Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rounds 21-30

Slowly but surely, one day down, another to go...

21st round - CF Dale Carey (Wheeler High School, Georgia, committed to Miami) hit .338/3/13 in HS. He's thought to be potentially a five-tooler.

22nd round - 2B Adalberto Santos (Oregon State)followed a strong junior season by hitting .336/10/36 with 20 stolen bases as a senior. He should be quick to sign and get into the system.

23rd round - 1B Jared Lakind (Cypress Woods High, Texas, committed to Arkansas) throws 90 as a LHP, but is thought of more highly as stick and first baseman.

24th round - 1B Justin Howard (New Mexico) is one of four prospects on the team; he hit .456/10/72 in 2010. The lefty doesn't have a lot of power and may be better off as a DH.

25th round - RHP Casey Sadler (Western Oklahoma State College) throws between 88-93 MPH, and uses a standard four pitch mix. He was 10-1 with a 4.01 ERA, striking out 81 in 74 innings. Sadler's weakness is the long ball; the 19 year-old gave up 11 last season.

26th round - RHP Brandon Pierce (Gunter High School, Texas, committed to Nebraska) was 9-2 with a 2.00 ERA in 70 innings, giving up 30 hits and striking out 133 batters. His bread and butter is a mid ninties heater.

27th round - RHP Kevin Kleis (Grossmont College) was 1-2 in college with a 4.29 ERA. He only worked 16-1/3 innings, with 13 Ks and 7 walks. Our guess is that the Pirates are intrigued by his 6-8, 225 pound frame and that he's only 18.

28th round - SS Zack Powers (Armwood High School, Florida,committed to Florida) hit .411 last year with 3 HR and 18 RBI. The Gators recruited the 18 year-old as a 3rd baseman; the Bucs as a SS. He also pitched 60 innings with an 1.51 ERA, but his future is in the infield.

29th round - RHP Garret Levsen of Sonora High, Point Loma U) is not one of the top ranked California pitchers. He was 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA, and is probably in the Plan B mix, if the top guns stay in school.

30th round - C Matthew Skirving (Eastern Michigan University) hit .259/6/28 this year, but is a season removed from a .348/16/64 season. Skirving bats lefty, a good thing for a catcher, and should provide some depth if he doesn't live up to his 2009 campaign.

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