2/1/11

Mack Draft: - Chad Wright, Derek Self , Ashley Graeter , Austin Wood , and Tommy La Stella

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UK outfielder Chad Wright arrived on campus without the publicity of his fellow classmates in 2008, but has been the most consistent performer in the Cats’ vaunted junior class. In a two-year career Wright had batted .328 with six home runs, 60 RBI, 76 runs scored and 22 stolen bases, all while starting almost every game in the outfield. In 2010 the then sophomore batted .316 with two home runs, 37 RBI and 36 runs scored. He stole 12 bases in 15 attempts while starting 53 games for the Cats - http://blugrassbaseball.com/  





Junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self was 7-0 with a 4.52 ERA in 27 games, including eight starts, for UofL in 2010. The Cave City native struck out 50 batters and walked 11 in 61 and two-third innings. Self moved between the weekend starting rotation and a midweek starting role in 2010, but he did start the Cards’ NCAA tournament opening win over St. Louis. He is among the candidates for a weekend starting role in 2011 but will serve as a valuable weapon either as a starter or reliever - http://blugrassbaseball.com/  



Ashley Graeter has the chance to shoot way up in the rankings once the season gets started. He’s transferring from Pearl River CC to Southern Mississippi to form one heck of a formidable left side of the infield in Hattiesburg. I liked him more as a pitcher than a position player last year at this time, but solid defensive tools, a plus arm, and intriguing offensive upside make him a legit position player in his own right. - http://baseballdraftreport.com/



#4 - RHP Austin Wood U.S.C. 6'4 220 - power arm who went unsigned in 2010 after transfering to St Pete JC from Florida St. Will run fb up there to 98 mph most are 93-94 with occ run when in on RHH and sink when down, hard slider gets too big at times with break easy to read out of hand, other times very dominant, just needs to get it all together and stay within himself, ala Bobby Jenks/Jeff Farnsworth types. Some max effort and will get pitches up, but gets away with it due to velocity. http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com/



Tommy La Stella – Coastal Carolina - The Closter, NJ native played sparingly in 2008 in his only season at St. John’s, but he was a vital member of the Chanticleers in his first season in Conway, SC in 2010. La Stella led the Chants with his .378 batting average, while posting 14 home runs, 66 RBIs, 63 runs, and 14 doubles. His 1.072 OPS was the second-best among Coastal Carolina batters who combined to hit 111 home runs last season. La Stella also struckout just 15 times with 32 walks in 246 at-bats last season (once every 16.4 ABs), to make him the 29th toughest batter to strikeout in Division I baseball. On top of that, he committed just five errors all season. His .977 fielding percentage is the best by a second baseman in Coastal school history. - http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/25/top-11-college-baseball-2b-to-watch-in-2011  

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