1/25/22

Player Profile - Connor Grey

Conner Grey - MiLB.com

Background, Stats, Videos.

Background: 

Connor Grey. Starting Pitcher, Bats Left, Throws Right, 6'1", 195 pounds; DOB 5/6/1994 in Frewsburg, NY, USA, Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks 2016 June Amateur Draft - Round: 20, Pick: 13, Overall: 599 from St. Bonaventure University (St. Bonaventure, NY). Eligible for the Major League version of the 2021/22 Rule 5 draft (currently postponed due to the lockout).

From Upstate NY, Connor Grey COVID-19 meant no minor league baseball in 2020.  For some minor leaguers it also meant the unemployment line.  The Arizona Diamonbacks decided to release 64 minor league pitchers, including Connor Grey, despite the fact that he threw a 100 pitch Perfect Game for them in 2017.  

Luckily, the Manager of his 2017 team and former Mets Minor League Manager, Butch Hobson, was now managing an Indy Ball team and gave Connor a call.  Conner signed with the Chicago Dogs with the hope of getting the chance to hook on with a major league organization again.  The Mets liked what they saw and signed him as a starting pitcher.

Connor Grey told Spectrum Local News.com: "Once I get going, I'll be better on the back half of the game, rather than early on, when you're trying to get your feet set," he says. "I like starting better than relieving, and I think that's one of the biggest things. Your mentality of 'I need to go 5-6 innings to give my team a chance to win."

Case in point, I saw him pitch @ Hudson Valley against the Yankees affiliate.  He had a rocky first inning allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, in the first (thought ump was squeezing him) but settled down after that.

He hit 94 with his fastball and showed good movement with his curve and off speed pitches.

His next game, he took a no hitter to the ninth going 8.1 innings, 1 run, 9 Ks, 2 walks.

Overall he made just 11 starts between Brooklyn and Binghamton but showed enough that the Mets sent him the Arizona Fall League where he went 1-2 in 6 games with a 3.00 ERA, 18 innings, 17 Ks, 2 walks. 

He is Rule 5 eligible this winter, and he was 3.7 years older than the average player in Brooklyn and in Arizona.  However, he gives the Mets another quality arm in the minors.  In recent years, the Mets have been forced to sign and trade for guys just to get buy.  I think Connor can be an upgrade over recent options.  I look for him to start 2022 in Binghamton with a call to Syracuse later in the year.

Mets Minors.net: Three Unheralded Mets Arms Set To Defy Expectations - "The biggest thing to note about Grey is that he’s throwing harder than he ever has in his career. Now topping out at 93-94 mph...Gray does two other things extremely well – he throws tons of strikes, and he really gets down the mound."

Amazing Avenue: "He throws from a high-three-quarters arm slot, dropping and driving and getting a lot of extension. His delivery features a distinct step, tapping the rubber multiple times with his back foot when starting his windup."

Michael Mayer of Metsmerized.com had Conner Grey as his #43 prospect.

Conner Grey’s Baseball Savant page.

Conner Grey’s FANGRAPHS page.

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Remember 1969: Who Won? Mets trades through the years: 2014-2015

 

Mets Trades:   Who Won?

Year 7:  November 2014 through October 2015



If the definition of a good trade is one that obtains players to help win now, 2015 was arguably (well maybe not so arguably) the best year of trades the Mets ever had.  

They did not complete any hot-stove trades, finally getting started by pulling off a couple at the end of spring training, then two more at the July trading deadline before completing the year by making two waiver deals in August.

The first two on March 30, 2015:  

(1)  New York Mets traded Cory Mazzoni to the San Diego Padres for Alex Torres  (Mar 30, 2015)

(2)  New York Mets traded Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals for Jerry Blevins  (Mar 30, 2015)

 Once late July came, they proved to be buyer as the deadline and go for it that year

(3)  New York Mets traded John Gant and Robert Whalen to the Atlanta Braves for Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe  (Jul 24, 2015)

(4)  New York Mets traded Casey Meisner to the Oakland Athletics for Tyler Clippard  (Jul 27, 2015)

(5)  New York Mets traded Luis Cessa and Michael Fulmer to the Detroit Tigers for Yeonis Cespedes  (Jul 31, 2015)

(6)  New York Mets traded Dawrin Frias to the Oakland Athletics for Eric O’Flaherty.

