Monday, November 30, 2009

Top Prospect Q and A: DeAndre Smelter

Interview with Top Prospect DeAndre Smelter. Smelter is a RHP from Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, GA. Smelter is currently ranked 18th in the nation by Baseball America. I have been big on Smelter since watching him in San Diego during the AFLAC All-American Game week. Once baseball is the only sport he is focusing on, he could become even better. Look out for a big year!

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.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bryce Harper

So, the big news this draft is phenom Bryce Harper. Harper IS a generational talent, that is for sure. He has received a lot of criticism for his decision to skip the end of his high school career at Las Vegas High School.

To me, Harper is making the right choice. Although history has said that the choice to forgo your high school years is a bad one, I trust in Harper's choice. Fellow catchers Landon Powell, and Robert Stock both made the choice to skip the end of their high school careers, but that was to enroll at a four year college. Both catchers did not fair well in their choice, but Harper's talent is far and away above Powell and Stock.

Harper is what a scout dreams about, plus-plus power from the left side, a cannon from behind the dish, a solid work ethic, and above average speed, for a catcher. Watching him in San Diego was a treat. Harper put balls well over the right field fence at the University of San Diego, where the AFLAC All-Americans practiced. Harper did not fair well in the game in San Diego, but the talent was still there.

Although the money would have still been there for Harper had he entered the 2011 MLB Draft, why not enter a year early, while increasing his leverage, and making him a year younger at the time of the draft. Those two factors, with the addition of Scott Boras will equal out to what should be the largest bonus ever for a high school player. Even if he is not the first player drafted, which he should be, Harper will not get far. Teams like Boston, New York, and many more will not let a talent like Harper slip by them. I see both sides of the arguement, but to me, Harper is making the choice he wants, and who are we to question that?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Be sure to check out the blog within the next couple of days. I will be doing a player profile of Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley High School.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Top Prospect Q and A: Kevin Gausman

Interview with Top Prospect Kevin Gausman. Gausman is a 6'4, 180 pound RHP from Grandview High School in Colorado. He is currently ranked # 7 in the nation by Baseball America.
Q: First off, congrats on signing with LSU. What made you choose the school, and what other schools interested you?

Gausman: Well i really wanted a school that was rich with baseball tradition. I wanted a place that was different than anywhere else and if you've ever been to Baton Rouge its a lot different than colorado. I also really wanted a place where the coach's treat you like family and LSU's staff is exactly like that. I was considering Texas, ASU, Oregon State, Oregon, Arkansas, and Miami

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's an awesome experience being seen like that. I think its kinda hard getting used to people mentioning your name in the mock drafts and all those rankings. Its definately had an effect on my life. I think its because i am from a state thats not known for baseball and i kinda have everything against me in that respect. Its been fun though and im looking forward to the future.

What pitches do you throw? Where do they usually sit?

I throw 4 pitches. My fastball usually sits from 93-94. My slider is around 82-84. My curveball is around 74-76. My change-up is from 81-83.

If there was one thing to improve on between now and the draft in June, what would that be?

I think the biggest thing is to become more consistent and just fine turn my stuff. Another thing is that i want to get into my legs more and maybe that'll just improve everything

Last question. Who is your favorite player and what is your favorite team?

My favorite player is Jon Papelbon. I idol myself after him in the fact that he can go from being relaxed and non-serious to being a bulldog on the mound. He just dominates hitters. My favorite team was the Phillies, but then they traded my boy Pat the Bat. So, now i'd say the Rockies.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Top Prospect Q and A: Dylan Covey

Interview with Top Prospect Dylan Covey. Covey is the #6 HS prospect in the nation, according to Baseball America.
Q:First off, congrats on signing with San Diego. What made you choose the school, and what other schools interested you?

Covey: San Diego is probably my favorite city. After going to visit the coaches and the campus I was in awe. I visited USC, which was another one of my top choices along with UCLA, Fullerton, and Long beach St., but I decided that I would have no regrets with committing to USD if another school was to show interest later on.

