Draft 2012: - Erich Knab, Victor Roache, Zach Botjer, Lucas Giolito

11-15-11: - http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=6369  - Erich Knab (2012 RHP, Royals Baseball Club)- Like a lot of the players on the Royals Baseball Club's talented roster, Knab hails from a relatively small town and was a largely unknown commodity on a national level. Hailing from Conway, SC, a town of just over 16,000 people, Knab had not only never pitched in front of a large group of scouts before, he had hardly pitched in front of any. Understandably nervous in his PG debut, Knab drilled three of the first four hitters he faced, walked two more and allowed three runs in the first inning. Though not the ideal first impression, the large crowd of scouts he pitched in front of couldn't help but notice his very impressive arm speed. Knab sat 93-94 with his fastball in spite of balance and timing issues caused by rushing through his delivery. Though he is raw, Knab's flaws are fixable and the live arm he possesses is something that simply cannot be taught. Early jitters aside, Knab made a positive impression in his PG debut and is a strong follow entering the spring of his senior year.

Eagle slugger Victor Roache not only earned the Southern Conference Player of the Year award and multiple other accolades last season, he also earned a spot on the Academic All-Conference team and was placed on the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2010-2011 academic year. For the Georgia Southern junior, academics have always been equally as important as athletics. http://www.georgiasoutherneagles.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90359&SPID=10900&ATCLID=205335493&DB_OEM_ID=18700

 Zach Botjer was one of the top relievers in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League this past summer. He was a dominant closer and really pitched well. Zach went 2-1 and sported a 0.96 in 18.2 innings pitched for the Copperheads. In hits 18 plus innings pitched, he allowed 12 hits, walked 8 batters and fanned 26 batters this summer.  He also held the opponents to a .190 batting average. He also was second in the league with 7 saves this year. For his performance this summer, Zach was named to the GLSCL First-Team List.  He was named the 26th best prospect in the league by Perfect Game. http://www.collegesummerbaseball.net/2011/11/2011-top-performer-zach-botjer.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

11-22-11: - http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/baseball/post/_/id/814/lucas-giolito-leads-loaded-cali-senior-class  - Here’s a look at the Top 10 California high school prospects in the Class of 2012. - 1. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)  Giolito, a UCLA recruit, has the velocity — up to 97 mph — and projectability with his 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame to land in the top five in June’s MLB Draft. He sits in the 92 to 94 range with his fastball and also has a pair of promising secondary pitches with his changeup and two-gear breaking ball.

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