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03-26-2012 10:04 PM #46
Heard he's ahead of schedule, and looks like he will be able to throw well before the draft. I say he still goes top 5, maybe not #1 anymore, but a real candidate to be there at #4 for the O's.
03-26-2012 10:16 PM #47
Right now I'm guessing top four are (in no particular order)
IF you had the choice of those 4 guys, who would you pick and why? Everyone join in. And Stotle, I know you still are in the information gathering stage, but just for FUN, if you had to make the decision today.
03-26-2012 10:20 PM #48
03-26-2012 10:37 PM #49
I'll have a different top 4 than that tomorrow when I update the pref list for Camden Depot.
03-27-2012 12:48 AM #50
With regards to Maddox, I love that idea. I was just thinking about how interesting Brooks Kieschnick was just last week. Evaluators always say its too hard to focus on being a position player and a pitcher to be successful at either (Casey Kelly comes to mind). Well, if you sub fielding out for pitching, maybe that works. Especially when you can get by on a 2-pitch mix.
I still maintain he should be given a shot behind the dish, but I like the third idea too.
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03-27-2012 12:55 PM #51
Updated pref list (March 27, 2012):
1. Mark Appel, rhp, Stanford Univ.
2. Byron Buxton, of, Appling County HS (Baxley, Ga.)
3. Kyle Zimmer, rhp, Univ. of San Francisco
4. Mike Zunino, c, Univ. of Florida
5. Gavin Cecchini, ss, Barbe HS (Lake Charles, La.)
6. Deven Marrero, ss, Arizona St. Univ.
7. Stryker Trahan, c, Acadiana HS (Lafayette, La.)
8. Albert Almora, of, Mater Acad. (Hialeah Gardens, Fla.)
9. Lucas Giolito, rhp, Harvard-Westlake HS (Studio City, Calif.)
10. Kevin Gausman, rhp, Louisiana St. Univ.
11. Max Fried, lhp, Harvard-Westlake HS (Studio City, Calif.)
12. Carlos Correa, ss, Puerto Rico Baseball Acad. (Gurabo, P.R.)
13. Matt Smoral, lhp, Solon HS (Solon, Ohio)
14. David Dahl, of, Oak Mountain HS (Birmingham, Ala.)
15. Walker Weickel, rhp/1b, Olympia HS (Fla.)
Full article here, including notes from the Appel and Zimmer starts I saw this weekend.
03-27-2012 01:17 PM #52
How do guys feel about Michael Wacha? I like the size at 6'6" and the stats from his 1st two years at Texas A&M and his continued progression this year. I know he had a knockout performance against Pepperdine the other day and I read he is up to 92-93 range consistently with a plus changeup. Is it possible for him to creep into your top 15 Stotle and perhaps top 5?
03-27-2012 01:20 PM #53
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03-27-2012 10:13 PM #55
Stotle (of course anyone else's opinion is welcome) how do Marrero and Cecchini profile as offensive players?
03-27-2012 10:27 PM #56
03-27-2012 11:17 PM #57
Marrero is a little deceiving because he hits better with wood than he does the BBCOR metal bats. He isn't likely to win batting titles, but he could get on base at a .350 clip and hit you 15 homeruns or so, depending on his ability to make adjustments at the pro level.
03-28-2012 09:30 AM #58
This seems like an underwhelming top 5. Appel, Buxton and Giolito (if healthy) make a nice top 3. I suppose Zimmer could have Bauer-like draft stock potential (top 3 team takes his high probability?). I'm hopeful that one of Giolito/Buxton fall to the O's at #4 and, if Giolito, he does enough to make us confident that his injury isn't a long-term issue.
03-28-2012 11:12 AM #59
Is there ever any concern over the level of competition the College players face like there may be with HS kids? I am asking because of Zimmer playing for Univ. of San Francisco he doesn't face the bigger conferences like the ACC or SEC consistently like Appel does in the PAC-12. OR is it if you throw mid 90's consitently with movement/location and have other plus stuff it doesn't really matter where you play.
03-28-2012 11:22 AM #60