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2013 College Baseball Notes: Volume 6

Written By on 1st April, 2013

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Ah! Baseball season is starting to pick up. College baseball is no longer the only game in town. Weather will likely determine how many games I can get out to this April/May, and that will determine how often I can push out college notes articles.

And I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

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: Tyler Beede
College: Vanderbilt University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-4″ / 215 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year: 2014
Games:

  • 3/30 vs. Tennessee

Notes:

  1. Tall; wide shoulders; moderate projection
  2. High 3/4 arm slot; loose arm action
  3. Fastball comes out of his hand well; mediocre plane to the plate
  4. 4-seam has nice late jump but actual movement is uneventful; 92 in the seventh (via announcer)
  5. 2-seam fastball has significant arm side run and sink; riding life in on right handed batters
  6. Both fastball can miss bats when located
  7. Change up features excellent late fade and drop; sells the pitch well to hitters
  8. Consistently gets excellent screwball-esque action; swing and miss pitch in and out of zone
  9. Used regularly early in the outing but focused more on fastball and curve as the game progressed
  10. 11-5 curve ball with tight, sharp break; very good depth depth with power
  11. Big breaking pitch with noticeable hump but the ball travels a very steep arc; impressive shape
  12. Fastball command was very poor; control was mediocre at best; seemed to miss badly with a few pitches in every at bat; three wild pitches
  13. Frequently behind in the count but would successfully battle his way back and get the batter
  14. Showed tremendous reactions gloving a line drive back up the middle towards his face
  15. Aggressive pick off throws; efficient with full follow through

Comment: Tyler Beede lacked command and struggled with his control on Saturday — it was raining throughout the game so that may have contributed to it — but his stuff was so loud that it didn’t matter. He has two swing and miss off-speed pitches with a pair of quality fastballs that can also miss bat. He’s not quite on Carlos Rodon’s level, but I’m comfortable labeling him as the 2nd best 2014 college pitcher that I’ve seen.
TylerBeede (7-1)
Player: Jonathan Crawford
College: University of Florida
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-2″ / 205 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/30 vs. Ole Miss

Notes:

  1. Good height; thin with some projection in frame
  2. Fluid delivery; a bit upper body centric
  3. 3/4 arm slot; loose arm action
  4. Fastball has late arm side run and sink
  5. Hard run in on right handed hitters; generates ground balls and can miss bats
  6. 10-4 slider with sharp break and good tilt; tight spin; late breaking pitch with some 2 plane action
  7. Shape on slider varies — some show more downer break like a curve ball; some are more subtle break almost like a big depth’d cutter that moves downward; others look like more conventional sliders with late diving, diagonal break
  8. Serviceable pitch in the zone; deadly as a chase pitch with late break that dives into the dirt
  9. Change has mediocre, floating action with some downward movement
  10. Rarely utilized; clearly third pitch
  11. Pitches off of the fastball; sets up the slider well
  12. Painting corners well with fastball; showed good ability to run it back over the glove side of the plate for called strikes
  13. Kept the fastball down even when the command wasn’t pristine; movement bailed him out of the few mistake fastballs in the middle of zone
  14. Efficient outing; ahead of almost every hitter and got quick outs
  15. Lost command and focus briefly during the sixth inning but battled through bases loaded situation; returned to cruise control in the seventh

JonathanCrawford (7-2)
Player: Gerardo Esquivel
College: Kansas State University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 5′-11″ / 180 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/29 at Baylor

Notes:

  1. Average height, thin thighs; moderate projection
  2. Delivery lacks fluidity; short arm circle
  3. High 3/4 arm slot; arm action itself is more fluid
  4. Fastball delivered on a good downward plane with some slight arm side run
  5. 86-89, touching 93; more 90s in the first inning of work but gradually dropped to the mid-to-upper 80s (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  6. Looked to have a cut fastball with subtle, glove side movement; some lateness to the movement; 85-86 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  7. 12-6 curve ball with good depth; 69-76 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  8. Adds and subtracts to the curve ball; some are harder with sharper break; others are softer with more depth
  9. Slider with 11-5 break; can blend in with the curve ball; 77-81 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  10. Straight change with some slight sink; looked pretty rudimentary; 80-81 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  11. Keeps the ball down well and is around the zone
  12. Worked four innings of an extra inning game; got into a number of threatening situations and made big pitches to keep the score tied and extend the game

