My top collegiate players to watch for 2015 MLB Draft. My list will be updated before March 1, 2015.
RHP Reilly Hovis, UNC, 6'3 195, Max effort guy with decent stuff and fb that touches low 90's on occ, mostly 89-91, hard slurvy cb and straight change, throws strikes and competes, will be one of top starters for UNC for spring 2015.
OF Skye Bolt, UNC, 6'2 185, S/R, speedy OF with decent instincts and upside, room to fill out still with nice lean athletic frame, can really run, better on the way, had a down year stat wise in 2014, but has the ability to put the bat on the ball to the alleys and occ power to the foul lines, shows solid to abv ave arm strength, possible 4-7 round guy for 2015 or better.
RHP Trent Thornton, UNC, 6'0 175, quick arm from upper 3/4 arm slot, touches low 90's on occ, fb fairly true, competitor on the hill, hard downer type cb with solid command, needs to be fine with his pitches and pitch to the mit, not overpowering enough, but is still learning and should adjust with more experience.
RHP-C Matt Dittman, Rice, 6'1 205, R/R, solid prospect with low 90's fb and hard slide piece from upper 3/4 slot, also shows ability behind the plate and has enough pop in his bat to be a solid backup receiver in the bigs. Keep an eye on him in 2015.
LHP Blake Fox, Rice, 6'4 220, L/L, another long list of Owl pitching prospects, Foxy touches 92 on occ with his FB, had a low era last spring and is around the plate and knows how to pitch. Good angle and finish on his pitches, best pitch is his change and curveball.
RHP Walker Buehler, Vanderbilt, 6'1 160, quick arm from upper 3/4 slot, touches low to mid 90's on occ, with hard breaking ball and ave command of his pitches, tends to rush himself and get pitches up early in the count, should adjust with further experience.
RHP Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt, 5'11 195, bulldog on the bump, touches 95 on occ with fb, most fb are true, some giddy up in the zone and in vs RHH, hard breaking ball and solid change, shows command to excel at the next level, pitches within himself with some effort at times, may be destined to a short man role in the ML.
2b Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt, 6'1 190, R/R, classic swing w/alley power, runs well once underway, 4.28 from right side, shows ave arm strength, enough arm strength to move to 3b or the OF, not the range to play SS, best suited at 2b, shows some similarities to Ian Kinsler (Tigers/Rangers).
RHP Michael Matuella, Duke, 6'6 225, solid arm strength, will touch low 90's early in the game, mostly 91-92 with some arm side run on occ, must get good leverage and repeat his delivery consistently to be effective a tthe next level, should improve with pro exposure, shows solid slide piece and control.
LHP Dylan Craig, Illinois St, 6'3 210, smart lefty with upside, most fb are 88-90 with arm side run/sink, will touch 91-92 early in games, shows some similarities to Mark Buerhle, best pitch is change up.
RHP Kyle Davis, USC, 6' 190, R/R, solid control and know how on the hill, touches low 90's most fb 90-91 and true, also hard cb with eratic command at present, chance to be solid prospect quickly, depending on development of off-speed pitches and stamina.
LHP Jason Richman, Georgia Southern, 6'3 210, another lefty with enough stuff to get to the next level, pitches at 87-89 mostly, will bump it up to 91 on occ, solid change up he can throw when he wants from 3/4 arm slot, good arm speed on all his pitches to deceive hitters.
RHP Jimmy Herget, U So Florida, 6'3 165, R/R, whippet type body, room to fill out in time, 3/4 arm slot with 88-92 fb, most are 89-90 early and straight, will run fb down and in vs RHH, also loopy type cb that is improving, should be followed closely next spring.
C-3b-1b Jameson Fisher, SE Louisiana, 6'2 195, L/R, level stroke from left side with alley power, slight upper cut in his swing, generates good pop, runs ok, 4.35 from left side, ave arm strength and solid glove, best suited for 3b or the OF.
3b-2b Mark Mathias, Cal Poly, 6' 185, R/R, solid bat with occ power to alleys, ave arm strength and actions are good enough to be competent fielder to get to the next level. Runs ok, 4.4 from right side, appears to be better between the bases.
1b Matt Dacey, Richmond, 6'3 210, L/R, transfered from Michigan after frosh year, solid strength and power from left side of the plate, runs ok, not a burner, has enough arm and fielding ability to get to ML, will need to work on facing lefties more and cut back on his aggressiveness, better plate discipline needed. Definite follow.
3b-OF, Dillon Dobson, Appalachian St, 6'1 220, L/R, strong, aggressive hitter with power to the alleys and adjusts well enough to get to the next level, has solid arm strength, not flashy, just gets it done, runs ok, not going to steal many bases, may on an occ, will get there because of his bat and tenacity as a player.
OF Tate Matheny, Missouri St, 6'0 190, R/R, good bloodlines, can hit with occ gap power, plus arm strength and ave runner at best, not a burner, will go as far as bat takes him, best suited for the corner OF.
OF Gary Russo, Miami-Ohio, 6'1 220, R/R, solid power and good approach as a hitter, tends to overswing at times, has enough arm strength and ability as a fielder to get to the next level, runs well enough, not going to be a base stealer. Will go as far as his bat takes him.
RHP-1b Corbin Olmstead, North Florida, 6'3 210, R/R, solid hitter with abv ave power to alleys, runs fair and solid ML arm, also one of top pitchers for Osprey program and Smoke Laval.
If-OF Austin Listi, Dallas Baptist, 6' 200, R/R, solid hitter with power to the alleys, runs well underway, 4.4 from RH side, adequate arm strength to be solid corner OF or play corner IF spot or possibly 2b in pro ball. Keep an eye on him, will go as far as bat takes him.
RHP Michael Letkewicz, Augustana SD, 6'4 215, R/R, prototype body and downhill plane from 3/4 arm slot, fb touches low 90's, solid downer type cb and throws strikes, is deceptive to get swings and misses, will be one of top midwest arms to follow for 2015.
RHP Riley Farrell, TCU 6'1 240, power arm, low to mid 90's fb, most fb are straight, easy read on his pitches, destined to be a closer/reliever but needs more deception and improvement on his breaking ball and command to get to the next level.
SS Alex Bregman, LSU, 6'1 185, R/R, scrappy, hard nosed player, gets most of his ability, runs solid ave and throws well enough to play any IF position or move to the OF, has alley type power and instincts to steal bases, will go as far as his bat takes him, possible day 1 pick in 2015.
OF-DH DJ Stewart, Florida St, 5'11 230, L/R, strength is his bat, a bit of same body as Fielder, a bit quicker however running speed wise, shows enough fielding ability to not embarass himself, classic DH type currently, short stroke with alley power. Interesting player to follow.
RHP Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville, 6'3 220, R/R, has filled out a bit since HS days, improved velocity from upper 80s-low 90's in HS to mid 90's at UL, hard slider and upper 3/4 arm slot, fb tends to straighten out when he overthrows, must stay within himself and stay ahead in the counts. Definite day 1 pick for 2015.
RHP Justin Garza, Cal Fullerton, 5'11 170, R/R, not the prototype pitching frame, but a quick resilient arm from 3/4 that touches 94-95 on occ, hard cb with decent command, has good demeanor to go far in pro ball.
Jason Derik Isringhausen, one of the best players/people I ever scouted. My son Michael took this pic while visiting one of his company's new ventures in St Louis last night, July 15, 2014. I first scouted Izzy during a legion baseball tourney in Springfield MO in 1990. I made a follow report on him as a pitcher and urged my then supervisor to sign him as a non-drafted free-agent. I saw this 6'2 180 righty, with a lean build that could add more strength and physical ability as he matured down the road. His delivery was a bit crude at the time, but the arm strength, spin on his breaking ball, location of his pitches and competitiveness on the hill he displayed, were second to none for me. In High School and his legion career in Brighton, Illinois, and Piasa Southwestern HS, in Piasa, IL, Izzy played several positions. Izzy's best friend, Shaun Watson we drafted and signed in 1990/1991 after Shaun's high school career, Shaun was a draft and follow and went onto Rend Lake College and played for Jimmy McGuire and Paul Evans. In 1991 after seeing Izzy pitch once again at Lewis & Clark College, coached by former Cubbie, Randy Martz who I first saw pitch in the College World Series in Omaha NE for South Carolina and June Raines. I invited Izzy to attend a pre-draft workout we had in Lincoln IL and on my recommendation and urgency by my former supervisor, Phil Favia, the Mets drafted Jason in the 44th round out of Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, ILL. Izzy threw in the upper 80's to low 90's on the jugs gun, played short, centerfield, caught, where ever the coach/team needed him, Jason played that position. He was relentless and determined to succeed on and off the field. Happy go lucky, his mom Georgene and his dad, Chuck, I had met at a pre-draft camp we had in Lincoln IL in 1991 and I had talked with