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08-10-2010, 03:01 AM
Sorry this is so late guys but I wasn't sure I'd even do them this year. I think a real quick synopsis of each of the top 10 or so guys for reference is good though so I'll put what I can in here.
You'll see the links below for '08 and '09 as well.
08-10-2010, 03:54 AM
1st round #12 Overall YASMANI GRANDAL, c, Miami (Fla.)
Yasmani Grandal - C
* Birthdate: 7/18/89
* Height: 6'2"
* Weight: 210 lbs.
* Bats: Both
* Throws: Right
* Scout's report filed: 4/16-4/18/10
Hitting ability: Strong and physical, Grandal has put up numbers this year, but his hitting overall does not grade out that well. He doesn't have great bat speed
Power: He has a good amount of raw power, though it's not quite plus.
Running speed: He is a well below average runner.
Base running: It's not a part of his game.
Arm strength: His pure grade would be just okay, and his release times aren't great, but he's fairly accurate.
Yasmani Grandal | C | University of Miami (FL)
Ht/Wt: 6-2/210 | B/T: B/R | Year: Junior | Born:
USA vs Germany, July 26, 2009 (film)
USA vs Guatemala, July 4, 2009 (in attendance)
USA vs Guatemala, July 3, 2009 (in attendance)
Miami at UNC, April 18, 2009 (film)
Miami vs Florida St., April 4, 2009 (film)
Miami at Florida March 1, 2009 (film)
Grandal has a large, lean, muscular frame. Close to filled-out, he moves reasonably well for his size and should not have to worry about a position switch due to further growth. He also shows solid flexibility and athleticism.
Grandal sets-up and loads well, with his hands high and in good position to strike the quadrants. He gets good extension, though it comes a little early at times and with a longish swing. Though the Miami backstop shows big raw power both pre- and in-game, he can struggle with pitch-ID, showing some trouble with off-speed stuff and getting well out in front. He has a good understanding of the strike zone but has pressed a little this summer, uncharacteristically expanding the zone and failing to make consistent contact.
Grandal moves well behind the plate and is an adequate receiver. He shows solid footwork but could stand to clean-up his catch-and-throw skills a bit, gunning down just over 20% of would-be-basestealers last spring. With average arm strength and accuracy a tick below, I have his pop times hovering around 2.12. Like most amateur catchers, he'll need to improve on his game calling as a pro.
There is big time upside in Grandal's bat, though he'll need to tighten his swing some and improve his pitch-ID to fully tap into his power. His bat speed, as well as his struggles with wood this summer, could cause him to slip down some boards, despite his leading the Hurricanes last year with 16 homeruns. Though some of the luster may be off, Grandal is still one of the top catchers to watch in the 2010 class, and he'll have plenty of eyes on him as he takes cuts in the middle of the Miami order this spring. Cutting down on his large stride could help him with the off-speed stuff, as it would allow him to prevent from committing to the pitch too early.
