I've compiled here a list ranking my favourite right-handed college pitchers available for the 2012 draft. Some of the players listed may be currently relievers, or may be viewed as relievers long term, but I have included them here anyway if they have even a slight chance to be starters at the next level (which is why you will not find players such as Ian Gardeck, or JT Chargois). I also did not include Virginia's Branden Kline, who could be converted into a starter at the next level. I have no compelling reason from ommitting him, other than organizational convenience. Also, I do not take credit for having written all of these scouting reports. Most are composite sketches drawn from a number of sources, notably; mlb.com, Perfect Game, minorleagueball (John Sickels and Matt Garrioch), mlbdraftguide (shout out to Matt Grabusky), BullpenBanter, BaseballDraftReport, various college, high school, and JUCO websites, my apologies if I forgot to cite you're contribution, I will attempt to do so in the comments, should I recall it.
1) Mark Appel, RHP, 6’5 200, Stanford, NCAA
(2012) 3-1(w-l) 2(cg) 2.92(era) 40(ip) 23(h) 12(bb) 47(so) 2(hr)
Appel has the complete package of size, stuff and ability to throw strikes. A power pitcher with a big frame, he has good arm-speed and an easy delivery. Appel’s fastball is generally 93-95 and has been as high as 98. His top secondary pitch is a swing and miss slider. He also throws a change with good movement and a cutter. VIDEO
2) Kevin Gausman, RHP, 6’4 185, LSU, NCAA
(2012) 4-1(w-l) 1.54(era) 41(ip) 30(h) 11(bb) 50(so) 1(hr)
Gausman possesses tremendous arm speed and velocity. He throws a mid-90′s fastball that he can crank up to 99. His fastball runs in on righties. Guasman has solid command and great mound presence. He’s developed his breaking ball and refined his changeup a great deal since leaving high school. VIDEO
3) Kyle Zimmer, RHP, 6’3 210, San Francisco, NCAA
(2012) 2-1(w-l) 2(cg) 1.62(era) 39(ip) 25(h) 6(bb) 45(so) 1(hr)
Zimmer is a power pitcher with a fastball that sits comfortably at 92-94 and touches 97. His curveball can be a hammer in the low 80s with sharp tilt. Has made progress with the changeup over the summer, but it still has a ways to go. VIDEO
4) Michael Wacha, RHP, 6’6 190, Texas A&M, NCAA
(2012) 4-0(w-l) 1(cg) 2.25(era) 40(ip) 26(h) 8(bb) 47(so) 0(hr)
A big right-hander with the look of a future workhorse. Wacha has solid mechanics and an easy delivery. Control and a willingness to pound the strike zone are two of his strengths. Wacha’s fastball sits between 91 and 95, though it doesn’t have much movement. His changeup is a true plus pitch, sitting between 82-85 with good movement and deception. He does not often use his breaking ball and it needs to be refined. He still has room to get stronger and should be able to improve at the next level. VIDEO
5) Pierce Johnson, RHP, 6’3 175, Missouri State, NCAA
(2012) 2-3(w-l) 2(cg) 1.94(era) 46.1(ip) 38(h) 16(bb) 66(so)
Slender frame. Has seen a recent velocity jump, that has his fastball sitting 92-95. Four pitch mix including a sharp breaking curve that is used as an outpitch. Excellent strikeout numbers. Solid changeup as well. Rays 15th-rounder in 2009, has really put up excellent numbers for Missouri so far in 2012, and has seen his stock rise as a result.