them often at Izzy's legion games, his last game I scouted was in Pittsfield IL when I was recruiting as a Jr College baseball coach at John Wood CC, Quincy IL, and I knew then after we had drafted Izzy, that he needed to be signed and would some day be a millionaire and stud on the hill for the Mets. Izzy was minor league pitcher of the year for the Mets and his first 1/2 season in the Majors was untouchable in 1995, he went 20-5 starting out his season with AA, Binghamton NY in the Eastern League then getting a quick promo to Tidewater, AAA team then a second half season chance as a starter for the Mets where he was 9-2 with a 2.81 ERA. There were huge expectations from the METS, of Izzy, Paul Wilson and Bill Pulsipher and only Izzy came out of those expectations as fulfilling them for the Mets and later on with several ML teams. He was then traded by the Mets to the A's where he converted over to the closer role which he relished in. Izzy wanted the ball in clutch situations and often came out on top and closed the door on many team WINS for his clubs he played with including the A's, Cardinals, Angels and Rays. Terry Tripp Sr, signed Jason after his 1992 college season ended at LCCC. While I was not on his contract, I was so proud to have met Jason, his family and sharing my insights with him after the Pittsfield vs Brighton Legion game in August, 1991. I just had wished the Mets would have allowed me the opportunity to have signed him the year we had drafted him. But that's baseball! Izzy, I hope someday soon, you are voted into the MLB Hall of Fame as one of the best relievers/pitchers ever to take the ball and close the door on opponents in the Majors! Congrats on a great baseball career.
First top prospect I liked during TOS 2014:
OF, Daz Cameron, R/R, 6'3 190, Eagles Landing Chr Acad, McDonough, GA, nice easy runner with swift speed, 4.2 from right side and surprising power to the alleys, plus arm strength, 55 from the OF with gliding range to either side very well and appeared to adjust in 2 strike counts. I see a Fla St commit verbally, but this kid won't see that next spring. He's a lil ahead of where his father was in HS when Mike was drafted, my take is Daz could go in top 3-5 picks in next year's draft right now. Anything can happen before 2015, but this kid is the real deal.
RHP, Luken Baker, 6'4 230, R/R, max effort guy on his fb, but good arm and throws strikes, challenges hitters,, attends Oak Ridge HS, in Spring TX, verbal TCU commit, fb tails with in on RHH, sat at 90-93, maxed at 94 a couple times, appears to be some comparisons to Adam Lynn from Brownsburg IN ala Ole Miss and now STL front line starter. Keep an eye on this one for 2015.
3B, John Aiello, Lansdale HS, PA, 6'3 200, S/R, nice arm and sure hands from corner, also plays SS, shows some patience as a hitter and surprising alley power to LF, running speed just ok, 4.52 out of box to 1b, said to run better but not to me visually, but who cares, he can hit and throw and field enuf for the next level, verbal to Wake Forest for 2015.
C, Wyatt Cross, Broomfield Legacy HS, CO, 6'2 190, L/R, plus plus arm and release, bat has a bit of a hole in it, can catch and throw with many ML catchers now, but bat will be the only hold back at present, there is bat speed, but contact frequency will be main issue moving forward. Love his attitude and how he receives for sure. UNC verbal, that's funny, he won't see that campus again unless it's a free football weekend in the fall.
RHP, Joe DeMers, College Park HS, CA, 6'1 220, nice and easy delivery with arm side run and sink when down, was up to 94-95 a few pitches early, is a low 90's guy with opp to be a front line guy, but for me there is some comparisons to Vance Worley (Phils, Twins, now Pirates, righty) - there is some room for improvement here, and the sky is the max for him. Breaking pitch was just ok for me but it's pitchable.
OF, DJ Wilson, Canton South HS, OH, 5'10 170, L/L, really quick more quickness than overall speed, ran 4.18 from left side and got to balls hit very well and threw ok from the OF, 45 arm at present, a touch better there still I'm sure, shows a verbal to Vandy, CWS champs for 2014, but if this kid improves in 2015 with bat and overall strength, he won't see Vandy campus.
RHP, Beau Burrows, Weatherford HS, Tex, 6'1 1/2 195, loose and easy arm action, touches 96-97, most fb were 93-94 with some boring life at times but this kids' fb has ZIP! Command and control were good enough on this day and threw a few cement mixer breaking balls that are adequate but can improve and a show me straight change, the secondary and third pitch stuff need improvement, but the arm strength and delivery are there to work with for sure.
