Top Left Hand Pitchers - 2010 MLB Draft - Updated


1. Drew Pomeranz – Mississippi – ace of Ole Miss staff in 2009… 8-4, 3.40, 16 starts… struck out 124, walked 37 in 95.1 IP… was drafted by Rangers in the 12th round of the 2007 draft… BA ranked as 11th top sophomore in 2009…

7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/ :Pomeranz is a 6-foot-5 lefty with smooth mechanics, a fastball that sits 92-93 mph and touches slightly higher, a devastating curveball and good command. Last season, the Rebels’ ace struck out 31.2% of batters he faced last year while walking 9.3%. When I saw him earlier this spring he didn’t use his changeup much, but showed some feel for it. If his change can develop into a solid third offering, Pomeranz could have a long career as a No. 2 starter

7/13: Pomerance threw a wild pitch against Team Japan, which was followed by six runs, and the first loss of the year for Team USA.

7-20: pitched 6.0, 2-ER, 6-K, win, for Team USA win over Team Canada

7-29: From http://web.usabaseball.com/index.jsp - USA starter Drew Pomeranz (Ole Miss) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Team USA beat Germany, 8-1, in the championship game at the 2009 Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge at Prince George Citizen Field.

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/ - powerful build fb jumps with life out of his hand, mostly 91-93 early, off the table hammer gets hitters off balance and shows solid control. Could be one of top 5 on paper right now for 2010.

9-6: From an 8-25 post http://www.pgtracker.com/: - “right now on paper, top 3 picks for 2010 MLB for me would be” - 1.) LHP Drew Pomeranz, U of Mississippi, 6'5 220, exploding fb, 90-95 range and hard breaking ball, questions on consistency I believe have been answered this summer. Not the best delivery, however, you can compare to Miller out of UNC 2 years ago.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects 11. Drew Pomeranz, lhp Mississippi

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 11th pick overall - Drew Pomeranz, LHP - Ole Miss

9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #4 pick overall - Drew Pomeranz, LHP - Ole Miss - The downfall of the Indians these past couple weeks is that they have struggled. The bright side however is that they are picking pretty high now and have a great shot at a kid like Pomeranz. This polished lefty along with last year's pick RHP Alex White give the Indians two quality starters two years in a row. With the truck full of prospects the Indians just acquired at the AAA level I could see them seeing the depth and taking a chance on a high school propsect but for now Pomeranz is the guy.

2. James Paxton – (up from 3rd) - Kentucky… dominated SEC… 37.9% K 4.8% BB… born in Canada… 6-4, 210… 97 mph fastball, slurve, changeup… 4-0, 3.30, 47K/6BB/30.0 IP through March 2009… Through 3-25-09, Paxton is 4-0, 3.30 with 47 strikeouts and six walks in 30 innings. On March 20, he out-dueled Vanderbilt lefthander Mike Minor, striking out 10 in 6.2 innings… roughed up lately, but still touching 97 mph… From John Sickles: Paxton has an unattractive 5.40 ERA, but this is around average for his context, and his other numbers are sharp: 97/17 K/BB in 65 innings, 68 hits allowed, giving him K/IP, K/BB, and H/IP marks that are all very strong for the context in which he's pitching. His biggest weakness is a high home run rate, with 10 dingers given up. Paxton is 6-4, 215 and has been clocked as high as 95 MPH. He's from Canada and is a bit raw compared to some other college pitchers, but has a very high ceiling. He could go anywhere in the first or second round… for season: 5-2, 5.30, 109K, 20BB, 73.0IP…
From Lincoln Hamilton’s Top 30 draftees… #11 (#3 LHP on list) - 6-foot-4 lefty with plus, plus velocity , dominating SEC (34.0% K 5.9% BB), long arm action… age: 20.5… May 25th ProjectProspect’s mock draft: 11) Colorado Rockies - James Paxton, LHP University of Kentucky The Rockies have gone surprisingly college-heavy in recent years, not taking a high school player last year until the 14th round. Even post-humidor, Coors Field is a tough place to pitch and the Rockies need pitchers who can get outs on their own. Paxton keeps the ball out of play, by striking everyone out. He could go much higher, but shouldn't last past Colorado with this pick.. 5-28 John Sickles: James Paxton, Kentucky: STRENGTHS: 92-96 MPH fastball, sharp curveball, good control, high strikeout rates in college ball, big and strong, from Canada so he has a fresher arm than most college guys. WEAKNESSES: Why does he have an ERA over 5.00? Vulnerable to home runs this year; needs a better changeup; Canadian background also means he needs more polish. Paxton is something of an enigma, but University of Kentucky pitchers actually have a pretty good track record, and despite the high ERA his K/BB and K/IP ratios are outstanding.

8-20: from http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: There’s no question Paxton always had the talent to be an excellent pitcher when he stepped on Kentucky’s campus. But his stock rose after having an impressive spring and compiling a great strikeout-to-walk ratio. With his stock at a high entering the draft, the Blue Jays chose the left-hander in the supplemental first round. Paxton may put together an even more impressive senior campaign, but there’s a very good chance he doesn’t get drafted as high next summer. He had the leverage the past two months, but didn’t get the deal he was looking for. UK is glad to have Paxton back, but time will tell if it was the best decision.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects 7. James Paxton, lhp Kentucky

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 17th pick overall - James Paxton, LHP – Kentucky

9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #5 pick overall - James Paxton, LHP – Kentucky - This is definitely the ceiling for Paxton as we will not go higher than this. Teams dream about building a rotation like Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz or Zito, Hudson, Mulder. Could Zack Greinke, Aaron Crow, and James Paxton be the next? If Drew Pomeranz gets here, the Royals should take him but with him off the board right now Paxton is the pick. The Royals top prospects all finished this season at Single-A Wilmington or Burlington and with Crow last year and Paxton this year who is a senior as well will rush in some older more big league ready talent.

3. Josh Osich - Oregon State – 6-3, 195, L/L, junior - fastball sits at 97… devastating curve… 2009: 0-0, 2.05, in 17 appearances, 1 start… 26.1-IP, 34-K… Baseball America ranked him as the 25th top sophomore in 2009…

7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/ : Osich is a power lefty who was used primarily out of the bullpen last season but will look to transition to starting in 2010. Coming from an over-the-top arm slot, Osich has a fastball that sits 94-96 mph with late life. His curveball shows great break and is pretty much unhittable when it’s on. Osich’s changeup is thrown with good arm speed and has solid fading action, but wasn’t used much last spring in relief. Osich has the best pure stuff of any college pitcher in this class, but also the shortest track record. He could go No. 2 overall, or fall out of the first round depending on how he fares this spring. For now, I’ll take my chances with a guy of his talent.

7-21: 2010 MLB Mock Draft - 2nd Edition - July 21, 2009 by Scouting The Sports http://scoutingthesports.com/?p=3632 - 10. New York Mets - Josh Osich Pitcher Oregon State - -Big league scouts are already drooling over Osich, and for good reason. His fastball sits at around 97 mph, and his curve is devastating. His changeup could be special if he continues to work on it. Oh, and one other thing. Osich is left-handed. As a lefty specialist, Osich could be dominant right now in the majors.

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 26th pick overall - Josh Osich, LHP - Oregon State

4. Tyler Lyons – Oklahoma State… 6-2, 207… S/L… 2nd team all-Big 12… 12 wins in 2008… 7-1, 2.99 in conference… on Team USA… excellent curve… fastball command…
Fr. http://www.okstate.com/ : 2008: Established himself as one of the Big 12's top starting pitchers ... earned second-team All-Big 12 honors ... ranked second in the Big 12 and tied for fourth nationally with 12 wins ... 12 victories tied for the eighth most in a single season in OSU history ... led the Big 12 with 108.2 innings pitched and tied for the league lead with four complete games ... was 7-1 with a 2.99 ERA in nine Big 12 starts ... all four of his complete games came in conference play ... earned a win in his first-career start with a five-inning effort against Gonzaga (2/23) ... did not suffer a loss in his final 11 starts ... won four consecutive starts from March 22-April 12 ... struck out a career-high 10 against Baylor (3/15) ... earned back-to-back complete game wins against Missouri (4/5) and Nebraska (4/12) ... tossed a complete game against Oklahoma (5/17) in which he did not allow an earned run and struck out nine ... named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on May 20 following his performance against the Sooners ... earned NCAA Stillwater Regional All-Tournament Team honors after pitching OSU to an opening-round win over Western Kentucky (5/30) ... worked 8.2 innings against WKU and allowed just three runs while recording six strikeouts ... was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick and a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District choice ... pitched for Team USA during the summer and was 2-0 with 17 strikeouts in 14 innings ... made 11 appearances for Team USA and did not allow an earned run ... part of Team USA club that led the United States to a 24-0 record and a gold medal at the FISU World Championships.
Fr: http://www.withthefirstpick.com/: Strengths: Tyler Lyons is a polished college pitcher with four solid pitches. He throws his sinker at 90 mph and it maxes out at 92. His curve, slider and changeup are also good pitches. His arsenal plays up because of his excellent command & control. In 108 2/3 innings in 2008, Lyons struck out 92 and walked only 19. Weaknesses: Lyons has no obvious flaws, but he doesn't have any big strengths, either. His stuff is average and he profiles as a mid-rotation starter as opposed to a future ace like Stephen Strasburg or even Andrew Oliver. The Future: Andrew Oliver (#50) and Lyons are one of the best pitching tandems on paper in college baseball. While Oliver hasn't met expectations, Lyons has lived up to the hype. While Oliver has played his way out of the first round, Lyons could be taken as late as the supplemental round or the late first round.

8-20: from http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: Lyons dazzled observers two seasons ago with an excellent sophomore campaign. He put together another good season as a junior, but certainly was better the previous season. Perhaps being a left-hander, Lyons believes he will increase his stock by returning for another season. That may very well be the case. But given the fact the Yankees drafted him in the top ten rounds, it still was surprising that Lyons didn’t follow the lead of Andy Oliver and Tyler Blandford and sign a pro contract. Lyons could increase his stock by having an impressive senior campaign. His stock also could dip with an unimpressive final campaign.

