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MLB 2012 Draft - College - Left Handed Starters

Not a particularly deep or talented crop, but a few intriguing players stand out here and there. I didnèt include Blake Holovan, who is enjoying a pretty good year, because frankly I couldnèt find any info on him. If you have a scouting report and a link I will gladly include him.

1) Brian Johnson, LHP, 6’3 227, Florida, NCAA

(2012) 4-0(w-l) 3.13(era) 31.2(ip) 28(h) 7(bb) 28(so) 5(hr)

Johnson is one of the top lefthanders eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft. He has a 3/4 release and does a good job of repeating his delivery. He shows good command of all three pitches in his repertoire. Johnson’s fastball sits in the low 90′s, topping out at 94. His curve is above average and his change is also a quality pitch. VIDEO

2) Alex Wood, LHP 6’4 216lbs, Georgia, NCAA

(2012) 3-1(w-l) 2.00(era) 36(ip) 33(h) 3(bb) 39(so) 1(hr)

Lefty with a power arm, Wood's fastball sits at 93-96, which coaches describe as "exploding" out of his hand. Wood has a quality breaking ball--a power curve, and his changeup flashes plus, though he loses command of it on occasion. Wood’s quirky arm action keeps hitters from picking the ball up until late, but his delivery has some effort. Solid numbers and only 21 at draft.

3) Sam Stafford, LHP, 6'3 185, Texas, NCAA

(*2011*) 6-2(w-l) 1.77(era) 81.1(ip) 54(h) 42(bb) 91(so) 4(hr)

Projectable lefty with plus-plus pichability. Stafford’s fastball sits consistently in the 88-92 range, but he can ramp it up to 95 when he needs to. He has good shape to his curveball but doesn't always locate that pitch where he wants. Stafford can be unhittable at times, but if he can't improve his command he'll be ticketed for the bullpen as a pro. Nice college numbers. He’ll be 22 on draft day. Injury will cloud draft status.VIDEO

4) Andrew Heaney, LHP, 6`2 174, Oklahoma, NCAA

(2012) 5-1(w-l) 3(cg) 1.12(era) 48(ip) 30(h) 8(bb) 65(so) 1(hr)

Heaney has an easy arm action and he repeats his delivery consistently. He also has the chance to have three solid-average to above average pitches. His velocity sits 88-90, but he can ramp it up to 93 at times. His curve is an out pitch, with sharp depth and bite. His changeup is very deceptive and has late sink. He has advanced pitchability, throwing all three offerings for strikes and mixing them well. VIDEO

5) Brett Moneyham, LHP, 6`5 215, Stanford, NCAA

(2012) 5-0(w-l) 2.12(era) 34(ip) 22(h) 16(bb) 46(so) 3(hr)

Power lefty with a fastball that sits 91-92, but can reach the mid 90s. He has scrapped his curveball to focus on his slider, which he tends to use as a chase pitch. His changeup has good sink, and he`s doing a better job throwing strikes with his fastball. Putting up excellent numbers this year. Opponents are hitting a paltry .165 (16-for-97) against him on the year and he has 12.3 K/9 ratio, among the best in the nation.VIDEO

6) Jerad Grundy, LHP, 6’1 200, Kentucky, NCAA

(2012) 3-0(w-l) 2.88(era) 34.1(ip) 27(h) 11(bb) 28(so)

With an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 and a slider that generates swings and misses, he has the weapons to be a late-inning reliever in pro ball. His size (6 feet, 183 pounds) and maximum-effort delivery probably will prevent him from remaining a starter, though he does flash an average changeup. Grundy has committed to Kentucky for 2012.VIDEO

7) Sam Selman LHP 6`3 150, Vanderbilt, NCAA

(2012) 1-3(w-l) 7.83(era) 23(ip) 26(h) 18(bb) 23(so) 2(hr)

Lean projectable lefthander from Texas. Loose arm, room to fill out. Fastball a plus already in the low 90s with a peak as high as 95. The pitch has excellent late life. Selman also possesses a plus curve and a promising changeup. Nice stats in limited work. The two things about him that are most impressive, aside from his raw stuff, are the feel he has for his pitches and for movement.

