By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
October 9, 2009
Just about every scout I know buried the talent at Hyannis this year, but the Baseball Beginnings guy disagrees, wondering if anyone was watching the outfielder from South Carolina or the right-hander from Minnesota. Must be the vintage Mets uniforms making everyone think Mookie Wilson came out of retirement.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is a little left-handed hitting outfielder who gives you four above-average tools in contact, speed, arm strength and outfield defense. The only glaring hole in his game is power, but that’s not the kind of player he is. Playing on the Cape after his freshman year, Bradley made contact with authority and put the ball in play. Bradley (South Carolina) reminds me of Chone Figgins all the way around.
Right-hander Seth Rosin pitched at 90-92 with room for a bump to 93. He had 38 strikeouts in 33 innings and gave up 33 hits. Rosin’s frame is conducive to a big-body durable, middle-rotation, right-handed starter. He’ll take his strong summer with him back to Minnesota and has the ability to pitch himself into a good round in June 2010.
Ryan Cuneo isn’t going to be a big-name college guy in 2010 because he plays for Delaware, but the left-handed hitting Blue Hens first baseman has some ability to work with. Cuneo has a balanced stride and power potential. He’s a gap-to-gap guy with a long and lean frame that has some room to fill out. Cuneo might be more of the Mark Grace type, but that’s going to be enough for him to get a look in the 2010 draft.
Cody Hawn will immediately be dismissed by some scouts who don’t care for his Kirby Puckett-type body, and while I don’t generally like guys with that frame, I can’t ignore the fact that Hawn can hit. A better comparison might be Matt Stairs, a comparison I’m sure Hawn (Tennessee) has heard more than once. Hawn is the kind of player who is going to have to hit above expectations at every level because he’s always going to be looked at as a guy who shouldn’t be there because of his body type. Guys who can swing and who have to fight this sometimes find their way to the big leagues, though it’s a sure bet that he’ll have to be in the right place at the right time. Hawn is going to be drafted in 2010 and a good comparison for him might be Paul McAnulty, who came from Long Beach State and did play in the major leagues.