Projected Position - C
Suggested Draft Slot - Late-1st to 3rd Round
GRADING OUT (FUTURE):
Hitting: 40 (45)
Power: 50 (60)
Speed: 40 (40)
Defense: 40/45 (50)
Arm: 50/55 (55)
SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1):The top high-school catcher in the 2007 draft to attend college, Grandal was viewed as a potential first-rounder that year before becoming an afterthought because of signability concerns. He has always had the ingredients to be a top-level catcher—arm strength, clean release, quick feet, durable body and leadership skills—but hasn’t blossomed in college at the plate as scouts predicted. In high school, Grandal led the talented Miami-area prep ranks in home runs and RBIs, but batted only .234-7-28 as a freshman at Miami. He appeared to come on strong as a sophomore for the Hurricanes, hitting .299-16-45, only to regress during the summer with USA Baseball’s college national team. He hit just .182 with three homers, and his poor showing at the plate raised a red flag or two among scouts, particularly when he let his emotions get the better of him, on occasion, and impacted his play behind the plate. Through the first half of the 2010 season, he led Miami with a .388 average, but his home-run total had slipped to three. A switch-hitter, Grandal has greater bat speed and more power from the left side, but generally feels more comfortable and is a better overall hitter from the right side. More than anything, he’ll need to shorten his swing at the next level as he makes a full-time adjustment to wood. Defensively, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Grandal has one of the strongest throwing arms in the country and blocks the ball well, though his receiving skills are open to question. His demeanor and game-calling skills are obvious strengths. A native of Cuba who came to the United States with his mother at age 8, Grandal played shortstop until he was 15 years old before outgrowing that position and moving behind the plate. There was a long line of big-league teams ready to give Grandal top-round money out of high school, but his commitment to play for hometown Miami was unwavering and he slid to the Boston Red Sox in the 27th-round of the 2007 draft. He’ll just need to continue to hit with more consistency as a junior to return to first-round consideration in 2010.—ALLAN SIMPSON
UPDATE (5/15): Grandal has emphatically answered all the questions about his bat with a torrid run through ACC play that pushed his numbers to .425-12-53 (through mid-May). He has adjusted well against quality pitching, as well, which was evidenced by a May 14 matchup against Georgia Tech’s Deck McGuire, when he hit an opposite-field home run against a changeup away and a double off the center field wall on a high fastball. There are increasing concerns about his ability to hit from the right side, as he continues to struggle in game action from that side, but he has given no indication that he is willing to give up switch-hitting. He has secured a place as the top catcher available behind Bryce Harper.—ANDY SEILER
Swing Breakdown (slo-mo):
YouTube - ‪Yasmani Grandal (7-4-2009) USA vs Guatemala‬‎ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqsSpF5AWuA&feature=player_embedded)
08-10-2010, 03:55 AM
2nd Round #62 Overall Ryan LaMarre, CF, University of Michigan
Ryan LaMarre - OF
University of Michigan, Jr.
* Birthdate: 11/21/88
* Height: 6'2"
* Weight: 206 lbs.
* Bats: Right
* Throws: Left
* Scout's report filed: 5/7-5/9/10
Hitting ability: A thumb injury cost him some time and strength. As it improved, so did his swing, and he began to drive the ball more. Some length in his swing was exposed on the Cape last summer, and he's adjusted to cut down on his swing.
Power: He has developing power but is mostly gap-to-gap now.
Running speed: He takes long strides but is faster than you'd think down the line and is very good underway.
Base running: He's a very good base runner.
Arm strength: He has an average arm from the outfield and is probably best suited for center or left field.
Fielding: His defense is a strong part of his game and he has experience at all three outfield positions.
Range: He has above-average range and gets good jumps on the ball.
Physical Description: LaMarre is a sturdy and strong athlete who used to play hockey.
Medical Update: A thumb injury cost him a chunk of the season, and, though it took him a while to show his past strength, he is rounding into form as the Draft approaches.
Strengths: Good overall hitting abilities, decent speed and excellent defense in the outfield.
Weaknesses: He doesn't profile to hit for a great deal of power and his speed is merely average.
Summary: LaMarre's name was shooting up Draft boards when he showed he was fully recovered from an early thumb injury. He can swing the bat and has made some nice adjustments following a rough summer on the Cape. He runs well, though isn't a burner, and plays good defense. While he might be a tweener -- not enough speed for center, not enough power for a corner -- his overall skill set and baseball know-how had his name being mentioned in first-round conversations.
Purdue @ Michigan - April 9, 2010 (On Film)
Iowa v. Michigan - May 29, 2010 (In Person)
YR-CLASS-AVE.- AB - H- 2B -3B- HR -RBI -OBP- SLG-SB
2008 - FR - .305 - 141 -43 - 5 -0 - 3 -23 - .376 - .404 - 8
2009 - SO -.344 - 192 -66- 11-1 - 12 -62 -.468 - .599 - 13
2010 - JR - .424 - 144 -61- 9 -5 - 5 -39 - .455 - .660 - 7
Undrafted out of Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan, where he was a 12 time letter winner in Football, Baseball, and Hockey, Ryan LaMarre is one of the most athletic prospects in the 2010 MLB Draft. LaMarre has increased his stock this spring as much as any other draft prospect and has been linked to several clubs as a potential late first round selection.
