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  1. To give a little more color on Law's first mock, he has Pittsburgh taking Davis 1-1 (the ACC Tournament started on Tuesday and Davis went 2-5 with 2 HR's in a win against Clemson, and 3-7 with a HR in yesterday's loss to Georgia Tech). Here's what he wrote on Leiter being selected by Arizona, one pick after us: 6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt They’d love Lawlar, and I would say there’s a non-zero chance he gets here; if Texas takes Rocker or Leiter and Boston takes the other, that probably pushes Lawlar here, with Baltimore likely going under slot.
  2. New mock from Mayo. I really love Mayer and Davis. Would Elias even take Leiter? https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-mock-draft-2021-may-19?t=mlb-draft-coverage 1. Pirates: Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, Calif.) The Pirates seem to have seven players still in the mix here and Mayer, who scouts have extreme confidence will hit, is right in the middle of that conversation. 2. Rangers: Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (Dallas) The Mayer vs. Lawlar debate is one that could continue for years and the Rangers can take their pick of the one the Pirates
  3. Gammons wrote a long article about the effects of COVID and the lost year on the minors and the draft. Here's a blurb from the draft portion of the article: Begin with the draft, quasi-restored from five rounds to 20 and moved from the first week of June to the All-Star break in mid-July. It has seemed for weeks that the top of the draft was simple. Vanderbilt pitchers Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker and high school shortstops Jordan Lawlar and Marcelo Mayer were going to be atop the board, with little variance, save perhaps pool money manipulation. “All along, we’ve been saying this dr
  4. I forgot to include the O's pick! 5. Orioles: Brady House, SS, Winder-Barrow HS (Winder, Ga.) House has bounced back after struggling on the showcase circuit last summer and offers some of the best power in the Draft and possibly enough athleticism to stay at shortstop.
  5. Louisville beat Vanderbilt on Tuesday. Henry Davis went 2-4 with a HR. He's now hitting .403/.520/.683 with 10 HR, 9 2B, 38 RBI, 29 walks and 15 strikeouts. He's also stolen 10 bases in 12 attempts. Callis just did an updated mock draft. Here's the top 6: 1. Pirates: Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (Dallas) As a five-tool high school shortstop from the Dallas area, Lawlar draws comparisons to Bobby Witt Jr. (No. 2 to the Royals in 2019), who had louder tools but a less polished bat at the same stage of their careers. 2. Rangers: Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt Aft
  6. Henry Davis and Louisville played Clemson Fri-Saturday. Davis went 5-12 with 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB and 1 K in the series. On the season, in 37 games (135 AB), he's hitting .400 with 9 HR, 9 2B, 29 Walks, 15 K's. He's also stolen 10 bases in 12 attempts. He has a .520 OBP and a.667 Slg% (1.187 OPS). Defensively, he's caught 12 of 25 runners attempting to steal. Vanderbilt played Florida this past weekend. Florida won 2 out of 3. Kumar Rocker Rocker got the start on Friday night and got the win. Rocker went 5 innings, 4 hits 2 ER, 4 walks, 8 K's and threw 95 pitches. On the seaso
  7. Vanderbilt played Miss. State this weekend. Louisville's games were canceled due COVID, so no games for Henry Davis. Kumar Rocker Rocker got the start on Friday night and got the win while pitching a complete game. Rocker went 9 innings, 3 hits 1 ER, 0 walks, 8 K's, 1 HBP and threw 109 pitches. On the season, Rocker is 9-1 with a 1.55 ERA. 64 innings, 32 hits, 15 walks (2.11/9), 89 K's (12.52/9) and a .143 average against. Jack Leiter Leiter got the start on Saturday and took the loss. Leiter went 5 innings, 6 hits 4 ER, 3 walks, 8 K's, 1 HBP and threw 96 pitches.
