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Updated 04/23/2014 - Been busy with work but managed to get to see RHP, Mason McCullough from Lander U, a transfer from UNC-CH, he's 6'3 plus and listed at 240, he's a bulky build kid with upside and in HS and frosh fall season saw him touch low 90's consistently with heavy run when down and in on the knees on RHH. He's still the same but a bit more mature and a bulldog on the hill, he's got work to do on his breaking ball still but it's workable and his command has improved with pitching experience. Right now he projects as a 11-20 round guy but there is some bloodlines and instinct here in this righty that tells me Mr McCullough just might be a big league pitcher one day. A diamond in the rough. Fastball topped 94-95 a few times early in the contest, sat at 92 for 5 good innings. Keep an eye on this one!


Update 04/02/2014 - the weather has finally started to turn more tranquil after a very brutal, cold, wet winter here in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Just got done a week ago watching the NHSI in Cary, seeing many old faces from my days in the midwest and witnessed some pretty good High School talent, not as strong a year however as compared to 2013 and 2012 for the two spring events I attended in Cary. I guess I might have been spoiled see Max Fried, Josh Hart, Zach Collins, Jeremy Martinez among others in the last two events.


This year I was fortunate to see a few prospects who should be high profile draft picks on day 1 and some that will be day 1 picks after a couple years in college.

RHP, Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs HS, FL, 6'1 1/2 190, have seen him now for 3 years and he's steadily made some improvements to his delivery, getting a little more life on his AAFB and downer yellow hammer. In the past he had trouble rushing himself on the yellow hammer, thus it backed up on him and his command suffered, but when he was on, with his upper 3/4 arm slot, there was no doubt, this young man could be as good of a RHP prospect since the days of Dwight Gooden or Floyd Youmans out of Florida HS ranks. Overall grade on this young man came out for me at 60, with a 65 FB, 55 CB, 50 command/control, 40 change with upside. Most FB were 91-93, touched 95 a couple times, have seen him in the past only reach 92 tops, so there has been progression with this young righty!

C, Benito Santiago, Coral Springs HS, FL, 5'9 170, L/R, Touki's battery mate, this young man has a rocket for an arm, quickness behind the dish and ranges well left/right and instinctively has it all, he's not big in stature but he's a catch and throw guy, a lot like Pudge Rodriguez was with the Rangers in his youth, Bennie sprays the ball around with a compact swing from the left side, more of a singles/doubles guy and occasion foul line power, he may run into 5-8 HR a year in the ML. For me, he's still in the development stage, fairly mature build and he'll go as far as his defensive skills take him. Sub 1.95 pop times from home to 2b. Not afraid to show off arm.

OF, Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS, GA, 6'1 200, R/R, strong, athletic build, runs very well once underway, 4.18 from right side, plus arm strength, he pitched day 1, touching low 90's, but he's destined as a position player folks, so those thinking of him on the mound, he won't ever see that again in pro ball unless he proves he can't hit, his strengths are his upper body strength, quick hands at the plate and ability to go with the pitch and drive the ball to the OF alleys and utilize his plus speed and quickness. Overall OFP on this kid is a 62 for me, 30/60 hitter, 40/50 power, 70 runner, 65 arm, 50 fielder, looks like a 260-270 type hitter and 12-15 HR power guy with a very solid OF arm to keep runners honest.

LHP, Foster Griffin, First Academy, FL, 6'4 1/2 190, R/L, long and lean build, not real quick twitch, but has some looseness in his arm with fair velo (86-88, touched 91, most were 88) and arm side run, hammer is just ok right now, he'll have to improve his breaking pitch, change of speeds and command in pro ball to further advance, thus a club will have to be patient in him, should he go the pro route rather than college after this spring. OFP for me was 45.

SS, Brody Westmoreland, Thunderidge HS, CO, 6'2 180, R/R, supposedly college bound, but this kid has a solid ML arm and ave foot speed with the type of frame to only get bigger and stronger in 3-4 years. Scary upside, moves well laterally and has the hands to stay at SS, the range is solid ave and has good first step quickness, not a burner, but got down the line 4.4 with slight hesitation at the plate, shows at least ave foot speed. OFP of 48 for me, if he goes onto college, in 3 years we may be talking first round ability, right now, 4-7 type rounder.

SS, Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS, CA, 6'4 190, R/R, a freak of a specimen, runs well once underway, solid ML arm strength, can be a bit eratic in the field, also as a hitter, has a long swing with gap power, break pitches tend to give him fits, at least solid breaking pitches, he turns on mediocre HS stuff at present and may be a 220 type hitter in MLB, with 10-15 type HR power, ran 4.2 from RH side of plate, 55 arm strength, glove and range are there, but consistency and maturity still a ways to go overall. Will need time to develop in pro ball. OFP 50.

LHP, Mac Marshall, Parkview HS, GA, 6'1 180, one of my fav pitchers the past 3 years, not a power guy, more of a pick a hitter apart type pitcher, ala, Tommy Glavine, Mac is a pitcher and he'll get strikeouts when he needs it, but he mixes pitches and doesn't beat himself, he'll advance with a club willing to wait on him, he's a young senior and has a college commitment, but if I were a pro team, I wouldn't pass on him because of college, he'll be a very good ML pitcher and you know what they say about lefties!!! FB touched 89-90 a few times most were 88 with middle out life. Breaking stuff was ok, not electric but effective enough. He throws strikes!

1B/RF, Braxton Davidson, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, 6'2 220, L/L, 45 arm, solid glove, not much range in the OF, better at first sack, good baseball instincts, strong thick legs, not a good runner, knows how on bases, has some loft potential in his dead pull hitting arsenal with good bat speed. Verbal commit I guess to UNC-Chapel Hill. Very interesting player. Someone could be aggressive and bet on his Lefty power, or let him prove college will develop a bit further and make him a 1st day pick once he's eligible after commitment to UNC. Grades out to 30/50 hitter, 45/55 power, 40/30 runner, 45 arm, 45 field, so his bat will have to play at ML level to get there.

C, Dominick Cammarata, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, 6'1 200, R/R, quick and accurate arm with arm strength to all bases, shows strength in his upper body and handles bat well enough (wood) at present to be at least an average hitter in pro ball, has quick level swing, a bit overly aggressive as a hitter, needs to be more selective at the plate, has dead pull/foul line power to LF, runs fair, decent hands and range behind the dish, verbal to Tennessee, good catch and throw guy with some power, consistency making contact a bit of a struggle, perhaps a conversion to the bump in the future is in order? Overall 40 OFP for me.


UPDATED: Thursday, Sept 12, 2013

Here is my list of First Round Prospects for 2014 MLB Free-Agent Draft.

It appears that the high school level will have more prospects overall than the college ranks in the first 3 rounds, but as we say, scouting is not an exact science and there are some very quality players for 2014 who may make impacts in the ML as early as 2015. Namely, Carlos Rodon, LHP from N C State who I've scouted since he was 15 from Holly Springs, NC.

1.) LHP, Carlos Rodon, N C State, 6'3 230, L/L, everyone can't stop talking about him since his days in Apex and he should have never got the chance to go to college in my opinion and next spring if not this late summer, he would have made his ML Debut, but that's just me I reckon, Carlos has steadily added velo since his soph year in Apex going from 84-88 then to 93-98 now from upper 3/4 to 3/4 slot, most are 93-94 early and can sustain the velo and reach back for a lil extra on occ, hard slide piece is a 70 pitch, that's 84-88 and also will flash a show me straight change tease, he competes like a bulldog and he throws strikes, he will on occ rush himself, he will give you max effort and sustain his strength deep into games. Best lefty to come into the collegiate ranks in my opinion since Craig Swindell who pitched at Texas back in the day. This is your top 1-3 guy for the first round in 2014 people!

