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2012 MLB Draft: SEC Pitchers to Know

A few names were covered last Friday, but a list like this deserves more explanation. Off the top, I need to confess that finding a way to reconcile what to do with pitchers who profile as starters (three pitches and repeatable mechanics being the first two things that need to be checked off) versus pitchers who are almost certainly confined to bullpen roles from now until eternity.

That’s a big part of what gives Selman the edge over a few safer, arguably more presently talented arms like Sanburn, Price, Gardeck, and Maddox. Selman’s bad start has me nervous, but it isn’t like he is struggling due to a lack of stuff. With Selman, you know both below-average present command and control are what has kept him from becoming a big-time prospect. For better or worse, and right now we’re seeing that worse at its worst, that’s part of the deal. Sanburn is probably the most justifiable choice as the conference’s second best pitching arm, but it kills me that Arkansas hasn’t given him the chance to start. I get where they are coming from — the Razorbacks have a loaded pitching class that will heard from early and often in each of the next three draft years — but, man, I’d love to have a better idea how Sanburn’s stuff would play across longer outings. He’s got a deep enough arsenal of pitches — fastball, change, slider, and curve — and a consistent enough delivery to transition well to the rotation in theory. Price could also start professionally, and recent rumblings have some scouts who have seen Maddox this year thinking he could be tried in a rotation in the pros. Gardeck is the only sure-fire reliever of the quartet, but the fact that the other three pitchers have questions about their long-term role causes just enough hesitation for me that I can’t put any of them over a classic starting pitching type like Selman. Of course, Selman’s inability to throw consistent strikes could keep him from ever amounting to anything, so…

I might be a little nuts to include Derrick Bleeker at all, but arm strength like his can’t be ignored. I already covered the similarities between Randall and Palazzone, so it should be no surprise to see the two so tightly bunched on the rankings. You could probably lump Godley in with those two, but I just plain like his stuff (mostly his cutter and mid-70s curve) better. From Clinard onward, the list is almost all reliever, all the time. The only potential exceptions that I see are Westmoreland, Bourgeois, Boling (if healthy, but that’s a big if), and maybe Blount. From Fant to the end, the odds of each player getting popped goes down, down, down. The ones most likely to find a home on draft day are those that excel in one particular area: Smith with his sinker, Watson with good lefty velocity, and Wallen with a sidearm delivery that makes life tough on righthanded hitters. Belcher (missed 2011 season) and Wolfe (has/will miss 2012 season) got tacked on to the end despite the fact that both has serious questions to answer about their health going forward. Belcher was also included because I’d like very much for Milwaukee to spend their 50th round pick on him this year.