6) Marcus Stroman, RHP, 5’9 195, Duke, NCAA
(2012) 3-2(w-l) 2.83(era) 41.3(ip) 33(h) 14(bb) 60(so) 4(hr)
Because of his size and electric arm, he often gets Tom Gordon comparisions all the time. His fastball comes in from 94-95, touching 98. Stroman’s curve is also an above average pitch and can be plus at times. An inconsistent changeup is Stroman’s third offering. VIDEO
7) Chris Stratton, RHP, 6’2 194, Mississippi State, NCAA
(2012) 5-0(w-l) 2.21(era) 36.2(ip) 22(h) 12(bb) 53(so) 2(hr)
High baseball IQ. Fastball up to 92-95mph. Slow curveball a swing and miss offering. Ability to locate both pitches a major asset. Numbers have drastically improved in 2012. VIDEO
8) Chris Beck, RHP, 6’3 220, Georgia Southern, NCAA
(2012) 2-2(w-l) 1(cg) 3.67(era) 41.2(ip) 43(h) 10(bb) 45(so) 5(hr)
Beck has the chance to have three pitches that can be Major League average or better. He can run his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably at 92-93 mph, and he maintains his velocity well. When he stays on top of his slider, it's a sharp breaking ball with late bite. His changeup is above-average with sink and a lot of deception. He can throw all three pitches for strikes and has a very good feel for pitching. VIDEO
9) Brady Rodgers, RHP, 6'2 170, Arizona, NCAA
(2012) 3-0(w-l) 1(cg) 1.38(era) 39(ip) 28(h) 5(bb) 33(so) 0(hr)
Average height with some projection left. Low effort delivery. Fastball 88-92mph with good arm side run with downward plane when low in the zone. 12-6 curve ball with big break and good shape; swing and miss pitch. Three solid secondary pitches in his curveball, slider and changeup. He's a good athlete and competitor with the upside of a No. 3 starter. VIDEO
10) Patrick Light, RHP, 6’5 185, Monmouth, NEC
(2012) 4-1(w-l) 2(cg) 2.93(era) 43(ip) 35(h) 8(bb) 38(so) 1(hr)
Imposing presence. His four-seam fastball sits in the 90-94 mph range, touching 97, and he also throws a hard sinker around 90 mph, with a slider and changeup that remain raw. His command wavered in the Cape and his slider frequently was too flat. VIDEO
11) Dylan Baker, RHP, 6’3, 215, Western Nevada, JUCO
(2012) 7-0(w-l) 2(cg) 0.25(era) 35.1(ip) 14(h) 20(bb) 48(so) 0(hr)
Baker fastball tops out at 96 mph, and he complements it with two dominant breaking balls—an 86-mph slider with explosive lateral movement and a hard, downer curve at 83. The improvement that Baker has shown in his brief time at Western Nevada has been dramatic as he enrolled at the school last fall with a fastball that ranged only from 87 to 90. With his added arm strength, his breaking ball has even gone from being a plus pitch to a plus-plus pitch. VIDEO
12) Alec Asher, RHP, 6’4 230, Polk State, JUCO
(2012) 7-1 0.74era 60.2ip 33h 13bb 74so
Big strong body, strong lower half. Electric arm. Fastball consistently touches 96-97, mostly sits 92-94. Slider a good pitch with big sweeping break, good feel for change up, late dive on change. Three good pitches with pitchability.
13) Daniel Langfield, RHP, 6’1 215, Memphis, NCAA
(2012) 4-2(w-l) 1(cg) 2.40(era) 41.1(ip) 25(h) 20(bb) 48(so) 1(hr)
Not real physical but he has a quick arm capable of running his fastball up to 95 mph. Usually sits 91-93 with good arm side run. He flashes a quality overhand curveball at 75mph, as well as a fringy slider and changeup with good arm speed at 81mph. Mixes pitches well, and shows good composure. VIDEO
14) Branden Kline, RHP, 6’3 185, Virginia, NCAA
(2012) 4-2(w-l) 1(cg) 3.10(era) 40.2(ip) 37(h) 14(bb) 35(so) 1(hr)
With a projectable Brandon Morrow-like frame, Kline has a very live arm with clean action that delivers fastballs regularly in the low-90s, and there might be more velocity in the future. He throws a hard curve and is willing to throw it at all times. He commands both pitches. Has made the transition from closer into starter for Virginia in 2012.
