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2013 College Baseball Notes: Volume 5

Written By on 18th March, 2013

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JD, Al, Steve, and David all got to spend time at spring training this week — Al’s still there!. I, instead, watched as winter reassert itself; it seems spring will have to wait a few more weeks.

There will not be a college notes article next Monday. I’ll be spending the weekend in Long Island for the Pens/Islanders hockey game. Hopefully I got enough big names this weekend to satisfy you until then!

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: Alex Bregman
College: Louisiana State University
Position: Short Stop
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-0″ / 190 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year: 2015
Games:

  • 3/16 at Mississippi State

Notes:

  1. Average height; physical, well filled out frame; strong lower half
  2. Quick bat with simple, rotational path; generates good bat speed; controlled finish
  3. Quiet, fluid swing; ball jumps off bat even when contact is mediocre
  4. Advanced approach at the plate; takes pitches out of zone with facility and looks for pitches that he can drive
  5. Chased one curve ball out of the zone with a half-hearted swing
  6. Home run came via a 1-1 inside curve ball that he simply turned on; contact was just OK but it cleared LF fence easily
  7. Ranged well to his left to get a ball deep in the hole; made off-balance throw to first base; called safe but showed as being out on replay

AlexBregman (5-2)
Player: Ryan Eades
College: Louisiana State University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: S/R
Height/Weight: 6′-3″ / 198 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/16 at Mississippi State

Notes:

  1. Average height; athletic with a fairly well filled out upper half; thin thighs
  2. Delivery features a very high leg kick with corresponding high glove
  3. Long in the backside, reaching down with arm and bringing his arm back up, not a full arm circle; slightly hooked wrist
  4. High 3/4 arm slot; falls off the mound at times
  5. Fastball jumps out of his hand with some arm side run
  6. Fastball is big and lively enough to miss bats; especially lively down in the zone; generates primarily ground ball contact
  7. Power 11-5 slider with moderate depth
  8. Quality of break can vary; some show nasty late break and others are a bit more steady without the same sharpness
  9. Works better as a chase pitch out of the zone than as a pitch in the zone; buries the pitch well in the dirt and gets hitters to chase
  10. Straight change up has a touch of sinking action
  11. Tertiary weapon used as a different look for the hitter; not a weapon
  12. Doesn’t show much ability to command his fastball
  13. Attacked the zone more aggressively after the first couple of innings and hitters couldn’t do much with the fastball; typically got ahead in counts
  14. Painted a few corners for called third strikes, but most of them were by accident rather than him showing pinpoint command

RyanEades (5-2)
Player: Aaron Garza
College: University of Houston
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-4″ / 180 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year: 2014
Games:

  • 3/12 at Baylor

Notes:

  1. Tall, long lanky frame; thin with some projection
  2. Full bodied motion; quick tempo’d delivery; squats down in delivery and mitigates height
  3. Looks out of control at times; high leg kick that nearly touches chest; leg whips around hard and he falls off of the mound; slipped and fell once on follow-through
  4. High 3/4 arm slot; slight inverted W arm action
  5. Fastball has steady arm side run; fairly flat plane given his height
  6. Movement improved as the game progressed; steady 88-91 (via stadium/broadcast gun) throughout game
  7. 11-5 breaking ball with moderate depth; thrown with good power
  8. Shape is inconsistent; some show better depth and more conventional curve ball shape
  9. Sharpness varies; 78-80 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  10. Used as a change of pace pitch for majority of outing but started to lean on pitch heavily in his last couple innings
  11. Controls stuff well; somewhat surprising given delivery
  12. Hits spots at times; command just OK; shows good ability to paint glove side corner with fastball
  13. Leaving a lot of fastballs up in the zone
  14. Did not show much swing and miss; a lot of deep counts

AaronGarza (5-1)
Player: JaCoby Jones
College: Louisiana State University
Position: Second Base
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-3″ / 200 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/16 at Mississippi State

Notes:

  1. Tall; slender, athletic frame; muscular build; long legs and high waist
  2. Starts with his hands high and moves down and into a loaded position
  3. Some effort in his swing; seems to be consciously trying to stay inside the ball; linear, push path
  4. Will take bigger hacks at times and shows off very good bat speed when he does; fluidity improves a bit
  5. Three of the four balls put in play went to the right side despite being towards the inner half of the plate
  6. Second double was his best swing, showing much more fluidity to turn on low/mid-zone fastball and drive off left-center field wall
  7. Runs well with long strides; 4.19 home to first on a ground ball to second base (turned into a double play)

JaCobyJones (5-2)
Player: Will Kendall
College: Auburn University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws: L/L
Height/Weight: 6′-3″ / 200 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/15 vs. Vanderbilt

Notes:

  1. Good height; high waist with wide shoulders
  2. Lower half moves ahead of the upper half; leans back with arm and follows through with high over the top arm slot
  3. Fastball has some cutting action; 85-86, touching 87 (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  4. Change up delivered on a downward plane with a couple inches of fading action
  5. Slow pitch that just falls out of sky; 72-74 MPH (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  6. Change has pretty good action despite softness; late movement that is more than hitter anticipates; swing strikes
  7. Soft 11-5 curve ball with a lot of depth; lacked shape the couple times he threw it; 68 & 74 (via broadcast/stadium gun)

WillKendall (5-2)
Player: Daniel Koger
College: Auburn University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/L
Height/Weight: 6′-5″ / 181 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year: 2014
Games:

  • 3/15 vs. Vanderbilt

Notes:

  1. Tall with wide shoulders; lean frame with significant projection
  2. 3/4 arm slot with an average amount of effort
  3. Fastball has good downward plane and a decent angle to the plate
  4. Started the game throwing 88-91 and gradually saw decreased velocity as the game progressed; down to sitting 84-85 by his final inning (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  5. Fastball has some sinking action; movement became more drastic in the lower velocity range
  6. 2-8 curve ball began the game as a pitch with moderate depth, fairly tight spin, and nice shape
  7. Showed the ability to add/subtract velocity to the pitch; tendency to get soft; became less of a weapon later in the game
  8. Velocity on the curve ranged from 71-79 (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  9. Change up has nice late fade and drop; turns the pitch over consistently well with late action; sat 79-82 (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  10. Throws the change up with conviction and sells the pitch well; swing and miss pitch that he showed the ability to throw it multiple times in a row successfully
  11. Action on the change was not quite as strong by mid innings
  12. Started the game looking sharp but seemed to lose confidence in stuff after an early home run
  13. Had some difficulty throwing strikes in the first couple of innings; none were far out of zone
  14. Settled down later in the game; still got behind hitters but showed a decent feel for where his pitches were going
  15. Works extremely quickly on the mound

DanielKoger (5-2)
Player: Brian Miller
College: Vanderbilt University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-4″ / 200 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year: 2014
Games:

  • 3/15 at Auburn

Notes:

  1. Good height; thin; thin thighs
  2. Long arms with an even longer arm action; slinging, side arm delivery
  3. Fastball has heavy side spin, resulting in good sink and run; sat around 83 MPH (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  4. Saucer-esque breaking ball with late 11-5 break; capable of generating swings and misses; 73-75 (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  5. Attacked hitters and threw strikes with fastball and slider
  6. Easily finished off the final two hitters of the game after Ziomek exited

BrianMiller (5-1)
Player: Evan Mitchell
College: Mississippi State University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-2″ / 175 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/16 vs. LSU

Notes:

  1. Good height; lanky frame with some projection
  2. Somewhat of a pinwheel style delivery; some effort involved; falls off mound
  3. Pulls with left side to get to a very high 3/4, nearly over the the top, arm slot
  4. Fastball has very good velocity and is delivered on a downward plane
  5. Comes out of his hand very well but lacks much vertical/horizontal movement
  6. Power 12-6 curve ball with significant depth and sharp break; hammer
  7. Consistently spins the ball with hard late break; works very well as chase pitch; got a number of hitters to lunge and take ugly swings out of the zone
  8. Curve slipped out of his hand a couple of times
  9. Around the plate but lacks command of pitches; got behind hitters regularly; inefficient outing

EvanMitchell (5-1)
Player: Sean Spicer
College: Baylor University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-0″ / 215 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year: 2014
Games:

  • 3/12 vs. Houston

Notes:

  1. Average height; well filled out, slightly soft, frame
  2. Unorthodox delivery; brings ball up/out of glove and back in before separating his hands
  3. Short arm circle; never extends arm on back side; some effort in delivery
  4. Nearly over the top arm slot
  5. Fastball has good downward plane with steady sink
  6. Comes out of his hand well and can miss bats; 87-89, touched 90 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  7. 12-6 curve ball with a lot of depth and good power
  8. Curve ball can lose shape and just sort of fall down out of zone; 77-79 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  9. Looked to have a 11-5 slider with later break than curve ball
  10. Only threw a handful of times and could have been a variation of curve ball; 80-82 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  11. Doesn’t command zone; a lot of fastballs up in the zone that resulted in fly outs

SeanSpicer (5-2)
Player: Rhett Wiseman
College: Vanderbilt University
Position: Designated Hitter
Bats/Throws: L/R
Height/Weight: 5′-11″ / 190 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year: 2015
Games:

  • 3/15 at Auburn

Notes:

  1. Average height; well developed shoulders; athletic build
  2. Shows excellent bat speed with a fluid swing
  3. Often got off balance at the plate, lunging or slashing at the ball defensively
  4. Shows the ability to take off-speed pitches out of the zone for balls and work count
  5. Seemed to struggle with pitch recognition against LHP

RhettWiseman (5-2)
Player: Sterling Wynn
College: Baylor University
Position: Starting Pitcer
Bats/Throws: L/L
Height/Weight: 6′-2″ / 190 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year: 2015
Games:

  • 3/12 vs. Houston

Notes:

  1. Good height; thin waist with some projection in frame
  2. Controlled, low effort delivery; loose arm action
  3. 3/4 arm slot; mediocre arm speed
  4. Fastball has some late sinking action; delivered with good plane to the plate
  5. 87-89 with fastball (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  6. Change features late fading action; thrown with conviction; 80-81 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  7. Tendency to miss with the pitch to his arm side
  8. Curve ball features 1-7 break; soft offering; not overly sharp
  9. Break was a bit tighter and steeper in his second inning of work; 73-74 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  10. Lacked command of the fastball; around the zone but consistently missing
  11. Getting behind in the count and then making mistakes in the zone
  12. Doesn’t show much feel for locating either off-speed pitch

SterlingWynn (5-1)
Player: Kevin Ziomek
College: Vanderbilt University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/L
Height/Weight: 6′-3″ / 200 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/15 at Auburn

Notes:

  1. Good height; thin, athletic frame; some projection remaining
  2. Delivery has a hitch where he squats down and stabs downward with arm; arm circle is a bit short but not that bad
  3. Quick tempo’d delivery with good rhythm; gets himself moving forward and uses entire body; high leg kick
  4. 3/4 arm slot; fast arm with an easy arm action
  5. Fastball has a touch of sinking action; sat 87-91 (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  6. 2-seam fastball with late arm side run; 85-86 (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  7. Showed ability to add and subtract to fastball seemingly at will; saw no diminution of velocity: 88-90 in the 8th inning
  8. Change up has a touch of fade and drop; 73-79 (via broadcast/stadium gun)
  9. Improved throughout the game; started to feature better action and garnered some swings and misses
  10. Better pitch in the high 70s than low 70s
  11. Sweeping 2-8 curve ball with good power and a lot of lateral/horizontal movement; sat 74-78, predominantly at the higher end of that range
  12. Good shape and typically had sharp break; depth deteriorated later in the game and got a bit slurvy
  13. Works very quickly; throws strikes, gets ahead of hitters, and is efficient
  14. Showed good feel for spotting his fastball to every region of the plate; throws all of his pitches for strikes
  15. Adds/subtracts to pitches, mixes speeds, and varies sequences; throws every pitch to all regions of the plate
  16. Attacked hitters and was always ahead in the count
  17. Started to make a few mistakes with the fastball in 8th and 9th inning and finally saw some harder contact against
  18. Delivery gives him a lot of deception on his pick off move; called for a balk on one of his attempts

KevinZiomek (5-2)

Statistics From Around the Country

2013 Draft Eligibles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLIPHERBBKNotes
Mark AppelRHPStanfordSRStanford had no scheduled games
Jonathan CrawfordRHPFloridaJR635422 HBP
Ryan EadesRHPLSUJR76128
Marco GonzalezLHPGonzagaJR84216HBP
Sean ManaeaLHPIndiana StateJR96019HBP
Ryne StanekRHPArkansasJR4.24234
Bobby WahlRHPOle MissJR73155
Trevor WilliamsRHPArizona StateJR713714
Tom WindleLHPMinnesotaJR941112 HBP
Kevin ZiomekLHPVanderbiltJR8.15125
Jonathan GrayRHPOklahomaJR950012
Chris AndersonRHPJacksonvilleJR7.27225
Scott FrazierRHPPepperdineJR87346HBP
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLH/ABRRBIBBKHRNotes
Austin WilsonOFStanfordJROut 3+ weeks with stress reaction in elbow
Kris Bryant3BSan DiegoJR5/1268524CS
Colin Moran3BUNCJR6/1143210
Aaron JudgeOFFresno StateJR2/1100340
Michael LorenzenORCal St. FullertonJR3/1133220
Phil ErvinOFSamfordJR4/1220330HBP; 2 SB
JaCoby JonesOFLSUJR4/1213140
Chad Pinder3BVa. TechJR4/1330220
DJ Peterson3BNew MexicoJR4/1338212

2014 & 2015 Draft Eligibles)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLIPHERBBKNotes
Carlos RodonLHPNC StateSO65338HBP
Tyler BeedeRHPVanderbiltSO6.22064
Jeff HoffmanRHPEast CarolinaSO75355
Aaron NolaRHPLSUSO5.294142 HBP
Walker BuehlerRHPVanderbiltFR62137Midweek Start
Michael CederothRHPSan Diego StateSO78126HBP
Trevor MegillRHPLoyola MarymountSO3.16513HBP
Justin GarzaRHPCal State FullertonFR84119
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLH/ABRRBIBBKHRNotes
Alex BregmanSSLSUFR4/1423111
C.J. HinojosaSSTexasFR1/1100120
Derek FisherOFVirginiaSO2/1311130
Trea TurnerSSNC StateSOOut 4-6 weeks with sprained ankle
Michael ConfortoOFOregon StateSO6/1344122
Rhett WisemanOFVanderbiltFR4/934200

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3 Comments on "2013 College Baseball Notes: Volume 5"

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    Brian Recca March 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm -

    kris bryant top 5 overall pick?

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      Jeff Reese March 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm -

      That seems pretty rich to me, but I haven’t had much chance to watch him play either. Steve will probably see him at some point this year and that will help me get a better feel of where to slot him.