  1. Louisiana State SO RHP Kevin Gausman
  2. Vanderbilt JR LHP Sam Selman
  3. Arkansas SO RHP Nolan Sanburn
  4. South Carolina rJR RHP Matt Price
  5. Georgia rSO LHP Alex Wood
  6. Kentucky JR LHP Taylor Rogers
  7. Alabama JR RHP Ian Gardeck
  8. Florida JR RHP Austin Maddox
  9. Mississippi State JR RHP Chris Stratton
  10. Arkansas JR RHP DJ Baxendale
  11. Florida JR LHP Steven Rodriguez
  12. Kentucky JR LHP Jerad Grundy
  13. Tennessee JR RHP Zack Godley
  14. Florida JR RHP Hudson Randall
  15. Georgia SR RHP Michael Palazzone
  16. Vanderbilt rJR RHP Will Clinard
  17. Kentucky JR RHP Chris Garrison
  18. Arkansas JR RHP Derrick Bleeker
  19. South Carolina JR RHP Ethan Carter
  20. Mississippi JR RHP Brett Huber
  21. Arkansas rJR LHP Trent Daniel
  22. Georgia JR RHP Tyler Maloof
  23. Mississippi rSR RHP RJ Hively
  24. Florida SR RHP Greg Larson
  25. South Carolina JR LHP Adam Westmoreland
  26. South Carolina SR LHP Michael Roth
  27. South Carolina JR RHP Colby Holmes
  28. Louisiana State JR RHP Joey Bourgeois
  29. Mississippi State rSO RHP Ben Bracewell
  30. Louisiana State JR RHP Nick Goody
  31. Vanderbilt JR RHP Drew Verhagen
  32. Georgia JR LHP Patrick Boling
  33. Tennessee JR RHP Nicholas Blount
  34. Mississippi State JR LHP Nick Routt
  35. Arkansas JR LHP Randall Fant
  36. Vanderbilt rSO LHP Keenan Kolinsky
  37. Auburn SR RHP Derek Varnadore
  38. South Carolina JR LHP Tyler Webb
  39. Auburn JR RHP Slade Smith
  40. Mississippi State rSO LHP CC Watson
  41. Georgia JR LHP Blake Dieterich
  42. Auburn SR RHP Ethan Wallen
  43. Mississippi JR LHP Dylan Chavez
  44. South Carolina SR LHP Logan Munson
  45. Auburn SR LHP Cory Luckie
  46. Mississippi State SR RHP Caleb Reed
  47. Arkansas JR LHP Cade Lynch
  48. Auburn SR RHP Jon Luke Jacobs
  49. Kentucky SR LHP Alex Phillips
  50. Alabama JR RHP Trey Pilkington
  51. Georgia JR RHP Bryan Benzor
  52. Mississippi State JR LHP Luis Pollorena
  53. Mississippi State JR LHP Chad Girodo
  54. Kentucky JR RHP Walter Wijas
  55. Mississippi State JR RHP Kendall Graveman
  56. Alabama JR RHP Tucker Hawley
  57. Louisiana State JR RHP Kevin Berry
  58. Georgia SR LHP Chase Hawkins
  59. South Carolina JR LHP Nolan Belcher
  60. Alabama JR LHP Taylor Wolfe

2012 MLB Draft: SEC Position Players of Note

Since we covered SEC pitching last week (the full list will be published tomorrow), why not start off the first full week of March with a look around college baseball’s best conference and see what kind of position player talent we can find…

Catchers

  1. Florida JR C Mike Zunino
  2. Kentucky JR C Luke Maile
  3. Kentucky SR C Michael Williams
  4. South Carolina JR C Dante Rosenberg
  5. Georgia JR C Brett DeLoach
  6. Mississippi SR C Taylor Hightower
  7. Vanderbilt rSR C Drew Fann
  8. Mississippi State JR C Mitch Slauter

Zunino is a star and as close to a sure-thing as any prospect in this year’s draft. The skeptic in me doesn’t like his K/BB numbers, but the rest of his skill set is just too damn strong to worry about the one less than thrilling component (no, I won’t count his sub-glacial speed against him) of his game. His approach could keep him from being the star that some see him as, but nothing short of a meteor striking him down in the batter’s box (you can’t see me, but rest assured I’m knocking on wood) should keep him from being an above-average everyday catcher in the big leagues. That’s tremendously valuable, but you knew that already. Senior signs like Williams, Hightower, and Fann are all known for providing above-average (or, in Hightower’s case, better than that) defense behind the plate. Williams and Hightower both have exceptional arm strength. Rosenberg is an excellent defensive catcher as well; how he performs at the plate in 2012 will determine whether or not he gets popped early enough to sign in June or if he’ll suffer the same fate as Williams, Hightower, and Fann (seniors rule!). I’m most intrigued by the pair of players who may or may not stick behind the plate long-term. I think both Maile and DeLoach can catch professionally (ah, so that’s why they are included with the catchers!), but I understand the concerns on both. Maile has the tools, frame, and athleticism to catch, but lacks proper experience. DeLoach offers similar strengths, but his future defensive home might come down to matters of health. If his arm is sound, he should catch. If not, he’ll face the steep uphill battle of trying to hit enough to hold down a spot in either left field or first base. Maile’s bat has more of a chance of playing elsewhere due to his prodigious raw power.

Who Gets Drafted? Zunino, Maile (though perhaps not as a catcher), Williams, and Hightower. The juniors are all squarely on the bubble, but probably more likely to wind up as senior signs than juniors drafted early enough to leave school.

