Posted on March 7, 2013 by gawlowskib
Photo by Joshua Bessex
Pitcher name: Austin Voth, RHP
Draft status: Junior, draft eligible
School: University of Washington
Seen: March 1, 2013, against Cal Poly
Austin Voth (pronounced like ‘both’) is the Friday starter for the University of Washington. The junior right-hander worked off and on as a starter for the Huskies during his first two years on campus, but he’s emerged as the ace of the staff in Seattle after a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. He’s off to a good start in the new campaign, having struck out 28 hitters in 20 innings, while walking just 4. Baseball America ranked Voth the 14th best draft eligible prospect in their Pac-12 season preview last month, making him the highest Husky on their list. (more…)
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Posted on August 10, 2012 by Junius Worth
Baseball has a very unique farm and minor league system. Every MLB team, has a Triple-A team, Double-A team, High-A team, Low-A team, Short Season team, and several Rookie teams. That’s at least seven minor league teams each one of them loaded with players trying to make their dreams come true of playing in the major leagues one day. A few of those will make it, most won’t. Some are truly considered prospects, while some are just organization players filling a roster spot, who are still incredible baseball players but will probably never sniff the majors.
What’s discussed a lot with a prospect is his ceiling. That ceiling then becomes a foregone conclusion in the mind, but when it comes to prospects reaching their ceilings, there is no such thing as a foregone conclusion. Still, the illusion of the ceiling for a prospect can be too intoxicating to withstand.
The Rangers have a packed minor league system with young and extremely talented ballplayers to dream on. In both the U.S. amateur draft and the international market, Texas has targeted high ceiling players that are toolsheds filled with raw tools, but are still in their teens and several years away from becoming big leaguers. The Rangers are looking to these teenagers hopefully to shape the future of the franchise. They are all still very young, very raw, and have a long way to go, but they are exactly the kinds of players that the Rangers are wanting to patiently groom. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Draft Coverage, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: International signings, Jairo Beras, Joey Gallo, Jorge Alfaro, Lewis Brinson, MLB Draft, Nomar Mazara, Prospects, Ronald Guzman, Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 27, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Young baseball players considering playing collegiately for an Ivy League school have different factors to consider than other recruits. While Ivy League players will receive world class educations, they aren’t eligible for athletic scholarships. The level of competition can be high, but players often struggle to get the recognition needed to pursue opportunities at the next level. Despite these differences and challenges, there seems to be a near universal love of the experience, and every now and then a player gets a shot at the pros, with Dartmouth’s Joe Sclafani being one of the most recent examples. (more…)
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Posted on June 15, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
The NCAA Super Regionals came to a close last weekend and the field is now set for the 2012 College World Series. Action kicks off today, Friday and it is a double elimination tournament up until the championship game which is a best of three series. This is a great opportunity for draft fans to catch a look at recent draftees on live television. The eight teams that will be playing in Omaha are Arizona, UCLA, Florida, FloridaState, Stony Brook, South Carolina, KentState, and Arkansas. There are a handful of top draft prospects scattered throughout this field of teams. This article will be a two part series and in part one I will take a look at Florida, Florida State, and Kent State.
First up, we have Florida who has the most top draft prospects on their team.
Filed under: Draft Coverage, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Austin Maddox, Brian Johnson, College World Series, David Starn, James Ramsey, Jayce Boyd, Mike Zunino, NCAA, Nolan Fontana, Steven Rodriguez | Leave a Comment »
Posted on June 5, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
With the first pick in the Major League Baseball first year player draft the Houston Astros select…
Most of us expected Stanford ace right-hander Mark Appel to be the name called here by commissioner Bud Selig and if it was not Appel it was surely going to be prep star Byron Buxton. In our open thread yesterday I wrote “After watching more video of Carlos Correa I think I would take him first overall if I were the Astros. Just me, though.” I then went on to tweet about how the Astros should blow up all of our mocks: (more…)
Filed under: Draft Coverage, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Houston Astros, Jeff Lunhow, Lance McCullers, Lance McCullers Jr., Lewis Brinson, Lucas Giolito, Mark Appel, Max Fried, Michael Wacha, MLB Draft, Prospects, Richie Shaffer, San Diego Padres, Travis Jankowski, Walker Weickel, Zach Eflin | Leave a Comment »
Posted on June 4, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
This is a thread where we will be adding links and other buzz we here heading toward the start of the draft. Be sure to come by and check it frequently to keep up to date with all the latest MLB draft information.
