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BA updated their Top 100 Draft Prospects on May 5th. The new top of the list is –
- #1 – A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida
- #2 – Riley Pint, RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, KA
- #3 – Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat HS, NJ
- #4 – Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer
- #5 – Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee
- #6 – Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
- #17 – Nolan Jones, 3B, Holy Ghost Prep, PA (my alma mater)
- #57 – Alec Hansen, RHP, Oklahoma has dropped to #57 (probably his last week here)
Florida’s A.J. Puk gave up a 2-run HR to Nick Senzel as the Gators dropped a Saturday (May 7th) game to Tennessee, 5-2.
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When Baseball America updated their 100 Draft Prospects, They also published their Top 50 Draft Prospects Scouting Reports. Most of it is behind the pay wall. This portion about Puk was in in front of the pay wall.
“The top-ranked player in Florida’s top-ranked 2013 recruiting class, Puk has developed into a potential top overall pick in college. He broke out as a sophomore, helping Florida to the College World Series and then pitching for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. A Preseason All-American, Puk was inconsistent at the start of the season and was briefly sidelined by back spasms. But he has since rounded into form and again looks the part of dominant starter. Puk throws his fastball in the mid to upper 90s and thanks to the downhill angle and the excellent extension his 6-foot-7 frame enables him to get, the pitch plays up even further. Puk’s slider and changeup both could use further refinement, but both have a chance to develop into average offerings. His slider sits in the mid-80s with horizontal sweeping action, though it can sometimes back up. Puk repeats his arm slot well and gets his torso over his front side consistently. When he stays balanced and online, he is very difficult for hitters to square up, even if they make contact. He throws a lot of strikes, particularly for someone of his size, and can locate his fastball to both sides of the plate. Puk’s overall skill set and body of work have positioned him to be the first college pitcher drafted, and he has the potential to become Florida’s first ever No. 1 overall pick.”
Riley Pint was reported to have hit 100 mph a couple weeks ago. I’ve got nothing since.
The Kansas City Star recently printed a story on Riley Pint and Joey Wentz (BA’s #19), the other pitching phenom in the KC area.
Jason Groome pitched in a game Saturday, May 7th against Toms River North. He was lifted in the fifth inning. His fastball was clocked at 95 mph in the early innings. Here’s a description from the Press of Atlantic City.
Oklahoma’s Alec Hansen recorded his first win of the season with 6.0 innings of 2-hit ball in a Sunday (May 8th) game. He struck out nine. Oklahoma crushed KSU, 12-0.
- Hansen (1-4) – 6-0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 Balk, 21 BF, 82 Pitches/53 strikes
Kyle Lewis, Mercer: .432/.561/.801/.1.362
48 G, 176 AB, 56 R, 76 H, 10 D, 2 T, 17 HR, 62 RBI, 54 BB, 4 HBP, 37 K, 5 SF, 6/11 SB
Nick Senzel, Tennessee: .343/.446/.599/.1.045
47 G, 172 AB, 50 R, 59 H, 18 D, 1 T, 8 HR, 52 RBI, 32 BB, 4 HBP, 16 K, 5 SF, 21/22 SB
Corey Ray, Louisville: .315/.384/.590/.974
47 G, 200 AB, 44 R, 63 H, 14 D, 1 T, 13 HR, 51 RBI, 24 BB, 2 HBP, 30 K, 5 SF, 35/35 SB