First Basemen

  1. Florida JR 1B Brian Johnson
  2. South Carolina JR 1B Christian Walker
  3. Florida SR 1B Preston Tucker
  4. Florida JR 1B Vickash Ramjit
  5. Mississippi SR 1B Matt Snyder
  6. South Carolina rSO 1B Brison Celek
  7. Arkansas SR 1B Sam Bates
  8. Louisiana State JR 1B Alex Edward
  9. Louisiana State SR 1B Grant Dozar
  10. Tennessee SR 1B Davis Morgan

I tend to err on the side of “pitch first, hit second,” but Brian Johnson is a better position player prospect for me right now so that’s where he sits. I believe in the power enough that I think his bat could be enough to hold down an everyday job at first in the big leagues someday. Check a first base minor league prospect ranking to see how rare that is these days. Walker is the only other player on the list with a realistic chance to play every day, but even that’s a stretch. That’s no slight against Walker, a really gifted natural hitter with solid power potential and a good approach, but rather yet another example of how difficult it is to seize one of the thirty MLB first base starting positions. The next few names all profile nicely as potential bench bats or, in an ideal world, platoon players. Tucker has been a long-time favorite who just keeps hitting, hitting, and hitting. A little bit of positional versatility shown at the college level has helped his stock just enough that some teams might view him as a viable spot starter in the outfield. Ramjit, the third Gator in this particular top four, might have the most untapped upside of the remaining players. He has the size, athleticism, and power upside to surprise people by playing better as a professional than he ever did in the Swamp.

Who Gets Drafted? Johnson, Walker, and Tucker are all locks to be drafted. Both Johnson and Walker will likely be off the board within the draft’s first three to five rounds. I could see Ramjit wanting to return for a shot at more playing time and a better draft standing in 2013. The rest of the seniors, with Snyder and Bates leading the way, are all legitimate mid-round depth selections for teams looking to round out their low minor league lineups.

Second Basemen

  1. Mississippi JR 2B Alex Yarbrough
  2. Georgia SR 2B Levi Hyams
  3. Louisiana State SR 2B Tyler Hanover
  4. Vanderbilt SR 2B Riley Reynolds
  5. Arkansas SR 2B Bo Bigham
  6. South Carolina JR 2B Chase Vergason
  7. Louisiana State JR 2B Casey Yocom

As expected for a position where players are more often created than born, second base is thin in the SEC. Yarbrough has a strong hit tool and above-average speed, but he’s not a lock to stay up the middle defensively. Hyams and Hanover both do enough well to profile as potential utility infielders. If you’re feeling generous, you could probably say the same for fellow potential senior signs Reynolds and Bigham. I originally had Arkansas 2B Kenny Roberts on the list, but didn’t see his name on the Razorbacks roster last I checked.

Who Gets Drafted? Because teams need players capable of holding down middle infield spots, I could see Yarbrough and the four seniors all getting drafted at some point this June. Vergason’s slow start could cost him as younger players (and better long-term prospects) begin to eat into his playing time.

Shortstops

  1. Florida JR SS Nolan Fontana
  2. Georgia JR SS Kyle Farmer
  3. Louisiana State SR SS Austin Nola
  4. Tennessee SR SS Zach Osborne
  5. Vanderbilt JR SS Anthony Gomez
  6. Florida JR SS Cody Dent
  7. Mississippi SR SS Blake Newalu
  8. Alabama SR SS Jared Reaves
  9. Arkansas rSR SS Tim Carver

Fontana won’t go in the top five this year, but I’m pretty sure I like him as much as the player he was often compared to out of high school, Christian Colon. Zunino’s floor is arguably higher than any prospect’s in the country, but Fontana’s isn’t so bad either. He consistently catches the ball, gets on base, and has just enough pop to keep pitchers honest. He might never hit higher than 8th in a lineup (9th if he lands with the Cardinals…yes, I know that joke makes no sense now that LaRussa is gone, but that hasn’t stopped me before), but the fact that he’ll hit in a lineup at all is promising. Farmer, Nola, and Osborne all play good enough defense to make some noise as potential top ten round players this draft. Of the three, Farmer is the only one with an honest shot to make it as a regular. I wish I knew more about Jared Reaves because his 2011 park/schedule adjusted numbers (.369/.434/.535 – 25 BB/30 K – 241 AB) are intriguing.

