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2015 MLB Draft Prospects – Big 12 Follow List

Baylor

SR RHP Austin Stone (2015)
rSR LHP Brad Kuntz (2015)
rJR RHP/INF Ryan Smith (2015)
SR RHP Sean Spicer (2015)
SR 3B/2B Duncan Wendel (2015)
JR SS Justin Arrington (2015)
SR OF Adam Toth (2015)
SR OF Logan Brown (2015)
rSO C Matt Menard (2015)
JR 3B West Tunnell (2015)
rSO INF Ben Carl (2015)
JR 1B Mitch Price (2015)
SO OF Darryn Sheppard (2016)
SO LHP Daniel Castano (2016)
SO RHP Drew Tolson (2016)
SO RHP Nick Lewis (2016)
FR OF Levi Gilcrease (2017):
FR 3B Jonathan Ducoff (2017)

Kansas

rJR OF Joe Moroney (2015)
SR OF Connor McKay (2015)
rJR OF Steve Goldstein (2015)
SR 2B/SS Justin Protacio (2015)
JR 2B/SS Colby Wright (2015)
JR 2B/SS Tommy Mirabelli (2015)
JR 1B/3B Jacob Boylan (2015)
JR 1B/3B Ryan Pidhaichuk (2015)
SR OF/RHP Dakota Smith (2015)
JR RHP Hayden Edwards (2015)
JR LHP Ben Krauth (2015)
SR RHP Drew Morovick (2015)
SO C Michael Tinsley (2016)
SO RHP Sean Rackoski (2016)
SO RHP Jon Hander (2016)
SO RHP Stephen Villines (2016)
FR LHP Blake Weiman (2017)
FR LHP Ryan Jackson (2017)
FR RHP Ryan Ralston (2017)
FR 3B Matt McLaughlin (2017)

Kansas State

SR OF Max Brown (2015)
SR 2B/OF Carter Yagi (2015)
JR C Alex Bee (2015)
JR OF Clayton Dalrymple (2015)
rSO 2B/SS Jake Wodtke (2015)
JR SS Tyler Wolfe (2015)
rSO C Steve Serratore (2015)
JR C Tyler Moore (2015)
rSR 1B/LHP Shane Conlon (2015)
rJR RHP Kyle Halbohn (2015)
JR RHP Corey Fischer (2015)
JR RHP Lucas Benenati (2015)
rJR RHP Nate Williams (2015)
JR RHP Levi MaVorhis (2015)
rSO RHP Colton Kalmus (2015)
rSO RHP Blake McFadden (2015)
rSO RHP Nate Griep (2015)
SO LHP Jordan Floyd (2016)

Oklahoma

JR RHP Blake Rogers (2015)
rJR LHP Adam Choplick (2015)
JR RHP RHP Corey Copping (2015)
JR RHP Ralph Garza (2015)
rSR RHP Robert Tasin (2015)
JR LHP Jeffrey Curran (2015)
JR LHP/1B Jacob Evans (2015)
JR C/RHP Anthony Hermelyn (2015)
JR OF Hunter Haley (2015)
JR C Chris Shaw (2015)
rSR OF Taylor Alspaugh (2015)
SR 2B/SS Josh Ake (2015)
JR OF Craig Aikin (2015)
JR 3B Kolbey Carpenter (2015)
SO RHP Alec Hansen (2016)
SO 3B/RHP Sheldon Neuse (2016)
SO OF Cody Thomas (2016)
SO RHP Jake Elliott (2016)
SO 1B Austin O’Brien (2016)
FR 2B Kyle Mendenhall (2017)
FR 3B Quin Walbergh (2017)

Oklahoma State

rJR RHP/OF Conor Costello (2015)
JR RHP Koda Glover (2015)
rSR LHP Tyler Nurdin (2015)
SR RHP Jon Perrin (2015)
JR LHP Alex Hackerott (2015)
SR LHP Michael Freeman (2015)
SO RHP Trey Cobb (2015)
JR SS/2B Donnie Walton (2015)
JR 2B Kevin Bradley (2015)
JR 3B David Petrino (2015)
SR 2B/OF Tim Arakawa (2015)
SR 3B Hunter Hagler (2015)
SR C Bryan Case (2015)
SR C/OF Gage Green (2015)
JR OF Corey Hassell (2015)
SO LHP Garrett Williams (2016)
SO RHP Tyler Buffett (2016)
SO RHP Blake Battenfield (2016)
SO RHP Thomas Hatch (2016)
SO RHP Remey Reed (2016)
SO LHP Matt Wilson (2016)
SO OF Ryan Sluder (2016)
SO 3B Andrew Rosa (2016)
SO 1B/OF Dustin Williams (2016)
FR OF Jon Littell (2017)
FR 1B/OF Caleb Eldridge (2017)
FR SS Jacob Chappell (2017)
FR LHP/OF Garrett McCain (2017)
FR RHP Carson LaRue (2017)
FR 1B Mason O’Brien (2017)

