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Mario-Rijo
06-10-2009, 04:42 PM
Did this last year where we can have all available info for prospects in one place. If you want to look at the previous year clink the link below.

2008 Reds Draft Info (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69078&highlight=2008+Draft)

I know some things have already been covered but they are a bit spread out and so I wanna combine everything I can find as far as scouting reports, statistics, mechanical breakdowns...you get the picture anything useful. I'll make the 1st couple of picks a post to themselves as they should have plenty of info out there. Please feel free to add! But give me some time and I should have about the 1st 10-12 picks with some good info.

Scouting Videos of several Reds prospects here:
http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?topic_id=4961152&content_id=4737083

Video available of all draftees except Fleury, Serrano, Garton, Crabbe, Walzcak, Fowler of the top 18 picks and only 1 video ava. of players thereafter 25th rounder Mike Monster.

Mario-Rijo
06-10-2009, 05:14 PM
1st Round #8 Overall Mike Leake RHP ASU

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Biographical Data
Player Name: Mike Leake
Position: Starting Pitcher
School: Arizona State University
School Type: College
Academic Class: Junior
Birthdate: 11/12/87
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Report Date: 02/26/09
Game: Missouri


Focus Area Comments
Fastball: Leake threw his fastball from 88-94 mph. It sat comfortably around 91 mph.

Fastball movement: There was above-average sink and plenty of side-to-side movement, with some run to it. He changes arm angles for different looks.

Slider: It's a hard, downward slider, thrown 79-82 mph.

Curve: An average offering ... not an out pitch. He can throw it for strikes in the 73-76 mph range.

Changeup: Close to a plus pitch and he'll throw it at any point in the count.

Control: He has plus, plus command, perhaps a 70 on the scouting scale.

Poise: It's a plus, plus attribute. He has the presence to pitch in the big leagues right now. He's more of a lead-by-example guy -- soft-spoken, but confident.

Physical Description: Leake is an undersized righty, but is athletic and strong, kind of like a Tim Hudson type.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Four pitches that are all usable and the ability to command all of them extremelly well. He's extremely durable, having thrown as many innings as just about anyone in the class over the past few seasons.

Weaknesses: There's a little hip turn in his delivery, but it doesn't affect him. There will be those who'll be concerned about his size.

Summary: As a six-foot righty, people may want to overlook Leake as a big-time pitching prospect, but they might be missing the boat. He can throw four pitches for strikes and his poise is off the charts. He may not be that big, but he's athletic, strong and durable with an extremely efficient delivery. He's done nothing but perform with the Sun Devils and whoever looks past his size could have themselves a steal.


Keith Law:

Mike Leake
RHP | Arizona State
Weight: 180 lbs.
Height: 6-0

Summary: Leake is a typical command right-hander, featuring a four-pitch mix (watch scouting video) without a single knockout pitch but with good life on his two-seamer and a solid-average curve. He'll pitch at 88-92 mph, with a hard, late tailing action that makes it more effective than a typical fastball with fringe-average to average velocity. His curve has a short, two-plane break and appears to pop out of his hand, with a break that accelerates as it comes toward the hitter. He throws a hard changeup around 82 mph with a slight tailing action and showed a slider around 79-80 mph with decent tilt. He commands all four pitches and throws strikes, and works very quickly. He's a good athlete who plays some outfield for ASU and fields his position well as a pitcher. Leake's delivery is compact with just a little head movement at the end as he releases the ball. His arm is quick and its path behind his body isn't long, partly due to the fact he separates his hands early as he moves them down from their peak point in his windup. His performance has put him solidly into the middle of the first round, and he should be relatively quick to the majors as a more or less finished product right now.

Player Grades
PRESENT FUTURE LOW (MPH) HIGH (MPH)
Fastball 50 50 88 92
Curveball 50 50 75 77
Changeup 50 50 80 82
Slider 45 50 79 80
FB Movement 50 60
Command 50 55
Control 55 60
Feel for Pitching 55 60



BA:

Scouting Report: Few pitchers were as consistently good this season as Arizona State righthander Mike Leake. That shouldn't come as a surprise—he's been carving up the Pac-10 for three years. A seventh-round draft pick by the Athletics out of Fallbrook (Calif.) High in 2006, Leake instead headed for Tempe and has pitched his way into first-round consideration. Listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds, what he lacks in pure physicality, he makes up for in athleticism and results. In addition to baseball, Leake played soccer, football and basketball in high school and could be a position player at Arizona State if he wasn't so valuable on the mound. Leake pounds the strike zone with a fastball that sits 88-92 mph. He can dial it up to 94, but prefers to work at lower speeds to get more movement. Throwing from a lower three-quarters arm slot, he gets a lot of armside run and sink on his fastball that results in a lot of groundballs. He also throws a changeup, slider and cutter that grade out as above-average offerings. Leake is a smart pitcher with a bulldog mentality on the mound.

PG Cross Checker:

Mike Leake RHP Jr. R-R 6-0 190 Arizona State Fallbrook, Calif. Athletics '06 (7th Rd) 11/12/1987

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Leake is one of the most uniquely talented and versatile players in the college ranks. While he's capable of playing almost every position on the field at a high level, his greatest value as a college player has been on the mound. He has worked 248 innings in his first two seasons at Arizona State-primarily by pounding the strike zone with a heavy, dominating 89-92 mph sinker, a hard slider and an outstanding changeup. His fastball can occasionally reach 94 mph when his arm is fresh and he's not burdened by his heavy workload. He can throw any pitch for strikes in any count, and has the best command on the ASU staff. Leake's competitive juices are also among the best in the college game. As Arizona State's primary Friday starter in 2008, he went 11-3, 3.49 with 101 strikeouts in 121 innings-topping the Sun Devils in all three triple-crown categories. He also saw time at shortstop and in the outfield when not pitching, and hit a solid .340-2-11. His versatility came in handy as a member of Team USA's college national team during the summer as he saw plenty of action both ways, hitting .236-1-8 in 55 at-bats while going 3-0, 0.64 with 24 strikeouts in 28 innings. He was also shuttled seamlessly between a starting and relief role, showing his versatility knows no limits on the mound, either, though it was apparent by the end of the summer that Leake was gassed from his multiple-use exploits. In particular, his fastball velocity dropped from spring to summer. Leake's upside for the purposes of professional baseball is on the mound, and he should have little trouble transitioning to the next level as he has no discernible weaknesses-outside of possibly his size and durability.-ALLAN SIMPSON

UPDATE (5/15): Good as Leake was as a pitcher in his first two years at Arizona State, he's been vastly better this season. In fact, there's been little to distinguish Leake from San Diego State wunderkind Stephen Strasburg from a performance standpoint-with the notable difference being the massive and historically-significant strikeout total that Strasburg assembled. Through his first 16 appearances, Leake was 15-1, 1.23 with 20 walks, 143 strikeouts and a .169 opponent batting average in 125 innings. Strasburg's final totals for the year: 13-1, 1.32 with 19 walks, 195 K's and a .172 OBA in 109 innings. Make no mistake, the 6-foot Leake is not in a league with the 6-foot-5 Strasburg in the eyes of scouts, but he still earns high praise for his ability to throw four pitches for strikes, feel for pitching and competitive spark-in other words, his flat-out ability to pitch. His fastball will never reach triple-digits as Strasburg's has consistently, but Leake gets excellent sinking action on his pitch at 89-92 mph, can reach 94 when he needs it and neutralizes lefthanded hitters with the cutting action he can create. His 76-81 mph curve that has depth and late snap is also an out-pitch, and his change routinely gets hitters off balance, resulting in a lot of weak swings. Though Leake has created little of the national intrigue in his career that Strasburg did this season, he is every bit as far along in his development and could even challenge his former Team USA teammate to be the first pitcher in the Class of 2009 to reach the big leagues.-AS



Baseball's Mike Leake Named Academic All-American of the Year
Junior righty is third Sun Devil to win award

May 25, 2009


TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University junior pitcher Mike Leake has been named the Academic All-American of the Year, ESPN The Magazine and CoSIDA announced today. This is the third time in school history a Sun Devil has been named the Academic All-American of the Year for baseball. Casey Myers earned the distinction in both 2000 and 2001.

Leake (Fallbrook, Calif.) has a 3.42 grade point average as a Management major and earlier this month was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII for the second straight year. He is the 12th Academic All-American in program history and the seventh under head coach Pat Murphy. Petey Paramore was a Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2008.

"This is another great example of how truly special this young man is," said head coach Pat Murphy. "Not only is he a dominant pitcher and a team leader, but he leads by example in the classroom as well. We have been extremely lucky to have him in our program over the past three years."

Leake, the team co-captain, is 14-1 so far this season, throwing six complete games and two shutouts. He sports a 1.24 ERA and has struck out 128 batters while walking only 18. The 14 wins and 128 strikeouts both lead the Pac-10 and are career highs. He has been named a Finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award and was the 2008 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. Leake was the only student-athlete from the Pac-10 to earn Academic All-American honors.

Leake and the Sun Devils will host the Tempe Regional beginning Friday at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. ASU will take on Kent State following the Oral Roberts vs. Cal Poly match-up.


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Mario-Rijo
06-10-2009, 05:39 PM
1st Round Supp. #43 Overall Brad Boxberger RHP USC

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Biographical Data
Player Name: Brad Boxberger
Position: Starting Pitcher
School: University of Southern California
School Type: College
Academic Class: Junior
Birthdate: 5/27/88
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Report Date(s): 3/13/09
Game(s): Winthrop


Focus Area Comments
Fastball: Boxberger threw his fastball up to 95 mph and maintained the velocity deep into his start.

Fastball movement: Had good movement throughout the start.

Slider: Threw a good hard slider.

Curve: Can also throw a good curve ball.

Changeup: Changeup grades out as average.

Control: His command is in and out, one week good, one week not as consistent. Overall, it's improved.

Poise: Has good mound presence.

Physical Description: Boxberger isn't anything flashy. He has a solid pitcher's body.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: He can throw several pitches for strikes and knows how to pitch. He seems to be improving from past performances.

Weaknesses: Command and stamina. The question is is if he can maintain his velocity -- some had seen him as a reliever in the past as a result -- though he's been doing it so far this season.

Summary: Boxberger definitely improved his Draft status with his first several starts. While many had seen him as a reliever in the future, he's emerged as a legitimate starting prospect with his performance. The key has been his ability to maintain his velocity deep into his starts, something he hadn't done in the past. And while his command is still a little inconsistent, it's better than it has been. Combine that with a full repertoire of pitches and if Boxberger keeps it up, he'll seriously enter the first-round conversation.


Law:

Summary: Boxberger, USC's Friday night starter, was one of the best relievers on the Cape last summer and might be better suited for that role in pro ball. As a starter, Boxberger is 91-93 mph with some glove-side run, using a sharp downer curveball (78-80) as his primary out pitch. He will flash a slider and changeup, with the slider a potentially future-average pitch at 84-85 with a little bite. As a reliever, his fastball plays up a little and he can touch 96 while sitting more 92-94. His arm action is long in back and he's something of a pie-thrower, separating his hands low, fully extending his arm behind him after he's started his stride, and showing the ball to the hitter very early in his delivery. His command and control are both below average, and the combination of iffy fastball command and lack of life on the pitch is a concern. He could go as high as the sandwich to a team that likes him as a future starter, but he's more likely to succeed as a two-pitch reliever.

Player Grades
PRESENT FUTURE LOW (MPH) HIGH (MPH)
Fastball 55 -- 91 94
Curveball 50 55 78 80
Slider 45 50 84 85
Changeup 45 45 -- --
Splitter 40 45 -- --
FB Movement 45 45
Command 35 45
Control 35 45
Feel for Pitching -- --



PG Cross Checker:

Brad Boxberger RHP Jr. R-R 6-2 195 Southern California Tustin, Calif. Royals '06 (20th Rd) 5/27/1988

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Boxberger returned to the Cape Cod League with a new team and in a new role in 2008, and his new lease on life led to a dramatic improvement as he progressed from the league's No. 32 prospect (as a starter at Orleans) to No. 8 (as a closer at Chatham). While he went 1-0, 1.24 and limited Cape hitters to a .155 average a year earlier, Boxberger wasn't overpowering with a fastball in the 88-91 mph range. That all changed last summer as he was able to blow out his fastball in short bursts, and regularly reached 93-95 mph with late life and command. He effectively became a bullpen pitcher with starter stuff as he was able to complement his sizzling fastball with a hard, biting, 84-86 mph slider, a 74-76 mph curve and a legit change. Though he was not enthralled initially with closing, Boxberger began taking to the role as he got hitters out consistently, and he soon relished closing out games. His makeup seemed appropriate for the role, too, as he handled pressure situations with an expressionless demeanor. The upshot was a 1-2, 2.89 record with nine saves in 19 appearances (he had two blown saves that were attributed to his catcher not being able to handle his overpowering stuff). In 19 innings, he struck out 28 and walked eight while limiting hitters to a .170 average. That performance was in sharp contrast to his sophomore season at USC, where he went 2-4, 6.12 with three saves and allowed 80 base runners (54 hits, 26 walks) in 50 innings, while striking out 52. Boxberger began the 2008 season in the Trojans rotation, but was shut down twice with a balky elbow and finished the season in a less-demanding bullpen role. USC coaches allowed him to return to the Cape, but with strict instructions that he not be overworked. His role as a closer satisfied that request, and it may also have boosted his draft stock into the first round of next year's draft as a dozen scouting directors witnessed him at his dominant-best in a one-inning role at the Cape Cod League all-star game. Should he be selected in the first round, it would give Boxberger, a 20th-round pick of the Kansas City Royals out of high school, and his father Rod the rare distinction of being father-son first-rounders out of the same college. Rod Boxberger (12-1, 2.00) was selected the outstanding player at the 1978 College World Series for champion USC and went on to become the first-round draft pick that year of the Houston Astros, though never pitched in the big leagues.-ALLAN SIMPSON

UPDATE (5/15): Boxberger returned to his customary role as USC's Friday starter this spring, and though he won just five games in 13 starts while posting a 5-3, 2.97 record, he generally pitched well enough to give himself a shot to go late in the first round-though clearly not as high as his father went 31 years earlier, when he was the 11th pick. Brad showed a quick, live arm with an easy, fluid delivery and produced a fastball that ranged from 91-94 mph. His slider, curve and change well all solid, dependable secondary pitches. Boxberger demonstrated good pitchability and a sound, competitive mound presence, though he had a tendency to run out of gas late in games and his command would falter. That was reflective of the 47 walks he surrendered in a staff-high 88 innings, but his 95 strikeouts and a .203 opponent batting average were accurate barometers of his dominance.-AS


Brewerfan.net:

Name: Brad Boxberger
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 195
Date of Birth: 5/27/88
School: USC
Brewerfan.net Rank: 29


Brad Boxberger looked like a completely different pitcher when I saw him used predominantly in relief last summer on the Cape than he did when he started the spring as one of USC's weekend starters. To open the year, his stuff looked very hittable, and it was, as it led to an ERA in excess of 6.00 for his sophomore season. He was moved to the bullpen mid-year, and served as the closer to finish the season. He continued that role into the summer, and was very successful in doing so, earning a spot on the league's all-star game roster. Boxberger showed the stuff that made him so successful as a freshman at USC, and also on the Cape, when he was named a freshman All-American. At his best, although in shorter outings, Boxberger was pitching in the 93-94 range, with pretty good, late movement on his fastball. He also throws a slider with some cut-fastball type action on it, as well as a curveball. His range of pitches makes everyone not want to give up on his future as a starter, and he reportedly will re-claim a weekend role (probably Friday) with USC next spring, but again, his stuff lately has played so much better in shorter stints. He recorded nine saves on the Cape, and when batters are making contact, they're usually hitting weak ground balls to the infielders playing behind Boxberger. He has a good, strong frame and a low waist with strong lower body strength. They is still room in his upper body to add strength, although he may not need it given his present-day stuff. If he does start for the Trojans to open the year, how he starts the season could make a huge impact on his overall draft status, as he has the size, stuff and pitching savvy to go among the top 10-15 picks.