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.

Covey: Being ranked so high really doesn't have any effect on my day to day life. Going to a small private school probably has a lot to do with it mainly because it's not a school that is historically known for baseball. It doesn't bother me though, I'd rather not be in the spotlight.

What pitches do you throw? Where do they usually sit?

Covey: I throw a fastball that sits in the low to mid 90's, a curveball that's anywhere from high 70's to mid 80's, a slider that sits mid 80's with bumps to the uppers occasionally. A change up that is a work in progress. I also have a cutter but rarely throw it and don't know how hard I throw it.

If there was one thing to improve on between now and the draft in June, what would that be?

Covey: If I could improve on something right now it would definately be consistancy. Throwing hard and throwing strikes is what separates players in the next level.

Last question. Who is your favorite player and what is your favorite team?

Covey: I have a lot of players I like to watch but I'm not sure who my favorite would be. And of course being a southern californian I'm a dodger fan

Thanks a lot for the time Dylan. Good luck this season

Monday, November 16, 2009

2010 MLB DRAFT: Mock Draft

Here is my first look at the 2010 draft. The draft is just about 7 months away, so I'm sure this will change a lot throughout those months.

1. Washington Nationals- Bryce Harper, C, CC of Southern Nevada

Although it is nearly impossible for Harper to live up to ALL the hype surrounding him, he is still the clear number one talent in the draft. Unless something catastrophic happens between now and June, Harper will be the first player taken in the draft.

2. Pittsburgh Pirates- Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)

The Pirates almost always lean on the college side with their first pick. However, Taillon has established himself as the front runner for this pick. Pittsburgh saved money with their first pick last year in Tony Sanchez, but signed some good HS players late. When drafted, Taillon would immediately become the number one pitcher in the system.

3. Baltimore Orioles- Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton

Colon is the best position player in the draft. The Orioles are pitching heavy, and Colon would be a nice fit in the system. He does everything well, and the Orioles are in need of an impact position player in the system.

4. Kansas City Royals- Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU

Ranaudo comes into the year as the best college pitcher. He is represented by Scott Boras, so that always has an effect on where a player is drafted. When it comes to draft day, the Royals will take the best player available. That is Ranaudo.

5.Cleveland Indians- Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss

The Indians are lacking a power LHP in the system, and Pomeranz would change that. At 6'5, Pomeranz sits low 90's with a curveball that is a legitimate swing and miss pitch. Cleveland will not pass that up.

6. Arizona Diamondbacks- AJ Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS (FL)

Cole might be the most projectable pitcher in the draft. At 6'4, 180 pounds, he still has a lot of room to get stronger. He has two plus pitches and when he fills out they should both improve. He is a top of the line starter.

7. New York Mets- Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast

Sale came out of nowhere this summer on the cape to become one of the top LHPs in the draft. The Mets would love to add a 6'6 lefty who is always around the plate into their system. Sale still has room to fill out too, as he is only 175 pounds.

8.Houston Astros- Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas

Armed with a solid fastball and above average curveball, Workman will be on Houston's radar all spring long. A safe pick who should be able to eat up innings.

9.San Diego Padres- Stetson Allie, RHP, St. Edward HS(OH)

The hardest thrower in the draft, Allie has already flashed up to 99 mph. Usually a safe picking team, the Padres have showed recently that they are not afraid to spend the money to sign the best player available. The only negative about Allie is that due to his high effort delivery, he might just be a reliever. At worst case, Allie should be able to develop into a power closer, but he will be given his shot in the rotation.

10.Oakland Athletics- James Paxton, LHP, Kentucky

Paxton was taken in the first round last year, but didn't sign. A power lefty who can hit upper 90s, Paxton will be the first senior taken on draft day. However, Paxton will still be 21 by the signing deadline, and he still has yet to open his true potential. He has a good fastball/slider mix that he uses well, and a developing change up as well.

