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March 28, 2014

Draft Ten Pack

Collegiate Update

by Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff


Grayson Greiner, C, South Carolina
Scouting Video
Greiner entered the season as one of the top collegiate backstops eligible for the 2014 draft and he has solidified that status through his first 22 games played. He’s got a .338/.422/.514 slash line, just 12 strikeouts against 10 walks, and has thrown out 44 percent of would-be basestealers. He moves well behind the plate, able to block and deaden balls in the dirt. He has a quick transfer and release backed by above-average arm strength. He worked as the primary catcher for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer and showed little trouble handling the likes of Carlos Rodon, Tyler Beede, Erick Fedde, Brandon Finnegan, and Luke Weaver.

The biggest question surrounding Greiner is the extent to which the bat will continue to develop against more advanced arms. He boasts a solid understanding of the strike zone, and carries that understanding over to his approach, but the bat speed is average and a preference for contact out in front has limited his ability to utilize the whole field. The upside is that of an everyday backstop, with a fallback as a glove-first backup with fringe-average raw pop and a pedestrian on-base/batting average. He should garner second or third round consideration provided a solid finish to conference play. –Nick J. Faleris

Zech Lemond, RHP, Rice
Scouting Video (2013 vs Stanford)
Lemond ascended from bullpen ace to Friday night starter when Jordan Stevens went down for the year a few weeks ago. During my look he appeared to still be adjusting to the transition. He came out of the gate throwing like a reliever, airing it out with 95 and 96 mph fastballs but clearly over-throwing in the process, leading to erratic command. This also forced his slider up, causing it to lose its bite, and the lack of command with both offerings too often left him in hitter’s counts. As the start wore on, Lemond settled down and began to pitch, settling into the 92 to 93 mph range with his two-seam fastball and touching 94 a few more times while showing better feel and spotting his fastball more effectively.

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