4/27/10

DRAFT: - Bo Felt, Kolbrin Vitek, Matt Harvey, Jordan Swagerty... and Zach Cates

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Bo Felt:


4/26 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/04/26/big-ten-conference-players-of-the-week  - BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - Bo Felt, Michigan State - Sr., OF, Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis - Felt earns his first career Player of the Week honor after leading the Spartans to a series win against Illinois over the weekend. The senior hit .545 and slugged 1.455 in the series, combining for an OPS of 2.000. He also scored five runs and drove in eight over three games, including a three-hit, four-RBI performance on Saturday in which he doubled and homered. Felt went deep in all three conference games last week, marking his first long balls of the season. He raised his batting average by 20 points and helped Michigan State climb back into a tie for first in the Big Ten standings.

Kolbrin Vitek:

4-25 from XMLBScout: - link  – First, saw 2b, Kolbrin Vitek of Ball St, 6'2 200, R/R, strong kid, good makeup, DH'd on the day but did take grounders at 2b and threw some in the pen. Solid stroke with alley power to both RC/LC, on the way runner, not a sprinter out of the box, did run a 4.42, showed ML average arm at 2b, similar character traits to Jeff Kent, former Cal Bear player and most notably played for several big league clubs including the Dodgers. Kolbrin is a late 1st rounder in my eyes, and seems to want and go out.

Matt Harvey:

4-24 from: - link  - He also was one of the biggest question marks before the season. Harvey, who turned down big-time money out of high school to attend North Carolina, had a fabulous freshman campaign that ended with a 2.79 ERA. But as a sophomore last season, the right-hander certainly left something to be desired with a 5.40 ERA. Numerous meltdowns last season led to a plethora of question marks about Harvey’s ability to be the Tar Heels’ staff ace this spring. Consider those questions answered, though. Harvey is having a sensational campaign for the Tar Heels. And after striking out 15 batters and allowing just three runs on six hits in a complete game performance against Clemson on Friday, his numbers became even more impressive. Harvey has a 2.65 ERA in 68 innings of work. He also has struck out 75 and walked 27 and is limiting opposing teams to a .202 batting average in 10 starts.

4-26 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/04/26/acc-baseball-weekly-honors  - North Carolina’s Matt Harvey received ACC Pitcher of the Week honors. Harvey (5-2) threw his first career complete-game with a six hitter with a career-best 15 strikeouts to lead North Carolina over No. 20 Clemson 5-3 Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Harvey struck out the side three times, including six punch-outs in a row in the sixth and seventh innings, and now has fanned the side nine different times this season. The junior caught nine Clemson batters looking at a called third strike and fell just four strikeouts shy of the single-game school record of 19. Harvey eclipsed his previous career-high of 13 strikeouts and now has posted four double-digit strikeout games this season. Harvey, a junior from Mystic, Conn., was also named a National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.


 Jordan Swagerty:

http://www.minorleagueball.com/2010/4/23/1437780/25-additional-pitching-prospects - RHP, Arizona State University - Arizona State's closer has performed great statistically with a 1.29 ERA, a 28/8 K/BB in 21 innings, 17 hits allowed, and 10 saves. He has good stuff, too, working at 92-95 MPH with a plus breaking ball and good control. He has the attitude scouts want in a reliever, and although he's not a huge guy at 6-1, 180, he has a chance to close at the major league level. He could go in the supplemental round and won't gets past the fourth.







Zach Cates:

RHP, Northeast Texas CC - 4-21 from: - link  - Cates is easily the best prospect on NTCC this spring, as he's matured quickly into a solid pitching prospect. Cates was a lightly-recruited catcher coming out of high school, and he spent the vast majority of his time as a catcher at NTCC during his freshman year. He threw 7 innings of relief, and those 7 innings established his real prospect value as a pitcher entering the fall. After a solid fall, Cates entered the rotation during the spring, and he hasn't looked back. Using a solidly built, yet athletic body, Cates offers solid upside for a player that doesn't have much pitching experience. He uses a low-90s fastball that projects, and even though his command is erratic, he's athletic enough that he should be able to repeat his delivery with pro instruction. He works with a projected solid-average breaking ball and a fringe-average changeup. He also threw a combined seven-inning no-hitter just a couple weeks ago. Cates isn't committed to a four-year school and should be signable as a potential #4 starter. Projected Draft Range: 8th-12th Round

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