1/20/11

Mack Draft: - LSU, Matt Purke, Brandon Loy, Coley Crank , and Javier Reynoso

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LSU - The pitching staff is a concern both in terms of starting pitchers and the bullpen. The Tigers will rely on Ben Alsup, who made three starts last season, to be the staff ace, while newcomers Kevin Gausman and Tyler Jones are expected provide an immediate impact. The bullpen, meanwhile, is a huge question mark because of injuries and departures. Matty Ott could provide the Tigers with stability should he return to his freshman form. - http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/baseball/news?slug=kr-lsucountdown011811  



As soon as (Matt) Purke made the decision to go to college, the expectations were great. There wasn’t to be much of a transition period. After all, this was a guy with first-round stuff. Purke, still a youngster, was expected to grow into one of the program’s key cogs in the few months between his first month in college and the 2010 season. Suddenly, the Horned Frogs, which reached the NCAA Super Regional round in ’09, were looking to a freshman to be the final piece to the puzzle with the return of pitchers Steven Maxwell and Kyle Winkler - http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/baseball/news?slug=kr-purketcu011711



The best defender in the class, Brandon Loy (Univ. of Texas - Austin), can raise his overall value this spring by showing a bit more aptitude with the bat. There is room for him to quickly move up our rankings, given the limited number of players that project to stick at short as pros. - http://diamondscapescouting.com/rankings_2011_preseason_shortstop.html



Coley Crank – Michigan - Crank was Michigan’s primary DH last season, but he looks to get more playing time behind the plate this year after the departure of 2010 Johnny Bench semi-finalist Chris Berset. Crank got his sophomore season started on the right foot in ’10 when he cranked three home runs in one game on opening day against Jacksonville State. The 6’0, 220 lb. junior batted .324 while leading the Wolverines with 14 HR and 65 RBIs. He was the only player on his team to reach double-digit home runs. - http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/18/top-11-college-baseball-catchers-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: - 11. OF/LHP Javier Reynoso (Odessa, FL): The 90 mph lefty didn’t pitch in Fort Myers but his switch-hitting ability and arm strength from right field make him a legit 2-way player at the college level should he make it to Coastal Carolina.

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