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04-12-2012 11:54 AM #1
Keith Law Top 50
Keith posted his top 50 prospects for the draft today. Its Insider content, but here is the link:
To summarize the top 5, he has Buxton one, Zunino and then the 3 college arms
Appell, Zimmer and Glausman. He also has SS Carlos Correa in there as well and predicts a top 4 of Buxton, Zimmer, Zunino and Appell.
What does everyone think of another Stanford pitcher?
04-12-2012 12:15 PM #2
I wouldn't be crazy about Appel but who knows for sure. I'd rank my personal preference of college pitchers as
1. Marcus Stroman
Probably sounds nuts to some but Law kind of backs me up on this one.
Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman would go in the top five picks this year if he were only about five or six inches taller, but at 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-8, he's facing an uphill battle to convince scouts that he can be more than a reliever in the majors. Yet if we ignore his lack of height for the moment, he has essential ingredients for a starter -- an above-average fastball, an out pitch among his secondary offerings, a weapon to use against lefties, and an extremely aggressive approach along with self-confidence that practically drenches the mound when he pitches.
Gausman might have the best stuff and ceiling of the four but I think command will be his undoing. Appel has no wow factor for me. He has 55 K's in 57 IP so far this year. Stroman's fallback is as a lights out closer but I like the kid's mechanics and think he stays a starter. Of course, that's without knowing anything about a changeup, which he'll most likely need to be a successful starter.
Interesting to see Correa moving up. Big kid with outside chance to stick at SS and is 17 years old all year. I like that. Sounds a little like Machado.
Trying to find any video on Buxton. I've seen three different video's where he looks terrible on breaking pitches. I've also never seen him hit a ball, let alone drive one, to RF. Sure would feel better about him if I could see that. He might not be there at #4 anyway, the way it sounds. I'm all over the place this year. I'm cooling on Zunino.
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04-13-2012 08:57 PM #6
Stroman is really, really good. He's got one of the filthiest sliders ever.
04-13-2012 10:01 PM #7
Yeah, just checked out the boxscore. If I'm not wrong, Maryland's offense is nothing to right home about. Considering that, not as dominant as some of us other starts. Still, he goes deep into games, and his control has been very good. Looks like 8 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K's. Not bad.
04-14-2012 10:06 AM #8
He falls off towards 1B a little, but is athletic enough to make up for it, making a really good play on a slow roller down the 3B line for an out. His mechanics are pretty clean, and he throws with very little effort. He's going to be a pitcher that 5-10 teams say, I wish we took that kid in the first.
04-14-2012 10:30 AM #9
04-14-2012 10:45 AM #10
Appel threw 149 pitches last night.
Anyone think that type of workload might cause him to drop?
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04-14-2012 12:15 PM #15
I disagree with people who would like to start him -- it isn't what I'd do, personally. His value, to me, is in the fact that there's nothing much left to develop as a reliever.