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First look: 2010 Draft Prospects (High School pitchers)

September 22, 2009

Baseball Beginnings is pleased to unveil our first NATIONAL look at the June 2010 draft here in September, 2009, eight months before the first name is called.

In the scouting world, every quality player is on a follow list. It’s a good bet that most of these players are already on such lists, but it’s important to remember that things will change over the next eight months – no list, no matter this one or one by a team should be considered definitive at this time of year, but should instead be regarded as a road map.

Some players who are not on this list will be hot and others who were hot in summer and fall will lose some luster in spring. That’s why you won’t see rankings here, because Baseball Beginnings works like a major league team. We’re not ranking players right now. And when we do, we keep them in-house. The world is full of people who will rank players. A good scout NEVER tells.

Every single player on this list has been seen by our scouting staff IN PERSON, meaning we don’t take our information from secondary sources. It’s on us.

High School Pitchers (June 2010 draft prospects)

Jason Adam, RHP, 6-2, 225 (Blue Valley HS, Overland Park, KS)
Big body, FB 86-90, CB 72, has room for improvement

Stetson Allie, RHP, 6-4, 225 (St. Edwards HS, Olmsted Falls, OH)
Three-pitch workhorse, sound delivery, plus command: FB 92-94, CH 79, CB 77-80

Robbie Aviles, RHP, 6-4, 190 (Suffern HS, Suffern, NY)
FB 88-92, CB 75-76, CH 83; wiry and loose, needs to corral mechanics, has projection

Alex Balog, RHP, 6-4, 210 (Archbishop Mitty HS, Saratoga, CA)
FB 89-92, big body, closer type, raw, college best and follow from there.

Cameron Bedrosian, RHP, 6-0, 195 (East Coweta HS, Senoia, GA)
Stocky w/high hips, power frame, multiple weapons: FB 90-96, CB 75-76, SL 84-89

Jesse Biddle, LHP, 6-5, 225 (Germantown Friends HS, Philadelphia, PA)
FB 91-93, CB 73, CH 85: Power build, gets extension, live arm, FB run, projects.

Cody Buckel, RHP, 6-1, 170 (Royal HS, Simi Valley, CA)
FB 90-91, gets downhill despite height, aggressive, power lower half. Makes most of it.

Andrew Cole, RHP, 6-5, 190 (Oviedo HS, Winter Springs, FL)
Tons of projection; premium HS guy, FB 91-94, CB 76, SL 78-81, Split 84-86, CH 83

Jake Cole, RHP, 6-3, 220 (Sahuaro HS, Tucson, AZ)
Good balance and extension, easy life, room for projection. FB 88-90.

Dylan Covey, RHP, 6-2, 190 (Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA)
Premium! FB 92-96, CB 81-86, CH 81-83, great frame, arm, power; all elements here.

Kaleb Cowart, RHP, 6-3, 190 (Cook County HS, Adel, GA)
Easy, loose gas, aptitude and pitch-ability. FB 90-93, CB 73, SL 87, Cutter 84, CH 75 

Cito Culver, RHP, 6-1, 167 (Irondequit HS, Rochester, NY)
Build is a concern, athleticism is not; raw and quirky actions; FB 90-91.

Adam Duke, RHP, 6-2, 180 (Spanish Fork HS, Salem, UT)
Fast arm, stays closed, good frame, room for development: FB 89-91, CB 75.

Scott Frazier, RHP, 6-6, 205 (Upland HS, Upland, CA)
FB 89-91 with 87-88 SL, no true off-speed pitch; Great frame still putting all together.

Nicholas Frey, RHP, 6-4, 170 (The Woodlands HS, Woodlands, TX)
Great baseball athlete, also SS: rangy, loose and easy arm & body, FB 89-91 easy.

Nathan Foriest, LHP, 6-2, 190 (Harpeth HS, Kingston Springs, TX)
Lot to like: FB 91-93, SL 83-84, Avg. command, loose body, fast arm, athletic enough

Kevin Gausman, RHP, 6-4, 180 (Grandview High School, Centennial, CO)
Raw stuff in a big body, HS draft in a good round: FB 92-97, SL 94-89

Evan Hudson, RHP, 6-6, 240 (Bothell HS, Bothwell, WA)
Big body, FB 90-91, SL 85-87, has room for conditioning and improvement; follow.

Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, 6-4, 175 (Henderson HS, Henderson, TX)
Lanky, lose, live arm, lots of projection, great athletic. FB 88-91, CB 76, SL 81-84

Mason Justice, RHP, 6-4, 185 (Holland Hall HS, Tulsa OK)
Frame has projection, FB 89-91, occasional plus arm-speed, room for development

Nick Kingham, RHP, 6-5, 205 (Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas, NV)
Good body, arm speed/action. FB 89-91. Follow.

Forrest Koumas, RHP, 5-11, 190 (Elgin HS, Lugoff, SC)
Little guy, max effort, produces some power, FB 88-91, SL 83-84, size is concern

Austin Kubitza, RHP, 6-5, 185 (Colleyville Heritage HS, Colleyville, TX)
Great frame, loose arm, a little raw, much projection: FB 88-92.

Zach Lee, RHP, 6-4, 190 (McKinney HS, McKinney, TX)
College pitcher now, FB 87-89, SL 80, good body, has projection, should follow.