5. Josh Spence – Arizona State – junior… as of 4/6/09: 6-0, 1.17, 72-16 K/BB in 54 IP… velocity not as high as scouts like… fastball maxes out at 86… Tom Glavine type… through 4/23: 8-0, 1.56, 89K, 69 IP… was drafted in 25th round of the 2008 draft by Arizona… thru 5/6: 2.23 in 75.1IP… 5/11: out for the rest of the season with a tendon strain in his pitching arm.

8-20: from http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: After starring at Central Arizona two seasons ago, Spence arrived at Arizona State as a virtual unknown to those following Division I baseball. That didn’t last long. The talented left-handed pitcher mystified opposing hitters and almost earned All-American honors with a strong campaign. Spence isn’t the hardest thrower in college baseball, but few can equal his overall arsenal. Surprisingly, the Angels drafted Spence in the third round, but he chose to return to ASU for his senior campaign. Spence wasn’t expected to return to college, but the Devils will take it.

6. Chris Hernandez – Miami – 6-1, 195, L/L, Junior – named to 2009 NCBWA Preseason First Team All-American… 2008: 11-0, 2.72… BA ranked as 13th top sophomore in 2009…

7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/: There’s lots of depth in this years college class, and you could make the case for a dozen other players finding a spot on this list. I decided to go with Hernandez because he has a long track record of success he was the National Freshman of the Year in 2008 and followed that up with a very solid 2009 campaign in which he struck out 24.7% of hitters while walking 8.2%. Hernandez has solid, but not overpowering stuff. His fastball sits in the high-80’s with good sink, he features a solid changeup and very good curve. He doesn’t have the sexiest upside, but his combination of command, multiple breaking pitches and good knowledge of how to pitch make Hernandez a good bet to have a solid big league career.

7. Chris Sale – (up from 16th) - Florida Gulf Coast – 6-6, 190 –

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: very good arm, lively fb, will reach 95 on occasion, more effective down and away on RHH and in on LHH, sharp slide piece which will be very effective vs LHH in pro ball. Has been said to have added 10 mph to his fb since HS and 30 lbs which probably has put him into the most projectible to be an early 1st rounder for 2010, however, again, very early. Also pitching in the Cape this summer. 60 OFP, upside that can only get better in time! Chuck Finley anyone?

8-31: From http://www.baseballamerica/: - Sale won the Cape's pitcher of the year award after tying for the league lead with four victories and topping the Cape with 57 strikeouts and 55 innings. He was also the East Division's MVP at the all-star game, where he required just six pitches to work a perfect inning. Sale has a lean 6-foot-6, 185-pound frame and comes at hitters from a low arm slot. His fastball sits at 90-93 mph, features good life and should continue to add velocity as he fills out. His changeup gives him an effective weapon against righthanders, while his breaking ball needs refinement.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: 5. Chris Sale, lhp Florida Gulf Coast

9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #17 pick overall - Chris Sale, LHP - Florida Gulf Coast - Sale along with Pomeranz and Paxton are the best lefties in this draft and all of them will be shuffled around first round mocks. The Cubs have some real nice righties in their farm system and throwing a southpaw in the mix will give the Cubs a nice blend.

8. Bryan Morgado – (up from 19th) – Tennessee – 6-3, 203, L/L, Junior - BA ranked him as the 26th top 2009 sophomore… 2009: 4-2, 6.36, in 20 games, 5 start… 75-Ks in 52.1 IP

7-17: 5.0-IP, 8-K, 6-BB, 0-R for Bourne in the Cape Cod League

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects 13. Bryan Morgado, lhp Tennessee

9. Sammy Solis – San Diego – 6-5, 228, L/L, junior… BA ranked as #5 sophomore in 2009… 2009: 1-1, 4.50 in only 2 starts.

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: projects well, has been drafted in the past 18th round out of HS, fb mostly 88-90, occasionally runs it up there to 92-93, mostly effective when he gets ahead in the count as do most pitchers. CB command and off speed are ok, still upside to improve, physically mature right now.

10. Scott Alexander – Pepperdine –6-2, 200, L/L, Junior… BA ranked #20 sophomore in 2009… 2009: 4-5, 4.11, in 16 games, 10 starts… 60-K in 65.2-IP

11. Cam Booser - Fife HS – named player of the year in his league… voted one of top 10 high school prospects in State…

12. Scotty Burris - Univ. of Portland – 6-1, 185, L/L, junior… 2009: 5-4, 4.70, 13-starts, 69.0-IP, 31-K

13. Drew Vettleson - Central Kitsap HS – 6-1, 190, B/B… ambidextrous… named to all-Kitsap County first team… 2009: named 2008-2009 Gatorade Washington Baseball Player of the Year… 4-2, 1.60, 45-K, 38.0-IP… 2-no hitters… batted: .415, 5-HR, 20-RBI, 13-R

14. Cody Wheeler - Coastal Carolina – 5-11, 160, L/L, Junior… 2008: 6-0, 5.62… 2009: 10-1, 3.83, 15-starts, 91.2-IP, 98-K

July 14: Started for Team USA’s win against Team Japan and gave up four runs in 3.2-IP, 1-ER, 5-K

7-20: pitched 1.o in relief, 1-K, 0-R, for Team USA win over Team Canada

15. Daniel Bibona – UC Irvine…5-11, 165… mid-80s fastball… flawless control… compared to Tom Glavine… thru 5/6: 2.13 ERA…

8-20: from http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: Where he was drafted was a huge surprise. Much like Arizona State’s Josh Spence, Bibona won’t break too many windows with his fastball. But there’s no question he has some of the nation’s better off-speed stuff. The Cardinals waited to the 16th round to select Bibona and likely didn’t offer him much of a financial contract. But even with that knowledge, it’s still surprising to me the talented left-handed pitcher decided to return for his senior campaign. As with many returnees, Bibona has little to prove next spring.

16. Rob Rasmussen – UCLA – 5-11, 160, L/L, junior - BA ranks him as the 43rd top 2009 sophomore… 2009: 19 appearances, 6-starts, 4-2, 6.75… 51-K in 44.2-IP… 4th on the team in strikeouts…

7-23: stats thru 7-15 in Cape Cod League: 2-0, 0.96, 26-K… starting in Cape Cod All-Star game

17. Kevin Ziomek - Amherst HS (MA) – 89-91 fastball… 77-slider… pro curveball…

8-9: from Keith Law/ http://www.espn.com/: - The New England team was led by LHP Kevin Ziomek and RHP TJ Pecoraro. Ziomek hit 88 on his fastball and showed a good curveball.

8-10: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ – Area Code Games - Ziomek is a projectable lefthanded pitcher whose fastball sits in the high 80s and can touch 91 mph. He adds two types of curveballs: a slower, sweeping 69 version, and a harder 77 slurve.

18. Jesse Biddle – Germantown Friends HS (PA) – 6-6, 220 – 91-fastball… very loose arm…

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: topped out at 90, crude mechanics, some bite to hard slide piece, command is ok, will benefit from further instruction and could be one of the top lefties to follow in HS in 2010.

19. Cayle Shambaugh – Jay HS (OK) – 6-0, 185 –

7-29: From http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - On the mound, abilities are at a pro level. Fastball is straight but locates down in the zone to both sides of the plate. Breaking ball displays an 11/5 shape, tight spin and late sharp action. Change up is above average displaying a plus feel for with sinking action.

8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - With a lean but strong, 6-foot and 185-pound frame, Shambaugh has good arm strength, topping out at 92 mph. He locates his pitches well and also throws a tight, late breaking ball and has a good feel for a changeup. While Shambaugh is likely only pitching at the event, he's also a good defensive outfielder with a powerful bat.

20. Tanner Robles – Oregon State – 6-4, 200, L/L, Junior… BA ranks him as the 44th top 2009 sophomore… 2009: 1-3, 4.75, in 9 games, eight starts…

21. John Gast – Florida State –6-2, 216, L/L, Junior - BA ranks him as the 4th top 2009 sophomore… 2009: 5-3, 5.12, in 28 games, 3 starts…

22. Logan Ehlers – Nebraska City HS (Neb) – 6-1, 190 –

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: have watched him 3 times now and has already committed to U of Neb for 2010-2011. Smooth lefty with arm strength, fb down will run and sink and solid hammer, had some trouble with location and he's not faced this type of competition as compared to Class B baseball in HS, he's on the map with Scouts though. Great makeup!

23. Kyle Ryan – Auburndale HS (FL) – 6-2, 175 -
8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: lefty with arm strength and downward bite on breaking pitch, true cb that sweeps at times, room to fill out, upper 80's on velocity. X-body some in delivery from 3/4 as well. Definite watch through college on him.

24. Evan Grills – Simclair CC (Ont.) –

8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - As a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, Grills has been playing against advanced competition since he was 14 years old. Grills pitches at 88-91 mph with an above-average curveball and a deceptive changeup. He's very composed with great pitchability and knows how to win.

25. Evan Rutckyj – St. Joseph’s HS (Ont.) –

8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Rutckyj (pronounced ROOT-skee) doesn't have a lot of baseball experience, but offers a lot of physicality and projection. The 6-foot-5 lefthander recently gave up hockey to focus on baseball and he's already touching 90 mph.

26. Kevin Gelinas – Conejo (CA.) –

8-31: From http://www.baseballamerica/: Gelinas has been a prospect everywhere he goes, from Pepperdine to Central Arizona JC to the California Collegiate League. He ranked second on the league's prospect list last summer and gets the nod this year for his big body and power repertoire. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound southpaw pumps his fastball in the 90-94 mph range and struck out 54 in just 36 innings. He still needs to work on control (20 walks), but Gelinas profiles as a fast-moving lefthanded reliever in the Alan Embree mold at the pro level. He's transferring to UC Santa Barbara for his junior season.