(7)  New York Mets traded Matt Koch and Miller Diaz to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Addison Reed.

Alex Torres, as I recall, was probably most famous for wearing the protective oversize baseball cap while pitching.   He actually had a 3.15 ERA in 39 games in the first part of the year before being DFA'ed to make room for Eric O'Flaherty (see below).  

Jerry Blevins got off to a great start in April, not allowing a baserunner in 7 games before breaking his left arm and not pitching again all year, although he did have a couple of very good years in 2016 and 17.  

Tyler Clippard was a solid pickup.  Along with Reed, they stabilized the pen for the World Series run. 

We had a short discussion about Kelly Johnson last week following the piece on his second trade to the Mets in two years in mid-year 2016.   It seems that we, as fans, remember him being a key pick up in the 2015 run to the top, but he actually put up better numbers for the Mets in his second stint in 2016.  Without looking at the individual game stats, I suspect he had some big hits and along with Juan Uribe, was a good clubhouse influence.   

Luis Cessa is a a little bit of an interesting case.  He was a low minor leaguer when traded to Detroit.   He later was in a trade for Justin Wilson, and five and a half year later was included in a trade with Justin Wilson.   He actually compiled a 2.1 WAR in 2021 with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.144 WHIP in 53 games combined with the Yankees and Reds.   

Michael Fulmer went on to win the AL Rookie of the Year award for the Tiger in 2016, but hasn't matched that potential as a starter since.  He had a fairly successful year as a reliever for the Tigers in 2021.  

We all know what Cespedes did for the Mets down the stretch in 2015, and his story after that, so I won't boar you with the details.   It is a pretty good bet is last MLB at-bat is in the past.  

The trade for O'Flaherty seemed like a good idea at the time to put a side-armer in the bullpen, but it did not work out at all as he pitched to a 13.5 ERA with a WHIP north of 2.5 down the stretch.   Nothing lost though as Frias never made it out of level A.  

Addison Reed was the best bullpen pickup in 2015, pitching to a 1.17 ERA in August and September. 

Overall, the trades made in 2015 to put a winning team on the field worked well.  There were no terribly poor trades.   The Mets definitely won the trades this year. 

Tom Brennan - Will The 2021 Disappointment of Dominic Smith Carry Over Into 2022?


Dominic Smith, back in happy, hopeful times after winning FSL player of the year several years ago.

In 2020, Dominic Smith had an abbreviated break out season.  He'd had a strong 2019 season, then followed it up in 2020 with this:

50 games, 42 RBIs, .316/.377/.616.

Project those numbers over 150 games and you get: WOW!

Of note, he hit 10 HRs, but despite getting on base a whole lot in those 50 games, he only scored 17 runs when not by home run.

I still thought he was tracking well with the career of a former MLB star first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez.

I therefore expected a star year from Smith in 2021.

That Gonzalez comparison did not hold in 2021, however.

Like much of the team's offense, he had a frigid start through frigid April, hitting just .222, with a .250 on base %.

He picked it up to hit .282 in May, but the power that resulted in his .616 slugging % in 2020 was nowhere to be found, as he had just 7 doubles and 2 HRs in his first 44 games through May 31, with just 13 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

June and July brought him somewhat closer to his 2020 pace, as he hit 9 HRs and drove in 30 over that 55 game stretch, but he still hit only .255 with a .335 on base % in those months.

In the last several games in July, he went cold.  He stayed cold.

After July, he plummeted to 24 for 112 with 7 doubles, no HRs, 12 RBIs, and just 6 runs scored.

He did have a bereavement leave in early September.  Perhaps that threw him off his game.

But his playing time was cut, and he sputtered to the finish line.