Who Gets Drafted? Absolutely Fontana, and almost certainly Farmer and Nola. Osborne and Gomez have better than average shots to be drafted. Dent has just enough in the way of tools, not to mention the bloodlines that teams love, to warrant consideration, but his performances haven’t exactly lit the world on fire and he might be stretched defensively at short. Carver is a damn fine college player who hasn’t hit enough to justify a draft pick, at least not yet.

Third Basemen

  1. Arkansas JR 3B Matt Reynolds
  2. Georgia SR 3B Colby May
  3. Kentucky SR 3B Thomas McCarthy
  4. Auburn SR 3B Creede Simpson
  5. Mississippi JR 3B Andrew Mistone
  6. South Carolina JR 3B LB Dantzler
  7. Alabama JR 3B Brett Booth
  8. Georgia JR 3B Curt Powell

The only thing keeping Matt Reynolds from being a slam dunk first day pick is a lack of raw power. As a pure hitter he compares favorably to former Razorbacks third basemen Logan Forsythe and Zack Cox, and his power upside likely falls somewhere between the two. The rest of his tools work just fine: his defense at third is excellent, his arm and speed are both above-average, and his athleticism is so good that some pro teams think he’ll be just fine playing second base or even catcher at the next level. From a tools-only standpoint, there are some blurry comparisons to the Virginia version of Ryan Zimmerman. A reality check reveals that Reynolds was a park/schedule adjusted .238 hitter last year, so…

Who Gets Drafted? Reynolds, for sure, with May (SS and 1B), Simpson (OF), Mistone (2B), and Booth (C) all in the mix as potential super-subs professionally.

Outfielders

  1. Vanderbilt JR OF Connor Harrell
  2. Louisiana State JR OF Raph Rhymes
  3. Tennessee JR OF Drew Steckenrider
  4. Alabama SR OF Taylor Dugas
  5. Vanderbilt JR OF Michael Yastrzemski
  6. Louisiana State JR OF Mason Katz
  7. South Carolina JR OF Evan Marzilli
  8. Arkansas JR OF Matt Vinson
  9. Louisiana State JR OF Arby Fields
  10. Georgia SR OF Peter Verdin
  11. Mississippi SR OF Zach Kirksey
  12. Mississippi JR OF Tanner Mathis
  13. South Carolina SR OF Adam Matthews
  14. Kentucky JR OF Brian Adams
  15. Arkansas rSO OF Jacob Morris
  16. Florida SR OF Tyler Thompson
  17. Florida SR OF Daniel Pigott
  18. Alabama JR OF Cameron Carlisle
  19. Vanderbilt rJR OF Jack Lupo
  20. Georgia JR OF Kevin Ruiz
  21. Auburn JR OF Cullen Wacker
  22. Alabama JR OF Andrew Miller
  23. Tennessee JR OF Chris Fritts
  24. Mississippi State SR OF Brent Brownlee
  25. Alabama SR OF Jon Kelton

The SEC is littered with outfielders with big-time tools and below-average production. Steckenrider, Marzilli, Vinson, Verdin, and Kirksey all have tools that have outpaced their collegiate performances thus far. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are grinders like Dugas and Yastrzemski who play above their modest tools. Rhymes doesn’t quite fit either group, but he’s such a gifted natural hitter that he deserves far more recognition than he gets; for me, there isn’t a ton separating him from the much better known Jeremy Baltz. The aforementioned Steckenrider is more or less the Brian Johnson of SEC outfielders. Both men are universally regarded as superior on the mound, but each has so much raw power at the plate that there is at least some question about their long-term baseball homes.

Who Gets Drafted? I’m inclined to say everybody from Harrell to Pigott, but even I know that’s probably more names than what we’ll really hear in June. I sent a quick draft of this to somebody in the know who didn’t particularly care for the order (“Rhymes second is crazy, Steckenrider is a reliever, and you need to knock off the cheerleading for Dugas”) who wanted me to also explicitly pass along that I’m crazy for having Morris where he is. He said, “Morris has the talent to be much closer to the top than his current standing near the bottom.”

2010 College Baseball Week Four – SEC Edition

Running out of steam/time on these, but figured the SEC is too big of a deal to skip out on. We’re already at Week 5 of the college baseball season, but let’s take one last look at Week 4 before this information gets any more out of date and useless.

