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Jul. 01, 2011 - Steve Garrity

Quick MLB Draft Hits

Draft News never stops coming and this week the attention has been turned over to the 2012 draft class. While this class lacks the talent of 2011, scouts could continue to get a better read on next year’s batch. This week players from both the collegiate and high school level will be competing against each other, which should make for some interesting future reports.

Below is a recap of this draft news for the last week:


- The 2011 High School All-American teams were announced this week.

Players of note that were left off included five 2011 MLB Draft first rounder’s

The lack of their presence shows the value of potential over production at the high school level for Major League scouts, after four of the five by all accounts had very good seasons. Nimmo is the most obvious to be left off because Wyoming does not have high school baseball. Also interesting to note, the second high school bat selected, Francisco Lindor, was only a third team pick.



-Pretty heavy this week…

- The Tournament of the Stars was held last weekend, with over 140 of the best high school prospects competing.

  • At the end, 40 of the best prospects were placed on the Team USA’s 18U squad, including top prospects Rio Ruiz, Kayden Porter, and Gavin Cecchini.

  • Lance McCullers, who is in the running for the top overall pick in 2012, is not on the roster because he will be playing the rest of the summer with his AAU team.

  • The team will compete today and tomorrow in the Inaugural Prospect Classic, which pits the 18U squad against Team USA’s Collegiate National team.

  • This could be a huge boost to the stock of some of the 18U squad, although not nearly as much to the Collegiate Team since they are expected to perform well against the lower competition.


- Team USA Collegiate Nationals team played against the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars this Monday at Fenway.

  • It was more of a showcase for both leagues, as each put out at least seven pitchers, with the NECBL All-Stars throwing out ten.

  • The player who boosted his stock the most was Stanford’s Mark Appel. He is in the running for the top spot in the 2012 draft. It was interesting to note though that Team USA used him as a reliever. He sat at 96-97 and hit 98 with a slider that projects to be a top out pitch.

  • The starter for Team USA was LSU’s Kevin Gausman. A 2010 sixth round pick for the Dodgers, Gausman is a sophomore-eligible arm in 2012.

  • How he pitched on Monday really depends on who you talk to you. Those coming in with huge expectations were disappointed and blasted his stock from a potential top 10 pick to possibly out of the first round. Others had a much more realistic approach noting that he is still raw but has tremendous upside with a mid 90’s fastball and a plus slider.

  • It is still far too early to kick a top prospect like Gausman out of the first round over one three innings outing.

  • Other Players Of Note:

  • Arizona State’s shortstop, Devin Marrero. He is the top bat on a team that lacks the talent of the 2011 squad with anyone like George Springer or Anthony Rendon.

  • Duke’s Marcus Stroman is basically Tom Gordon version 2.0. He packs a powerful 95 mph fastball for such a small package, at only 5’9’’ and 185 pounds. Along with that fastball, which has hit the upper 90’s and possibly even as high as 100 MPH, he has a nasty slider that falls off with tremendous lateral movement. He is a starter for the Blue Devils now but with his size and stuff, he has the makings of a fast moving reliever in someone’s system down the road, with the ceiling of a closer.


- The 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic will be played this year on August 14th at Petco Park in San Diego.

  • For the first time ever, the announcement of the roster will be conducted in a CBS Sports Network special.

  • All 40 participants will be announced between segments with professional scouts, MLB executives, and college coaches on Wednesday July 10th at 10pm Eastern Time.

  • This goes to show that the interest in amateur baseball is starting to get stronger and stronger.

  • The PG All-American Classic is also one of the strongest reminders to scouts of a players stock. 40 former prospects have reached the Major League Level and 98 graduates have gone on to become first round picks, including 2011 top overall selection Gerrit Cole.