DRAFT: - Todd Cunningham, Joe Leonard, Chris Franklin, Drew Smyly... and Frankie Christian

Todd Cunningham:

4-28 from: - http://projectprospect.com/article/2010/04/28/lincolns-2010-draft-board  - Some question the quality of competition he faces at Jacksonville State, but Todd Cunningham showed he can hang with the big boys when he lead the Cape Cod League in hitting by 36 points. Cunningham is a good athlete with plus speed and shows solid range for center field. He should be an average defender despite his lack of ideal arm strength. Cunningham has everything it takes to be a solid big league regular, including a good approach at the plate – he’s walked 15.1% of the time and struck out in 11.3% of his trips to the plate.

Joe Leonard:

4-26 from: - http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/MLB_Draft   - 3B Leonard smashed West Virginia this weekend, going 12-for-17, with three homers, eight RBI, five runs scored and even chipped in a save on Saturday, after pitching an inning in relief. On the season, Leonard is hitting a robust .455 with seven homers and 56 RBI.

Chris Franklin:

4-26 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/04/26/southland-baseball-players-of-the-week-10/#more-25681  - Southeastern Louisiana right-hander Chris Franklin has been named the Southland Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday. In his first career start on the mound for Southeastern, Franklin tossed a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Lions to an 11-3 win at rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday. A native of Oneonta, Ala., Franklin allowed three hits in the first two innings before allowing two base runners (one hit, one error) the rest of the way. He retired the final 12 batters he faced and is 5-4 on the season with a 2.84 ERA and seven saves.

Drew Smyly:

4-27 from: - http://www.baseballrumormill.com/2010/04/mlb-draft-notes-friday-review-423/#more  - Drew Smyly from Arkansas put his name on the map with a solid outing: 7IP, 8H, 1BB, 3ER, 10K. According to Churchill "Smyly lacks front-line stuff but flashes an above-average fastball in the low 90s and uses a lot of cutter-style sliders and a changeup to keep hitters off balance."

Frankie Christian:

4-27 from: - http://baseballbeginnings.com/2010/04/27/frankie-christian-update/#more-5757  - I’ve had two recent looks at CF Frankie Christian. He’s always been an intriguing prospect for his athletic ability but the main question scouts and teams will likely ask is if he will hit enough in the coming years to bring the other tools into the game. My scouting instincts are that Christian is going to be a pro guy who can be signed, but not after high school. For me, Christian does show signs of offensive building blocks. I’ve seen examples of bat control, which for him means putting a ball in the air to right field to score a run. I also saw him lift a home run to left-center. On the flip side, I’ve also seen him struggle against left-handed curveballs, which could cause skeptical scouts to question his contact abilities.


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