James Paxton, Ryan Carpenter, Matt Purke, Kyle Winkler, Roberto Suppa, Danny Keller

Prospect Insider has learned that the Mariners may have come to agreement with James Paxton, via Alex Meyer on Twitter. Meyer, a junior, is a first-round talent in this year's draft class. We would have placed Paxton No. 9 on the handbook, but that is based very much on Paxton regaining his form within a year or so, and that's a guess at this point. http://prospectinsider.com/view/paxton-signs  

Ryan Carpenter - Gonzaga traveled to College Station to take on Texas A&M for the weekend, creating arguably the best pitching matchup of the weekend between lefty Ryan Carpenter and righty John Stilson. Carpenter is a pitcher I had heard quite a bit of, but had limited exposure to. I was really impressed first and foremost with his smooth delivery and overall mechanics. He repeated his release point better than any other pitcher I have seen so far this year, and commanded his fastball fairly well. There is still some inconsistency to his control and secondary stuff, but it’s hard not to be impressed with his size, delivery and fastball velocity. http://www.5tooltalk.com/2011-notes-2-26-11.html  

Who exactly was on the mound when TCU played Cal State Fullerton in the series opener? It looked more like a right-handed Matt Purke than anyone else. TCU veteran right-handed pitcher Kyle Winkler was sensational in a 4-1 victory over the Titans, allowing just a run on six hits in seven innings. Winkler was throwing 92-94 with his fastball throughout the game. The veteran again is rising to the occasion this spring. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5298  

Roberto Suppa, rhp - "He's going to be a draft kid. He's a big, strong, horse of a kid. He's signed with Cornell, so he'll probably be a tough sign. But he'll be 88-91 (mph) with real good, heavy sink and he's a big, strong-armed kid. So he's going to throw 90 plus consistently and he's certainly got a pro body at 6-foot-5 and over 200 pounds. He's certainly an interesting kid." - http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=3119  

Danny Keller, RHP, Newbury Park (Calif.) HS - Skinny: Keller was not as sharp Saturday as he was at an area All-Star Game in November, but he still rates as a top prospect. He tosses a 90-91-mph fastball and adds a promising 74 curve. Keller's arm action was a bit awkward Saturday. Committed to: Cal State Northridge http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/highschool/02/21/top.prospects.mlb.showcase/index.html#ixzz1FAb22OhT  


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