11.Toronto Blue Jays- Zach Cox, 3B, Arkansas

Cox, a draft eligible sophomore, might just be the best hitter in the draft after Harper. He is a power left handed bat that the Blue Jays need in the system. Some have questions about the defense, but Cox should be able to stay at third base.

12. Cincinnati Reds- Bryce Brentz, OF, MTSU

Shuffled a lot on this pick, but ultimately settled on Brentz. All he has done since he entered college was mash. A true power hitter, Brentz has the ability to hit for power to all fields. With another big year at Middle Tennessee, Brentz will land himself in the middle of the first round.

13. Chicago White Sox- Matt Harvey, RHP, UNC

Harvey was viewed as a top 5 pick, if not the top pick in the draft for quite some time. That was before Harper entered the draft, and before Harvey has a disapointing season at UNC. If Harvey bounces back to form, he could find himself near the top of the draft again.

14. Milwaukee Brewers- Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS(FL)

Whitson is a personal favorite of mine, who doesn't get enough love from the scouts. I feel he is right there with Cole as the number two pitcher in the class. He has a live arm, and a good feel for his slider. Look for Whitson to have a big spring.

15. Texas Rangers- Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech

McGuire is a guy with an impressive repetoire. He throws all his pitches well, and at 6'6, he is a very intriguing pick. This pick is the compensation pick for not signing Matthew Purke, so the Rangers have to make sure they pick a player that they know is signable. Look for McGuire to have a big spring in the ACC.

16. Chicago Cubs- DeAndre Smelter, RHP, Tattnall Square Academy(GA)

Smelter is a great athlete. The Cubs have been known to love athletes. Smelter mixes his pitches very well, while hiding the ball effectively. He still has yet to tap into his full potential as a pitcher, and when he does he could sneak his way even higher into the first round.

17. Tampa Bay Rays- Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS(FL)

Castellanos had a big summer to put himself into the mix. He is a pure hitter, and has solid power to all fields. He is a good athlete, and runs well for being 6'4.

18. Seattle Mariners- Austin Wilson, OF, Harvard-Westlake HS(CA)

The best high school outfielder in the draft. Wilson is a good athlete with an absolute cannon from the outfield. Wilson already has a major league ready outfield arm. He has some good power, and those balls he hits in the gaps should turn into home runs down the road.

19. Detroit Tigers- LeVon Washington, OF, Chipola JC
A first round pick from last year, Washington decided to take the JUCO route. He is represented by Boras, and the Tigers never shy away from the Boras client. Washington will be on most teams radars as we reach the mid to late first round.

20. Atlanta Braves- Cameron Bedrosian, RHP, East Coweta HS(GA)
The Braves love the local pick, and Bedrosian could be their guy. He has been around the game for a while, as he is the son of Cy Young Award Winner Steve Bedrosian. Bedrosian has a solid fastball, and a breaking ball that made even Bryce Harper look foolish in the AFLAC game.

21. Minnesota Twins- Manny Machado, INF, Brito Private HS(FL)
Machado has some questions on his bat, and if he can stay at shortstop. In both cases, I trust that he can stay at shortstop even if he is already 6'2. He takes good routes to the ball and is relatively smooth. He hits the ball hard, and can handle fastballs well.

22. Texas Rangers- Kevin Keyes, OF, Texas
Another first round pick for Texas. I see the Rangers staying local, and selecting the power hitting Keyes. They have been on Keyes for a while, since selecting him in the 2007 draft before he attended UT.

23. Florida Marlins- Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchet HS(WA)
Possibly the best pure hitter in the whole 2010 HS class. Sale is a left handed power bat that could be a middle of the order hitter for a long time. He is destined for either left field or right field, and he is not that athletic, but the bat is a special one.

24. San Francisco Giants- Kris Bryant, 3B, Bonanza HS(NV)
Bryant is a true power hitter. The giants are lacking the big bat in the lower levels, and Bryant would quickly become the best option. He is a fantastic hitter, but the defense is a question. Some think his ultimate destination might be first base.

25.St. Louis Cardinals- Brett Eibner, OF/RHP, Arkansas
Eibner might just be the best two way college player. I'm still 50/50 with him right now. Either way, this season should decide that.