Artie Lewicki, RHP, 6-3, 195 (St. Joseph HS, Wyckoff, NJ)
FB 89-90, good body, college best, should have some projection.

Josh Mason, RHP, 6-3, 180 (Crespi HS, Woodland Hills, CA)
FB 86-89, Division I college pitcher for certain

Albert Minnis, LHP, 6-0, 190 (Lawrence HS, Lawrence, KS)
Four-pitch LH starter, broad thighs and frame, FB 85-88, CH 74-76, best weapons

Brandon Moore, RHP, 6-2, 235 (Van Buren HS, Van Buren, ARK)
FB 86-91, CH 77, big body, should be Div. 1 pitcher out of HS, follow-up player

Griffin Murphy, LHP, 6-3, 200 (Redlands East Valley, Highland, CA)
Big body, arm slower on day I saw, FB 84-89, CB 75-76, has room for more.

Christian Pfaff, RHP. 6-4, 200 (RS Central HS, Rutherfordton, NC)
Live, raw arm lacks polish and control, FB 89-92: follow

Kyle Richter, LHP, 6-4, 200 (Santa Margarita HS, Orange County, CA)
Good frame, rushes some but creates power/deception, quality arm: FB 88-92, CH 72-74

Chris Roglen, RHP, 6-3, 200 (Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, CO)
Has projection in arm and frame, FB 89-91 w/life, CB 71, SL 77, can be HS draft    

Robby Rowland, RHP, 6-6, 205 (Cloverdale HS, Cloverdale, CA)
Inexperienced, got the right body, 90-91 FB, projection. Interesting.

Aaron Sanchez, RHP, 6-3, 170 (Barstow HS, Barstow, CA)
Lanky frame yet to mature, FB 89-91, inconsistent in Fall 09. Oregon sign.

Jordan Shipers, LHP, 5-10, 160 (South Harrison HS, Bethany, MO)
Limited FB power, 87-89, better CH, CB improving. Spring follow, college best

Tyler Shreve, RHP, 6-4, 215 (Redlands East Valley, Redlands, CA)
FB 89-92 at Area Codes; ineffective at Aflac; would like to see again.

John Simms, RHP, 6-3, 190 (College Park HS, The Woodlands, TX)
Good arm speed, good body, closed delivery, lands good: FB 88-90, SL 79-81

DeAndre Smelter, RHP, 6-2, 205 (Tattnall Square Academy, Macon GA)
Stocky and strong body; could be top closer; FB 89-94, SL 82-84. Good HS draft.

Eric Stevens, RHP, 6-5, 215 (Don Bosco Prep HS, Pompton Lakes, NJ)
Good body and actions, lots of promise: FB 88-91, SL 73-76.

Colby Suggs, RHP, 6-0, 230 (Sulphur Springs HS, Sulphur Springs, TX)
Joe Blanton-body, FB 89-91, CB 77, CH 84, some pitch-ability

Peter Tago, RHP, 6-1, 160 (Dana Hills HS, Laguna Niguel, CA)
FB 92-94 from high slot, 90-92 from low slot; Power hips, fast arm.

Jameson Taillon, RHP, 6-7, 230 (The Woodlands HS, Woodlands, TX)
Premium guy: Size, FB 93-96, CB 83, CH 76. Long, lean and whippy.

Luke Taylor, RHP, 6-5, 190 (Woodinville HS, Woodinville, WA)
Long, lean and raw, FB 85-87, college now, has arm speed to indicate projection

Brando Tessar, RHP, 6-1, 185 (Chaminade HS, Simi Valley, CA)
FB 88-90, SL 86, college pitcher now, check on in future.

Trevor Teykl, RHP, 6-7, 215 (Kempner HS, Sugar Land, TX)
Frame projects, should develop more power, should follow: FB 87-88, SL 72-73

Taijuan Walker, RHP, 6-5, 200 (Yucaipa HS, Yucaipa, CA)
Great frame, power in arm and legs; FB 90-92, SL 81, CH 77; has projection.

Sam Wilson, LHP, 6-1, 195 (El Dorado HS, Albuquerque, NM)
Great 2-way college guy; like as bullpen arm after college, FB 85-87, life.

Karsten Whitson, RHP, 6-4, 190 (Chipley HS, Chipley, FL)
Fast arm but a little stiff; FB 91-94, CB 81, SL 81-84, CH 75-77, good HS draft/polish.

Jesus Valdez, RHP, 6-3, 185 (Hueneme HS, Oxnard, CA)
FB 89-92, great lower half, strong hips and thighs, hard FB action.

AJ Vanegas, RHP, 6-3, 200 (Redwood Christian HS, Alameda, CA)
Premium RH power arm, FB 90-94, SL 79-81, needs 3rd pitch, great frame

Kevin Ziomek, LHP, 6-2, 180 (Amherst Regional HS, Amherst, MA)
Lanky, fast arm, uses back leg, HS draft or Fr. D.1 starter: FB 87-91, CH 72-74


One Response to “First look: 2010 Draft Prospects (High School pitchers)”

  1. evan says:

    I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying the blog, John. Covey impressed me as much as any pitcher in the Aflac game and to hear that he was even better in your recent viewing is great news. I’ve been considering that he’s a good bet to join Taillon and A.J. Cole as the top-ranked h.s. arms next summer.

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