8) Logan Ehlers, LHP, 6’1 180, Nebraska, JUCO

(2012) 5-0(w-l) 0.77(era) 35(ip) 25(h) 13(bb) 41(so)

Unsigned 2010 eighth-rounder had drama-filled season at Nebraska. Strong athletic build, solid lower half. Smooth delivery. Projectable. Fastball very steady 89-90, up to 92 this spring. Curve shows sharp 12/6 bite at times, and he commands it well. VIDEO

9) Hoby Milner, LHP, 6’3 165, Texas, NCAA

(2012) 5-3(w-l) 3.28(era) 35.2(ip) 31(h) 11(bb) 33(so) 2(hr)

The son of former big leaguer Brian Milner, Hoby is a pitchability lefthander. He thrives thanks to location and deception, working primarily with an 86-89 mph fastball that tops out at 92, and a solid changeup and a curveball that have their moments. He's resilient despite packing just 165 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, and his stuff could pick up if he adds some strength. VIDEO

10) Matt Strahm, LHP, 6’4 180, Nebraska, NCAA

(*2011*) 9-3(w-l) 3.63(era) 67(ip) 63(h) 20(bb) 77(so)

Sophomore lefthander went a modest 2-1, 2.00 for Neosho County (JC) last season but caught the attention of scouts with his big projectable frame, easy delivery and command of his 92-93 mph fastball, hard slider, and solid average change. Great k/bb ratio. Eats innings. Committed to Nebraska. VIDEO


11) Taylor Rogers, LHP, 6’3 175, Kentucky, NCAA

(2012) 4-1(w-l) 3.83(era) 35.1(ip) 33(h) 8(bb) 42(so) 3(hr)

Rogers sits in the upper-80s with his fastball with room for more as his body fills out. He already throws two good off-speed pitches for strikes – his changeup is consistently above-average and flashes plus, while his upper-70s curve is nasty when on. He displays excellent control, but will never be much of a strikeout pitcher. VIDEO

12) Michael Roth, LHP, 6’1 200, South Carolina, NCAA

(2012) 2-0(w-l) 1.28(era) 42.1(ip) 23(h) 10(h) 40(so) 0(hr)

Michael Roth perfectly fits the mould of a crafty lefty. Roth changes speeds well and shows good command. He throws his fastball in the high 80′s. His best secondary pitch is his changeup, which is particularly effective against righthanded hitters. He also uses a curve against righties and a slider against lefties. Roth was used as a situational reliever in college and that role may be his best chance to make it to the Majors. Also a high level bat for a pitcher. VIDEO

13) Josh Smith, LHP, 6’3 185, Wichita State, NCAA

(2012) 3-1(w-l) 2.97(era) 39.1(ip) 32(h) 14(bb) 42(so) 2(hr)

Although Smith lacks upper-level velocity and stuff, he has above-average command and keeps hitters off balance. He works in the upper 80s with his fastball, occasionally touching 90-91 mph, and also throws a two-seamer that has good run. He mixes in an excellent changeup and solid slider and can throw any pitch in any count for a strike. Despite not having premier stuff at present, his lanky, projectable build suggests he could add more velocity as he continues to fill out. Solid numbers in college.


14) Eric Perrault, LHP, 6’4 180, Keene, NCAA

(2012) 1-2(w-l) 3.46(era) 13(ip) 8(h) 4(bb) 13(so)

Another lanky projectable lefty, Perrault looks the part of a pro pitcher. Perrault sits at 88-92 with some arm-side run on his fastball while flashing a mid-70s curveball and low-80s changeup that he is able to locate at times. The only knock on Perrault, as with most young pitchers, is that he must refine his command if he wants to succeed at the next level.

15) Mason Mcvay, LHP, 6’8 210, Florida International, NCAA

1-2 2.87era 31.1 28h 19bb 36so 1hr

Redshirted his Junior year after returning from Tommy John surgery. Is being moved into the rotation, after spending most of last season in the pen. Had very good numbers as a reliever. Fastball velocity seems to have fully returned, was 89-91, now back up to 92-94, peaking at 95. Plus curveball with good spin. Mechanics need work; command has been an issue in the past. Excellent strikeout numbers. Needs to work on command and control. Potential to be a number 3 type of starter. Mustache creates deception and awesomeness.

16) Sean Hagan, LHP, 6’6 225, St. John’s, NCAA

(2012) 3-1(w-l) 2.68(era) 30.2(ip) 26(h) 9(bb) 26(so)

Pitches with easy arm action on the mound, repeats delivery, plus arm strength, fastball up to 93, most are 90-91 with some late arm side run, hard curveball lacks command from 3/4 slot, crosses and fights himself some in delivery. Fastball movement is a plus with that velocity. Mixes pitches well, stays around the zone. Solid numbers.

17) Joe Mantiply, LHP, 6’4 208, Virginia Tech, NCAA

(2012) 3-1(w-l) 2.97(era) 39.1(ip) 41(h) 7(bb) 24(so)

Well developed physical frame: athletic and muscular. Slow paced delivery. High 80s fastball 90 peak. Fastball has late arm side run and sink. Sharp 12-8 slider with late diagonal break. Not a power pitch but features quality late bite that works well against lefty batters, mostly as chase pitch. Change up has late dip; movement is not drastic but enough to work as change of speed pitch. Good command of all of his pitches; pitches off of his fastball and utilizes it heavily. Solid college numbers. Reminiscent of Vanderbilt’s Grayson Garvin from last draft.

18) Matt Dermody, LHP, 6’5 190, Iowa, NCAA

(2012) 0-3(w-l) 5.40(era) 28.1(ip) 31(h) 12(bb) 29(so) 2(hr)

Dermody has what baseball types call "electric stuff." Fastball sits 88-92 with a loose easy arm action. The tall lanky left-hander also throws a knee-buckling curve ball and possesses impeccable control over his explosive fastball.

19) Steve Ewing, 6’2 225, LHP, Miami, NCAA

(2012) 3-0(w-l) 2.23(era) 40.1(ip) 35(h) 11(bb) 37(so) 1(hr)

Must watch weight and fights across his body from a high 3/4 arm slot. Fastball up to 91, most are upper 80’s with life. Changes speeds off fastball and curveball well, command is key. Throws lots of pitches and nibbles but gets K on occasion, groundball guy mostly.

20) Nick Routt, LHP, 6’4 210, Mississippi State, NCAA

(2012) 1-3(w-l) 4.01(era) 24.2(ip) 34(h) 6(bb) 27(so) 2(hr)

Good height; solid frame; not much projection remaining. Relies heavily on fastball 90-91 (peak 93) with good movement, seems faster than it is. Movement generates ground ball contact; but can be hit when not located well. 12-8 breaking ball with tight sweeping action; tendency to lose shape when used as a chase pitch. Changeup with good action; some late fade and drop. Had to develop a three-fingered screwball grip after nerve injury, in order to throw change without pain. Command is vital to his success; shows ability to throw to both sides of plate. Mixes pitches well. Works very quickly.

21) Ty Blach, LHP, 6’1 200, Creighton, NCAA

(2012) 3-1(w-l) 2.01(era) 40.1(ip) 33(h) 10(bb) 29(so) 1(hr)

His fastball consistently registers in the low 90s with arm side run. Has command of his other two pitches (changeup and curveball) is considered above average at this point in his development. Needs more consistency with curveball and command to be effective and move up in draft status.