27. Blake Monar – Indiana – 6-1, 195, sophomore – L/L - fastball sits 88-91, 4 good pitches… 5-3, 4.64 as freshman…

28. Joel Bender – verbally committed to Louisville –

9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 high school players coming out of Ohio.

29. Cameron Hobson – Dayton -
9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 college players coming out of Ohio.

30. Kyle Hallock – Kent State –

9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 college players coming out of Ohio.

The Keepers - #70 - SP - Chris Schwinden


70. Chris Schwinden – SP – A/A+ - 24/yrs.

Selected by New York Mets in 22nd Round (674th overall) of 2008 amateur entry draft.

From: http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article? AID=/20080513/SPORTS/805130322/1006

"Chris Schwinden, Fresno Pacific baseball: The Golden West graduate ended the season with a 6-1 record on the mound and a 2.48 ERA. He had 96 strikeouts in 90 2-3 innings."
In 2008, Schwinden went 4-1, 2.01, 14 games, 8 starts, 70Ks, 62.2 IP, only 12 BBs, for Brooklyn.
From: http://www.dembrooklynbums.com/ : - Drafted by the Mets in the 22nd round of this year’s draft, many baseball insiders didn’t know what to expect from right-handed pitcher Chris Schwinden. Despite having great numbers in his last year at Fresno Pacific, going 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA, the Clones staff was so full of talent before the season started that it was impossible to know what the 21-year-old was capable of doing once he reached the pros. Regardless of that notion however, Schwinden has managed to thrive out of the Brooklyn bullpen so far this season, going 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA in four appearances and a start, after a college career that saw him mostly as a starter.

September 2008: Brooklyn pitching coach Hector Berrios on: Scott Shaw and Chris Schwinden: “These guys are both tacticians on the mound and they rely on spotting the ball. Their game is being able to locate their pitches and change speeds. They did an impressive job of that this season. I think Shaw was one of our most underrated pitchers and if you take two or three bad innings away from him, he was the best pitcher in the league this season.”

In September, Patrick Hickey wrote on: Chris Schwinden- Every season in Brooklyn, there’s a player who relies on command and ends up having a monster year. In 2006, it was Eric Brown. In 2007, it was Dylan Owen and Dillon Gee. Simply put, Schwinden is a sleeper prospect with a great attitude that I see rising through the organization. Is he the next Brian Bannister, Joe Smith or promising prospect to get to the Mets in a year or so? Probably not, but he’s still going to fun to watch develop. Final Grade- A

In 2009, Schwinden became one of the “Savannah 5”, posting a 9-6, 3.28, 1.22 record in 21 games, 17 starts. He also went 1-0, 3.97 for Lucy in the last week of the season.

Forecast: Everybody spent the entire 2009 season bragging on Jeurys Familiar and Robert Carson, while Schwinden stayed under the radar. Hey, this is a guy with a lifetime 1.17 WHIP! So far, in two seasons, he’s 14-7, 2.90, 1.17. I’ll take that at any level. We may have ourselves another pitching prospect here.

Press Release - B-Mets 2010 Schedule


For Immediate Release
Date: September 29, 2009

The Binghamton Mets open the 19th campaign in franchise history on Thursday, April 8th at 6:35 pm against the defending Eastern League Champion Akron Aeros at NYSEG Stadium. The opener represents the first of 71 scheduled home dates for the B-Mets against league opponents.

Fans can spend the seasonal holidays including Mother’s Day (May 9th), Memorial Day (May 31st), Father’s Day (June 20th), Independence Day (July 4th) & Labor Day (September 6th) cheering on their hometown team. The B-Mets welcome the new professional team from Richmond, Virginia for the first time for a four-game set, May 24th thru the 27th. Last week, the Connecticut Defenders announced a move to Virginia’s capital for the 2010 season. The Richmond ballclub is conducting a “Name the Team” contest currently and will continue as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Monday thru Thursday home games will be scheduled to start at 6:35 pm throughout the entire season with the following exceptions: May 25th (Memorial Day) 1:05 pm, May 27th (Baseball in Education Day #1) 10:35 am, June 10th (Baseball in Education Day #2) 10:35 am, July 12th (Super Splash Day) 1:05 pm & September 6th (Labor Day) 1:05 pm.

Fridays throughout the year will begin at 7:05 pm, and Saturday games from May 29th onward will start at 7:05 pm (April 10th & 24th, May 8th all slated for 1:05 pm). Outside of May 30th (Memorial Day Eve) at 6:35 pm, Sunday home games in the season’s first four months will commence at 1:05 pm. In August & September, the 1st pitch for the three scheduled, Sunday home dates will occur at 6:35 pm.

Box seat Season tickets for 2010 ($415 per seat) and reserved grandstand mini-packs of 10 ($70), 30 ($195) & 50 ($305) are on sale now at the B-Mets administrative offices. The prices remain at the same levels as 2009. For more information, visit www.bmets.com or call (607) 723-METS.

Heith Tracy
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Minors Stuff


New York Mets

(Anderson) Hernandez, who was acquired from the Nationals on Aug. 6 for minor-league infielder Greg Veloz, has demonstrated he doesn’t have the aptitude to play shortstop at the major-league level—even if he could handle second base. The likelihood is the Mets re-sign Alex Cora as the backup middle infielder, which would leave Hernandez and Wilson Valdez as extras who could potentially fit at Triple-A.

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When New York Mets outfielder Nick Evans began his Major League career in May 2008 he did not do so quietly. In Evans' first game in the Majors, he went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs against the Rockies. His performance had Mets fans hoping that they have found a cornerstone outfielder for years to come. In 2009, however, Evans has not been much of a factor. He has struggled throughout the year, and over the course of the past month has seen his plate appearances disappear, getting just three at-bats since Sept. 12 and only 64 on the year. On the season, the 23-year-old from Phoenix has hit just .219 with seven RBIs and one home run, a far cry from what was expected of him when the season began

Jerry Manuel has received enough assurances from Mets ownership to be confident this atrocious season won't cost him his job. But he also knows the unspoken truth about his situation. With only one more year on his contract, Manuel won't survive another losing season. And if the Mets get off to a slow start in 2010, he'll be on the hot seat in a hurry. "I know how this particular situation works," Manuel said Monday. "I understand that. It'll be important for us to hit the ground running playing good baseball and giving a feeling that there is a chance of a championship. That has to be established early. I understand that. "I'll be fighting that battle, but at the same time I know I have to have a team in position to get off and play well."

Extended Camp:

The Mets have struggled all season to find a second lefthanded reliever to pair with Feliciano, although they continue to try to identify southpaws for that role. Lefthander Mike Antonini, who primarily pitched as a starter in Double-A Binghamton this season, should get a look in spring training because he has an above-average changeup, which he consistently throws for strikes

Top 20 NY-Penn Prospects:

1. Ryan Westmoreland, of, Lowell (Red Sox)
2. Alexander Colome, rhp, Hudson Valley (Rays)
3. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Staten Island (Yankees)
4. Sebastian Valle, c, Williamsport (Phillies)
5. Jason Kipnis, of, Mahoning Valley (Indians)
6. Victor Black, rhp, State College (Pirates)
7. Ramon Benjamin, lhp, Jamestown (Marlins)
8. Arquimedes Caminero, rhp, Jamestown (Marlins)
9. Alex Wilson, rhp, Lowell (Red Sox)
10. Kyle Lobstein, lhp, Hudson Valley (Rays)
11. Anthony Hewitt, 3b, Williamsport (Phillies)
12. Adam Warren, rhp, Staten Island (Yankees)
13. Destin Hood, of, Vermont (Nationals)
14. Jimmy Paredes, 2b, Staten Island (Yankees)
15. Derrik Gibson, 2b/ss, Lowell (Red Sox)
16. Leandro Castro, of, Williamsport (Phillies)
17. Kyle Conley, of, Batavia (Cardinals)
18. Neil Medchill, of, Staten Island (Yankees)
19. Michael Almanzar, 3b, Lowell (Red Sox)
20. Jim Fuller, lhp, Brooklyn (Mets)


The most glaring hole with the Mets, outside of starting pitching, is what to do with first base. I'm sure Adrien Gonzalez's name will be bantered about this offseason, but the reality is the Mets probably won't be able to get him if they plan on trading for a top notch pitcher. So you have really three options.

Option 1: Do nothing. With this option Daniel Murphy is your 2010 first baseman for better or worse. Maybe you sign a veteran backup/pinch hitter to relieve Murphy on occasion or you resign a guy like Jeremy Reed who's an OF/1B. You're hoping hear that Murphy develops into the player we dream he can be. The free agent market for first baseman is rather thin so you keep Murphy instead of paying big bucks for a Paul Konerko or the often injured Nick Johnson. The Mets would be power weak at first base and have a mediocre glove. Going with this option requires an upgrade in left field to make up for the power drought at first.

Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur would like to discuss a multiyear deal with the team to buy out his arbitration years, according to Newsday's David Lennon. Francoeur, 26 in January, has a .308/.333/.491 line in 291 plate appearances for the Mets since coming over in the trade with Atlanta.Francoeur is already under team control through 2011. Given the limited sample of playing time, the Mets might be inclined to focus on a 2010 contract. Francoeur earned $3.375MM in '09, and he shouldn't expect a huge raise as a second-year arbitration player for hitting .277/.306/.418 overall. Even if Francoeur offered to sign a two-year, $8MM contract, the Mets would be guaranteeing unnecessary millions.

Think Jeff is regretting turning down that Granderson type deal? Thanks for that, by the way. Jeff fooled the whole city of New York when he went in there with no pressure to perform. Next year he'll be back to the same ol' Jeff, beating himself up over everything that goes wrong and send himself right back to the bottom of the totem pole.

Nearly three months after becoming eligible to sign, Miguel Sano has agreed to terms for a $3.15 million bonus with the Twins. The deal will be officially signed today. Sano, 16, is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shortstop from the Dominican Republic. Excluding Cuban defectors, Sano’s bonus is the largest bonus given to a player this summer for an international amateur player. It’s the second-largest Latin American signing bonus ever behind Dominican righthander Michael Ynoa, who signed with the Athletics last year for $4.25 million, and the largest ever for a Latin American position player.