  8. MLB.Com mock from Callis and Mayo. Doesn't seem like House has a real chance to stay at SS, but scouts love his power. 1) Pirates (Callis): Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt -- It feels like a four-man race to go No. 1 right now, but give me the guy who’s dominating the Southeastern Conference and can pitch off his fastball like few can. 2) Rangers (Mayo): Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (Texas) -- Callis taking Leiter made this easier as I feel Lawlar’s the next best player in the class right now as a five-tool player at a premium position. 3) Ti
  9. Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker, ranked third on Keith Law’s top-50 draft prospects, had a solid outing on Friday night against Tennessee. He went seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk and striking out eight. His velocity was up over his previous few starts, touching 96 mph and sitting 93-95, according to multiple reports. There had been some concern about his health with his fastball sitting more 89-91 in his previous few outings. https://theathletic.com/2529621/2021/04/20/2021-mlb-draft-heat-watch-nc-states-luca-tresh-texas-techs-cal-conley-emerging/ Henry Davis
  10. 28 of 29 first round picks have now been signed. Garrett Mitchell (20th overall to the Brewers) is the lone unsigned first-rounder. Of the 28 signed first-rounders, the largest underslot in terms of dollar amount are: 2. Heston Kjerstad: $2.59 million 23. Carson Tucker: $930,000 17. Nick Yorke: $910,000 8. Robert Hassell: $880,000 18. Bryce Jarvis: $830,000 25. Jared Shuster: $540,000 3. Max Meyer: $520,000 The largest underslot by percentage: 2. Heston Kjerstad: 33.25% 23. Carson Tucker: 31.74% 17. Nick Yorke: 25.20% 18. Bryce Jarvis
  11. An admission by the team and the player (obviously his agent as well), that but for the O’s picking him 2nd overall, none believe he would have gone prior to 8th overall (slot bonus of $5.18 million).
  12. In the shortened 2020 season, Arkansas, like everyone else in the conference, did not make it to the SEC schedule. Kjersatd put up his numbers in 16 games against: Eastern Illinois (Ohio Valley Conference)-He went 7-12 with 4 HR 10 RBI, 2 walks and 1 k. Gonzaga (West Coast Conference)-He went 4-16 with 0 HR 1 RBI 3 walks and 4 k's. Oklahoma (Big 12)-In the 1 game played, he went 2-5 (2 singles) 0 RBI 0 walk and 1 K. Texas(Big 12)- In the 1 game played, he went 3-5 with 1 HR 2 RBI. Baylor (Big 12)-In the 1 game played, he 2-3 with a 2B 0 RBI no walks no K's.
  13. Oy. Westburg hit .294 last year (.279 in SEC games) with 6 HR. He struck out 69 times in 66 games (265 AB). In the brief 2020 season (16 games), he hit .317 with 2 HR and 15 Ks (66 AB). I don't know what to say other than this is not anything resembling an overslot. We took two high strikeout, swing and miss guys from the same conference as Martin, who didn't strike out and hit .424 with more walks than strikeouts. How many times have you asked yourself, "I wish our prospects didn't have the 'he strikes out too much and needs better control of the strike zone' label? Well, we added two g
  14. No one can argue with a straight face that Kjerstad was best player available. He hit .319 in the SEC last year. Martin hit .424. Kjerstad struck out 65 times and walked 21 last year. Martin walked more than he struck out. Kjerstad is a corner OF. Martin will play CF, 3b and/or 2b. Kjerstad was rated about 10th on most mocks and player rankings. Martin was 1 or 2. So, we have decided that getting the best player available at 30 is more important than finding the best player available at #2.