Mario-Rijo
06-10-2009, 06:05 PM
2nd Round #57 Overall Billy Hamilton SS/CF Taylorsville (Miss.) HS

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Biographical Data
Player Name: Billy Hamilton
Position: Shortstop
School: Taylorsville (Miss.)
School Type: High School
Academic Class: Senior
Birthdate: 9/9/90
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 150 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Report Date(s): 4/13/09
Game(s): Sumrall HS

Focus Area Comments
Hitting ability: Hamilton has bat speed and strength, but has a very crude approach. There are holes in his swing that will need to be closed as he has trouble with pitches away and off-speed stuff.

Power: It's raw, maybe future average. For a shortstop, it's pretty good. He doesn't show much power now because of the mechanical flaws in his swing.

Running speed: He's above average, a real easy runner who makes it look effortless.

Base running: Hard to judge, but moves up bases when he gets the chance. He'll likely have to learn to read pitches to become a basestealing threat in the future.

Arm strength: It's above average, though he doesn't show it much.

Fielding: There are some who feel he's destined for the outfield, others who think he might be able to stay at short, even though he doesn't always seem natural there.

Range: His athleticism makes it pretty good. He's a better fielder on the move.

Physical Description: Hamilton is a very athletic middle infielder; a three-sport standout who resembles a young Tony Fernandez.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Athleticism off the charts. All the potential tools are there, if a bit raw.

Weaknesses: Crude offensive approach makes some worry about his ability to hit at the next level. Hasn't been exposed to too much top-flight opposition.

Summary: Hamilton is the quintessential high-risk, high-reward athlete at this level who is sure to interest many in June. A three-sport star in Mississippi, he's got all sorts of tools, though his hitting approach is a bit crude and he's got some holes in his swing. But the bat speed, strength and running speed would make any scout at least intrigued, especially if you think he can stay at shortstop. Someone will take a chance on that -- and that they can sign him away from his football commitment to Mississippi State on Draft day.


PG Crosschecker:

Billy Hamilton SS Sr. B-R 6-0 150 Taylorsville Taylorsville, Miss. Miss. State (FB Miss. St. Commit) 9/9/1990

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Hamilton hasn't played much baseball in front of scouts, but is unquestionably one of the best athletes in the 2009 high-school draft class. Not only has he excelled in baseball, hitting .561 as a junior at Taylorsville High, but he's considered to have NBA-caliber skills as a basketball point guard, and the talent to play in the NFL as either a wide receiver or defensive back. He's been selected all-state in the three sports on multiple occasions. Though he signed with Mississippi State for football, Hamilton has been clear all along that baseball is his favorite sport, and he would play that sport, along with football in college-though it has become increasingly unlikely as he moves steadily up draft boards that he'll even go to college. Hamilton has been timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40 at football camps, and caught 49 passes for 18 touchdowns as a senior for Taylorsville High. Though basketball is regarded as only his third sport, he averaged 35 ppg this winter and popped in 55 points in his best game. In what was probably the last competitive basketball game he'll play, a quarter-final loss in the state 2-A tournament, Hamilton had 39 points, dished out nine assists and had six rebounds. The exceptional speed and quickness that are so readily apparent on the football field and basketball court are also his best assets in baseball. He has game-changing speed on both sides of the ball. He can play both center field and shortstop at a high level, although his instincts and tools in the outfield make that his most likely future position. Hamilton also throws 90-plus off the mound when pitching, so arm strength is another above-average tool. His hitting is understandably behind the rest of his baseball package, but he shows flashes of ability as a switch-hitter and profiles as a leadoff hitter. Power is not part of his package, and it may never be unless he adds strength to his lean, slight frame.-DAVID RAWNSLEY

UPDATE (5/15): Hamilton's raw talent is unmistakable and he was the most talked-about player at last summer's East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase in Lakeland, Fla., his coming-out party. While scouts continued to marvel over his talent this spring and saw him as an electrifying player with game-changing potential, Hamilton also showed he is a long way off from being a refined player. He generally played under his tools while hitting .467-7-38 with 13 stolen bases, but showed flashes of them all, except power. He needs most work with his hitting mechanics, though has the bat speed, hand actions and swing plane to project that he'll hit in the future, and his power should evolve as he fills out his broad-shouldered, thin-waisted and highly-athletic frame. His speed (6.40 seconds in the 60) is his most advanced tool. Not only does he have an explosive first step, but he has excellent base-running instincts. He often appears out of his element at shortstop, but scouts won't rule him out playing there and say he could adapt overnight to being a competent center fielder. No matter where he plays, he gets to everything hit in his direction, has quick-twitch actions and an above-average arm, capable of reaching 90-92 off the mound. Of all the players in this year's draft, Hamilton is the prime example of the high-risk, high-reward talent who could just as easily be a big-league all-star as flame out in the lower minors.-ALLAN SIMPSON



Taylorsville’s Hamilton drafted by Reds
By David Brandt • david.brandt@clarionledger.com • June 9, 2009

Hamilton, the 57th overall selection, was an All-State selection in three sports and starred in the infield for the Tarters. He has signed to play football at Mississippi State.

“The Reds were a little bit of a surprise, but I’m really excited,” Hamilton said. “I can’t wait to get my career started and show what I can do.”

Hamilton (6-foot, 165 pounds) was a first-team All-State selection by The Clarion-Ledger. Arguably Mississippi’s best three-sport athlete over the past 20 years, Hamilton was also an All-State receiver in football and All-State guard in basketball.

In baseball this season, Hamilton hit .448 with 13 doubles, four homers, 28 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.

Mario-Rijo
06-10-2009, 06:17 PM
3rd Round #88 Overall Don Joseph LHP University of Houston

PG Crosschecker:

Donnie Joseph LHP Jr. L-L 6-3 185 Houston Buda, Texas Never drafted 11/1/1987

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Used primarily as a mid-week starter and long reliever in his first two seasons at Houston, Joseph produced just a 3-2, 6.06 record in 43 appearances, along with 50 walks and 63 strikeouts in 112 innings. Though his fastball was typically in the 89-91 mph range, he had a suspect arm action and a poor breaking ball, and a history of command issues because of it. Understandably, Joseph wasn't on the radar from a draft perspective as he returned to Houston for his junior year. But he underwent a transformation in the fall as he junked his curveball in favor of a slider and refined his delivery. The improvement in his stuff and command was dramatic, and he was quickly installed in a role as the Cougars closer to open the 2009 season. Initially, there was optimism that a new-and-improved Joseph might emerge as a sleeper pick in the first 10-12 rounds of this year's draft, but those hopes may prove overly conservative as Joseph was dominant in the early going. Not only did he show better raw arm strength with a fastball that peaked at 93 mph and showed good arm-side run, but his big, sharp slider, clocked at 82-85 mph, became a dominant second pitch. He went aggressively after hitters in his new closer's role. Joseph has a lean, wiry frame and his athleticism on the mound is readily apparent as he was a significant three-sport athlete in high school, earning 10 letters altogether in three sports.-ALLAN SIMPSON

UPDATE (5/15): As a starter in his first two seasons at Houston, Joseph generally worked in the 87-90 mph range. Shifted to the bullpen full-time this spring, Joseph saw his velocity jump to 90-94 mph with good lefthander's running life. More importantly, his slider became his go-to pitch. He became a dominant closer on a losing Houston team, finishing the season with a 3-1, 2.16 record, 11 saves and 75 K's in just 50 innings. Joseph is somewhat of a max-effort thrower and will never have pinpoint control, but he won't need to be precise with his location with two above-average pitches out of the bullpen. Joseph has been mentioned as high as the second round in some scouting discussions, although that would seem very high for a reliever without true closer stuff.-DAVID RAWNSLEY


School Bio:

SOPHOMORE (2008)
Made his season debut out of the bullpen during the season opener against Pacific... Struck out five batters at San Diego State during the series finale... Threw three perfect innings of relief with a strikeout against Sam Houston State... Tossed two shutout innings against UTSA... Collected the win at UTSA after throwing two shutout innings. C-USA Championship: Picked up the win against No. 28 East Carolina in the opener... Allowed only one run off a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings against the Pirates... Scattered two unearned runs off three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings in starting the first Saturday game against UAB. NCAA College Station Regional: Limited UIC to one unearned run off a hit and two walks with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief.

FRESHMAN (2007)
Competed regularly as the Cougars' midweek starter... Made 18 appearances with 10 starts during his first collegiate season... Made his collegiate debut out of the bullpen against Stephen F. Austin during the season opener... Earned his first career start against Texas A&M during the second day of the Houston College Classic... Allowed only one unearned run off five hits with two strikeouts in five innings against the Aggies... Threw 1.1 innings of shutout relief with three strikeouts at Texas-San Antonio... Allowed only one unearned run off five hits with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings against Lamar but did not collect a decision after leaving the game after being struck by a line drive... Scattered three hits over four shutout innings at Stephen F. Austin... Earned his first collegiate win after holding Texas-San Antonio to two runs off four hits with a pair of strikeouts in six innings at Victoria... Collected the save at C-USA rival Memphis during the series finale, holding the Tigers to only one run off two hits with a strikeout during the final three innings.

HAYS HIGH SCHOOL
Competed in football, basketball and baseball for all four years... Was a four-year varsity letterwinner in baseball and three-year letterwinner in basketball and football... Played for head coach Doug Ragsdale in baseball... Member of National Honor Society and Chamber Choir. Senior (2006): Scored 30 points in a basketball game against District 16-5A rival Austin Anderson... Finished the football season with 26 catches for 586 yards and eight touchdowns... Ended his career as school's second all-time leading receiver... Helped lead team to state playoffs. Junior (2005): Pitched to an 8-1 record with a 1.40 ERA on the way to All-District 16-5A First-Team honors... Played for the Austin Slam during the summer... Also was an All-District Honorable mention in football as a wide receiver and helped lead team to the state playoffs. Sophomore (2004): Was the runner-up for district newcomer of the year and was an All-District Honorable Mention.

PERSONAL
Full name is Don Atley Joseph... Born on Nov. 1, 1987, in San Marcos, Texas... Son of Dr. Dennis and Gaylynn Joseph... Father is a 1974 graduate of UH... Brother Bo played football at Texas Lutheran... Majoring in industrial distribution.

Joseph's Career Bests
Innings: 6.0, vs. Texas-San Antonio (April 24, 2007)
Strikeouts: 5, at San Diego State (March 30, 2008)
Consecutive Scoreless Innings: 8.2 (April 4-17, 2007)
Long Start: 6.0, vs. Texas-San Antonio (April 24, 2007)
Short Start: 2.0, at UTSA (May 13, 2008); vs. Tulane (April 13, 2008)
Long Relief: 5.0, vs. Southern Miss (May 19, 2007)
Short Relief: 1.0, vs. Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 6, 2007); vs. Texas-San Antonio (Feb. 27, 2007)

Mario-Rijo
06-10-2009, 06:19 PM
I have more to come but really need to wait a few days to get PG cross checker's scouting reports on anymore of the top 10 round picks. Since I can't edit later I'd prefer to wait to put their profiles up. I do have some later round picks info that I'll go ahead and post in one spot here.


Deven Marrero
SS | American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Height: 6-1

Selected by: Reds
Round: 17
PK(OVR): 8(509)

Summary: Marrero earned scouts' notice last year because of two teammates: first-rounder Eric Hosmer and fifth-rounder Adrian Nieto. He's one of the few true shortstops in this draft class, but there are questions about his bat and signability. Marrero has good actions and quick feet at shortstop with an above-average arm; his footwork could use some improvement, and his feel for the position is only fair. At the plate, he's strong for his size but gets all his weight on his front foot and opens it with his swing, so he has issues with contact and can pull off the ball. He's committed to Arizona State and considered a tough sign. American Heritage isn't done pumping out top draft prospects, by the way, with sophomores 3B Brandon Sedell and RHP Jimmy Nesselt both looking like potential first-rounders for 2011.

Player Grades
PRESENT FUTURE
Hitting 35 45
Power 45 50
Plate Discipline 45 45
Running Speed 45 45
Fielding Range 50 60
Arm Strength 60 60
Feel for Game 45 50



Brian Pearl
RHP | Washington
Weight: 190 lbs.
Height: 6-1

Selected by: Reds
Round: 9
PK(OVR): 8(269)

Summary: Pearl is one of the bigger wild cards in this draft as a converted third baseman with just 11 career innings before 2009. He worked a full season in relief for U-Dub, and his fastball sat mostly around 90-92 mph, but as you might expect from a guy new to the mound, he would hit 94 one outing and then top out at 88 the next time out. He was better this past summer in the Northwoods League, where he hit 95 in the All-Star Game and struck out 32 men in 21 innings against just six walks. He doesn't have a consistent second pitch, with a mid-70s curve that can have some depth and a low-80s slider that at its best has a very hard, late break. His arm is quick, but he drifts off the rubber too quickly and may cost himself some velocity in the process. I've pegged him as a second-round talent, but the industry consensus has him a round or two later than that.