Below is the top 25 Latin American prospects from baseball america and their signing status:

1. Miguel Sano, SS, Dominican Republic - signed with Twins for $3.1 million
2. Wagner Mateo, CF, Dominican Republic - Cardinals voided their $3.1 million contract with him because of a pre-existing injury.
3. Gary Sanchez, C, Dominican Republic - Yankees signed him for $3 million
4. Guillermo Pimentel, CF, Dominican Republic - Mariners signed him for $2 million.
5. Jose Vincio, SS, Dominican Republic - Red Sox signed him for $1.95 million
6. Luis Sardinas, SS, Venezuela - Rangers signed him for over $1 million
7. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Nicaragua - Royals signed him for $1.35 million
8. Juan Urbina, LHP, Venezuela - The son of Ugueth signed with the Mets for $1.25 million
9. Daniel Sanchez, RHP, Venezuela - age concerns could be the reason for no signing info
10. Jose Pena, RF, Dominican Republic - signed with Brewers for $400,000
11. Edgar Ferreira, LHP, Dominican Republic - lots of interest from Padres and Braves but no signing info.
12. Jochi Ogando, RHP, Dominican Republic - no reported signings
13. Jacob Beltre, C, Dominican Republic - no reported signing but lots of interest
14. Victor Payano, LHP, Dominican Republic - Red Sox signed him for $900,000.
15. Jurickson Profar, RHP/SS, Curacao - signed by Rangers
16. Luis Jolly, CF, Dominican Republic - no reported signings.
17. Johendi Jiminian, RHP, Dominican Republic - no reported signing.
18. Santo Aybar, SS, Dominican Republic - no reported signing.
19. Leonardo Perdomo, RHP, Dominican Republic - no reported signing
20. Rosel Herrera, SS, Dominican Republic - Rockies signed him for $550,000
21. Wilfredo Solano, SS, Venezuela - signed with Atletics
22. Santiago Nesi, C, Venezuela - blog reports a $750,000 signing with Blue Jays, but I’d like to have another source
23. Jorge Polanco, SS, Dominican Republic - Twins signed him for $700,000
24. Jairo Kelly, SS, Dominican Republic - signed with Indians
25. Humberto Valor, SS, Venezuela - signed with the Reds

R.I.P. - Brooklyn Dodger - OF - Don Thompson


Don Thompson played baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers with Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and Gil Hodges.

He roamed the outfield of Ebbets Field, a magical place in the 1950s. He threw out Billy Martin of the Yankees at the plate to end Game 3 of the 1953 World Series.

Outside baseball Thompson was known as a real estate agent and one of the founders of

Preferred Properties. Friends also said he played a good game of handball and enjoyed cooking.

Thompson, who lived in Asheville, died Monday at Mission Hospital's Memorial Campus following a long illness. He was 85.


Top Right Hand Pitchers - 2010 MLB Draft - Updated


1. Anthony Ranaudo – LSU – 6-7, 231, junior… drafted in 11th round 2007 draft… superb command… fastball 94-96 range… nasty curve which he can locate for strikes… decent changeup… deceptive delivery and great command… very polished… velocity way down in 2009 CWS… had tendinitis as freshman… 2009: 10-3, 2.95, 147K, 109.2 IP, oba: .198… throws from an easy, cross-fire delivery, Randy Johnson like…. Curve 80-84… BA ranks as 15th top sophomore in 2009…

7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/ : Pomeranz and Ranaudo were both selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2007 draft – in back-to-back rounds no less. The 6-foot-7 Ranaudo got the call in the decisive game three of the College World Series and helped propel the Tigers to their sixth national championship. Despite his exceptional size, Ranaudo doesn’t throw particularly hard. I’ve heard reports of his fastball touching mid-90’s, but the couple times I’ve seen him he sat 88-92 mph. Ranaudo does make the most of his height, coming nearly over-the-top and creating a lot of downhill plane on his pitches. His best pitch is his curveball, which should be an out pitch at the major league level; a true 12-to-6 offing that comes out of the same arm slot and flight path of his fastball before sharply falling off the table. The battle between Pomeranz and Ranaudo is extremely close, statistically the two were almost identical; Ranaudo struck out 31.5% of batters while walking 9.9%

7-21: 2010 MLB Mock Draft - 2nd Edition - July 21, 2009 by Scouting The Sports http://scoutingthesports.com/?p=3632 - - 2. Cleveland Indians - Anthony Ranaudo Pitcher LSU - Unlike last year, this years draft doesn’t have that obvious #1 pitcher. Still, Ranaudo is a solid pick. Ranaudo doesn’t have an overpowering fastball (hits about 93mph on the gun), instead relying on a very deceptive delivery and great command of all his pitches. Ranaudo keeps hitters off-balance with a breaking ball that he can locate for strikes. This control, and his strong pitching style, ,which includes the confidence to throw on the inner half of the place, has helped him rank #4 in strikeouts in college baseball last year, while often using his 93 mph fastball to punch guys out. Ranaudo is very, very polished and could be in the majors as quickly as 2011. Cleveland could really use someone that could come up soon.
8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: power sinker and hard curveball, also nice cutter and makings of a solid changeup. He still needs confidence in his changeup. Has made huge strides since HS in Jersey. Top 10 on paper right now for 2010!

8-2: from 6-16 article http://www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/: After pitching just six innings as a freshman, Ranaudo became LSU's ace as a sophomore, emerging as one of the Southeastern Conference's best pitchers. At 6-7, 231 pounds, he has the athleticism to repeat his delivery and pump his fastball into the 92-94 mph range. He pitched as if he had some fatigue in his CWS opener, with his velocity sitting more 89-91 mph. At his best, his curveball also is a power offering, and he's shown a decent feel for a changeup. Ranaudo's competitiveness combined with his stuff puts him at the front of the group of 2010 pitchers.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: #2. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp Louisiana State

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 3rd pick overall - Anthony Raunado, RHP – LSU

9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #2 pick overall - Anthony Raunado, RHP, LSU - Raunado is starting to become the Dustin Ackley of this draft. Always one pick behind the internet sensation. Most boards have Raunado at #2 right now and it is not likely to change very much. Supposedly Pittsburgh did not spend as much this past draft to save money for Dominican SS Miguel Sano which will cost a ton. I understand Pittsburgh's thinking but I also think you need to take advantage of these top picks while you have them

2. Jameson Taillon – (TY-on) - The Woodlands HS, Spring, Texas – 6-5, 220 - already hitting mid-90s with his fastball… nice curve… great size and athleticism…

Fr. http://www.espn.com/: Jameson Taillon, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound righty from The Woodlands High School in Texas, was 90-94 mph with good life on his fastball and a very sharp, almost spike-like slider at 83-86. He also showed a curveball with depth and a decent changeup. He's got a quick arm and still has projection left in his body.
7-21: Fr. http://baseballdraftreport.com/: potential first round pick
8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: appeared to be the same guy I saw last year, velocity topped out at 93, command was ok, for a big kid, breaking ball still needs help and has the makeup to get better with more instruction.
8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Taillon's big frame is likely maxed out, but he has established himself as one of the top pitchers in the upcoming draft class. His fastball sits in the 92-93 mph range and Taillon also throws a harder slider at 84-85 and a sharp curveball that registers at 82-83 mph.
8-9: from http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Taillon, a big, strong righty from The Woodlands (Texas) HS, sat 94-95 in his one inning of work with a filthy breaking ball that was in the mid-80s.
8-11 from http://www.espn.com/: Jameson Taillon from Woodlands HS, TX, was the most dominant pitcher with a fastball going 95-93 and a 84-83 splitter.
8-15: from XMLBScout on http://www.perfectgame.com/: showed a much better CB with downward bite and occasional late tail on his heater. TV scouts had his FB at 96 on a couple pitches.
8-17 from http://www.baseballamerica.com/ re: AFLAC games - Righthander Jameson Taillon is a near perfect pitching prospect. Taillon (The Woodlands, Texas, HS) is an ideal prep pitching prospect, appearing to be formed out of a scout's dream. Solidly constructed at 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, he comfortably draws comparisons to Stephen Strasburg. Taillon easily fires a blistering 93 to 95 mph fastball that peaks at 96. He adds a wicked 82 mph curve, a vicious breaking ball that is already a plus big league pitch. After registering one strikeout in a quick first inning, Taillon breezed through the second frame, striking out the side while barely breaking a sweat. "Nooooo contest," a scout said behind home plate.
8-19: Jeff Sullivan from the AFLAC Games: - 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.
9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on http://www.minors.mlbblogs.com/: - He looked like a Top 10 pick, throwing an explosive fastball up to 95 mph and locating it to both sides of the plate. He showed a slider and a curve, the latter of which might be a plus pitch down the line. The FB and slider are plus offerings right now. He even showed a changeup. He's big, strong and showed an ability to throw down and to both sides of the plate.
9-7: From http://www.perfectgame.com/ on the AFLAC games: - Jameson Taillon, right now on paper would be in my top 5 for the 1st round if it were held today. He's always had the velocity, except now the cb is a true dominant type pitch, graded it at 70 right now, fb at times will have some inner half movement vs RHH. Good trajectory and is better balanced after he delivers the ball. He's cleaning up that delivery almost daily. Gotta love his work ethic, but remember, he's gonna have to go 6-7 innings a game and sustain it over 35-40 starts in pro ball, as compared to 1 inning stints in all-star tilts. I've now seen 35 innings pitched by Jameson and he's k'od 39 hitters, walked only 7 and allowed just 19 hits, 1 long hr last year.
9-6: From an 8-25 post http://www.pgtracker.com/: - “right now on paper, top 3 picks for 2010 MLB for me would be” - 2.) RHP Jameson Taillon, The Woodlands HS, 6'5 plus, 230, great arm strength, power type arm and 70 cb right now. Control is at least average projects to be 60, plus. Comparable big leaguers, better arm speed and action than Rick Sutcliffe, comparable bodies however and competitiveness.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 1. Jameson Taillon, rhp The Woodlands (Texas) HS

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 12th pick overall - Jameson Taillon, RHP - The Woodlands HS (TX)

9-27 from: http://web.usabaseball.com/: Jameson Taillon struck out 12 and gave up three hits in an overpowering performance and the USA Baseball 18U National Team logged a seven-run inning for a third consecutive day in a 14-0 run-rule shutout Sunday against Panama in the third day of the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Junior Championships at Daniel Canonico Stadium. Taillon led the way on the mound for the Americans with a strong six-inning outing. The right hander struck out five in a row at one juncture and fanned the side in both the second and fourth innings. He allowed only one runner from Panama (1-1) to reach third base and no more than two baserunners in any inning. Taillon issued just two walks.
9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #9 pick overall - Jameson Taillon, RHP - The Woodlands HS (TX) - The Padres under Grady Fuson and Bill "Chief" Gayton have done a great job in restoring the Padres farm system. As seen these past couple weeks the Padres have some nice young talent and GM Kevin Towers when given the resources is one of the best in the game at putting a team together. With this said I think San Diego should boost that farm even more and taking the hard throwing prep out of Texas. He is committed to Rice so it could be a hard buy but it is worth the risk.

