1/21/11

Mack Draft - Sonny Gray, Kevan Smith , Trevor Bauer, Joe Panik , and Vicente Conde

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We continue the list today with number 7 in our countdown with junior RHP Sonny Gray. He is from Smyrna, Tennessee where he attended Smyrna High School. He went 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 35 innings while hitting .518 including three home runs during senior campaign. Heading into the 2008 MLB Draft, he was ranked as the No. 52 draft prospect by Baseball America and the 67th best draft prospect by Perfect Game. He was selected in the 27th round by the Chicago Cubs but decided to honor his commitment to Vanderbilt. Gray appeared in 22 games as a freshman including making four starts as he went 5-1 including five saves with a 4.30 ERA. He ended up pitching a total of 58.2 innings while striking out 72 batters. - http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2011/01/20/sonny-gray-vanderbilt-top-100-countdown  



Kevan Smith – Pittsburgh - Smith split time behind the plate in 2010 with Cory Brownsten, who is now gone. The 6’4, 240 lb. senior earned All-Big East First Team recognition after more than doubling his RBI total to 46 in 2010. He also batted .361 with five home runs and 16 doubles. His efforts helped his team to a 38-18 mark that just missed an NCAA, thanks in part to St. John’s Big East Tournament championship run. Smith looks to pick-up where he left off at the end of a 2010 season that ended with a 20-game hitting streak. - http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/18/top-11-college-baseball-catchers-to-watch-in-2011



We continue the list today with number 8 in our countdown with UCLA junior RHP Trevor Bauer. He is from Valencia, California, and attended Hart High School. He ended up picking up two letters as he had an outstanding junior season which saw him go 12-0 with a 0.79 ERA while striking out 106 batters and walking 15 in 70.2 innings. As a junior, he earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors and first-team All-Southern Section accolades from the California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA). Bauer skipped his senior year of high school and enrolled at UCLA a year early. Bauer made an immediate impact in the UCLA rotation as he appeared in 20 games with 10 starts. He finished the season with a 9-3 overall record and an ERA of 2.99. He throwing four complete games with two saves. He ended up striking out 92 batters in 105.1 innings of work. He did struggle with his control as he walked 27 batters - http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2011/01/19/top-100-countdown-8-trevor-bauer-ucla/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CollegeBaseballDaily+%28College+Baseball+Daily%29&utm_content=Twitter



The top collegiate shortstop in the class is Joe Panik (St. John's Univ.), a top level bat with smooth actions in the field and a strong Cape showing under his belt. The prep ranks flank Lindor with a handful of high ceiling middle-infielders who also show big potential with the glove and the bat. - http://diamondscapescouting.com/rankings_2011_preseason_shortstop.html



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: - 12. 3B Vicente Conde (Oviedo, FL): Conde has got much stronger from last summer and that added muscle shows in his bat speed and power. His blast off the right field wall on a 90 mph Jorge Lopez fastball was impressive.

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