HITTING - LaMarre hits from the right side and uses his quick hands and level swing to make consistently solid contact. He's struck out a respectable 14.8% of the time in his college career. An exceptionally aggressive hitter, LaMarre walked only 4 times in 2010 (2.7 BB%), and he'll need to be more selective as a professional or pitchers will abuse that aggressiveness. He has shown plate dicipline in the past. In 2009 he walked 33 times to go with 36 strikeouts. LaMarre stays back on curve balls and can drive them to right field, and he punishes fastballs on the inner half.
POWER - LaMarre has hit for above average power in college and that trend could continue as a professional because of his quick hands and forearm strength. He may have more power than what he's shown this season as a broken thumb that caused him to miss 18 games earlier this year may be adversely effecting his swing.
SPEED - LaMarre has some of the best speed in this draft class and it should be playable at any defensive position. On the basepaths however, he's been caught stealing 15 times in 43 attempts in his college career including being caught 5 times in 12 attempts this season.
ARM - LaMarre's arm is rated as average and suitable for a move to CF as a professional. In my limited sample the arm seemed to be below average but I'd need to see more to be comfortable giving out any grade.
DEFENSE - LaMarre possesses the instincts and athleticism to play CF and while I may be a doubter, if scouts didn't feel he had the arm for CF, he wouldn't be shooting up the draft boards as quickly as he has.
FUTURE - Like Kolbrin Vitek, the lack of inpact bats in this college draft class is a contributing factor to LaMarre's vault up the draft board. That's not to take away from LaMarre's talent which is obvious to anyone who watches him play. His athletisism stands out next to his Big 10 Conference peers. LaMarre could go anywhere from the late first round to the early third, where I think he has the ability to become a starting left fielder for a big league club if he can harness some of that aggressivness and be more selective at the plate.
SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): LaMarre’s 2010 season got on the wrong foot when he dove for a ball in Michigan’s second game of the season and sustained a broken thumb. He had four pins inserted and missed the next 18 games. While he was hitting .450 through early May, his power was slow to return as he had homered just twice. LaMarre was a significant football and hockey player in high school, and his baseball career was a little slower to evolve than most top college prospects in the 2010 draft class. He hit a modest .305-3-23 as a freshman at Michigan, but jump-started his prospect status as a sophomore by leading the Wolverines in batting (.344) and RBIs (62), and placing second in home runs (12). With his ability to flash all five tools, the strong-framed LaMarre appeared primed to be an impact player in the Cape Cod League last summer, but instead struggled at the plate and even had to learn to deal with failure as he hit just .236-0-14, while striking out 39 times in 140 at-bats for Wareham. It was hardly a lost season, however, as LaMarre showed a lot of positive signs in his approach to hitting. He continued to make adjustments to his quick-twitch swing, and learned to trust his hands more. He showed plenty of pop in batting practice, especially when he stayed through the baseball. But his raw power didn’t show up consistently in game conditions as he had a tendency of getting off balance in his stride, impacting his pull-side power. His best power was generally to the middle of the field, and though he drove a number of balls to the center-field fence, none went over. His jumps and ability to track balls in center field are his most advanced skill. LaMarre’s arm and speed are also solid tools. Between his sophomore season at Michigan and summer-league experience at Wareham, he stole 28 bases in 2009. With more reps at the plate, LaMarre was expected to emerge as an offensive force as a junior at Michigan, and solidify his spot as a second- or third-round pick in the 2010 draft. But his thumb injury has impacted his development, and his ability to expand on his power production in the weeks leading up to the draft may determine his fate.—ALLAN SIMPSON
UPDATE (5/15): While scouts were still waiting to see LaMarre’s power return with a week remaining in the regular season, they had developed a good enough appreciation for him as a hitter overall that they seemed to come to an acceptance that it’s there, that it would just be a little longer than expected to return. LaMarre was hitting .398-5-28 in 29 games, and twice had earned Big Ten player-of-the-week honors since his return from the disabled list. Many area scouts began comparing LaMarre to A.J. Pollock, the former Notre Dame center fielder who was taken with the 17th pick in the 2009 draft. LaMarre may not go quite that high, but his tools, skills and athleticism are very similar to Pollock’s.—AS
YouTube - ‪Ryan LaMarre - OF - Michigan‬‎ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex8IDVl83Uw&feature=player_embedded)
08-10-2010, 04:13 AM
3rd Round #94 Overall Devin Lohman, SS, Long Beach State University
Devin Lohman Position: SS School: Long Beach State State: CA Year: Jr. Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 185
Bats: R Throws: R Birth Date: 4/14/89 Seiler Rating: 2C2 Last Drafted: 2007 (COL-43)
Devin Lohman is a dependable college shortstop from Long Beach State. Lohman originally came to Long Beach State from Righetti High School in Santa Maria, California, a small town about 30 miles south of San Luis Obispo. Righetti became famous over 20 years ago when a former Righetti player was picked tenth overall in the 1988 draft out of Oklahoma State .That player was Robin Ventura. No Righetti player has reached the Major Leagues since. Lohman is a solid option to beat that streak. He was a solid player in high school, but he lacked big tools, which pegged him as a college player, and the Rockies spent a late-round pick on him as a courtesy more than a serious run at him. He was a part-time player his freshman year, but he became a starter last year, putting up slightly disappointing numbers. He then had a disappointing summer on the Cape, and expectations weren’t very high entering the spring. However, he’s altered his game for the better and has emerged as one of the safer middle infield options in this draft class. He has the potential to be a starting second baseman at the Major League level, but it will all depend on how his bat continues to develop. At the plate, he’s an above-average hitter with below-average raw power, and he works best when he’s squaring the ball into the gaps. Pulling the ball only brings his average down, and he doesn’t have enough juice in his bat to be a major threat for power. He’s an above-average runner, though, so he has some offensive value. Defensively, he’s a very steady fielder with a solid-average arm and glove, but his range is limited a bit, and he fits best at second base. He could potentially go in the third to fifth round territory, and he will likely sign for slot money.
by Andy Seiler on Jul 15, 2010 11:30 AM EDT
Baseball Beginnings (must click link to read):
SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): The first thing about Lohman that catches a scout’s attention is his exceptional raw arm strength—easily the best among shortstops in the Cape Cod League last summer. Interestingly, Lohman’s arm isn’t even considered the best among infielders on his own college team as that distinction goes to Kirk Singer, a rising sophomore who was forced to play second base this season at Long Beach State. Besides his big arm, the lean, agile Lohman has sound defensive skills, and has become the next in line in an impressive list of shortstops who have played at Long Beach State that includes major leaguers Bobby Crosby, Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria. He has sound actions and instincts in the field, makes the tough play, plays with confidence and flair, and isn’t afraid to get dirty. Lohman’s questionable bat was ultimately supposed to be the tool that separated him from some of the shortstops that preceded him at Long Beach State, at least based on his first two years of college. He hit a commendable.307-4-36 and frequently hit in the 3-hole for the Dirtbags as a sophomore, but struck out 48 times in 199 at-bats, and the holes in his swing were more acutely exposed using wood in the Cape. He succumbed 44 times in 128 at-bats for Orleans, while hitting a soft .219-2-11. But his bat has been a pleasant surprise this spring, and midway through the 2010 season he was batting .383-1-18 with just 21 strikeouts. It’s still evident, though, that he needs to get bigger and stronger to be more potent with wood. Lohman also needs to play the short game better and utilize his speed more effectively to just survive as an offensive player at the next level.—ALLAN SIMPSON
UPDATE (5/15): Lohman’s scouting profile has changed a bit as a junior at Long Beach State, and his strong performance on both sides of the ball has elevated him to a solid third-round pick, possibly even a second-rounder. By hitting a team-high .415 this season (through mid-May), he has erased concerns that his bat might not play effectively at the professional level. Though he had homered just once, he has been an efficient line-drive, gap-to-gap hitter with solid extra-base power (17 doubles), if not true home-run power. Southern California scouts have also downplayed his arm strength a bit, remembering the cannons that Dirtbags players like Tulowitzki and Longoria, and even Danny Espinosa (third-rounder, 2008) had before Lohman’s arrival. There are questions, too, whether Lohman has the range and loose, easy actions desired in a shortstop at the next level, and may end up at third base eventually. No doubt he’ll benefit on draft day by the lack of college bats in this draft and Long Beach State’s rich pedigree of producing elite shortstops.--AS