3. Brandon Workman – Texas – 6-5, 220… fastball in the 89-92 range… hard curveball.
7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/: Brandon Workman of Texas had a good spring and has good upside, but needs to clean up his delivery…
7-23: stats thru 7-15 in Cape Cod League: 1-0, 1.86, 10-K… starting for west division in Cape Cod All-Star game
7-25 fr. http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Wareham righthander Brandon Workman (Texas) also drew praise from scouts for his strong outing, striking out two in a perfect first for the West. Workman's fastball sat at 94-95, and he struck out Austin Wates (Virginia Tech) on a nasty 75 mph curveball in the dirt.
8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: excellent velocity, has reached 97-98, mostly 92-93 and very straight, at times however arm side run in on RHH. Makings of a plus breaking pitch and closer type mentality. Stamina is a question as a starter. Reminds me of Steve Bedrosian formerly of the Braves & Phils.
8-2: from 6-16 article http://www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/: At 6-5 and 220 pounds, Workman stands above his Longhorns teammates such as Chance Ruffin (son of Bruce) and Cole Green, though those are Texas' top two starters. All three are sophomores. Workman has the best pro body and best fastball, sitting at 89-92 mph and reaching higher. He pitches off the fastball and adds a hard curveball. He'll rocket up lists if he masters something off speed.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: #16 - Brandon Workman rhp, Texas

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 10th pick overall - Brandon Workman, RHP - Texas
9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #10 pick overall - Brandon Workman, RHP – Texas - I suspect the Astros will be pretty disappointed if they don't get Taillon but good thing Texas is a big state and they can just head over to Austin and grab their ace Brandon Workman. Already a third round pick in 2007, Workman has used his three years as a Longhorn to watch good college football and turn into a first rounder.

4. A.J. Cole – Oveido High School (FL) – 6-5, 190 - overpowering righty… fastball sits in the 94-95 range… tops at 97… one of the best arms coming out of high school… good depth on his curve… very loose and easy arm… curve and command improved in 2009… verbally committed to Miami…
7-21: Fr. http://baseballdraftreport.com/: - potential first round pick
7-21: 2010 MLB Mock Draft - 2nd Edition - July 21, 2009 by Scouting The Sports http://scoutingthesports.com/?p=3632 - 5. Arizona Diamondbacks - A.J. Cole Pitcher Oveido High School, Florida - -Cole is an overpowering righty that could challenge Ranaudo as the first pitcher picked come June. Cole has by far the best arm in the draft, currently sitting at about 94-95 mph, while still filling out his lanky body. Once Cole does fill out his frame, he could be scary. Expect his fastball to jump from 2-3 mph, and the added size and strength will make his curveball all the more devastating. As a junior in high school Cole made the AFLAC All American Game Arizona has a young, developed squad, this could be a good pick for Arizona as they have the capabilities to leave him in their system for a few years to develop.
7-29: From: http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Cole is one of the top pitchers in the 2010 class. He sits comfortably in the low 90s and has touched as high as 96 mph this spring. He combines athleticism, velocity and movement with a decent curveball and developing change to dominate high school hitters. He will play this summer for the Orlando Scorpions – an Under Armour Franchise Team who will be participating in the UA Southeast Tournament
8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: topped out at 91, solid arm strength, type of build that will get stronger as he matures, cuts fb some, cb has proper spin, location on his pitches were ok, has upside to improve.
8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Cole is long and lanky and has the projection scouts can dream on. But, even if he doesn't fill out, he already throws 88-91 mph and touches 93 with clean, effortless mechanics. He mixes in a 78 mph knuckle -curve that he throws for strikes.
8-11 from http://www.espn.com/: AJ Cole, a RHP from FL, had a nice 93-90 mph fastball, but did not locate the pitch very well and his breaking ball wasn't fooling hitters as much as it needs to be.
8-19: Jeff Sullivan from the AFLAC Games: - 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.
9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on http://www.minors.mlbblogs.com/: - showed plus velocity as well, with questionable secondary stuff.
9-7: From http://www.perfectgame.com/ on the AFLAC games: - can anyone say, Kris Benson mold? This young man, if he ever fills out, will be a true gem. Stamina will be watched closely. Can not deny his arm strength and control one bit. Projection, mid-late first rounder on paper right now.
9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 2. A.J. Cole, rhp Oviedo (Fla.) HS

9-24: From:
http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 9th pick overall - A.J. Cole, RHP - Oveido HS (FL)

9-28: From
http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #7 pick overall - A.J. Cole, RHP - Oveido HS (FL) – I’m Sticking with Cole to the Diamondbacks for two straight drafts. Arms that throw in the upper 90's don't come around very often and Arizona can add another great arm to an already good young farm system. Cole is currently committed to play for the University of Miami as well.

5. Matt Harvey – (down from 3rd) - North Carolina – 6-4, 230 - … was 3rd round pick by the Angels out of high school and turned down a $1mil offer. Low-90s fastball that touches 95. Excellent curveball… average changeup… comes from ¾ arm slot… changeup 78-81… breaking ball 76-79… works quickly from stretch… 2009: 7-2, 5.35, 78K, 70.2 IP… BA ranks him as the #1 sophomore of the 2009 season…

7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/: - A first round talent out of high school in 2007, Harvey slipped to the fourth round due to bonus demands. While his time at North Carolina has been a bit rocky, Harvey still has good stuff and struck out 81 batters in 75 innings last spring. Harvey’s fastball sits in the low 90’s with some sink, and is complimented by a potentially plus breaking ball and changeup. If Harvey can show some improved command this spring, he walked 11.9% of batters last spring, he still has as much upside as any pitcher in this class.

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: put on some weight this year and arm angle dropped a bit, most fb were very straight during CWS, velocity still solid abv ave range 89-94 will touch 95-96 on occasion. Must work with finger pressure and get more movement on his fb for 2010. Solid slide piece when on top. Control is solid as well.
8-2: from 6-16 article http://www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/: Harvey turned down $1 million from the Angels as a third-round pick out of high school, and the Connecticut product is pitching in his second straight CWS with the Tar Heels. He'll become the undisputed staff ace next year when White and senior Adam Warren (a fourth-round pick of the Yankees this year) move on, using a low-90s fastball that reaches 95 at times and a true hammer curveball that is his best pitch. Harvey can lose control of the strike zone due to a long arm action and some effort in his delivery, so he's not a finished product. But he was the best pitching prospect in the Cape last summer and may be again in 2009.

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 8th pick overall - 8. Matt Harvey, RHP - North Carolina

9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #15 pick overall - Matt Harvey, RHP - North Carolina - North Carolina seems to breed first round pitching and out comes another. Harvey has been higher on other boards and even my previous one but a shaky 5.40 ERA last year will need to be improved on. Stats do not tell the whole story as this is a polished righty with a chance to be a quality big league starter.

6. Stetson Allie – (up from 13th) – St. Edward HS, Cleveland – 6-4, 215 - threw 99 in tournament in Metrodome… 90 slider… command only “20”… raw project… a closer’s mentality… used only as closer as a 17-year old…

7-21: Fr. http://baseballdraftreport.com/: - potential first round pick
7-29: from http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Allie has a big-league body already with four tools to match. Aside from his running speed, all of his tools rate out as plus. He has strong quick hands that get the barrel to the ball and result in power to all fields. His hands are soft and sure and his arm is a cannon across the diamond. On the mound, Allie has been up to 96 mph. He has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina
8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - With his big thighs, broad shoulders and barrel chest, Allie is built like an ox. Because of his size, his game has a lot of strength. He's strong with the bat, but what stands out the most is his arm, and his future is likely on the mound. His fastball sits in the 94-95 mph range and can touch 97. The North Carolina recruit also has an 89 mph slider and a changeup.
8-9: from http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Stetson Allie, a third baseman and righthander from St. Edward Prep in Lakewood, Ohio had an impressive BP session and faced Castellanos in the derby finals. He didn’t stand out at the plate in the game and had an error at third, but he did get on the mound where his fastball ranged from 92-97 mph.
8-15: from XMLBScout on http://www.perfectgame.com/: first time seeing him, albeit, TV, he showed pure arm strength and rear back and fire it type of delivery. I'd like to see more of him again, than just 1 IP. In the field he was very rough and he has bat speed as a hitter, but missed pitches by more than just hair. Again, I'd like to see more on him. Reading hype doesn't do justice when you don't see enough of a player that's been built up such as Stetson Allie. I'm sure I'll see more of him this weekend.
8-17 from http://www.baseballamerica.com/ re: AFLAC games - Stetson Allie (St. Edward HS, Olmstead Falls, Ohio), a mature-framed righty, comfortably fired a 93-95 mph fastball and added an 85 mph change and sharp 80 mph slider. Allie is a definite candidate to go in the first round in 2010.
8-19: Jeff Sullivan from the AFLAC Games: - 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!
9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on http://www.minors.mlbblogs.com/: - was up to 97 mph, but looked more like a thrower than a pitcher right now;
9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/: lists as the #1 high school player coming out of Ohio

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 5. Stetson Allie, rhp/3b St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 15th pick overall - Stetson Allie, RHP - St. Edward HS (OH)

9-28: From
http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #24 pick overall - Stetson Allie, RHP/3B - St. Edward HS (OH) - Allie is the last of the top two-way players but he is the most likely to stay on as a relief pitcher. He was a closer for his HS team and I think the Rangers should draft him and keep him there. This is a power arm that can sit around 95-97 MPH. This is one of the first examples of a pure reliever out of high school but may start a trend in keeping arms fresh. Texas will have to spend a ton to keep him from going to North Carolina.

