Daily Archives: June 12, 2017

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2017 College Draft Profile: Alex Lange

School: Louisiana State University; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 199 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Fun Fact: Between 2011 and 2016, just 14 pitchers have won at least 12 games without taking a loss in a season – Alex Lange, Dylan Baker, Blake Fox, Justin Garza, Steven Kane, Kade McClure, Ross Mitchell, Chris Murphy, Tyler Ray, Kelvin Rivas, Kyle Simonds, Dylan…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Evan White

School: University of Kentucky; Class: Junior Position: 1B/OF; B/T: R/L Height: 6-3; Weight: 205 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: A three-year offensive standout out for the University of Kentucky, White, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is poised to become the school’s earliest draft pick since the Astros grabbed slugging first baseman A.J. Reed with the first pick in the second round of the 2014 draft….

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2017 College Draft Profile: Eli Morgan

School: Gonzaga University; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 5-10; Weight: 185 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: A smallish right-hander, Morgan, who according to reports didn’t even receive a Division III offer until his senior year began, piqued the interest of the Gonzaga coaching staff. And after a quick workout, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound hurler earned a walk-on spot. Morgan appeared in 14 games, including…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Jake Adams

School: Iowa; Class: Junior Position: 1B; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 250 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: A one-and-done player at the Division I level, Adams, who transferred to the Hawkeyes from Des Moines Area Community College before 2017, put together a historic season. The bulky, hulking first baseman spent his first two seasons with JuCo Bears, slugging an impressive .390/.504/.764 with 13 doubles, a…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Drew Ellis

School: Louisville; Class: Junior Position: 1B/3B; B/T: R/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 210 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: In a season in which so many supposed top picks have failed to take an expected step forward with their offensive production – Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie, TCU backstop Evan Skoug struggled out of the gate, Lipscomb outfielder Michael Gigliotii, and Florida State infielder Taylor Walls – Ellis,…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Clarke Schmidt

School: University of South Carolina; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-1; Weight: 205 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: The South Carolina hurler got off to a stellar start in 2017. Through his first nine starts Schmidt was absolutely dominating, throwing 60.1 innings with an impeccable 70-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio en route to tallying a barely-there 1.34 ERA. Then his elbow gave out – an…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Keston Hiura

School: University of California-Irvine; Class: Junior Position: 2B/CF; B/T: R/R Height: 5-11; Weight: 190 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Despite being a bit overlooked coming out of Valencia High School, Hiura, who was not drafted or as heavily recruited when compared to other top prospects, has earned a litany of awards and recognitions. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound infielder/outfielder started making waves as soon as he stepped…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Pavin Smith

School: University of Virginia; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-2; Weight: 210 Previously Drafted: Colorado Rockies, 32nd round, 2014   Background: Just the latest bopper to come out of the University of Virginia, Smith’s following in the footsteps of Matt Thaiss, Mike Papi, and Derek Fisher as a saber-friendly (potential) first round selection. Smith, a well-built first baseman from Jupiter, Florida, is quickly…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Logan Warmoth

School: University of North Carolina; Class: Junior Position: SS; B/T: R/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 190 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: After a lackluster freshman season in which he batted a paltry .246/.315/.282 with just five extra-base hits – four doubles and one homerun – the defensive-minded shortstop had a huge coming out party in 2016. In 53 games for the Tar Heels that year, Warmoth,…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Griffin Canning

School: UCLA; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 180 Previously Drafted: Colorado Rockies, 38th round, 2014   Background: A late round pick of the Rockies following a dominant senior season Santa Margarita High School after he led the school to the 2014 CIF SS Division I Championship. Canning, a slight-framed 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-hander, is just the latest promising prospect to come out…

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2017 College Draft Profile: David Peterson

School: University of Oregon; Class: Junior Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-6; Weight: 235 Previously Drafted: Boston Red Sox, 28th round, 2014   Background: The big lefty built in the same mold physical mold as San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner, Peterson, who stands a Bumgarner-esque 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, twirled one of the most dominant collegiate games in recent memory. In a late April contest…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Adam Haseley

School: University of Virginia; Class: Junior Position: OF/LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-1; Weight: 195 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Tucked away in the shadows of another two-way player, Louisville’s Brendan McKay, Haseley – nonetheless – is forcing people to take note of his work on both sides of the ball for the Cavaliers in 2017. As a true freshman three years ago, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Seth Romero

School: University of Houston; Class: Junior Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-3; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Call it immaturity – though stupidity likely should be applied – Romero’s spectacular, perhaps even once-in-a-generation, collegiate career has been repeatedly derailed by school-imposed suspensions: he was suspended at the start of the 2016 season, reportedly due to some questionable conditioning, then the hard-throwing southpaw out…