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17 thoughts on “2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, April 14, 2019”
Weekend recap for some pitchers who could get drafted by Johnny Almaraz:
Alek Manoah continues to impress. On Friday night, he made mincemeat of Texas Tech’s hitters. WVU’s large, intimidating RHP tossed a complete game 9 IP (127 P “no bueno, coach”), 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 15 K. He K’d Tech’s Josh Jung (a probable top 10 pick) twice, and held him hitless in 4 AB’s. For the season, Manoah is 60.2 IP, 38 H, 15 BB, 80 K, 2.08 ERA, 1.82 OBA.
Elon’s George Kirby is another first round possibility for the Phillies. The 6’5″, 201 lb RHP had no problem with Delaware yesterday 6.0 IP 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 K. So far in 2019, Kirby has totaled 55.2 IP, 46 H, 5 BB, 65 K, 2.91 ERA, .218 OBA.
Kentucky LHP Zack Thompson beat Ole Miss yesterday by going 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 5 BB, 8 K. Thompson is now 55.2 IP, 38 H, 19 BB, 82 K, 2.10 ERA, .193 OBA this season.
Barring an injury, Nick Lodolo is not going to make it to 1-14. The TCU lefty had no problem with Seton Hall this weekend 7 IP (94 P), 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K. Lodolo is now 60.1 IP, 42 H, 12 BB, 74 K, 1.34 ERA, .196 OBA this year.
Also wanted to mention the performances from a couple of other college pitchers I have been mentioning for the Phillies post round one.
Ethan Small (possible 3rd rounder) mowed down Alabama on Friday night. The impressive Mississippi State left hander went 6.0 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 15 K. This season, Small has been “big” 54.0 IP, 32 H, 15 BB, 94 K, 1.83 ERA, .170 OBA.
Jared Horn (maybe a 4th or 5th rounder) had his best start as a colegian. The big RHP dominated Arizona 8 IP (114 P), 2 ER, 6 H. 0 BB, 9 K. The former HS All American is 31 IP, 23 H, 4 BB, 19 K, 2.03 ERA, .213 OBA.
Jackson Rutledge and Carter Stewart are the top two JUCO pitchers. