College Notes/Potential Draft Prospects – Week 2

An article by posted on March 1, 2012

I meant for this to go up on Monday until I realized this was the week every professor decides to throw a test at you.

If you guys like the idea I’ll try to have the next one up on Monday. I plan to rotate the second tier guys mentioned each week, so next week I’ll include someone like Kyle Hansen from St. Johns while making other adjustments to improve the quality and content.

Mark Appel, RHP- Standford (Projected No. 1 overall)

Stat line: W, 7 IP, R, 3 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, WP, HBP

Appel pitched tremendously to pick up his second win of the year over the 7th ranked Texas team. Observers noted that Appel looked much better than last weekend and topped out at 96 mph and his slider was missing bats.

Victor Roache, RF – Georgia Southern (Projected: Top 15 pick)

Stat line: 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Roache was having a terrific double header until he made the news of the week by breaking his wrist diving for a fly ball in the second game. It is expected he will be out for the whole year. A major blow to his stock.

Kenny Diekroeger, 2B/SS – Stanford (Projected late 1st round – 1st supp.)

Stat line: 6-for-12, 3 2B, SB, 2 R, 2 RBI BB, 3 K, 2 E

Great performance offensively, but the errors on routine groundballs don’t sit well when he already has defensive questions.

Steve Piscotty, 3B/OF – Stanford (Projected mid-to-late 1st round)

Stat line: 3-for-14, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI,BB, K, E

Not quiet the follow up weekend you’d like to see after his booming start, but he was still productive.

Brett Mooneyham, LHP – Stanford (Projected 1st round supplement to 2nd round)

Stat line: W, 8 IP, R, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 SO, 2 HBP, 8:9 GO:FO

He is really pitching his way into the 1st round conversation early in the season. The stuff is in his arm and he is harnessing it much better thus far.

Hoby Milner, LHP – Texas (Projected 2nd-3rd round)

Stat line: L, 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 SO, HBP, 2:7 GO:FO

He has average stuff at the moment, although he is still projectable. Just not a good effort against the potent Stanford lineup though.

Mike Zunino, C – Florida (Projected: top 5)

Stat line: 2-for-6 R, RBI, BB, HBP

Nolan Fontana, SS – Florida (Projected: 2nd-3rd round)

Stat line: 5-for-9, 2 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO, HBP, E

Great weekend from him. Definitely making me an even bigger fan.

Preston Tucker, 1B/RF – Florida (Projected: Could go anywhere as a senior)

Stat line: 3-for-11, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, K, SB

Tucker is absolutely killing the ball right now and already has 5 homeruns. I liked him last year and he is definitely improving his stock from the 16th round he was taken in last year.

Hudson Randall, RHP – Florida (Projected: 2nd round)

Stat line: W, 6.1 IP, 5 H, R, 4 SO, 7:8 GO:FO

Lacks an elite fastball, but can throw four quality pitches that includes a quality fastball.

Austin Maddox, 1B/RHP – Florida (Projected: 2nd-5th round)

Stat line: SV, 2.2 IP, H, 4 SO, 3:1 GO:FO / 2-for-6, R

Scouts are starting to think his future is on the mound and not with the bat.

Brian Johnson, LHP/1B – Florida (Projected: Top 20 picks)

Stat line: W, 6.1 IP, R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 SO, WP, 7:9 GO:FO / O-for-3, 2 K

I expected more from Johnson against William & Mary. Not terrible, but he needs to step it up.

Chris Beck, RHP – Georgia Southern (Projected: Top 20 pick)

Stat line: 7 IP, 2 R, 7 H, BB, 5 SO, HBP (87 pitches, 59 for strikes)

Nice outing that was tremendously efficient. A few too many hits against Radford, but he attacking the zone all game and sometimes a few of the balls put into play will drop for hits.

Eddie Butler, RHP – Radford (Projected: 2nd or 3rd round)

Stat line: 5 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 6 BB, 4 SO (103 pitches, 56 for strikes)

Sits low-to-mid 90′s with projectability, but his inconsistent mechanics lead to troubles with command as was the case in this performance.

Deven Marrero, SS – Arizona State (Projected: Top 8 picks)

Stat line: 4-for-11, 2 R, RBI, SB

If only he found a way to last until the 13th pick.

Brady Rodgers, RHP – Arizona State (Projected: 2nd round)

Stat line: W, 7 IP, 5 H, 9 SO, 7:3 GO:FO

Definitely a name I would watch for the Mets second pick.

Marcus Stroman, RHP – Duke (Projected: 1st round)

Stat line: 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 10 SO

And this is why he still looks like a first round pick despite the question marks.

Michael Wacha, RHP – Texax A&M (Projected: 1st round)

Stat line: 7 IP, 2 H, 11 SO

I really wouldn’t be surprised if he is in the conversation for the Mets pick by the time the draft comes around.

Kevin Gausman, RHP – LSU (Projected: Top 6 picks)

Stat line: W, 7 IP, 4 H, 7 SO

Almost no chance he is around at this rate.

Travis Jankowski, CF – Stony Brook (Projected: 1st round)

Stat line: 6-for-15, 5 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 3B, 3 SB

I really like him. He could sneak up the boards the way Cory Spangenberg did last year. Will probably one up being one of the more valuable players in this class long term.

High school tidbit: Lucas Giolito hit 100 mph in his start Tuesday night. No crazy bonus demands will get him out of the top 5 picks.

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