Florida

Friday: SS Nolan Fontana (Florida): 2-4
Friday: FR 1B Austin Maddox (Florida): 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Friday: FR C Mike Zunino (Florida): 3-3, HR, 3B, 2 RBI, R
Friday: SO LHP Alex Panteliodis (Florida): 7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K
Saturday: SR CF Matt den Dekker (Florida): 2-5, 3B, BB, RBI, 3 R, 2 K
Saturday: SO 1B Preston Tucker (Florida): 3-6, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R
Saturday: FR DH Austin Maddox (Florida): 4-6, 2 R, K
Saturday: FR SS Nolan Fontana (Florida): 0-1, 3 BB, SB, 2 R
Saturday: SR OF Jonathan Pigott (Florida): 1-2, BB, SB, 2 RBI, R, K
Sunday: JR 2B Josh Adams (Florida): 2-2, 2B, 2 BB, SB
Sunday: SO LHRP Nick Maronde (Florida): 1.1 IP 1 H 2 ER 4 BB 1 K
Sunday: SO RHP Tommy Toledo (Florida): 3 IP 5 H 4 ER 2 BB 3 K
Sunday: FR LHP Steven Rodriguez (Florida): 4 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K

Fontana, den Dekker, Tucker, Maddox, Adams, Zunino, Tyler Thompson, Bryson Smith, and Kamm Washington. How’s that for a college starting nine? I may be wildly overrating the latest crop of amateur draft talent (something I’m wont to do), but that’s a core of position players that I wouldn’t mind having as favorite team’s minor league system’s hitting talent base. Could be six starting caliber players in that group.

Louisiana State

Friday: SR 1B Blake Dean (LSU): 3-5, HR, RBI, R
Friday: SO RHP Joey Bourgeois (LSU): 1.2 IP 5 H 6 ER 3 BB 0 K
Saturday: SR 1B Blake Dean (LSU): 3-3, HR, 2B, BB, 4 RBI, R
Saturday: SO OF Mikie Mahtook (LSU): 3-4, SB, R
Saturday: JR RHP Austin Ross (LSU): 6.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K
Saturday: SO RHP Matty Ott (LSU): 1.1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K

Will Blake Dean hit enough to be an everyday first baseman professionally? Does Matty Ott have the stuff to get an honest crack at a big league closer job someday? Can Mikie Mahtook put it all together to head into his draft year as a potential top-ten guy, as perhaps his talent suggests? Can somebody else answer these questions for me because I honestly have no idea how to end this thought?

Auburn

Friday: SO SS Casey McElroy (Auburn): 3-3, BB, 2 RBI, R
Saturday: JR 1B Hunter Morris (Auburn): 2-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI, 2 R
Saturday: JR LHP Cole Nelson (Auburn): 2.1 IP 4 H 6 ER 4 BB 3 K

Hunter Morris has put up good numbers so far, but he’s done it while hacking away at anything and everything remotely in the strike zone. That’s cool when you are hitting over .400 and slugging over .600, but becomes a problem when the inevitable decline in batting average comes.

Mississippi

Friday: JR LHP Drew Pomeranz (Mississippi): 6.1 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 12 K
Friday: FR RHP Brett Huber (Mississippi): 4.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K
Saturday: SR 3B Zach Miller (Mississippi): 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, K
Saturday: SO C Taylor Hightower (Mississippi): 3-4, R
Saturday: SR RHP Aaron Barrett (Mississippi): 6.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 4 BB 9 K
Sunday: JR OF Matt Smith (Mississippi): 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Sunday: SO C Taylor Hightower (Mississippi): 3-4, RBI, 2 R, K
Sunday: SO RHRP David Goforth (Mississippi): 2.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 K

Pomeranz had what is quickly becoming known as a Pomeranzian start for him. Quickly known to me, at least. Huber, Barrett, and Goforth all have mid-90s fastballs and breaking balls that, at worst, flash plus. Huber probably has the most advanced breaking ball of the group, a true plus slider. Hightower is a solid 2011 backstop to watch for his defense alone; if he keeps hitting like this, watch out.

Arkansas

Friday: SO 3B Zack Cox (Arkansas): 3-6, 3 RBI, 2 R
Friday: SO C James McCann (Arkansas): 2-4, HR, BB, 4 RBI, 2 R
Friday: SR RHP Mike Bolsinger (Arkansas): 5.1 IP 8 H 5 ER 2 BB 4 K
Saturday: SO 3B Zack Cox (Arkansas): 2-4, BB, R
Saturday: JR 1B Andy Wilkins (Arkansas): 1-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, R, K
Saturday: SO LHP Drew Smyly (Arkansas): 7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 11 K
Saturday: FR RHP DJ Baxendale (Arkansas): 2 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K
Sunday: JR RHP Brett Eibner (Arkansas): 3.2 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K

Seems to be a larger than normal number of sinker-slider pitchers in this year’s college class, although I may be misremembering the talent breakdown in previous years. Anyway, Bolsinger throws a high-80s fastball (muscled up to 93 when necessary) and an above-average, occasionally plus slider. He could slip into the back end of the top ten rounds as a solid senior sign.

Alabama

Friday: SO OF Tyler Dugas (Alabama): 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, R
Friday: SR 1B Clay Jones (Alabama): 2-3, 3B, 2 BB, RBI, 2 R
Friday: JR 2B Ross Wilson (Alabama) and JR SS Josh Rutledge (Alabama) combined to go 3-10, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R
Friday: SO LHP Adam Morgan (Alabama): 6 IP 6 H 3 ER 6 BB 2 K
Friday: SO RHP Tyler White (Alabama): 2.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K (5 GO/0 AO)
Saturday: JR RHP Jimmy Nelson (Alabama): 6 IP 4 H 0 ER 4 BB 7 K
Saturday: JR 2B Ross Wilson (Alabama): 3-6, 2 HR, 2 BB, 7 RBI, 3 R in doubleheader
Saturday: FR LHP Taylor Wolfe (Alabama): 6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K
Sunday: SO OF Tyler Dugas (Alabama): 2-3, BB, R
Sunday: JR SS Josh Rutledge (Alabama): 2-3, SB BB, R

Juniors Wilson and Rutledge get all the love, but Tyler Dugas and Clay Jones are two other Alabama hitters worth remembering. Dugas has an excellent idea of the strike zone and good speed, and Jones aptly combines above-average present power, good plate discipline, and solid defense. White is a draft-eligible sophomore with a good sinking low-90s fastball and an above-average big league curveball. Nelson’s stuff grades out as similar to Mike Bolsinger (listed above), but a notch better in almost all areas.

Vanderbilt

Friday: SO RHP Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt): 8 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 5 K
Friday: SR SS Brian Harris (Vanderbilt): 3-4, 3B, 4 RBI, R
Friday: SO OF Aaron Westlake (Vanderbilt): 3-3, HR, 2B, BB, 4 RBI, 2 R
Saturday: JR RHP Taylor Hill (Vanderbilt): 6.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 7 K
Saturday: SR RHP Drew Hayes (Vanderbilt): 1.2 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K
Saturday: FR OF Connor Harrell (Vanderbilt): 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Saturday: SO 3B Jason Esposito (Vanderbilt): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
Sunday: SO RHP Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt): 6.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K

Drew Hayes may have the best fastball velocity out of any college senior. That’s just off the top of my head, so it’s somewhere between probable and extremely likely that I’m forgetting someone. Connor Harrell is a five-tool talent already tapping into his immense potential.

Kentucky

Friday: SR 2B Gunner Glad (Kentucky): 2-2, HR, 2 BB, RBI, 3 R
Friday: SR CF Keenan Wiley (Kentucky): 1-1, HR, 2 BB, 3 SB, 3 RBI, 2 R
Friday: JR LHP Logan Darnell (Kentucky): 8 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K
Saturday: FR LHP Taylor Rogers (Kentucky): 7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K
Saturday: SO OF Chad Wright (Kentucky): 3-5, SB, 3 RBI, 2 R
Saturday: SO OF Cory Farris (Kentucky): 2-4, HR, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, R
Sunday: SO OF Chad Wright (Kentucky): 4-4, SB, RBI, R
Sunday: SO OF Cory Farris (Kentucky): 1-2, HR, 2 BB, 3 RBI, R
Sunday: SO RHP Alex Meyer (Kentucky): 5 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 4 K