2.)RHP, Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt, 6'4 220, R/R, classic pitchers build with very good velo early in games, 92-97 will touch 98 on occ, fb mostly true will run in vs RHH on occ, also decent command of hard cb and straight change, throws strikes, biggest obstacle is he rushes himself at times but when he has everything in synch, he's untouchable with heavy fb down on the knees and buckling cb that he will throw with confidence. Could go in top 5 picks in 2014!

3.)RHP, Tyler Kolek, 6'5 250, R/R, Shepard HS, Shepard TX, a big'un is all I can say, good arm strength, middle 90's with his FB, at times the fb explodes with tailing life in vs RHH and on occ cuts the fb, topped out at 96 on my gun, also threw some sharp breaking balls he calls a curveball, I won't argue there, he's got a good one when he leads with front elbow and keeps his arm arm and follows through properly, command of his pitches is good for his size and improving from what I was told by several of his team's followers at TOS, definite early round follow, could be in the top 10 for sure with his arm and projection, did have surgery a little while back and seems completely 100%.

4.)LHP, Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS, Cardiff by the Sea, CA, 6'3 1/2 205, nice frame, long arms and legs, upper 3/4 arm slot has improved 2-3 mph on his fb and sharp downer type cb, most fb were 89-90, touched 93 a few times, cb nice bite and rotation which enticed hitters to chase, some deception, pitched up in zone rushing himself a few times, something here to work with, top 25 candidate for 2014 for sure, keep an eye on him, UCLA commit?

5.)C, Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS, 6'2 200, R/R, strong, durable, has pop in his bat, needs mechanic work with approach as hitter, throws well from OF and behind dish, interesting to follow next 2 years, 2014, Rancho Bernardo HS, Ca, slimmed down from 220 and throws better and more fluid than he did in 2012. Quick power stroke with gaining discipline as a hitter, upside is there to have a productive pro career.

6.)C, Grayson Greiner, South Carolina, 6'5 215, R/R, one of best catchers in collegiate baseball for 2014, throws well above ave with sub 2.0 pop times and presence to be a strong ML catcher for a long time, has enough bat speed and strength to hit 250 and drive in some runs from the 6-7 hole spot and hit 15-20 HR's on occasion, best suited as a defensive guy, a gamer with good hands and shifts well defensively to be solid ML catcher. Top 10 picks for 2014!!

7.)RHP, Luis Ortiz, Hallmark Charter School, Sanger CA, 6'2 210, live arm, show quickness, all pitches from upper 3/4 slot, slider has proper spin, not the break and deception to be plus pitch, a work in progress still, fb has very good velo, pitch life however is fair, very straight - easy to read, also threw some straight changes with some deception, strong build, has some comps to Giovanni Gallardo, fb velo ranged from 90-94, most fb were 91-92, slider 80-82, change middle 70's, good looking arm for 2014, top 50 for sure. Fresno State commit.

8.)OF, Derek Fisher, Virginia, 6'2 210, L/R, strong durable build with solid ML arm from the OF, has on the way, plus speed once he gets out of the box, could steal 20 bases in ML once he arrives, has straight away power, a lil glitch in his hitting approach but good strength and bat speed to make adjustments with hitting instruction at the pro level. Definite early round follow for 2014.

9.)RHP, Nick Burdi, Louisville, 6'4 220, R/R, one of my favorite pitchers in the TOS event a couple years back, this guy has an electric arm and is destined to finish games as a closer if he can command his secondary pitches, right now he possesses a fb that reaches 98, most fb with boring/sinking life are 94-95 and he hardly gets touched as he's deceptive with his slight across the body delivery from 3/4 slot. Slide piece can be a plus pitch when he has it all together and he's got a straight change that he needs to use more. Top 8-10 pick for 2014!

10.)RHP, Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina, 6'4 190, nice easy delivery with fb that reaches 95, most are 91-92 with life and boring action in on RHH, cb and change still coming along, both could be used to get outs in pro ball currently but need improvement at the ML level to be effective, appears to have enough stamina and strength to be a starter but has a loose enough arm that he could be effective best out of the bullpen. Definite one to watch for 2014, 1-3 round projection, for me 4-7 round seems fair.

11.)SS, Trea Turner, N C State, 6' 180, R/R, swift runner with a quick bat and occ power to the alleys, has enough glove and arm to be a starter at the ML level and contribute offensively with his 70 speed. Trea has a compact swing that generates alley power and he's getting better every year. Reminds me some of JJ Hardy. Definite early round guy for 2014!

12.)C, Brett Austin, N C State, 6'0 195, S/R, a cannon for an arm and handles the dish as a fielder well, sub 2.0 pop times to 2b and can pick off runners that aren't alert when they least expect it, he's had some adjustments to make as a hitter in the collegiate ranks since leaving HS, but Brett shows some pop to the alleys and makes enough contact to be a 240-250 hitter at the ML level. 8-15 type HR power numbers will come in time, this kid will get there on his glove and arm alone as well as handling pitchers. 1-3 round type projection again in 2014.

13.)OF, Bradley Zimmer, U San Francisco, 6'4 210, R/R, runs well, has broad shoulders and type of frame to get bigger and stronger, can see him getting to 6'4 235 easily, flat swing with good bat speed and power potential, 5 tools at present, all could be well abv average with more experience.

14.)RHP, Daniel Mengden, Texas A&M, 6'1 210, R/R, may end up a catcher if pitching don't work out, this kid has a great arm and loves baseball, on the bump he's 92-96 with no fear, also hard slide piece and good control, rushes delivery some from upper 3/4 slot, as a catcher, he's sub 2.0 on pop times and shows good glove skills and does enough behind the dish to be competent defender, will be a below average hitter but enough strength and bat speed to improve further up the ladder. Definitely 1-3 round talk for 2014!

15.) OF, Michael Conforto, Oregon St, 5'11 190, L/L, a hitter with good enough defensive skills to reach ML, shows short compact stroke with gap power to RF, should hit 15-20 HR in pro ball, enough speed to be respected and defensively won't be a liability, best suited for the corner OF. Top 4 round guy for 2014! One of best offensive tools hitter coming out of the college ranks for 2014.

16.)RHP, Brandon Murray, 6'2 1/2 185, R/R, Hobart HS, Hobart, IN, this kid has arm strength from 3/4 arm slot for 3 pitches, a fb that runs in on RHH and sinks away on occasion, his change and slider both from same arm slot and deceptive to hitters. Slider still in development stage it seems, not a sharp breaker, but enough to fool hitters at this level. FB velo was 89-94, most were 90-91, not afraid to pitch down in the zone, competitor and the type of body to fill out in time, small shoulder frame.

17.)RHP, Aaron Nola, LSU, 6'1 185, R/R, classic quick arm and comparisons to Jake Peavy, arm side run and fb that tops 94 on occ, pitchability and a gamer, commands the strike zone, not real tall but gets good leverage and sink on his fb, hard slurvy breaking ball that will end up becoming a slider, also solid straight change that will be a 3rd pitch for him in pro ball. Early 1-3 round guy for 2014!

18.)RHP, Michael Kopech, Mt Pleasant HS, Mt Pleasant TX, 6'2 1/2 185, lean frame with long arms and legs, gets good extension out front on his fb and breaking ball, command is good and should improve as he progresses into college and pro baseball, fb velo 88-93, most were 89-91 with tailing action down in the zone, most fb were true, cb with sharp 11/5 break, at times very good, other times flat and easy to read, flashed a few change ups with some deception, tends to slow upper body down on certain pitches he throws, correctible and definitely the type of young arm to watch in 2014, college may be in the picture but open to pro ball for sure. Upside unlimited, improved over the summer in each outing at National scene.

