Like us on Facebook


Follow us on Twitter





Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 79
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Meow
    Posts
    30,997
    vCash
    1500

    2014 MLB Draft Thread w/ random scouting info

    The MLB Draft starts next Thursday.

    June 5- Rounds 1-2
    June 6- Rounds 3-10
    June 7- Rounds 11-40


    The Houston Astros will have the top pick for, I believe, the third straight year.


    Yankees first pick will be #55 because of their shopping spree in the off-season.


    Baseball America's Top 200 Prospects: http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft-preview/

    MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2014/#list=nyy

    Keith Law's Top 100 Prospects (sub required): http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/draft...-law-big-board



    According to reports, the Yankees are looking at tons of prep catchers (according to Law) and prep pitchers in this draft. It makes sense because over the past few seasons, the Yankees have accumulated good MiF depth and have been linked to many infielders in the International Free Agent Market.


    The following are some of the prospects that are projected to go from anywhere from 30 to 60 in next year's draft that I find intriguing.


    1- Scott Blewett - RHP - Baker HS, NY - 6'6 / 235
    Ranked: 43 (BA), 57 (MLB), 20 (Law)
    Big, prep kid who has limited tread on his arm. Sits 91-94 but has hit upper 90's at times. Best secondary pitch is a curveball. Both, his secondary pitches and command need to be refined. He has the arm talent and size to be a good one though. Committed to St. Johns.


    2- Joe Gatto - RHP - St. Augustine Prep, NJ - 6'5 / 215
    Ranked: 43 (BA), 59 (MLB), Unranked (Law)
    Another big kid. Fastball sits 90-92 but shows good finish and sink. The curveball has plus potential but still needs work. Committed to North Carolina.


    3- Cody Reed - LHP - Ardmore HS, ALA - 6'3 / 260
    Ranked: 44 (BA), 61 (MLB), 82 (Law)
    He's one big kid. Fastball sat 92-95 as a senior and his slider showed good finish. He needs to get on some sort of weight management program though. Committed to Vanderbilt.


    4- Ti'Quan Forbes - SS - Columbia HS, Miss - 6'4 / 175
    Ranked: 55 (BA), 51 (MLB), 39 (Law)
    He has a projectable frame and has above average athleticism. His defense is better than his offense at the moment where he shows good hands, range and arm at SS. If he out-grows the SS position, he profiles as a 3B and CF. He shows good bat speed and running speed on offense. Committed to Mississippi.


    5- Chase Vallot - C - St. Thomas Moore HS, LA - 6'1 / 205
    Ranked: 57 (BA), 50 (MLB), 33 (Law)
    Vallot might have the most upside out of any catcher outside of Alex Jackson (projected to go top 10) if he stays behind the plate. He already shows good power from the right side along with a very strong throwing arm. While his arm talent is great, his footwork and receiving skills are very poor. He has the athleticism to stay behind the plate though, which is all you can ask for in a prep prospect. Committed to Mississippi State.


    6- Mac Marshall - LHP - Parkview HS, GA - 6'2 / 180
    Ranked: 53 (BA), 58 (MLB), 41 (Law)
    When right, Marshall has 3 average to above average pitches. His fastball sits 88-91 but has hit 94 in the past. His change is his second best pitch and shows good fade. His curveball is the third pitch in his arsenal and has shown flashes. He already has a repeatable and athletic delivery which should help. Committed to Louisiana State.


    7- J.J Schwartz - C - Palm Beach Gardens HS, FLA - 6'1 / 193
    Ranked: 54 (BA), 90 (MLB), 71 (Law)
    Schwartz is a solid all-around catching prospect. Defensively, he has a good arm and solid receiving skills. Offensively, he shows a good compact swing and can generate good bat speed. He's a son of a former coach and ML pitcher so he has the bloodlines and is considered to have plus intangibles. Committed to Florida.


    8- Bryce Montes De Oca - RHP - Lawrence HS, KS - 6'8 / 265
    Ranked: 76 (BA), 65 (MLB), 43 (Law)
    Mammoth human being. He was opening eyes as a Junior last year before blowing out his elbow. He already has had Tommy John surgery. He came back this spring and his fastball has been as explosive as ever. He's been sitting 92-96 with his fastball but his secondary pitches are still very inconsistent. Committed to Missouri.


    9- Alex Verdugo - LHP/OF - Sahuaro HS, ARI - 6'1 / 190
    Ranked: 52 (BA), 54 (MLB), 69 (Law)
    Verdugo has been a 2-way star this Spring. He's a legit prospect either as a pitcher or outfielder. His fastball sits 90-91 but has hit 94 at times. He features a promising curve and change; both need work but he's still relatively new to pitching. As a position player, Verdugo shows a sweet lefty swing that can generate power and good defensive tools. He has enough speed to play CF and the necessary arm talent to play RF if that doesn't work out. Committed to Arizona State.


