11/12/09

Mets Rd. 1/2 Picks on Mack's Mock Draft

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Kartsen Whitson

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 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 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 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 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.

9-30: From: http://web.usabaseball.com: - Karsten Whitson, Connor Mason and Kevin Gausman combined on a three-hitter, and an opportunistic offense took advantage of five errors as the USA Baseball 18U National Team remained unbeaten with a 19-0 run-rule shutout of Colombia Monday on Day 4 of the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Junior Championships at Daniel Canonico Stadium. In a five-inning outing, Whitson struck out nine while permitting three hits and issuing four walks. He cruised through the final four frames of his stint after escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first thanks to some heads-up defense by the U.S. (4-0).

10-5 from http://mlbbonusbaby.com: 7. New York Mets – Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS (FL) – (5th RHP picked in draft) - Here is the best name no one’s talking about. People always talk about Taillon and Cole while leaving Whitson’s name out, but I don’t necessarily see it that way. He’s of similar size to Cole, with similar projectability, also has a plus fastball, and possibly has more movement on that pitch. He’s got both a slider and curve, and while neither are plus now, they’ve got great potential, too. That whole package is going to attract droves of scouts, and I see him going the way of Zack Wheeler from the 2009 class.

10-5 from http://baseballdraftreport.com: - top 50 prospects in 2010 draft – #7 - Karsten Whitson (4th RHP on list)

10-13 from www.mymlbdraft.com: 2010 MLB Mock Draft - #9 – (5th RHP picked) – Karsten Whitson

10-24 from www.baseballrumormll.com: - top 10 prospects: - 5. Karsten Whitson, RHP (4th RHP on list), Chipley HS, FL: Whitson pitched for Team USA as well and threw well in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships. He doesn't throw as hard as his teammate, Taillon, but has more movement on the pitch.

10-29 from: www.mlbresource.com: - Blake's Scouting Report - There is no questioning the type or arm Whitson has. He has potential front of the rotation type stuff and should be a top pick. Whitson comes with a straight over the top delivery with a little herky jerk type movement in his delivery. He sits at around 92-94 and has touched 96. He has a sharp slider and everything he throws is hard with late bite

11-2 from www.perfectgame.com: - Future Scout Sully said: Here is my list of the Top 50 in the class. I have seen almost every one of these players. Went out to AFLAC for the week, saw team usa play, and went to many cape games: - 15-RHP Karsten Whitson (8th RHP on list)

11-3 from www.mlbresource.com: 3rd Mock draft – #9 - Karsten Whitson, RHP - Chipley HS (FL) - I definitely think the Padres take a pitcher with this selection. They need to rebuild the farm system and the pitching is currently below average. Whitson would fit in perfect but I could also see the Padres wanting someone more developed and closer to the big leagues. (4th RHP on list)

11-9-9 from www.examiner.com: - Top 15 High School Draft Prospects - 3. Karsten Whitson, rhp Chipley (Fla.) HS College Commitment: Florida - Whitson generates easy velocity from a 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame and throws a low-80s slider that should become a plus pitch eventually. (3rd RHP on list)




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.

10-5 from http://baseballdraftreport.com: - top 50 prospects in 2010 draft – #25 – Zach Lee (14th RHP on list)

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