Overall, he got to the plate 493 times, drove in just 58 runs, and scored just 43 runs, going .244/.304/.363, a drastic drop of 253 points in slugging percentage!  Simply, a dreary year.

Bewildering to me, in looking at his statistical breakouts, is that he hit .312 against lefties, but just .218 vs. righties.  

How a lefty hitter puts up a split like that is a head scratcher.

Compare him to so-so former Mets lefty 1B/LF Lucas Duda, who hit .249/.351/.481 vs. righties, but just .211/.282/.351 against righties, a more normal differential.

So...the Mets are faced with what to do with Smith for 2022.  

Trade him?  Keep him in hopes of a rebound, considering he is cheap?

Me?  I'd trade Smith and move on.  

Smith was ill-prepared to succeed when first called up, and failed in 2017 and 2018; did well but in less than 200 PAs in 2018; did very well, but in the weird, season-shortened 2020; had just 396 total plate appearances in 2019 and 2021, making it hard to assess the likelihood of future success; and flopped in 2021.

I just don't trust him to not give us more of 2021 in 2022.

Baseball Reference projects him for 2022 to have 500 plate appearances, 16 HRs, 67 RBIs, a .261 average, and 57 runs scored.  That would be a bit of a bounce - but still mediocre for a team that wants to win a championship in 2022.

People often ask...which of the three of Jeff McNeil, JD Davis, and Dominic Smith would you trade?

McNeil hit a career .319 over his first 3 seasons, then slumped, in part due to injuries.  I think he bounces back to hit .300.

Davis had a fine 2019, a so-so, short 2020, and then hit well enough, but played sparingly, in 2021 due to hand injuries.

All three could be traded, but if I was in charge, I keep the cheap McNeil and Davis, but move the not as cheap Dominic Smith.

I don't know if he lost his focus on baseball to some degree in 2021.  He obviously was off-focus when he first got called up to the majors at 75 pounds more than when they signed him out of high school.  

That troubles me, and I don't want mediocrity on this 2022 Mets team, in hopes of a rebound.

I trade Dominic Smith.

He also can play a passable outfield and a solid first base.  So can Davis.  So, soon, will Vientos.

I trade Dominic Smith.  

He seems to lack a "winning" chip.  Seems distractible, soft, perhaps insufficiently self-disciplined.  Seems like a guy who belongs as a starter on a sub .500 team.  I want a Mets team stocked with winners myself.  I'm getting old, and have seen a lot of Mets nonsense over the past 30 years.  I want a no-nonsense team.

I trade Dominic Smith.

Looked at another way, if he was on another team right now, would you want to the New York Mets to trade FOR him?  Not me.  I've seen enough.  Maybe he is ready, some might suggest, to become the next Justin Turner.  

Me?  I kind of doubt that.  

I'm not at all sure he is even ready to become the next Lucas Duda.

Am I too harsh?  Am I wrong?  You tell me.    

I'll play devil's advocate for a moment.  Perhaps I am wrong.  After all, in 2019 and 2020, he got 177 at bats both seasons.  In those 354 at bats, he hit a combined .300/.366/.570, with 67 RBIs.  

Impressive - I'd take 150 games of that, wouldn't you?  Those are kind of like - oh, I don't know - Rusty Staub-type numbers?

Maybe 2021 was just a really "off" year for Smith?  

What would YOU do with Smith in 2022?


Yesterday (1/24/22) in Winter Ball

 


Navegantes del Magallanes 6 Caribes de Anzoategui 0 (Box Score) Series tied at 3 games each.

Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, 0 for 3, 1 walk - .304 avg. and 1.059 OPS in Championship Series

Alejandro De Aza, RF, 0 for 4, 1 run scored, 1 walk, 2 Ks - .158 avg. and .571 OPS in Championship Series

Venezuelan Series concludes tonight.  All other Series have concluded.

The Caribbean Series will begin on January 28th.

The Puerto Rican Roster is now set, Ex-Mets Johneshwy FargasT.J. Rivera, and Juan Centeno will play.