7. DeAndre Smelter – Tattnall Square Academy (GA) – 6-3, 215 - already throws fastball in 92-95 range… low-80s split-finger change…
7-29: From http://www.baseballfactory.com/: Smelter is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander with broad shoulders and a thick lower half. He rocks back and fires 89-92 mph fastballs from a lower three-quarters arm slot and touches 93. Smelter hides the ball well and mixes in an 83 mph changeup and an 80-81 mph slider. He’s a good athlete who ran the 60-yard dash in 6.6 seconds.

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: loose arm with pure arm strength, a couple out of zone readings at 97, mostly 90-94, fb true, at times sink and arm side run, leg lift and balance needs work, slider or cut fb was solid 84-87, again he needs some work with mechanics, but very good arm to follow for 2010. Top Georgia guy for me.

8-19: Jeff Sullivan from the AFLAC Games: - 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!
9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on http://www.minors.mlbblogs.com/: - was up to 94-95 mph and was aggressive, going right after hitters.
9-7: From http://www.perfectgame.com/ on the AFLAC games: - I saw the sleeve in warmups and boy that bothered me, just like it did with Harper this summer. Deandre had better movement on his pitches in the game and a better calm to his delivery. He learns quickly and he wants a shot at pro ball. For a 3 sport talent, heck he would play more if he had the time, LOL, lots of upside left in this young man. Bob Gibson made a comment to me that Deandre could be one of the top ML arms in 3-4 years if he keeps improving as he has done.

8. Kevin Gausman – (up from 20th) – Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo. – 6-4, 180… throws a 93-94 fastball… loose and easy arm action… needs to develop secondary pitches…

7-29: from http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - With a long and lean frame, Gausman has good projectability for a prep pitcher. His fastball sits between 89-91 mph and he can get it up to 93. He mixes in a 77 mph breaking ball that he throws for strikes, and everything is around the zone.

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: - nice arm strength, needs more work with delivery, fb was 88-92, topped out at 93, some arm side run and sink when down in zone, slurvy type breaking ball, once he naturally fills out, watch out.
8-10: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ – Area Code Games - Gausman is a highly touted righthander who did not disappoint his opening day start, sitting at 91-92 and touching 93.
8-17 from http://www.baseballamerica.com/ re: AFLAC games - Kevin Gausman (Grandview HS, Centennial, Colo.) was an Area Code standout with his tall and highly projectable frame. He showed a 90-95 fastball with terrific natural sink.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 9. Kevin Gausman, rhp Grandview HS, Centennial, Colo.

9-28: From
http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #25 pick overall - Kevin Gausman, RHP - Grandview Aurora HS (CO) - Teams love drafting local talent if it's available and a great pick. Gausman fits both of these and Colorado will get to add a young pitcher to join forces with recent draft pick Tyler Matzek. You have got to develop young pitching if you are the Rockies and they have. Let the trend continue.

9. Seth Blair – (up from 11th) - Arizona State – 6-2, 190… posted 1.55 ERA in 2008 Cape Cod league… 2009 at ASU: 7-2, 3.16… fastball 88-92, touches 95… average slider… BA ranks as 41st top sophomore in 2009…

8-2: from 6-16 article http://www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/: An Illinois native, Blair pitched well in the Cape Cod League last summer, posting a 1.55 ERA to save a difficult freshman season. He carried that confidence over this spring to Arizona State, going 7-2 with a 3.16 ERA as the Sun Devils' No. 3 starter. He has average velocity on his fastball, in the 88-92 mph range, and has touched 95 at times thanks to a quick arm. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder also has a second average-to-plus pitch in his slider.

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 16th pick overall - Seth Blair, RHP - Arizona State

9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #12 pick overall - Seth Blair, RHP - Arizona State - Oakland loves college talent as proven by their previous first round selections. Why mess with success as Oakland as one of the best farm systems in the game and scouting director Eric Kubota leads that charge. Blair is a quality right-hander that comes from a winning program and would be a perfect fit for the A's.

10. Dylan Covey – (up from 16t) - Maranatha High (CA) – excellent power pitcher… competition was weak… low to mid 90’s fastball, mid-70 curve, low-80 slider…

7-21: Fr. http://baseballdraftreport.com/: - potential first round pick
8-17 from http://www.baseballamerica.com/ re: AFLAC games - Dylan Covey (Maranatha HS, Pasadena, Calif.) hails from a tiny private school and has big-time stuff. He mixes a 91-94 mph fastball, 83 mph slurve, 81 mph change and 77 mph curve effectively.
9-7: From http://www.perfectgame.com/ on the AFLAC games: - 6'4 righty, came to pitch, loosey goosey with some arm side run and sinks it down in the k-zone. Breaking ball has the proper bite and spin now and will only get better. Very projectible. For only 1 inning I saw, he's definitely put down as a MUST SEE early rounder for 2010.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 14. Dylan Covey, rhp Maranatha HS, Pasadena, Calif.

11. Cameron Bedrosian – (up from 17th) – East Coweta HS (GA.) – son of Steve Bedrosian… low-90’s fastball… big breaking ball… hard power curve is a serious out pitch… also has changeup… reported a real strike thrower…

7-21: Fr. http://baseballdraftreport.com/: - I personally loved what I saw on video of Cam Bedrosian

8-3 fr. http://www.baseballamerica.com/: Cameron has a four-pitch arsenal: A running 92-94 mph fastball that touches 96, a sharp 84-86 slider, an 80-82 changeup and a 74-78 curveball. He's also working on a two-seam fastball. "He's probably going to throw a plus-plus fastball down the stretch, and I think his slider has potential to be a lights-out pitch. His changeup has a chance to be a little bit above-average," the AL scout said.

8-17 from http://www.baseballamerica.com/ re: AFLAC games - Cameron Bedrosian (East Coweta HS, Senoia, Ga.) is shorter and more compact than his dad. Bedrosian struggled with his command, but still displayed a 92-93 mph fastball, 79 mph change, 75 mph curve and an excellent 88 mph spiltter.
8-19: Jeff Sullivan from the AFLAC Games: - 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.
9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on http://www.minors.mlbblogs.com/: - looked ok, but a little nervous.
9-7: From http://www.perfectgame.com/ on the AFLAC games: - 6'+ 195, solid build and know how with some upside still left and potential to grow another inch or two in the next 3-4 years. Nice spin and tilt on the breaking ball and a bulldog mentality. He never lost his cool even with the errant wild pitch. Definite top 25 HS players for 2010.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 21. Cameron Bedrosian, rhp

9-24: From:
http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 22nd pick overall Cameron Bedrosian, RHP - East Coweta HS (GA)

9-28: From
http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #19 pick overall - Cameron Bedrosian, RHP - East Coweta HS (GA) - It is no secret to anyone that I thought the Jack Zduriencik signing to become the GM in Seattle was the best off-season move for the Mariners last year. Zduriencik revived the Brewers organization and is doing the same in Seattle. He continues to stockpile young talent and this prep righty has a high ceiling. He is the son of former major league pitcher and Cy Young Winner Steve Bedrosian so his baseball background is solid.

12. Justin Grimm – Georgia… 6-4, 193… drafted in 13 round by Red Sox in 2007… excellent velocity… fastball hits 96… 4-4, 41.5 in 2009.
7/07 from http://www.projectprospect.com/: - Georgia right hander Justin Grimm has a plus fastball, sitting 93-96 mph, but must improve his command and off speed offerings….
7-21: 2010 MLB Mock Draft - 2nd Edition - July 21, 2009 by Scouting The Sports http://scoutingthesports.com/?p=3632 - 9. Cincinnati Reds - Justin Grimm Pitcher Georgia - -At just a hair over 6′4, Grimm has the prototypical body you want in an overpowering pitcher. After struggling in his freshman year, Grimm really turned things around in his sophomore year, working on commanding his 96 mph, while also flashing an improved curveball that kept hitters off balance. This past season, Grimm finally learned to control his fastball. For a college guy, Grimm still has lots of room to grow and, ,even out of school, will need a few years in the system. Look for a team like Cincinnati to draft him that is waiting to leave him in their system for a few years.
8-4: named the Cape Code Pitcher of the Week

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: - 23. Justin Grimm, rhp Georgia

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 27th pick overall - Justin Grimm, RHP - Georgia

13. Chad Bettis – (up from 15th) - Texas Tech – junior… 6-0, 193, R/R… 2009: 6-1, 3.59… only 58-K in 72.2 IP… starts and relieves… projects out as reliever in the Bigs… 90-94 fast ball and a very good slider

7/13: As of July 13, hasn't allowed a run in six innings for Team USA
9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: 14. Chad Bettis, rhp Texas Tech

9-24: From: http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 21st pick overall - Chad Bettis, RHP - Texas Tech

9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #20 pick overall - Chad Bettis, RHP - Texas Tech - Detroit has made no secret to their draft success. Draft hard throwing right handers. High school or college doesn't matter but they love guys that can dominate with the fastball. Now you never know and Detroit could go in another direction this year but if they want to continue their trend Chad Bettis is a great fit.

