5/25/13

Draft 13 – Clinton Hollon, Marco Gonzales, Cody Reed, Alex Gonzalez, Carlos Salazar

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Clinton Hollon, RHP, Woodford County HS (KY) - On May 7, the 6’-1” right-hander needed just 87 pitches to toss a seven inning no-hitter. He struck out 11 to one walk and now has a 0.96 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 68 K/11 BB over 47 innings, allowing just 18 hits. He features a low/mid-90s fastball and both his curveball and change-up are already considered above-average pitches. Committed to Kentucky. LINK


Marco Gonzales is one of the most interesting pitchers in this draft. His stock is incredibly high, to the point where he will likely end up going in the first round, but he does it in a way that usually gives evaluators some pause. Working with a fringe-average fastball from the left side, usually in the 86-89 mph range, Gonzales is not going to blow opposing hitters away. But he has such a good off-speed repertoire, with a plus changeup, above-average curveball, as well as a cutter, above-average command of everything and a great feel for pitching that the Gonzaga ace can get away with less velocity on his heater. LINK


Cody Reed, NW Mississippi - Reed is the sleeper in the group.  He's come out of nowhere as a guy who was on the small side and had a mid 80s fastball in high school.  He ended up going to a community college in Mississippi.  Since those days, Reed has grown to a filled out 6'5"and is perhaps the most intriguing non-prep lefty and may rival Overton as the guy with the best upside. He's a guy we talked about before as a fast riser on the strength of a fastball that can reach the mid 90s.  Reed has also increased the velo on his slider into the low 80s.  He has a smooth, athletic delivery from the left side and throws with pretty good command considering his experience level.


Player:  Alex Gonzalez  Position:  RHP  School:  Oral Roberts Date of Birth:  1/15/1992  Height/Weight:  6’3/200  Bats/Throws:  R/R  2013 Class:  College Junior Previously Drafted:  2010, 11th Rd, Orioles  Scouting Report: Clean, simple delivery Repeats delivery well 3/4 arm slot Does a good job pitching downhill Low 90′s fastball, hits 94, with good sink and run Slider with late break is an above average pitch Improving changeup Carries his stuff into late innings LINK


Dan Kirby @DanMKirby

Kerman HS (CA) RHP Carlos Salazar gave up first ER of season: 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 11 K/4 BB. Has 147 K/26 BB over 74 IP w/ 1 ER, 22 H

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