1/29/11

Mack Draft: - Bryson Myles, George Springer, Ryan Wright, Matt Purke, and Gerrit Cole

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My next Top Performer From the 2010 Summer Season is Bryson Myles of the Mckinney Marshals. Bryson is currently a junior outfielder from Stephen F. Austin University. He is 6-0/225 pounds and he hails from Grand Prairie, TX. He attended and stared in both baseball and football at Arlington Grace Prep. He was originally a TCU football recruit, but he spent the last two seasons at Weatherford Junior College. He hit .371 with 5 home runs in 181 at-bats last year. - http://www.collegesummerbaseball.net/2011/01/top-performers-from-2010-bryson-myles.html  



We continue the list today at number 3 in our countdown with UConn junior centerfielder George Springer. The New Britain, Connecticut, native attended Avon Old Farms all four years of high school. He had an outstanding career being named All-New England in 2007 and 2008 while participating in the Cape Cod High School Classic in 2007. The Minnesota Twins selected him in the 2008 MLB Draft but were unable to sign him. Springer stepped right into the UConn Huskies lineup as a freshman appearing in 56 games (54 starts) as he hit .358 with 16 homers and driving in 57 runs. He was solid on the basepaths also swiping 12 bases in 15 attempts. The Big East Conference named him the Rookie of the Year as he was the first UConn player ever to receive the award. He was also named a Freshman All-American by Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA and a Louisville Slugger. - http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2011/01/26/george-springer-uconn-2011-top-players/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CollegeBaseballDaily+%28College+Baseball+Daily%29&utm_content=Twitter



Ryan Wright – Louisville - After earning Freshman All-American honors in 2009, Wright stepped-up his game for the Cardinals in 2010. He hit .366 with 16 home runs, 17 doubles and a team-best 80 RBIs for a Louisville team that was ranked from start to finish last season. The Ft. Wayne, IN native also scored 61 runs with 19 stolen bases and a 1.051 OPS. He committed just three errors for a stellar .989 fielding percentage. Wright’s torrid pace didn’t end when Louisville’s season did. He continued his hot hitting by batting a team-high .381 for the USA Collegiate National Team over the summer. He scored 18 runs with 12 RBIs while starting in 17 of 19 games. - http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/25/top-11-college-baseball-2b-to-watch-in-2011



#1 - LHP Matt Purke TCU 6'4 190 - smooth lefty who has progressed each year that I've had the pleasure to see since 2008 at the TOS in Cary, NC when he was 16 yrs old. He's gone from throwing 86-89 mph as a soph in HS to presently up to 95-96 tops, mostly 91-93 with run and sink down in the zone and he's aggressive. Matt has good depth to a vastly improved cb that he throws confidently for strikes and gets hitters out in front with a straight change as well. Year to year his progression is one that warrants first player drafted type scenarios as he'll be a solid fixture in any ML rotation. He's yet to physically mature which is scary considering he's improved each year. - http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com/



#2 - RHP Gerrit Cole UCLA 6'3 1/2 220 - power armed rhp with solid above ave fb that will reach 97-98 on occ, pitches at 92-94 consistently with run and sink on his fb, best when down in zone using the L on a hitter, hard slider 81-85 breaks properly sometimes too big, must stay within himself and not rush which can cause him to get his elbow down in position from his 3/4 arm slot. Could be in the ML quickly either as a closer or as a 2-3 man in the rotation. Still some roughness to iron out, but plenty of upside left in the tank with pro instruction. http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com/  

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