14. Kyle Blair – (up from 18th) - San Diego - junior… 6-3, 200, R/R… 2009: 3-2, 3.13, 54.2-IP, 62-K… led the team with lowest ERA…

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: ML plus velo, delivery needs work still, cb at times unhittable, health a bit in question and hope any concerns are put to rest this fall.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: - 21. Kyle Blair, rhp San Diego

9-24: From:
e.blogspot.com/: Mock Draft Version 1.0 – 26th pick overall - Kyle Blair, RHP - San Diego

15. Kartsen Whitson – (up from 18th) - Chipley HS (FL) – 6-4, 195 – commited to Florida - son of Ed Whitson… top knotch sinker/slider… quick arm… 92-94 fastball… late sink down in zone… low-80s slider

7-21: Fr. http://baseballdraftreport.com/: - potential first round pick
7-29: from http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Whitson has an ideal pitcher’s frame and is a strong righty with a loose, live arm. He pounds the strike zone with a 90-95 mph fastball that requires little effort. He also throws a sharp slider at 78-81, making him one of the top pitchers in the 2010 class.
8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: another righty with good arm strength, 92 tops, mostly 88-90, breaking ball is a slurvy type that should get better, flies open early with delivery, correctible flaws however, can only get better in next 3-4 years.
8-11 from http://www.espn.com/: Karston Whitson was similarly dominant to Taillon throwing three solid pitches: a 94-91 fastball, 84-79 slider and a 80-79 change up.
8-19: Jeff Sullivan from the AFLAC Games: - 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.
9-7: From http://www.perfectgame.com/ on the AFLAC games: - saw more of the arm hook in back swing and it effects his release points and stamina. Worrisome to me as many pitchers with this type of delivery have arm woes down the road quickly in pro ball.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 3. Karsten Whitson, rhp Chipley (Fla.) HS

9-26 from: http://www.baseballrumormill.com/: - While Bryce Harper and Jameson Taillon dominated the reports from the USA Baseball 18-and-under team trials, a number of lesser-known players also had good performances which landed them on the roster. Taillon may throw harder than Karsten Whitson, but one scout felt Whitson's fastball was the best because of its movement. Whitson was still throwing 94, not shabby at all. His slider was also impressive, but Whitson did not demonstrate good command of the pitch.

9-28: From
http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #22 pick overall - Karsten Whitson, RHP - Chipley HS (FL) - The Marlins are very random when it comes to their first pick and definitely seem to follow the rule of best player available. Right now this is Whitson and he just happens to be a prep in their state. Great arm and great for Florida. The only snag is that he is committed to the Florida Gators right now. Whole lot of Florida love for this kid.

16. Deck McGuire – (up from 21st) - Georgia Tech – junior… 6-6, 223, R/R… four quality pitchers… 2008 1st team All-American from Collegiate Baseball… excellent command… 2008: 8-1, 13 starts, four relief appearances

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: power fb when down in the zone, range velo 90-95, mostly 91-92 early, breaking ball easy to read on occasion, projects well if he can keep his delivery balance in synch.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: 3. Deck McGuire, rhp Georgia Tech
9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #21 pick overall - Deck McGuire, RHP - Georgia Tech - If the Giants do draft a pitcher you can count on them going onto have success. Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Aaron Poreda are all examples and could McGuire be the next? Scouts love McGuire and he has big game experience against quality hitters in the ACC.

17. Alex Wimmers - Ohio State – Junior… 6-2, 195, R/R… 2009: 9-2, 3.27, 136-K, 104.2-IP… pitched no-hitter against Michigan

7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/: Alex Wimmers from The Ohio State University has smooth mechanics and a big curveball that helped dominate big 10 action this spring, with another strong season he should garner lots of first round attention…
9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top college player coming out of Ohio.
9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: 9. Alex Wimmers, rhp Ohio State

9-28: From http://mlbresource.blogspot.com/: - Mock Draft Version 2 - #32 pick overall - Alex Wimmers, RHP - Ohio State - Yankees have stayed on a trend drafting quality arms in the past couple drafts outside of OF Slade Heathcott last year. Wimmers has shown signs of dominance at Ohio State and could boost his status with a big year for the Buckeyes.

18. Drew Cisco – (up from 29th) - Wando HS (SC) – 6-1, 185 – verbally committed to Georgia

PGCrossChecker.com has Cisco ranked #1 prospect in SC high school, ad 177th in the nation

7-29: From: http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Cisco has a simple and smooth delivery, allowing him to pound the strike zone with an effective three-pitch mix. His fastball ranges from 88-92 mph with occasional cut and run, which he uses to set up an above-average curveball and promising changeup

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: arm strength and aggressive on hill, topped at 91-92, top S Carolina prospect next spring.

8-15: from XMLBScout on http://www.perfectgame.com/: seems a bit tired after a very good early summer, good bloodlines and bulldog mentality to aid in moving up the ladder in pro ball.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 19. Drew Cisco, rhp, Wando HS Mount Pleasant, S.C.

19. AJ Vanegas – (up from 50th) – Redwood Christian HS (CA) -

8-19: Jeff Sullivan from the AFLAC Games: - 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.

9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 20. A.J. Vanegas, rhp Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo, Calif.

20. Sam Tyson (new) – South Carolina

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: 17. Sam Dyson, rhp South Carolina

21. Aaron Sanchez – (up from 29th) - Barstow HS (CA.) – 6-3, 170… 93-94 fastball… good consistency…

9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 23. Aaron Sanchez, rhp Barstow (Calif.) HS

22. Nick Tepesch - Missouri – Junior… 6-5, 225, R/R… 2009: 6-5, 6.27

7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/: - Missouri’s Nick Tepesch also has good velocity but was hit around a lot last spring…

23. Kevin Rhoderick - Oregon State – 6-0, 190, R/R… Junior… did not play in 2008 due to injury… 2009: 3-3, 4.18, 33-K, 23.2-IP

24. Chance Ruffin – Texas – 6-1, 190

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: solid pitcher, good control, command of off speed stuff is solid, fb velo is 88-90 mostly will touch 92-93 on occasion, doesn't need to overpower hitters with sinking fb, he's effective to be a #4 man in the ML.

25. Eric Ricks – Jenkins HS (GA) – 6-4, 195 – 2009: 10-1, gave up only 32 hits in 69.2 IP… ERA: 0.56. Fastball in low 80’s… good curve… 90Ks, 22 BB…

26. Zach Lee - McKinney HS, Texas – 6-3, 190 - committed to play QB for LSU…

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: arm strength and solid control for now, should improve each year with more work needed on breaking ball command and clean up his delivery some. Will be a solid college pitcher for sure, then look out.

27. Andrew Smith – Roswell HS (GA) – 6-2, 190 – fastball touches 93 consistently… good md-70s curve…
7/29: from http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Smith is a 6-foot-2, 190 pound righthander. His fastball currently sits in the 91-93 mph range, but there’s room for more and he also mixes in a 74 mph breaking ball. He has a verbal commitment to North Carolina.
8-11 from http://www.espn.com/: While most pitchers tailed off after the third inning, it took Andrew Smith (RHP, Georgia) a few pitches to get into his grove in the first and improved as his outing went along. He displayed a nice 93-92 fastball with a good 76-74 curveball.

28. Nick Pepitone – Tulane; Houston, Texas – 6-6, 230, R/R – Junior – 2009: 2-5, 3.26, 22 games, 9-Sv, 42-K, 38.2-IP
7-13: As of July 13, hasn't allowed a run in five appearances for Team USA
7-16: pitched three innings of scoreless relief with a strikeout against Team Japan
7-20: pitched 2.0, 1-K, save, for Team USA win over Team Canada

29. Jesse Hahn – (new) – Verginia Tech

9-16: From http://www.baseballamrica.com/ : - College Top 25 draft prospects: - 18. Jesse Hahn, rhp Virginia Tech

30. Jimmy Reyes – Elon - 2009: 8-0, 4.78, 101-K, 84.2-IP

31. Robbie Aviles – (new) – Suffern HS (NY)

9-16: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ : - High School Top 25 draft prospects: 22. Robbie Aviles, rhp Suffern (N.Y.) HS

32. Dennis Grady – Duke – junior… 5-10, 185, RHP/IF – R/R… played for the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers in the 2009 summer…

7-24 – Fr. http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: - The skinny: O’Grady didn’t have a particularly impressive spring with the Blue Devils, and finished the season with a 5.76 ERA in 45 1/3 innings. However, he’s having a fabulous summer at the Northwoods. O’Grady has a 5-0 record and a 0.98 ERA in 55 innings for the Lunkers. He also has struck out 44 and walked 11 and opponents are hitting him at a .162 clip. He appears to be ready to take the next step.

33. Case Nixon – Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa, Ala. – played 2009 as the primary catcher, but his fastball hits 93… look for full conversion topoitcher in 2010

8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Nixon is an athletic 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. On the mound, his fastball is in the 91-92 mph range and the arm strength is also evident behind the plate, where he posts sub-2.0 pop times. Nixon is committed to Alabama.

34. Dan Child – Jesuit HS (CA) – 6-5, 235 - needs more work… 91-94 fastball… slider is top pitch, top at 84…
7-29: from http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Don’t let the last name fool you. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Child is all man. He fires fastballs that sit in the 90-92 mph range and touches 93. He also has an 83 mph breaking ball and is committed to Oregon State.

35. Nick Kingham – Sierra Vista HS (NV) – 6-5, 210, R/R… fastball hits 89… sharp breaking curve at 72… also plays 1B with raw power….

36. Connor Mason – Home Schooled – Suwanee, GA. – 90-91 fastball… excellent curve… plus command…

37. Nick Rumbelow – Bullard HS (TX) – 6-0, 190 – fastball sits at 90-92… one of the nastiest changeups in high school ball…

38. Nick Tropeano – Riverhead (NY) -
8-31: From http://www.baseballamerica/: Tropeano came on strong down the stretch as Stony Brook's No. 3 starter this spring and was downright dominant this summer in the ACBL, going 7-3, 1.61 with a 77-14 strikeout-walk ratio in 50 innings to win the league's pitching triple crown. Tropeano's bread and butter is his biting breaking ball, and he uses his changeup effectively as well. He could add velocity to his 87-88 mph fastball as he grows into his 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame. Tropeano earns plaudits for his composed demeanor and focus on the mound.