15) Adrian Sampson, RHP, 6’3 200, Bellevue, JUCO
(2012) 5-4(w-l) 1.08(era) 25(ip) 14(h) 7(bb) 39(so) 1(hr)
Fastball sits at 90-93, and touches 95 with arm side run.. While his fastball velocity is generally slightly above average, by pro standards, the qualities that set Sampson apart are his off-speed stuff, pitchability and projectable frame. He has an excellent curveball and complements it nicely with a changeup. Pounds strikezone. Only 20 on draft. Has had both elbow and knee surgeries. VIDEO
16) Kevin Brady RHP 6'3 195, Clemson, NCAA
(2012) 1-2(w-l) 2.94(era) 33.2(ip) 30(h) 15(bb) 37(so) 3(hr)
His fastball sits in the low 90's, and he tops out at 95 with life. Learned a cutter this year. He also throws a curve that at times is 12-to-6 action and was a solid-average pitch. Shows good velocity coming out of the bullpen. Solid numbers. Possible high level reliever. Only 21 at draft.
17) Stephen Johnson, RHP, 6’4 205, St. Edwards, NCAA
(*2011*) 7-5(w-l) 3.56(era) 78.1(ip) 65(so)
Wiry and raw, Johnson has a loose electric arm that easily produces 94-96 mph heat in relief. A more consistent delivery would also lead to more consistent command, as Johnson remains more of a thrower than a polished pitcher at this stage of his development. Just started throwing a breaking ball, and shows some aptitude for a sharp slurve in the 77-79 range. He dabbles with a changeup, but he tends to throw it too hard. VIDEO
18) Kurt Heyer, RHP, 6’2 185, Arizona, NCAA
4-1(w-l) 1(cg) 2.09(era) 43(ip) 41(h) 7(bb) 40(so) 1(hr)
Heyer’s fastball works in the low 90’s with both arm-side run and sink. His slider has decent tilt and projects as a 60 pitch in the pros. His changeup is behind, but it still has a chance at a solid-average grading come June. Heyer’s command and ability to keep the ball on the ground are terrific. His body projects well and there are no obvious red flags in his delivery. VIDEO
19) DJ Baxendale, RHP, 6’2 175, Arkansas, NCAA
(2012) 5-1(w-l) 4.15(era) 30.1(ip) 32(h) 9(bb) 23(so) 3(hr)
Baxendale is similar to Brady Rodgers in terms of size (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), stuff (88-92 mph fastball with late life down in the zone, solid changeup) and strike-throwing ability. His curveball and slider are just so-so breaking pitches, but he made nice strides with a mid-80s cutter during the summer. Can really pitch.
20) Martin Agosta, RHP, 6’1 185, St. Mary's, NCAA
(2012) 4-0(w-l) 1(cg) 1.60(era) 45(ip) 30(h) 10(bb) 38(so)
Agosto has a quick arm with improving arm strength, having pumped his fastball as high as 95 mph. His slider also flashes being an above-average pitch at times sitting in the low 80s and touching 85.
21) Kyle Hansen, RHP, 6’8 200, St. Johns, NCAA
(2012) 1-4(w-l) 3.52(era) 28.1(ip) 28(h) 9(bb) 35(so)
Brother of 2005 first rounder Craig Hansen. Tall, thin right-hander, shows flashes of dominance. Hansen throws his fastball from 89-92 and could add velocity as he fills out. His fastball has good sink. He throws a slider, at 79-80, that shows plus potential. Hansen also throws a change, at 81-82, and an occasional cutter. Sometimes has trouble with his command. VIDEO
22) Buck Farmer, RHP, 6'4 220, Georgia Tech, NCAA
(2012) 4-2(w-l) 5.20(era) 36.1(ip) 44(h) 14(bb) 47(so) 6(hr)
Power arm. Projects large. He works in the 90-92 range and tops out at 94 with his fastball. Can really pitch and compete, quality four-pitch mix. Shows advanced feel for his changeup. Farmer also mixes in two distinct breaking balls in his slider and curveball. Great college numbers. Projects as a workhorse starter in pro ball. VIDEO
23) Nick Petree, RHP, 6’0 185, Missouri State, NCAA
(2012) 5-1 1cg 1.23era 44ip 32h 13bb 42so
A draft eligible sophomore Petree throws a two-seam fastball that generally sits at 87-90 mph, but he locates it well and gets plenty of movement. He complements his fastball with three other solid offerings: a cutter, slider and changeup. A fearless competitor on the mound Petree can pitch to both sides of the plate with his fastball and has tremendous confidence in all of his pitches.
24) Josh Conway RHP 6’1 165, Coastal Carolina, NCAA
2-1 1cg 1.09era 33ip 21h 11bb 26so
He attacks the strike zone with an 88-93 mph fastball with average life, and his 84-86 slider rates as a solid-average to plus pitch. He also mixes in a solid-average 83-84 changeup with sink and fade. He has a starter's repertoire and command--the only question is whether he will have a starter's durability. Solid numbers and control.
25) Calvin Drummond, RHP, 6’3 200, San Diego, NCAA
(2012) 5-1(w-l) 3.00(era) 39(ip) 40(h) 12(bb) 36(so) 1(hr)
Big body and frame. Needs more consistent mechanics. Found success after shelving his slider in favour of a cut fastball, which is flat out nasty. His repertoire now includes a fastball that sits at 91 to 93 mph (has been 93 to 94 in the past), a curveball, a changeup, and the cutter. Off speed pitches are both plus. Has always had better stuff than results.VIDEO
26) Ross Stripling, RHP, 6’3 190, Texas A & M, NCAA
4-0 2cg 2.56era 45.2 37h 8bb 47so 3hr
Interesting senior sign. Nice numbers. Good athlete. Fastball at 90-94, with good downhill plane. Uses a plus curve as his out pitch. Solid changeup, throws strikes.
27) Luke Shearrow, RHP, 6’4 190, John. A Logan, JUCO
(2012) 1-2(w-l) 1.69(era) 32(ip) 27(h) 17(bb) 38(so)
He has a swagger about him and real mound presence. 92 mph two seam fastball with excellent movement, a nice changeup and a sick slider. Due to injury he was red-shirted his Sophomore year while recovering from Tommy John Surgery over the summer and is only now back to 100 per cent.
28) Jim Stokes, RHP, 6’6 175, Elon, NCAA
(2012) 1-2(w-l) 3.51(era) 25.2(ip) 22(h) 16(bb) 22(so) 1(hr)
Big projectable frame. Low-effort delivery and good arm speed produce low 90s fastball, with possibly more velocity in there. Fastball has some arm side run. Stokes also flashes a plus 11-5 curveball at 75mph with tight rotation, and a changeup with sink at 76mph.