Glad and Wiley are a solid set of redshirt seniors, a subsection of prospect that doesn’t normally produce any kind of worthwhile talent. I’m not saying either Glad or Wiley will be taken in the top half of the draft, but they are better than the average fifth year college player. Beyond those two, I really do love this Kentucky team from a prospect standpoint, especially the pitching staff. They are almost as loaded as the basketball team. Alex Meyer = John Wall (young star with impact pro potential); Logan Darnell = Patrick Patterson (glue guy capable of filling many key roles on a winning team); Taylor Rogers = Eric Bledsoe (above-average performance as freshman with above-average skills); James Paxton = DeMarcus Cousins (not a great fit, but I love watching both guys play and would love to see either on my favorite pro team at this time next year).

Mississippi State

Friday: SR 1B Connor Powers (Mississippi State): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K plus raw power; too many K’s; bat isn’t all that fast; limited to first, but very good there; 6-2, 228 pounds
Friday: SO LHP Nick Routt (Mississippi State): 1.1 IP 7 H 8 ER 2 BB 2 K plus CU
Saturday: SR 1B Connor Powers (Mississippi State): 2-4, 2B, K
Saturday: FR RHP/SS Chris Stratton (Mississippi State): 5.1 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 6 K 92 peak FB; quality breaking ball; emerging CU
Sunday: SO RHP Devin Jones (Mississippi State): 4.1 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 2 K low-90s FB, peaking at 93; 87-88 two-seamer with great sink; hard mid-80s SL could be plus pitch (82-84); CU is work in progress; 6-4, 180 pounds

Devin Jones is yet another quality sinker/slider guy with considerable upside. Powers is a college slugger that is better suited for his current role than he’ll ever be once he hits the pros.

Tennessee

Saturday: JR LHP Bryan Morgado (Tennessee): 7 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K
Sunday: SR RHP Stephen McCray (Tennessee): 4.1 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K 88-91, touched 93-94 with FB; SL, CB, CU; good command; good athlete; 6-3, 230 pounds

Did Tennessee really have that boring a weekend or was I just in a bad mood whenever I happened to look at their box scores?

Georgia

Friday: SO OF Peter Verdin (Georgia): 4-5, 2 HR, 2B, SB, 3 RBI, 4 R
Friday: SO RHP Michael Palazzone (Georgia): 5 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K
Saturday: SO OF Johnathan Taylor (Georgia): 1-3, 3 BB, RBI, 3 R
Saturday: FR 1B/OF Robert Shipman (Georgia): 2-2, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 RBI, 2 R
Saturday: JR RHP Justin Grimm (Georgia): 2 IP 1 H 1 ER 2 BB 1 K
Saturday: SR LHP Alex McRee (Georgia): 2 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K
Sunday: SO OF Johnathan Taylor (Georgia): 1-1, 3 BB, RBI, R

Taylor may spell his name weirdly, but he’s a really interesting 2011 prospect all the same. He’s a leadoff hitter all the way (good patience, no power), but has enough in the way of speed (plus) and defense (crazy range in center) that he should have a career as a backup outfielder even if the bat doesn’t allow him to start. Grimm left his start early due to illness, by the way.

South Carolina

Saturday: SO OF Jackie Bradley (South Carolina): 3-6, BB, SB, RBI, R in doubleheader
Saturday: SR RHP Blake Cooper (South Carolina): 6 IP 2 H 2 ER 4 BB 6 K
Saturday: FR RHP Ethan Carter (South Carolina): 2 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 0 K
Saturday: JR RHP Sam Dyson (South Carolina): 4 IP 7 H 6 ER 0 BB 4 K
Saturday: SR RHP Jay Brown (South Carolina): 4.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K
Sunday: SR C Kyle Enders (South Carolina): 3-5, BB, 4 RBI strong defender
Sunday: FR LHP Tyler Webb (South Carolina): 5.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K

Bradley continues to impress, but Dyson’s dud is a tad worrisome. Late first round arm mixed with the consistency of a fifth rounder. Still not sure what to make of him.