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Scouting Update: Austin Hedges, C, JSerra (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 20, 2010

In the grand scheme of draft bats in 2011, Austin Hedges is going to be near the front of the line. I’ve seen him dating back to Fall 2009 and the progression and development is pretty much evident to anyone with a pulse. He’s going to bring three tools with him – right-handed power, the ability to make hard consistent contact, and an above-average throwing arm. He’s also very sound defensively and should continue to improve. He won’t be a burner, but he’s probably going to be able to trim a little bit off his run times and be pretty close to an average runner. Put it all together and it’s a guy that is going to have to be bought out of college.

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Scouting Update: Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow (OK) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 17, 2010

Being a well-meaning West Coaster, I can only imagine that Oklahoma’s pride in its football statewide rivals that of that other state below them. It’s football season now, which means right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley is moonlighting as a quarterback, though that’s a bad word for it. I can’t help you break down quarterbacks, but I can break down right-handed pitching.

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Scouting Update: Deshorn Lake, RHP, Menchville (VA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 16, 2010

Deshorn Lake grew on me the more I thought about him. The guy has one of the longest wingspans I have seen on the trail and I think that lends itself to natural fastball movement. Put that with a growing body, a great frame for a right-handed pitcher, and as we say, you’ve got something.

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Scouting Update: Cameron Gallagher, C, Manheim Township (PA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 15, 2010

I had my first look at catching prospect Cameron Gallagher this summer, both at Area Codes and Aflac.

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Scouting Update: Phillip Evans, INF, La Costa Canyon (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 14, 2010

You would look at Phillip Evans and he wouldn’t be the flashiest tools guy around, but this guy can flat out pick it at second base, cover a lot of ground, put the ball in play, and has a very solid throwing arm at second.

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Scouting Update: Christian Lopes (Summer 2010), Edison (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 13, 2010

In a year where bats are hard to come by, you’d be hard pressed to find a better pure high school bat than Christian Lopes.

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Scouting Update/Video: Trevor Gretzky, Oaks Christian (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 10, 2010

Trevor Gretzky is off playing quarterback Friday nights this fall, but my heart is with the guy as a baseball player. I have no problems with baseball players playing football, and in fact, I have a long history of stating that I like baseball players with multi-sport backgrounds. A kid gets to competitively cross train and learn why one sport’s mentality might fit him better than another. No matter how the kid arrives at the conclusion, I’ve never met a baseball player who wasn’t better for playing high school football in some ways, but not all. In the case of Gretzky, I have seen him with metal in the spring and wood in the summer. I might see him in pads in fall. I have no jokes about skates.

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Scouting Update: Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence (MA) Academy (2011 Draft)

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September 9, 2010

After making some mechanical adjustments, right-hander Tyler Beede asserted himself well late in the summer and gave himself a running start ten months before the 2011 draft.

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Scouting Update: Travis Harrison, Tustin (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 8, 2010

I have seen Travis Harrison from 2009 and into summer 2010 and will pick up his coverage again soon. The thing you come in to see him for is the raw right-handed power.

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Scouting Update/Video: Henry Owens, LHP, Edison (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 7, 2010

Henry Owens is no secret. Nine months before the 2011 draft, his status as a first-round talent is probably his to lose. Here at Beginnings, we’ve already seen him more than most, dating back to the 2009 Area Codes, 2009 Fall Ball, 2010 High School, and 2010 summer season. He’s a lefty’s lefty, easy and free-spirited, and he’s got a few physical qualities and intangibles that are signs that he is potentially a long-term pro. 

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