6/22/12

2013 Draft-Notes - Shawn O’Neill, Phil Ervin, Jeremy Martinez, Jonathan Crawford

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VBL Players of the Week  - South Pitchers of the Week - Shawn O’Neill, Harrisonburg. O’Neill pitched 9 1/3 innings for Harrisonburg over three appearances and saved a pair of games for the Turks. His saves came in his first two appearances, going the final 2.0 innings in a 10-7 win over Staunton on Tuesday and the last three innings of an 11-5 triumph over Covington on Thursday. O’Neill, from La Salle, had nine strikeouts on the week and allowed just one run on three hits. CSB

Phil Ervin (OF; Harwich Mariners; Samford; 2013 Draft) - Big check mark here. By the end of the Cape I bet he's one of this biggest risers. Smallish and kind of thick but athletic and ran the bases really well. Savage bat speed and ball exploded off a quick, short stroke. Fouled off a hard FB in on his hands one pitch. Next pitch the pitcher came back in even higher and tighter - Laser HR to LF. Impressive as he had to adjust even farther inside and start his swing even sooner. No small feat when its your first game of the year with a wooden bat. Next AB laced a ball into the RF gap. Really impressed by Ervin.  - BB  

Jeremy Martinez, C, H.S. (CA): The 5'11", 190 lbs. Martinez has the skills to stay at catcher long term with the potential for a plus hit tool.  Strong defensive catchers who can hit are obviously rare, so Martinez's all-around skills should be at a premium.  He also tends to perform big at showcase events, so scouts know he can play well when the spotlight is on.  ESPN rates him as the top high school player in the draft.  As I mentioned, high school catching is a strong group for 2013 but Martinez is a cut above other standouts such as Zach Collins, Chris Okey, Nick Ciuffo, and Ryan Healey. Chicago Now  

Player:  Jonathon Crawford   Position:  RHP   School:  Florida   Date of Birth:  11/1/1991   Height/Weight:  6’1/205   Bats/Throws:  R/R   2013 Class:  Junior   Previously Drafted:  2010, 42nd Rd, Marlins  - Scouting Report:  After being used sparingly as a freshman and then struggling in the Northwoods League, Jonathon Crawford started putting the pieces together during his sophomore year.  If I were to rank him just off of the games I watched him pitch, Crawford would probably be one of my top 5 college players (and I didn’t see his no-hitter).  He is a likely first rounder with a chance to climb into the top half of the first round BLF

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