Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
1. Jameson Taillon- RHP, Woodlands (TX)
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
2- Josh Sale- Bishop Blanchet HS(WA)
3- Bryce Brentz- Middle Tenn. St
4- Austin Wilson- Harvard-Westlake HS(CA)
5- Jarret Parker- UVA
6- Chevez Clarke- Marietta HS(GA)
7- Brian Ragira-Martin HS(TX)
8- Tyler Holt-FSU
9- Ty Linton- Charlotte Christian School(NC)
10- Michael Choice-Tx-Arlington
11- Michael Lorenzen- Union HS(CA)
12- Reggie Golden- Wetumpka HS(AL)
13- Leon Landry-LSU
14- Drew Vettleson- Central Kitsap HS(WA)
15- Ryan Bolden- Central HS(MS)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
no specific team...player grady seizemore b/c i think i resemble him as a player
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
1. Travis Harrison- 3B, Tustin High School
2. Daniel Norris- LHP, Science Hill High School
3. Christian Lopes- SS, Valencia High School
4. Dylan Bundy- RHP, Owasso High School
5. Archie Bradley- RHP, Muskogee High School
6. Daniel Camarena- LHP, Cathedral Catholic High School
7. Michael Kelly- RHP, West Boca High School
8. Hudson Boyd- RHP, South Fort Myers High School
9. Nick Delmonico- INF, Farragut High School
10. Dillon Howard- RHP, Searcy High School
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Jeff Sullivan: Congrats on signing with Arkansas. What made you choose this school, and what other schools were in the running?
Jared Lakind: I chose Arkansas because of multiple reasons. One of course was the baseball program and the competition that Arkansas plays against (SEC). Another reason was the way the coaches treated me while I was there, couldn't have been better. Last but not least was the environment of Fayetteville, everyone was nice and helpful, as if they were part of your family. Some of the other schools I had to decide from were Rice, Texas A&M, and Tulane.
You are one of the top two way players in the country at this time. Which position do you prefer, and what do you see yourself playing at the next level?
This summer was the most fun I have had playing baseball with traveling, level of competition, and interaction with those other high level players. I love to play so I would perfer any position on the field but being left-handed the positions are limited. I've been told that I am able to play the corner positions (1B, rightfield, or leftfield) so I guess where ever the team needs me to play i'm egar to play.
On the hill, what pitches do you throw, and where do they sit?
Well I don't see the mound too much but when I do I throw fastball (4 seam and 2 seam), curveball, change-up. My fastball is getting more consistant around 86- 88 and on those days feeling great I have touched 90- 91. My curveball is 77-79 with late break and change-up is around 81-83
What is the transition like after playing summer ball against the top players in the country, and then playing high school ball in the spring?
The transition from playing that quality of baseball is not much, you still have to do the basics it just might be at a slower pace and living in Houston everyone is good.
Last question, what is your favorite team, and do you have a favorite player?
My favorite team with out a doubt is the New York Yankees because most of my family live in New Jersey so I've grown up watching the pinstripes and disliking those guys with red socks in Boston. My favorite player is a tie between Pete Rose and Mickey Mantle, so I would say Pete Mantle or Mickey Rose is my favorite player. Thankyou for allowing me to do this interview.
Cypress Woods HS
Class of 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Jheremy's other site- www.2011mlbdraft.blogspot.com
Friday, January 1, 2010
Here is a look at the updated rankings for the 2010 top 25 high school prospects.