19.)LHP, Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS, Tullahoma TN, 5'11 180 L/L, saw him last year, seemed like the same guy but was within himself more for 5 innings, didn't rush as much as last year, fb velo same, 88-92, most were 88-89 with some life middle out vs RHH, sharp cb at times, not great command of it yet, but it has nasty action when he leads with elbow, all pitches from 3/4 slot, needs to stay compact in delivery, move to 1b is fair, work to be done still, good looking lefty for 2014 for sure, Vandy commit? Brother had arm blowout during 2013 season, Justus has had time to think and being a lefty, a premium spot out of HS, only has added value, plus he's got two solid average pitches and has improved his command over his 2012 performance. Still a bit eratic, but he's young and loves the game!

20.)1B, Braxton Davidson, 6'2 205, L/L, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, has some bat speed and dead pull power to RF, ave arm strength and knows how to handle the bag, not a burner as far as a runner goes, 4.4 from Left side at best, 7.2, 60 type guy, will go as far as his bat takes him.

21.)LHP, Mac Marshall, 2014, Parkview HS, Georgia, was up to 88 with FB only 16 years old, loose with decent delivery, fb pretty true for most part, a bit long with delivery, but worth a follow next couple of years. Added a couple more mph to his FB in 2013 and was one of most exposed lefties over the summer showcase seen. Sharp break on a downer type wipe out slider/curve and makings of solid change up. Great upside!!

22.)OF, Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS, Los Angeles CA, 6'2 180, R/R, live body with good running speed straight away, showed arm strength, played LF, projects in the OF, either corner, has bat speed and strength in upper body to development further with more exposure, definite tools to keep an eye on in 2014. No college commit yet.


Update: Saturday, August 10, 2013

2b-SS, Luke Tendler, N C A&T, 5'11 180, L/R, one of my favorite players the last 3 years, Luke puts the bat on the ball and squares it up with enough power to be a potential 8-15 HR guy in the ML, has enough arm and leg speed to along with agility to either side of the glove to be a competent middle inf or move to the OF. Has some similarities to Robinson Cano, but not the power numbers, good eye and hand coordination, he can turn on the heat and adjust to the slow stuff, this kid should get a shot at pro ball in 2014 for sure. 2014 Grad! Keep an eye on this kid, he tore up the Coastal Plain this summer and has been a solid player for 3 years for the Aggies.



As I have assembled the names of collegiate players I feel will be 2014 MLB Draft picks, there are still a few events I need to attend over this very wet summer in the Carolinas. I plan to cover the USA Collegiate squad in Cary when team CUBA comes to the US for a couple of games. Below is a list of the names to follow for 2014 and my reports on each player.

RHP, Jeremy Null, W Carolina, 6'8 230, tall righty comes down hill from upper 3/4 arm slot, loose out front, not real limber or rigid, just a strong ox, reminds me some of Ondrusek with the Reds, Null has a fb that reaches 94 on occ, most fb are 91-92 and he's got a nice slide piece that at times is nasty, still needs a lil help with it and command, throws strikes for a big man and will benefit from further instruction in pro ball once he arrives. Appears to be a 4-7 round type guy on paper right now, but who knows? Sky is the limit with this big cat!

LHP, Carlos Rodon, N C State, 6'3 230, L/L, everyone can't stop talking about him since his days in Apex and he should have never got the chance to go to college in my opinion and next spring if not this late summer, he would have made his ML Debut, but that's just me I reckon, Carlos has steadily added velo since his soph year in Apex going from 84-88 then to 93-98 now from upper 3/4 to 3/4 slot, most are 93-94 early and can sustain the velo and reach back for a lil extra on occ, hard slide piece is a 70 pitch, that's 84-88 and also will flash a show me straight change tease, he competes like a bulldog and he throws strikes, he will on occ rush himself, he will give you max effort and sustain his strength deep into games. Best lefty to come into the collegiate ranks in my opinion since Craig Swindell who pitched at Texas back in the day. This is your top 1-3 guy for the first round in 2014 people!

SS, Trea Turner, N C State, 6' 180, R/R, swift runner with a quick bat and occ power to the alleys, has enough glove and arm to be a starter at the ML level and contribute offensively with his 70 speed. Trea has a compact swing that generates alley power and he's getting better every year. Reminds me some of JJ Hardy. Definite early round guy for 2014!

C, Brett Austin, N C State, 6'0 195, S/R, a cannon for an arm and handles the dish as a fielder well, sub 2.0 pop times to 2b and can pick off runners that aren't alert when they least expect it, he's had some adjustments to make as a hitter in the collegiate ranks since leaving HS, but Brett shows some pop to the alleys and makes enough contact to be a 240-250 hitter at the ML level. 8-15 type HR power numbers will come in time, this kid will get there on his glove and arm alone as well as handling pitchers. 1-3 round type projection again in 2014.

RHP, Logan Jernigan, N C State, 6'3 200, R/R, classic righty with upper 3/4 arm slot who can touch 92 on occ and is improving each year on the hill with experience, stamina has improved and velo runs 87-92, most fb with some life in vs RHH are 88-90, has sharp breaking ball from same slot as his fb and straight change is pitchable at the pro level and still improving. 8-12 round type projection for 2014.

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!

RHP, Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt, 6'4 220, R/R, classic pitchers build with very good velo early in games, 92-97 will touch 98 on occ, fb mostly true will run in vs RHH on occ, also decent command of hard cb and straight change, throws strikes, biggest obstacle is he rushes himself at times but when he has everything in synch, he's untouchable with heavy fb down on the knees and buckling cb that he will throw with confidence. Could go in top 5 picks in 2014!

OF, Derek Fisher, Virginia, 6'2 210, L/R, strong durable build with solid ML arm from the OF, has on the way, plus speed once he gets out of the box, could steal 20 bases in ML once he arrives, has straight away power, a lil glitch in his hitting approach but good strength and bat speed to make adjustments with hitting instruction at the pro level. Definite early round follow for 2014.

RHP, Nick Burdi, Louisville, 6'4 220, R/R, one of my favorite pitchers in the TOS event a couple years back, this guy has an electric arm and is destined to finish games as a closer if he can command his secondary pitches, right now he possesses a fb that reaches 98, most fb with boring/sinking life are 94-95 and he hardly gets touched as he's deceptive with his slight across the body delivery from 3/4 slot. Slide piece can be a plus pitch when he has it all together and he's got a straight change that he needs to use more. Top 8-10 pick for 2014!

RHP, Aaron Nola, LSU, 6'1 185, R/R, classic quick arm and comparisons to Jake Peavy, arm side run and fb that tops 94 on occ, pitchability and a gamer, commands the strike zone, not real tall but gets good leverage and sink on his fb, hard slurvy breaking ball that will end up becoming a slider, also solid straight change that will be a 3rd pitch for him in pro ball. Early 1-3 round guy for 2014!

RHP, Daniel Mengden, Texas A&M, 6'1 210, R/R, may end up a catcher if pitching don't work out, this kid has a great arm and loves baseball, on the bump he's 92-96 with no fear, also hard slide piece and good control, rushes delivery some from upper 3/4 slot, as a catcher, he's sub 2.0 on pop times and shows good glove skills and does enough behind the dish to be competent defender, will be a below average hitter but enough strength and bat speed to improve further up the ladder. Definitely 1-3 round talk for 2014!