    10- Carson Sands - LHP - North Florida Christian HS, FL - 6'3 / 200
    Ranked: 52 (BA), 92 (MLB), 81 (Law)
    Sands is considered a polished prospect which is something considering he's a prep pitcher. He has a strong fastball-change combination. His fastball sits 90-93 and he works his change very well off that. His 12-6 curve is a work in progress but has the shown flashes on being an above average pitch. Sands get rave reviews for his make-up on the mound and his feel for pitching but there is a concern that he doesn't have much projectability left. Committed to Florida State.


    11- Michael Kopech - RHP - Mount Pleasant HS, TX - 6'4 / 190
    Ranked: 39 (BA), 45 (MLB), 36 (Law)
    Kopech is a typical Texas fireballer. He has three pitches that project to be well above average. He throws a heavy 4-seam fastball that sits 90-94 (touched 97 in the past), a 2-seam fastball that sits 88-90 with tons of movement and a curve that has shown plus potential that sits in the mid 70's. The thing that is concerning is that he has an awful delivery with twists, turns and other random movement. He becomes off-balanced quite easily and there's a whipping action which makes him a ticking time bomb; health wise. If a team believes that can fix these things, he has as much talent as any prep pitcher in this class. Committed to Arizona.


    12- Milton Ramos - SS - American Heritage HS, FL - 6'2 / 165
    Ranked: 40 (BA), 46 (MLB), 84 (Law)
    Ramos might be the best defensive player in this class. He has plus speed which translates to plus range in the field. He has a good arm and soft hands and most feel like he can be a GG caliber SS if he makes it to the Majors. The one knock on him is that he has a putrid swing. Law believes that he will hit enough to one day make the ML's but most scouts aren't really convinced. Committed to Florida Atlantic.


    13- Keith Weisenberg - RHP - Osceola HS, FL - 6'4 / 185
    Ranked: 68 (BA), 56 (MLB), 78 (Law)
    High ceiling, projectable prep arm. He has a good fastball/slider/change combo. Fastball sits 92-94 with good run. His slider has flashed plus potential although his change projects to be just average. He would be ranked higher if not for his collegiate commitment. Committed to Stanford.


    14- Matthew Railey - OF - North Florida Christian HS, FL - 5'11 / 195
    Ranked: 50 (BA), 55 (MLB), 60 (Law)
    Teammate of Carson Sands (already on this list). Railey shows good all-around hitting ability. He has a solid LD stroke at the moment but scouts see natural loft in his swing and the innate ability to make good contact. While he's a good athlete, he possesses just average speed which limits his defensive upside. Committed to Florida State.


    15- Cole Tucker - SS - Mountain Pointe HS, ARI - 6'3 / 165
    Ranked: 83 (BA), 70 (MLB), 62 (Law)
    Tucker is a switch hitting prospect who has a chance to stick at SS, a premium position. He shows decent offensive potential but he's far better batting left handed than he is right handed. He doesn't have great speed and there's always a chance that he will need to move to 3B if he fills out his frame a bit too much. With that said, SS's are always coveted and there's a good chance Tucker is drafted ahead of his pre-draft ranking. Committed to Arizona.



    These are just some of the prospects that might be available when the Yankees are on the clock next Thursday. As you can see with some of the rankings, there is always a difference of opinion (some times an exaggerated difference) when it comes to MLB draft prospects. Unlike the NBA and NFL draft where most pundits know and are familiar with the top prospects, the MLB draft is a huge crapshoot. There will be guys rated in the top 30 that don't go till the 3rd or 4th round for whatever reasons and there will be some guys not ranked in the top 200, go in the top 50. That's just how it is.


    Some recommended reading regarding the draft if you have tine:

    Part 1: http://www.hardballtimes.com/how-muc...worth-in-2014/
    Part 2: http://www.hardballtimes.com/the-net...f-draft-picks/
    Part 3: http://www.hardballtimes.com/matthew...-all-together/

    Basically, a writer over at Hardball Times takes an in-depth look at the value of draft picks using different analysis. If you don't like math or reading then don't click on the link or just go straight to 'part 3'. It's a long read. RAB had it up, I think, when it was first posted.


    I had some spare time today, so I thought I'd compile a short list of prospects that might become future Yankees. If you don't appreciate the effort then **** you .


    Most of the scouting info is from MLB, Keith Law and BA but I didn't want to put too much info since two of those three are insider/subscriber only.