Texas Christian

JR LHP Alex Young (2015)
JR RHP Riley Ferrell (2015)
rSO RHP Mitchell Traver (2015)
rSR RHP Trey Teakell (2015)
SR RHP Preston Morrison (2015)
SO LHP Tyler Alexander (2015)
rSO RHP Brian Triegflaff (2015)
SR LHP Travis Evans (2015)
SR OF Cody Jones (2015)
SR 3B/2B Derek Odell (2015)
rJR SS Keaton Jones (2015)
JR 2B Garrett Crain (2015)
SR OF/1B Jeremie Fagnan (2015)
JR OF Nolan Brown (2015)
JR OF Dane Steinhagen (2015)
SO RHP Brian Howard (2016)
SO 2B/SS Elliott Barzilli (2016)
rFR LHP Ryan Burnett (2016)
rFR LHP Brandon Gilson (2016)
rFR OF Connor Beck (2016)
FR C Evan Skoug (2017)
FR C Zack Plunkett (2017)
FR OF Connor Wanhanen (2017)

Texas

SR RHP Parker French (2015)
rSR RHP Ty Marlow (2015)
JR LHP Ty Culbreth (2015)
JR RHP Chad Hollingsworth (2015)
JR LHP Travis Duke (2015)
JR SS/3B CJ Hinojosa (2015)
JR OF Ben Johnson (2015)
SR OF Collin Shaw (2015)
rJR OF Taylor Stell (2015)
SR 2B Brooks Marlow (2015)
SO OF/3B Zane Gurwitz (2016)
SO C Tres Barrera (2016)
SO 1B/RHP Kacy Clemens (2016)
SO RHP Morgan Cooper (2016)
SO 3B Andy McGuire (2016)
SO RHP Blake Goins (2016)
SO LHP Josh Sawyer (2016)
SO LHP Jon Malmin (2016)
rFR SS/3B Bret Boswell (2016)
FR RHP Kyle Johnston (2017)
FR RHP Connor Mayes (2017)
FR C Michael Cantu (2017)
FR RHP Tyler Schimpf (2017)
FR SS/3B Travis Jones (2017)
FR RHP Parker Joe Robinson (2017)
FR OF Kaleb Denny (2017)
FR OF Patrick Mathis (2017)
FR SS Joe Baker (2017)
FR C Mike McCann (2017)

Texas Tech

JR RHP Matt Withrow (2015)
SR LHP Cameron Smith (2015)
SR RHP Corey Taylor (2015)
SR RHP Dominic Moreno (2015)
JR RHP Justin Bethard (2015)
JR RHP Dalton Brown (2015)
JR RHP Johnathon Tripp (2015)
JR RHP/OF Quinn Carpenter (2015)
JR 1B/LHP Eric Gutierrez (2015)
JR OF Zach Davis (2015)
JR OF Tyler Neslony (2015)
SR SS Tim Proudfoot (2015)
SR 2B Bryant Burleson (2015)
JR C Kholton Sanchez (2015)
JR C Tyler Floyd (2015)
rSO SS/2B Cory Raley (2015)
SO 3B Ryan Long (2016)
SO OF Stephen Smith (2016)
SO OF William Hairston (2016)
SO OF Hunter Hargrove (2016)
SO OF Anthony Lyons (2015)
SO RHP Ryan Moseley (2016)
SO LHP Dylan Dusek (2016)
SO LHP Ty Damron (2016)
SO RHP Sean Thompson (2016)
FR RHP/OF Pat Mahomes (2017)
FR SS/OF Tanner Gardner (2017)
FR LHP Parker Mushinski (2017)
FR SS Orlando Garcia (2017)
FR LHP Jacob Patterson (2017)

