Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rounds 11-20

We keep chipping away...

11th round - LF Daniel Grovatt (Virginia) hit .289 with eight home runs and 56 RBI as a junior. He's a lefty three-hole hitter for a strong Virginia team, and has a .324 career average over three seasons.

12th round - RHP Vincent Payne (Cypress College) was 1-3 with 18 strikeouts and a 7.58 ERA. He made 14 appearances, four as a starter. Not sure what they see in Payne; he's walked 22 batters and given up 23 hits in 19 innings while striking out 18 with a WHIP of 2.37.

13th round - LHP Chris Kirsch (Marple Newtown High School, Pennsylvania, uncommitte ) was 5-4 with a 1.35 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 26-2/3 innings. Has a straight curve that he needs to control. Should be one of the easier high school kids to sign; he has talent but is a project.

14th round - RHP Bryce Weidman (Southwestern Oregon CC) had 4-6 record with one save, a 2.20 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and 82 Ks in 82 innings. He has a 90 MPH heater and a good but undependable curve.

15th round - SS Drew Maggi (Arizona State) hit .343 with 10 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 37 RBI and 34 stolen bases in 58 games as a sophomore. The sophomore has good wheels, could move to center, and is a top-of-the-order type hitter.

16th round - 1B Matthew Curry (TCU) batted .353 with 26 doubles, 17 home runs and 59 RBI in 60 games. He's a senior, so should be signed easily enough. First base is an organizational soft spot, so he's a solid pick here.

17th round - RHP Ryan Hafner (Lee's Summit West High, Missouri, committed to Missouri State) throws 87-90 MPH and doesn't have a dependable second itch yet. The 6-6, 215-pound hurler went 5-2 with a 2.02 ERA as a junior. He struck out 63 batters and allowed 28 hits in 45 innings in his junior year; can't find his 2010 stats. He has a high-eighties, low nineties heater and work-in-progress curve.

18th round - OF Chase Wentz (LSU Shreveport) hit .348 with 10 doubles, 11 triples, six homers and 56 RBI in 55 games. He has good wheels, a strong arm - he threw out a dozen runners this year - and is another top-of-the-order candidate.

19th round - LHP Kent Emmanuel of Woodstock High, Georgia, committed to North Carolina) was 6-1 with a 0.92 ERA as a senior with 114 strikeouts and 23 hits in 58-2/3 innings. He features a mid-to-high eighties fastball with a lot of movement.

20th round - OF Justin Bencsko (Villanova) hit .356 with 31 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 50 games. The 22 year-old looks like a depth player.

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