One of the strengths of this draft is the college pitching, and that may be where the Cardinals are leaning with their first pick. We have already profiled the top two pitchers, but the next group of hurlers is pretty strong as well. This set of pitchers may not have the polish of a Crow or Matusz, but they still possess the stuff to be top of the rotation starters or in the case of Josh Fields a dominating closer. This group also contains the guy who I think is the current favorite to go to the Cardinals with the 13th overall pick, Shooter Hunt. Check it all out after the break.
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The draft reports have been gone for a while, but this week they make their comeback. I am going to try and do a few more so we get most of the guys that are potentially there at 13 profiled, but then I am going to skip some guys and go back to the sandwich round guys that you may see at the 39th pick. Today’s report includes some big time college bats. These are guys that play premium positions and have a polished enough game to move fast. I am guessing you have seen their names on the weekend wrap-ups.
The top college sluggers all had good weekends while the top two college arms struggled for about the first time all year. However, there were some very good performances from the next tier of hurlers, and one simply amazing night for the favorite to go #1 in next year’s draft. Check it all out after the break.
Aaron Crow may never allow a run again, and Buster Posey was an extra base hit machine this weekend. A big name makes his first appearance, and the rest of this week’s top performers all inside this week’s wrap-up. It kind of looks a mess, but I don’t have the new format completely figured out yet.
We have given you updates on some of the top college players, and we have also given our thoughts on how the top prospects rank. Now it is time to try and fit something together and see where they might go. It is still extremely early, and I would be surprised if I got any of these picks right, but it is always fun to try. I do have to warn you that updates on high school players are few and far between at this point, so I am going off old reports on most of these guys and trending a lot toward college guys early. I am also making assumptions on what these teams may be looking for, but at this point who isn’t? sluhser, ask and you shall receive.
Buster Posey is breaking out while Aaron Crow and Brian Matusz continue to show why they are the top 2 pitchers in college baseball. Gordon Beckham almost missed the wrap-up for the first time, but a big day Sunday kept his streak alive. Check out some of the other top performers after the break.
As you have probably seen we have started a new feature called College Monday wrap-up. While we have done some profiles, there aren’t many posted yet, and some of you may be wondering which of these names you see on the wrap-up may actually be possibilities for the Cardinals’ first pick in June. That is why we have decided to start the top 15 list. This list is a combination of lists from erik, Picklefork, UncleBuck44, and myself. Our hope is to continue to give updates every few weeks leading up to draft day, and hopefully our list will resemble that of what the Cardinals may actually have and we can give you a good preview of the guy that will ultimately be the pick.
Arizona State slugger Ike Davis
On the mound Brian Matusz is starting to dominate while the other top pitchers continue to put up great starts. In the box Gordon Beckham continues to mystify while Ike Davis is quietly putting up a monster season. Check out this weekend’s top performers in the wrap-up.
In the first two prospect profile reports we looked at some of the top college players in the country. This time the focus shifts to the high school game. While it will be hard for any class to live up to the impact talent produced from the high school ranks in 2005 with the likes of Justin Upton, Jay Bruce, Colby Rasmus, and many more, this year’s draft is pretty deep in prep bats with several very talented players at a variety of positions. In this report I will focus on the top 3 high school position players available, a group that includes a 5-tool shortstop, a mashing first baseman, and a do it all catcher.
Aaron Crow was simply amazing throwing 87 of 107 pitches for strikes, and there still isn’t a pitcher who can slow down Gordon Beckham. Check out some of the new names appearing on the wrap-up after the break. Read the rest of this entry »