    Kopech is the only guy on that list that I've actually talked with a scout about. By talking, I mean, I had no idea who Kopech was but a scout was talking about him and I was listening. Living in Texas, HS and collegiate sport is huge. I live near The Woodlands HS which is always strong in developing good baseball talent and I have friends at Rice University which is also a strong baseball program.
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    22,732
    vCash
    1000
    Awesome job! Kudos to all the work you did in the Jets forum for the draft as well

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Leo's Mansion
    Posts
    20,218
    vCash
    1500
    Excellent write up.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Meow
    Posts
    30,997
    vCash
    1500
    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Clipper View Post
    Awesome job! Kudos to all the work you did in the Jets forum for the draft as well
    Summer classes start on Monday so I have free time till then, lol.
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    22,732
    vCash
    1000
    Quote Originally Posted by nyyfan4life View Post
    Summer classes start on Monday so I have free time till then, lol.
    Good stuff

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Meow
    Posts
    30,997
    vCash
    1500
    I'll try and update (before the draft) and give some sort of scouting reports on another 15 prospects. I'll mix in some intriguing college players that the Yanks might consider at #55.
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Meow
    Posts
    30,997
    vCash
    1500
    Another 15 scouting reports. There's a mix of prep and collegiate prospects in this one.



    1- Sam Travis - 1B - Indiana - 6'0 / 205 - Junior
    Ranked: 56 (BA), 63 (MLB), 61 (Law)
    One of the best college hitters in College. He has a very advanced bat from the right side and can generate good bat speed. He projects to hit for both average and power once he gets into professional ball.


    2- Jacob Bukauskas - RHP - Stone Bridge HS, VA - 5'11 / 180
    Ranked: 33 (BA), 38 (MLB), 29 (Law)
    He has one of the best fastballs in the entire draft class. At 17, he's also one of the youngest prospects in this draft. His fastball projects to be a 75 at the next level. He has hit 98-100 but sits in the 94-96. He throws a slider which flashes at times but needs a lot of work. This guy is all projection. He's one of those guys that goes to college and ends up being a top 10 pick in 3 years. Committed to North Carolina.


    3- Marcos Wilson - OF - Junipero Serra HS, CA - 6'3 / 170
    Ranked: 44 (BA), 35 (MLB), 28 (Law)
    One of the better prep athletes in this draft. Serra is more athlete than ballplayer at the moment. He has an above average arm and plus speed and profiles best as a CF in pro ball. His bat isn't there yet but he has plus bat speed which suggests future power potential. Committed to Arizona State.


    4- Garrett Fulencheck - RHP - Howe HS, TX - 6'4 / 185
    Ranked: 54 (BA), 57 (MLB), 77 (Law)
    Relative unknown coming into the season, Fulencheck has impressed scouts at recent showcases and is rising up draft boards. He throws a hard sinker at 90-94 and also flashes a plus slider. He has a projectable frame and should add velocity once he begins to fill out. Committed to Dallas Baptist.


    5- Matt Imhoff - LHP - Cal Poly - 6'5 / 220 - Junior
    Ranked: 58 (BA), 44 (MLB), 54 (Law)
    There is a lot of difference in opinion over Imhoff. Some feel like the move to BP is inevitable while others feel that he has a chance to be a quality mid-back end starter. Imhoff has a decent fastball (89-92) with an above average slider and a show-me change-up. If Imhoff wants to start at the next level, he will need to improve both his change and his command.


    6- Josh Morgan - SS - Lutheran HS, CA - 5'11 / 180
    Ranked: 63 (BA), 85 (MLB), Unranked (Law)
    Morgan comes from the same HS as Gerrit Cole. He is a small-ish infielder but shows some serious pop from the right hand side. He's got average speed but shows good instincts on the basepaths and on defense. He has a very strong arm which could play up at 3B if he does need to move off SS. Committed to UCLA.


    7- Gareth Morgan - OF - Blyth Academy, Toronto - 6'4 / 225
    Ranked: 65 (BA), 84 (MLB), 40 (Law)
    One of Canada's best prospect this year. Morgan is one big kid. Morgan best profiles as a RF at the next level. He has shown impressive power in BP and showcases but not in-game. With that said, RH power is a market deficiency currently and there's a chance he will out draft his ranking. He also shows a decent arm in the OF. Committed to North Carolina State.


    8- Chris Oliver - RHP - Arkansas - 6'4 / 185 - Junior
    Ranked: 66 (BA), 48 (MLB), Unranked (Law)
    For a collegiate talent, Oliver still has some serious upside and projection left. He has a sick fastball that sits in the mid 90's (has hit upper 90's) and shows great sink. His slider is the wildcard; it flashes as an out-pitch but at times is just flat. His change and command both need work and are holding him back from being an elite pitching prospect.


    9- Spencer Turnball - RHP - Alabama - 6'3 / 195 - Junior
    Ranked: 83 (BA), 71 (MLB), 49 (Law)
    Turball is projected to be a mid-rotation starter or late inning reliever at the next level. He has a good fastball with sink that sits 90-93 but has hit as high as 98. His curveball is his best secondary pitch which has shown to be an out pitch but looks like a slider when his release point gets messy. Change and command need to improve.