29) Jeff Gibbs, RHP, 6’4 215, Maine, NCAA
(*2011*) 7-5(w-l) 3.69(era) 68.1(ip) 53(h) 43(bb) 61(so) 2(hr)
30) Hudson Randall, RHP, 6’3 185, Florida, NCAA
6gs 3-0 3.41 37ip 36h 2bb 34so
Randall is one of the top pitchers in college baseball. The question with Randall is how much his lack of elite velocity will affect his success at the next level. Randall has great command. He changes speeds and moves the ball around well. His velocity in generally between 87-90, but there are reports as high as 92. His change is a plus pitch, while both his curve and slider are quality offerings.Randall is tall and thin, giving some hope of added velocity still to come. If his fastball were to climb a few notches, he would be a truley elite pro prospect. VIDEO
31) Mike Palazzone, RHP 6'3 190, Georgia, NCAA
0-2 3.41era 29ip 30h 7bb 24so 1hr
Projectable, but with an unusual delivery. Fastball sits 90-94mph; though it is fairly straight. Plus-plus 12-6 curve ball, potential above average change, solid numbers, above average control, not as many strikeouts as one would expect. VIDEO
32) Dylan Floro, RHP, 6'1 175, Cal State Fullerton, NCAA
(2012) 3-2(w-l) 2.51(era) 43(ip) 41(h) 4(bb) 23(so)
Floro combines a quality three pitch mix with sound arm action and an advanced feel for pitching. His fastball reaches into the low 90s, touching 93, and his delivery has some deception to it. Loose arm, possibly more in the tank. Shows solid curve and slider, and plus change. Only 20-years-old on draft day. VIDEO
33) Brendan Close, RHP, 6’4 200, Moravian Greyhounds, NCAA
(2012) 4-1(w-l) 3(cg) 1.80(era) 29(ip) 30(h) 1(1bb) 27(so) 0(hr)
Close has little projection left in his body, but an interesting repertoire, consisting of a fastball, curveball, cutter and changeup. He works primarily with a fastball in the 87-89 range, touching 92. It has some run to his arm side. His secondary pitches are a little underdeveloped. The curveball has a nice, sweeping, two plane shape to it, but it’s a little soft and loopy. The cutter moves plenty but looks more like a slider. It has its moments but isn’t very crisp much of the time. He doesn’t use the changeup very much. Close’s control is a true 60 on the scouting scale, (5 walks in 80 innings the previous season), but his command doesn’t grade out the same.
34) John Magliozzi, RHP 5’10 175, Florida, NCAA
3-0 4.05era 13.1ip 17h 3bb 10so
Small, hard throwing righty. Clean arm action. 92-94mph. High-level pitchability, spots fastball, competes, + changeup, 11-5 curve has depth but inconsistent. One scout likens him to Tim Hudson. Only 20 years-old at draft. VIDEO
35) Colby Holmes, RHP, 5’11 200, South Carolina, NCAA
(2012) 3-0(w-l) 2.67(era) 27(ip) 24(h) 9(bb) 27(so) 4(hr)
A short right hander with 3 pitches. Holmes throws a low 90′s fastball (90-92) a slider with good movement and a changeup. Holmes has a high 3/4 arm slot and hides the ball well. He has been prone to giving up home runs since arriving at South Carolina.
36) Corey Black, RHP, 5’11 170, San Diego State, NCAA
(*2011*) 4-5(w-l) 1(cg) 3.56(era) 73.1(ip) 67(h) 42(bb) 78(so)
Despite his smallish frame, Black is expected to be a high-round prospect in the 2012 MLB draft. Black is consistently 93-95 mph with his fastball. He also throws a changeup in the 81-83 mph range, though, that pitch in particular could use some work. The ball comes out of his hand clean and he pitches to both sides of the plate.
37) TJ Oakes, RHP, 6’5 215, Minnesota, NCAA
(2012) 4-1(w-l) 1.56(era) 40.1(ip) 33(h) 8(bb) 27(so) 1(hr)
Big frame, solid all around stuff. Throws a 91-94 mph hard sinker and has superior pitchability. The problem with Oakes is that while his slider is a workable second offering, he lacks the swing-and-miss pitch needed to make hitters uncomfortable. Oakes’ velocity steadily improved over the course of the spring and by late in the season was up to 91-94 mph with heavy movement.
38) Ryan Thompson, RHP, 6’3 190, Franklin Pierce, NCAA
(*2011*) 11-1(w-l) 4(cg) 1.23(era) 95(ip) 63(h) 13(bb) 114(so) 1(hr)
Thompson was born in Canada, but grew up in the Bahamas. His fastball — which sits consistently at 88 to 92 mph — and slider are already both major league average pitches. Thompson's demonstrates excellent control and the ability to throw strikes. Thompson still has room to fill out and already has a reputation as being a guy that holds his velocity deep into games. VIDEO
39) Chris Johnson RHP, 6’4 190, Portland, NCAA
(2012) 1-1(w-l) 3.42(era) 26.1(ip) 27(h) 8(bb) 19(so) 2(hr)
Tall projectable right hander. Fast arm. Attacks hitters, challenges with fastball 90-92, good feel for 11-5 curveball - spins tight with late break, throws it for strikes, Change shows hard sink, good feel for two off speed pitches, works fast and fills up the zone. High pitchability. Weak contact against him.