Player Grades
PRESENT FUTURE LOW (MPH) HIGH (MPH)
Fastball 50 55 90 94
Slider 45 55 80 82
Curveball 40 45 73 78
Changeup ?? ??
FB Movement 45 45
Command 40 50
Control 40 50
Feel for Pitching 35 45



Biographical Data
Player Name: Stephen Perez
Position: Shortstop
School: Gulliver Prep (Fla.)
School Type: High School
Academic Class: Senior
Birthdate: 12/16/90
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Report Date: 02/20/09
Game(s): Bishop Verot

#539 Round #18


Focus Area Comments
Hitting ability: Perez has a balanced, short and quick stroke. Though the right is his natural side, he's actually better from the left side.
Power: He has some ability to hit with power to the pull side from both sides of the plate.
Running speed: He has below-average speed.
Base running: His speed plays better at game time because of plus instincts on the bases.
Arm strength: He has a solid-average to plus throwing arm.
Fielding: He can make the play in the hole and up the middle. His hands are soft and sure.
Range: He makes up for lack of foot speed with instincts and positioning.
Physical Description: Perez has a small frame, a lean muscular middle infielder kind of like a Cesar Izturis type.
Medical Update: Healthy.
Strengths: A great feel for the game, off the charts makeup. Makes the most of his abilities on both sides of the ball.
Weaknesses: His lack of speed.
Summary: Perez is a baseball rat with a great feel for the game. His plus instincts help him maximize his skills, which include some definite hitting ability from both sides of the plate, a solid glove and arm from shortstop. He doesn't have the kind of speed you'd normally like to see from a middle infielder, but he makes up for that with those instincts. Whoever drafts him could be getting a high schooler with a better understanding of how to play the game than most prepsters.

camisadelgolf
06-10-2009, 06:23 PM
Thank you for the posts, Mario-Rijo. Great job. :thumbup:

princeton
06-10-2009, 06:23 PM
sorry if I'm not supposed to reply within this thread, but thanks for compiling these.

isn't Joseph's bio uncannily similar to Ryan Wagner's? one and only one very good year as a Univ of Houston closer, due to a greatly improved slider?

Mario-Rijo
06-10-2009, 06:44 PM
Thank you for the posts, Mario-Rijo. Great job. :thumbup:


sorry if I'm not supposed to reply within this thread, but thanks for compiling these.

isn't Joseph's bio uncannily similar to Ryan Wagner's? one and only one very good year as a Univ of Houston closer, due to a greatly improved slider?

No problem guys, I like having a singular thread with everything I can find that's gonna tell us something. Yeah princeton it's ok to respond/reply. Wagner yeah he does have that eery aura about him.

NorrisHopper30
06-10-2009, 09:04 PM
Billy Hamilton sounds like a project, but could be a huge reward. I like the pick now.

BuckeyeRedleg
06-10-2009, 09:26 PM
Mario, you da man.

Awesome!

fearofpopvol1
06-10-2009, 09:42 PM
Thanks for posting this! Good stuff right here.

Mario-Rijo
06-11-2009, 02:42 AM
4th Round #119 Overall Mark Fleury C UNC

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/unc/sports/m-basebl/auto_action/3049866.jpeg

PG Crosschecker:

Mark Fleury C Jr. L-R 6-1 200 North Carolina Roswell, Ga. Never drafted 5/4/1988

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Fleury went to the Cape Cod League last summer as a backup catcher, and came off the bench to deliver two of the biggest hits of the 2008 Cape season. As a reserve for the Eastern Division team in the league's all-star game, Fleury drilled a game-winning, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the East to an 8-6 win over the West. He outdid himself in the final game of the season when he came on as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth with Harwich trailing Cotuit 1-0 in Game Two of the league's championship series. With the bases loaded and none out, Fleury took two 95-mph fastballs for strikes from Cotuit's fireballing closer Drew Storen before drilling the next offering to the base of the wall in right-center field to drive in the tying and winning runs as Harwich rallied to win the league title, its first in 23 years. Fleury spent the early part of the summer as a backup to Santa Clara's Tommy Medica, who hit .352-0-16 vs. Fleury's .238-2-14. The righthanded-hitting Medica, who caught for Team USA's college-national squad a year earlier, earned most of the playing time initially, but Fleury was doing more of the catching by the end of the season. Generally, Medica caught whenever an opposing lefthander was working and, appropriately, he was behind the plate in the final game of the season against Cotuit lefty Nick Hernandez, the league's top winner. But Fleury got his chance to play when the Kettleers made a move to Storen in the ninth, and he made the most of it. Fleury also served as an understudy during the 2008 college season at North Carolina to Tar Heels regular catcher Tim Federowicz, who went on to become a seventh-round pick in the draft in June. Though he started only 16 games behind the plate, Fleury served as UNC's DH in 23 more contests and played in 61 games in all, hitting .275-3-25. A year earlier, he got just seven at-bats. Fleury has a short, direct stroke to the ball from the left side and generates above-average raw power. But he's vulnerable to good breaking stuff, and especially vulnerable against lefthanders as most of his at-bats in 2008 came against righthanded pitching. His arm strength is his best asset behind the plate, though his solidly-built frame is ideally suited to the physical demands of catching on a regular basis. Though Fleury got plenty of attention for his two big hits on the summer, and generally improved his value for the 2009 draft for his overall body of work, he'll need to convince scouts in the spring that his receiving and blocking skills are at a level that warrant his becoming a full-time catcher at the next level, and his ability to hit lefthanders isn't an obstacle to playing against all kinds of pitching. With the catching job for the Tar Heels finally all his, he'll get every opportunity to prove his worth.-ALLAN SIMPSON

UPDATE (5/15): A regular behind the plate for the first time in his career this spring, Fleury responded by hitting .315-12-59 as the Tar Heels advanced to the College World Series for the fourth straight year, and third in Fleury's time with the team. He also handled a pitching staff that was in the process of leading the nation in strikeouts for the second year in a row. While Fleury's offensive production was significant and he was a solid middle-of-the-order threat for the Tar Heels, it came at a cost as Fleury struck out a club-leading 63 times, a red flag. His arm strength proved to be a solid asset as the team's regular catcher, but his receiving skills were called into question when he struggled, at times, in handling the superior stuff on the UNC pitching staff. Even though his inconsistency was evident, his raw tools at a premium position should insure him going in the first five rounds.-JEFF SIMPSON



Three Tar Heels Taken On Day Two Of MLB Draft
Fleury, Warren grabbed in fourth round.

June 10, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina juniors Mark Fleury, Adam Warren and Brian Moran were selected Wednesday in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, bringing the total number Tar Heels picked to six over the first two days of the three-day event. Fleury went to the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round (119th overall), Warren was chosen in the fourth round by the New York Yankees (135th overall) and Moran was the third Tar Heel grabbed by the Seattle Mariners in the seventh round (203rd overall).

Fleury has enjoyed a breakout season as Carolina's everyday catcher this season, batting .315 with career-bests of 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 59 RBI. A semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award for the nation's top collegiate backstop, he is second on the team with 34 extra-base hits and has posted 16 multi-RBI games this year. Fleury is a career .299 hitter in 134 games.

Mario-Rijo
06-11-2009, 03:08 AM
5th Round #149 Overall Daniel Tuttle RHP Randleman (NC) HS

http://www.aflacallamerican2008.com/images/athletes/danielTuttle.jpg

MLB.com

Biographical Data
Player Name: Daniel Tuttle
Position: Starting Pitcher
School: Randleman HS (N.C.)
School Type: High School
Academic Class: Senior
Birthdate: 08/21/90
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Report Date(s): 03/06/09
Game(s): West Davidson HS


Focus Area Comments
Fastball: Tuttle threw his fastball anywhere between 88 and 94 mph and sat comfortably at 90-91 mph.

Fastball movement: Tuttle has plus sink on his fastball.

Slider: He has a plus slider.

Changeup: His changeup is just OK ... a work in progress.

Control: His command was bad in the summer, good again early, then bad again.

Poise: Has decent mound presence.

Physical Description: Tuttle isn't all that big, kind of medium sized and isn't overly physical. He uses a low three-quarters delivery.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Arm strength and good pure stuff, with two above-average to plus pitches and a third that has a chance.

Weaknesses: Command, largely because of delivery problems. He doesn't always keep his direction to the plate.

Summary: There's a lot to like about Tuttle, the North Carolina prep star. He has a great arm with good pure stuff, highlighted by a plus slider and a fastball he can run up to 94 mph. He also has the makings of a changeup. What he doesn't always have is consistent command, affected by a somewhat unorthodox delivery that he has trouble repeating. Still, there's plenty to work with for any team that decides to take him on Draft Day.


PG Crosschecker:

Daniel Tuttle RHP Sr. R-R 6-2 185 Randleman Randleman, N.C. North Carolina State 8/21/1990

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Tuttle is a loose-armed righthander who shares many physical similarities with Jake Odorizzi, the Milwaukee Brewers supplemental first-round pick in the 2008 draft. Like Odorizzi, Tuttle has an extended three-quarters to mid-three-quarters release point, and a whippy-like arm action that puts plenty of spin and late sinking action on a fastball that frequently reaches 92-93 mph. Tuttle also throws both a low-80s slider that has a big, sweeping 10-to-4 type of break, and a softer curveball with a similar shape. The slider is his better breaking pitch and has plenty of potential if Tuttle can consistently stay on top of the pitch. A changeup is a fourth pitch in his arsenal, but it isn’t a factor yet, mainly because Tuttle has been used as a closer in high school. As a junior in that role, he went. 1-0, 0.17 with eight saves, along with eight walks and 48 strikeouts in 21 innings. He is a quality athlete who plays shortstop when he isn’t pitching, and should take a step forward when he’s able to concentrate just on pitching at the next level. Tuttle isn’t a polished product yet. He has some effort in his release that leads to command problems against better hitters, but he’s loose and projectable with top-level present stuff.—DAVID RAWNSLEY

UPDATE (5/15): From a raw stuff standpoint, Tuttle ranks near the top of his class as he has three potential average- to above-average pitches. His fastball sat in the 90-93 mph range this spring, topping out at 96. His slider also showed potential plus life at times and he had the makings of a solid split-finger. Stuff aside, Tuttle did not impress scouts this spring with his approach while ringing up a 3-2, 1.10 record with 10 walks and 74 strikeouts in 37 innings, mostly as a starter. He showed a very elementary level of pitching skill, with little or no aptitude how to maximize his stuff. He was very raw, even helter-skelter in establishing a consistent arm slot, repeating his delivery, making adjustments and in his body language. Still, he has the kind of electric, whip-like arm that is difficult to find, and it’s likely that a team will find him too tempting to pass over much beyond the fifth round.—JEFF SIMPSON


Aflac All American Player Bio:

Daniel Tuttle
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 185 lbs.
Position: Right-hand Pitcher
Bats: R Throws: R
Team: East
Hometown: Randleman, NC
High School: Randleman Senior High School

Off the field with Daniel...
Daniel Tuttle spends almost all of his time playing baseball, but when he does have some spare time, he spends it hunting, running or playing video games. He's also found time to volunteer with his local Challenger League softball games and helped out with the City of Randleman's Parks & Recreation Department. At Randleman High, his team has a pre-game ritual to meet at Roscoe's cafe for breakfast. His favorite MLB player is Michael Barrett because Barrett is involved with Daniel's WWBA Georgia Roadrunner's team.

Daniel has overcome some tough challenges to get to where he is today. In August of 2002, two days after his 12th birthday, he was involved in a near fatal car crash. He sustained multiple internal injuries and had to be rushed to an emergency surgery; he spent five weeks thereafter as a patient at Brenner's Children's Hospital at Wake Forest University's Medial Center. Since then, he has recovered fully and is now one of the top pitchers in the nation.

Role models...
President George Bush, because he faces difficult challenges everyday and remains positive.

Hit PLAY on his MP3 player and you might hear...
Nickelback

Catch him before a game and you'll find him...
eating breakfast at Roscoe's Caf�.

He's kind of a big deal...

Baseball Achievements:
Threw no–hitter as a freshman
All-Conference (2007 and 2008)
All-County (2007)

Something you may not know about Daniel is...
his favorite TV show is Family Guy.




Freshman Stats
BA SB K's RBI Hits HR ERA IP
.341 6 24 15 27 4 2.00 25

Sophomore Stats
.357 9 ?? 22 25 5 1.66 24

Junior Stats
.373 10 21 20 28 5 .071 14

dougdirt
06-11-2009, 05:15 PM
Paul Barton - #1169 overall - 39th Round

http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_central/parksville_qualicumbeachnews/sports/45225357.html


Qualicum Beach’s Paul Barton has

the major leagues calling

Having a courier come to your door with a letter and a kit requesting your youngest son send in a urine sample isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Especially when your boy is a pitcher, and the letter is from Major League Baseball.

“Never saw it coming,” chuckled Chuck Barton, as blue collar as they come and a dedicated baseball dad with three boys.

All of his boys have come up through Oceanside Minor Baseball and have pitched for the Parksville Royals in the BCPBL.

As for his son Paul getting the call to pee — that package is prestigious in baseball circles as it’s reserved only for the top 200 prospects in North America, “It was pretty cool.

“He was away in Florida (with the Junior National team) and I told him that night when he called.”

“It was really exciting to hear I was top 200. I was shocked,” Paul recalled from the Royals’ dugout at Springwood Park on Wednesday as his teammates took to the field in the pouring rain and a small army of volunteers set to work tweaking the infield for this weekend’s BC’s Best Baseball Classic.

This is the second year the young chucker from Qualicum Beach has been recruited by the Jr. Nats for their series of high performance spring camps that prepare this country’s top players for international assignments, and the 10 days of training and games marked the first installment of a summer loaded with travel.