OF, Michael Conforto, Oregon St, 5'11 190, L/L, a hitter with good enough defensive skills to reach ML, shows short compact stroke with gap power to RF, should hit 15-20 HR in pro ball, enough speed to be respected and defensively won't be a liability, best suited for the corner OF. Top 4 round guy for 2014!

RHP, Hawtin Buchanan, Mississippi, 6'8 260, R/R, first seen at TOS a couple years back, definite arm strength and some pitchability here, fb that reaches 94 on occ with some effort, needs to harness command of breaking ball and change to be effective at the next level but the size and arm strength are there to work with at the pro level, could be a 4-7 round guy in 2014. Upper 3/4 arm slot, pitches mostly at 91-92, then loses zip after 4 innings.

RHP, Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina, 6'4 190, nice easy delivery with fb that reaches 95, most are 91-92 with life and boring action in on RHH, cb and change still coming along, both could be used to get outs in pro ball currently but need improvement at the ML level to be effective, appears to have enough stamina and strength to be a starter but has a loose enough arm that he could be effective best out of the bullpen. Definite one to watch for 2014, 1-3 round projection, for me 4-7 round seems fair.

C, Grayson Greiner, South Carolina, 6'5 215, R/R, one of best catchers in collegiate baseball for 2014, throws well above ave with sub 2.0 pop times and presence to be a strong ML catcher for a long time, has enough bat speed and strength to hit 250 and drive in some runs from the 6-7 hole spot and hit 15-20 HR's on occasion, best suited as a defensive guy, a gamer with good hands and shifts well defensively to be solid ML catcher. Top 10 picks for 2014!!

RHP, Jordan Stephens, Rice, 6'1 185, R/R, a bulldog with a strong arm, will touch 94 on occ with fb, a pitcher that's not afraid to throw the fb, also hard breaking ball that can be plus at times, not real tall but gets good leverage and extension, appears to be a classic set up guy in the bullpen or spot starter at ML level. On paper, appears to be a 4-7 round guy at best for 2014, but could come on.



Update, Friday, June 28, 2013

I will have my updated list of 2014-15 MLB Draft Follows up later next week as I assemble the college names from the summer leagues and from what I have/will see for Team USA Collegiate squad vs other squads. I will also be scouting a couple all-star tilts in the next few weeks in Eau Claire, WIS and Hampton, Va.

Update: Saturday, June 22, 2013, thumbnail reports on rest of TOS players I'd like to follow for next year and beyond!

Update: Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy first day of summer eh?!!!! Probably the second best weather for the TOS events since I've been attending them. Last time the weather was this nice was when Kyle Lobstein from Arizona was one of the better lefty pitchers in this event about 5 years.

Here is a thumbnail list of players I feel are worth a good follow or are legit prospects for 2014 & 2015. They are in no particular order as I'm going by the team rosters for my reports. These reports are of my opinion only.


RHP, Brandon Murray, 6'2 1/2 185, R/R, Hobart HS, Hobart, IN, this kid has arm strength from 3/4 arm slot for 3 pitches, a fb that runs in on RHH and sinks away on occasion, his change and slider both from same arm slot and deceptive to hitters. Slider still in development stage it seems, not a sharp breaker, but enough to fool hitters at this level. FB velo was 89-94, most were 90-91, not afraid to pitch down in the zone, competitor and the type of body to fill out in time, small shoulder frame. South Carolina commit?

RHP/OF, Kyle Molnar, 6'1 195, R/R, Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, CA, interesting 2015 follow, has apparent arm strength, was 88-91 on the hill, but showed a strong arm with carry from the OF and also planed up the ball at the plate, running speed is not a burner or base stealing threat, but not a clogger. UCLA commit?

RHP, Turner Larkins, 6'3 210, R/R, Martin HS, Arlington TX, nice size and arm strength, loose out front, most fb were 90-91, velo range 89-93, spun the breaking ball which is still in development stage, type of body to get stronger with maturity, fb not very deceptive during no windup delivery from upper 3/4 arm slot.

RHP, Marvin Gorgas, 5'9 1/2 190, R/R, East Hampton HS, East Hampton Ct, lil righty with a big, qk arm, was 90-93 with quickness and some deception up in the zone, upper 3/4 delivery slot, with hard angle slide piece, threw strikes and was competitive, plane was rather flat, should get better with more full-time exposure, has been used as a reliever mostly and came out of pen during this event. Interesting.

OF, Trenton Kemp, 6'0 185, R/R, Buchanan HS, Clovis CA, interesting player with solid arm strength from CF, appeared to get good reads and jumps on balls hit in CF, showed bat speed and contact ability, during BP sprayed the ball around where it was pitched, ball jumped off bat well, didn't see any HR power, but you can tell power will develop. Fresno commit?

RHP, Tyler Kolek, 6'5 250, R/R, Shepard HS, Shepard TX, a big'un is all I can say, good arm strength, middle 90's with his FB, at times the fb explodes with tailing life in vs RHH and on occ cuts the fb, topped out at 96 on my gun, also threw some sharp breaking balls he calls a curveball, I won't argue there, he's got a good one when he leads with front elbow and keeps his arm arm and follows through properly, command of his pitches is good for his size and improving from what I was told by several of his team's followers at TOS, definite early round follow, could be in the top 10 for sure with his arm and projection, did have surgery a little while back and seems completely 100%.


C, Chase Vallot, 5'11 205, R/R, St Thomas More HS, Youngsville LA, one of better catchers in this event, plus arm to 2b, was 1.9 mostly to 2b, showed quick stroke - level bat at the plate, alley power, hands were good with range behind the dish, fluid receiver. Miss State commit?

C-3B, Ryder Ryan, N Mecklenberg HS, Huntersville NC, 6'1 205, R/R, strong arm and some pop at the plate, runs solid, not a burner or base stealer, has enough bat speed to keep an eye on for the future, strong durable frame.

LHP, Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS, Cardiff by the Sea, CA, 6'3 1/2 205, nice frame, long arms and legs, upper 3/4 arm slot has improved 2-3 mph on his fb and sharp downer type cb, most fb were 89-90, touched 93 a few times, cb nice bite and rotation which enticed hitters to chase, some deception, pitched up in zone rushing himself a few times, something here to work with, top 25 candidate for 2014 for sure, keep an eye on him, UCLA commit?

RHP, Michael Kopech, Mt Pleasant HS, Mt Pleasant TX, 6'2 1/2 185, lean frame with long arms and legs, gets good extension out front on his fb and breaking ball, command is good and should improve as he progresses into college and pro baseball, fb velo 88-93, most were 89-91 with tailing action down in the zone, most fb were true, cb with sharp 11/5 break, at times very good, other times flat and easy to read, flashed a few change ups with some deception, tends to slow upper body down on certain pitches he throws, correctible and definitely the type of young arm to watch in 2014, college may be in the picture but open to pro ball for sure.


RHP, Griffin Canning, 6'1 165, R/R, Santa Margarita HS, Colo De Caza CA, slight of build, but qk deceptive arm from 3/4 slot, was 88-92, most fb late tail in vs RHH, also proper bite and spin on a slurve/cb type, flashed a few straight changes, competes and threw strikes, UCLA Commit?

RHP, Ryan Castellani, 6'4 195, R/R, one of my favorite follows last year coming into this year, 2014, top 50 player for 2014 for sure, smooth easy delivery with some sink on his fb, also proper bite and action on the cb and tossed a few straight changes, delivery repeated well from upper 3/4 slot, most fb were 88-90, up from 86-88 last year so there is projection left and he will get stronger and get a lil bigger with maturity, good ceiling here left, attends Brophy Prep, Phoenix AZ. UCLA commit?