OF, Trenton Clark, 6'0 200, L/L, Richland HS, Ft Worth TX, can run very well and has some pop in his bat, his arm is definitely strong enough for the corner OF spots, has enough instincts and range to be competent fielder and runs well enough to be a base stealer and his bat speed is there, some comps to Jay Bruce of the Reds, now that is pretty good company to be talked about.
OF, Reggie Pruitt, Kennesaw Mountain HS, GA, 6' 170, R/R, can really run, 4.10 from right side, and there is some pop in his bat and enough range and throwing ability to play CF in ML or even the corners, but power, not that is an area with a huge opportunity, but he hits well enough to get into a lineup, some comps to Lorenzo Cain of KC Royals, Reggie has frame to get bigger and stronger with natural maturation, and skills to improve to be a very good ML CF in time.
OF, Jahmai Jones, Wesleyan HS, Roswell GA, 6'0 200, R/R, some athletic talent here with plus running speed on the way, shows enough arm and power to be a vital prospect down the line, but there are opportunities for pitch recognition and improving awareness as a fielder. Power is there during BP and shows arm strength and pure running speed, just needs to put it all together.
IF, Brandon Perez, Mater Dei HS, CA, 6' 175, R/R, hasn't gotten any bigger since stepping on national scene as a freshman with team that won event in Cary a couple years back, Brandon has ave to better than ave arm strength, knows how as a fielder with very good instincts and lateral movement, bat goes to the ball very well and some power potential there, may end up at 2b or in the OF or hot corner.
RHP/OF, Clark Cota,Topsail HS, NC, 6'1 195, R/R, was very glad to see him in this event, he's going to be a stud, very good arm, runs solid and has some pop in his bat, I doubt he see UNC in 2015 unless he regresses quickly and I don't see that. Low 90's fb, has a hammer in the makings and can hit and runs well enough to be a corner OF guy or or corner IF guy if pitching struggles. Bonafide stud for 2015. First seen at NCHSAA 1-3 A tourney in Zebulon NC. RHP, Clark Cota, from Topsail HS, Hampstead, NC, near the Topsail beach area of eastern carolina, the Pirates. Strong fan alliance and team comraderie. He's listed at 6'1 205, more like 6'1 plus and lean 190 or so, loose arm from upper 3/4, quick, easy delivery on fb, fights it on his cb, proper spin/bite on cb, just needs work on release points and some confidence, his fb was upper 80's mostly, touched 90 a few times early in the game, keeps the ball down and in on hitters, competitor and is a 2015 to be grad. Many coaches from NC in attendance, including, Mike Fox from UNC-CH, and E Carolina assistant coach, as well as some other smaller schools in NC D1, D2 and NJCAA. Clark is a R/R, has some pop in his bat as well, short level stroke, hits with power to LF/LC and can go with the pitch to RF as well. Keep an eye on him this summer and next spring. D1 coaches are all over him already, scouts have his name.
RHP, Benton Moss, UNC, 6'2 190, R/R, flash from Rocky Mount, Benton has a fb that will reach 95 on occ, most fb are 91-92 early in the game and his best pitch is a yellow hammer, however, his command and consistency is what has held him back from reaching full potential thus far, but in his career in two years at UNC, he's done very well, his better years are ahead of him as he's starting to fill out his frame and add some stamina and strength to become a legit 3-4 man in a ML rotation. Also has the 3rd pitch working but still in development stage. 1-3 round projection guy for 2014.
RHP, Taylore Cherry, UNC, 6'8 270, R/R, will have to monitor if he comes back for soph season, he's an eligible soph in 2014, Taylore didn't get much action for UNC in the spring of 2013, but when he did he made the most of it, touching 93-94 with his downhill plane 3/4 arm slot and hard breaking ball that at times could be a plus plus pitch, consistency with release point and keeping his delivery together is still a work in progress, but he's scary how good he could become. 4-7 round type projection, but could move up the ladder come 2014!
