5/31/13

Draft 13 – Wesley Jones, Cody Thomas, Nick Longhi, Kent Emanuel, Mark Appel

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Wesley Jones, SS, Redan HS (GA) - A very good all-around athlete, the 6’-2” right-hander has a strong enough arm (89 mph) and speed (6.90/60) to remain at shortstop. He makes consistent contact and has a very good approach at the plate with developing power. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .483 with three doubles, two home runs, 18 RBI and has stolen nine bases. He has drawn five walks to just one strikeout for a .615 OBP/.793 SLG. Committed to Georgia. LINK


Cody Thomas, OF, Heritage HS (TX) - The 6’-5”, 220-pound left-handed hitter is most likely going to Oklahoma where he should be the next great Sooner quarterback. However, if a team can woo him away from school with a big enough bonus, they might have a ridiculous talent on their hands. Enormous power and a very good approach at the plate, Thomas is also a very good athlete with surprising speed for his size. He has been absolutely destroying the baseball this season, hitting .487 over 39 games with 16 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, 54 RBI and has stolen 15 bases. He has also drawn 27 walks for a .592 OBP/1.060 SLG. LINK


Nick Longhi, Venice (Venice, Fla.) - Longhi has helped Venice rank among the top teams in the country this year. Versatile enough to also pitch and play in the outfield, Longhi is a strong defender at first base and possesses a strong arm. Also reportedly has enough power to hit to each field. Will likely go somewhere in the first 10 rounds. LINK


Tar Heel junior Kent Emanuel received ACC Pitcher of the Year honors.  Emanuel, who recently joined Moran in being named a semifinalist for the 2013 Dick Howser Award, owns a 9-3 record and a 2.28 ERA. Emanuel’s 102.2 innings pitched leads all ACC pitchers, and he is currently tied for the league lead in wins. The Woodstock, Ga., native owns a three-year record of 26-8 as a collegiate pitcher. Emanuel is the third UNC student-athlete to earn ACC Pitcher of the Year honors since the award was established in 2005. LINK


Mark Appel, P, Stanford 0% - Hear me out here. I DO think he will sign. The question is when and how. There is a question about how much leverage Appel has. I'd be scared to take him because he has too much leverage. Whatever team takes him will rely on him for their entire draft. He has no deadline to sign while everyone else that they take will, other than college seniors. That means you can't go over slot with any other picks, because you don't know where your budget is. LINK

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