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March 11, 2014

Draft Ten Pack

March 11, 2014

by Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff


We follow last week’s two-part “jumbo” edition of the Draft Ten Pack with a more restrained collection of updates from the scouting world of amateur baseball, headlined by a player spotlight on Oregon State’s Michael Conforto. Ronit Shah and Perfect Game’s Todd Gold caught USC’s Wyatt Strahan on back-to-back weekends while Steffan Segui continues his immersive coverage of baseball in the sunshine state, with collegiate and prep notes on 2014 players and some high-profile underclassmen.

Player Spotlight: Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State

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jwise224

As an Oregon State alum and big Beaver Baseball fan, I was thrilled to see Conforto highlighted. I've long been a little concerned about his swing path and I think you nailed it. He's raked each year for a highly competitive team in a highly competitive conference, but he'll almost have to level out the swing some at the next level. He's got an arm that can play in right field, but I think his range will ultimately limit him to left. Still, he's a very good athlete and has great bloodlines (dad played college football and mother was an olympian, I think). The best part of his game is not just his power, but his eye at the plate. He seems to go up with a plan and as a college player, that's something that's a necessity if he's going to go in the first round.

Thanks for the highlight and Go Beavs!

Mar 11, 2014 07:37 AM
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BP staff member Nick Faleris
BP staff

Thanks, jwise. Great program you have there in OSU! Conforto is a lot of fun to watch, it's just a tough profile to peg for pro teams, I think. You don't want to lose the impact of the bat, but it's probably worth trying to clean-up the swing some to see what kind of player you can tease out. In the end, maybe doing nothing and having a .260/25 hr left fielder that gets on base at a decent clip is all you need. There is also some concern that the contact issues will impact his walks at the next level because more advanced arms won't have to nibble to get him to swing through pitches -- but that's to be sussed out more in the minors.

Thanks for reading!

Mar 11, 2014 07:57 AM
 
jwise224

I totally agree Nick. I've thought a lot about how he profiles at the next level and he's interesting. Not the ideal size for a corner outfielder, some tweaks needed, could be Nick Markakis-ish with a little more pop (maybe)? Hoping for the best for him as he's been a good kid and great ambassador of the program in his time at OSU.

Mar 11, 2014 09:21 AM
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jmoultz
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Question: isn't "Ryan" Tucker actually Kyle Tucker? Seems odd that both are class of 2015 high schoolers from the same Plant High School.

Mar 11, 2014 14:29 PM
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BP staff member Steffan Segui
BP staff

Yes yes yes he is. Good catch. Been calling him Ryan all week.

Mar 11, 2014 15:07 PM
 
BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
BP staff

Fixed.

Mar 12, 2014 01:39 AM
 
chapmantime

That was a very fruitful trip, Steffan, especially for underclass preps. I wonder if Bergner would contemplate a bid to enter the 2015 draft class, where his May birthday would have him turning 18 just a month before the draft. He, Tucker, Woodford and Rodgers are all very promising, and you're a bit ahead of other outlets with the glowing reports on the Plant duo.

Mar 30, 2014 16:34 PM
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