This web page is dedicated to the SCOUTS who are still working today and those who have passed on to the "Angels in the Outfield", who have touched my life and helped me in some way as a Scout in my 30 plus years in the business! Thank you to all of you, who have been part of my life and for sharing your stories and nostagila along the way! Brad Sloan, Marti Wolever, Mike Radcliff, Mike Hankins, Bill Clark, Mike Arbuckle, John "Buck" O'Neil, Gene Baker, John Hennessey, Chuck Koney, Charlie Gault, Jerry Marik, Terry Sullivan, Harvey Kuehn, Marv Olson, Paul Tretiak, Tom Couston, Joe Murphy, Mike Grouse, Rudy Terassas, Doug Gassaway, Randy Taylor, Jeff Cornell, Hank Krause, Mike Roberts, Larry Chase, Woody Smith, Dave Karaff, Emil Belich, Dale McReynolds, Tom Osowski, Mark Servais, Jim Pransky, Elmer Gray, Terry Ryan, Bill Gayton, Ken Bracey, Bill Bryk, Chuck Koney, Ellsworth "Brownie" Brown, Tom McCormack, George Walden, Cookie Mitchell, Marty Harvat, Phil Favia, Terry Tripp, Stu Cann, Mike Daughtry, Mike Rizzo, Chuck Rizzo, Leroy Franklin, Angelo Guilliani, Joel Lepel, Brian Kohlscheen, Bill Parese, Bill Olson, Dan McGinn, Chris Shanahan, Chris Fye, Mike Valla, Billy Vosik, Jimmy Wynne, Chad Lindamon, Pat Dolan, Mike "Jonesy" Jones, Jim Manfred, Todd Simmons, Jon Huth, Donald "Donnie" White, Tim Sandy, John Harris, Everett Cunningham, Cliff Williams, Mark Reynolds and Jason Isringhausen, all of you have been great to me as scouts, players and best of all, people sharing your life with me along the way!
Now it's time to bear down and find more talent, touch more lives and be thankful for all that people enjoy sharing, and that's BASEBALL and LIFE!
Baseball playing career - played Little League baseball started 1970, Plattsburgh AFB, NY (Cardinals), 1971 was Cardinals MVP, was 7-1 with 0.14 ERA as a pitcher, #1 Little League draft choice of the Browns, Offutt AFB NEB 1972, 1973-74 played Pony League baseball, Ft Crook Credit Union, OFFUTT AFB NE, was 8-0 with 0.72 ERA in 1974, Pony League Champs. 1975 took medical leave due to torn elbow tendon. 1976-77, pitched Junior Varsity for Bellevue HS, NEB. 1977-78 Varsity pitcher, York HS, Yorktown VA, pitched against RHP Keith Atherton (Mathews HS, Mathews VA - drafted by Oaklands A's), 1B, Greg Guin, Menchville HS, Newport News VA (former professional baseball player). 1980-83 pitched for Bellevue College, NE, set school record for wins in 1982, later that record was broken as more games were added. Played for Herb Kupfer.
Baseball Coaching Career - Coached Little League baseball as an assistant coach starting at the age of 14 for my late father Bill Sr, I coached the pitchers for the White Sox, OFFUTT AFB NE, from 1974-77, in 1978 coached at Langley AFB VA, Pony League baseball.
1979-80 OFFUTT AFB, NE, Pony League Astros.
1981-82 Coached Colt and Midget Legion, Bellevue NE.
1983-88 founded and coached the Nebraska BlueJays and Wranglers (Independent Summer College team) 1987, LHP, Chris Fye from Iowa Western CC and late Bellevue East HS, NE, signed a free-agent contract with the SF Giants, late scout (Bill Parese) and Hall of Famer, Bill Olson (Northwest HS, Omaha NE), also had players Billy Vosik of Kearney NE who was drafted and signed by the Cleveland Indians, RHP-SS, Chad Lindamon from Windom MINN, played at St Andrews College, Laurinburg NC, signed a contract to play for the Twins, Catcher Mike Valla formerly of Omaha South HS and Mary-Hardin Baylor College (Played for former ML GM, Chuck LaMar) Mike signed with the Pirates, OF, Mike Jones formerly of Omaha South HS and Miami-Dade CC/North, played for Demie Mainieri, Mike was drafted and signed by the Cubs, LHP Chris Shanahan of Omaha Paul VI HS, Omaha NE (pitched for scouting Director, Marti Wolever) and Iowa Western CC and then U of Neb-Omaha, Chris signed by Marty Harvat and me in 1990, as a non-drafted Free-agent, Chris broke the NY Penn league record for wins with 10 in 1991. RHP Jimmy Wynne from Bemidji MINN, Iowa Western CC and Oklahoma City U he was drafted and signed by the Expos.
1983-85, Pitching Coach/Recruiter, Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs IA, coached for Mike "Wully" Wulbecker. Former pitcher Rick Dunnumn, Janesville Parker HS, Wisconsin, went onto William Penn College and was drafted in 1988 by the Houston Astros. RHP Danny Radcliff from Raytown MO, who's brother is VP for the Minnesota Twins, Mike Radcliff, Danny now scouts for the Angels and signed the late and talented, Nick Adenhart who was a victim of a drunk driver accident after pitching on National TV.