That package his dad signed off on is just the latest memorable moment of Paul Barton’s baseball journey.

“It was really good,” he said when pressed about his latest trip to Florida for extended grapefruit league action on the immaculate fields at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

“We were on the field every day. Eight hours every day,” he said of the camp, which started each morning bright and early with a team breakfast and meetings followed by a four hour practice, a break, then a nine-inning game against professional farm teams.

The Canadians didn’t win a game against their older opponents, who ranged in age from 20-25ish, but the experience was invaluable.

Also making the trip to Florida and impressing on the hill for his second year was Royals’ teammate, southpaw Ethan Stewart from Campbell River. They were two of four players from the rock and nine from B.C. invited to the camp, comprised of about 30 players from across the country.

“I learned way more this time around,” Barton confirmed when asked about his second go-round.

At 6’3” 205 pounds, the hard throwing righty hit 92 mph on the radar gun in Florida during one game — his fastest pitch to date. Paul pitched six innings over the 10 days, giving up two runs and striking out five.

Ready to lead the Royals into battle in the Classic in front of family and friends this weekend, Paul isn’t home for long as he and a select squad of Jr. Nats leave for the Dominican Republic May 20 for more games against MLB teams. This is his first year named to that team.

The young Canucks have already qualified for the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario. On June 22 the team travels to USA Baseball’s national training complex in Cary, North Carolina.

“Then we fly to Toronto for more practices (at the SkyDome) and to watch the Jays/Rays game, and then after that we fly to Havana to play the Cubans.”

The Canadians return home July 10.

His strength as a pitcher aside, scouts and coaches are also looking for players that are easy to work with and that get along with their teammates.

“It’s great to make the top 200, but nothing changes,” he said with the maturity reserved only for the focused. “I just go in day in and day out and work as hard as I can and hopefully play to the best of my abilities ... I’m always striving to be the best.”

“Paul’s so good working with young kids, he’s excellent. He enjoys it. That’s part of his deal, and that’s part of what makes him special,” Royals’ head coach Dave Wallace said about his third and final Barton boy.

“Their athletic ability aside, it’s their enthusiasm for the game, their work ethic and commitment to improving. Paul and guys like him, they just love playing the game, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes,” said Wallace. “Every sports the same ... it’s a tough grind.”


Good to see his velocity as high as 92 MPH. Watching his video on MLB.com he didn't go into the high 80's, but he showed some promising offspeed stuff in it. Seems like he is much better than a 39th round selection, should be interesting to see if the Reds can get him signed.

Mario-Rijo
06-12-2009, 03:17 AM
Laurel Leader Call Paper (http://www.leadercall.com/sports/local_story_162113533.html?keyword=secondarystory)


Published June 11, 2009 10:32 am -

Taylorsville's Hamilton top pick from Mississippi
Star selected in 2nd round by Reds

By Michael Boykin, To the Leader Call —

When it comes to Taylorsville, the automatic image coming to mind is sports. The tiny town without a single traffic light and a mere population of less than 2,000 has always been a hotbed for championship sports. No. 1 rankings and state championships from Tartar football, baseball, basketball, cheerleading or track teams are viable on an annual basis.

Tartar football players Tim Moffett, Marcus Keys, Jason Campbell and Tim Duckworth eventually found themselves in the NFL. After attending Alcorn State, John McGill was drafted into the NBA by the Knicks.

Current South Panola baseball coach Patrick Robey and current Taylorsville head coach Dusty Hillman came close with brief careers in the independent leagues.

As far as baseball is concerned, no Tartar has ever been drafted by a Major League Baseball team -- until Tuesday night, when Billy Hamilton was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.

Most people around the town are involved with summer league baseball in some form or fashion. So it was not long before residents caught word of Hamilton. The multi-talented athlete has excelled in just as many sports as he has been able to play, en route to being known throughout as one of the nation’s best athletes.

Hamilton began showcasing his extraordinary skills while playing on those summer league fields. He started standing out from the crowd by leading the Taylorsville All-Star team to Dixie Youth World Series appearances with instinctive hitting and acrobatic catches.

The son of Polly Booth and John Page, Hamilton has seen his family increase over the years. Jim Wade Ford, father of Hamilton’s teammate Tanner, took a special interest in the phenom during his early years and considers him as another son. The whole community has since taken him in as a local hero.

Most serious athletes these days tend to focus on one sport in which to specialize. The 6-foot, 165-pound Hamilton not only participated in multiple sports throughout high school, but also seemed to dominate in each and every one.

His skills shone brightly as he guided the Tartars to state championship appearances in baseball, basketball and football. During his freshman year, the Tartar baseball team lost standout Britt Ford to injury towards the end of the season. Hamilton stepped in right away, helped the team win the state title and has never looked back.

Hamilton starred at receiver and defensive back for the Tartar football team, ranking among the state’s leaders in receptions, yards receiving and interceptions. After the end of the season, he was chosen All-State and participated in the highly regarded Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic in Mobile, Ala.

In basketball, Hamilton was one of the South’s most respected players and top scorers, averaging around 35 points and 10 assists per game. The guard was named All-State and Dandy Dozen by the Clarion-Ledger for his efforts, which included multiple contests in which he scored at least 50 points. Hamilton was chosen to participate in an All-Star game for basketball as well. He was named Best Offensive Player.

Baseball, however, is widely regarded as Hamilton’s best sport and personal favorite. It would be hard to argue the fact. Hamilton enjoyed a junior season where he batted .520 with 5 homeruns, by following with a .448 batting average, 4 homeruns, 28 runs batted in and 26 stolen bases during his senior campaign. Again, the Clarion-Ledger awarded him with All-State and Dandy Dozen honors.

Hamilton participated in the Crossroads Diamond Club 1A/2A/3A All-Star game at Trustmark Park Saturday, becoming the South’s Most Valuable Player. Ford, a Jones County Junior College signee, joined him on the squad, winning the Most Outstanding Hitter award as well.

Hamilton’s cousin Darion Hamilton has been there throughout the moments of pressure. Keeping each other grounded has been a main goal for the duo. Darion, who may also be drafted, has always played second fiddle to Billy, even while excelling in the same three sports. The All-State Hamiltons are very close and can usually be spotted together around town.

Last summer, Hamilton traveled to Florida to participate in the East Coast Prospect Showcase. Scouts took notice when Hamilton was recorded as the fastest player at the showcase. His efforts resulted in articles about Hamilton from Baseball America and Minor League Baseball.

Mario-Rijo
06-12-2009, 03:32 AM
Laurinburg Exchange (http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home&id=2697470-Lowery+taken+in+27th+round+by+Cincinnati+Reds&article-Lowery%20taken%20in%2027th%20round%20by%20Cincinna ti%20Reds%20=&widget=push&instance=secondary_sports_left_column&open=&)


Lowery taken in 27th round by Cincinnati Reds
by Michael Gilliland

Derrick Lowery has reinvented himself on the diamond since his days at Scotland High School.

There, the 2006 North Carolina 4-A state championship series Most Valuable Player was a dominant pitcher whose stuff only got better when the pressure rose.

Lowery went from baffling batters to owning pitchers in his two years at Young Harris Junior College. Now, he may have the chance to do it at the professional level, as the Cincinnati Reds took Lowery in the 27th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Lowery, who throws and bats left-handed, and who is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, was the 719th overall pick of the draft. Many in this area felt he would be drafted out of high school in 2006, and Lowery was glad to finally hear his name called by a Major League team.

"It felt good," Lowery said. "It was just a relief, to finally have it happen."

Lowery put up monster offensive numbers while playing first base at Young Harris in 2009. He hit .431 (75-for-174) with 17 homers, 12 doubles, 87 RBIs, a .538 on-base percentage and an .828 slugging percentage in 51 games. Lowery also scored 64 runs, walked 36 times and was hit by a pitch on 10 occasions.

Aside from his season at Young Harris, it was a workout in front of scouts from the Cincinnati Reds just before the draft that really helped Lowery.

"I just had a good day there," said Lowery, who said he hit four or five home runs during batting practice at the Reds workout. "Everything went well, and I just had a really good day."

Lowery's former Scotland teammate, Nick Liles, was with him at the Cincinnati workout. Lowery was in Liles' living room, watching the draft with Nick and his father Steve when the Reds selected him.

Liles was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the seventh round on Wednesday. He was conducting a telephone interview with The Laurinburg Exchange at the time Lowery's name was called out.

"This is great for both of us," said Liles. "Derrick and I went to Cincinnati together... This is exciting."

Lowery said the Reds like him as a first baseman, but that he could be used elsewhere.

"They think that's what they want to use me as, a first baseman," said Lowery. "They did say that if that doesn't work out, they might push me back to the mound."

Lowery also has options. He has a scholarship from Western Carolina University on the table, so if the money or opportunity with the Reds is not right, he can always go to WCU, where he could do just as Liles has done by playing in the Catamount program and improving his draft stock.

"I'll probably talk to some coaches and see what advice they have to give," said Lowery. "It will mainly depend on what happens when Cincinnati offers.

"If what they offer me isn't too good, I'll be going to Western Carolina."

Mario-Rijo
06-12-2009, 03:47 AM
Tim Dunn 46th Round pick

The Nashville City Paper (http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/trevecca-pitcher-gets-it-dunn)


Trevecca pitcher gets it Dunn
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 2:11am
By David Boclair


Trevecca's Tim Dunn is the winningest pitcher in the NAIA during the regular season.

It’s not exactly accurate to say that all Tim Dunn does is win. The Trevecca Nazarene ace sure does not lose much, though.

The junior right-hander out of Bardstown, Ky. took a perfect 12-0 record into the Trojans’ TranSouth Conference tournament opener on Monday.

That not only made him the winningest pitcher in the NAIA during the regular season, it also extended to two seasons his mark of near-perfection. A year earlier he was a junior college All-America honoree when he went 12-1 for John A. Logan (Ill.) College.

That penchant for victory was central to the fact that he was named TranSouth Player of the Year on Monday. In so doing, he became the first pitcher in the 13-year history of the league to earn that award and the fifth Trevecca player overall to do so.

“It was surprising, especially knowing some of the hitters and the position players we have in this conference,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough the last two years that my teammates have had a lot of energy every time I’ve gone out there and they’ve played with a lot of energy behind me.”

Dunn, who signed with the program last July, wasted no time serving notice of what was to come. In his first start for Trevecca, back on Feb. 7, he struck out seven in five shutout innings against Embry-Riddle (Ala.), ranked No. 3 in NAIA at the time, as the Trojans notched their first victory of the season.

“I think the biggest part of the season was the start,” he said. “The way I did from my standpoint and the way the team did from a team standpoint against a team as good as Embry-Riddle just gave us a lot of confidence.”

With the ability to target a 90 mph fastball complemented by a hard breaking ball and a recently added changeup, he finished the regular season ranked first or second in the conference in wins, runs allowed per game, ERA (1.31), opponents’ batting average (.191) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.91). He also was among the NAIA’s top 10 in six major statistical categories.

All told, he had six complete games, including one shutout, in 13 starts, allowed 58 hits and struck out 76 in 88.1 innings. He was named the conference Pitcher of the Week twice, most recently when he limited Martin Methodist to two hits in eight innings on April 17.

“He is the most outstanding pitcher we’ve ever had at Trevecca,” coach Jonathan Burton said. “Every single time he takes the ball he gives his team a chance to win, and he competes like it’s his last game. You hope to have two or three like him, but there’s no doubt he was the most outstanding player in this conference this season.”

Even with him on the mound Monday, Trevecca, which finished second in the conference, dropped its tournament opener 3-1 to Union (33-17), host of the event. The Trojans (33-22) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth but failed to score. That sent them into the elimination round, where they will face Martin Methodist (20-23), noon Tuesday.

Dunn took a no-hitter into the seventh but then hit a batter, gave up two singles and a walk and allowed a run before he was replaced with the bases loaded and one out. Wesley Griggs replaced him and struck out the next two batters to end the threat and guarantee a no-decision for Dunn.

Griggs gave up two in the eighth and took the loss.

“It was probably one of the better outings I’ve seen (Dunn) have,” Burton said. “… The hitters were really confused most of the night.”

They did make him work, though. Dunn threw a total of 108 pitches, 72 of them strikes, and struck out five.

“I gave it all I had for the first six innings,” he said. “Then I hit a little bit of a wall, and I didn’t have the location I needed on my pitches.”

Still, he gave his team a chance to win … just as he did every other time he pitched.

princeton
06-12-2009, 09:59 AM
Lowery said the Reds like him as a first baseman, but that he could be used elsewhere.

"They think that's what they want to use me as, a first baseman," said Lowery. "They did say that if that doesn't work out, they might push me back to the mound


another two-way player that Reds picked (twice) out of Young Harris?

Nick Markakis, whom the Reds seemed to think was more finesse pitcher than power hitter.

Az. Reds Fan
06-12-2009, 12:32 PM
6th Rd pick - Mark Serrano

Looking thru some info regarding Serrano, I realized that he pitched against ASU and Mike Leake in the regionals in Tempe and definately held his own...and Leake pitched kinda good as well...


Arizona State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Leake, Mike......... 9.0 5 1 1 2 15 31 33

Oral Roberts IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Mark Serrano........ 8.1 8 4 3 5 13 32 38
T.J. Kelly.......... 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2


TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts University senior right-handed pitcher Mark Serrano added another honor on Thursday by being selected to the ABCA All-Midwest Region second-team.

Serrano, who was selected in the sixth round of the MLB Draft by Cincinnati on Wednesday, earned all-region honors after posting a 9-1 overall record with a 2.50 ERA. Serrano struck out 132 batters while only walking 25 in 86 1/3 innings pitched. The Downey, Calif., native threw three complete games and held opponents to a .196 batting average. Serrano’s 13.77 strikeouts per nine innings rank second nationally, while his 132 total punch outs tie for fifth in the NCAA and rank second in ORU history for a single season.

In addition to receiving all-region honors, Serrano has earned second-team All-America accolades by Collegiate Baseball and Ping!Baseball, as well as being tabbed the Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Year.


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Az. Reds Fan
06-12-2009, 01:09 PM
10th rd - Tucker Barnhart

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Brownsburg's Tucker Barnhart Sets the Standard
By duncan @ 5:46 PM :: 1823 Views
By Mike Moreci

Go to any game in Brownsburg’s conference and you will likely to see junior catcher Tucker Barnhart in the stands. He’s the one watching every hitter with intense concentration, breaking his focus only to jot down the occasional note.