GerardoEsquivel (7-2)
Player: Carson Fulmer
College: Vanderbilt University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 5′-11″ / 190 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year: 2015
Games:

  • 3/30 vs. Tennessee

Notes:

  1. Average height; thin with moderate projection
  2. 3/4 arm slot with some effort
  3. Fastball is very big with late life; some subtle run and explosion on fastball
  4. Swing and miss pitch; 94, 95, 96 (via announcers)
  5. Sharp 12-6 curve ball with good power and moderate depth
  6. Very sharp with hard break; steep break that can generate swinging strikes in zone and out
  7. Straight change lacks much action; clearly takes backseat to FB/CB
  8. Attacked hitters and showed good feel for locating stuff
  9. Suffered a few bad luck singles in the 9th inning but showed dominant stuff

CarsonFulmer (7-2)
Player: Max Garner
College: Baylor University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-3″ / 200 lbs
Class: Senior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/29 vs. Kansas State

Notes:

  1. Good height; thin frame and waist
  2. 3/4 arm slot; fairly low effort
  3. Fastball delivered on a fairly flat plane with a bit of steady arm side run; 86-89, touched 91 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  4. Hitters saw the pitch pretty well and squared it up
  5. Straight change features late dropping action; solid pitch
  6. Generated a couple of swinging strikes with change; 76-77 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  7. 11-5 curve ball is soft with a lot of depth; not much of a weapon; 69-72 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  8. Slider with 10-4 break; can look like a harder version of curve ball; 76-79 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  9. Mixed in all of his pitches throughout the count
  10. Around the zone but didn’t show great command

Player: Vincent Jackson
College: University of Tennessee
Position: Right Field
Bats/Throws: L/L
Height/Weight: 6′-5″ / 205 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year: 2015
Games:

  • 3/30 at Vanderbilt

Notes:

  1. Tall, slender athlete; thin; thin thighs
  2. Upper body heavy swing; very controlled; seems to be guiding bat to ball
  3. Decent approach at the plate; took borderline pitches for strikes and didn’t chase anything out of the zone
  4. Laid down perfect bunt single in the first inning down third base line
  5. Very fast; beat out double play (fairly soft ground ball to second) by a wide margin
  6. Speed has an impact on the bases; took second on a failed hit/run in the second inning; stole second base again in the fourth
  7. Overpowered by Fulmer’s 96 MPH fastball on low/outside corner for swinging strikeout in the 8th; late on pitch but very well located
  8. Tracks balls well in right field; made two difficult plays on fly balls to the RF wall; good range as he was playing fairly shallow

VincentJackson (7-1)
Player: Mike Mayers
College: University of Mississippi
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-3″ / 205 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/30 at Florida

Notes:

  1. Good height; thin; not much projection remaining
  2. Drop/drive delivery; reaches back with arm and minimizes height; high 3/4 arm slot
  3. Fastball delivered on a fairly flat plane; good late explosion
  4. Generated ground balls thanks to late movement; some swing and miss ability
  5. Change up has significant arm side fade and drop; huge action even up in zone
  6. Splitter-esque movement on the pitch with consistently late action
  7. Bottom drops out; hitters often out in front; works very well as a chase pitch; swing and miss pitch
  8. Could throw the change multiple times in a row effectively; generated weak ground ball contact when put in play
  9. Action deteriorated some in the sixth inning and hitters were putting better swings on the pitch
  10. 11-5 curve ball with good tight break and shape; moderate depth
  11. Tight spin with good power; steady break with consistent shape
  12. Fairly average pitch; has good power and decent depth but doesn’t have the sharpness or lateness to be a weapon
  13. 10-4 slider has subtle, almost cutter like, movement; a touch of late diagonal movement
  14. Can throw to regions of the zone and moves pitches around well; good command overall of all pitches
  15. Lost release point in the 6th, missing up and out of zone with everything; HR came via letter high fastball
  16. Quick, efficient pick off move; picked off runner in 6th and nearly did it a second time in the same inning