  15. I've said it once before but I'll repeat it again. Martin crushed it in the SEC in the last full college baseball season (2019). No running up his numbers against inferior non-conference competition. He hit .424 with a .500 OBP in SEC games last year. JJ Bleday hit .304 in SEC games in 2019 (he hit .347 overall in 2019). Heston Kjerstad (who will be a first round pick next week and I've seen rumors connecting him to an underslot deal with the O's) hit .319 in SEC games in 2019. In the limited season they had in 2020 (they didn't even get to the SEC schedule), Martin hit .377 and had 10 w
  16. I have read some stories, and seen reports, that perhaps we should go underslot at #2 and use the savings for the 30th overall pick and/or the 39th overall pick. To me, when you are picking 2nd overall (or anywhere in the top 5), you need to pick the very best player available. You cannot pass on elite talent. Certainly doing so in the hope that a top talent will fall to 30 and you will be able to go overlslot risks the loss of an elite talent for a possibility which is out of your control. This is also a draft that is supposed to be deep in pitching. I bring all of this up because it app
  17. Arizona State's website and d1baseball list Tork at 6'1 205. Cal's website and d1baseball list Vaughn at 6'0 214. Here are the links: https://d1baseball.com/player/SMIcwFdg/spencer-torkelson/ https://thesundevils.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=8386 https://d1baseball.com/player/lG5tPbWe/andrew-vaughn/ https://calbears.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=13662
  18. Here are Torkleson's stats over the last two seasons: 2018: .320/.440/.743 25 HR 38 Walks 44 Strikeouts 2019: .353/.449/.702 22 HR 41 Walks 43 Strikeouts Here are Vaughn's stats over the same two season period: 2018: .402/.531/.819 23 HR 44 Walks 18 Strikeouts 2019: .374/.539/.704 15 HR 60 Walks 33 Strikeouts Vaughn hit for a higher average (.389 v. .338), walked more (about 25% more) and struck out less (about 58% of the frequency that Tork k'd). Torkelson, obviously, hit more homers (47 v. 38).
  19. Austin Martin really stands out to me. In SEC games, he hit .424. Some players run up huge stats before conference play and then their numbers take a hit when conference games start. Not Martin. He destroyed SEC pitching and I think many would argue that the SEC was the best conference in the country in 2019. As a comparison, Bleday hit .304 in SEC games (.347 overall). Martin also improved as the year went along, especially from a power perspective. We'll see how he does at SS this year (he played 3rd in 2019), but in even if he doesn't project as an everyday MLB SS, his bat, speed (22 steals
  20. Obviously watching O's games is brutal and not for the faint of heart. One thing I have noticed that I like is the black and grey t-shirt that our coaches and players wear. Unfortunately, I cant find it anywhere. I've searched the team store, MLB store, fansedge, majestic etc. without success. I have long arms and like t-shirts with the "longer" short-sleeves. This t-shirt looks perfect. In these times of woeful baseball, it's the little pleasures that sustain us! Any help finding it would be greatly appreciated. Here's what it looks like:
  21. https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/5/30/18645138/mlb-draft-andrew-vaughn-first-baseman-cal
  22. Vaughn went 7-13 with 4 HR this weekend, including an opposite field grand slam. On the season, Vaughn is 18-34, .529/.680/.1.176 (1.856 OPS) with seven home runs, 18 RBI, 15 walks, a HBP and five strikeouts.
  23. Thanks. I forgot to add that Vaughn did go to the Cape Cod League last summer before joining Team USA. He was really solid there with the wood bat. In 14 games, he hit .308 with 5 HR with a 1.022 OPS. One of his teammates was Bryson Stott, the SS from UNLV who will likely be a first round pick as well. In 12 games, Stott was .275 with a .708 OPS. Rutschman did not play in the Cape Cod League last year (if I recall it was due to his long season after winning the CWS), but he did in 2017. In 2017, in 20 games, he hit .164 with a .461 OPS. Admittedly these are small sample sizes and Rutschma
  24. Just wanted to point out what Andrew Vaughn, the 1B from Cal (the Pac-12, same conference as Rutschman) has accomplished and is currently doing. In 2017, as a freshman, Vaughn stats were: .349, .414 OBP and .555 SLG (.969 OPS.] Last year, Vaughn won the Golden Spikes award. His stats were insane. .402 average, .531 OBP and. 819 SLG (1.350 OPS). Oh, he also had 23 HR 44 Walks and 18 K's. That's right, he not only walked almost 2.5 times for each K, he also had more HR's than K's. This season, Vaughn is putting up even be
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