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Getting this 2012 season cranking

So… where were we?

The 2012 season is upon us and there’s almost too much going on.  We’ve been busying updating all the blurbs on Prospect Watch to reflect assignments to teams, injuries, other news. We will try to be vigilant on keeping things updated and dynamic as the season progresses.

But there’s more than just Prospect Watch updates going on. There’s a new blog written by prospect-crazy fans/writers called The Futurists. I highly recommend you check it often. We have many contributors signed up, blogging about a wide spectrum of prospect-related issues. Read it and get involved — leave comments as we really want it to be an interactive experience.

Coming soon is another blog, one written by the prospects themselves. It’s called We the Prospects and we’re working on getting prospects across several levels and organizations to contributed. Stay tuned for when that one gets going full-tilt.

There’s a lot more in the works:

  • International amateur Top 20 prospects
  • 2012 Draft Top 100 prospects
  • Weekly Prospect Watch notebook

I’ll be sure to update all when each is up and running. Trying the polls function out here, so please, weigh in on this week’s question:

Finally, I was looking at stuff I did during Spring Training and I realized I never posted my complete interview with Pirates prospect Josh Bell. It went with this story about him starting his first full season.

Ewwww!

I’m always so positive, focusing on good performances and guys really stepping up. Today, I feel like being negative.

It’s not that I’m in a bad mood or anything — I sure could give Mike Leake and his complete-game shutout or fast riser Chad Jenkins’ complete-game victory over the weekend some love — but come on, we all know negativity sells. Besides, at this point in the amateur season, a bad performance can be magnified. It was the last week of regular-season games in the college ranks and here are some performances that made me say, simply, “Ewww!”

Kendal Volz, Baylor: I already labeled him as a “Lead Balloon” player in Friday’s Draft Notebook, and he didn’t do anything over the weekend to have it removed. Against Nebraska on Friday, he gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits over 3 2/3 IP, striking out just one. He’s now 3-6 with a 4.62 ERA.

Mike Minor, Vanderbilt: Not as big of an “Ewww,” but considering I had Minor in the “Something to Prove” category of that notebook, he didn’t exactly go out and prove it. Against Tennessee, he did pitch into the eighth and didn’t get a decision, so he gets some kudos for going deep and keeping his team in the game, but he also gave up five runs on 10 hits, not exactly the stuff you want to see down the stretch for a potential first half of first round guy.

Andy Oliver, Oklahoma State: He wasn’t going to be the first college lefty to go and he might not even be the second, but most had him pegged as a first rounder. Again, it’s just one start, but after giving up eight earned runs on seven hits and three walks (only one strikeout) in 2 1/3 IP,. how many will reconsider?

Brooks Raley, Texas A&M: Raley gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings  for the loss against Oklahoma. Raley had kind of passed up Alex Wilson in the A&M draft prospect pecking order, but didn’t pitch very well this past weekend. Wilson, meanwhile, has been pitching out of the pen and went twice in the series against the Sooners, allowing one unearned run over four total innings.

James Paxton, Kentucky: The lefty had been moving up charts and there’s a lot to like about his arm, but the peformances haven’t always been there. He’s now got a 5.86 ERA following his last start that saw him produce the following line: 5 1/3 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 6 K.

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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