I bet it would be as popular as Icehouse or Windy City Fieldhouse are for other sports.

Do you know of anything like that around here Keyser?

There is a place up in Appleton that is like what you are talking about, but really has no outfield per se. They have 90 ft base paths so the infiled is fine but the walls are short in the outfield and they have netting above with specific rules of how it is played. Now, you can still get the live hitting and infield work so it is better than nothing.

It is called Players Choice and you can see photos here:

http://www.pcappleton.com/

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The best one I know is The Max in McCook. It's absolutely enormous and all the best showcases are held there. They held the Super 60 on Sunday. The top 60 (64 this year) high school players from 11 midwest states. There was easily over 100 scouts there.

Full infield including catchers and outfielders can field semi flyballs and make all their throws. BP is great because the net is about 200 ft away (that's because they were playing a soccer game on the other side) so you can really see how the ball comes off the bat.

I'm not sure if they rent it out to individual teams but it would be a tremendous advantage to anyone who can afford it.

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Tyler Kolek topped at 99 in his spring debut. Lots and lots and lots of choices at the top of the draft.

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Jeff Hoffman (E. Carolina) pitched 6.2 innings gave up 3 earned runs and struck out 6. He sat 94-97. Not a bad start.

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