40) Drew Verhagen, RHP, 6’6 230, Navarro, JUCO
(2012) 3-2(w-l) 3.41(era) 29(ip) 24(ip) 15(bb) 15(so)
Athletic with tools and size. Plus mid 90s fastball with plus life, good curveball, and a nice changeup. Had shoulder issues as a high-school senior and pitched sparingly as a freshman at Oklahoma last spring, but has been clocked in the mid-90s again recently.
41) Kurt Schluter, RHP, 6’3 185, Stetson, NCAA
(2012) 4-1(w-l) 4.68(era) 32.2(ip) 41(h) 14(bb) 27(so) 4(hr)
Fastball sits 90- 93, along with a power curve that is an out pitch for him. Control type pitcher. Solid command and pitchability. He is expected to make significant strides this season on the mound while concentrating on being a pitcher only. He was the team’s regular first baseman as a freshman. Nice numbers on the mound. Better from windup.
42) Mitch Mormann, RHP, 6’6 232, Wichita State, NCAA
(2012) 3-2(w-l) 3.12(era) 31.2(ip) 24(h) 18(bb) 12(so) 2(hr)
He already has a plus fastball, both in terms of velocity (93-96) and movement (great sink), and an 83-84 mph slider that works as a solid second pitch in the bullpen. If his changeup shows progress, he could start. Is still figuring out command and consistency. Senior sign.
43) Chirs Munnelly, RHP, 6’2 170, North Carolina, NCAA
(2012) 2-0(w-l) 3.49(era) 28.1(ip) 23(h) 13(bb) 14(so) 0(hr)
Tall, lanky build. Easy, fast arm. He projects very well and his fastball has good life 88-89, up to 91. Sharp curve with good spin, but inconsistent release point. His 77mph changeup is a big time out pitch for him. Fifth starter type.
44) Zack Godley, RHP, 6’3 245, Tennessee, NCAA
(2012) 4-1(w-l) 2.92(era) 37(ip) 30(h) 6(bb) 30(so) 2(hr)
Below average fastball high 80s to low 90s, but a very good curveball and changeup. His secondary stuff is outstanding. His changeup is 78-82, while his curveball is thrown in the 73-75 range. Both pitches have great movement and he does a good job of keeping hitters off balance.
45) Logan Taylor, RHP, 6’5 225, Eastern Oklahoma, JUCO
(2012) 3-0(w-l) 0.77(era) 35(ip) 10(h) 16(bb) 54(so)
Has been clocked up to 94, and combines his dominant fastball with a nasty 78-80 curve. Hard spin on curveball, buries many but sharp when in zone, flashes change up.
46) Eric Brooks, RHP, 6’2 195, McClennan, JUCO
(2012) 7-0(w-l) 1.20(era) 45(ip) 32(h) 7(bb) 58(so)
Fastball uo to 96 mph while allowing just two walks.
47) Duke von Schamann, RHP, 6’4 215, Texas Tech
(2012) 3-3(w-l) 2(cg) 2.08(era) 43.1(ip) 31(h) 7(bb) 29(so) 1(hr)
Pretty good size. Sits 88-91mph on a consistent basis with his fastball, also has an 80-83 changeup with a 77 mph curveball.