22) Tyler Joyner, LHP, 5’11 193, East Carolina, NCAA

(2012) 3-0(w-l) 3.09(era) 35(ip) 32(h) 7(bb) 25(so) 3(hr)

Former two-way player, his future belongs on mound. Good lefty, with excellent pitchability. Fastball sits 89-92, peaks of 93, with good deception. Ball jumps out of hand easy, excellent life. Big overhand curve projects to be at least an average MLB pitch. Has been much more effective with his control, leading him to better overall numbers after spending the past two years on the bench due to suspension. Tyler profiles as a potential fifth starter or long reliever at the next level. VIDEO

23) Justin Jones, LHP, 6’3 175, California, NCAA

(2012) 2-3(w-l) 4.22(era) 32(ip) 35(h) 12(bb) 18(so) 1(hr)

Long projectable lefty. Sits 88-90 with fastball. Long and loose arm action. Good curve and command. Solid numbers for Cal in 2011, but off to a slow start this year. VIDEO


24) Adam Westmoreland, LHP, 6’6 270, South Carolina, NCAA

(20120) 1-0(w-l) 2.70(era) 13.1(ip) 12(h) 3(bb) 10(so) 1(hr)

After a solid freshman campaign, Westmoreland tore his elbow ligament in his pitching arm just before the 2010 season began. He missed the entire season after having Tommy John surgery and was forced to redshirt. When on his game Westmoreland can be dominant throwing in the upper 80’s, touching 90, with an excellent change up and sweeping curveball. Putting up excellent numbers so far in 2012. VIDEO

25) Dalton Friend, LHP, 6’4 235, Jefferson, JUCO

(2012) 3-0(w-l) 3.31(era) 16.1(ip) 15(h) 5(bb)25(so)

Undrafted out of high school. College freshman has improved since attending Jefferson. Fastball has greatly improved from high school when he topped out at 90mph. Now sits in the 90-95 mph range with good movement. Very sound mechanics and control.

26) Matt Whitehouse, LHP, 6’1 170, UC Irvine, NCAA

(2012) 0-2(w-l) 4.15(era) 13(ip) 16(h) 3(bb) 17(so) 0(hr)

Whitehouse lacks great stuff, but he knows how to pitch. His fastball comes in at 85-89. His

27) Tim Cooney, LHP, 6`3 195, Wake Forrest, NCAA

(2012) 3-2(w-l) 4.17(era) 36.1(ip) 32(h) 21(bb) 41(so) 3(hr)

Solid stuff, fastball in the upper 80s, 91 peak, tight 1/7 curveball with depth, mixes in 74 mph changeup with sink and good armspeed. Pitches play up due to good command. Feel for pitching. Can throw all of his pitches for strikes. Clean, compact arm action. Nice numbers, very good control, allows too many hits, has problems with homeruns as you might expect from a soft tossing lefty starter. Track record of success in a good program. VIDEO

28) Brian Holmes, LHP, 6’4 210, Wake Forest, NCAA

5-0 1cg 1.87era 43.1ip 26h 23bb 44so 1hr

Good curveball, upper 80’s fastball with excellent sink. Made headlines earlier this spring with a no-hitter over George Washington University.

29) Tyler Alexander, LHP, 6’1 185lbs, Hillsbrough, CC

(2012) 2-1(w-l) 3.93(era) 36.2(ip) 31(h) 33(bb) 27(so)

Athletic southpaw with 89-91fastball. Solid changeup. Needs to improve command.

30) Tanner Perkins, LHP, 6’3 190, Western Kentucky

(2012) 1-0(w-l) 3.22(era) 22.1(ip) 21(h) 5(bb) 14(so) 2(hr)

Co-ace of Hilltoppers staff. Fastball only in 86-90 range, but is lefty with command, and plus changeup.

31) Connor Kendrick, LHP, 6’1 160lbs, Northwest Florida, JUCO

(2012) 5-2(w-l) 4.14(era) 50(ip) 42(h) 25(bb) 61(so)

Former Georgia Tech southpaw touches 91, flashes hard curveball. Went 4-0 with 1.16era in Alaska League last summer

32) Eric Anderson, LHP, 6'4 216, Farleigh Dickenson, NCAA

(2012) 2-2(w-l) 6.10(era) 20.2(ip) 26(h) 8(bb) 8(so) 0(hr)

Big thick bodied pitcher. Quick arm, and online delivery allow him to sling a fastball in the low 90s. Could more be coming out of his arm in the future. Solid 1/7 CB at 73 mph. Throws strikes.

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