Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rounds 3-10

Hey, we'll get there eventually...

Third round - outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. (Wabash CC) is a switch-hitter, batted .398 with 19 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs, 71 RBI and 92 runs as a freshman and led the nation with 61 stolen bases in 64 attempts. Good arm, good defender, questionable bat.

Fourth round - RHP Nate Kingham (Sierra Vista High School, committed to Oregon) was 8-3 with 2.01 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 13 games this season. Throws in the low nineties, changeup is plus pitch, and expected to be an inning-eater.

Fifth round - RHP Tyler Waldron (Oregon State) was a back-end 2007 selection of the Florida Marlins. He went 4-6 with three saves, 56 strikeouts and a 5.90 ERA in 61 innings as a junior. Waldron throws a 90-94 MPH heater with sink and a slider, and was the Ducks' closer. He fell off this year, with a 5.90 ERA, but is well though of as a bullpen candidate.

Sixth round - RHP Jason Hursh (Texas Christian Academy, committed to Oklahoma State) was 9-1 with 2.32 ERA and 108 strikeouts in his senior year. Features a low ninties heater, but has command problems.

Seventh round - RHP Austin Kubitza (Heritage High in Colleyville, Texas, committed to Rice) went 4-1 with one save, a 1.79 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 39 innings who throws a low 90 fastball and slider. He's also a lefty outfielder who batted .356. He's expected to be a tough sign.

Eighth round - RHP Dace Kime (Defiance High, Ohio, committed to Louisville) was 7-0 with a 1.21 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 63-2/3 innings and hit .420 with 37 RBI. Kime has thrown two prep no-hitters. His secondary pitches aren't developed yet, and he may be hard to pry away from the Cardinals as he looks to improve his draft stock.

Ninth round - RHP Brandon Cumpton (Georgia Tech) went 9-3 with a 5.50 ERA in 15 starts in 2010. He has a mid-ninties fastball and a curve, but has trouble throwing either over the dish consistently. Cumpton is another guy projected for bullpen duty.

Tenth round - RHP Zack Weiss (Northwood High, committed to UCLA) went 7-5 with two saves and a 2.45 ERA with 82 Ks in 14 games (11 starts) covering 65-2/3 frames. Throws in the low nineties, but has yet to develop a secondary pitch. He's thought to have Top 100 talent, so he's another player who may be difficult to sign away from school without an overpay.

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