48) Jacob Lee, RHP, 6’1 190, Arkansas State, NCAA
(2012) 3-0(w-l) 3.49(era) 36.1(ip) 35(h) 14(bb) 34(so)
He has average size at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, with a loose arm that gives him two solid-average pitches when he's at his best. At times his fastball sits in the 87-89 mph range, but he also can sit 90-92 and touch 93. His curveball is his strikeout pitch, and it flashes above-average potential with good shape. He doesn't get ahead of enough hitters to use it as a chase pitch. His changeup is decent, but Lee looks more like a future reliever than a rotation stalwart
49) Phillip Andersen, RHP, 6’5 210, Andrew, CC:
(2012) 3-3(w-l) 2.53(era) 32(ip) 34(h) 5(bb) 31(so)
Former high school quarterback at Thompson high school, This guy is a sleeper. He has had some arm trouble throughout high school but he can be electric when healthy up to 90+. Plus curve and change.
50) Cody Stiles, RHP, 6’1 180, North Carolina, NCAA:
(*2011*) 4-0(w-l) 2.43(era) 37(ip) 29(h) 13(bb) 29(so)
Good athlete with low 90s fastball, up to 92. Plus curve. Solid college numbers at good program. Unsure what effect recent arrest under unusual circumstances will have on draft status.
51) Derick Velasquez, RHP, 6’3 180, Merced, JUCO
(2012) 7-0(w-l) 1.97(era) 59.4(ip) 50(h) 18(bb) 35(so)
Velazquez has been one of the most impressive JUCO arms in Northern California, despite coming to Merced as an unheralded high-school pitcher. He pounds the strike zone with a low- to mid-90s fastball with heavy, late run that produces an abundance of ground balls, and has a swing-and-miss curve.
52) Jacob Stone, RHP, 6’0 200, Weatherford, JUCO
(2012) 5-1(w-l) 1.65(era) 43.2(ip) 29(h) 16(bb) 50(so)
Throws his fastball up to 95 mph, and flashes a plus breaking ball
53) Clayon Crum RHP 6`1 185, Howard, NCAA:
(2012) 5-1(w-l) 1.74(era) 31(ip) 18(h) 17(bb) 33(so)
Fastball 90-94mph with plus life. Little more projection, power arm, plus change, slider needs work. Only 20 on draft. Texas native.
54) Cameron Cox, RHP, 6’4 195, Weatherford, JUCO
(2012) 3-1(w-l) 2.19(era) 37(ip) 27(h) 15(bb) 35(so)
Cox has been a steady 91-93 mph with command of three pitches, a 66-70 slurve, and a 72-75 change-up. Cox has a lean frame with a 3/4 arm slot and quick arm action. Cox hides the ball well, competes on the mound, with some tail on his fastball.
55) Tyler Spencer, RHP, 6’3 210, Western Neveda, JUCO
5-1 1.91era 28.1ip 17h 10bb 25so 1hr
Spencer’s fastball is generally in the 90-93 mph range, topping occasionally at 94, but he gets exceptional late darting and diving action on the pitch, making it difficult for hitters to square him up. He also has effective secondary stuff.
56) Kris Hall, RHP, 6’3, 220, Cleveland State, NCAA
He passes the eye test, as scouts say. His above average fastball (94-96), development of secondary pitches and strong work ethic has his coaches thinking the sky is the limit.
57) Scott Hoffman, RHP, 6’4 205, South Mountain, CC
(2012) 0-1(w-l) 4.50(era) 4(ip) 1(h) 1(bb) 5(so)
Big projectable right-hander with athleticism, and good stuff. Long smooth arm action generates velocity easily. Most fastballs up to 92 mph. Throws a big overhand curveball, and has a feel for a split fingered pitch with good action, and which has been described as devastating at times.
58) J.B. Wendelken, RHP, 6’1 205, Middle Georgia, CC
(2012) 4-0(w-l) 0.30(era) 30.1(ip) 15(h) 5(bb) 41(so)
Dominant in a starting role for the Warriors with a fastball that has ranged from 93-95 mph. Has to clean up delivery some but has a live quick arm.