26. Colorado Rockies- Kevin Gausman,RHP,Grandview HS(CO)
Gausman is intriguing. He still has a lot of room for him to fill out, as he is 6'4, 180 pounds. He is ultra projectable, and the home state Rockies would love for him to fall to them.

27.Philadelphia Phillies- Yordy Cabrera, SS, Lakeland HS(FL)
One of the best power displays I've seen from a HS player. During the week of the AFLAC game Cabrera put on a show in the first round at the University of San Diego. He is big, so he might outgrow SS, but either way, his bat is special.

28.Los Angeles Dodgers- Victor Sanchez, 3B, San Diego
Sanchez was a top prospect in HS too, but he has only improved since going to USD. With a big year, Sanchez will move right up the draft boards.

29.Boston Red Sox-Dylan Covey, RHP, Marantha HS(CA)
Covey had a great summer. Some like Covey up with Cole, as the 2-3 behind Taillon. He's in that next level down for me, with Whitson, Smelter, Allie and Bedrosian. The Sox would love to add an arm like this into the lower levels.

30.Los Angeles Angels- Stefan Sabol, C, Aliso Niguel HS(CA)
Sabol has a lot riding on this season. A lot of questions about him staying behind the plate. Sabol is a blazer though, and he has the ability to hit to all fields.

31. Tampa Bay Rays- AJ Vanegas, RHP, Redwood Christian HS(CA)
Vanegas has some great stuff. A solid fastball, and a power curveball. He is committed to Stanford and that could come into play. If not, his talent is deserving of a late first round pick.

32. New York Yankees- Garin Cecchini, SS, Barbe HS(LA)
Cecchini has been flying up the boards. The Yankees have to start thinking of a long term replacement for Derek Jeter. Cecchini will need time to develop in the minors, and by the time he's ready, Jeter might be done.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

2010 MLB Mock Draft

My first Mock Draft will be going up within the next couple of days. Be sure to check it out!

2010 MLB Draft Order

2010 MLB Draft Order

1. Nationals (59-103)
2. Pirates (62-99)
3. Orioles (64-98)
4. Royals (65-97)
5. Indians (65-97)
6. Diamondbacks (70-92)
7. Mets (70-92)
8. Astros (74-88)
9. Padres (75-87)
10. Athletics (75-87)
11. Blue Jays (75-87)
12. Reds (78-84)
13. White Sox (79-83)
14. Brewers (80-82)
15. Rangers (for Matt Purke)
16. Cubs (83-78)
17. Rays (84-78)
18. Mariners (85-77)
19. Tigers (86-77)
20. Braves (86-76)
21. Twins (87-76)
22. Rangers (87-75)
23. Marlins (87-75)
24. Giants (88-74)
25. Cardinals (91-71)
26. Rockies (92-70)
27. Phillies (93-69)
28. Dodgers (95-67)
29. Red Sox (95-67)
30. Angels (97-65)
31. Rays (for LeVon Washington)
32. Yankees (103-59)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Top Prospect Q and A : Jameson Taillon

Interview with Top Prospect Jameson Taillon. Taillon is the #1 High School Prospect in the nation, according to Baseball America.

Jameson Taillon- RHP, Woodlands HS
Hey Jameson, congrats on signing with Rice. Was this the school you had hoped to attend from the start? Were there any other colleges that were in the mix?

I gave my verbal committment at the very end of my sophmore summer going into my Junior year. People ask if I regret committing so early, my answer is always the same "No Way, I have always wanted to go to Rice, so if they were ready to give their word, I was ready to give mine!". I have always had a twinkle in my eye for Rice. Rice University is 45 minutes from my house, they have a great baseball program with a winning tradition, first class coaches, facilities that are second to none, and incredible academics.. What else could anyone ask for! I got a lot of letters and invitations to attend practices and games from schools like Texas, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and LSU. However, there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to be a Rice Owl.

