5/31/13

Draft 13 – Jon Denney, Kendall Graveman, Jonathan Crawford, Nick Banks

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Jon Denney, Yukon HS (OK) - Denney has the most skilled bat of the catching crop, as he possesses great bat speed and fluid plate mechanics. He has strong wrists, which allows him to control the bat and drive the ball with raw power. In terms of defense, Denney still needs plenty of development. While he has a solid arm, he needs improvement in terms of maneuverability behind the plate and pitch adjustment. Given the event that he improves his defensive ability (or moves to first base), Denney should project to be a solid big league star with his strong offensive tools LINK


 RHP Kendall Graveman – Mississippi State - It’s been an up and down year for Kendall Graveman on the mound, as he’s posted a 5-5 record and 3.04 ERA. Mississippi State head coach John Cohen is leaning on Graveman to get his club a win in Friday’s opening game against Central Arkansas, but Graveman lost in an earlier matchup with the Bears, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits in 5.2 innings of work. LINK


But for all the talk about possibilities, the best shot for the Gators to play deep into the postseason starts with Jonathan Crawford as the tone-setter. When Crawford is throwing strikes with his mid-90s fastball and keeping hitters guessing with off-speed stuff, he is awfully tough to hit. A good sign for the Gators is that Crawford is coming off one of his sharpest outings on May 16 at Georgia. LINK


Dan Kirby@DanMKirby – Nick Banks does more than just hit. Pitched 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 9 K/1 BB  in 10-0 W over Foster . Also went 2-for-4 w/ RBI

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