CF, Monte Harrison, 6'3 200, R/R, Lees Summit West HS, Lees Summit MO, great size and tools here, 65 arm from CF with accuracy, runs easy, gliding runner, type of speed to steal bases with proper instruction, leads and breaks, has bat speed, very tentative at the plate, took many pitches, during Bp sprayed the ball around and showed some HR power when he tagged one. Keep an eye on him for further development.

SS, Nick Valaika, 6' 180, R/R, one of the better infielders and arms in the event, made solid contact with level bat speed and strength, ability to stay a SS at the next level, not speedy but instinctive, can steal a base on occasion, interesting follow for 2014, Hart HS, Valencia CA. UCLA commit?

LHP, Carson Sands, 6'4 200, L/L, N Fla Christian School, Tallahassee FL, saw him last year, showed same arm speed and arm strength this year, most fb were upper 80's touched 91 a few times, did the same last year, projectible frame to get stronger, not a real quick arm, but shows some deception, seemed to rush himself some during delivery from 3/4 arm slot, bite on cb and threw some serviceable straight changes, Florida St commit?

3b/OF, Bobby Bradley, 6'0 235 L/R, burly built with strong legs and arms, some bat speed and dead pull hitter, sprayed the ball around during BP, slight upper cut hurts him and pitches down in the zone, can lift low inside FB for HR power, still work to be done as a hitter, shows solid arm strength from 3B, best suited probably for the other corner or move to the OF. Runs fair, not a clogger for sure, knows how, appears to love the game, LSU commit, attends, Harrison Central HS, Gulfport MISS.

1B, Braxton Davidson, 6'2 205, L/L, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, has some bat speed and dead pull power to RF, ave arm strength and knows how to handle the bag, not a burner as far as a runner goes, 4.4 from Left side at best, 7.2, 60 type guy, will go as far as his bat takes him.

OF, Stone Garrett, 6'2 200, R/R, athletic body, shows arm strength from the OF, played LF in series, gets good jumps in the OF, at plate shows bat speed with tentative swing, not real aggressive, seemed to feel pitchers out, has bat speed and power, a work in progress still, attends George Ranch HS, Sugarland, TX.

OF/1B, Kel Johnson, 6'3 1/2 205, R/R, good physical specimen, Georgia Tech commit? Has bat speed, slight upper cut swing, long swing, runs well underway, not a burner, shows arm strength from the OF, probably best suited for the corner OF or 1b in pro ball when he gets there, attends Home schooling, Palmetto GA.

RHP, Sean Reid-Foley, 6'3 200, smooth righty with arm strength and pitchability, lots of upside left, from upper 3/4 to 3/4 arm slot, most fb were 89-91 touched 93-94 on occ with some sink when down on the knees in the zone, spun the breaking ball which will turn into workable slider and flashed some straight changes, both pitches still in development stage, threw strikes, competed well, should grow a bit more in school, Florida State commit, attends, Sandalwood HS, Tampa FL.

RHP, Cole Sands, 2015 follow, 6'2 200, R/R, younger brother of Carson Sands, attends same school, N Florida Christian School, Tallahassee FL, shows good arm strength and pitchability, from 3/4 arm slot, aggressive, loose arm with upside left, will turn 16 soon, early commit to Florida State, should be one of top prospects for 2015 not only out of the HS ranks but for the 2015 MLB Draft. Was 88-91, most fb were 89 with late tail, needs to keep ball down in zone, also proper spin and bite on the cb, flashed some good straight changes.

LHP, Bennett Sousa, Benjamin School, N Palm Beach FL, 6'1 1/2 190, lefty with arm strength, lively fb middle out vs RHH, most fb were 88-89, touched 91-92 on occasion, sharp break on cb, downer action, also some change ups with some deception, all pitches from upper 3/4 slot, has commit to Virginia?

SS-2b, Charlie Cody, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake VA, 6'0 180, R/R, smooth fielder with solid arm strength from SS, can play any IF position, runs well, better on the way runner with no fear for taking the extra base, shows good actions to either side and tends to get hands bunched up rather than getting hands out to gather grounders, technique needs some work, but tools are there to be nice IF prospect, Virginia commit.

RHP, Mitch Hart, Granite Bay HS, Granite Bay CA, 6'2 175, R/R, smooth righty with quick arm from 3/4 slot, most fb 88-89, touched 92 on occ, type of frame to fill out and get stronger, some comps to Orel Hershiser, breaking ball drops down well when he's got his delivery in synch, competes, good upside.

C, Michael Hickman, Seven Lakes HS, Katy TX, 5'10 1/2 195, L/R, some arm strength, pop times were 1.95 to 2.12 on attempted steals, moves well behind the dish, not real quick out of box on bunt attempts from hitters, shows short stroke with strength at the plate, occ power, more of a gaps extra base guy, definitely worth a look due to catch and throw skills, lots of work left for him though, Oklahoma commit?

LHP, Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS, Tullahoma TN, 5'11 180 L/L, saw him last year, seemed like the same guy but was within himself more for 5 innings, didn't rush as much as last year, fb velo same, 88-92, most were 88-89 with some life middle out vs RHH, sharp cb at times, not great command of it yet, but it has nasty action when he leads with elbow, all pitches from 3/4 slot, needs to stay compact in delivery, move to 1b is fair, work to be done still, good looking lefty for 2014 for sure, Vandy commit?

CF, Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS, Sacramento CA, 6'1 180 R/R, live bodied player with raw strength, runs well once underway, straight away runner, out of box ranged from 4.1 to 4.55, plus range and instincts in CF, shows solid arm strength for position, may grow lil more, has large feet, frame to get a bit bigger and stronger, project to 6'2 and 200 in time, discipline at plate and recognizing pitches an opportunity, but raw skills/tools are there to be solid prospect for 2014.

RHP, Luis Ortiz, Hallmark Charter School, Sanger CA, 6'2 210, live arm, show quickness, all pitches from upper 3/4 slot, slider has proper spin, not the break and deception to be plus pitch, a work in progress still, fb has very good velo, pitch life however is fair, very straight - easy to read, also threw some straight changes with some deception, strong build, has some comps to Giovanni Gallardo, fb velo ranged from 90-94, most fb were 91-92, slider 80-82, change middle 70's, good looking arm for 2014, top 50 for sure. Fresno State commit.

LHP, David Peterson, 6'6 220, lively body, mechanics are decent for a big lefty, from 3/4 slot, most fb with middle out life and sink when down, fb velo 86-90, most were upper 80's, projectible frame, comps to Jeff Francis of Rockies, attends Regis Jesuit HS, Denver CO, will be watched closey in 2014, lots of upside left, just some polish to do to get it all together. Oregon commit?

OF, Matt Railey, 5'11 180, L/L, can play any OF position, best suited for LF or CF, has quick level stroke with raw strength, turned on telegraphed straight change for HR down RF foul line, in the OF showed near AVE ML arm strength, good quickness with range as a fielder, ran 4.3 from left side, there is more in that tank as far as running ability, some comps to Denard Span of Nationals. Good follow from N Florida Christian School, Tallahassee FL, program will get lots of looks with the Sands' brothers and this young man for 2014 for sure, Florida State commit?

OF, Denz'l Chapman, Serra HS, Los Angeles, CA, 5'9 180, R/R, raw strength, excellent running speed, athletic, running back build, shows power during BP and bat speed, tends to press, overly aggressive, swinging at pitches out of zone, shows arm strength from the OF, best suited for LF, raw player with skills to watch for sure in 2014. NO college commit at this time. Keep an eye on him.

