2013 Draft-Notes - KS-SC, Steven Cooke, Chris Okey, Trevor Williams, Jared King, Ryne Stanek


Bloomington South's Nolan Rogers has uncommitted from Duke University and committed to Vanderbilt University.

KS vs. SC – Draft Eligibles –

KS– RF – T.J. Sutton - .305, 197-AB, 3-HR, 30-RBI, 22/18 K/BB
KS– 2B – Derek Toadvine - .248, 222-AB, 15-RBI, 39/20-K/BB – Toadvine continues his playoff slump with a K in the 3rd…struck out again in the 6th… sadly, I don’t see much here…
KS– SP – Tyler Skulina – 11-2, 3.63, 101.2-IP, 97-K, 41-BB – Skulina got through the first inning, but we can’t say the same for the second. It shouldn’t take long for a pitching change today, being a do-and-die situation. Good pickoff move got Skulina out of the inning. 78-CV, 90-93-FB, 83-SL in the 3rd…hung a high inside 93-FB to LB Danzler who crushed it for a 2-run homer in the 3rd… excellent slider all day, but SC hit the fastball most of the morning… Skilina is done: 5.2-IP, 6-H, 4-ER, 9-K, 4-BB (one of the best sliders I have seen this year…)
An excellent point made by Orel Hershiser regarding why SC P Michael Roth didn’t project as an early round draft pick” “most of the pitches he gets people out in college won’t in the majors”.Each professional level makes you throw more strikes and only the 3-4 hitters usually make it to the next level with success. By the time you get to AAA, most of the hitters make you throw strikes and Roth, at this point, simply doesn’t.

VBL Players of the Week - Pitchers of the Week - North - Steven Cooke, Winchester. Cooke improved to 3-0 this summer by tossing the first 8.0 innings of a 1-0 shutout over Front Royal on Saturday night. Cooke, who plays at Indiana (Pa.), struck out nine, walked three and allowed three hits in the win over the Cards. All three of his victories this season are over Front Royal. Steven Cooke

Player: Chris Okey Position: C School: Eustis (FL) Date of Birth: 12/29/1994 Height/Weight: 6’0/175 Bats/Throws: R/R 2013 Class: Senior Committed To: Clemson - Chris Okey is a player with a lot of experience on the big stage, having played for USA Baseball’s 16U Team in 2010 and 18U Team in 2011. He is one of the top catchers for 2013 and a likely first round pick in the MLB Draft. Click here for scouting report… BLF

Trevor Williams was 16 when he first put on a Team USA baseball jersey. He got to wear it just long enough to take a picture with the 39 other kids invited to tryout out for the Junior Olympic team that year. Williams, a 2010 Rancho Bernardo High graduate and current starting pitcher at Arizona State University, thought for sure he did enough during the tryout to make the team. Instead, however, he was dealt one of the biggest pieces of motivating news in his career. - Trevor

Jared King (OF; Falmouth Commodores, Kansas State; 2013 Draft) - King showed great bat speed and leverage from both sides of the plate. Ball carried really well off his bat and the guys shagging in the outfield all snapped to attention. I felt his hands were a little too tucked away and it made his swing kind of rigid (both sides). The bat really stands out, though. Put a charge in the ball to the opposite field, too. Kind of a thick build and slightly undersized but good athlete and outfielder. - Jared King

Ryan Stanek, RHP, Arkansas: The 6'4", 180 lbs.Stanek has a lean, projectable body and can get his fastball up to 98 mph with a nasty slider, so he has the makings of two plus-plus pitches off the bat. He's still a work in progress, however. The change-up is the least advanced of his offerings, but when you have two nasty pitches at the college level, you really don't need a change-up. A contact of mine who just saw him pitch told me he was low 90s and topping out at 93 once the game wore on into the middle innings, so he may need to gain strength and add some weight to his lean frame to sustain his velocity into the later innings. Interestingly, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo doesn't feel Stanek would have been a top 10 pick in this year's draft, which he just missed being eligible for by about a week, but Stanek is generating a lot of buzz of late as a possible 1st overall pick for 2013 because of his potential to be a frontline starter if he can command his great stuff. Ryne


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