Monday morning this week, the Cardinals held their personal workouts for draft-eligible players to get a closer look at each player before the MLB draft which is from June 6-8th. Derrick Goold has the rundown of players invited to Busch and let’s take a closer look at each invitee after the jump.
(list of players, positions, schools, height, weight and ages all per Goold.)
Justin Hancock, RHP, Lincoln Trail College … 6-3, 175 … Age: 20 – Hancock has struck out 49 in 53 innings for Lincoln Trail College, but has allowed 55 hits and 22 walks. He’s in his second year with Lincoln Trail, which is a JUCO.
Justin Kamplain, LHP, Walker HS (Ala.) … 6-0, 160 … Age: 18 – The prep lefthander Kamplain pitched a perfect game and hit two home runs in the same game this season. He has committed to Alabama.
Tyler Mills, RHP, University of Michigan … 6-2, 200 … Age: 21 – Mills is a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore. He was All-State in high school, but his results have not matched his previous achievements since joining Michigan. He is finally a full-time member of the pitching staff and has a 5.66 ERA this season with 29 Ks in 35 innings. This would be a player the Cards would draft for his projectability and potential – not off his current stats.
Spencer Patton, RHP, SIU-Edwardsville … 6-0, 185 … Age: 23 – Per Baseball Draft Report: 89-91, 92 peak FB; strike thrower; above-average SL; solid CU; (2.68 FIP; 8.62 K/9; 6.32 BB/9)
Brad Watson, RHP, Wartburg College … 6-4, 185 … Age: 21 – Here is three short videos of Watson getting the final swing and miss for a strikeout. One Two Three He’s a senior. He has 88 Ks to 25 walks in 95 innings.
Beau Baker, C, Missouri Baptist … 6-0, 210 … Age: 23 – In 46 games, the senior has hit for a .342 average and slugged .483. He’s listed as a catcher here, but he also DH’ed for MO Baptist.
Matt Beaty, 3B, Dresden HS (Tenn.) … 6-0, 195 … Age: 18 – Beaty appears to already have his own website: http://mattbeatytn.com/. Here’s a highlight video from his junior year of Beaty destroying the ball. If he was that big as a junior in high school – he’s going to be huge! I would hazard a guess that the left handed slugger ends up at 1st base. I believe he has committed to Belmont College
Alex Dickerson, LF, University of Indiana … 6-3, 210 … Age: 20 – Here’s a video of Dickerson’s swing from the left side of the plate from 2010 via prospect junkies. As Goold notes in the article, Dickerson hit .500 in the Cape Cod league. From Baseball America, via Goold:
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound lefthander has pure hitting ability, average to plus power to all parts of the ballpark and an advanced approach. … He’s a below-average runner with substandard range and a fringy arm in left field, and he’s going to have to work harder on defense to avoid a move to first base or DH.
Larry Greene, LF, Berrien County HS (Ga.) … 6-2, 234 … Age: 18 – Greene has been linked to the Cardinals by such luminaries as Keith Law in recent mock drafts. Via MLB Draft Guide:
Lefthanded power is Larry Greene’s ticket to being picked high in the 2011 draft. Greene is a pull hitter with an uppercut in his swing and has as much raw power as any high school player in the country. He is solid in the field, with enough speed to cover ground at an outfield corner and a plus arm.
Here’s more information from BA via Goold again:
Greene was dominating and putting on huge power displays against modest pitching, pushing himself into first-round consideration. However, scouts who saw him last summer recall he struggled mightily with velocity at the East Coast Pro Showcase.
Lance Jeffries, CF, McCluer HS (Mo.) … 5-11, 195 … Age: 18 – Local product Lance Jeffries put a show in the speed competitions at Busch. Here’s a video of his swing in the batting cages. He projects as a right-handed hitting centerfielder. Per Goold’s article, Jeffries could “go anywhere from the third to the 11th round”.
Chase Larsson, LF, Cameron University … 6-4, 220 … Age: 20 – Larsson’s slash line this season is 432/530/1.000 for an OPS of 1.530 with Div II Cameron. He has and absurd 29 HRs, 35 walks and only 28 strikeouts. Here’s Chase taking batting practice.
Ryan Rua, SS, Lake Erie College … 6-2, 180 … Age: 21 – Rua was named the “fourth best draft-able division II prospect” by Baseball America. Rua has slashed 400/437/594 this season.
Andre Terrell, C, Culver-Stockton College … 6-3, 230 … Age: 22 – Terrell has slashed 395/452/569 this season for Culver-Stockton