Updates on Kyle Funkhouser, Brendan Rodgers, Dansby Swanson, and other potential draft targets.
This past weekend kicked-off the start of the Division I college baseball season, and so too does Baseball Prospectus’ prospect team kick-off our coverage of the 2015 draft with the first installment of our Draft Ten Pack series. Each week we will bring you updates on some of the top names and rising talents across the amateur landscape, beginning this week with updates from college baseball’s opening weekend and some prep notes from the Sunshine State and an early-season Midwest showcase.
The final draft Ten Pack of the season features end-of-year notes from the Midwest and Southern California.
Our last draft ten pack of the season contains end-of-year notes from the Midwest region (courtesy of myself) and Southern California (courtesy of Ron Shah). Make sure to check out Baseball Prospectus’s full draft content here, including in-depth scouting notes, prospect video, and links to more draft content from our partners at Perfect Game USA. We hope you enjoyed this series; see you again next February! –Nick J. Faleris
It's a very special episode of the Draft Ten Pack, featuring a BP mock draft.
We’re a month from the MLB First Year Player Draft (June 5–7), and it’s time to narrow our focus to those names who will play a prominent role on draft day. This week’s entry in the Draft Ten Pack put ten BP and Perfect Game prospect-team members in decision-making roles. The rules of this “mock” were simple: pick the player you would pick if you were calling the shots for your assigned team. These selections were not made with organizational preference in mind, or with a nod toward any real-world hints about which targets these organizations have begun to zero in on.
More names to know before the upcoming amateur draft.
This week we finish up with some trailing NHSI reports (last week’s Ten Pack had notes on ten participants), hit some more high school kids, and provide an introduction to FIU backstop Aramis Garcia and an update on FSU ace Luke Weaver.
A number of this year's top prep prospects were at the USA Baseball invitational.
At the end of March, USA Baseball held its third annual National High School Invitational at the USA Baseball training complex in Cary, NC. The event featured 16 of the top high school programs in the country in a single-elimination tournament format, with each team guaranteed four games via consolation matchups. The First Academy (Orlando, FL) took home the crown after back-to-back Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) titles (Mater Dei did not participate this year). Below are notes and some video on 10 of the event’s top participants, including a number of first round candidates for this year’s June draft. I’ll have notes and video on more participants in this week’s BP Prospect Team Ten Pack entry.
Scouting reports and video of some of the top college players eligible for this June's draft.
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.
Starring a showdown between two of the highest profile arms in the 2014 draft, Tyler Beede and Aaron Nola.
I was in Nashville two weekends ago for the much-anticipated matchup between two of the top programs in the SEC, as well as two of the top arms in the 2014 draft class: Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede and LSU’s Aaron Nola. Beede and Nola took the bump opposite each other in Friday night’s opener and proceeded to solidify their claims to first round consideration. The series concluded with a doubleheader on Saturday, with a number of talents on each side standing out—particularly a handful of underclassmen with first round aspirations.
Eyes on Austin Bergner, Brendan Rodgers, Matt Imhof, Michael Conforto and other draft prospects.
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.
We put eyes on Alex Blandino, Casey Gillaspie, Bradley Zimmer, and other amateurs of interest for this year's draft.
After a focus on the Virginia/East Carolina series last weekend, this week’s Draft Ten Pack returns to catching you up on early-season action across the college ranks. Steffan Segui and Ethan Purser provide notes from the southeast, while Perfect Game’s Todd Gold contributes from the west coast, with thoughts on some of the top underclass arms in the country. I chip in with some national notes, including a player spotlight on an infielder who is ringing in the season with a loud offensive performance. Tomorrow, we’ll have another Ten Pack on prep prospects.