1/24/22

Player Profile: Hayden Senger

Hayden Senger - 2022 Binghamton Rumble Ponies Baseball Card

Hayden Senger

Background, Stats, Videos.

Background:

Catcher, Bats Right, Throws Right, DOB 4/3/1997, 6'1", 210, Hamilton, OH, USA. Signed by the New York Mets 2018 June Amateur Draft - Round: 24, Pick: 6, Overall: 710.  Eligible for the Major League version of the 2021/22 Rule 5 draft (currently postponed due to the lockout).

Along with Nick Meyer, Hayden Senger is considered one of the top defensive catching prospects in the Mets system.

Last year, after excelling at Brooklyn in 11 games, 13 for 43, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs - .302/.362/.605 - .966 OPS, he was promoted to Binghamton going 46 for 181, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs - .254/.337/.387 - .723 OPS in 50 games.  

To get more playing time he was one of the 8 players sent to the Arizona Fall League going 6 for 31 in 11 games, 0 HR, 0 RBIs, .194/.375/.226 - .601 OPS.  He was not added to the Mets' 40 Man roster in November and will be eligible for the Major League portion of Rule 5 Draft which will held after the Lockout is over.  

In 2021, I was surprised that he did not start more for Binghamton as he essentially split time with Nick Meyer.  I think both pf these catchers need to play everyday to develop.  I would have started one in Syracuse and one in Binghamton.  

In 2022, it will not get easier.  Francisco Alvarez may very well start in Binghamton and Patrick Mazeika may start in Syracuse so both Hayden and Nick Meyer may again play part time.  

The Mets like the slugging and knack for getting on base that he exhibited last year in Brooklyn and Binghamton.  I think that is why he was sent to Arizona.  Hopefully he gets the chance to play more in 2022 and continue his development.

When he was drafted Mack noted: "hitting .349/.435/.530 and being named to the All-MAC First Team. His breakout campaign is coming off a disappointing 2017 season in which he hit .172/.281/.242 in 41 games with the Redhawks. Senger excels defensively with a 42 percent caught stealing rate."

Mets.com has Hayden as the #22 Mets Prospect.

Mack's Mets Tom Brennan had Hayden as his #24 Prospect"hit well for a catcher and caught well...getting added valuable experience and ABs playing fall ball.  Which is good, as he only had 252 PAs in 60 games in the regular season, going a solid.263/.341/.429.  Career 35% on "caught stealing" too."

Amazing Avenue had Hayden as their #11 Prospect: "While his offense is still developing, Senger shines behind the plate. Thanks to quick, above-average pop times, he can get out of the crouch during stolen attempts quickly, cleanly transfer the ball, and fire to the waiting fielder accurately." 

Prospects 1500 has Hayden as the #22 Prospect.



Stats:

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Videos and Audio:

YouTube: Hayden talks about his Arizona Fall League Experience:



Before each Binghamton Rumble Ponies game, Announcer Jacob Wilkins interviews the Rumble Pony players, coaches, and staff.  Below is an interview he did in 2021 with Hayden Senger. 

For all of Jacob’s pregame interviews go here 


Josh Lewin interview with Hayden Senger on Mets in the Morning, 12/13/21:







 

Tom Brennan - Favorite Hitter Styles over the Years


We were all kids once.  Good times.  Back when there were no baseball lockouts and the best pitchers made $125,000 - no, not per inning, like some do today, but for the entire season.  When you could either pay $1.50 to get an upper deck seat at Shea, or trade in 10 milk carton coupons to get into the park instead (easy to do, since my folks had 9 kids).

When I was a kid, I used to love to alternate my hitting machinations to emulate the plate style of these three guys:

1) Tommie Agee - with the pronounced plate tap on every warm up wave of the bat.   

2) Donn Clendenon - with his fluid, sweeping pre-swing looping bat motions.


3) Willie Stargell - with his windmilling his bat before the pitch came in. And then often headed far into the night.  Or over the roof at Forbes Field, a prodigious feat he is reported to have accomplished more than all other hitters combined.  I hated - and loved - Stargell.  