1- Jameson Taillon- RHP, Woodlands
Taillon is the clear number one high school prospect heading into the spring. He was brilliant all summer, including a dominating performance at the AFLAC All-American Game. Taillon sits mid 90's and flashes an excellent curve ball. Definite top 10 pick in June. Commitment- Rice
2- Karsten Whitson- RHP, Chipley HS
With a very strong summer, Whitson pulled away to become the number two player behind Taillon. Whitson has a perfect pitcher's frame, and a smooth, clean delivery. He sits mid 90's and possesses a sharp slider that could develop into a solid out pitch. He looked great all week in San Diego at AFLAC. He struck out Harper and got game MVP Tony Wolters to ground into a double play. Commitment- Florida
3- AJ Cole- RHP, Oviedo HS
Cole has been near the top of the class for quite some time. He stands in at 6'5, 185 with room to fill out his frame. His fastball sits low-mid 90's and his breaking ball is one of the top pitches in the country. Look for Cole to have a big spring and potentially add velocity to his fastball. Commitment- Miami
4- DeAndre Smelter- RHP, Tattnall HS
Smelter has come on strong as of late, putting himself in conversation with the top tier pitching prospects of the country. He made easy work of his one inning at AFLAC, striking out the side, including phenoms Bryce Harper and Austin Wilson. Smelter is a true athlete who is also a great football player. When pitching becomes his only focus, he could get even better. Commitment- Georgia Tech
5-Josh Sale- OF, Bishop Blanchet HS
The best high school hitter in the country. Sale has a very aggressive approach at the plate, and combines that with very quick bat speed. He is a corner outfielder down the line, but his bat should be able to play at any position. Sale should have no problem with his high school senior year in Washington. Sale should have a huge senior season, and find himself in near the top of the draft. Commitment- Gonzaga
6-Stetson Allie- RHP, St. Edward Prep
Not only does Allie have the best arm in this class, but he has the best high school arm in recent memory. Allie has already flashed his fastball up to 99 mph. He also throws a very hard slider that has the velocity of other pitchers fastballs. Allie is also a power hitting third baseman, but the mound is where he will be given his first shot. Commitment- North Carolina
7-Dylan Covey- RHP, Maranatha HS
Covey has put himself into the top of the first round with a great summer. He looked very sharp in San Diego and his breaking ball might rank as the number one off-speed pitch in the nation. Covey has a solid build at 6'2, 200 pounds and is a workhorse on the mound. He should find himself in the first round. Commitment- San Diego
8-Austin Wilson- OF, Harvard-Westlake
A physically imposing player, Wilson does everything well. He has high power potential and a strong arm from the outfield. He is a top of the line athlete and has all the tools to be a great major leaguer. Wilson will battle Sale all year long as the best high school outfielder in the nation. Commitment- Stanford
9- Manny Machad0- SS,Brito Private
Machado might have been the player who benefited most from summer ball. He is a big shortstop at 6'2, 180 pounds. He has put himself into first round talks, and should be the first high school infielder taken in the draft. Commitment- Florida International
10-Nick Castellanos- 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS
Castellanos also had a big summer. He went 4-4 with 4 doubles at the Under Armour All-America Game, and continued his success with Team USA. His defense improved at 3B, and at 6'3, 190, he should be able to stay there long term. Castellanos and Machado will be battling all year to be the first prep infielder taken. Commitment- Miami
11- Yordy Cabrera- SS, Lakeland HS
A big, strong kid at 6'2, 200 pounds. Cabrera put on one of the best power displays I have ever seen in San Diego, destroying balls well over the practice field at the AFLAC All-America Game. He might have the most natural power in the class, and will be viewed as a high pick coming into the year. Commitment- Miami
12-Kevin Gausman- RHP, Grandview HS
Gausman is a bit overlooked when it comes to top of the line pitchers for this years draft. He pitches in Colorado, where the talent in high school baseball is nowhere near that of the other top pitchers. Gausman still has room to fill out at 6'4, 180, and it will be interesting to see how his senior year effects him in the draft. Commitment- LSU
13-Justin O'Conner- SS/C- Cowan HS
O'Conner has the potential to play anywhere on the field. He has a lightning arm, and a quick release at shortstop. This summer, O'Conner took up catching, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up in the draft. He is also a top of line pitching prospect, but his defense and power bat should stick. Commitment- Arkansas
14- Kevin Ziomek- LHP, Amherst HS
In a year short of lefties, Ziomek has found himself sitting atop the list. He has a four pitch repetoire. His fastball sits 87-90, and his slider has the potential to be a special as well. Ziomek will have no problem with his competition in Massachusetts, and should find himself as the first prep left hander taken in the draft. Commitment- Vanderbilt
15- AJ Vanegas- RHP, Redwood Christian HS
