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2013 College Baseball Notes: Volume 1

Written By on 18th February, 2013

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Can it be the beginning of the 2013 baseball season already? The start of the college season always seems to take me off guard. It seems as if the minor league season just ended! It will be at least a month before I can make it out to an actual baseball field, so I have to content myself with webcasts. This is the third year that I bring you my college notes series. I should be able to release one every week until the beginning of the postseason, but scouting trips may interfere at times — that’s the reason they’re labeled as volumes rather than weeks.

New for this year, Al has volunteered to compile statistical lines for top draft prospects from around the country. They’re located after the player profiles. This section will likely see some evolution throughout the season as we decide what we (and you!) like best. Please feel free to provide us with any feedback that you have.

The index has been updated with proper links to all of my previous player profiles, but the individual links within those previous volumes (and the pictures in those articles) are broken from our move to word press ~six months ago. I hope to get around to fixing everything, but it’s not a pressing issue.

Important Note: I must stress that these notes are€” in most cases€” based on only one game of data. A player is not at his best every time out, and we need multiple viewings before we get a clear picture of the player.

Previous Volumes:


Player: Brett Austin
College: North Carolina State University
Position: Catcher
Bats/Throws:
S/R
Height/Weight:
6′-1″ / 190 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Appalachian State

Notes:

  1. Average height; thin, athletic frame
  2. Toe tap timing mechanism; fairly easy swing with some leverage
  3. Clears hips and takes aggressive swings often
  4. Showed good patience early in the at-bat, working himself into favorable counts
  5. Looks a bit unrefined as a receiver, actions aren’t overly fluid
  6. Showed nice arm on a back pick throw at first base

BrettAustin (1-1)
Player: Jose Brizuela
College: Florida State University
Position: Third Base
Bats/Throws:
L/R
Height/Weight:
6′-0″ / 200 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Rhode Island

Notes:

  1. Average height; well filled out frame but not to the point of being unathletic
  2. Strong two-handed swing from a slightly crouched stance
  3. Seems to have good barrel awareness; consistently squared up pitches during his ABs
  4. Worked himself into favorable counts then put an aggressive but controlled swing on pitches he could hit
  5. Hit everything with authority:
    1. Hard ground out to second basemen in the first
    2. Hard line drive single on a pitch down in the zone
    3. Solid ground ball to second base on a pitch where he was jammed inside
    4. Homerun over right field wall on a low/inside fastball
  6. Charged bunt well but had difficulty with transfer and runner reached first
  7. Waited for a high slow hop and made a good throw to get runner; showed adequate arm strength for position on that throw, but it didn’t look like an asset

JoseBrizuela (1-2)
Player: Robby Coles
College: Florida State University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
6′-2″ / 175 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year:
2013
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Rhode Island

Notes:

  1. Good height; thin athletic build
  2. Ugly delivery with inverted W arm action; delivery lacks fluidity and features effort; reliever mechanics
  3. Low 3/4 arm slot with some crossfire in his delivery
  4. Fastball has good sink and run
  5. Velocity looked above average but no radar readings given to relay
  6. Little 11-5 breaking ball with saucer type of movement; good late depth
  7. Throws breaking ball consistently and uses the pitch often
  8. Aggressive approach to hitters; challenging and working quickly on mound
  9. Lacks command of stuff; Went through a bout of control issues with two outs in his final inning, throwing 8 out of 9 consecutive pitches out of the strikezone.

RobbyColes (1-2)
Player: Justin Gonzalez
College: Florida State University
Position: Short Stop
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
6′-3″ / 205 lbs
Class: Senior
Draft Year:
2013
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Rhode Island

Notes:

  1. Tall, thin athletic frame; a bit tall but SS type of body
  2. Doesn’t look like he’ll add much additional weight to frame
  3. Patient approach at the plate
  4. Short, compact swing, very controlled; upper half driven swing that seems geared towards contact
  5. Lets fastball on the outer half travel and puts a good compact swing on it to line down first base line for triple
  6. Made a pair of leaping catches in the first on line drives over his head
  7. Range looks adequate at short stop; fielded fairly well hit ball near second base and made good throw while moving laterally to his left
  8. Showed off arm strength on slow, big hop; sailed on him slightly

