12/16/13

Draft 14 – Alex Jackson, Michael Chavis, Sean Newcomb, Derek Fisher, Isan Diaz

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11-14-13 - Michael Schwartze - Alex Jackson (Rancho Bernardo/San Diego, Calif.) emerged onto the scene as an elite high school talent in 2012 when he had an impressive showing at the 2012 Area Code Games as a Junior. He entered the summer as one of the top position players in the class, but after an impressive summer he has placed himself at the top of the prep class. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound catcher may ultimately move to right field but his bat is his calling card, anyway. He has elite bat speed with a potential plus hit tool and potential above-average power to all fields. His plus arm will be a weapon at whichever position he lands in pro ball. “You draft Jackson as a hitter,” said one crosschecker after the completion of the summer. “It’d be a big, big bonus if he could catch, but Bryce Harper was a high school catcher that was drafted and immediately moved to the outfield to take advantage of his skills at the plate. That’s where the value is with Jackson, too; very high upside, maybe Top 10.” http://www.studentsports.com/blog/2013/11/13/baseball-jupiter-wraps-up-2013-showcase-circuit/
 

11-6-13 – Todd Gold – WWBA World Championship – Michael Chavis (2014 IF, Team Rawlings) - His offensive tools have been apparent on the national stage over the past two years, and while his raw power is impressive, Chavis' hit tool is robust enough to give scouts confidence that the power will play. His improvement in the run and throw departments is remarkable, having gone from a likely future left fielder to being a legitimate 2B/3B prospect, which raises his draft stock considerably. His on-field leadership was evident as well during Jupiter, and it washes with the praise for his makeup that consistently comes from those who know him well. Of course, the thing that most scouts will come away from Jupiter remembering about Chavis was his home run that smashed the windshield of a car parked behind the fence in left center of Field 5 on the Cardinals' George Kissell Quad. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9157
 

11-4-13 – MLB Draft Insider - Top 14 for ’14: College Pitchers - 3. Sean Newcomb / LHP / Hartford – Newcomb will get comparisons to Sean Manaea as a left-handed starter who popped this summer and will face inferior competition this spring, but as a southpaw with good size (6-5, 240) a fastball that has touched 97 and an above-average slider and average change, he’s got a chance to put himself into top 10 considerations. http://mlbdraftinsider.com/2013/11/top-14-for-14-college-pitchers/
 

10-15-13 – Baseball America - 16. Derek Fisher, of, Virginia: Powerful lefthanded swing makes him a potential first-rounder, though his defense and all-around tools are more in question. http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/2014-draft-top-50-october-2013-carlos-rodon/
 

9-11-13 - Sully’s 2014 Top 100 MLB HS Draft Prospects – 96.Isan Diaz – SS, Springfield Central (MA) HS http://www.ninebaseball.org/Wordpress/sullys-2014-top-100-mlb-hs-draft-prospects/

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