5/28/10

DRAFT: - Kyle Parker, Alan Oaks, Stepehn Yarrow, Ross Wilson... and Josh Sale

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Kyle Parker:

5-28 from: - http://www.deepleagues.com/?p=1727  - Parker is an outfielder whose strength is at the plate. He has shown consistent power against top competition throughout his college career, but after hitting .255 in 2009, Parker did not seem like a legitimate candidate to justify a first round selection. Nevertheless, Parker raised his average this season to .373 and hit 18 home runs. Ironically, the two concerns scouts have about Parker are: (1) athleticism and (2) arm strength. Both weaknesses seem difficult to believe. In terms of athleticism, Parker is the only college athlete to ever hit 15 home runs and throw 20 touchdowns in the same season. It’s also surprising scouts would be concerned a D1 quarterback lacks the arm strength to play professional baseball.

5-28 from: - http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b4kdh  - Kyle Parker, Clemson: While most may know him as Clemson's quarterback, he's been making a strong name for himself as a hitter this spring. He's shown power in the past, but this year, he's put it all together with a better approach and an ability to hit for average as well. Some parts of his game are raw, but if he were to focus only on baseball, he could shorten the learning curve. He's got some signing leverage with years of football eligibility remaining, but that probably won't prevent a team from taking him in the first 50 picks.

Alan Oaks:

5-28 from: - link  - RHP, Michigan: Remember him from 2007? No? He was the one who hit the pinch-hit, walk-off HR off David Price to win the 2007 Nashville Regional over Vanderbilt. His repertoire includes a low-90's fastball, low-90's slider, and a high-70's change-up. Has confidence in all three pitches at any count in any at bat.









Stepehn Yarrow:

5-25 from: - http://baseballdraftreport.com/2010/05/25/2010-mlb-draft-top-30-college-third-base-prospects-30-21  - Top 30 College Third Base Prospects - 22. San Francisco JR 3B Stephen Yarrow - Yarrow’s basic story is very similar to Garrett Buechele’s in that both prospects have legit plus power potential and a strong overall hit tool. Going against Yarrow is his tendency to pull darn near everything, below-average tools outside of the batter’s box, and a long-term future as a four-corners type of player, not an everyday third baseman.







Ross Wilson

5-27 from: - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/2010/5/27/1489645/top-5-by-position-second-basemen#comments  - Ross Wilson burst onto the national scene as a freshman at Alabama, having one of the best freshman seasons offensively in recent memory in the SEC. After improving upon that as a sophomore, he’s taken a major step backwards as a junior, and his draft stock has predictably plummeted. Wilson is notable for his background, as he was a notable high school quarterback and is the brother of former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson, but he chose baseball as his sport because of his natural tools for the sport. Despite going backwards this spring, he still has solid tools and could make a pro career out of baseball. Wilson’s tools are mainly centered on his bat and legs. When he’s reading pitchers right, he has an above-average hit tool with average raw power, a nice bonus from a middle infielder. He’s also an above-average runner, but he struggles to turn that speed into on-field production. He’s raw in the baserunning aspect of the game, and he’s been pressing a little too much this spring. Defensively, he has above-average range at second and a solid-average arm, and he could be the complete package if he could just snap out of his season-long funk. He’s dropped his stock somewhere into the sixth to tenth round range, but if he’s signable, a team could get a steal if Wilson turns it back around.

Josh Sale:

5-28 from: - http://www.baseballrumormill.com/2010/05/mlb-draft-notes-josh-sale-marcus-littlewood-and-more/#more  - "He continues to impress me," said an NL area scout. "His swing is very consistent, which is one thing I came (into the season) worrying about some. It's kind of noisy, his hands are bouncing and it's like 'can he get to everything with all that going on every pitch?' But he can, and he does. Whoever takes him will clean that up a little bit, but he gets great loft and drives the ball with such authority. (Sale is) the best high school power bat I have seen since I came here."

5-28 from: - http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b4kdh  - Bishop Blanchet HS (Wash.): Outside of that Bryce Harper fellow, there might not be another player with more raw power than Sale. He is extremely strong and can hit the ball a long, long way, though there is some concern about his ability to make contact consistently enough to tap into that power. While he's not awful defensively, it's his bat that will get him drafted and up to the big leagues one day. And it's probably enough to get him off the board before the first round is over.

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