West Virginia

SR SS Taylor Munden (2015)
SR C Cameron O’Brien (2015)
rSR 3B/1B Brad Johnson (2015)
rJR OF KC Huth (2015)
rJR LHP Ross Vance (2015)
JR RHP Jeff Hardy (2015)
SO 1B/RHP Jackson Cramer (2016)
SO 1B Jackson Cramer (2016)
SO RHP Chad Donato (2016)
rFR 2B Shaun Corso (2016)
FR OF Kyle Davis (2017)
FR RHP BJ Myers (2017)
FR RHP Shane Ennis (2017)

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Where The College Talent Is

I’m not well informed enough to make a controversial stance and say that the following universities have the “best” rosters (with regard to potential pro talent, not necessarily winning college talent), so I’ll totally wimp out and, for now anyway, call these rosters some of the most intriguing that I’ve seen so far. I’ve stuck to the big name conferences, but I’ll expand this list to some of the little guys as the offseason rolls along.

ACC – Virginia
Big East – South Florida
SEC – LSU/Georgia/Vanderbilt (even when being spineless, I can’t pick a favorite…)
Big 12 – Texas
Pac-10 – Oregon State
Big West – UC Riverside
West Coast – Gonzaga
Conference USA – Rice
Mountain West – Texas Christian

TEXAS v LSU – 2009 College World Series Championship Game One Live Blog

Let’s kick things off with one of the finest moves a second rate website like this can make – the shameless traffic grab, of course. Hundreds of years of research shows that there is no better way to wake up Google than plastering up a picture of a popular, pretty girl. Erin Andrews is doing the sideline reporting for ESPN, so this isn’t quite as gratuitous as it could be…but, yeah, it’s still undeniably transparent.

Erin Andrews

FIRST INNING

Heat Index – 107 degrees

I like LSU to sweep, by the way.

LSU Lineup: LeMahieu, Schimpf, Dean, Gibbs, Mahtook, Mitchell, Ochinko, Helenihi, Nola

LeMahieu, Schimpf, Dean, Mitchell, and Ochinko were all drafted in the 2009 MLB Draft.

Texas starter tonight is RHP Chance Ruffin. Fastball has been in the low-90s so far. Best secondary offering has probably been the backup high-70s slider.

Ryan Schimpf (Blue Jays draftee, round 5) blasted a high, straight fastball deep to right to get the Tigers on the board

Texas Lineup: Torres, Tucker, Belt, Moldenhauer, Rupp, Keyes, Loy, Clark, Rowe

SECOND INNING

Mikie Mahtook is white. I don’t know why that surprises me, but it does. It really does. I’m not proud of this fact.

Still can’t get over that Cameron Rupp homer that tied the game against Arizona State on Friday. I haven’t heard the measured distance on it yet, but it was an absolute rocket to dead center. Had to have been over 430 feet.

Louis Coleman (5th rounder by Kansas City) has only thrown fastballs so far (as far as I can tell). I don’t have all of his readings, but the ones I’ve caught are: 92, 88, 85, 89, 90, 88, 91, 88, 89. No sooner do I type that does he end the inning with a strikeout on a 79 MPH offspeed pitch.

THIRD INNING

Sampling of Ruffin’s work so far:

FB: 92, 92, 87, 93, 87, 91, 85, 91, 90, 91, 92, 86
SL: 78, 79, 77, 79, 79, 81, 80, 82
CU: 72, 74, 76, 76

I could be wrong about those changeups…I miss having a DVR.

You know who Coleman reminds me of? Mechanically, anyway. His delivery reminds me a lot of Alex White’s low arm slot. Still looks like a future reliever, but worth trying as a starter so long as the results are there.

FOURTH INNING

I legitimately forgot I wrote about Preston Clark earlier in the year. I knew I liked him, but I couldn’t remember if I thought about writing about him or if I actually followed through (a rare occurance, I know). Anyway, here’s what I wrote:

Preston Clark is one of the most talented players on the list and his incremental production from year to year at Texas is a nice sign going forward. He’ll never hit for a high average, but his plate discipline (29 BB in 179 AB last season) is good and he has just enough juice in his bat to keep pitchers honest. His health is a major question mark, but a spring that sees Clark in the lineup (and behind the plate) on a consistent basis should solidify him as prospect with a better than average shot of someday developing into a strong big league backup backstop. Even if he doesn’t catch all that often — sophomore Cameron Rupp is in line to get plenty of reps behind the dish as well — Clark’s defensive versatility (he’s capable of playing third and the outfield, in addition to catching) is an added bonus to his game.

I was wrong.

