Results tagged ‘ Aaron Crow ’

Whither Scheppers and other tidbits

It can be a little difficult to keep tabs on the indy league front, what with all the college regional action and the end of the high school playoffs. Obviously, there’s an interest in knowing what’s going on in St. Paul and Fort Worth, the temporary homes for Tanner Scheppers and Aaron Crow.

Scheppers hasn’t pitched since May 27, a game in which he was still lighting up the radar gun, but scuffled a bit with command (though he settled down). He was supposed to pitch on Monday, but it got rained out. Imagine my confusion when I didn’t see his name in the reports for either game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Here’s, evidently, what happened:

The Saints are on the road and after his Monday start was rained out, they realized that whenever he made his next start, it would be his final one with the Saints. There was a desire, from all parties, it seems, for that last start to be at home. Obviously, the Saints want to reap the benefits of one more outing from the potential first-rounder and the Scheppers camp liked the idea of it as well. So a plan was made to have Scheppers make his final indy league start on Friday at home. A few big-league teams asked if it could be moved to Saturday — I guess to make it more feasible for some to make it to the start for one final look-see — and the Saints and Scheppers were amenable. So Scheppers will make his final pre-draft outing on Saturday.

Some other bits of information and rumor. Keep in mind that rumors can be just that.

  • Zach Wheeler was in Baltimore yesterday for a
    private meeting/workout, but my understanding was that they didn’t talk
    money.
  • The O’s did, it seems, have a
    conversation with Alex White‘s advisor about whether he would sign for slot if
    they took him at No. 5. I haven’t heard what the response was.
  • Matt Hobgood and others were in  Baltimore for a
    separate workout. No idea who else was there.
  • Drew Storen and Chad Jenkins threw in
    Washington
    today. I heard both threw pretty well. They
    also had a bunch of HS SS in for later-round consideration – Stephen Perez, Nick Franklin,
    Billy Hamilton were all there and all performed well.
  • Latest word on the Royals’ pick at No. 12 is that they might be honing in on a college position player, with a bent toward a premium position. That would make the rumors of BC catcher Tony Sanchez make some sense. So would USC shortstop Grant Green, if they feel they can afford that. Wil Myers has come up here, and while he’s not a college guy, he would fit the “premium position” part of the deal and he supposedly impressed in workouts.
  • Speaking of workouts, they’re one of those funny draft-related things that can be over-valued from a rumor standpoint. Just because a guy goes to a workout doesn’t mean the team is going to take him in the first round. Case in point: Hobgood going to Baltimore shouldn’t make him the front-runner to be a sleeper pick at No. 5. Could they consider him? Maybe. Are they taking him, not necessarily. That being said… Cameron Garfield has reportedly been tearing it up at workouts for a number of teams, including the Angels, Diamondbacks and the Astros. Not sure what that means yet, but he could be erasing any doubts based on his up-and-down senior season in high school.

That’s it for now, but trust me. There’s going to be much, much more

Draft Aft: Strasburg is good

With our draft section officially launching today, I wanted to let you know that B3 is going to be very draft focused from now until after the June 9 Draft. I’ll try to do some Minors stuff here and there, but don’t count on it.

So, I was in San Diego on Friday. As luck would have it, Stephen Strasburg was pitching for San Diego State, so I figured I’d go have a look-see. He was kind enough to throw a no-hitter against Air Force, striking out 17 and never really being challenged. Now, with all due respect to Air Force, they are not a good baseball team. But tossing a no-no against metal bats is still pretty impressive in my book. If you don’t want to take my word for it, Toby Wachter over at Upper Deck was live blogging throughout the game. Not that there was any question about the Nats taking the guy, but most of the braintrust was in attendance, including acting GM Mike Rizzo and scouting director Dana Brown. Against a bad team, they’re going to be looking at things like command and location, and Strasburg was pretty locked in. He probably had his best stuff in the ninth and was still throwing 97 mph in that final inning. That’s the kind of thing an MLB team would look at. No triple-digits, but who cares, really?

Other things of note:

The Indy Leaguers:  Both Tanner Scheppers and Aaron Crow threw on Sunday for their respective independent league teams. Scheppers had been generating a ton of buzz this spring with how he’s thrown, but while he was lighting up the radar gun for the St. Paul Saints, he was giving up five runs on five hits over five innings. Guess how many he struck out — that’s right, five. Crow, pitching for the Ft. Worth Cats, tossed four scoreless frames, allowing two hits and striking out two. Both could figure prominently in the top of the first round.

Best performance by a non-Strasburg college righty: A lot of the top arms were only so-so, but here’s one that really stood out. One is ASU’s Mike Leake, who continued his outstanding junior season by tossing seven shutout innings against Winthrop on Friday.  He walked none and struck out eight. For the season,  he’s 12-1 with a 1.47 ERA. He’s got 104 K’s (vs. only 18 BB) in 97 2/3 IP while hitters have managed just a .179 batting average against him.

Bounce-back start?: Vandy’s Mike Minor has had an up-and-down year. He didn’t start on Friday this weekend, and even with his most recent start, he’s just 5-4 with a 3.72 ERA on the season. One start does not a hot streak make — he was pretty bad a week ago at South Carolina — but against a very good Georgia team on Saturday, the lefty went the distance, allowing two runs and striking out 12.  He’s got one more regular-season start, against Tennessee. If he can pitch well there and then put together a strong peformance in front of a lot of eyes at the SEC tournament, he could climb further up draft boards.

Much more to come…

Draft aft: Indy time

No, not Indiana Jones. Nope, not talking independent film, either.

I’m talking Independent Leagues, which are playing a very big part in the draft this year.

Normally, we don’t do much on the indy leagues in these parts, but a pair of pitchers who will generate a lot of interests come draft day made their debuts in different leagues on Monday night. I haven’t talked to scouts yet who were at either outing, but I will eventually.

First, there was Aaron Crow, the 2008 first-round pick of the Washington Nationals who didn’t sign (that’s why the Nats pick at No. 10 as well). He threw for the Fort Worth Cats in the South Division of the American Association in their Spring Training opener. The right-hander went 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out three. The Grand Prairie Air Hogs hung the loss on the University of Missouri product.

Scheppers, numbers-wise, was more impressive pitching for the St. Paul Saints, members of the North Division of the American Association. Pitching in Fargo, North Dakota, against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawk, the Fresno State product tossed four hitless innings. Last year, Scheppers slid to the second round (to the Pirates) and wasn’t signed largely because of a shoulder injury that shut him down during his junior season. So far, he’s pitched well, first out at Golden West community College in intrasquad games and now in his indy league debut. Scheppers did walk four, but he struck out six.

Long way to go on these two, but Crow was a top 10 pick a year ago and can show he’s just as good, could go just as high. With Scheppers, it’s all about showing he’s healthy. He’s generating some serious buzz now, and that’s without knowing what people thought of his outing in Fargo (I wonder if the Coen brothers were there).

More to come…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 37,839 other followers

%d bloggers like this: