View Full Version : Stars Aligning for HS Pitcher Pix

Scrap Irony
06-07-2009, 01:13 AM
With recent injuries, ineffectiveness, and mechanical questions about college pitchers and the lack of solid hitting prospects across the nation, Cincinnati looks to be heading toward a HS pitcher. Terry Reynolds hinted as much last week, when addressing team philosophy, saying they really though the young LH were well above average and the HS pitchers as a whole were solidly above average.

He also stated that Crow was likely to be taken earlier than the Reds' #8 pick. Since Scheppers has some baggage, White can't seem to get good hitters out, and Gibson has a broken wing, most teams ahead of the Reds are now taking those few college and HS bats (Green, Tate) they might have passed over in earlier decisions.

If you're not crazy about HS pitchers in the 1st Round, you might not like this draft. Personally, I see the risk involved (not to mention the cost), but what better options are there at this point? Do you ignore warning signs and grab college arms? Do you grab a more proven pitcher, a la Minor at Vandy, with a lower ceiling, but higher floor?

Or do you gamble with a HS bat overdraft and see if Borchering can play?

Your opinion, Redszone? If Grant Green and Aaron Crow are gone (as is now likely), who's your pick and why?

06-07-2009, 01:30 AM
Assuming the Reds draft a pitcher, if Matzek and Crow are off the board when the Reds pick, I'd think long and hard about Mike Leake of Arizona State. After a nice start tonight against Clemson (8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), his 2009 numbers now look like this: 132.2 IP, 79 H, 2 HR, 21 BB/ 150 K. 1.36 ERA. Oh, and he pitches in a hitters park in arguably the toughest conference in college baseball. Baseball America ranks him as the 14th best player (as of 10 days ago) while Baseball Prospectus ranks him as the eighth best player. BA says his fastball sits at 88-92 with good armside run and sink, and he can dial his fastball up to 94 mph when needed. He also throws a changeup, slider, and cutter that grade out as above average pitches according to BA. He may not project as an ace, but he's a safe pick who should reach the majors quickly and develop into an above-average starting pitcher.

06-07-2009, 01:35 AM
I'd probably go with something like this in order of preference.


06-07-2009, 01:02 PM
Scheppers (I like him despite the risk)

One should be there