OF, Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS, Los Angeles CA, 6'2 180, R/R, live body with good running speed straight away, showed arm strength, played LF, projects in the OF, either corner, has bat speed and strength in upper body to development further with more exposure, definite tools to keep an eye on in 2014. No college commit yet.

LHP, Alex Destino, North Buncombe HS, Weaverville NC, 6'2 200, L/L, showed pop in the bat with level stroke, dead pull power, solid ML arm strength, best show on the hill, but enough abilty with bat to get in lineup if pitching does work out, some Lyle Overbay in him, also as a pitcher, lefty from upper 3/4 arm slot, not real fluid, pure arm strength here was 88-92, most fb were 89-90, some middle out life, also sharp bite and spin on cb with decent downer action, from same upper 3/4 slot, threw strikes, got some pitches up by rushing delivery, lots of projection left here still, raw specimen, sky is the limit, South Carolina commit.

RHP, Keaton McKinney, 6'4 1/2 200, live body with some projection here, upper 3/4 slot with sinker type fb and slider, pitchability should improve with more exposure, type of frame to fill out with natural maturation, fb ranged from 87-91, most were 88-89, action on his fb was lively and heavy when down. Arkansas commit, definitely must watch him progress, 2014 follow from Ankeny HS, Ankeny Iowa.

C, Evan Skoug, Libertyville HS, Libertyville IL, 5'10 210, L/R, strong armed receiver with decent hands, shows good blocking skills behind dish, threw 1.94 pop time on SB attempt, alert, receives ball well, ball jumps out of his hand, shows level stroke with ability to hit for alley power to LF or RF, not going to be a HR guy, more of a doubles guy, runs fair, not a clogger, but not a threat to steal bases. TCU Commit, one of better catchers in this event and definitely worth a good look in 2014.

RHP, Keith Weisenberg, Osceola HS, Seminole FL, 6'4 1/2 185, lanky, lean, loose arm, a bit straight up delivery, ball jumps out of his hand, has sink when down and fb runs in vs RHH, most fb 89-90, velo range 87-93, some upside here left as he fills out his frame, Stanford commit? Definitely one of those Florida arms to watch early in 2014.

C-RHP, Jackson Reetz, Norris-Hickman HS, Hickman NE, 6'0 200, R/R, Nebraska commit, this young man has a strong, durable build, short compact swing with strength and bat speed, ML arm strength, will bump 92 on the hill, behind the dish or move to the OF will be a shot for him as he improves his fielding skills, pure arm strength is very good, runs fair, not a clogger, 4.5 out of box, raw skills to watch again in 2014. Good makeup and game face!

RHP, Jack Flaherty, Harvard Westlake HS, CA, 6'3 190, R/R, didn't see him pitch yet in this event, saw him last spring at NHSI, still worth a follow for 2014, clean delivery and arm action, was 84-88 this spring, most fb were 86 with some arm side movement in vs RHH, love his competitiveness. As hitter and 3b, has some pop in his swing, long swing with alley power, good balance and reads, plate discipline, true position will be as a RHP at the next level. Has filled out some since last year. UNC Commit for 2014?

IF, Bryson Brigman, 5'11 170, R/R, gamer with good instincts, runs smooth, didn't get good running times on him as he's quicker between the bases, the bat goes to the ball well, throws with carry, 2014 kid to keep an eye on, have seen him now for 4 years, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Ca. Stanford commit 2014.



Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - Nice turn out of scouts and college coaches at the TOS on Wednesday. Some decent arms and tools to follow, players that stuck out, Aiken, Harrison, Reetz and Vallott. Reports on players will come afer Thursday, June 20.







My projected first round forecast was first posted on August 27, 2012. My updated list is below.



2013 MLB Free-Agent Draft First Round Projections

1.)RHP, Ryne Stanek, Arkansas, 6'4 185, R/R, live arm with 3 plus pitches and determination to succeed.

2.)RHP, Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma, 6'4 255, R/R, a horse on the bump with plus fb and hard slider, command at present effective enough to pitch at ML level, will go as far as 3rd pitch develops, evokes comp to Curt Schilling, fb touches 96 on occ, most fb 90-92.

3.)RHP, Mark Appel, Stanford, 6'4 210, R/R, stuff wise and velocity, all there, the mental part of the game we'll see.

4.)OF, Clint Frazier, Loganville HS, Ga, 5'11 1/2 190 R/R, fleet footed with comparable tools to Mike Trout at the same stage of their careers. Had an outstanding Under Armour game to put his stock on the rise.

5.)OF, Aaron Judge, Fresno St, 6'6 1/2 230, R/R, raw power with surprising running ability and arm strength, better days ahead for sure for this behemoth who's got comps to Giancarlo "Mike" Stanton.

6.)OF, Austin Wilson, Stanford, 6'3 1/2 230, R/R, very strong with power, runs well underway, not a base stealing threat but will on occasion, throws well and prototype RF, better plate discipline will be needed in pro ball, but the sky is the limit for this kid.

7.)LHP, Stephen Gonsalves, Cathedral Cath HS, San Diego CA, 6'5 185, live arm with improving mechanics over the course of one summer, fb will touch 90-91, most are upper 80's with fade away from RHH, also loopiness in cb got tighter and better over the summer 2012 and also has straight change. Great upside, some throwback comps to Candy Man, John Candelaria of the old Pirates.

8.)3b, Colin Moran, North Carolina, 6'2 190, L/R, one of the better hitters in the collegiate ranks and has raw power, but known for contact and spraying the ball around the park, shows ave ML arm strength and range to left, solid ML arm, may end up moving to the other corner later in his baseball career, can fit at 3b in ML, not a base stealer but not a clogger either.

9.)OF, Austin Meadows, Grayson HS, Loganville Ga, 6'2 210, L/L, combination of speed and arm strength with raw upper body strength and bat speed to be ave or better hitter, comps to Jay Bruce (Reds), runs well underway, 4.2 out of the box from LH side.

10.)LHP, Sean Manaea, Indiana St, 6'5 220, L/L, smooth lefty with 3 plus pitches and still improving. Had a great summer in the Cape from reports.

11.)RHP, Bobby Wahl, Mississippi, 6'2 190 R/R, has gotten a bit stronger and cleaned up his delivery some since in HS days in Springfield, Va and TOS, will touch 97 out of pen, most fb are 91-93 as a starter, wtih late arm side run on occ, most fb true, shows hard cb that can be a bit sloppy, competes and just needs to be consistent with his stuff and control to move up to ML level.

12.)3B-1b-OF, Kris Bryant, 6'5 220, R/R, San Diego, first saw this specimen in TOS in Cary, lots of swings and misses, but off the chart POWER, he's got a legit ML arm, solid fielding ability, range is fair and glove range is fair, destined to be first sacker or move to RF, this young man needs to get more plate discipline, but since 2010 to now, there has been steady progress it seems and he's a legit power threat.

13.)OF, Phillip Ervin, Samford, 5'9 1/2 190, R/R, pocket rocket with power, speed and arm strength, also good instincts in the field and improving each year out. Potential to be 15-20 HR guy with 30 SB and hit for 280 average. Lots of upside left even playing at the lower D1 level.

14.)LHP/OF, Trey Ball, New Castle HS, Indiana 6'6 180, L/L, live arm with fb that touches 91 on occ, not a real quick arm but he gets good arm side run on his FB and also proper spin and rotation on cb that at times is solid ave and also has fade away change that is deceptive, good athlete, runs well underway and has bat speed and raw strength, should grow to 6'7 and 220 in time. Verbal to Texas U.