08-10-2010, 04:29 AM
4th Round #127 Overall Brodie Greene, CF, Texas A&M
Brodie Greene Position: OF/2B School: Texas A&M State: TX Year: Sr. Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 195
Bats: R Throws: R Birth Date: 9/25/87 Seiler Rating: 3D7 Last Drafted: 2009 (PHI-37)
Brodie Greene is a versatile collegiate player from Texas A&M University. Greene originally came to Texas A&M from Bullard High School in Bullard, Texas, which is near Tyler in East Texas. He’s the first meaningful prospect to ever come from that school. He wasn’t heavily scouted in high school, so he went undrafted, but he started playing a meaningful role on the Aggies early on. As a freshman, most of his playing time came in right field. During that year, he was the definition of a part-time player, though, he did produce very solid numbers. As a sophomore, he split most of his time between the outfield corners, and while he helped his power numbers, he went through a bit of a sophomore slump. As a junior, though, he moved to second base and made himself into one of the best collegiate second basemen in the country. He was expected to go in the top five or six rounds last June, but he fell to the late rounds because of his desire to return for his senior year. While he started out his senior year as the starting center fielder, he moved to shortstop out of necessity, and it’s been a fairly successful transition, which has led most scouts think of him as a possible super-utility player. He’s an average hitter because he has trouble hitting breaking balls and doesn’t work the count, and his power is slightly below-average. However, his speed is plus, and his range in center field and at second base is above-average for both positions. His arm is average, and while he doesn’t profile well at shortstop, he could be a solid prospect and land somewhere between rounds seven and twelve as a signable senior. - Andy Seiler
SCOUTING PROFILE: Greene’s versatility may have saved Texas A&M’s 43-win season—and significantly enhanced his draft value, in the process. When incumbent Aggies shortstop Adam Smith struggled in the field to start the 2010 season, Greene was brought in from center field to stabilize the position. Not only did he handle himself admirably in the field, but he blossomed at the plate, leading Texas A&M in every meaningful offensive category—batting (.395), runs (74), home runs (14), RBIs (55) and stolen bases (23 of 28). Throughout his college career, Greene has played pretty much wherever he’s been asked. As a freshman for Texas A&M, Greene played more games in right field than any position; as a sophomore, he was primarily a left fielder; a year ago, he saw most of his action at second base. When he turned down a 37th-round offer from the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 draft, and elected to return for his senior year, he was installed in center field. But that plan soon changed, when he was needed to fill in at yet another position. Ideally, Greene probably is best suited for second base at the pro level, as his range and arm strength are a little short to play shortstop on an everyday basis. Greene hit the biggest home run of Texas A&M’s 2010 season when he went deep in the 10th inning of his team’s win over Baylor that clinched the Big 12 Conference championship, but his offensive approach is geared more towards contact, hitting line drives and driving balls to the gaps. His 6.5-second speed in the 60 would also add to his value as an offensive second baseman. Greene has made significant strides in his offensive game throughout his career after hitting just .312-0-8 in 95 at-bats as a freshman, and .290-4-27 as a sophomore. After improving to .344-11-35 as a junior, Greene was expected to be drafted in the top 10 rounds a year ago, but fell to the 37th round when he showed little interest in signing. In additional to his versatility and array of offensive and defensive tools, Greene scores high marks for his makeup. He plays the game with reckless abandon, and impressed scouts when he missed just a handful of games a year ago when he was hit in the face with a fastball, and had several root canals to save several teeth. He subsequently donned a helmet with a face guard, and continued to use the full-protection helmet as a senior.—ALLAN SIMPSON
YouTube - ‪Texas A&M Walk-off Home Run to win Big 12‬‎ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMzepUzVsRM)
08-10-2010, 04:43 AM
5th Round #157 Overall John Mugarian, RHP, Pensacola (FL.) Catholic HS
6'0" 185 lbs. D.O.B 9/18/1991
Sorry about the size of the pic, only pic I could find of him.
