No-nos abound for Draft prospects
On the one hand, you expect these top high school Draft prospects to dominate their opponents. On the other, a no-hitter is still a no-hitter, right?
In this week’s batch of Draft Reports (along with a feature on North Carolina’s Matt Harvey) is a report on California righty Taijuan Walker. Interesting thing about the report is that it wasn’t a glowing one. Not that Walker doesn’t have talent, mind you. But he’s been maddeningly inconsistent, both start-to-start and between starts. But I talked to a scout who saw him today who reported that Walker threw a no-hitter against Eisenhower High School. His velocity was right around 90-93 the entire start, it didn’t vary, and he maintained it throughout the start. His slider, which did not look good in earlier viewings, looked a lot sharper (it still needs some work, but it was vastly improved). Now, if Walker can keep that up in his following starts, he’ll continue to move up Draft boards.
One no-hitter is nice. But how about two, back-to-back? And what if one of them was a perfect game? That’s what Suffern HS RHP Robbie Aviles has done in his last two starts. Last week, he threw a perfect game.Then yesterday came the no-hitter. According to the story on LoHud.com, Aviles didn’t even realize he had the no-no because he started the game with two walks and walked four total. He struck out 15 and hasn’t allowed a run this season (spanning 20 innings). The Northeast guys always get a later start because of the weather and when there’s a guy making things happen like this, he’ll become a hot commodity in a hurry. The report said there were 30 scouts in attendance yesterday and it sounds like there were more than just area guys there. He starts again on Wednesday, so let’s see if he can make it three in a row.
Just some Draft tidbits for you while you’re waiting to see if the rain stops in Oxford, Mississippi for the big Anthony Ranaudo vs. Drew Poermanz matchup.