I remember a Mets reliever once in a key spot (was it McGraw?  Can't remember?) looking like he had caught Willie looking on a pitch on the black, but the ump's arm stayed down. I was so mad, knowing what might come next.  It did...a tape measure shot.  I seem to recall - and maybe my memory is playing tricks on me - another game where it was blistering hot, and Tom Seaver was working in the 8th or 9th inning - tiring a bit - and Stargell launched one off him over the roof.

Of course, all 3 of those lumberjacks impressed me greatly with their hitting prowess.

When I was about 12 or 13, my local school building (St. Greg's grammar school in Bellerose) was about 12 feet behind the outfield fence and just in foul territory, to the right of the right field foul line.  Because the school's original large field near the Cross Island Parkway (between Jamaica Ave. and Hillside Ave.) was used to build a large school auditorium, the field was moved to the back side of the property, to a smaller field between the school and the nearby homes.  As a result, due to a space squeeze, down the line in right field was just 155 feet.  

When I'd accumulate a few worn out baseballs, I knew what to do with them.  I'd have my next-youngest brother Bob pitch to me, and I'd not only imitate the Stargell windmill, I'd hit the balls onto the roof a la Stargell.  It was a thrill, even if I hit them a lot shorter than Willie used to smack them.  I felt like Stargell for a moment.  "Up On The Roof!"

I used to also love Dave Kingman's savage all-or-nothing swings - because he may have missed a lot, but when he connected, rocket launches occurred.  He once, in spring training, worked something out with Goose Gossage where the Goose would throw as hard as he could right down the middle of the plate, to see what Kingman (who knew only fastballs would be coming) could do with one.  

He totally got into one, and it sailed past the lights into the dark night.  At the time, Gossage said (tongue-in-cheek - or not) that the ball may have gone 700 feet.

I used to try Matty Alou's swing too - holding the hands inches apart on the bat and spraying it around - he sure didn't hit them 700 feet, but he hit over .300 8 times, and over .330 four times - his style didn't work for me, but it sure worked for Alou the Spray Master.

I also imitated Hank Aaron's pre-swing style.  Good choice of a guy to emulate.  I did not have those buggy whip wrists, though.

How about you folks - who did/do you like and/or imitate in that regard?   Wide open stance, closed stance, crouched stance guys - what?

Reese Kaplan -- So What Kind of Baseball Takes Place in 2022?


With the stunning lack of progress in the negotiations between the Major League team owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association you have to begin to wonder about baseball for the year 2022.  

On the one hand, you have a group of people who feel that after some posturing by both sides and the lockout continuing, there will be capitulation on some of the issues and the season will begin late, perhaps scaling back the 162 game season to 154 or some other agreed upon numbers.  

The opposite perspective is that the players' representatives have essentially done a very poor job and been publicly humiliated the last few times labor and finance issues were brought to the table.  Consequently they feel that the players will continue to sit out until there are at least an equal number of times the owners acquiesce and the players team can hold their heads a bit higher than they've done in the past.  This approach portends a much longer delay to the start of the season (if it begins at all).

Then there is the compromise side in which fans are prepared for a replay of the 2020 COVID-shortened season.  This model has been used already and despite only having 60 games instead of 162, there is a track history on how to make it work.  This result would presume a much longer lockout than many would hope to see and members of each side would lose a ton of money in the process.


Right now there is some baseball on the foreseeable horizon with minor leaguers not currently on the 40-man roster fully eligible and expected to play the game.  While some folks heave a cynical, "Whatever!" when informed about this prospect of unknown players affiliated with their favorite team taking the field, the fact is that players not yet added to the 40-man roster either means they are less likely to succeed in the majors (if they make it at all), or that they are too young without enough minor league service time that 40-man roster membership is not yet warranted by baseball rules.

Personally, I am of the opinion that sites like ours and many others provide ample feedback on the top level prospects and have created expectations of what kind of success they will achieve when promoted to the big club.  However, the minor leaguers that are less well known might indeed be interesting as their stories and abilities have not been profiled on numerous websites with the same ferocity and intensity as you would find for a Brett Baty, a Ronny Mauricio or a Mark Vientos.  


