3/22/17

Mack – Draft 5-Pack – Tyler Ahearn, Chris Williams, Keegan Thompson, CJ Van Eyk, José Visaez

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Hudson Belinsky‏ - @hudsonbelinsky   -  IMG RHP Tyler Ahearn pitching at 89-91 in 1st. Walked one, got a GB, got a fly out and struck out this batter on three pitches. FSU commit… 2017 RHP Tyler Ahearn through 3: 46 pitches, 30 strikes. Commanding both sides of plate. FB showing late movement, working at 89-91 T92…

 PG - 2016 National Showcase   Jun 15, 2016 - PG Grade: 10 - Tyler Ahearn is a 2017 RHP/OF with a 6-1 170 lb. frame from Jupiter, FL who attends William T. Dwyer HS. Long and lanky build, projects well physically. Has some drop and drive in his mechanics but still maintains angle to the plate, high 3/4's arm slot, some energy at release and will spin off his front side. Steady low 90's fastball, topped out at 93 mph, gets nice running life to both sides of the plate at times. Solid curveball, gets 11/5 shape with plenty of depth. Worked the bottom of the zone with both pitches consistently. Rare change up. Good student, verbal commitment to Florida State.
           


Clemson junior catcher Chris Williams was named ACC Player-of-the-Week, announced Monday by the league office. It was the first player-of-the-week honor for the Garden Grove, Calif., native. Williams hit .421 (8-for-19) with three home runs, two doubles, 10 RBIs, three runs, two walks, a hit-by-pitch, 1.000 slugging percentage and .478 on-base percentage

 Clemson - Catcher and infielder who was one of the team’s most versatile players in 2016 ... saw significant action at first base and third base along with limited action at catcher in 2016 ... No. 34 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball. 2016: Hit .245 with 34 runs, five doubles, one triple, eight homers, 38 RBIs, a .342 on-base percentage, 18 walks, 12 hit-by-pitches and two steals in 57 games (52 starts, including 39 at first base and 13 at third base) ... tied for seventh in Tiger history in hit-by-pitches ... had 15 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI games ... hit .322 with four homers and 13 RBIs after the sixth inning ... had five homers and 19 RBIs in the last 15 games ... Clemson Regional All-Tournament selection after going 6-for-15 with one homer, six RBIs, four runs and three walks in four games ... went 3-for-4 with an RBI, three runs and two hit-by-pitches against Maine on Feb. 21 ... went 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and game-tying, run-scoring single in the ninth inning against No. 22 Boston College on March 20 ... went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his first as a Tiger, double, walk and steal at No. 4 Miami (Fla.) on March 26 ... went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, four runs and a hit-by-pitch at Western Carolina on March 30 ... went 2-for-4 with a game-tying, two-run single in the sixth inning against Pittsburgh on April 3 ... hit a two-run homer to tie the score in the seventh inning at Georgia on April 5 ... went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk against No. 9 NC State on May 7 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs at Georgia Southern on May 13 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and two runs at Georgia Southern on May 15 ... hit the game-winning home run in the 11th inning at Notre Dame on May 19 ... went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk at Notre Dame on May 21 ... went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk against No. 8 Virginia in the ACC Tournament on May 26; led off the ninth inning with a single and scored the go-ahead run ... went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, three runs, a walk and hit-by-pitch against No. 11 Florida State in the ACC Tournament on May 29 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer, five RBIs, three runs and a walk against Western Carolina in the Clemson Regional on June 3 ... went 2-for-3 with a run and walk against No. 18 Oklahoma State in the Clemson Regional on June 4 ... played for Long Beach in the California Collegiate League in the summer, where he hit .233 with four runs, three doubles, one triple, 10 RBIs and one steal in 17 games.
           


 D1 - Every spring, Keegan Thompson grabbed his glove and his spikes and went out to play baseball. Every spring, that is, except last year. He still came to ballpark, but with his elbow under construction, all he could do was watch as his teammates played the game he loved. “It was tough,” Thompson said. “Being out last year for the first time I hadn’t played since I was 6 years old in tee-ball. Really, as hard it was, it kind of helped me. I am not patient but it kind of helped me with that process. Well to be honest, I am still not a patient person but it helped me look at the game with a different perspective.” That perspective has served Keegan Thompson well during an interesting four years in Auburn. The redshirt junior appeared well on his way to a prime draft slot before fate intervened. Auburn catcher Blake Logan — Thompson’s longtime friend, teammate, and housemate — described that process.

                                   Current stat line at Auburn: - 5-starts, 4-0, 0.78, 34.2-IP, 23-K, .154-b/ave
                                              


Hudson Belinsky‏ -  @hudsonbelinsky - Final: Steinbrenner 2, Alonso 0 CJ Van Eyk throws a complete game. Tons of strikes. Good stuff. Pitched at 90-93 in the 7th. By my count, Van Eyk threw 81 pitches. 55 for strikes. Just counted now--could be a bit off. But you get the point--he pounded the zone.

 PG  - PG Grade: 10 - CJ Van Eyk is a 2017 RHP/IF with a 6-2 185 lb. frame from Lutz, FL who attends Steinbrenner HS. Long and lean young build, projects very well physically. High 3/4's arm slot, big hip coil in his delivery and uses his lower half very well to create leverage and angle to the plate, loose and free arm coming through. Low 90's fastball, topped out at 93 mph, occasional hard running action, works with angle down in the zone. Curveball was his best pitch, really gets over the ball well to create hard spin and power, sharp biting action with depth, swing and miss pitch. Showed a nice change up with big fading action. Three-pitch starter profile with three legit pitches and a strike out pitch in the curveball. Very high ceiling if he continues to get stronger. Excellent student, verbal commitment to Florida State.
           


Doug Freeman‏ @DougFreeman -  USF 2017 pitcher José Visaez - FB 88-90 touching 91 w/some life. SL 73-76 Strong lower half, live arm w/some inconsistent command 3/4 slot.

PG – PG - PG Grade: 10 - Jose Visaez is a 2017 RHP with a 6-3 200 lb. frame from Jacksonville, FL who attends University Christian HS. Tall athletic build, good present strength with room for more, projects well physically. Sound delivery mechanics with a high 3/4's arm slot, gets downhill well and creates plane, arm is fast coming through, cuts off a bit out front. Steady low 90's fastball, topped out at 93 mph, mostly straight but keeps the ball down in the zone well. Curveball has tight spin and 11/5 shape with good depth up to 77 mph. Change up showed nice fading action at times and can be developed. Venezuelan native who is a very good student and is verbally committed to South Florida.
           

                       



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