JustinGonzalez (1-1)
Player: Bryant Holtmann
College: Florida State University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
R/L
Height/Weight:
6′-5″ / 205 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Rhode Island

Notes:

  1. Tall and thin; long thin legs; moderate projection
  2. Stride seems a bit short; could use a quicker tempo and more fluidity
  3. Could use lower half better; delivery looks upper body heavy; keeps weight back on follow through
  4. 3/4 arm slot; height is a bit mitigated
  5. Average to a tick above velocity on the fastball with a touch of late movement
  6. Delivery on a fairly flat plane to the plate
  7. Small 2-8 slider with some late lateral & downward movement
  8. Not overly sharp but break is decently late
  9. Nice late sink on change up
  10. Around the plate and being fairly aggressive in zone
  11. Got a number of early outs with his fastball
  12. Moving pitches around the zone well but command is just OK

BryantHoltmann (1-2)
Player: Logan James
College: Stanford University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Height/Weight:
5′-11″ / 185 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year:
2015
Games:

  • 2/17 at Rice

Notes:

  1. Average height; well developed frame with a thick lower half
  2. Slow windup, cocking his arm before firing through
  3. Powerful delivery, utilizes lower half well; 3/4 arm slot
  4. Release point is inconsistent causing some bad misses with fastball and curve
  5. Good fastball with some late running life; good angle to the plate
  6. Announcers labeled him 87-90; only explicitly read back an 89 reading
  7. Breaking ball has 2-8 break, starts on flat plane and breaks from there
  8. Breaking ball has good shape; got a bit soft at times
  9. Change up has some late drop; decent action
  10. Seems to slow his arm slightly
  11. Improved as the game went on; featured nice late sinking action, diving into the dirt
  12. Rice hitters did a pretty good job laying off the pitch but did manage to get a few to chase
  13. Both offspeed pitches lack ideal sharpness but feature late movement
  14. Mediocre control to start the game, getting behind in most counts

Settled down after the first inning and got more aggressive in the zone

Comment: Freddy Avis was scratched this weekend after some experiencing some tenderness in his arm. So long as that is a minor issue that it appears to be, he should emerge as the Cardinal’s Sunday starter. Logan James though had a solid debut and showed the makings of a power lefty.

LoganJames (1-3)
Player: Brandon Leibrandt
College: Florida State University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Height/Weight:
6′-4″ / 205 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Rhode Island

Notes:

  1. Good height; medium, rounded shoulders, thin legs; moderate projection
  2. Sound delivery, perhaps a touch upper body heavy
  3. High 3/4 arm slot; average amount of effort
  4. Average fastball with a touch of arm side run
  5. Generating ground balls with the fastball
  6. Small 2-8 curve ball with a steady arc; comes out of his hand well
  7. Small rainbow shape with a decent amount of power; break isn’t overly sharp
  8. Shows consistent shape with breaking ball; seems capable of varying speed to augment the amount of break
  9. Change up looks to be a straight change with some late sink/dipping action; good action on the pitch overall
  10. Throws pitch with deceptive arm speed; consistent offering
  11. Plays off the fastball well and capable of generating swings and misses; struck out Stenhouse twice with changeups
  12. Shows good command of his offspeed; better than his command with the fastball
  13. Moves curve ball in particular around the zone well
  14. Will lose release point at times when he fails to finish his delivery; control slipped in the sixth inning, culminating in a mistake over the heart of the plate for HR
  15. Mixes three pitches liberally; shows confidence in entire arsenal
  16. Generally pitches away from hitters
  17. Pick off move showed decent deception

BrandonLeibrandt (1-1)
Player: Zech Lemond
College: Rice University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
6′-4″ / 195 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/17 vs. Stanford

Notes:

  1. Big, tall frame, long legs; some projection remaining
  2. Long, pinwheel type of delivery with high leg kick, turns slightly towards second base
  3. Uses lower half well with a good follow through
  4. Long, full arm circle; high 3/4 arm slot
  5. Big fastball with a couple inches of late arm side run; 93 (per announcers); topping out at 94 (per Kendall Rogers)
  6. Fastball can be overpowering delivered on a good downward plane
  7. Fastball works very well low in the zone with good life
  8. Hard downer 12-6 curve ball; very sharp, late break
  9. Buries curve ball in the dirt well; strikeout pitch
  10. Showed good command of the fastball, painting the corner for a called third strike during one at-bat

Comment: Lemond was the second most impressive arm I saw this weekend (behind Rodon). I am looking forward to watching one of his starts later in the year.

