DRAFT: - Cody Stanley, Grant Buckner, Tyler Holt, Nick Tepesch... and Aaron Barrett

Cody Stanley

5-11 from: - http://baseballdraftreport.com/  - 7. UNC Wilmington JR C Cody Stanley - Stanley gets the edge over Rupp due to better athleticism, but, really, the two are similar prospects in many respects. Both have plus power potential, both have plus throwing arms (Stanley’s isn’t as strong, but better footwork and a quicker release helps narrow the gap), and both profile as solid big league defenders behind the plate. Pretty similar, right? So what exactly gives Stanley the advantage as a prospect? Well, we’ve already covered Stanley’s superior athleticism, but the UNC Wilmington catcher also bests his Texas counterpart in baserunning (Stanley has great instincts and is an average runner for a catcher) and track record with a wood bat (Stanley killed it on the Cape this past summer). Stanley over Rupp by a hair; the proof is in the parentheses.

Grant Buckner:

5-11 from: - link  - RF, Grant Buckner, W Virginia, 6'1 1/2 210, R/R, powerful built, solid RF arm, 40 plus runner and field, 60 power, could perhaps play 1b in pro ball, has good hands and moves well for a big man, swing a tad long with power to all fields. Someone will give him a 4-8 round look for sure and don't be surprised if this kid gets to the show in 2-3 years with his makeup.

Tyler Holt:

5-12 from: - http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-cubs-wrigley-bound/2010/05/cubs-draft-preview--hitters.html  - Tyler Holt--Florida State-- 6'1 190 - Holt as a 1st-rounder is highly unlikely but may be around for the Cubs in round 2. He reminds me of another Tyler taken by the Cubs...Tyler Colvin. Very polished college player who currently is looking like an Sup. 1st to mid 2nd. Lead off hitter skills featuring good plate discipline, above average speed and good make up. Has shown he can hit with wood bats. This is a high floor pick who the Cubs may explore in the 2nd round.

Nick Tepesch:

5-12 from: - http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/MLB_Draft  - Tepesch came into the game on a roll; he held Oklahoma State to a run in 7 2/3 innings on April 25. He also is the typical big right-hander who teases scouts with his tools and a major-league ready body (6-5) but is plagued by inconsistency. We've talked about Tepesch before. Against Kansas, he struggled. One AL West scout told me Tepesch was around the plate all night (just one walk), but perhaps caught too much of it. His velocity was down a tick, as is the case with many college pitchers this time of year. Tepesch gave up eight runs on 14 hits and took the loss in a 14-3 Jayhawks pounding.

Aaron Barrett:

5-12 from: - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/  - Aaron Barrett has been a bit of an enigma, as entering the year he hadn’t been able to live up to the hype of his stuff since transferring in to Ole Miss from a junior college in Illinois. Barrett is originally from Evansville, Indiana, and he was drafted in the forty-fourth round by the Dodgers out of high school there at Evansville Central High School, which also yielded Andy Benes to the baseball world. He followed that up with a pair of solid seasons at Wabash Valley, and the Twins took him in the twentieth round of the 2008 draft. After failing to sign and transferring to Ole Miss, things essentially fell apart. He lost all command, and he struggled through an awful season. The Rangers took a flier on him in the twenty-seventh round last year, but didn’t put forth enough to sign him. After seeing his stuff deteriorate in his junior year, Barrett took his game to the Coastal Plain League, where he flashed some of his better stuff of the year. He continued that trend this year as a senior at Ole Miss, as he’s become a dominating sidekick to likely first round pick Drew Pomeranz. Barrett features a fastball that’s usually anywhere from 90-93, and his slider is a solid-average to above-average complement to it. He’s also mixed in a changeup that has flashed above-average, but he needs to really work on commanding all his pitches. He’s worked in a curve before, but it’s more of a show-me pitch, and it’s not Major League quality. He has improved in almost every facet of his game this year, and it looks like he’ll be one of the first senior arms off the board in the third to sixth round range.


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