“I study our biggest conference teams whenever we don’t have a game,” Barnhart said. “I go to games and I chart stuff, I watch hitters, take notes. I like to know how hitters react in counts.”



Talking to Barnhart you get the impression that you’re speaking more to an assistant coach than a player. But don’t be mistaken: Barnhart’s a player. Quite possibly the best catcher in the state. Yet he’s also what many would call a student of the game, even though that phrase doesn’t quite do justice for the 5-foot-10, 182-pound Barnhart.



He’s a baseball junkie, carrying on a strong familial tradition. Both his grandfather and father played baseball, as well as his uncles. Some of Barnhart’s fondest childhood memories, in fact, were of watching ball games on his grandmother’s television while keeping score.





Brownsburg coach Pat O’Neil has had his eye on Barnhart since he was in seventh grade. What really stood out to O’Neil, even at that age, wasn’t so much Barnhart’s talent. It was his pure love for the game, which has only grown since.



“He’s a baseball rat,” O’Neil said. “Whatever we do, he’s the first one there and the last one to leave.”





Barnhart’s passion has certainly paid off. According to O’Neil, he’s been getting attention from high schools and scouts since he was 11 years old, back when he was considered one of the best shortstops in the country. Since then, he’s only gotten better. In 2007, the switch-hitting Barnhart batted .417 with 10 homers, 9 doubles and 39 RBI. He had a .986 fielding percentage and forced runners to think twice about attempting to steal against his consistent sub-1.9 pop time. In recognition for his stellar play, Louisville Slugger honored him with a spot on their 2008 pre-season All-American roster.



“With everything that’s been going on, it can be overwhelming,” Barnhart said. “The nomination threw more weight on the season, though I try to put that stuff on the backburner. It’s great to have that title, but I have to worry about the season.”



This spring will mark Barnhart’s third season on Brownsburg’s varsity roster. Barnhart has always played up in age; it’s an experience he’s now using to help Brownsburg’s underclassmen adjust to life in varsity ball.



“We have some underclassmen who are going to play big role for us,” Barnhart said. “I took them aside and told them to relax and play the game; they’re here because they can play.”





Meanwhile, Barnhart has his own game that he’s always working on, striving for perfection. He wants to be an All-State catcher, he wants to hit .450, even .500. And, most of all, he wants to lead his team. Last season, Brownsburg was ranked No. 4 in the state but was upset in sectional play. With a host of talent returning—including LHP-CF Alex Berlin and Indiana State-bound RHP Mark Conover—Barnhart may be within arms reach of another goal: state champion.

11larkin11
06-13-2009, 01:31 AM
Hmmm. Anyone know what Serrano throws? Those stats look mighty nice against a very tough ASU team.

George Anderson
06-13-2009, 11:37 PM
I have heard from pretty reliable sources that Barnhart is going to college. I was told if he was picked past the 6th round he was going to school.

Scrap Irony
06-13-2009, 11:54 PM
What does it matter where you're drafted, as long as you get paid? If Barnhart gets paid second round money, why wouldn't he sign?

Serious question there. I've certainly never been drafted by anyone, so I couldn't possibly understand. Is it a pride thing, perhaps?

sivman17
06-14-2009, 02:28 AM
does anyone know if leake is pitching in the ASU game sunday 6/14?

George Anderson
06-14-2009, 02:31 AM
What does it matter where you're drafted, as long as you get paid? If Barnhart gets paid second round money, why wouldn't he sign?

Serious question there. I've certainly never been drafted by anyone, so I couldn't possibly understand. Is it a pride thing, perhaps?

He doesn't think he will get second round money.

OnBaseMachine
06-14-2009, 02:34 AM
Reds sign another Taylorsville Hamilton

By Michael Boykin, To the Leader-Call

Taylorsville baseball standout Darion Hamilton was drafted Thursday in the 49th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. The centerfielder joins cousin Billy Hamilton, also drafted by the Reds on Tuesday night.

Hamilton was a three-sport standout at Taylorsville, widely known for his athleticism. While in the shadows of his cousin, Hamilton quietly posted huge numbers while participating in baseball, football and basketball.

At times this spring, scouts were prone to confuse the two. Word quickly spread around the Major League Baseball scouting departments that the Tartars had another Hamilton to scout. Most cite his power potential and defensive capabilities in centerfield as his strongest attributes.

Batting .492 with 6 homeruns, 37 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases, Hamilton helped lead the Tartars to an appearance in the 2A South State Championship series this season. For his efforts, he was tabbed as All-State by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger on Sunday.

While Hamilton has signed to play both baseball and football at Jones County Junior College, he may forego the college experience to sign with the Reds. If both of the Hamilton cousins sign, the team will likely keep the duo together for their first Minor League Baseball experience in either Sarasota, Fla. or Billings, Mont.

http://www.leadercall.com/sports/local_story_164104425.html?keyword=secondarystory

That title is misleading. Hamilton hasn't signed yet.

OnBaseMachine
06-14-2009, 02:52 AM
Westmont Pitcher Drafted by Reds
updated: Jun 10, 2009, 8:58 PM

source: Westmont College

Westmont right-handed hurler Tim Crabbe was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourteenth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

"It's exciting," said Crabbe about the selection. "There are still a lot of questions. I have more years of (college) eligibility so I need to negotiate with the Reds tomorrow and over the weekend. I've got to look at every situation. I'll talk it over with my parents and make a decision."

After sitting out most of the 2008 season due to an injury, Crabbe struggled at the beginning of 2009 to get his form back. But as the season progressed, so did Crabbe's performance on the mound. In the final start of his junior year, Crabbe turned in a complete game 4-2 victory against Azusa Pacific. The resident of Tucson, Arizona retired 19 consecutive batters while allowing one earned run on three hits.

With a fast ball consistently in the low to mid 90s, Crabbe attracted attention not only from the Reds, but also the Angels, Cardinals and Phillies. But it was the Reds that pulled the trigger with the 419th overall selection.

"I talked with the Reds this morning while the draft was going on," said Crabbe. "One of the things they want to know is if you want to sign. If there is no way you are going to sign they won't draft you because they don't want to waste a pick. I was on the phone with the Reds and some other teams. Once the Reds decided to take me, I got a call from Rex De La Nuez, the area scout that had seen me throw. After the selection, he congratulated me and let me know how everything was going to workout."

On Sunday, Crabbe pitched his first game as a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters, reigning champions of the National Baseball Congress. Crabbe allowed just five hits in the seven inning affair and produced a complete game shutout over the San Diego Waves. While Crabbe fanned eight batters and allowed just one walk, the Foresters put up six runs to claim the victory.

"Going into the seventh inning, I had thrown a decent amount of pitches but I told them I felt good and could finish the game for them," said Crabbe.

While the Reds would like to sign Crabbe in the next few days, Crabbe wants to give the decision proper consideration. "I don't want to rush it. Technically I have until August 15th which is the last day you can sign. I want to make sure all the bases are covered."

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1400&nid=20352

fearofpopvol1
06-14-2009, 02:56 AM
Westmont Pitcher Drafted by Reds
updated: Jun 10, 2009, 8:58 PM

source: Westmont College

Westmont right-handed hurler Tim Crabbe was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourteenth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

"It's exciting," said Crabbe about the selection. "There are still a lot of questions. I have more years of (college) eligibility so I need to negotiate with the Reds tomorrow and over the weekend. I've got to look at every situation. I'll talk it over with my parents and make a decision."

After sitting out most of the 2008 season due to an injury, Crabbe struggled at the beginning of 2009 to get his form back. But as the season progressed, so did Crabbe's performance on the mound. In the final start of his junior year, Crabbe turned in a complete game 4-2 victory against Azusa Pacific. The resident of Tucson, Arizona retired 19 consecutive batters while allowing one earned run on three hits.

With a fast ball consistently in the low to mid 90s, Crabbe attracted attention not only from the Reds, but also the Angels, Cardinals and Phillies. But it was the Reds that pulled the trigger with the 419th overall selection.

"I talked with the Reds this morning while the draft was going on," said Crabbe. "One of the things they want to know is if you want to sign. If there is no way you are going to sign they won't draft you because they don't want to waste a pick. I was on the phone with the Reds and some other teams. Once the Reds decided to take me, I got a call from Rex De La Nuez, the area scout that had seen me throw. After the selection, he congratulated me and let me know how everything was going to workout."

On Sunday, Crabbe pitched his first game as a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters, reigning champions of the National Baseball Congress. Crabbe allowed just five hits in the seven inning affair and produced a complete game shutout over the San Diego Waves. While Crabbe fanned eight batters and allowed just one walk, the Foresters put up six runs to claim the victory.

"Going into the seventh inning, I had thrown a decent amount of pitches but I told them I felt good and could finish the game for them," said Crabbe.

While the Reds would like to sign Crabbe in the next few days, Crabbe wants to give the decision proper consideration. "I don't want to rush it. Technically I have until August 15th which is the last day you can sign. I want to make sure all the bases are covered."

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1400&nid=20352

I know it seems logical that that would go without saying...but it's great to hear nonetheless.

Mario-Rijo
06-14-2009, 10:13 AM
6th Round #179 Overall Mark Serrano RHP Oral Roberts University

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Viva El Birdos.com (http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/2009/5/27/890193/2009-draft-preview-9-persons-of)

Texas Leaguers.com via Viva El Birdos.com

Mark Serrano, RHP, Oral Roberts University- A darling of results-oriented analysis, Serrano has put up some of the most impressive numbers this side of Strassburg. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the same kind of stuff, and so isn't in for the same kind of payday.

Serrano has a fastball that sits mostly in the upper 80s, though he has hit as high as 93 at times, and he commands the pitch remarkably well. He has a nice curveball, and shows the makings of an average changeup. If he sounds generic, it's because he sort of is. Lost of pitchers with similar repertoires; Serrano faces weak competition and does much more with his stuff than most. Not a sexy pick, by any means, but could be a good have in the later rounds.



Mark Serrano
# 8
Right Handed Pitcher - RHP

Height: 6-1 Weight: 195

Senior

Bats: R Throws: R

Previous Affiliations
Cypress College
Previous Experience
JC
Hometown
Downey, Calif.

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Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
Release: 06/04/2009
Career Honors
2009 Second-Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
2009 Second-Team All-American (Ping!Baseball)
2009 ABCA All-Midwest Region Second-Team
2009 Summit League Player of the Year
2009 Summit League Pitcher of the Year
2009 First-Team All-Summit League


2009 (Senior)
Earned Second-Team All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, as well as Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Year... posted a 2.50 ERA and a team-leading 9-1 record in 20 appearances and nine starts... ranked second in ORU single-season history with 132 strikeouts in only 86 1/3 innings pitched... only issued 25 walks while limiting opponents to a .196 batting average... ranked second nationally with 13.77 strikeouts per nine innings... tied for fifth in the NCAA in total strikeouts, while placing 19th in ERA... threw three complete games and posted two shutouts... named the Summit League Pitcher of the Week on three different occasions... earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors by Collegiate Baseball after tossing a complete-game two-hit shutout with a career-high 16 strikeouts at North Dakota State on April 25... also faced No. 7 Arkansas earlier in the week, fanning seven batters in three scoreless innings of relief... suffered first loss in a gutsy performance at NCAA Regional against No. 5 Arizona State on May 30... allowed three earned runs in 8 1/3 innings while fanning 13 Sundevils... struck out 13 batters in six innings in first start against Wichita State on March 24... followed performance up by only allowing two hits and no runs in five innings pitched at No. 9 Texas... picked up first four wins of the season in relief, including the victory at No. 7 Rice on March 8.


2008 (Junior)
Led the team with a 3.09 ERA in 21 appearances... started seven games, earning a 4-1 record... logged 67 innings, striking out 52 batters while only walking 23... held batters to a .231 average, which also led the squad... threw a complete-game shutout against Oakland on May 11... allowed only three hits while fanning a season-high nine batters against the Golden Grizzlies... earned second consecutive win at IPFW on May 17 by hurling eight innings without surrendering an earned run... picked up second save of the season against Centenary after striking out five and only allowing one hit in 3.2 innings.


Before ORU
Spent two years at Cypress College ... Played for head coach Scott Pickler in the Orange Empire Conference ... Appeared in five games in 2007 for the Chargers posting a 1-1 record in 9.1 innings of work ... Picked up his win against Merced College by not allowing an earned run and striking out three in 3.1 innings ... Posted a 2-1 record as a freshman in 2006 ... Finished with a 4.50 ERA while striking 20 and only allowing six walks in 24.0 innings.

High School
Prepped under head coach Jesse Gonzalez at Downey High School in Downey, Calif. ... Named team MVP, Dream Team first-team, and first-team All-League ... Also earned Offensive MVP for football and selected first-team All-League in football ... Was named to the Deans List.

Personal
Full name is Mark Arthur Serrano ... Son of Mark and Carole Serrano ... English Major ... Born on September 14, 1985 in Los Angeles, Calif. ... Chose ORU over Pepperdine, Long Beach State and Fresno State.

Mario-Rijo
06-14-2009, 10:39 AM
7th Round #209 Overall Josh Fellhauer OF Cal State Fullerton

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PG Crosschecker.com

Josh Fellhauer OF Jr. L-L 5-11 175 Cal State Fullerton Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Never drafted 3-24-88

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): The obvious knock on Fellhauer as a prospect is his size. None of his tools really stand out, either, but few players in this draft get more out of their natural ability than Fellhauer. Every tool he has plays higher than scouts will grade them. After hitting .335-7-40 as a sophomore for Cal State Fullerton and topping the Titans in hits (90) and total bases (138), Fellhauer was the steadiest outfielder for Team USA last summer as it went 24-0 and accomplished the first undefeated run in program history. He hit .299 with 15 RBIs (both second on the team) in 87 at-bats while seeing duty in all three outfield positions, but mostly in center and right field. At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Fellhauer is undersized for right field at the next level, his lack of raw speed compromises his range and ability to play center and his modest power potential makes him ill-suited for any corner position. He profiles more as a fourth outfielder or a dangerous lefthanded bat off the bench, though he has a hitch in his swing that could be exposed with wood against some of the superior fastballs he'll face in the future. But it would be a mistake to sell Fellhauer short. He has superior instincts for the game, has speed and arm strength that are more than adequate, and it's entirely possible that he'll put up such impressive offensive numbers this spring as a junior at Cal State Fullerton that teams will simply not be in position to overlook him.-ALLAN SIMPSON



Josh Fellhauer
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

High School:
Rancho Cucamonga HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 180

Position:
OF

Birthdate:
03/24/1988

Experience:
2V

B/T:
L/L

US NATIONAL TEAM `08: Was one of three Titans (along with Christian Colon and Jared Clark) to play a key roll for the 2008 Team USA squad that finished a perfect 24-0 en route to the FISU World Championship gold medal in the Czech Republic • Posted the second-best batting average on the team at .299, and along with Colon, collected the most hits on the squad with 26 • Blasted a pair of home runs, hit a team-leading six doubles, tallied 15 RBI and stole two bases while playing all three outfield positions.