Vanegas displayed his great arm in San Diego at the AFLAC Game. He sat 90-91, and his breaking ball is a plus pitch. Stanford commits are always hard to get a read on as far as their draft status, so that will be a factor. If signable, Vanegas should end up at the back of the first round or supplemental pick. Commitment- Stanford
16-Kaleb Cowart- 3B/RHP- Cook HS
One of the best arms in the nation. Cowart's arm across the diamond is one of the best I've ever seen from a high schooler. Cowart is intriguing at third base, and as a pitcher. His power arm will give him a chance on the mound, and at this point, I am leaning more towards Cowart's arm on the hill. Commitment- Florida State
17-Cameron Bedrosian- RHP, East Coweta HS
The son of former Cy Yound award winner Steve Bedrosian. Bedrosian's curve ball is one of the best secondary pitches in the nation, and he got both Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant to strike out on it during the AFLAC All-American Game. He has a real feel for pitching, and will be a high pick in June. Commitment- LSU
18-Garin Cecchini- SS, Barbe HS
Cecchini has put himself into the mix with the top prep infielders. His swing generates a lot of power from the left side, and he repeats it very well. He will stay at short in high school, but will out grow the position and should settle nicely at third base. Commitment- LSU
19- Stefan Sabol- C, Aliso Niguel HS
Sabol is a gamer. He is a pure athlete who can play the outfield as well. He might not be able to stick at catcher, but his athleticism should be able to play at a corner outfield spot. His swing generates hard contact and line drives. Sabol's senior year will see what position he is taken at. Commitment- Oregon
20-Chevez Clarke- OF, Marietta HS
Clarke might be the best defensive outfielder on the list. He covers a lot of ground, and has the best chance to stick at CF down the road. A great athlete who tracks balls well in the outfield, Clarke also has a good arm from center. Clarke is also a switch hitter who is very capable from both sides. Commitment- Georgia Tech
21-Taijuan Walker- RHP, Yucaipa HS
Walker has come on late with his power fastball and curve ball. At 6'5, 190, Walker has not yet physically matured, and he should be able to add more zip to his fastball once he does. Look for Walker to move up on the list with a good spring. Uncommitted
22- Tony Wolters- SS, Rancho Bueno Vista HS
Wolters was the AFLAC All-American Game MVP. He is a true ball player who is fantastic defensively. At 5'10, 165, Wolters profiles as the perfect second baseman. He has a smooth swing from the left side that generates hard contact. Commitment- San Diego
23- Marcus Littlewood- SS,Pineview HS
Littlewood and Wolters would make the best middle infield in the nation next year at San Diego should both make it to campus. Littlewood is a smooth infielder and makes plays. He is also a switch hitter with consistent contact. Look for a big spring from him in the state of Utah. Commitment- San Diego
24-Kris Bryant- 3B, Bonanza HS
Three San Diego committs in a row. Bryant has massive power, but has yet to translate that to the games. A big kid at 6'5, 205, Bryant might need a little seasoning to be able to hit the ball with consistent power. Bryant and Cabrera will be the top two prep power hitters come June. Commitment- San Diego
25-Brian Ragira- OF, Martin HS
Ragira has been near the top of this class for quite some time. A true outfielder who plays excellent defense, Ragira also has a great outfield arm. His arm could also play on the mound, but he will be given his shot as a position player first. Commitment- Stanford
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Interview with Top Prospect Chevez Clarke. Clarke is a highly ranked outfielder that attends Marietta High School in Georgia. He currently checks in at 13 in the nation by Baseball America.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Jeff Sullivan Question: First off, congrats on signing with Georgia Tech. What made you choose the school, and what other schools interested you?
DeAndre Smelter: Thanks! I really felt comfortable with the coaches and the program. I believe that they can get me better so that I can reach the next level. The two main schools on my list were Georgia and Georgia Tech.
You are one of the top ranked HS pitchers in the nation. Describe how that feels, and how it has an effect on your day to day life.
It feels great! I think it shows that my hard work from Day 1 is paying off. It hasn't had an effect on my everyday life at all. Everybody pretty much still treats me the same.
What pitches do you throw? Where do they usually sit?
I throw 4 seam fastball/ 93-96, 2 seam/ 90-92, Slider/ 83-86, Split 82-84
If there was one thing to improve on between now and the draft in June, what would that be?
I want to improve consistency with all my pitches. I want to be able to locate and throw all of them for strikes consistently.
Last question. Who is your favorite player and what is your favorite team?
I don't really have a favorite player or team, but being from Georgia, I like the Braves. I enjoy watching other teams play as well like the Red Sox, Yankees, and the Angles. As far as a player, I love the way Manny Ramirez plays. He has fun while he's playing like every other player should.