I really like Robin Ventura. He has two things that really work to his advantage from where I’m sitting – a) he’s quiet, and b) he has a sneaky sense of humor. I like Orel Hershiser just fine, but the way Ventura needles him is very amusing to me.

I didn’t really know about the LSU open stance thing before tonight. Quirks like that are one of the reasons I think college baseball is so much fun to follow – different programs preaching different things. From certain teams pushing certain pitches to the LSU open stance thing (I need a more clever name for it, but I’ve got nothing) to the infamous “Stanford swing,” college baseball is loaded with character if you just know where to look.

Who had odds on Travis Tucker hitting a homerun tonight? Travis Tucker’s mom, maybe, but that has to be about it. Baseball = funny game. Here’s what I said about Tucker earlier:

not a prospect worth going on about. He had a decent junior year (good on-base skills, tiny bit of pop, above-average baserunner), but his inability to play shortstop well will keep him as an organizational type at best.

Now Russell Moldenhauer, that homerun makes a little more sense. Well, it makes sense when you watch him hit. If you only saw his 2009 numbers, it’s an even bigger shock than Tucker’s. Moldenhauer came to Omaha with a whopping zero homeruns to his credit on the season. I’m a relatively big Moldenhauer fan, if such a thing outside of Texas exists:

Moldenhauer may yet rediscover the stroke that made him a third round pick once upon a time, but he is going to have to do so in a hurry if he wants to make it as a pro.

FIFTH INNING

I forgot to mention Kevin Keyes’s homer in the fourth. Now there’s a homerun that can’t really be classified as a surprise. Keyes has first round potential heading into 2010, but has been more projection than production as a collegiate player so far. He’s a very different player than Jared Mitchell (power is his game, not speed) and he doesn’t have football as a reason for stalled development like LSU’s 2009 first rounder, but I think he is in a similar spot at respective points in their development.

Ruffin is cruising through five. His command is starting to waver a tiny bit, but his mechanics have stayed surprisingly consistent despite the conditions. I’m way more impressed with him than I thought I’d be coming in.

Connor Rowe is a lot of fun to watch in centerfield. Not so much fun at the plate right now, however.

SIXTH INNING

Can Mikie Mahtook hit a breaking ball? Or take an accurate route to a flyball? His potential is vast, but there is no denying that you are watching a freshman, and a raw one at that, when you watch him play.

Jared Mitchell, what can you really say? Usain Bolt is probably faster than him, but that may be the extent of the list.

Only players with last names beginning with “M” matter, apparently. Mahtook, Mitchell, and now Moldenhauer. Russ Moldenhauer with two homers tonight. Both hits were “no doubt about it” homeruns that came on gorgeous swings. He’s now a guy to put on the early watch list for 2010 senior signs.

Laptop is dying, time to call it an early evening. Great game so far, should be fun to see how these last three innings play out…

Signings Update and College World Series Championship Live Blog

How are things? Just swell, I trust. Alright, enough about you. Let’s talk about me. Here’s what I’ve been up to when not traveling too far to go to rained out rookie league games…

First, I updated the signings page. I did it quickly — really, can you blame me? It’s important info, no doubt, but boring to write/talk about, I think — so feel free to jump in and offer any corrections or changes you see fit. I’m making up the slot/above slot/under slot distinctions as I go because, quite truthfully, I’m not really sure how I stand on the issue of MLB’s suggestion that bonuses be reduced by 10% across the board. I mean, it wasn’t a formal request, right? I know for a fact that some teams just laughed it off, so can we really claim that it’s the new standard for this year’s “slot” bonuses?

I can’t decide on what standard I should follow, and, like I alluded to earlier, I find the whole slot/above slot/under slot aspect of the draft to be the most tiring draft quirk to follow. What I’m trying to say is, I won’t lose too much sleep if I’m off on some of my big bold colored claims I’ve been making. If a correction needs to be made, call me out on it and I’ll happily oblige.

I’ve also spent time contemplating on which of the immediate post-2009 draft projects (team grades, round-by-round discussion, or a 2010 mock) I want to get to first. Decisions, decisions.

Lastly, I made the executive decision to sit on the couch and watch baseball tonight. There’s a pretty important college game going on, so I’m going to use the occasion as an excuse to watch entertaining baseball under the guise of doing the “work” of updating this too long dormant site of mine (I hate going a day without something up here, let alone almost a week). Check back later tonight for live updates and draft-related commentary about Game 1 of the College World Series.