4/23/10

DRAFT: - Kevin Gausman, Pat Biserta, Donn Roach, Nick Castellanos... and Dan Klein

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Kevin Gausman:

4-17 from: - http://www.minorleagueball.com/2010/4/17/1426860/interesting-high-school-pitchers-a  - Kevin Gausman, RHP, Grandview HS (Colorado) - As a high school pitcher from Colorado, Gausman draws the inevitable comparisons to Roy Halladay. He's smaller than Halladay at 6-4, 185, though he's still projectable and very athletic. He hits 93-95 MPH with movement, has a good breaking ball, and is relatively polished considering his background. A Louisiana State commitment provides some leverage for negotiations. He's expected to be a mid-first-round pick, but if he slips a bit, the home-state Rockies would have to be tempted at 26.





Pat Biserta:

4-19 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/04/19/big-east-baseball-honors  - Following an impressive week at the plate for the Scarlet Knights, BIG EAST home run leader junior OF Pat Biserta was named BIG EAST Baseball Player of the Week. Biserta led Rutgers to a 4-0 week behind three home runs, two doubles and six RBI. In a three-game series against USF, which entered the weekend ranked first in the BIG EAST standings, the junior batted .417 with two home runs. In Game 1, Biserta tallied the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Scarlet Knights the 8-7 victory. His 15 home runs on the season and .766 slugging percentage both rank first in the conference, while his 41 RBI rank third.

Donn Roach:

4-20 from: - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/2010/4/20/1431880/casing-the-states-nevada#storyjump : - RHP, CC of Southern Nevada - I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of hearing about CSN prospects. This isn't even the last pitcher on the list. However, Roach slots in as the best starting pitching prospect on the team, and he's close to equaling Hanks as the best overall pitching prospect, as well. Roach comes from the storied Bishop Gorman program that routinely ranks high in national baseball polls. He headed to Arizona from there, but the success stopped as soon as he reached campus. He seemingly fell apart on the mound, and work ethic issues put him in the dog house with the Arizona coaching staff. As a result, he transferred out after a very bad year, and he has landed on his feet at CSN. Though scouts thought Joe Robinson would be the best starting pitcher on the CSN staff, Roach has taken to that role, flashing dominant stuff with excellent results. He routinely sits 91-93 with his fastball, and he has the capability of reaching back for a 95 if he needs it. He easily earned the spot of having the best breaking ball in the Nevada class, as his curveball is a two-plane breaker with plus potential. He owns another intriguing pitch, a lefty-neutralizing splitter, that he doesn't use enough, though pro coaches could work with him on using it enough to make hitters defensive thinking about it. He also throws a changeup that projects to be an average pitch if repeated enough, so it could be that the splitter gets scrapped if the changeup advances enough. It looks like Roach is on his way to a fairly high draft position in June, and he'll likely join Bryan Harper in not fulfilling a South Carolina commitment. Projected Draft Range: 3rd-5th Round

Nick Castellanos:

4-20 from: - http://www.baseballrumormill.com/  - Archbishop McCarthy High School, SS - Although Castellanos lacks the defensive acumen to play shortstop professionally, his bat is still strong enough to fit at third base. Castellanos has very strong hands and wrists, so even though he still has an 18-year-old's build, he can generate power now. Whatever team drafts him will likely do so to play third base or even possibly a corner outfielder if necessary. His bat projects to hit for average and power when he reaches his mid-20s.

Dan Klein

4-20 from: - link  - RHP, UCLA - Closing for the UCLA Bruins, Klein has a 0.36 ERA with a 35/7 K/BB and just 15 hits allowed in 25 innings, collecting seven saves. The 6-3, 190 pounder features a 92-95 MPH fastball, a hard curve, and a better changeup than most college closers offer. Shoulder injuries hampered his freshman and sophomore seasons, but he seems healthy now, throws strikes, is blowing away college competition, and represents a reasonably safe investment, in the sense of being a guy who could contribute fairly quickly and shouldn't need a huge amount of development time. I don't see him as a first rounder, but he could get into the supplemental round for a team that has multiple picks.

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