15.)RHP, John Simms, Rice, 6'4 210, R/R, pitched one of best HS matchups I've seen vs former 1st rounder, Jameson Taillon in 2010, this kid has the stamina and arm strength to be a stud at ML level, only a 2 pitch guy, hard downer type power cb and fb that touches 94-95, most are 90-91 with sink and arm side run. Command and control are better than most prospects headed into 2013 Draft eligibility. Scary upside.

16.)C, Jonathan Denney, 6'3 210, R/R, Yukon HS, OK, one of the better arms for next year's MLB 2013 Free-Agent Draft, this kid brings it, shows solid strength in line drive stroke at the plate with good pitch recognition, maybe a bit too aggressive as a hitter, he'll learn as he matures, throwing and receiving skills are excellent for his age, shifts well and is alert and he's not afraid to throw to 2b with runners on base. Shows enough ability to be considered early round consideration for 2013. Potential ave hitter with plus HR power. Keep an eye on him. First seen at TOS in Cary in 2012 and has steadily made some adjustments since then. Gamer!!

17.)RHP, Scott Frazier, Pepperdine, 6'6 220, R/R, live arm with fb in low to mid 90's, most fb are 93-94 with some run in vs RHH, and hard slider 81-85 with bite and throws strikes, gets lots of grounders and pop ups because of trajectory and hiding the baseball.

18.)RHP, Brett Morales, King HS, Tampa FL, 6'1 1/2 185, R/R, smooth righty with live fb, touches 93, most fb 90-91 with hard downer type cb and deceptive change, should move up the ladder in pro ball quickly and more experience. Great upside here.


19.)LHP, Ian Clarkin (PONY), 6'2 185, L/L, loose and lean, strong 2013 follow, touched 90 a few times, showed good action on breaking ball and around zone enough to be in the show in the future, from James Madison HS, San Diego CA.

20.)3b/UT, Cavan Biggio, St Thomas HS, Houston Tx, 6'1 180, L/R, one of the purest hitters going into 2013 with good bloodlines to boot, throws solid and good glove actions to stick at 3b, possible move to 2b, runs fair, not a burner but good instincts to steal bases on occ. Has linedrive type alley power and should develop more power as he learns to loft the baseball.

21.)3b, Jan Hernandez, Beltran Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico, 6'2 190, R/R, sweet swinging hitter with raw strength and potential line drive type power to alleys, runs well underway, not a straight away guy or base stealer, throws solid ML ave and good actions to left and right, may end up moving to 2b or 1b in pro ball or even OF.

22.)LHP, Dillon Overton, Oklahoma, 6'2 170, L/L, slender lefty with deceptive arm strength, good arm speed, fb touches 93, most are 88-91 with arm side run vs RHH, also 2 plane cb that will dive in vs RHH and backdoor on the corner. Command is good, also good move to hold runners at bay. Stamina is of concern, solid for 5 innings, drops velo after 80 pitches, may be middle man in the future.

23.)RHP, Austin Kubitza, Rice, 6'5 200, R/R, live fb down on the knees will touch 95, most fb are 91-93 with heavy sink, also hard slider, will need to improve his change up to be in 4 man rotation at ML level, otherwise best shot in middle relief.

24.)RHP, Conor Jones, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake Va, 6'2 185, Live arm with sharp downer type cb, command and control very good for his age, should develop quickly and add more pop to his fb, tops out at 93, most are 88-91 with run and sink, also straight change, upside here to move quickly.

25.)RHP, Andrew Mitchell, TCU, 6'3 220, R/R, live heavy sinker with hard slider, two pitch guy who profiles as a closer but could be in 4 man ML rotation depending on 3rd pitch (change up) development, competes and must stay ahead in counts, tends to be too fine when he should challege hitters with his fb.

26.)C, Brian Navaretto, Arlington Country Day School, Fla, 6'3 210, R/R, raw but improving ever so quickly specimen, with plus arm strength and quickness behind the dish, sub 2.0 pop time to 2b, is not afraid to show off arm and is accurate, has power and bat speed at the plate with adjustment ability to be ave ML hitter with plus power, will move quickly with the right organization.

27.)3B, Ryan McMahon, 6'3 185, L/R, Mater Dei HS, Cal, just loves this kids game and intangibles, reminds me a lot of a lefty hitting Casey Blake who played many years in the majors, not flashy, just a guts and gritty kid, he showed a knack for eating up grounders at the corner with some range and arm strength, shows quick bat at the plate from tall stance, some raw strength to add future power, can project to get a bit bigger and stronger naturally. Graded him out at a 55, solid early round projection and future ML for 2015-16 debut in Majors. I really feel this kid will hit and hit for average and drive in clutch runs from the 3-6 hole in a lineup and play stellar defense.

28.)LHP, Hunter Green, 6'4 170, L/L, Warren East HS, Bowling Green, KY, whippett build, 3/4 arm slot with deception across the body, 87-93, most fb are 90-91 with some late tail action middle out vs RHH, breaking ball we'll call a slurve at present, he may tighten it up in pro ball and it will be a sweeping cb, with makings of solid straight change with fade, repeating command will be key here, lots of upside left and room to fill out, potential to be as good as former ML, Steve Avery who was a HS phenom out of Michigan years back and stellar starter for the Braves.

29.)C-1b, Nick Ciuffo (shoe-fo) (American Legion) 6'1 190, L/R, one of better hitters in tourney, shows good presence as a fielder, idea as receiver, with arm strength, also pop in his bat, with some power, had some trouble vs LHP, but there is something there to work with, Lexington HS, Lexington SC, watch him in 2013, has gotten a bit better last 3 yrs I've seen him. This kid will hit enough and be a contributor at the ML level in time.

2014 Follow Reports from 2012 reports.



LHP, Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS, Tenn, 5'11 180, L/L, live arm, lean build, brother of Jordan Sheffield, same HS program, seen in Breathrough Series game on 7/25/12, was up to 92 on the jugs, most fb were up and out of strike zone but got the kids to swing the bat at his fb, rushes some, has good tilt and spin on the breaking ball which will aid in further development of a potential ave arsenal of two pitches, needs to improve command and control, throws from upper 3/4 slot and high leg kick delivery, a bit off balance but workable, will be one of top arms to see in spring of 2012

SS-RHP, Nick Gordon (DIXIE) from Olympia HS, Orlando FL, 6' 140, S/R, up to 90 with FB on bump with idea on the hill for sure, son of Flash Gordon, this kid has a dynamite arm and very good speed just like his brother and is a 2014 so time to wait on him. 5'10 150, 4.2 out of the box, 55/60 arm, some bail out on the cb at the plate, solid glove and range in the field with first step quickness.

C, Jarrett Freeland, tall one, 6'5 1/2 200, R/R for Parkview HS, Georgia, has nice solid arm strength for a big kid got rid of the ball decently and pegged a runner off 1st in the 4th inning vs Westlake on 3/29,

IF, Bryson Brigman, (Babe Ruth), 5'11 170, R/R, gamer with good instincts, runs smooth, bat goes to the ball well, throws with carry, 2014 kid to keep an eye on, have seen him now for 3 years, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Ca. Swung the bat better during Breakthrough Series, runs sub 7, 60 which is excellent, also good quickness between the base paths

LHP, Mac Marshall, 2014, Parkview HS, Georgia, was up to 88 with FB only 16 years old, loose with decent delivery, fb pretty true for most part, a bit long with delivery, but worth a follow next couple of years.