TITANS `08: Was named to the All-Big West Conference Second Team as the Titans' everyday centerfielder • Started 62 of the Titans' 63 games • Set career highs in most every offensive category including leading the team in hits (90) and total bases (139) • Had the second longest hitting streak of the year for Fullerton, posting a 10-gamer from Feb. 24 to Mar. 9, when he hit .465 (20-for-43) with seven doubles, a home run and six RBI; also had two six-game hitting streaks in 2008 • Hit in 21 of the first 25 games of 2008, good for a .411 batting average • Led the squad with 20 multi-hit games, collecting three hits on seven occasions and a career-high four hits, three times • Had 12 multi-RBI efforts driving in two runs on 10 occasions and tied his career-high twice with three RBI in a game • Stole a career high 17 bases in 23 attempts, and swiped a pair of bags on two occasions (Feb. 22 at TCU and Apr. 6 at UC Irvine). Ranked 2nd in the Big West Conference in runs scored (62), 3rd in hits (90), 3rd in doubles (20), 6th in triples (4), 2nd in total bases (139), 9th in stolen bases (17) and 1st in plate appearances (301) and at bats (269).

TITANS `07: Started off as a platoon outfielder, but ended up as the everyday left fielder after blossoming into one of the team's best hitters • Played in 56 of the team's 63 games, making 39 starts (38 in left, one in center) • Picked up his first career hit in his first official at bat (was HBP in first plate appearance) on Feb. 2 vs. Stanford • Did not pick up his first career RBI until Mar. 11 at East Carolina with a 3-for-4, 2 RBI effort • Hit his first career home run on May 8 at home vs. Loyola Marymount • Had 14 multi-hit games, and five times picked up a season-best three hits • Posted nine multi-RBI efforts, three of which he tallied three runs driven in • Had a seven-game hitting streak from May 2 to May 12 when he went 13-for-26 (.500) with seven RBI and 8 runs scored • Was 6-for-12 with a home run and 3 RBI in the San Diego Regional, earning him all-tournament honors • Threw out UC Irvine's potential winning run with one out in the bottom of 13th inning in the longest game in College World Series History (5:40) to hold off the Titans' elimination for one more batter • Was 9-for-32 (.281) in the Titans' seven postseason games.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA HS: Was a three-year letterman for Head Coach Sean Sullivan at Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. • Was a three-time All-Baseline League first-teamer, posting a career .388 batting average with seven wins and 101 strikeouts from the mound • Helped the Cougars win the Baseline League championship in 2004, hitting .348 with a home run and 23 RBI • Received All-Inland Valley recognition his junior season (2005) when he hit .392 with a pair of home runs, 11 RBI and nine stolen bases for the Cougar offense, while collecting two wins and 48 strikeouts in 33.2 innings on the mound • Put up his best numbers his senior year (2006) hitting .430 with seven home runs and 23 RBI while collecting three wins and 45 strikeouts in 46.1 innings from the hill • Earned first-team All-CIF recognition in 2006 as well as being named to the All-Inland Valley team for a second time • Was also a three-year varsity football letterman earning league MVP honors his senior season.

PERSONAL: Born on March 24, 1988, in Pomona, Calif. • Parents are Robert and Juliette Fellhauer • Full name is Josh Nicholas Fellhauer • Nickname is Felly • Has one older brother (Justin) • Majoring in American Studies • His favorite sports thrill was throwing out UC Irvine's Taylor Holiday (the winning run) at home plate in the bottom of the 13th inning at the College World Series • Comes from good baseball genes: His grandfather, Richard, pitched for the St. Louis Browns and his father, Robert, was a 6th round draft pick by the A's as a shortstop • Favorites include: 300, The Dark Knight and Step Brothers (movies), Boston, Lil Wayne, Kanye West (musical artists), The DaVinci Code (book), facebook.com and baseballamerica.com (websites), Heath Ledger and Johnny Depp (actors), bowling, golfing (hobbies), Boston Red Sox (team).

FELLHAUER'S CAREER HIGHS
At Bats - 7, June 18, 2007 vs. UC Irvine
Runs - 4, Mar. 9, 2008 vs. Southern Miss
Hits - 4 (3 times), Last on May 16, 2008 vs. San Diego State
RBI - 3 (5 times), Last on Apr. 4, 2008 at UC Irvine
Home Runs - 1 (10 times), Last on May 25, 2008 at Long Beach State
Doubles - 2 (5 times), Last on May 2, 2008 at UC Santa Barbara
Stolen Bases - 2 (3 times), Last on Apr. 6, 2008 at UC Irvine

Mario-Rijo
06-14-2009, 10:54 AM
8th Round #239 Overall Juan Silva OF Puerto Rican Baseball Academy

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Power Showcase HR derby Juan Silva's Page (lots of good pics & some info)
Power Showcase Player Profile: Juan Silva (http://www.powershowcase.us/profiles/2009-PLAYER-profiles/profile_PR-silva-2009.php)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfj-B8aUBwQ&feature=channel_page


Juan Silva OF Sr. L-R 6-1 180 PR Baseball Acad. Yabucoa, P.R. 1-8-91

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): By Puerto Rican standards, the 2009 draft is considered above-average. The strength of the island's talent is most evident in the crop of young outfielders, particularly Reymond Fuentes and Ruben Sierra Jr. Though he plays at the renowned Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and is that school's top prospect in the Class of 2009, Silva has largely been overshadowed by the fleet-footed Fuentes and multi-talented Sierra. But Silva has made a lot of strides to close the gap in the last year, and he is a very athletic-looking and projectable talent in his own right. His run and throw tools are in the plus area. He has been timed at 6.5 seconds in the 60 and shows a right-field type arm. Silva's speed comes into play most prominently in the outfield, where he has outstanding range. His jumps and routes are advanced for a player his age. Offensively, the lefthanded-hitting Silva has a level, line-drive swing and the ability to drive balls to all fields. He has a slight uppercut with good acceleration through the ball, and should continue to add power as he gets stronger. Silva was impressive in a workout for top Puerto Rican players in early February that attracted a flock of scouts from the mainland, but another set of coordinated workouts in Puerto Rico in early May, a major stage for evaluating Puerto Rican players, will more firmly establish where he stands in relation to Fuentes and Sierra, and other prospects in this year's Puerto Rico crop.-DAVID RAWNSLEY



PR Showcase Draws Huge Throng

Allan Simpson
Tuesday, February 03, 2009

While awaiting the start of the 2009 high school and Division I college seasons state-side, a huge delegation of scouts was in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Jan. 28-29 to take in a showcase of the island’s top prospects for the 2009 draft.


Some 20 scouting directors, 30-35 crosscheckers and 30 area scouts were on hand for an event, organized by noted Puerto Rican scout Frankie Thon (brother of former big leaguer Dickie Thon), that attracted every top prospect in Puerto Rico.


“I have never seen an event in Puerto Rico receive this much coverage—ever,” said a scout with strong ties to Puerto Rico. “It surely had to do with the weather, but also with the class of players in Puerto Rico this year. It’s the deepest I have ever seen.”


The workout segment of the showcase was held on the first day at Caguas’ Sola Morales Stadium (home of the Puerto Rican Winter League’s Caguas Creoles), and featured the standard 60-day yard dash, infield-outfield and batting practice for position players. The following day, a game was played between players from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and non-Academy players.


Though it’s unlikely that Puerto Rico will produce a first-round pick in this year’s draft, there were as many as 12-14 players in attendance who positioned themselves as potential picks in the first 10 rounds. A year ago, only eight Puerto Ricans went in the first 10 rounds, and just two in the top five rounds—led by Puerto Rico Baseball Academy outfielder Javier Rodriguez, a second-round pick of the New York Mets.


The star attractions at the showcase, by most accounts, were outfielders Reymond Fuentes and Ruben Sierra Jr. Fuentes ranks No. 99 on PG Crosschecker’s ranking of the top 500 prospects for the 2009 draft, while Sierra improved to No. 126 off his showing in Puerto Rico.


Fuentes has been the most consistent player in Puerto Rico all year, and ran a 6.3-second 60 in the workout—just surpassing Sierra (who some scouts had at 6.4) for the fastest time at the workout. He also showed an improved arm from center field, which had been his only glaring weakness. Offensively, Fuentes had a good showing in BP at the workout. Despite his slight 6-foot, 160-pound frame, the ball jumped off his bat. In the game, the lefthanded-hitting Fuentes showed a good approach at the plate, hitting a single on the first pitch of the game between shortstop and third against Hector Hernandez, the island’s top-ranked lefthander. He also stole a couple of bases by getting good jumps.


Sierra, son of the former big league outfielder, may have helped himself more than anyone off his performance in the showcase portion of the event. He ran the 60 just a tick slower than Fuentes, displayed the best arm on the island and had an eye-opening BP—spraying line drives all over the field and hitting a few balls over the right-field fence on the occasions he chose to pull the ball. He had a clean, easy and effortless swing, with increasing power. Sierra also showed an improved approach to hitting. While he had only one hit, he had good at-bats, taking pitches that were not to his liking, and not biting on balls on the outside corner, which had been a problem in the past.


Scouts were split whether Fuentes or Sierra now ranks as the better prospect for the 2009 draft, but generally conceded both should be selected by the third round. While Fuentes generally has performed better in game situations, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Sierra has the better skill-set and higher ceiling.


Righthander Raul Rivera remains the top pitching prospect on the island, though he didn’t show scouts the velocity they were expecting to see in a two-inning stint. He worked mostly at 87-90 mph, topping at 91.


Outside of Sierra, the two players who may have helped themselves the most were shortstop Robert Perez, an Oklahoma State signee, and outfielder Jonathan Garcia—both fifth-to-seventh round talents.


Perez ran the 60 in 6.5-6.6 seconds, despite a sore hamstring. He also hit the ball well to the opposite field, and showcased his above-average arm, his best tool, while demonstrating to scouts that may have the range and quickness to remain at shortstop in the long term.


The 5-foot-10 Garcia showed plus power in BP, hitting several balls out, including a couple that cleared both fences at the stadium. He also has an above-average outfield arm that ranks behind only Sierra.


Most of Puerto Rico’s top prospects in recent years have come from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, which produced a draft-record 14 players in 2005. But most of the elite players this year—namely Fuentes, Rivera and Sierra—do not attend the academy. Hernandez, who was clocked at 87-88 mph, and outfielder Juan Silva, who struggled at the plate, are considered the academy’s top prospects.


Generally, Puerto Rico’s top prospects show measurable improvement over the course of the spring leading up to the draft, and scouts will get another chance to see the same players in May at Puerto Rico’s annual Excellence Games.

--ALLAN SIMPSON

Mario-Rijo
06-14-2009, 11:09 AM
9th Round #269 Overall Brian Pearl RHP University of Washington

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MLB.com

Brian Pearl
RHP | Washington
Weight: 190 lbs.
Height: 6-1

Summary: Pearl is one of the bigger wild cards in this draft as a converted third baseman with just 11 career innings before 2009. He worked a full season in relief for U-Dub, and his fastball sat mostly around 90-92 mph, but as you might expect from a guy new to the mound, he would hit 94 one outing and then top out at 88 the next time out. He was better this past summer in the Northwoods League, where he hit 95 in the All-Star Game and struck out 32 men in 21 innings against just six walks. He doesn't have a consistent second pitch, with a mid-70s curve that can have some depth and a low-80s slider that at its best has a very hard, late break. His arm is quick, but he drifts off the rubber too quickly and may cost himself some velocity in the process. I've pegged him as a second-round talent, but the industry consensus has him a round or two later than that.

Player Grades
PRESENT FUTURE LOW (MPH) HIGH (MPH)
Fastball 50 55 90 94
Slider 45 55 80 82
Curveball 40 45 73 78
Changeup ?? ??
FB Movement 45 45
Command 40 50
Control 40 50
Feel for Pitching 35 45

PG Crosschecker.com

Brian Pearl RHP Jr. L-R 6-1 190 Washington Everett, Wash. Never drafted 5-17-88

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): A talented two-way player, Pearl spent most of his first two seasons at Washington on the left side of the infield. He hit .274-3-23 in 123 at-bats as a freshman, playing mostly at shortstop. As a sophomore, he saw most of his action at third, though an injury to start the 2008 season limited him to just 99 at-bats. Between the two seasons, he made only 12 pitching appearances for the Huskies, all in relief, and worked in just 12 innings. It became graphically apparent during a summer season in the Northwoods League, though, that Pearl's future is much brighter on the mound. As the closer for Green Bay, he went 2-0, 0.84 with nine saves. In 21 innings, he walked six while allowing 12 hits and striking out 32. Pearl displayed surprisingly smooth, easy mechanics for a conversion player, but his lightning-quick arm was so impressive that he soon became the premier power closer in the Northwoods League. His fastball sat in the low- to mid-90s and produced good movement, but it also topped out on occasion as high as 96 mph. Pearl's secondary stuff isn't as impressive or effective as his fastball, but his breaking ball has good, late movement and he commands it so well that he doesn't necessarily need a third pitch-especially if he continues in his role as a short reliever. Pearl also continued to play a position in the field during the summer, and his conversion to full-time closer only began in earnest last fall. With an opportunity to concentrate on pitching only, his fastball reached 97. But with only 12 innings as a college pitcher on his resume, Pearl still has plenty to prove to scouts this spring before he can be anointed as one of the better closer prospects for the 2009 draft.-ALLAN SIMPSON

UPDATE (5/15): At his best, Pearl has the kind of raw stuff that warrants being taken in the first round. His fastball has been up to 95 mph, and his slider can literally disappear on a hitter. But he was wildly inconsistent with all his pitches for Washington this spring, and he may be hard-pressed to squeeze into the fourth or fifth rounds as a result. Some scouts claim they never saw him throw a fastball anywhere near the mid-90s, and that his slider was often flat-and hittable. The Huskies weren't sure what to do with Pearl. They tried to start him, but that didn't work out. He did save eight games when installed as the team's closer, but he wore out his welcome in that role, too. In 23 appearances (2 starts), he worked 38 innings, walked 17 and struck out 40. A club that saw him at his best this spring (or last summer) could pop him by the third round, but others say that would be way too rich for a pitcher that didn't even demonstrate he was suitable for either a starting or closing role, and was little more than a set-up man.-ALLAN SIMPSON



PERSONAL
Born in Seattle ... son of Robert and Chris Pearl ... has an older sister, Jamie ... majoring in sociology.