As of right now, you are one of the top RHP prospects in the country. Describe how that feels, and how it has changed your life on a day to day basis.

It's a good feeling knowing that I had a great summer and put myself in position to possibly be a high draft pick. I accomplished all of my goals for the summer (Team USA, Aflac, and Under Armour). However, what matters is being a top RHP come draft day. I realize I have a target on my back and I work hard to try to separate myself from others. This fall I have gotten with Texas Sports Medicine and they have me on a great training program. They work with guys like Adam Dunn, Kyle Russell, Taylor Grote, Jorge Cantu, Chad Qualls, etc. It hasn't changed my life too much. However, I get magazines, baseball cards, and baseballs in the mail to sign which is pretty neat and rewarding!

If there was one thing that you would like to improve on from now until the draft in June, what would it be?

I am working extremely hard this fall on my physical condition, and when I pick up throwing again (I have taken a nice 6 week break from throwing since returning from Venezuela with Team USA) I will be refining my mechanics. However, this season I am really focused on just having the proper mindset. I am working on focusing on what I can control. On the mound there will always be adversity (crowds, umpires, weather, fields, opposing teams, etc.). I know this is a huge spring for me, but I want to work on just having fun playing with my teammates one last time. If I have fun and we focus on the team, then the draft and everything will fall into place.

Last question, what is your favorite team, and who is your favorite player?

Hmm tough question. Being from Houston I follow the Astros a lot. I really don't have one favorite team. I love the way the Angels play the game, I also admire the Red Sox tradition and approach towards the game. Favorite player is Josh Beckett by far. He pitched at Spring High School which is just about 10 miles down the highway. Our high school actually scrimmages Spring our first game every season! I really look up to the way he pitches. He has a fearless approach with dominating stuff. He embodies that big, hard-throwing Texan. We also garner a lot of comparisons.

Thank you very much for taking the time Jameson. Good luck to you this season.

MLB Draft Top 50 Prospects

This is my first official Top 50 Draft Prospect list. I'm sure a lot will change between this ranking list and the next one that comes out.

1- Bryce Harper- Catcher, Southern Nevada
2- Jameson Taillon- RHP, The Woodlands HS
3- Anthony Ranaudo- RHP, LSU
4- Drew Pomeranz- LHP, Ole Miss
5- AJ Cole- RHP, Oviedo HS
6- Christian Colon- SS, Cal St. Fullerton
7- Stetson Allie- RHP, St. Edward HS
8- Matt Harvey- RHP, UNC
9-Brandon Workman- RHP, Texas
10- DeAndre Smelter- RHP, Tattnall Academy
11- Nick Castellanos- SS, Archbishop McCarthy HS
12- Chris Sale- LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University
13-Bryce Brentz- OF, MTSU
14-LeVon Washington-2B, Chipola JC
15- Karsten Whitson-RHP, Chipley HS
16- Manny Machado- SS, Brito Miami Private HS
17-Kevin Keyes- OF, Texas
18- Zack Cox- 3B, Arkansas
19- Cameron Bedrosian- RHP, East Coweta HS
20- Yordy Cabrera- SS/RHP, Lakeland HS
21-Jedd Gyorko- 3B, West Virginia
22-Austin Wilson- OF, Harvard-Westlake HS
23-Dylan Covey- RHP, Marantha HS
24-James Paxton-LHP, Kentucky
25- Vic Sanchez- 3B, San Diego
26- Deck MaGuire- RHP, Georgia Tech
27-Josh Sale- OF, Bishop Blanchet HS
28-Yasmani Grandal- C, Miami
29-Brett Eibner- RHP/OF, Arkansas
30- Stefan Sabol-C, Aliso Niguel HS
31-Jesse Hahn- RHP, Virginia Tech
32-Garin Cecchini- SS, Barbe HS
33- Kevin Gausman- RHP, Grandview HS
34-Jake Eliopoulos- LHP
35- Kevin Ziomek- LHP, Amherst HS
36- Brian Ragira- OF, Martin HS
37-AJ Vanegas- RHP, Redwood Christian School
38-Seth Blair- RHP, Arizona State
39-Andy Wilkins- 1B, Arkansas
40- Chad Bettis- RHP, Texas Tech
41- Zach Alvord- SS, South Forsyth HS
42- Sam Dyson- RHP, South Carolina
43- Kris Bryant- 3B, Bonanza HS
44-Justin O'Conner- RHP/ SS, Cowan HS
45- Tyler Holt- OF, Florida State
46-Micah Gibbs- C, LSU
47- Josh Osich- LHP, Oregon State
48- Alex Wimmers- RHP, Ohio State
49-Sammy Solis- LHP, San Diego
50- Trey Griffin- OF, MLK HS