39. Tyler Shreve – Redlands East Valley HS (CA) – fastball sits 91-93… good breaking ball… bug high school quarterback prospect…

40. Peter Tago – Dana Hills HS (CA) - fastball sits at 91-93… needs to beef up…

9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on http://www.minors.mlbblogs.com/: - Keep an eye on Peter Tago. The boxscore doesn't look pretty, but some scouts liked his arm action. He was up to 94 mph and threw a slider at 82 mph that has the chance to be a good pitch.

41. Asher Wojciechowski – The Citadel - 6-4, 205, R/R, 2009: 3-3, 4.39, 12 starts, 69.2-IP, 75-K, 34-BB…

July 15: Wojciechowski came in with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, for USA Baseball, against Team Japan, and closed it out, with three strikeouts

42. Conrad Flynn – Tulane – 6-3, 210, R/R – junior… 2009: 8-3, 3.93, 14 starts, 87.0-IP, only 58-Ks

43. Jesus Valdez – HH Hueneme HS (CA) – 6-3, 180 – R/R – fastball sits in 91-93 range… rises… mid-70 curve ver tough on right handers…

7-21: Fr. http://baseballdraftreport.com/: - Another big personal favorite of mine is Jesus Valdez, super projectable and already armed with a fastball with sick late life.

44. Tyler Wilson – Gaffney HS (SC) - 6-2, 190…

PGCrossChecker has Wilson ranked #3 in SC, #158 in nation…

45. Logan Thomas – Pickens HS (SC) – 6-0, 170…

PGCrossCecker has Thomas ranked 4th in SC and 198th in nation

46. Trevor Bauer - UCLA; North Hollywood, Calif. - sophomore… 6-1, 175, /R – 2009: 20 appearances, 10 starts… 9-3, 2.99, 4-CG, 2-S, 92-K, 27-BB, .225-OBA, 105.1-IP… led staff in wins, ERA, and IP…

47. Sonny Gray - Vanderbilt; Nashville, Tenn. – 5-11, 180, R/R - sophomore – 2009: 5-1, 4.30, 72-K, 58.2-IP

7-23: SP in Team USA 10-2 win against Team Prince George: 7.0-IP, 1-R, 5-K, 3rd win

48. Kevin Jacob – Georgia Tech -
8-31: From http://www.baseballamerica/: Jacob settled in as Georgia Tech's closer during the second half of last season and the success carried over to summer league play. With an unorthodox, over-the-top delivery, Jacob whips fastballs that sit in the mid-90s and top out at 98 mph. He also has an above-average breaking ball that helped him put up some video-game numbers as the Bucs' closer this summer. Over 24 appearances, the 6-foot-6, 223-pound righthander went 2-1, 0.34 with 12 saves, 45 strikeouts and four walks in 27 innings, an indication that he has made progress toward eliminating the command lapses that have plagued him in the past. He was about as dominating as you can get—opposing hitters batted just .101 against him (9-for-89).

49. Kevin Brady – Clemson –

From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Brady ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Ripken League last year but made just four appearances as a freshman on Clemson's deep pitching staff this spring. He dazzled back in the Ripken League this summer, going 2-2, 1.53 with 38 strikeouts and five walks in 29 innings. Brady shows an average to plus fastball with some sink that he controls at 90-94 mph from a high three-quarters slot. Brady is deceptively strong and holds his fastball velocity beyond the sixth inning. His other pitches are works in progress: a 71-75 curve with below-average depth and an average 83-85 changeup. Brady is still working on commanding the zone with all three offerings, but he has significant upside.

50. Thomas Lees – Whitewater HS (GA) – 6-0, 175, R/R – 84-88 fastball… excellent movement…

51. Forrest Koumas – Hartsville HS (SC) – 5-10, 175

PG Cross Checker has Koumas ranked 8th in SC and 446 in nation…

52. Ryan Moore – Sheehan HS (CT) – 6-1, 175, R/R – 84-88 fastball… tight spun curve… fuild delivery…

53. Hunter Rice – Boiling Springs HS (SC) – 5-11/190

Also plays third base… PG Cross Checker has him ranked 10th in SC and 489th in nation…

54. Bobby Wahl – West Springfield HS (VA) – 6-4, 200 – committed to Ole Miss…
7-29: from http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - With a tall, lean and projectable body, Wahl throws in the 90s and has touched 93. He uses his lower half to create a downhill plane and the ball comes out of his hand easily. He throws a three-pitch mix, including a curveball and changeup.
8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: topped out at 93, fb down and in had good sink, fb middle of the plate got whacked in his 2nd IP, easy to read breaking ball, control was ok, just hit way too many bats, should improve with better command, college will help him.

55. John Barbato – Felix Varela HS (FL) – smooth delivery… fastball sits at 89-92… hits corners…

56. Adam Plutko – Glendora HS (CA) – 6-3, 180 –

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: not much improvement over last summer, was upper 80's, fb very true, lacked deception in his delivery, hit many bats, breaking ball was easy to read. Definitely have to follow him in college however, loose arm.

57. Mike Foltynewicz – Minooka HS (IL) – fastball sits at 90-92… mid 70s curve…

58. T.J. Walz - Kansas; Omaha, Neb. - first Jayhawk to participate on the U.S. National team… 2009: 8-3, 4.70, 88-K, 82.1-IP

7-20: In the 6-3 Team USA loss to Team Germany: gave up 2-HRs in first 4-IP, going down 3-0 - Walz (2-1) pitched three innings for team USA, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out two batters.

59. Brandon Brennan – Capistrano Valley HS ( CA) – 6-4, 205 –
7-29: from http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Teammates with 2009 first-rounder Tyler Matzek, Brennan is a tremendous athlete with a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame. He shows a fastball that ranges from 89-93 mph with hard, late run. He also has solid command of his changeup at 75-78 mph and a curveball with 11-5 break. Brennan is also a major college recruit as a quarterback

60. Tony Zych - Louisville; Hazelcrest, Ill. - 6-3, 180, R/R, sophomore – 2009: 6-2, 325, 21-games, 3-starts, 44.1-IP, 31-K, OBA-.235
7-20: In the 6-3 Team USA loss to Team Germany: gave up 2-HRs to one German batter. Zych pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered three runs

61. Cody Buckel – Royal HS (CA) – 6-0, 170 –

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: smooth righty with deceptive arm strength and delivery, mostly 87-89, knows how to pitch.

62. Tyler Skulina - verbally committed to Virginia
9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 high school players coming out of Ohio.

63. Dace Kime – verbally committed to Louisville
9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 high school players coming out of Ohio.

64. Brett Welbley – Kent State -
9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 college players coming out of Ohio.

65. Dusty Issacs –
9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 high school players coming out of Ohio.

66. Burny Mitchem – Dayton

9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 college players coming out of Ohio.

67. Johnny Fasola –
9-8: http://www.pgtracker.com/ lists as one of the top 10 high school players coming out of Ohio.

68. Case Nixon – Hillcrest HS (AL) – 6-1, 181 – verbally committed to Alabama…
7-29: From: http://www.baseballfactory.com/: Nixon is athletic at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. On the mound, his fastball is in the 91-92 mph range and the arm strength is also evident behind the plate, where he posts sub-2.0 pop times. Nixon is committed to Alabama.

69. Casey Mullholland – Pendleton School (FL) –

8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Mullholland is a 6-foot-4, 175-pound righthander with a fastball in the 88-90 mph range, a 77-78 mph changeup and a 68-70 mph breaking ball. He uses his ideal pitcher's frame to work downhill. Mullholland is athletic, running a 7.0 second 60-yard dash and also spending time in the outfield.

70. Tyrell Jenkins – 6-4, 175

8-9: from Keith Law/ http://www.espn.com/: - Jenkins is just a 6'4" 175 lbs RHP, but was still throwing 92-90 with his fastball and threw a curveball with good movement and a "sharp slider."

71. TJ Pecoraro –

8-9: from Keith Law/ http://www.espn.com/: - The New England team was led by LHP Kevin Ziomek and RHP TJ Pecoraro. Pecoraro also threw about 88 on his fastball, but hasn't established a main off-speed pitch yet.

72. Caleb Smith – Abundant Life (SC) – 2009: 5-1, 1.08, 60K in 32.2 IP… .490/.581/1.037, 7 HRs, 41 RBIs in 51 at bats – won State Championship in 2009
73. Luke Taylor - Woodinville HS – 62.22 SPARQ rating at 2010 Prospect Games in Washington State…

74. Cam Thomas – - Abundant Life (SC) – won State Championship in 2009 – 6-4, 190 – 5-0, 1.47, 33K, 19.0 IP – SP2 and 1st string catcher: .449/.542/.939.

7-23: Thomas went to the mound for the Beaufort Ospreys in the ravel team’s playoff game on July 22, against Lancaster, and pitched a 5-hit, complete game, for a 5-1 victory. Thomas gave up zero earned runs, striking out six in the 7-nning game. He also went 1-3, with a single.

75. Greg Greve – Walsh Jesuit HS (OH) – 6-2, 185, R/R… good command… solid change-up… fastball hits 89…

76. Bradley Wallace – Woodlawn HS (AR) – 6-2, 155, R/R – fastball has hit 90… too lean… breaking ball spins at 70…

77. Peter Tago – Dana Hills High (CA) –6-2, 180 - same high school as Tanner Scheppers… smooth arm and very fluid… fastball sits 88-92… mid-to-high curve is a 1-7….

78. Vincent Velasquz – Garey High (CA) - had early season growth plate injury to his throwing arm, which prevented him from pitching… so, he played outfield, threw left-handed, and made the all-league team… slow runner (7.22)… comfortably sat at 88 before injury…75 curve…

79. A.J. Berglund – St. Francis HS (CA) – 6-3, 220, R/R – big and powerful… low 90’s fastball, 84 change, and

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