Mack – Draft 5-Pack – Zack Gahagan, Harirson Francis, Bryce Montes de Oca, Royce Lewis, Hagen Danner
Posted by Mack Ade at 12:30 AM
Aaron Fitt - @aaronfitt - Back at UNC to see Maryland. Heels get 2 in 1st. Zack Gahagan can really turn on a fastball in - laser solo HR to LF. Did same this weekend.
Go Heels - Sophomore Season (2016) - Talented infielder established himself in the middle of the Carolina lineup as a sophomore • Appeared in 51 games and started 42 at the corner infield positions • Hit. .297 with six doubles and five homers • Drove in 34 runs and scored 24 • Had 10 multi-hit games, including a career-high four hits against Winthrop on March 2 • Also had 12 multi-RBI performances, third-most on the team • Matched a career high with four RBIs in the win at Duke on March 18 • Homered at UCLA on Feb. 21 to help clinch at series win • Drove in three runs and hit his fourth home run of the year against Coastal Carolina on April 19 • Finished the year strong, reaching base in 11 of the last 14 games.
Doug Freeman - @DougFreeman31 - Harirson Francis settled in, finishing 5 innings w/4H 4R 9Ks. Sat consistently 89-92 and showed a plus changeup throughout the night.
Perfect Game - Harrison Francis is a 2017 RHP/SS with a 6-2 195 lb. frame from Tallahassee, FL who attends Lawton Chiles HS. Large, athletic frame with broad shoulders and present strength, long build and projects nicely moving forward with added physical strength. Primary righthanded pitcher, abbreviated delivery on mound and does a nice job of repeating regularly on all offerings. Fast arm action through the backside working to a high three-quarters arm slot. Shows effort at release but doesn't inhibit ability to throw strikes or maintain stuff. Topped out at 91 mph and held velocity well, mostly true in life with occasional run to the arm side. Generates nice plane and showed no problem moving the ball around the zone with intent. Curveball has true swing-and-miss potential at 79 mph, very late biting life with 12-6 shape from same release point, throws for strikes and serves as out pitch now. Showed a nice feel for changeup too, doubled up and maintains arm speed very well, late fading life to the arm side at 80 mph. Has the arsenal to make noise and projects well moving forward. Named to World Showcase Top Prospect List. Committed to Chipola College.
Teddy Cahill - @tedcahill - Missouri RHP Bryce Montes de Oca's day against Chicago State - 5.0 IP | 2H | 1R | 0ER | 6Ks | 4 BB| 90 pitches (54 strikes)
Scout - At first glance, Montes De Oca looks like a basketball player. Standing tall at six-foot-eight and roughly 270 pounds, it's obvious to see where his power pitches and downhill angle stem from. His fastball is explosive, ranging in the mid 90's with regularity, touching 97, with bowling ball sink. Due to his premium athleticism, he is able to maintain velocity deep in games. Bryce flashes a power curve that has depth and velocity. He's shown a feel for his changeup, but it is still very raw. There's a lot to refine with Montes De Oca, primarily in giving him a healthier and more repeatable delivery. His command is still a concern, as is his injury past. He'll likely be used as a Saturday starter for Missouri, which will give him more time on the mound to find consistency, but his pitch count will be constantly monitored. Despite a wicked arsenal the expectancy for pitchers of Bryce's size is that they bloom late after understanding their body and how to control it, which could impact his draft status.
BP Prospectus - Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic High (CA) - Elite physicality, quick-twitch athleticism, has some growing into his body to do, can struggle at times—particularly in the field—to harness his quickness and strength; plus range at short, quick feet, top-shelf mobility, fielding actions will get a little quick and jabby, electric field-and-transfer, shows quality footwork around the bag; above-average arm strength, sloppy mechanics, below-average accuracy on the move; lacks innate smoothness and feel of a shortstop, athleticism to give it a go anyway; high leg kick, balanced off back side, simple load, creates torque, plus bat speed; lower half gets too quick, back knee will fold and he’ll lose his hips, becomes an arms swing; leverage to the pull side, bat speed and strength projection for above-average, potentially plus raw depending on how he fills out; advanced approach, flashes command of the zone, patient hitter, average or better hit and power tool potential; plus-plus runner, 4.04 from the right side, very quickly into second gear, stole second comfortably on a 1.27 pitcher and 2.0 pop.
Fangraphs - Lewis played all over the place throughout the summer and is such a good athlete that I think, with time, he could make it work at whatever position he was asked to, save for maybe shortstop. I like him best in center field but also saw him work at second base, where his actions, especially around the bag, are raw but workable. Regardless of position, I think his bat is worthy of first-round consideration. I’ll talk more about Lewis when we cover the outfielders because that’s where I think he ends up, but there’s a non-zero chance he’s drafted as an infielder and I wouldn’t disagree with it.
BP Prospectus - Hagen Danner, RHP, Huntington Beach High School (CA) - Projectable frame, fluid, present strength with more to come; tall on the rubber, stays tall into high leg kick, steep and unbalanced, spine tilt with high, closed front shoulder; deep arm action, plus arm speed to high three-quarters slot, creates moderate deception and quality plane; mild lower-half deceleration to strike, can lose upper-lower sync, projection to smooth out into repeatable progression; clean deceleration; fastball 91-92 (t93), projection for a couple more ticks; hard, boring pitch, can pound it to the bottom of the zone, flashes glove-side command, showed cut variant at 88-90; curveball 75-79, 11-5 shape, two-plane movement, quality depth with late snap, works it into the zone effectively, advanced feel to manipulate shape, potential to work in and out of zone, plus projection; handful of changeups in bullpen sessions, mild fade, quality angle with room to develop; stiff, mechanical swing, complex load, rigid back elbow, reasonably short into the zone; leg kick, front side sets early and limits ability to adjust off-speed, highly leveraged swing, hips clear early, uppercut with extension to high two-handed finish, pull-side stroke looks to lift and separate.
When The Giants Come To Town - Hagen Danner is a 6'2", 185 lbs. RHP out of Huntington Beach, CA. Hit and pitched for a team that won the Little League World Series when he was 12 years old. He's a 2-way player for Huntington Beach HS piching and catching, but most scouting reports emphasize his pitching. He has a conventional windup and delivery with a high 3/4 release point. The FB gets up to 94 MPH and he has a nice curveball and a developing changeup to go with it. He is listed as a top 10 2017 draft talent on most early boards, but is committed to UCLA. Honestly, if I didn't know he was listed that high, I would say he should go to school. I know you can't turn down top 10 money, but he just looks like a college pitcher to me, someone who might be a top 10 pick in 3 years if he gains some strength and velocity and polishes his game.