RHP, Ryan Castellani (USA), 6'4 190, R/R, live body with arm strength, up to 88, easy delivery and good arm action, projectible, 2014, Brophy Prep HS, Phoenix AZ.

RHP, Cameron Varga (PONY), 6'3 185, R/R, nice lean frame, one of better arms in tourney, fearless and aggressive with fb, 3/4 arm slot, touched 93, IMG Academy HS, Bradenton FL, watch him next 2 yrs, 2014.

SS-2B, Tate Blackman (Dixie), 6 175, R/R, projectible frame to get stronger in time, has good glove and instincts for middle infielder and enuf bat speed to hit at next level, only a 2014, so time to watch him at Lake Brantley HS, Altamonte Springs, FL.

C-OF, Alex Jackson, (Babe Ruth), 6'2 220, R/R, strong, durable, has pop in his bat, needs mechanic work with approach as hitter, throws well from OF and behind dish, interesting to follow next 2 years, 2014, Rancho Bernardo HS, Ca.

LHP, Christian Martinek, (Babe Ruth), 6'5 210, L/L, interesting lefty from 3/4 slot, was up to 88, most fb were 84-86, 2014 kid to watch, Jesuit HS, Portland OR.

LHP, Carson Sands, (Babe Ruth), 6'4 190, L/L, nice build and trajectory of pitches, was up to 91, young with high ceiling left, 2014, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee FL.

RHP, Jack Flaherty, (AABC), 6'3 190, R/R, didn't see him pitch yet in this event, saw him during spring at NHSI, still worth a follow for 2014, clean delivery and arm action, was 84-88 this spring, most fb were 86 with some arm side movement in vs RHH, love his competitiveness.

RHP, Touki Toussaint (USA), 6'1 180, R/R, one of favorite names in the event, was up to 91, most fb were 88, worth good look in 2014 for sure, attends, Coral Springs Christian HS, Coral Springs FL.

OF/LHP, Tanner Allison, Portland HS, Michigan, 6'1 175, L/L, runs close to ave, shows near ave velocity with a nice loose arm and sound mechanics as a lefty on the bumps, throws ave from the OF, decent instincts, has slight upper cut swing with some loft, will be highly recruited in the state of Michigan for sure. Definite name to keep on the follow list next two years.

LHP, Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego, CA, 6'2 200, L/L, smooth lefty with good break on cb and some arm strength to go with loose arm, chops off extension out front at times, most fb were 84-87, will touch 88 on occ, cb has proper spin and action to be solid pitch in time. Worth good look in 2014.

1B/RF, Braxton Davidson, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, 6'3 210, L/L, 45 arm, solid glove, not much range, good baseball instincts, strong thick legs, not a good runner, knows how on bases, has some loft potential in his dead pull hitting arsenal with good bat speed. Verbal commit I guess to UNC-Chapel Hill. Very interesting player.

C, Dominick Cammarata, TC Roberson HS, Asheville NC, 6'1 190, R/R, quick and accurate arm with arm strength to all bases, shows strength in his upper body and handles bat well enough (wood) at present to be at least an average hitter in pro ball, has quick level swing, a bit overly aggressive as a hitter, needs to be more selective at the plate, has dead pull/foul line power to LF, runs fair, decent hands and range behind the dish, definitely worth following next couple of years.

RHP, Sean Collins, Weddington HS, 6'3 185, R/R, easy arm action, rushes delivery, has some arm side run and sink on fb when down in the zone, most fb mid 80's at present, lazy breaking ball with proper spin at present, should improve with more exposure and experience, verbal to Virginia. Saw at State Tourney in Zebulon and he was 86-88, best fb today was 86, arm was late during follow through. Interesting to watch next couple of years.

C, Spencer Holcomb, Reagan HS, 6' 195, R/R, fearless hitter with some pop down the foul line, strength in wrists and upper body to produce power down the line, shows accurate throwing arm with 40/45 present strength, should improve as he physically matures, runs fair, mechanics a bit rough behind the plate, should improve with more experience. Worth a look next couple of years.


This page is dedicated to the memory of some great mentors in my life, baseball people who are still in the game or once were before joining the "Angels in the Heavens".
A very good friend of mine I just found out last evening passed away from complications of bladder cancer surgery on April 23 of this year, 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! Rest in peace Larry!!

Marti Wolever, a great friend of mine, current Scouting Director for the Phillies, Marti and I shared many good stories and ran into each other in the field many times, Marti is always very classy and willing to share family stories and memories. One of the smartest baseball men in the game, you will never meet a better evaluator in the game like Marti!

Congratulations to the man who gave me my first shot as a bird dog in April 1983 with the Padres, Mr Brad Sloan. Brad was inducted a couple years back into "Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame", an honor very worthy of this gentle "BEAR" as we call him. Brad still works as a pro scout and is known for his stint as Scouting Director for the Padres when they drafted and signed Jake Peavy some years back. Not too shabby!!


Gene Baker, late former Pirates scout among several teams Gene either played for or worked for along the way, one of his best friends was "Buck" O'Neil. Living near the Quad Cities, Gene was another man who was always kind to me and often shared great stories of his years playing baseball before the Civil Rights movement, Gene signed former ML pitcher, Bill Sampen, among several players for the Pirates years ago.
Elmer Gray, last seen still working as a scout, Elmer ran paths with me scouting former Northwest Omaha HS star, Gregg Olson in 1985, when Elmer was the scouting boss with the Pirates at the time. Elmer also worked for the Reds and is one of the sharpest men you will ever meet!

Dale McReynolds, a long time scout with several ML Teams and at one time was also a scouting director, Dale always had the time to talk with me and share some wisdom from time to time. Among Dale's former ML players he signed was Steve Howe and Bob Welch, both from Michigan universities. We miss you Mac!

Bill is still around and he was inducted into a scouting hall of fame, Bill currently writes columns for his local paper back in Columbia, Missouri. "Clarkie" always was able to speak his mind and has been a great influence on me over the years and we stay in touch every year! Clarkie, is also known as the "world traveler" and he lifts weights for competition even after some hip and knee surgeries along the way!


"Buck" O'Neil, one of the finest gentlemen who was ever in the game of baseball, "Buck" played and managed in the Negro Leagues and he shared some great memories and stories with me one day in my first year as a "bird dog", when he came to Ralston, Nebraska for a HS baseball tourney which featured future ML relieve, Gregg Olson formerly of the Orioles. Buck is in the Hall of Fame!

Dave Karaff, a great guy who is responsible for the finding of Albert Pujols from Maplewoods College in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Dave was always nice to me and shared some great stories with me about his former years as a coach too!
Ellsworth Brown, known to us as "Brownie", great man who worked until his 90's with the Twins of all ML teams, he signed former ML stars, Kirby Puckett and Bill Madlock. Brownie was a great mentor to many of us when we were just cutting our teeth as scouts back in the day, so to speak! Often bringing his wife, Mabel with him to ball games, she would crochet or knit while Brownie sat back in his lawn chair to catch a HS game somewhere is rural Illinois where I often ran into him.

Tony Lucadello, former ML scout with the Phillies, Tony "Luc" was another great mentor to many scouts back when and he was responsible for signing over 30 former ML players, some who are now in the Hall of Fame, Mike Schmidt for one and he also signed Fergie Jenkins once upon a time ago! I first met Tony in 1988 at a Great Lakes All-Star game in South Bend, Indiana and I shared with him my late father's love for the Phillies, whom Tony had worked for, and how it was an honor to have met one of the greatest baseball scouts of all time. Tony was a very modest man and he loved working in the field as a scout!




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!

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