AFLAC Top 15 Prospects

I was able to fly out to San Diego for three days of watching the 2009 Aflac All Americans. I was able to see them perform infield/outfield, batting practice, scrimmages, and finally the game that took place on Sunday. The pitchers are definitely ahead of the hitters at this point. This is how I ranked the top 15 players in attendance. This was a combination of the players performance during the week, and what their future performance will be.

1- Bryce Harper, C, Las Vegas High School, Las Vegas, NV Although he had a disappointing game at the plate, Harper still showed why he is the number one talent in high school, and possibly, the number one talent in the 2010 draft. He went 0-5 with three strikeouts in the game, including getting completely fooled by Cameron Bedrosian, on a nasty breaking ball. During the week he showcased his power in batting practice and it is truly amazing what he can do with the bat. Harper also showed off his power arm from behind the dish, and even if he struggled in the game, he is still the number one prospect from the game.

2- Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands, TX This big right hander dominated in the game, striking out four, including striking out the side in the second. He is in a class by himself as far as pitchers go this year. He ran his fastball up to 97, and his breaking ball was also very sharp. In the second, he struck out Reggie Golden and Stetson Allie with the fastball, then got Connor Narron looking on his sharp breaking ball. For me, he is a definite top 5 pick in the draft at this point.

3- Yordy Cabrera, INF/RHP, Lakeland Senior High School, Lakeland, FL A physically imposing high schooler, Cabrera is listed at 6’4, 190 pounds. His body looks pro ready already, although he is much older than the other players at the event. Cabrera showed off his power all week long, including hitting eight homers during the first round of the home run derby at the University of San Diego, then hitting five out at PETCO. He hit some monster shots at USD and he makes it look easy. He was dead pull all week and it will be interesting to see how he handles the outside pitch, and if he is able to go the other way with it. He has good bloodlines, as his father is a coach in the Detroit Tigers system.

4- DeAndre Smelter, RHP, Tattnall Square Academy, Macon,GA To me, the next group of five right handers is relatively close at this point. It will be very interesting to see who separates themselves in the upcoming year as they all have first round arms. Smelter was the most impressive to me, striking out the side in the 8th inning. He made easy work of phenom Bryce Harper, Krey Bratsen, and Austin Wilson. His fastball ran up to 95 and sat in the low to mid 90’s the entire inning. His splitter was also very impressive, and this one could be a great one!

5- Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley High School, Chipley, FL Whitson was a personal favorite of mine, the way he handled himself on and off the mound. He has a good work ethic and a great arm to boot. His fastball was around 93-95 during the game, and his slider could be a great out pitch at the upper levels. Whitson struck out Harper with a nice fastball, and forced MVP Tony Wolters to ground into a double play. Look for Whitson to have a huge year and find himself in the middle of the first round.

6- AJ Cole, RHP, Oviedo High School, Winter Springs, FL Cole came into the weekend as my second ranked right hander, but struggled a bit on the mound. He was battling an eye problem the whole week but it was still easy to see why he is ranked so high. His fastball ran up to the mid 90’s and his breaking ball is up there with the best off speed pitches in the country. Cole struck out Stefan Sabol in the game, while letting up a double to outfielder Brian Ragira. Cole still fits himself in the middle of the first round

7- Stetson Allie, RHP, St. Edward High School, Olmsted Falls,OH Allie has an outstanding arm, and is the hardest thrower in the 2010 class. He usually sits around 96-97 mph, and at this event touched 97 also. He is a big RHP, listed at 6’4, 225 and he showed why is ranked so high in the class. He allowed a walk to Kris Bryant, but struck out Bratsen, then recorded two straight groundouts to end the inning. Definite first round arm at this point!

