1/27/11

Mack Draft: - Gerrit Cole, Taylor Ard, Harold Martinez, Michael Bradshaw , and Peter O’Brien

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As a freshman in 2009, Gerrit (Cole) made 15 appearances (14 starts) as he went 4-8 with an ERA of 3.49 while pitching in 85 innings. He dominated hitters as he only allowed a .191 batting average against him. He struck out 104 batters which was a UCLA Freshman record. He was one of three freshman to earn All-Pac 10 team. He also captured Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He played in the summer with the USA Collegiate National Team where he appeared in six games (five starts). He had a 4-0 record with a 1.06 ERA while leading Team USA with 46 strikeouts and 34 innings pitched. He issued ten walks while limiting the opponents to a .104 batting average. One of his better performance on the summer was when he was a part of a combined no-hitter against Guatemala as he registered 11 strikeouts in 5.2 innings. His other strong performance came in the World Baseball Challenge when he pitched a complete game two hitter against Canada as Team USA picked up a 1-0 victory to go to the championship game. Baseball America rated Cole as the best prospect on Team USA in 2009 - http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2011/01/25/gerrit-cole-ucla-top-100-countdown


The only player near the top of the ranking without major college experience could position himself atop the whole list by June. Taylor Ard’s funky swing has some scouts questioning how he’ll transition to big time college ball, but I think it’ll play, especially when it comes to his power upside. His strong track record with wood, underrated athleticism, and aforementioned plus-plus raw power should make up for whatever contact deficiencies he might have to overcome. I’m as excited to see how he adjusts to the Pac-10 as I am any newcomer to the college game and the statistical breakdown between him and Oropesa will be telling. - http://baseballdraftreport.com/



#36 - 3B Harold Martinez U of Miami-Fla 6'2 195 R/R - solid hitter with 15 type HR power, solid arm strength with quick glove and range to left and to his right, runs just ok, not a flyer but not a clogger, may steal a base on occ, some comps to Moises Alou as far as approach offensively goes and comes to play and has had solid stat numbers and has done it quietly. Lots of upside left here still. http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com/



http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5164  - - The recently completed Perfect Game World Showcase in Fort Myers featured one of the most talented groups of players ever to play in this long running event, which dates back to 1997 and was the original Perfect Game showcase. Players are 2011 prospects: - 24. OF Michael Bradshaw (Crestwood, NY): We didn’t even know that the 6-5, 215 lb Bradshaw had started switch-hitting until he launched a home run left handed (after doing the same right handed) during batting practice. His skills are still raw in all areas but Bradshaw has some serious tools.



Peter O’Brien – Bethune-Cookman - The Daytona Beach, FL school is small, but the 2011 list of top catchers starts with this big man. At 6’5, 220 lbs., O’Brien is one of many on this list whose size defies what used to be the mold of the prototypical sub-6’0 squatty catcher. His bat defies most pitchers’ best pitches as well. O’Brien batted .386 with 56 RBIs, while swatting 20 home runs with an 1.193 OPS as a sophomore last season. His efforts helped the Wildcats to an 18-0 MEAC record. O’Brien was also the USA Collegiate National Team’s catcher over the summer. - http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/18/top-11-college-baseball-catchers-to-watch-in-2011  

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