SCOUTING PROFILE: Mugarian put himself firmly into the forefront of scouts’ minds on March 30 of this year, when he threw a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts in a highly-anticipated matchup with projected first-round pick Karsten Whitson of nearby Chipley High. Whitsen merely had 14 strikeouts, and allowed two hits. About 50 scouts saw that classic encounter, and a large number were on hand again a couple of weeks later when Mugarian throw another no-hitter, with 13 strikeouts. Mugarian has never lost a high-school game, and those two gems helped to push his career record to 26-0, through early May. On the season, he was 10-0, 0.68 with 21 walks and 114 strikeouts—comparable numbers to his 9-0, 0.75 junior season, when he walked 18 and fanned 107 in 56 innings. Mugarian has always had the raw arm strength to make himself a carefully-watched prospect, but his mechanics have caused scouts to proceed with caution. He has traditionally thrown from an unconventional over-the-top release point, even as he pitched in the 88-93 mph range and had good boring movement on his fastball into righthanded hitters. He has done a much better job of simplifying his mechanics this season. Mugarian has also ditched his 70-mph curve, which was soft and inconsistent, for a much harder and tighter upper-70s slurve that has become a true swing-and-miss pitch for him. His changeup still needs developing. It’s unclear how much teams will buy into the performance, but few pitchers in the 2010 draft class have been as dominating this spring.
08-10-2010, 05:04 AM
6th Round #187 Overall DREW CISCO, rhp, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Drew Cisco - P
Wando HS (S.C.), Sr.
* Birthdate: 7/29/1991
* Height: 6'2"
* Weight: 195 lbs.
* Bats: Right
* Throws: Right
* Scout's report filed: 3/26/10
Fastball: Cisco clocks in regularly at 89-91 mph. He'll occasionally touch 92 mph.
Fastball movement: It's not quite average movement, but when it's down in the zone, there's some sink and there will sometimes be some tailing life to the inner half to right-handed hitters.
Curve: He throws it 77-78 mph and it's an average to above-average pitch now.
Changeup: He's shown an average changeup in the past.
Control: He has outstanding command and an advanced feel for pitching.
Poise: He's got terrific mound presence.
Physical Description: Likely shorter than what's listed officially, Cisco is a fairly physically mature right-hander. In terms of body type, some have said he's a smaller version of Josh Beckett.
Medical Update: Healthy.
Strengths: Chance to have three at least average pitches, all of which play up because of his command and outstanding feel for pitching. Professional bloodlines don't hurt, either.
Weaknesses: He's not that tall, and he's physically mature, meaning he doesn't have a ton of upside.
Summary: With a grandfather who pitched then coached for years (Galen) in the big leagues, and several other family members who've been involved in the game, there's no doubt Cisco has serious bloodlines. He also has a very advanced understanding of how to pitch, not surprising considering his family. He commands a good three-pitch mix extremely well and has a good, clean delivery he repeats well. He's physically mature and doesn't have the size and upside some look for in prep pitchers, but his feel for pitching and his family tree should create plenty of discussion when the Draft rolls around.
