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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: Early series starts

It’s the week before college conference tournaments and, as a result, many of the weekend series are Thursday-Saturday, rather than the usual Friday-Sunday. As a result, there were some pretty good matchups yesterday that probably had good heat (meaning: a lot of scouting types) at them. For example:

Boston College 3, North Carolina 1
The key draws were Tar Heels starter Alex White and 1B Dustin Ackley to along with BC catcher Tony Sanchez. White was solid, going 7 innings, allowing two earned runs (three total). He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six, but got the loss. Ackley went 1-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. Sanchez went 0-for-3, driving in a run with a sacrifice fly. A bonus was BC lefty reliever Mike Belfiorie, who tossed three shutout innings, striking out four, for his 8th save. He struck out Ackley looking with two runners on and one out in the ninth, then getting Kyle Seager to fly out to end the game.

Florida 10, Kentucky 3
Ooof! Kentucky ace, and first-round hopeful, James Paxton, did not throw well. The lefty went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 11 hits and nine runs (eight earned). He didn’t walk anyone, at least, and he racked up six strikeouts. Not exactly the kind of outing against a good team you want to see this late. As good as his stuff is, he’s got a 5.86 ERA now.

South Carolina 7, Georgia 2
Unlike Paxton, South Carolina ace Sam Dyson, had an outstanding start against a good Bulldogs team. The right-hander pitched a complete game, giving up two earned runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out 13. Big Georgia 1B Rich Poythress went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Kenesaw State 6, North Florida 5, 11 innings
Kyle Heckathorn
went nine innings for Kenesaw State, but didn’t get a decision. The big right-hander allowed four runs and “scattered” 11 hits, but he also struck out 15 while walking only one. You try to put that in context.

Lipscomb at East Tennessee State, suspended
Unfortunately, you can’t control the weather and that’s a shame for scouts who went to this game to see Lipscomb lefty Rex Brothers throw. The first-round potential starter did get in four innings of work, where he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five.

Finally (you didn’t think I forgot, did you?):

San Diego State 11, Utah 2
Stephen Strasburg
didn’t let any suspense build, giving up two runs in the first inning after throwing a no-hitter in his last start. He gave up a total of six hits in seven innings of work, walked just one and struck out 10 for the win. He’s now 12-0 with a 1.34 ERA. In 94 1/3 innings of work, the right-hander has allowed 54 hits (.167 BAA) and 18 walks while striking out 174.

My first weekly Draft Notebook is up on the site now, so go check that out.

I’m working on my first projections — top 10 comes out on Thursday. Feel free to weigh in on who you think will go where in comments. The things I’m struggling with right now are:

1. Who will take the gamble on Tanner Scheppers and his shoulder? The Mariners seem interested, but is that too big of a risk at No. 2?

2. I keep hearing over and over that the San Diego Padres really like toolsy high school outfielder Donavan Tate at No. 3. Why can’t I believe it? Maybe it’s the organization’s draft history, maybe it’s Tate’s potential price tag, I don’t know. Whatever the reason, I need some convincing.

I’m hoping maybe some of the college guys, particularly the arms in top 10 contention, separate themselves in conference tournament play next week.

Be back soon…  

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