ZechLemond (1-1)
Player: Jamie Nunn
College: Appalachian State University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
6′-2″ / 210 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/15 at NC State

Notes:

  1. Good height; thin; some lankiness and projection
  2. Unrefined, drop/drive delivery, looks like some wasted motion
  3. Odd arm action weird; does not get full extension; 3/4 arm slot
  4. Fastball is fairly flat with average velocity and some late run; 88 in the fourth (via announcer)
  5. The slight running action made it more difficult to square up
  6. Short 10-5 breaking ball, not much depth or sharpness; 79 in the fifth (via announcers)
  7. Can get soft and just break away from the hitters; not much more than a show me pitch at this point
  8. Not locating with the pitch consistently; missing outside and few are chasing
  9. Change has good late late fade and action
  10. Uses pitch effectively against left-handed batters; shows some swing and miss ability with pitch
  11. Command is not great, but got a number of quick outs by being around the strike zone
  12. Aggressive but long pick off move

JamieNunn (1-1)
Player: Carlos Rodon
College: North Carolina State University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Height/Weight:
6′-3″ / 234 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Appalachian State

Notes:

  1. Tall, wide rounded shoulders; thick well developed lower half; physically mature
  2. Fast, loose arm action from high 3/4 slot
  3. Points his lead arm and doesn’t really tuck it in during the delivery; repeats delivery well
  4. Fastball comes out of his hand very easily; 91 in the first, 90 in the second, 89 in the third, 91 & 89 in the sixth (via announcers)
  5. Fastball looked fairly straight to start the game and showed more & more run as the game progressed
  6. Hitters often taking defensive swings at the fastball; overpowered by it at times
  7. 1-7 breaking ball has late sharp break and good depth
  8. Very sharp offering with nice late tilt; thrown with good arm speed and coming out of his hand very well
  9. Hitters taking some ugly swings at the pitch; works very effectively as chase pitch down out of zone
  10. Change up has good downward action; tertiary offering that takes a back seat to FB/CB
  11. Fooled right handed hitter badly for swinging strike in the zone
  12. Command was lacking in this outing at times; moved in and out but left a number of fastballs and curve balls up over the plate and induced three homeruns as a result of poorly located pitches
  13. Despite location issues showed a good feel for pitching and setting hitters up for strikeouts

Comment: Not the greatest way to start the year for Carlos Rodon, but there was nothing wrong with his stuff. The fastball played much better down in the zone than up in it. He’s the early front runner for 1.1 in 2014; I plan to watch him many more times this year.

CarlosRodon (1-2)
Player: Jeff Roy
College: University of Rhode Island
Position: Center Field
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Height/Weight:
5′-9″ / 170 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year:
2013
Games:

  • 2/15 at Florida State

Notes:

  1. Short & thin; undersized athlete
  2. Patient leadoff hitter who took a number of pitches during his five at-bats
  3. Slap oriented swing, jail breaking frequently; lacks bat speed
  4. Seems to just throw the barrel at the pitch; Looked off-balance during the one big swing that he took
  5. Runs well

Comment: Scrappy, leadoff hitter in college; questionable pro profile

JeffRoy (1-1)
Player: John Simms
College: Rice University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
6′-3″ / 210 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year:
2013
Games:

  • 2/17 vs. Stanford

Notes:

  1. Tall, well developed frame
  2. High 3/4 arm slot; arm action a bit messy
  3. Fastball has good angle to plate; some late arm-side run; showed more run by the mid-innings
  4. Good power on the fastball; sat in the low 90s (per announcers)
  5. Overpowering at times
  6. 11-5 curve ball has good late break; some show two-plane break
  7. Good tight spin at times, others are less sharp and have more depth; fairly consistent shape
  8. Curveball slipped out of his hand a number of times
  9. Split-change has good late sink; significant late action
  10. Change shows good ground ball properties
  11. Aggressive approach to pitching; attacks hitters
  12. Command is inconsistent; will hit spots at times and miss significant other times
  13. Some release point issues resulting in him overthrowing the fastball and leave the fastball up and armside
  14. Good sequencing; moved pitches around the zone well and showed aptitude for setting up hitters; mixes the FB/CB at will

Comment: John Simms may have just locked down the Sunday job with this outing. He cruised through a dangerous Stanford lineup, allowing only one hit that came in the eighth inning.