DOB: 07/29/91 - HT.: 6-1 - WT.: 185 - B-T: L-R - COMMITMENT: Georgia
Rule 4 Report:
Cisco is nearly maxed out, but he should naturally add more strength as he matures and tightens his physique. He has the broad, durable body type and compact, repeatable delivery suited to handle a starting pitcher’s workload. He also shows solid body control and fielding actions. Conditioning maintenance should not become a problem.
Cisco’s delivery is smooth and simple, bearing strong resemblance to that of brother Mike, a 36th-round draft pick of the Phillies in 2008. He gets a full circular arm swing before he reaches his mid-three-quarters release point, but he will raise his arm slot slightly when throwing his curveball. At the top of his break, his elbows never get higher than his shoulders, minimizing hyperabduction (i.e. rotator cuff and labrum wear). Cisco throws with little effort, using a strong lower half and good hip-shoulder separation to generate low-90s velocity throughout the duration of the game. He throws across his body slightly before finishing his motion with a centered glove-side elbow over a bent plant leg. He wheels his pitching arm-side leg around too far, however, landing him in an awkward fielding position.
Cisco sits in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball, and he can touch 92 in the early innings. The pitch gets cut and run, and he exhibits the confidence and command to throw it to both halves of the plate. Cisco also spots a 74-76 curveball well, which he is comfortable throwing in any count. Although the offering varies in shape, the pitch gets solid rotation and average depth when it’s on, and he can throw it for a strike or bury it as a chase pitch. With as good of a feel for a changeup as one could expect from a high-schooler, Cisco shows good arm speed and gets occasional fade on the potential plus pitch, which ranges from 75-78.
With an advanced feel for pitching beyond his years, Cisco could be the most polished arm in this year’s prep class. His present pitchability reveals his big-league bloodlines, with grandfather Galen having pitched parts of seven seasons in the major leagues and brother Mike currently working in the upper levels of the Phillies organization. His physical maturity limits his upside, but he offers a higher floor because of his pitching acumen and sound delivery. Cisco is similar to Jeff Suppan and has a chance to become a middle-of-the-rotation workhorse if he can maintain his present velocity.
Jessie Burkhart 7-22-10
Extremely-polished HS arm, 87-91 mph fastball with plus command, plus feel for three big-league pitches
PNR Scouting Video:
YouTube - ‪Drew Cisco (08-08-2009)‬‎ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXWYI8L6Xiw&feature=player_embedded)
Drew Cisco Vs. Yordy Cabrera:
YouTube - ‪Drew Cisco Facing Yordy Cabrera‬‎ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QNA5ELc4TI&feature=player_embedded)
Wando's Cisco drafted in 6th round
By Philip Bowman
The Post and Courier
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Drew Cisco soaked up the excite-ment of the second day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. The Wando High School right-handed pitcher was taken in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, the 187th player selected.
"I'm excited," said Cisco, who was ranked the No. 74 prospect in the draft by Baseball America. "I'm just soaking it up and soaking it in. It feels good to get it over with. It was a long wait."
Now comes the tricky part: negotiating with the Reds, which could take a long time. Cisco says he's looking for a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $1 million. The two sides haven't discussed money, and Cisco knows the process could take all summer. If he doesn't sign with the Reds by mid-August, he will enroll at the University of Georgia.
"I think we'll talk through the summer," said Cisco, who led Wando into the Class AAAA Lower State championship series last month. "Hopefully, we'll get a deal done and I will go off and play."
If Cisco and the Reds can't come to terms, he will take the college route and not be eligible again for the draft until 2013. Georgia coaches contacted Cisco shortly after he was drafted.
"They were happy for me, that I experienced a lifelong dream," Cisco said. "But they hope to see me on campus."
Cisco was one of two local high school players drafted Tuesday.
08-10-2010, 06:27 AM
7th Round #217 Overall Jose Amezcua, RHP, Bellflower HS (Calif.)
D.O.B 5/27/91 Listed at 6'0" 175 lbs.