While second tier minor leaguers may not replace the level of play to which we've all grown accustomed, the fact is that it is not the lesser level players here who are at fault.  It is the stubbornness of the owners and the players union that resulted in this less than ideal scenario taking place.  Everyone knows that baseball is not merely entertainment, but it's also a for-profit business.  Consequently there is a need for both sides to realize certain gains in the negotiations.  

The ultimate issue on the table is what people think about the game of baseball and the corresponding levels of greed on both sides of the table.  There are other entertainment options out there in person and online that people can enjoy when the highest level of the pro game is unavailable to them.  That action could lead to increasing dissatisfaction with the sport, decreasing attendance, lower viewership and frankly baseball becoming a modern day game of jousting.  

Yes, it's possible that some folks still participate in and want to view it, but that number is ridiculously low and not profitable for anyone.  

Yesterday (1/23/22) in Winter Ball

 


Caribes de Anzoategui 15 Navegantes del Magallanes 10 (Box Score) Caribes lead Series 3-2.

Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, 3 for 6, double, 3 RBIs, 1 run scored, 1K - .350 avg. and 1.185 OPS in Championship Series

Alejandro De Aza, RF, 0 for 3, 2 walks - .200 avg. and .667 OPS in Championship Series

Venezuelan Series continues tonight.  All other Series have concluded.

The Caribbean Series will begin on January 28th.


Want to catch the action as it happens? Follow the latest Mets related games on Mack's Mets Gameday.

1/23/22

Right now… the Top 15 Third Basemen in the 2022 Draft (UPDATED)


(last week’s rank - research through 1-21-22)

 

1. Jace Jung (1)

6-1 190 Texas Tech

2021 Texas Tech stat line - 56-G, 208-AB, 45- K, 49-BB, .337, 1.159-OPS, .462- OBP, .697-slug, 21-HR, 67-RBI

Age At Draft: 21.8

The 2021 Big 12 Player of the Year.

Reclassified from second base.

Bat-first that projects to have ++ hitter.

Career OPS of 1.135 OPS.

Might be a 60 hit, 60 power combo.

Walks a lot.

Drives the ball with authority.

Uses all parts of the field.

Average arm but quick enough to stick at third.

Projects as a below average defender at both 2B and 3B.

Easily projects as Top 5 pick in the draft.

 

2. Jacob Berry (2)

 6’ 210 LSU

2021 Arizona stats -

17 HR, .352/.439/.676, 2 SB, 58/33 K/BB, 63-G

Age At Draft: 21.2

Transferred from Arizona to LSU for 2022 season.

Will compete with Cade Doughty.

Potential plus hitter with plus power.

One of the best hitters in the 2022 class

Power to all fields.

Limited defensive skills at third.

Many evaluators are penciling him in at first.

Best freshman in college baseball in 2021-22.

Easily a first round pick.

  

3. Cam Collier (3)

 6-2 210 Mt. Paran Christian

Age At Draft: 17.6

Big raw power to all fields.

Will be just 17 yrs old and 7 months on draft day.

Effortless swing - fluid with an all-fields approach.

Rocketing up the charts.

Big arm that plays well at third base.

One of the youngest players in the 2022 draft.

Additionally can run fastball up to 95.

Below average runner.

Some have him now in the Top 5 range.

Louisville commit.

  

4. Cade Doughty (4)

6-1 195 LSU

2021 LSU stat line -

58-G, 227-AB, .308/.368/.546, 13-HR, 32-K

Age At Draft: 21.3

Polished hitter profile.

Has a career 12.4% strikeout rate with LSU.

Potential for a 50 hit/50 power run producer.

An asset defensively.

Strong arm. Quick transfer. Good hands.

High marks for leadership.

 

5. Peyton Graham (5)

 6-3 180 Oklahoma

2021 Oklahoma stat line -

53-G, 215-AB, 58-K, 30-BB, .288, 11-HR

Age At Draft: 21.5

Mature hitting approach at plate.