JohnSimms (1-1)
Player: DJ Stewart
College: Florida State University
Position: Center Field / Left Fielder
Bats/Throws:
L/R
Height/Weight:
6′-0″ / 230 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year:
2015
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Rhode Island

Notes:

  1. Average height; well developed, physically mature frame
  2. Softish upper body; thick lower half; reminiscent of a young Yonder Alonso
  3. Long, fluid swing; does not get cheated and takes pretty big hacks
  4. Swing can get a bit long; bat speed is good but not elite; flat swing at times but showed more leverage in other at bats; fires hips well
  5. Shows a patient approach before unleashing big, aggressive swings
  6. Pulled a mid fastball to right center field for double; showed decent speed for his size
  7. Tried to take third on a ball hit in front of him and was thrown out
  8. Perhaps some pitch recognition issues; showed some defensive and/or slow swings; out in front of a couple of breaking balls badly

DJStewart (1-1)
Player: Trea Turner
College: North Carolina State University
Position: Short Stop
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
6′-1″ / 171 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Appalachian State

Notes:

  1. Average height; thin but only moderate projection; tremendous athlete
  2. Very flat swing plane with good bat speed; knack for contact
  3. Shows that he can turn on a pitch by ripping a fastball down the line
  4. Good hand-eye coordination; made adjustment to low offspeed pitch; leaned out, squared up pitch to lineout to center
  5. Impact level speed; hit a high chopper over the third baseman’s head and took second base on a hit that trickled into very shallow left field
  6. Disruptive base runner; takes third base on a wild pitch that is blocked and fairly well controlled by the catcher
  7. Made a diving stop at short stop; did not have time to make a throw

Comment: I consider Trea Turner to be the most exciting college baseball player in the country. He may not be the most dangerous, but he is a good hitter whose speed has a huge impact on every game. The Billy Hamilton of college baseball, if you will. It’s too early to tell whether he can handle short stop defensively or not (he played third base last year in deference to standout defender Chris Diaz).

TreaTurner (1-1)
Player: Luke Weaver
College: Florida State University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
6′-2″ / 170 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year:
2014
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Rhode Island

Notes:

  1. Tall; very thin with a thin waist & thighs; good projection left in frame
  2. Good tempo’d delivery with torque; some effort involved and inverted W arm action
  3. Big fastball that jumps out of his hand with late running life
  4. Capable of generating swings and misses with fastball
  5. 12-6 curve ball with good hard break
  6. Very tight breaking ball; moderate depth but it’s late and sharp
  7. Changeup has some slight drop and fade
  8. very little command of repertoire; around the strike zone but missing fairly often; painted the corners by accident a few times
  9. Stuff is big enough to be effective with only control at this stage

Comment: Kind of reminded me of Ryne Stanek before he really took off as a Sophomore

LukeWeaver (1-2)
Player: Jameis Winston
College: Florida State University
Position: Left Field
Bats/Throws:
S/R
Height/Weight:
6′-4″ / 220 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year:
2015
Games:

  • 2/15 vs. Rhode Island

Notes:

  1. Tall, long athlete; thin with tapered build; looks like he can add to his frame
  2. Swing looks unrefined; a bit flat and slappy at times; other times he shows good natural leverage and extension; bat speed looked a touch slow
  3. Also showed a long, fluid swing on low fastball to fly out to mid-deep center field
  4. Good approach at the plate; got ahead of the count in every at-bat
  5. Had difficulty tracking/locating a homerun ball over his head; made very circuitous route and was running parallel to the wall at one point

Comment: Jameis Winston is not as physically imposing as Austin Wilson was as a Freshman, but he sure does look impressive in a uniform. Florida State games are going to be much more exciting to watch this year.