(Updated 7:45 pm)
According to Kevin Goldstein (via Twitter) there might be a “crazy rumor” that agent Scott Boras might be trying to push Mark Appel down to the Nationals at pick 16.
(Updated 7:14 pm)
-Keith Law tweets that the Royals could take Chris Stratton at #5 and Max Fried to the Orioles at #4 is increasingly likely.
(Updated 5:40 pm)
-John Sickels takes a look at 5 sleeper prospects for the draft over at Minor League Ball
-You can see all of Conor Glassey’s MLB Draft Chat that he did this afternoon at Baseball America.
-Jim Callis updated his final mock draft to include each teams total budget.
-Matt Grabusky has his final mock up for MLB Draft Guide.
(Updated 5:16 pm) (more…)
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Posted on June 2, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
The MLB Draft is Monday and we are only a few days away. This is our final mock draft and we went all out for this one. Jonathan and I alternated picks as usual, me starting off with the Astros. Our other three mock drafts have been only the first round but this one we decided to do the supplemental too. Once we got going, we decided we’d keep going and do the second round too. Each pick has a report and our reasoning. I can’t wait till Monday comes and we see teams surprise everyone, going against all the mock drafts. Enjoy.
Filed under: Draft Coverage, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Albert Almora, Andrew Heaney, Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Carson Kelly, Chris Stratton, Clint Coulter, Courney Hawkins, D.J. Davis, David Dahl, Deven Marrero, Duane Underwood, Gavin Cecchini, Joey Gallo, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, Lance McCullers, Lucas Giolito, Marcus Stroman, Mark Appel, Max Fried, Michael Wacha, Mike Zunino, MLB Draft, Pierce Johnson, Prospects, Richie Shaffer, Stephen Piscotty, Tanner Rahier, Ty Hensley, Victor Roache, Zach Eflin | 6 Comments »
Posted on May 24, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
There was a lot of great baseball last weekend in the state of Washington, and I was at Kent Memorial Park to see three great games. Reese McGuire and Kentwood played in the first game, won, and then went on to play in the third game that afternoon. Kentwood went on to win that game moving onto the Washington 4A state playoffs in Pasco. Kentwood is one of four teams still left in the state tourney. During both games, I got my first look at junior catcher Reese McGuire. McGuire is possibly the best prospect in all of Washington, and he is only a junior. Following the page break I will take a look at McGuire’s performance, give you a scouting report on the backstop, and there is video of him at the end of the article. (more…)
Filed under: Draft Coverage | Tagged: Clint Coulter, MLB Draft, Reese McGuire | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 22, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
The draft is under two weeks away and with that, we are really starting to get an idea of where players may be going and an idea of which players teams are interested in. This is our third mock draft and you can view the other two here. Look forward to a few more mocks as the draft approaches, including a mock of the supplemental round. Enjoy.
Filed under: Draft Coverage | Tagged: Addison Russell, Albert Almora, Andrew Heaney, Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Carson Kelly, Chris Stratton, Clint Coulter, Courtney Hawkins, D.J. Davis, David Dahl, Deven Marrero, Gavin Cecchini, Joey Gallo, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, Lance McCullers, Lucas Giolito, Marcus Stroman, Mark Appel, Matt Smoral, Max Fried, Michael Wacha, Mike Zunino, MLB Draft, Mock Draft, Nick Travieso, Richie Shaffer, Stephen Piscotty, Stryker Trahan, Ty Hensley, Victor Roache, Zach Eflin | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 16, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
The draft is getting closer and closer and with that, some guys’ stock is rising while others’ are dropping. One guy who has seen his stock rise is prep outfielder, Albert Almora. Heading into the season, he was viewed as a lock to be in the first round in addition to being one of the top prep outfielders available in the draft. Over the last few weeks though, he’s been creeping higher and higher up mock draft boards.
Early in the draft discussion season, Almora ranked as the 14th best prospect by Baseball America in their early top 100 draft prospects list. In many mock drafts he was going anywhere from the twenties to the late teens. In our first mock draft for MLB Dirt he came in at pick number 19 to the Cardinals. That mock draft came out in March and that’s about where he was going in other mock drafts as well.
Filed under: Draft Coverage | Tagged: Albert Almora, Byron Buxton, MLB Draft | 3 Comments »