11/22/11

Draft 2012: - Kyle Twomey, Jesse Winker, Cameron Perkins, E.J. Encinosa, Taylore Cherry

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10-28-11: - http://orioles-nation.com/2011/10/26/wwba-2012-highlights - Kyle Twomey (Placentia CA El Dorado HS) – Solid inline downhill left handed pitcher with some slight quick arm action from a ¾ delivery.  Lean and tall that should fill out leading to an improved fastball that was sitting mainly 87-90 mph.  Decent curveball, but the slot and wide break give it a slurve type of feel.  The straight three finger change shows nice late sink and should be a pitch in his arsenal down the road at an advanced stage.  If he shows up 180 pounds in the spring, he will be a name to remember early in the draft.

11-15-11: - http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=6369  - Jesse Winker (2012 OF, FTB Mizuno/Cardinals Scout Team)- One of the premier power bats in the high school ranks, Winker has flexed his muscle at numerous events this season, and in Jupiter he continued to show it off to the hordes of scouts in attendance. On Sunday Winker crushed his first homer of the tourney against the East Cobb Astros to the opposite field in the final pool play game to send FTB to the playoffs. He followed that up later in the day with an awe-inspiring blast in a playoff opening victory against the Homeplate Chilidogs. Winker's second bomb left Field 7 in a hurry, landing in left field of adjacent Field 3. Winker had a shot at the hat trick in the quarterfinal playoff matchup with FTB's underclass team, Central Florida PG Royal. Winker came to bat with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, trailing 3-0. Winker tee'd off on a 1-0 pitch and blasted it high into the night sky, but the towering fly ball hung up in the air before falling into the right fielder's glove at the warning track for the loudest out of the tournament. It was a disappointing end for Winker and FTB, but he had a big tournament, tying for the lead with two homers, paced the loaded field with 8 RBIs and finished second in SLG (1.071) in a tournament dominated by pitching. Winker simply did what he does best: punish the baseball.

11-15-11: - http://www.collegesummerbaseball.net/2011/11/top-50-position-players-in-northwoods.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter  -  Cameron Perkins   3B   Waterloo Bucks---Purdue  -  Cam is a big (6-5/205) third baseman from Purdue. He hit .344 in 247 at-bats for the Bucks. He was second in the league with 85 hits and he was fourth in the league with 46 runs batted in. He also scored 49 runs and hit 10 home runs this summer. He walked 22 times and stole 13 bases this season. He went 2 for 2 in the  All-Star game and I named him as one of my Top Performers of the season. You can read my post here. Baseball America ranked him as the 8th best prospect in the league, while Perfect Game has him ranked as the 5th best prospect in the league.

11-16-11: - http://ht.ly/1fHhnp  - We continue the countdown today at number 65 with Miami (FL) junior righthanded pitcher E.J. Encinosa. The Miami, Florida native attended Coral Park High School where he played Julio Estrada. He missed his junior season with an injury but returned as a senior going 2-0 with a 3.69 ERA. During his sophomore season, he went 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA. His freshman season with the Hurricanes saw him make 28 relief appearances and one start while going 1-1 in 49 innings of work. He was able to hold opponents to a .186 batting average while striking out 61 batters.

11-18-11: - http://mlbdraftguide.com/1/2011/11/15/taylore-cherry-2012-draft-profile - It is hard not to notice Taylore Cherry when he is on a baseball field.  At 6’9/260, Cherry stands above most prospects in terms of size and talent. Cherry has a low effort, easy delivery with simple mechanics.  He throws with a low 3/4 arm slot.  He has good command, especially for a big prep pitcher. Cherry has a 91-94 fastball with late movement.  His highest reported velocity is 95.  There should be more velocity to come.  His change is a plus pitch, giving him two above average pitches to go with his tremendous size.  A curve is Cherry’s third pitch.  It has shown some potential, but is inconsistent and slurvy at times. A soft build is sometimes held against Cherry.  I will gladly take the build if it comes with his size, arm, and tremendous upside.

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