8- Cameron Bedrosian, RHP, East Coweta High School, Senoia, GA Bedrosian had a busy inning in the first, allowing two runs after allowing a single and walk, but also showed his plus stuff. His curveball is outstanding, and it made Bryce Harper look foolish. He also got power hitter Kris Bryant to strike out on the curve. Good bloodlines here, as his father is Cy Young Award Winner Steve Bedrosian. All five of these RHP have great stuff, and any one of them could emerge as the number two guy, behind Jameson Taillon.

9- Justin O’Conner, INF/RHP, Cowan Junior/Senior High School, Muncie IN O’Conner had a rough game, going 0-2 with 2 strikeouts, but I was able to see him all week and he is a great player with some pop in his bat. He had some great BP sessions and is able to generate a lot of power with his 6’1,190 pound frame. He has smooth actions in the middle infield and has a solid arm. He also threw an inning in the game, reaching the low 90’s. He is a great two-way talent, who to me is better as a position player.

10- Tony Wolters, SS, Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista, CA Wolters was the game’s Most Valuable Player, going 2-4 with an RBI triple to tie the game late. He is a fun player to watch because he is very undersized at 5-10, 165. He does all the small things well, and he has a cannon for an arm across the diamond. Very solid defensive player and can handle the fastball well at the plate. It will be very interesting to see where he ends up in the draft, or if he heads to college next season. He is going to be a special player.

11- Kris Bryant, INF, Bonanza High School, Las Vegas, NV Power is his calling card. He is a giant at the plate, at 6’5,205 and he generates a ton of power in his swing. Bryant went 0-2 with a walk in the game, but the days before is where he shined. It was great to watch him during BP as he makes it look almost too easy to hit for that much power. He has a solid arm across the diamond and should be able to stay at third base as he moves up during his career.

12- Zach Alvord, INF, South Forsyth High School, Alpharetta, GA Alvord is a great shortstop prospect who can really hit the ball. During the week he put on some of the best BP sessions in San Diego. Alvord has a lot of pop in his bat and is one of the best power hitters in the country. He is also a smooth defensive shortstop and it was great to see him taking tips from Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith during the week. Alvord went 0-2 with a walk, but hit the ball hard and far in his second at bat against Peter Tago.

13- Stefan Sabol, C/OF, Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, CA Sabol is an outstanding athlete who is a blast to see play. He is athletic enough to play almost anywhere on the diamond, but if he is able to stick at catcher, it will greatly improve his draft stock. He has blazing speed and is a very exciting player. Sabol went hitless in the game, but he is a fantastic athlete who has committed to play for Oregon.

14- Josh Sale, OF/1B, Bishop Blanchet High School, Seattle, WA Sale is one of the top hitters in the country. It is unsure where he will play defensively but his bat should play anywhere. He went 0-1 with a walk during the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if by draft time, he is the top high school hitter in the draft.

15- AJ Vanegas, RHP, Redwood Christian High School, Alameda, CA Vanegas was a pleasant surprise during the weekend. He was in the 91-92 range in the game, touching 93 and he coasted through an easy third inning. He has a good breaking ball, that will improve if he adds a little velocity to it. He struck out two in his inning. He could emerge as a top pitcher in the country and put himself in the upper class of RHP’s with a good year. Personal favorite of mine.

Welcome! 2010 MLB Draft Blog

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog. This will be the best place to get full scouting reports for all of the top 2010 MLB Draft prospects. I travel throughout the country to see these players play. I will be posting scouting reports, national rankings, position by position rankings, player vs. player arguements, and much more. Thank you for visiting!

Jeff Sullivan