WASHINGTON
2008 (Sophomore) - Split time between third base and the bullpen ... began the year as strictly a pitcher due to an injury that kept him from swinging a bat ... ended up making 10 appearances on the mound, all in relief ... started 25 game at third base ... as a pitcher, allowed only two runs over 9.1 innings in his 10 outings ... picked up a save in the season's fourth game, holding UC Riverside scoreless in one inning ... got second save with a one-batter performance at USC May 2 ... lone victory of the season was March 22 vs. Portland, when he worked 0.2 innings ... didn't make first start as a hitter until March 15, but came out of the gate in his second game, when he went 2-for-4 with a double and six RBI March 16 vs. Holy Cross ... 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI March 21 vs. Utah Valley ... 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI April 1 vs. Portland ... 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two batted in against BYU on April 12 ... went 3-for-4 April 20 at Cal ... 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI May 9 vs. Washington State ... played summer ball for the Green Bay (Wis.) Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League ... hit and pitched for the Bullfrogs ... posted nine saves in nine chances, finishing the summer 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA (two ER in 21.2 IP), allowing only 12 hits and six walks while striking out 32. 2007 (Freshman) - Played in a total of 45 games, starting 38, in his freshman season .. started 30 at shortstop, four at second base and four at third base ... also appeared in relief on the mound twice ... first career hit came in the season's third game, and his first start, Feb. 18 at Cal Poly, when he was 1-for-5 with an RBI double ... solo homer March 5 vs. Southern Utah ... 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBI in game one of the March 10 doubleheader vs. Pacific ... 4-for-12 with four RBI in Pacific series ... 1-for-4 with three RBI vs. Northridge on March 16 ... led the way as the Huskies finished off a three-game sweep of Northridge, going 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer in a 9-2 win on March 18 ... 3-for-8 with a triple and two RBI in two starts at Washington State ... 3-for-5 in two games vs. Arizona State ... two hits in each of the last two games of the UC Riverside series sweep ... 2-for-3 with a solo homer May 8 vs. Portland ... 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI at Arizona ... 2-for-5 May 26 vs. Cal ... pitched in two games: March 3 vs. UC Irvine (game two of doubleheader) and May 19 at Arizona ... didn't give up an earned run in either game ... played summer ball for the Bend (Ore.) Elks ... hit and pitched for the Elks, playing in 23 league games as an infielder while making 13 relief appearances in league play ... went 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA and four saves on the mound ... struck out 17 in 15.1 innings.

CASCADE HIGH SCHOOL
Earned two letters under coach Pat Opel at Cascade ... as a junior, batted .460 with 19 runs batted in as the Bruins tied for the league title and finished fourth in the state tournament ... batted .390 as a senior, when he was team captain ... set Cascade career stolen bases record with 44 ... named honorable mention All-WesCo as a second baseman and as a pitcher.

Pearls Pitching/Hitting Stats (scroll down) (http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/pearl_brian00.html)

Mario-Rijo
06-14-2009, 11:21 AM
10th Round #299 Overall Tucker Barnhart C Brownsburg (Ind.) HS

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PG Crosschecker:

Tucker Barnhart C Sr. B-R 5-11 180 Brownsburg Brownsburg, Ind. Georgia Tech 1-7-91

SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Barnhart is a switch-hitting catcher with a middle infielder's body and quickness. In fact, Barnhart played primarily shortstop in his early teen years before moving behind the plate, and still plays second and third base at times. There isn't a position on the field that he's not capable of playing, and he even pitches on occasion. He's a baseball rat and scouts applaud his baseball IQ. His athleticism behind the plate is similar to a middle infielder's, and it makes Barnhart one of the top defensive catchers in the country. He is quick at shifting in either direction, and has a very accurate arm and instant release that regularly delivers pop times in the 1.8-second range-and as low as 1.76 at Perfect Game's National Showcase in Minneapolis last June. Barnhart should be able to continue to switch-hit at the upper levels of the game, as he has sound hitting skills and bat speed from both sides of the plate. He has more power and better extension and smoothness from the left side, while his righthanded swing is compact and more line-drive oriented. Brownburg hit .500-11-38 as a junior at Brownsburg High, and is a career .417 hitter and ranks third among career home-run leaders at the school with 25. Brownsburg High has been a state power in Indiana for years, and Barnhart should be one of two products from that school in the 2009 draft-joining Stanford righthander Drew Storen, a former teammate and potential first-rounder..-DAVID RAWNSLEY



10th rd - Tucker Barnhart

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Brownsburg's Tucker Barnhart Sets the Standard
By duncan @ 5:46 PM :: 1823 Views
By Mike Moreci

Go to any game in Brownsburg’s conference and you will likely to see junior catcher Tucker Barnhart in the stands. He’s the one watching every hitter with intense concentration, breaking his focus only to jot down the occasional note.

“I study our biggest conference teams whenever we don’t have a game,” Barnhart said. “I go to games and I chart stuff, I watch hitters, take notes. I like to know how hitters react in counts.”

Talking to Barnhart you get the impression that you’re speaking more to an assistant coach than a player. But don’t be mistaken: Barnhart’s a player. Quite possibly the best catcher in the state. Yet he’s also what many would call a student of the game, even though that phrase doesn’t quite do justice for the 5-foot-10, 182-pound Barnhart.

He’s a baseball junkie, carrying on a strong familial tradition. Both his grandfather and father played baseball, as well as his uncles. Some of Barnhart’s fondest childhood memories, in fact, were of watching ball games on his grandmother’s television while keeping score.

Brownsburg coach Pat O’Neil has had his eye on Barnhart since he was in seventh grade. What really stood out to O’Neil, even at that age, wasn’t so much Barnhart’s talent. It was his pure love for the game, which has only grown since.

“He’s a baseball rat,” O’Neil said. “Whatever we do, he’s the first one there and the last one to leave.”

Barnhart’s passion has certainly paid off. According to O’Neil, he’s been getting attention from high schools and scouts since he was 11 years old, back when he was considered one of the best shortstops in the country. Since then, he’s only gotten better. In 2007, the switch-hitting Barnhart batted .417 with 10 homers, 9 doubles and 39 RBI. He had a .986 fielding percentage and forced runners to think twice about attempting to steal against his consistent sub-1.9 pop time. In recognition for his stellar play, Louisville Slugger honored him with a spot on their 2008 pre-season All-American roster.

“With everything that’s been going on, it can be overwhelming,” Barnhart said. “The nomination threw more weight on the season, though I try to put that stuff on the backburner. It’s great to have that title, but I have to worry about the season.”

This spring will mark Barnhart’s third season on Brownsburg’s varsity roster. Barnhart has always played up in age; it’s an experience he’s now using to help Brownsburg’s underclassmen adjust to life in varsity ball.

“We have some underclassmen who are going to play big role for us,” Barnhart said. “I took them aside and told them to relax and play the game; they’re here because they can play.”

Meanwhile, Barnhart has his own game that he’s always working on, striving for perfection. He wants to be an All-State catcher, he wants to hit .450, even .500. And, most of all, he wants to lead his team. Last season, Brownsburg was ranked No. 4 in the state but was upset in sectional play. With a host of talent returning—including LHP-CF Alex Berlin and Indiana State-bound RHP Mark Conover—Barnhart may be within arms reach of another goal: state champion.

Mario-Rijo
06-14-2009, 12:53 PM
Billy Hamilton video footage (http://www.fox40now.com/sports/46966362.html)

Mario-Rijo
06-14-2009, 01:24 PM
A good read on Leake.

Project Prospect (http://www.projectprospect.com/article/2009/06/11/an-objective-look-at-mike-leake)


An objective look at Mike Leake
by Ryan Fay
June 11, 2009

The Cincinnati Reds selected Arizona State righthander Mike Leake with the eighth overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

Leake instantly becomes the top pitching prospect in an organization that is heavy on hitting prospects and his rise through the minors could be a quick one.

“Though Leake has created little of the national intrigue in his career that (Stephen) Strasburg did this season, he is every bit as far along in his development and could even challenge his former Team USA teammate to be the first pitcher in the Class of 2009 to reach the big leagues,” wrote Allan Simpson of Perfect Game Crosschecker.

Cincinnati senior director of scouting Chris Buckley agrees that Leake, 21, already has well-developed abilities.

“He's a very polished college pitcher. He's got four pitches, and his numbers are off the chart,” Buckley told The Associated Press.

Those numbers – 30.4% K and 4.3% BB as of June 7th – continue to be piled up as Leake's season continues in the College World Series.

The stats are backed up by plus-plus command of an impressive arsenal that includes an 88-94 MPH fastball, a slider and an average curveball. None of his offerings top his plus changeup, a pitch that he'll throw at any point in the count.

Most pitchers would be intimidated by pitching in Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark, one of the more homer-friendly parks in the majors. Luckily for Leake, ASU's highest-drafted player since 1998, it may not be as much of a problem.

“I'm a groundball pitcher. When I get groundballs, I know I'm doing well. That's what I can do, when I can work down in the zone,” he told The Associated Press.

Leake doesn't have a prototypical pitcher's frame. Listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds, Leake says he's actually 5-foot-10, and despite being undersized, he's held up well over his college career.

"If he were 6-foot-2, he would have for sure gone before us. [Dustin] Pedroia is 5-foot-8. Sometimes they come in smaller packages," Buckley told MLB.com.

Leake, a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award given to the nation's top college player, is expected to sign by the August 15th deadline for a figure between $2-3 million.

"The sooner we can get it done, the better," he told MLB.com.

Attitude and make-up are crucial factors in the development of a prospect, but Leake has the right mindset.

"This is a great time in my life right now with fantastic opportunities and obstacles along the way. I will embrace the opportunities with open arms and will stay humble wherever the road takes me," he blogged on MLB.com.

Leake could begin his professional career in a full-season league and has a chance to be in the big leagues relatively quickly.

One of the safer bets for major league success in this year's draft class, Leake might lack the fastball that light up radar guns, and he may not be as big as some people would like him to be, but he's close to being the complete package. A good mix between certainty and ceiling, he could eventually settle in as a No. 2-3 starter at the major league level.

princeton
06-14-2009, 01:54 PM
Silva looks a bit like Barry Larkin in the face.

of all the videos that I saw, Silva's was the best and he doesn't even run in the video. I've got video companies hawking their services to parents of 11 year-old soccer players that I'm coaching... youth sports have really changed.

Mario-Rijo
06-15-2009, 06:27 PM
I should have added this part with the above post on Silva, info from the link listed above for him (bottom of that page). I'll add it here in case the 'ole link is hard to find down the road a ways. Might I add this kid looks like a real strong selection, could be a future starting OF for the Reds. An OF of he/Duran/Yorman and Bruce (amongst many others), wow.


ATHLETIC INFORMATION

Showcase State: PR
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
Primary POS:CF
Secondary POS: 1B
Bat: L
Throw: L
Arm Strength (MPH): 88
BTA: .442
Stolen Bases: 16
Home Runs Hit: 6
Strike Outs: 7
Run Time
60: 6.7


INDIVIDUAL ATHLETIC HONORS

2008 MVP of Big League World Series

Double AA Juvenile Baseball

Mario-Rijo
06-15-2009, 06:31 PM
Silva looks a bit like Barry Larkin in the face.

of all the videos that I saw, Silva's was the best and he doesn't even run in the video. I've got video companies hawking their services to parents of 11 year-old soccer players that I'm coaching... youth sports have really changed.

Too me depending on the picture he looks a little like Rafeal Furcal and/or Alex Rios. No doubt his video is a strong one, pretty well done. As a player he looks something like Beltran too me.

Mario-Rijo
06-15-2009, 07:31 PM
Thought I'd add this here as well some good stuff in that thread.

Reds Picks MLB draft 2009 (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76397&page=2)


Reds unite Valaika Bros. through Draft
Cincy selects younger sibling of shortstop prospect on Day 2
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

06/10/09 8:51 PM ET

CINCINNATI -- Among the litany of names and players selected by the Reds on Day 2 of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, one seemed very familiar.

It was Matt Valaika, who was taken in the 20th round (599th overall) by Cincinnati. The second baseman from the University of California-Santa Barbara is the younger brother of Reds shortstop prospect Chris Valaika.

Like his little brother, Chris, Valaika was also a Gaucho. He was a third-round pick by the Reds in 2006 and is currently with Triple-A Louisville.

"He's a good, hard-nosed guy like Chris," Reds senior scouting director Chris Buckley said. "He's a line-drive hitter and more of a true second baseman. He can really swing the bat. It's just a good baseball family."

In 50 games this season for UC-Santa Barbara, Matt Valaika batted a team-leading .343 while also hitting six homers with 45 RBIs during his junior season. He had an on-base percentage of .341.

Assuming he signs, Matt Valaika will be assigned to the same Rookie-level team in Billings as his older brother. During his first professional season in the Pioneer League, Chris Valaika batted .324 and set a league record with a 32-game hitting streak.

Currently, Chris Valaika is batting .161 for Louisville and is on the disabled list with a broken right hand. Last year, the organization named him as winner of the Chief Bender Award as its Minor League Player of the Year.

"Chris is hurt now, but has done well since we picked him," Buckley said.

