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June 5, 2013

Scouting the Draft

Pitchers to Know (Part 2)

by Nick J. Faleris


We conclude our Scouting the Draft positional preview with the second half of our look at some of the top arms in this year’s draft class, including five high school standouts, five collegiate starters, and five college relievers with varying projections at the pro ranks.

Five More High School Arms

Kyle Serrano | RHP | Farragut HS (Farragut, TN)
Height/Weight:
6-foot-1/195 pounds
B/T: R/R
Draft Day Age: 17 years, 11 months

Son to legendary collegiate coach Dave Serrano (formerly of UC-Irvine and Cal St. Fullerton; currently of Tennessee), Kyle is an advanced prep arm with a feel for three pitches—each of which could play as plus offerings with further seasoning. Serrano enjoyed a bump in stuff across the board this spring, pushing him up draft boards into first- or second-round consideration, though he has seen some inconsistencies in velocity and execution pop up over the past four or five weeks.

At its best, Serrano’s arsenal is highlighted by a low-90s fastball that creeps up to 94 mph, spotting well to both sides of the plate. His minimalist mechanics help him to place the ball effectively—particularly for a prep arm—and should allow for further growth in his secondaries as he continues to refine his execution. Both his change-up and curve will flash above-average, and he shows such good feel for each at such a young age it’s easy to picture a half grade to full grade bump for both offerings, with an outside chance of one or more developing even further. Serrano is committed to play for his dad at Tennessee and could be an impact arm in the SEC immediately upon arrival, should he forgo his opportunity to start his professional career this summer.

Hunter Green | LHP | Warren East HS (Bowling Green, KY)
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4/185 pounds
B/T: L/L
Draft Day Age: 17 years, 11 months
Scouting Video (PGN)

Green is a projectable lefty who has already seen his velocity climb to mid-90s at times this spring, and there is a chance for him to discover even more as he continues to hang bulk on his long, broad frame. The Kentucky commit utilizes a simple step-in to kick off his motion and creates arm speed through good shoulder/hip separation. He gets good extension out of his long legs and arms, helping his fastball to jump on hitters. There is some cleanup to be done in his tempo and balance, each of which can lead to inconsistent strides and release points, and occasional fall-off to his glove side.

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