NO IMAGE AVAILABLE
TONY AMEZCUA, rhp, Bellflower (Calif.) HS
Shoulder injury in 2009, small frame (5-11, 170), but FB touches 94; deceptive delivery, lacks command
8th Round #247 Overall David Vidal, 3B, Miami-Dade CC
D.O.B 10/23/89 5'11" 185 lbs.
DAVID VIDAL, 1b-3b, Miami-Dade CC
FIU recruit emerged as best JC hitting prospect in state (.401-14-61); + arm, but will need to ID set position. (Listed As A CATCHER in CC)
9th Round #277 Overall Tanner Robles, LHP, Oregon State University
Brewerfan.net (Old report, see the Kershaw reference)
Robles is a perfectly propoertioned athlete, with broad shoulders, long limbs and a high waist, built in a similar fashion to Barry Zito. Unlike Zito, Robles can bring it, with his fastball sitting in the 88-92 range while touching 95. He works from a low-3/4 delivery, and commands his fastball very well for his age. His curveball is a little loopy at this point in time, but it's a true slow-curveball that will complement his fastball perfectly when he finds more consistency. His athleticism allows him to repeat his delivery well, and his velocity doesn't vary much deep into ballgames or from start-to-start. He is a similar prospect to Clayton Kershaw, who went 7th overall in last June's draft.
23 • Tanner Robles • LHP
Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City
Bats: L Throws: L Height: 6-4 Weight: 190
This year's Aflac teams feature four precocious lefthanders, and Robles possesses an intriguing blend of deception and power stuff. His low-90s fastball has late life and sink, and hitters struggle to pick it up because of his delivery.
TANNER ROBLES, lhp, Oregon State
Physical LHP, power approach/lacks finesse; solid year (5-4, 3.43, 76 IP/28 BB/75 SO), but violent delivery
10th Round #307 Overall Kevin Arico, RHP, University of Virginia
R/R 6'05" 195 DOB 1988-08-30
KEVIN ARICO, rhp, University of Virginia
Excelled as college closer (16 SV, 28 IP/7 BB/38 SO); ++ SL is dominant pitch, FB at 89-91, more in there.
Kevin Arico (RHP) Arico profiles as a middle-reliever at the next level, generally 89-91 mph with his fastball and working primarily off an 82-84 mph slider with good tilt.
PRN Scouting Video:
YouTube - ‪Kevin Arico (05-15-2010) UNC at UVA‬‎ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzgrx4BZoUg)
11th Round #337 Overall Andrew Hayes, RHP, Vanderbilt
R/R 6'01" 205 DOB 1987-09-03
DREW HAYES, rhp, Vanderbilt
Mariners ’09/22, + SR sign; small RHP, but big FB (92-94), SL/CH inconsistent, 5-0, 5.56 in multiple roles
12th Round #367 Overall Kyle Waldrop, CF/OF/LHP, Riverdale HS Ft. Myers (Fla.)
L/L 6'03" 190 DOB 1991-11-26
Comments: A two-sport guy in high school, Waldrop really came on strong on the baseball field this spring. He's a left-handed hitter with a good swing and athletic body. He has average or better tools across the board, with power having the best chance to stand out. He's the type of high school hitter who could hit the ground running and perform right out of the gate.
KYLE WALDROP, of/lhp, Riverdale HS, Fort Myers, Fla.
Relative unknown coming into season has exploded on scouting scene; plus hitter with power/speed potential
13th Round #397 Overall Lucas O'Rear, RHP, Northern Iowa
L/R 6'07" 240 DOB 1988-11-24
LUCAS O’REAR, rhp, Northern Iowa
6-7/250 power forward for BKB team; played no baseball in 2010, low-90s FB out of HS, intriguing arm
I move we sticky this. Very nicely done, Mario. Thanks.
08-10-2010, 04:44 PM
I move we sticky this. Very nicely done, Mario. Thanks.
I support that move. Awesome post.
08-10-2010, 07:25 PM
No problem guys it's nice to have at least a general scouting report on guys. If anyone finds anything else they want to add feel free. Even stories on them give some insight into them.
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