    10- Zech Lemond - RHP - Rice - 6'3 / 175 - Junior
    Ranked: 83 (BA), 58 (MLB), 50 (Law)
    Lemond started off as Rice's closer before moving into the rotation after injuries. Lemond's fastball sits 92-96 with good run and a knuckle-curve that shows plus potential. He also has some feel for a change-up. Lemond has elbow inflammation after he was sent to the rotation. Rice didn't ease him in and let him throw a ton of pitches after the conversion which led to the injury. If not for the injury, he would be projected to go higher give his pitching repertoire.


    11- Dylan Cease - RHP - Milton HS, GA - 6'2 / 175
    Ranked: 77 (BA), 76 (MLB), 44 (Law)
    Cease has one of the quickest arms in the entire class. His fastball projects to be a 70 once he fills out and has been clocked as high as 97. Cease flashes a plus curveball and an average change. He has as much raw arm talent as anyone in this class but struggled with command his senior year in HS. Committed to Vanderbilt.


    12- Nick Burdi - RHP - Louisville - 6'4 / 215 - Junior
    Ranked: 36 (BA), 34 (MLB), 52 (Law)
    One of the best arms in this entire class. Burdi sits 94-97 and has hit triple digits consistently while at Louisville. He also shows a plus slider that sits around 90 mph. His change is an average pitch. Most feel like Burdi is destined to be a reliever (which is why he isn't ranked higher) but there are some that feel like he can be a starter and that team might make him a top 30 selection.


    13- Forrest Wall - 2B - Orangewood Christian HS, FL - 6'1 / 180
    Ranked: 34 (BA), 42 (MLB), 73 (Law)
    Wall is one of the best prep hitters in this draft with above average speed. He has SS tools but is designated to 2B because of two shoulder surgeries, one being labrum surgery on his throwing arm which has had an impact on his arm strength. He has good power from the left side who also projects to hit for a high average. Committed to North Carolina.


    14- Trace Loehr - SS - Rex Putnam HS, OR - 5'10 / 175
    Ranked: 81 (BA), 92 (MLB), 87 (Law)
    Loehr projects as a top of the order hitter if he develops properly. He has strong overall offensive tools including the ability to hit line drives to all fields. He has good speed which translates well defensively and on the base-paths. He has the range and hands to stick at SS but just an average arm. Plus make-up. Committed to Oregon State.


    15- Taylor Sparks - 3B - UC Irvine - 6'4 / 210 - Junior
    Ranked: 87 (BA), 56 (MLB), 67 (Law)
    Sparks is another great college hitter. He has plus bat speed from the right hand side along with a smooth swing which generates above average power and loft. He's athletically built and has handled 3B well despite his size. If he needs to move off 3B, RF is the alternative since he has the arm for it.
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Everywhere
    Posts
    18,694
    vCash
    1500
    Michael Kopech was once a projected late 1st rounder but it seems he is now projected to go early to mid 2nd round.

    Yanks could have their pitcher to tinker with.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Everywhere
    Posts
    18,694
    vCash
    1500
    Hunter Harvey was the guy I wanted to fall to the Yanks last year. Too bad was scooped up a few picks earlier.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    12,685
    vCash
    9209
    When are we signing all the IFAs? Isn't that soon

    EVERYBODY RELAX, I'M BACK!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Meow
    Posts
    30,997
    vCash
    1500
    Quote Originally Posted by goingfor28 View Post
    When are we signing all the IFAs? Isn't that soon
    July 2nd
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Meow
    Posts
    30,997
    vCash
    1500
    Quote Originally Posted by Yankees 1903 View Post
    Michael Kopech was once a projected late 1st rounder but it seems he is now projected to go early to mid 2nd round.

    Yanks could have their pitcher to tinker with.
    Red Sox took Kopech with the 33rd pick.
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Everywhere
    Posts
    18,694
    vCash
    1500
    Quote Originally Posted by nyyfan4life View Post
    Red Sox took Kopech with the 33rd pick.
    Yeah, they were predicted to perhaps take him with that pick.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Meow
    Posts
    30,997
    vCash
    1500
    Yankees take LHP Jacob Lindgren at #55. He's an elite relief pitching prospect. Fastball is at 95 and possesses a plus slider. He can probably help the BP this year if all things go right.

    I think he might also sign a below slot deal considering he is a reliever.
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Meow
    Posts
    30,997
    vCash
    1500
    Ben Badler ‏@BenBadler 49s
    Yankees didn't get to pick until 55th overall. They will make up for that on July 2.
    BA's Badler on Yanks
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •