Mack – Draft Stuff – Griffin Conine, Longenhagen, Law


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Mack’s Mets Draft Target –

            Griffin Conine:

College stats from Baseball Cube:
2016: .205/.306/.247, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 SB, 0 CS, 11 BB, 16 K
2017: .298/.425/.546, 11 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 9 SB, 0 CS, 41 BB, 45 K

MLB Pipeline's Top 10 college prospects for the 2018 Draft:
5. Griffin Conine, OF, Duke
The son of former All-Star Jeff Conine, Griffin led the Cape Cod League with nine homers and scouts voted him the top prospect in the prestigious summer circuit. He provides left-handed power to all fields, manages the strike zone well and fits the right-field profile with his pop, athleticism and solid arm.

Griffin Conine, RF, Duke Univ.
Ht/Wt: 6’1”/200 lbs. B/T: L/R Age (as of 2018 MLB Draft): 20y, 11m
Notes: Athletic right fielder with plus bat and power potential; good, sound approach at the plate from a slight open stance; good balance; plus bat speed with quick hands and quick wrists; plus barrel control, barrels up balls and projects as a plus hitter; present strength; loft and leverage to all fields, projects to plus power; below-average run; did not produce home-to-first run time; above-average arm strength (55) with good carry; average defensive actions; tools to be above-average major league regular contributor.

Griffin Conine (08-03-2017) CCBL at Y-D (Yarmouth, MA)

Griffin Conine—2017 Cape Cod League All-Star Game

Eric Longenhagen on the draft -  

Jr.: Who is the best 2018 draft prospect?

Eric A Longenhagen: It’s early for such declaration but I have been thinking about it lately. The college arms who I’ve had atop my board at this point in the process had mixed junior years. Alex Faedo, Alec Hansen both had mixed results. So I’m not comfortable anointing Brady Singer at this point but he’s the highest profile college arm at this point. Kumar Rocker has the best stuff on the high school side, his size creates some dissent among scouts who worry he’s too big, and Tyler Kolek (who didn’t carry his weight as well as Rocker does) is casting a recent shadow on that profile.

As far as hitters go, I love Brice Turang’s athleticism and glove but some scouts can’t see taking a guy without an impact bat at the top of the draft. 
Jared Kelenic has a well-rounded skillset but no elite tools.

 College bats look meh. I like Jeremy Eierman.

Keith Law discussing draft in recent chats -

Nate: Keith, are there 5 names to keep an eye on for the 2018 draft?

Keith Law: In no order, Ethan Hankins, Kumar Rocker, Brice Turang(arang), Jackson Kowar, Seth Beer. I don’t know if those are the top 5, but they’re 5 to watch.

Lilith: How do Ethan Hankins and Kumar Rocker compare to Hunter Greene? Is it close at all?

Keith Law: All pretty different. Greene is the best athlete and was younger on draft day. Rocker is already filled out with a body like a 23-year-old. Hankins is the most polished pitcher of the three for his age.

Andrew: At this point, who’s the favorite to go # 1 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft?

Keith Law: There is no clear favorite. The best player might be Rocker, mentioned above, but no HS RHP has ever gone 1-1 and there’s clearly a disinclination among teams to take a prep arm first.

M.D. Pepper : Jarred Kelenic, all five-tools average or better?

Keith Law: Not at all.

Hinkie: Is Brady Singer a better prospect than either AJ Puk or Alex Faedo were after their sophomore years at Florida ?

Keith Law: Nope. If healthy, Kowar is a better pro prospect than Singer.

Adam D.: As it’s impossible to know who will be best player available come June, who is the better fit for the Giants right now, Brady Singer or Seth Beer and why in your opinion?

Keith Law: Neither. Singer has big reliever risk – reminds me a bit of Jonathan Crawford – and Beer is at the far end of the defensive spectrum.

Leo: My early view of the 2018 draft is that it has a lot of depth but not much up top. A lot of HSers that project to be ok and high-floor college arms. Thoughts?

Keith Law: Don’t agree. Better HS crop than that, worse college arm crop. No Bryce Harper types at the top but good talent in the top ten overall.

Philip: Ultimately does Madrigal’s size prevent him from going top 5? And at this way too early point which range would you be comfortable on taking him?

Keith Law: Don’t think he’s a top 5 guy even if he were average size. First rounder for sure.


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