Here is the roundup of the Reds' picks from Rounds 4-30 on Wednesday:

Round 4, 119th overall, C Mark Fleury:
A left-handed-hitting junior catcher selected from the University of North Carolina, Fleury batted .315 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs in 63 games. He spent last summer playing in the well-regarded Cape Cod League, which is a wooden-bat league.

Round 5, 149th overall, RHP Daniel Tuttle:
From Randleman High School in North Carolina, Tuttle's scouting report shows him having a plus-slider and a fastball that can reach 94 mph. His delivery is considered unorthodox, which has kept him from having consistent command.

Round 6, 179th overall, RHP Mark Serrano:
A fifth-year senior at Oral Roberts University, Serrano was 9-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 20 games, including nine starts, this season. In 86 1/3 innings, he walked 25 and struck out 132 batters.

Round 7, 209th overall, OF Joshua Fellhauer:
A junior at college baseball powerhouse Cal State Fullerton, Fellhauer batted .399 with six homers and 55 RBIs in 58 games this season. What was most interesting was that he was hit by 16 pitches while drawing 26 walks with only 25 strikeouts. He bats and throws left-handed.

Round 8, 239th overall, OF Juan Silva:
Buckley liked Silva's tools and is a strong, athletic center fielder from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

Round 9, 269th overall, RHP Brian Pearl:
A junior reliever at the University of Washington, Pearl was 1-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 23 games, including two starts. He also had eight saves in his 38 1/3 innings pitched.

Round 10, 299th overall, C Tucker Barnhart:
From Brownsburg High School in Indiana, Barnhart is a switch-hitter, and Buckley considered him a "very polished high school catcher and a high-energy kid."

Round 11, 329th overall, RHP Jacob Johnson:
He was selected from the Trinity Christian Academy in Florida. For a high school kid, he's already got some size at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. Already committed to Wake Forest University, Johnson earned all-county and all-state honors during both his junior and senior seasons.

Round 12, 359th overall, OF Joshua Garton:
A sophomore from Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, Garton batted .386 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in 44 games this season.

Round 13, 389th overall, RHP Nick Christiani:
A senior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Christiani was a 32nd-round pick by the Indians last year. This season, he was 6-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 18 games, including 10 starts. In 68 1/3 innings, he walked 19 and struck out 69.

Round 14, 419th overall, RHP Timothy Crabbe:
A junior at Westmont College in California, Crabbe was 3-8 with a 5.35 ERA in 16 games, including 12 starts in 2009. In 72 1/3 innings, he walked 61 and struck out 65.

Round 15, 449th overall, IF James Walczak:
Now a senior at Mercyhurst College in Ohio, Walczak batted .352 as a junior and led his team in hits and runs scored.

Round 16, 479th overall, C Chase Fowler:
He was selected from South Forsyth High School in Georgia.

Round 17, 509th overall, SS Deven Marrero:
With the American Heritage School in Miami this season, Marrero batted .400 with eight homers and 25 RBIs this season and was named the Broward County high school baseball Player of the Year by the Florida Sun Sentinel.

Round 18, 539th overall, SS Stephen Perez:
Another high school infielder from Gulliver Prep School in Florida, here is what the MLB.com Draft Tracker had to say about him: His plus instincts help him maximize his skills, which include some definite hitting ability from both sides of the plate, a solid glove and arm from shortstop. Whoever drafts him could be getting a high schooler with a better understanding of how to play the game than most prepsters.

Round 19, 569th overall, LHP Mitchell Clarke:
The southpaw was taken from the Forest Heights Collegiate Institute in Ontario, Canada.

Round 20, 599th overall, 2B Matt Valaika:
The brother of top Reds infield prospect Chris Valaika, Matt followed in his brother's footsteps and attended college at UC-Santa Barbara. In 50 games, he led the Gauchos while batting .343 with six homers and 45 RBIs this year during his junior season. He had an on-base percentage of .341.

Round 21, 629th overall, RHP Jonathan Reed:
With Tulsa Memorial High School this season, Reed posted a 5.60 ERA in just 10 innings over three games. Also a third baseman, he batted .380 in 31 games with eight homers and 30 RBIs.

Round 22, 659th overall, 1B David Stewart:
He attended Grayson County College in Missouri.

Round 23, 689th overall, 1B Chris Richburg:
A senior at Texas Tech University this season, Richburg batted .341 in 57 games, with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. He had a .454 on-base percentage.

Round 24, 719th overall, 1B Derrick Lowery:
This season in 47 games, Lowery batted .361 with seven homers, 39 RBIs and a .418 on-base percentage during his sophomore year at Young Harris College in North Carolina.

Round 25, 749th overall, RHP Michael Monster:
The right-hander was taken from the Rutland Secondary School in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Round 26, 779th overall, C Vernon Manz:
In 46 games during his senior season with the University of South Florida, Manz batted .293 with six homers and 24 RBIs. According to his college media guide, Manz likes movies, fishing and cooking.

Round 27, 809th overall, LHP Stefan Del Pino:
The lefty was picked from Dorman High School in South Carolina.

Round 28, 839th overall, SS Derek Poppert:
In 56 games this season during his junior year at the University of San Francisco, Poppert batted .252 with one homer and 52 RBIs. He also stole 16 bases in 19 attempts. Defensively, the numbers appear raw. Poppert committed 22 errors for a .919 fielding percentage.

Round 29, 869th overall, RHP Jason Braun:
A senior at Corban College in Oregon, Braun was 2-8 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 games this season, including 11 starts. He walked 25 and struck out 60 in 78 innings.

Round 30, 899th overall, C Yovan Gonzalez:
A second-year player at Wabash Valley College, Gonzalez batted .429 with 16doubles, 10 homers and 47 RBIs in 54 games this season.

On Thursday, the Draft will conclude with Rounds 31-50.

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Mario-Rijo
07-02-2009, 05:20 PM
From PGcrosschecker.com

Marrero & Perez story link (http://www.pgcrosschecker.com/articles/DisplayArticle.aspx?article=1312)


Shortstops Deven Marrero and Stephen Perez

Anup Sinha
Updated: Thursday, July 02, 2009

MIAMI, FL- Most Florida high schools are done with their season, but there are still a handful of prospects in the playoffs. This weekend, regional finals were played statewide; three-game series to determine the four teams in each classification (6A down to 1A) that would go to the state championship tournament in Port St. Lucie beginning Wednesday, May 20th.

Friday night (May 15th), I trekked down to Florida International University to watch a great matchup of shortstops: Gulliver Prep’s Stephen Perez (PGX #114)and American Heritage’s Deven Marrero (PGX #97). Both are projected early-round talents with poor signability where we have them ranked most recently. While there were a handful of area scouts in attendance, it wasn’t nearly the scout-fest one would expect in a pressure-packed playoff game that featured two such talented middle infielders.

I’ve blogged on both of these players in the past and I didn’t see much to change what I’d reported on earlier. The game served more as a confirmation.

Perez showed his lightning quick hands and smooth actions in the pregame, then carried them into the game. Perez is one of those fast-twitch athletes who doesn’t run a particularly good 60 yard-dash. Perez didn’t run it at our National Showcase last June and in various other workouts he’s been in the 7.1-7.3 range. But Perez has the feet to give him a chance to play a big league shortstop and he definitely has the hands, the balance, and the plus arm-strength.

A switch-hitter, Perez’s bat is not as advanced as his glove and it will likely take the requisite 4-6 years to develop into big league caliber, in the eyes of most scouts. Perez, at 5-10,170, doesn’t yet have the physical strength to generate average MLB bat-speed and raw power with wood and for most scouts he doesn’t project into a power hitter. But he has a smooth stroke from both sides (hitting only lefty today) which he’ll grow into, and his approach is sound for a high school kid. On the day, Perez went 0-2 with a walk. In his first at-bat, Perez struck out chasing a fastball low and out of the zone. He then grounded out to the first baseman and earned his walk in his third at-bat.

Marrero also has a lot of fast twitch muscles. His hands are almost as quick as Perez’s on defense and Marrero’s arm is close to a plus as well (55). And like Perez, Marrero doesn’t give good times going home-to-first or in 60 yard-dashes though he did run a laser-timed 6.79 at the Perfect Game National last June.

If Perez has a little edge defensively, Marrero swings a stronger bat. His bat-speed is already major league caliber and his line-drive power is close to the same. At a wiry 6-0 ½, 180 lbs, Marrero is going to get stronger and generate more pop out of his swing.

On the day, Marrero went 1-3. He grounded out to second in his first at-bat and he lightly jogged to first base which gave an unreliable time of 5.13 seconds. In his second at-bat, Marrero hit a solid flyout to center on the second pitch. In at-bat #3, Marrero hit a hard single to center field on the first pitch he saw.

Marrero has the hitting tools to become a run producer in the long run, it’s merely a matter of developing a professional approach and learning the pitchers on the way up the ladder. I can see his bat coming faster than the typical 4-6 year plan to the bigs, given that he continues to work hard at the craft and make adjustments.

Perez is signed with Miami while Marrero plans to attend Arizona State, barring the draft.

Perez’s Gulliver squad won this first game 3-0, but American Heritage came back to win the next two and advance to the state championship tournament in Port St. Lucie next week. It will give scouts another look at Deven Marrero if they so desire.

Az. Reds Fan
07-03-2009, 01:24 PM
Another article on Barnhart...

http://sports.espn.go.com/highschool/rise/baseball/news/story?id=4159304

Barnhart keeps working on big league dreams
By Mike Grimala
ESPN RISE Magazine
(Archive)

Updated: June 29, 2009, 11:30 AM ET
Comment / Email / Print One of Tucker Barnhart's earliest baseball revelations came at age 7, when he and his father were watching the 1997 MLB All-Star Game.


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Tucker Barnhart has signed with Georgia Tech but was also drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.

Larry Walker, a left-handed batter for the National League team, was facing American League pitcher Randy Johnson. The 6-foot-10 lefty with an intimidating presence and sometimes-wild control, threw the first pitch behind Walker's head. Walker responded by flipping his helmet around, getting in the right-handed batter's box and eventually drawing a walk.



For most viewers, it was a humorous exhibition. For Barnhart, it was a learning experience.



"That's when we had the big idea for me to start switch-hitting," he says.



It's a telling anecdote for the Brownsburg (Ind.) senior, who is now rated the state's No. 1 player by Baseball America. Barnhart's entire career has been about expanding his game to maximize his ability, and the results are undeniable. He has developed himself into one of the nation's top prospects, a process that started when that light bulb went on at age 7.



A natural left-handed hitter (and right-handed thrower), he worked on developing his stroke from the other side of the plate. The effort has paid off, as Barnhart clocked 25 home runs in his first three seasons as Brownsburg's starting catcher.



"He's always looking for ways to get better," says Brownsburg coach Patrick O'Neil. "He's the type of kid that's first to practice, last to leave, always trying to improve."



Barnhart has always had baseball on the brain. He grew up with a ball and glove in his crib (literally), and his father and grandfather -- standouts in their day -- were eager to teach him the game. Besides playing the guitar, he has trouble naming many other hobbies or interests away from the diamond.



For someone whose dream has always been reaching the major leagues, Barnhart couldn't have asked for a better situation. The Brownsburg community takes its baseball seriously, and Barnhart's 12-year-old all-star team almost reached the Little League World Series.



His pitching and play at shortstop were key to the team's success, but when O'Neil watched those Little League games, he came away with other ideas for his future star. It was clear to O'Neil that Barnhart was a natural catcher.



"He had the quick feet, strong arm, the leadership qualities -- everything you need at catcher," says O'Neil. "His skill level was so far ahead back then, you could see him as a great defensive catcher."



O'Neil served as the Midwest scouting supervisor for the Tampa Bay Rays from 1995-98, so his opinion carried extra weight with Barnhart, who even back then was looking for the best path to the big leagues.



When Barnhart arrived at Brownsburg as a freshman, he estimates he had spent five percent of his career behind the plate. But O'Neil was right in his assessment -- the transition was seamless. O'Neil trusted him to be the starting catcher from the first practice, and Barnhart repaid him by recording 26 assists on the season.



"I've always prided myself on defense no matter where I played," says Barnhart. "Playing shortstop, you have to have quick feet, good hands and be agile going side to side. All of that is the same as a catcher. I embraced it."



At 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, Barnhart has modeled his defensive style after the similarly built Ivan Rodriguez. Barnhart once struck out 18 batters while throwing a perfect game in Little League, and he still has the big arm. O'Neil says his catch-and-throw skills are major league caliber right now, and he rates Barnhart as the best defensive catcher in the country. His offense isn't far behind. Barnhart batted .500 last year, and he can hit for power from both sides of the plate. He drilled 11 home runs in 2008 and has a pair of three-homer games to his credit. Barnhart spent the offseason packing 15 pounds of muscle onto his frame, and he hopes to hit for even more power this season.



"I'm never going to be 6-foot-5, 220, hitting home runs every at-bat," Barnhart says, "but I want to get the most out of myself. I just try to hit everything up the middle and drive the ball. And when you're making good contact, that's when you hit home runs."


Tucker Barnhart Favorites
TV Show: "24"
Actor: Kevin Costner
Movie: "Gladiator"
Musical Artist: Journey




Beyond that, there's still the matter of Barnhart's ultimate goal. He's signed a letter of intent to Georgia Tech, a school that has produced switch-hitting catchers like Jason Varitek and Orioles top prospect Matt Wieters, but the dream of being a pro ball player may come true before he sets foot on campus.

Barnhart was selected in the 10th round in the MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

"I chose Georgia Tech because of the program's history of developing players," Barnhart says. "But if a situation comes up and it makes more sense for me to sign with a major league team, then I'd like to get my career started as soon as possible. I want to play major league baseball more than anything. It's going to be a tough decision."

Barnhart says he hasn't put a number on what it would take to lure him from his commitment to Georgia Tech, but he is being advised by a Beverly Hills sports consulting firm. It's no surprise Barnhart is weighing his options carefully. He has wanted to be a professional baseball player since he was 7 years old, watching that All-Star Game with his dad. Now, because of his willingness to adapt his game and do whatever it takes, he may have a chance to make it happen.

"Tuck's main goal is to play in the majors," O'Neil says. "He's got the bat speed and power, and defensively he's as good as it gets. If he stays healthy, he's going to be a solid major league player."