12/17/13

Draft 14 – Braxton Davidson, Austin Murphy, Dillon Peters, Bradley Zimmer, Jack Flaherty

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11-14-13 - Michael Schwartze - The two top names behind Jackson are Clovis (Calif.) High School shortstop Jacob Gatewood and T.C. Robertson (Ashville, N.C.) High School outfielder Braxton Davidson. Gatewood has big upside with huge raw power, but showed contact issues over the summer, as his swing was often stuck in batting-practice mode during games leading to a lot of swings and misses. Davidson showed enough plate skills to suggest he’s one of the best pure hitters in prep class but may require an eventual switch to first base. His draft stock will carry him, but if he can stick in right field he’s probably a surefire first-round selection come June. http://www.studentsports.com/blog/2013/11/13/baseball-jupiter-wraps-up-2013-showcase-circuit/
 

11-6-13 – Todd Gold – WWBA World Championship – Austin Murphy (2014 OF, Mets Scout Team/Orlando Scorpions) - A look at his player profile page confirms that Murphy was completely off the radar entering the fall of his senior year. He made a huge first impression in Jupiter, showing a smooth lefthanded swing with good bat speed and the ability to whip the barrel through the hitting zone with authority. He not only showed the ability to use the whole ballpark, he runs very well, suggesting that he can be an asset defensively in the outfield. As a late pickup to a loaded organization that plays together year-round, he served in an extra hitter/DH type of role in Jupiter. He will be an interesting prospect to follow this spring, as he has gone from being off the radar to one of the more intriguing position prospects in northern Florida. Murphy hit an attention grabbing .417/.533/.583 in his PG debut with a 43-percent line drive rate. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9157
 

11-4-13 – MLB Draft Insider - Top 14 for ’14: College Pitchers - 13. Dillon Peters / LHP / Texas – If you’re looking for someone with ‘pitchability’ Peters is your guy; with above-average command of a 90-92 fastball and two above-average secondary offerings. http://mlbdraftinsider.com/2013/11/top-14-for-14-college-pitchers/
 

10-15-13 – Baseball America - 12. Bradley Zimmer, of, San Francisco: The rare college bat with projection as well as strong present tools; scouts are divided on his power potential. 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 – 23. Jack Flaherty – SS/RHP, Harvard-Westlake (CA) HS http://www.ninebaseball.org/Wordpress/sullys-2014-top-100-mlb-hs-draft-prospects/

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