Scouting Career 1983-present
Papa John's Pizza, General Manager 2002-2005, General Manager of the Year for South Region 2004, promoted to Director of Operations 2005, was Director of Operations of the Year, South, 2006.
2009-present became a franchisee of Papa John's Pizza.
1981-83, Scouting Advisor - "THE BLUE CHIP BUREAU", scouted and evaluated high school football and basketball players in the Omaha Metro area.
1983-87, Associate Scout, San Diego Padres (Brad Sloan), scouted in the Omaha and surrounding area.
1987-88, Midwest Scout, Texas Rangers (Nebraska, Iowa, North & South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois), supervisor was Doug Gassaway, worked with Mike Grouse, Rudy Terrasas, Randy Taylor and Mark Geigler.
1988 - South Florida Scout, Major League Scouting Bureau (Supervisor - Kevin Saucier), also worked with Russ Bove, Jeff Wren and late "Bo" Osborne.
1989-93 - Part-time Scout, New York Mets (Covered Nebraska, Iowa, Dakotas, Western Illinois), former Supervisors included Larry Chase, Phil Favia and Marty Harvat. Recommended drafting of Jason Derik Isringhausen in 1991 of Lewis & Clark College, Godfrey, ILL. He was signed in 1992 by Terry Tripp Sr.
1993-96 - Associate Scout, Texas Rangers, worked pro/amateur stuff for Rudy Terrasas and Mike Grouse.
1996-2001 - Associate Scout, Cleveland Indians, Omaha metro area, worked for Steve Abney.
2001-present - Special Assignment Scout, Baseball Digest/Pro Scouts, covering amateur showcase events, South Atlantic and Carolina League pro assignments.
A very good friend of mine I just found out last evening passed away from complications of bladder cancer surgery on April 23, 2012, Larry Chase, one of the nicest men you would ever meet in your lifetime and a great baseball man, mentor, father, grandfather, husband, and older brother/father figure!!! Larry was inducted into the National Baseball Congress & Midwest Scouts Hall of Fame and signed current ML Pitcher AJ Burnett when he was with the Mets, along with Mike Pelfrey. I'm truly going to miss talking with Larry and I wish his son, daughter and wife, Linda, all the best and my condolences to those who met Larry through their days on the road!!
Larry and I signed Donald White Jr, from Southeastern Comm College, Burlington Iowa back in 1991 on my recommendation when I was a part-timer working for Larry and two other supervisors at the time. Larry did all the negotiating and let me learn under his direction, a lesson I will take with me when it's my time to meet the Lord! I will be forever thankful for having made the acquaintance and working for such a great person in Larry Chase! I will greatly miss him!
Mike Arbuckle, VP with KC Royals, Mike was always cordial to me in my years when I was "wet behind the ears", first meeting him when he was an Area Scout for the Braves when I pitched for Bellevue College against Benedictine College in Atchinson, Kansas in 1981, he was one of the reasons I got a shot as a scout as he encouraged me and gave me pointers on who and how to write to teams. Mike was there with some other ol' timer scouts, Woody Smith, Russ Sehon and Lee Anthony. Mike was also a key ingredient for the Phillies turnaround and world series ring, when he was head of the scouting/development area for the Phils under Pat Gillick. Mike should have been allowed to become the GM of the Phils, but that's just one man's opinion.
Chris Fye, he pitched in little league when I coached at Offutt AFB, Nebraska in the late 70's and early 80's, I had the pleasure to be his coach on a couple of occasions. Chris always had a nice, easy, fluid delivery with a sneaky fastball. He had a great fall season at IWCC-CB after transfering there from UNO and he was on the the radar of a lot of midwest scouts. He pitched for a summer team I founded in 1987, the Nebraska Wranglers, I had urged many area scouts to take a look at him seriously at a workout in which we had to scramble to get a catcher for him, he then threw in a summer semi-pro tourney for our team in Scribner and Schuyler, Nebraska, and got some added looks again, before the late Bill Parese on the recommendation of bird dog and Hall of Fame High School Baseball Coach and father of former Oriole pitcher Gregg Olson, Bill Olson, signed Chris for the Giants. Chris moved up several levels and was worth the $500 investment the Giants and the scouts who signed him. Chris attended Bellevue East HS, Bellevue NE as well. He had a low 90's fb, hard slurve and solid straight change and he had a good pickoff move. I was very proud to work with him and appreciative he believed in me to get him signed to a pro contract that he deserved!