JameisWinston (1-2)
Player: Bobby Zarubin
College: Stanford University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
6′-0″ / 190 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year:
2015
Games:

  • 2/17 at Rice

Notes:

  1. Average height; thin without much projection remaining
  2. High 3/4 arm slot; falls off mound a bit in his delivery
  3. Average fastball without much movement
  4. Change up has good downward action; steady though and a bit soft at times
  5. Consistent downward movement; generates ground balls; best swing and miss pitch in his arsenal
  6. Shows confidence in changeup; throwing pitch in fastball counts for called strikes
  7. Soft 12-6 curve ball that just sort of falls downward
  8. A bit slow but consistent break on curve ball
  9. Showed decent control of changeup and fastball; not getting behind too many counts
  10. Did a good job avoiding hard contact and keeping Stanford in the game after James exited

BobbyZarubin (1-1)

Statistics From Around the Country

Contributing: Al Skorupa

2013 Draft Eligibles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pitchers
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLIPHERBBKNotes
Mark AppelRHPStanfordSR5.07233
Jonathan CrawfordRHPFloridaJR3.23214
Ryan EadesRHPLSUJR6.16016
Marco GonzalesLHPGonzagaJR6.08525
Sean ManaeaLHPIndiana StateJR4.04136
Ryne StanekRHPArkansasJR4.02114
Bobby WahlRHPOle MissJR6.13038
Trevor WilliamsRHPArizona StateJR5.04224
Tom WindleLHPMinnesotaJR4.03023
Kevin ZiomekLHPVanderbiltJR6.04117
Hitters
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLH/ABRRBIBBKHRNotes
Austin WilsonOFStanfordJR0/32DTD - Arm Muscle Strain
Kris Bryant3BSan DiegoJR2/9143
Colin Moran3BUNCJR2/8321
Aaron JudgeOFFresno StateJR5/133241SB
Michael LorenzenORCal St. FullertonJR4/1251111 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K; 3 SB
Phil ErvinOFSamfordJR3/921311SB
JaCoby JonesOFLSUJR3/742421CS
Chad Pinder3BVa. TechJR5/1059212
2014 & 2015 Draft Eligibles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pitchers
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLIPHERBBKNotes
Carlos RodonLHPNC StateSO6.05518
Tyler BeedeRHPVanderbiltSO5.05153
Jeff HoffmanRHPEast CarolinaSO4.25125
Aaron NolaRHOLSUSO6.22019
Hitters
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLH/ABRRBIBBKHRNotes
Alex BregmanSSLSUFR5/1132212 SB
C.J. HinojosaSSTexasFR6/111211
Derek FisherOFVirginiaSO3/84611
Trea TurnerSSNC StateSO2/422 SB
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9 Comments on "2013 College Baseball Notes: Volume 1"

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    Brian Recca February 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm -

    Phil Ervin continues to impress. Looking more and more like a potential 20/20 outfielder in the majors. What can we expect from Ervin in the field? Will he stick in center?

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      Jeff Reese February 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm -

      Center field is probably a stretch. The bat is pretty loud and should be able to play well in a corner though so it’s not a major issue. Al has seen him more recently than I have, but we’re both pretty big fans overall.

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      Al Skorupa February 19, 2013 at 12:23 am -

      The perception seems to be that CF is a bit of a stretch, but I’m actually optimistic that he can stick in center. I did have a few conversations with scouts and other writers on the Cape about it. Its absolutely a legit question, but it’s not a huge concern for me. Ervin isn’t going to be a clear cut centerfielder type, but I think he’s either a fringe average CF or a very good corner outfielder. He has a strong and accurate arm so RF fits fine.

      Ervin is a good athlete but he’s undersized and stoutly built with a thicker lower half than you typically see in a center fielder. Very good runner, but acceleration wasn’t always great. He was able to hit a second gear once he got going. Twice I saw him round first and pick up speed heading into a close play at second base. Footspeed is good, but not necesarily CF good. He does get very good jumps and makes good reads on balls.

      I really have a tremendous amount of faith in his bat. His swing has a lot of elements that you find in the swings of elite hitters. Great feel for the barrel, super fast hands and he tracks pitches well, letting them travel deep in the zone. I keep telling people to quote me on this: if Ervin was 6’2 he’d be a top 5 overall pick.