MikeMayers (7-2)
Player: Blake McFadden
College: Kansas State University
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-1″ / 200 lbs
Class: Freshman
Draft Year: 2015
Games:

  • 3/29 at Baylor

Notes:

  1. Average height; well developed with thick thighs; wide shoulders
  2. 3/4 arm slot; short arm action; doesn’t get great extension and really pulls down with upper half to release pitch
  3. Fastball delivered on flat plane with a touch of sink and occasional run
  4. Decent life on fastball; not drastic movement but lively; 85-87, touched 89 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  5. Cut fastball with late glove side movement; 83-85 (via stadium/broadcast gun); generated a couple swinging strikes with pitch
  6. 11-5 curve ball; a bit soft with steady break and decent depth; lacked sharpness; 73-76 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  7. Late depth; worked well as a chase pitch out of zone; more break when kept down in zone
  8. Improved by the fourth inning; still could use more power but break is a bit sharper and got a couple of strikeouts with pitch
  9. Straight change with a touch of drop; 79-82 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  10. Some show some nice late action; others just float
  11. Doesn’t show much command but is around the zone; pitched fairly aggressively
  12. Showed improved ability to move pitches around the zone in the fourth inning; hitting spots a bit more frequently too
  13. Works quickly on the mound

BlakeMcFadden (7-2)
Player: RJ Santigate
College: Kansas State University
Position: Third Base
Bats/Throws: L/R
Height/Weight: 6′-2″ / 215 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/29 at Baylor

Notes:

  1. Good height; thick thighs; physical frame
  2. Short, compact swing; upper body heavy; stays inside; pushes and slaps at pitches
  3. Good bat quickness; some bat speed
  4. Shows patience early in the count; took 3-4 pitches to start a couple of at bats
  5. Works the count fairly well and spoils pitches foul
  6. Chased a couple of change ups out of the zone for a strike out; but waited on a curve ball well early in the game and just dropped bat head on ball

RJSantigate (7-1)
Player: Nate Williams
College: Kansas State University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-2″ / 215 lbs
Class: Sophomore
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/29 at Baylor

Notes:

  1. Good height; physical frame; thick thighs; well developed
  2. Somewhat short arm circle; doesn’t really cut himself off but doesn’t fully extend either
  3. High 3/4 arm slot; low effort delivery
  4. Fastball comes out of his hand easily; good downward plane with some sink; 86-89 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  5. 11-5 curve ball has pretty good depth and some sharpness; 76-79, touched 81 (via stadium/broadcast gun)
  6. A couple curve balls broke early; good power on pitch but lacks crispness
  7. Had little feel for locating pitches; not tremendously wild but consistently missing
  8. Pulling fastball down glove side; unable to find strike zone and pulled after only recording 1 out in first

NateWilliams (7-2)
Player: Nick Williams
College: University of Tennessee
Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6′-2″ / 230 lbs
Class: Junior
Draft Year: 2013
Games:

  • 3/30 at Vanderbilt

Notes:

  1. Good height; wide shoulders; well developed upper and lower half; sturdy, durable build; thick
  2. High 3/4 arm slot; tilts shoulders slightly to make it even higher but not true over the top
  3. Arm circle is a bit cut off on backside; effort in delivery
  4. Fastball has good velocity; delivered on a downward plane with some subtle run; 90 in the second (via announcer)
  5. Fastball is not a weapon but definitely a serviceable pitch; flattens out up in the zone
  6. Slider with hard 12-6 downer break; decent sharpness and late break
  7. Good power; doesn’t have great shape but it’s fairly effective; some will break early into the dirt before reaching the plate
  8. Depth can be inconsistent; delivered on flat plane with late downward break; some are significant, others have little break; works pretty well as a chase pitch
  9. Change up has some downward movement; works well with arm slot and downward plane
  10. Left a lot of pitches up in the zone in the first inning but settled down later in the game
  11. Command isn’t great but he painted the corners at times and did a pretty good job of staying down in the zone after the first
  12. Attacked hitters and had an efficient outing until the 8th inning; ran out of gas, lost the strike zone, and Vanderbilt blew the game open
  13. Deliberate worker on the mound; paid a lot of attention to runners on base

NickWilliams (7-1)

Statistics From Around the Country

2013 Draft Eligibles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLIPHERBBKNotes
Mark AppelRHPStanfordSR9401103 HBP
Jonathan CrawfordRHPFloridaJR92028
Ryan EadesRHPLSUJR89035HBP
Marco GonzalezLHPGonzagaJR69524
Sean ManaeaLHPIndiana StateJR7.16235
Ryne StanekRHPArkansasJR43126HBP
Bobby WahlRHPOle MissJR7.17221
Trevor WilliamsRHPArizona StateJR7.28116
Tom WindleLHPMinnesotaJR941113
Kevin ZiomekLHPVanderbiltJR763110HBP
Jonathan GrayRHPOklahomaJR921012
Chris AndersonRHPJacksonvilleJR6118010
AJ VanegasRHPStanfordJR2.22003First appearances of the season
Braden ShipleyRHPNevadaJR88118
Andrew MitchellRHPTCUJR33353First start of the year
Andrew ThurmanRHPUC IrvineJR69336
Jason HurshRHPOklahoma StateJR713614HBP
Tony RizzottiRHPTulaneJR810444
Aaron BlairRHPMarshallJR67144
Alex GonzalezRHPOral RobertsJR96118
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLH/ABRRBIBBKHRNotes
Austin WilsonOFStanfordJROut with stress reaction in elbow
Kris Bryant3BSan DiegoJR5/1255322
Colin Moran3BUNCJR3/510000Final two games pushed to Monday
Aaron JudgeOFFresno StateJR7/1220220SB
Michael LorenzenORCal St. FullertonJR7/1247212CS
Phil ErvinOFSamfordJR0/310000HBP; SB
JaCoby JonesOFLSUJR1/1210130
Chad Pinder3BVa. TechJR3/1331110CS
DJ Peterson3BNew MexicoJR3/341100Left Thursday's game with a minor hamstring issue
Brian Ragira1BStanfordJR5/1332210
Eric Jagielo3BNotre DameJR4/1033241SB

2014 & 2015 Draft Eligibles)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLIPHERBBKNotes
Carlos RodonLHPNC StateSO7.2512113 HBP
Tyler BeedeRHPVanderbiltSO7.14259
Jeff HoffmanRHPEast CarolinaSO910372 HBP
Aaron NolaRHPLSUSO7.250110
Walker BuehlerRHPVanderbiltFR3.27213
Michael CederothRHPSan Diego StateSO48845
Freddy AvisRHPStanfordFR20000Midweek start and collegiate debut
Nick BurdiRHPLouisvilleSO1.21005
Justin GarzaRHPCal St. FullertonFR67317
Brandon FinneganLHPTCUSO4.12247
NAMEPOSSCHOOLCLH/ABRRBIBBKHRNotes
Alex BregmanSSLSUFR6/14410112 SB
C.J. HinojosaSSTexasFR4/1226122
Derek FisherOFVirginiaSO
Trea TurnerSSNC StateSO5/1042320SB; CS
Michael ConfortoOFOregon StateSO6/1423220SB
Rhett WisemanOFVanderbiltFR1/910040

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