Re: Who is Redszone's #48 prospect?
For those who haven't been following them, here are the candidates mentioned in Tom Nichols' Dayton preview series (quoting):
Mitch Clarke is a left-handed starting pitcher from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Clarke is 21 years old and was drafted by the Reds in the 19th round out of high school in 2009. He began to gain notice in 2010 when his fastball picked up velocity. With the Goodyear Reds that season, Clarke was 3-1, 2.08 in 39 innings, posting a walk-strikeout ratio of 8-41. He began the 2011 season in extended spring training and then was assigned to Billings when the Mustangs season began in June. He went 1-1, 3.60 in five games with Billings and earned a promotion to the Dragons. In his first start in Dayton on July 22, Clarke went five scoreless innings and allowed only one hit. He continued to pitch well over his remaining outings with the Dragons and finished with a record of 3-2 and an ERA of 2.81. If you delete one bad outing, Clarke gave up only eight earned runs with the Dragons in 37.1 innings for a 1.93 ERA. He brings Midwest League experience and past success to the Dragons 2012 rotation.
Erik Miller is a native of Texas who played college baseball at TCU, the same school that once produced current Reds Field Coordinator Freddie Benavides, the supervisor of instruction in the Reds farm system. Miller pitched in 67 games over his three-year career at TCU and as a junior in 2011, went 7-7 with a 4.63 ERA and five saves. Miller had a great high school career in Texas, going 17-1 and earning the honor of 5A Player of the Year in his district. The Reds drafted Miller in the 31st round in 2011 and immediately liked his arm. He was assigned to Billings and showed incredible control, issuing just one walk in 31.1 innings (that is not a typo) while striking out 26. His final record was 3-0 with a 3.45 ERA.
Kyle McMyne is a pitcher drafted on potential despite not having enjoyed a lot of past success. McMyne was a fourth round draft pick by the Reds in 2011 out of Villanova University. He features a fastball that reaches 96 miles per hour and showed steady improvement in college. He went 4-8 with a 4.75 ERA in 14 starts as a junior with Villanova in 2011, striking out 94 (highest total by a Villanova pitcher in more than 50 years) in 77.2 innings for a team that struggled to a 20-32 record (7-20 in the Big East). After turning pro, McMyne went to Billings and made 10 starts, going 1-1 with an ERA of 8.00. He did show flashes of brilliance that he hopes to build upon in 2012. He threw five shutout innings in a start on August 7, and struck out eight over five innings in a start on August 18. Some scouts feel McMyne will thrive as a reliever where he is better able to take advantage of his fastball that will rank among the best in the Midwest League in 2012. McMyne is a 22-year-old right-hander.
Bryson Smith is an interesting prospect to follow in 2012. Smith played college baseball at the University of Florida, a team that advanced to the runner-up spot in the 2011 College World Series. In his senior season with the Gators in 2011, he hit .328 with a pair of home runs. Then, when the post-season began, Smith emerged as Florida's best hitter. In 16 post-season games, he hit .439. He was first selected to the Southeast Conference All-Tournament Team, then chosen to the College World Series All-Tournament Team. Smith was drafted by the Reds in the 34th round and initially assigned to the Goodyear Reds. He played in just six games in Goodyear and hit .385 to earn a promotion to Billings. With the Mustangs, Smith played in 19 games and hit .362 while belting five home runs and driving in 18 runs in just 69 at-bats. His slugging percentage at Billings was .667 and his on-base percentage was .483, both tremendous numbers. Combining his numbers with Goodyear and Billings, Smith batted .368 in his first season of professional baseball. The sample size is small, but the results could not be much better. Something started to click for Smith toward the end of the 2011 college season, and it continued through the summer. Smith is 23 years old and bats from the right side.
Like Smith, Steve Selsky is product of a strong college program. Selsky played at the University of Arizona and had a great sophomore season in 2010 before suffering through a frustrating '11 campaign that caused him to drop to the 33rd round of the draft. In 2010 with the Wildcats, Selsky hit .370 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 58 games to earn selection to the All-PAC 10 Conference Team. In 2011, he endured injuries (broken wrist, hamstring) that he tried to play through at times, and finished the year at .215 in just 18 games. After signing with the Reds, Selsky was sent to Goodyear, where he played in 20 games and batted .338. He was promoted to Billings for eight games late in the season. Overall, he played in 28 professional games in 2011 and batted .311 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 106 at-bats.
Selsky was a great high school player. He represented the state of California in the International Home Run Derby at Tropicana Park in Florida and was also recruited by Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, and numerous other schools before deciding upon Arizona. He comes from a great sports family. His father played professionally in the Dodgers and White Sox organizations and his mother played Olympic volleyball and earned All-America honors at Long Beach State. One sister played volleyball at the University of Michigan, while his twin sister, Sam, played at Santa Clara. Selsky attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine as a pre-physiology major. Like Smith, he is a very interesting prospect to watch. Selsky is 22 and bats right handed.