Power & walks increased last season.

Already hitting for power, and there's "way more coming".

Needs to cut down whiffs.

Athletic enough to play OF.

Great glove at the hot corner.

Spending this summer adding muscle.

 

6. Nolan McLean (6)

 2021 Okla St. stat line -

39-G, 137-AB, .263, 8-HR

Age At Draft: 21.0

Hit  Power     Arm            Field     Run         FV

40/45  40/60   60/60 40/40      30/30 5

Two-way, two-sport talent.

Tapped into his power & developed good feel for hitting.

Huge arm.

On the mound, he's got a mid-90's heater up to 97.

 Good range, soft hands.

 

7. Jayson Jones (7)

6-2 190 Braswell (Texas) HS

Age At Draft: 18.9

Good size, electric bat.

One of the most physical frames in the class

Explosive righthanded swing -

101.5 mph in the PG Tech cage.

Super advanced hitter.

Legitimate plus-plus raw power.

Outshines just about any other prep players we've seen in the last few years.

Playing short now, but projects to third.

“Looks like a big league third baseman.”

 

 8. Tucker Toman (8)

 6-1 185 Hammond HS (S.C.)

Key Stats: 81 games,

.407-1-69 with a 1.070 OPS

Age At Draft: 18.7

Switch hitter with big bat speed.

Utilizes his lower half really well.

Projects above average arm strength.

  Might be better off at second base because of his natural arm slot when throwing.

Very inconsistent summer.

Scouts currently all over the board on him.

 

9. Jack Brannigan (new)

6-1 190 Notre Dame

2021 Fighting Irish stat line -

47-G, 173-AB, .295, 6-HR

Physical stalwart at third.

Excellent arm.

Good runner.

Started to find power last year.

Needs to cut down the whiffs.


10. Owen Murphy (9)

6-1 190 Riverside TWP (IL)

2021 -

.256/.370/.436

 Impressive K-rates, walk rates, and chase rates.

 There's polish in this offensive profile.

 Fantastic athlete on the dirt with quick hands and fluid actions.

Biggest upside may be on the mound.

94 mph fastball with 2500+ RPM.

Upper 70s slider is a killer.

 

11. Sal Stewart (10)

6-3 200 Westminster Christian (FL)

Key Stats: 138 games -

 .456-2-111 with a 1.158 OPS

Age At Draft: 18.6

 16U WWBA -

.545/1.540 OPS

Constant big bat.

Big time raw power.

Uses the entire field.

Fine defender with strong arm.

Probably projects someday to first.

 

12. Zane Denton (11)

6-0 200 Alabama

2021 Crimson Tide stat line -

59-G, 221-AB, team leading .308/.405/.489, 35-BB, 10-HR

Switch-hitter with decent power.

Good bat-to-ball skills.

Fringy runner and athlete.

Average arm.

 

13. Sterlin Thompson (12)

6-4 200 Florida

2021 Gators stat line -

54-G, 183-AB, .301/.396/.470, 5-HR

Age At Draft: 21.1

Tall, strong lefty bat who's blistered the ball.

Profiles as a corner outfielder with big raw power.

Has struggled to tap into it.

Scouts think his hands and footwork will prevent him from sticking at the position at the next level.

Also plays right field.

 

14. Ethan Petry (13)

6-4 220 Cypress Creek HS, Orlando, Fla.

  79 games, .369-3-57 with a .981 OPS

3-hole hitter for the WWBA champions.

A lot of strength and has solid power potential.

Keeps K’s down.

Above-average arm strength.

Rest of defense has limitations.

Could someday move to first.

Bat is his calling card.

 

15. Tony Bullard (new)

6-4 210 Arizona

2021 Arizona stat line -

48-G, 141-AB, .298, 7-HR

                    Turned it around in 2021.

Hits the ball as hard as anyone.

Smooth enough on the dirt to handle shortstop in a pinch.

Fringy defensive third baseman.

Above average arm makes up for limitations moving to his                         right.