1/22/11

Mack Draft: - Jason Crisper, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Garrett Wittels , Alex Santana , and Matt Rice

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Jason Crisper — Northern Kentucky University - On Friday Crisper was named a first-team Division II preseason all-American by Baseball America following a strong 2010 campaign that saw him bat .442 with four home runs, 47 RBI, 75 runs scored and 39 stolen bases in 43 attempts. The outfielder was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference player of the year following the 2010 season and was selected as a third-team Division II all-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. - http://blugrassbaseball.com/



The outfield class is an interesting collection of talent this year, with four incredibly high ceiling tool boxes at the top to go along with a high floor/good ceiling talent in Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Univ. of South Carolina). JBJ provides the wonderful blend of good probability and good ceiling, boasting an advanced approach to the game complemented by plus defense up the middle and the chance for an above-average hit tool. He has a smooth, compact stroke at the plate and is capable of spraying linedrives all over the field, even carrying a little but of pop in the barrel - http://diamondscapescouting.com/rankings_2011_preseason_outfielders.html



Garrett Wittels – Florida International - Heading into the new season it will be hard not to watch Wittels as he pursues college baseball immortality. The FIU junior slowly gained attention last year as he collected hit after hit in game after game, taking his hitting streak to 56 games to end the 2010 season. He hit .413 over the course of that streak and needs hits in his team’s first three games of the season against Southeastern Louisiana to break former Oklahoma State 3B Robin Ventura’s 1987 record 58-game streak. The junior’s other numbers last year looked like this: 100 hits, 60 RBIs, 21 doubles, and just 19 strikeouts compared to 22 walks. http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/21/top-11-college-baseball-ss-to-watch-in-2011



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: - 17. RHP/3B Alex Santana (Cape Coral, FL): Santana has long been considered an upper level third base prospect but we saw him for the first time on the mound and he might have a higher ceiling there. The 6-4 righthander threw 88-89 mph consistently with an easy, loose arm.



Matt Rice – Western Kentucky - The senior has started in 118 of his team’s 120 games over the last two seasons, and he has been a vital cog in the Hilltopper offense. Rice batted .399 with 10 home runs and 72 RBIs for WKU’s 2009 NCAA Regional team. His sophomore campaign was also highlighted by a school-record 31-game hitting streak. For an encore, the 6’3 backstop hit .369 with 10 HR, 16 doubles and 65 RBIs (all team-highs) last season. He even had three triples and wound-up with a 1.031 OPS.- http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/18/top-11-college-baseball-catchers-to-watch-in-2011  

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