59) Derek Varnadore, RHP, 6’4 225, Auburn, NCAA
(2012) 1-2(w-l) 4.23(era) 38.1(ip) 42(h) 10(bb) 28(so) 2(hr)
Tall, well filled out frame; no projection left. Two-part delivery with some funk; low effort; but throws across his body a bit. Fastball has good velocity and solid arm side run; around 91-94. Good ground ball ability even when elevated. 11-5 slider with mostly downward movement; shape is often very poor. Straight change with a touch of late drop. Solid command overall; not pinpoint but is generally hitting the intended region. Works very quickly whether runners are on base or not. Lengthy arm action on his pick off move. Solid numbers for Auburn. Good senior sign.
60) Cory Jones, RHP, 6’5 220, College of the Canyons, CC
(2012) 3-0(w-l) 1.66(era) 38(ip) 28(h) 16(bb) 46(so) 1(hr)
Big workhorse frame. Fastball a steady 93-95. Demonstrates excellent control, walking few. Has been flat out dominant at the JUCO level.
61) Taylor Sandefur, RHP, 6’2 245, Western Carolina, NCAA
Broad and strong, Sandefur pounds the bottom half of the zone with a fastball that sits comfortably in the low 90s and bumps to 94 mph. His arm action is clean, and he is proficient at keeping his pitches down. Sandefurs future hinges on the development of his secondary pitches and the maintenance of his physical conditioning. VIDEO
62) Tony Calhoun, 3B/RHP, 6’1 175, R/R, Howard, JUCO
Athletic. Can play all the positions but best in outfield. Smooth outfield actions and big time arm strength with carry and accuracy. Also pitches, long loose arm action, free and easy, fastball in the mid 90s with a sharp 10/4 breaking ball. Did not pitch as a Freshman.
63) Joseph Boatright, RHP, 6’4 210, Middle Georgia, CC
Late bloomer that can turn on the velocity at times up to 93-94 MPH but has to get more consistent. High leg lift, some effort, delivery creates deception. Fastball has solid life, tough to square up. Slider has decent bite when thrown right, but inconsistent. Loses command of fastball at times. Shows curveball in warm up, kind of loopy, needs to tighten it up a bit. VIDEO
64) Brando Tessar, RHP, 6’0 180, Oregon, NCAA:
(2012) 3-0(w-l) 1(cg) 3.08(era) 38(ip) 35(h) 18(bb) 30(so) 0(hr)
A former multi-sport athlete in both football and baseball, Tessar has a repeatable delivery, and a quick arm that works cleanly from an over the top slot. He has good upper body strength and projectability. His fastball generally sits in the mid 80s, with some arm side run. Could see a slight uptick in velocity with strength gains, but will most likely be a command/control guy going forward. Finishes well to the plate, with sharp two-plane break on his 80 mph slider. Varies the velocity of his curveball and throws it with good depth. He also shows a developing changeup.
65) Julio Felix, RHP, 6’1 185, Pima, CC:
(2012) 5-1(w-l) 2.53(era) 57(ip) 51(h) 16(bb) 49(so)
93-96mph fastball, freshman. Solid numbers.
66) Brandon Welch, 6’1 170, Daytona State, JUCO
(2012) 3-4(w-l) 5.68(era) 31.2(ip) 31(h) 11(bb) 29(so)
Fastball has touched 96, and he pitches at 91 to 94. Welch has a plus slider, which is 84-87. He also throws a 12-to-6 curve and his change is 83-85. He is very athletic and fields his position well. VIDEO
67) Tyler Ray, RHP, 6’0 185, Troy, NCAA
(2012) 2-2(w-l) 1(cg) 3.27(era) 32(ip) 27(h)15(bb) 35(so) 2(hr)
Ray is viewed mainly as just a solid college pitcher. His fastball velocity has been mostly in the 86-88 mph range, though has pushed as high as 90-91 on occasion late in the spring. Excellent command of three pitches; but simply lacks overpowering stuff. Doesn’t strikeout many, but doesn’t walk many either. Control artist. Senior sign.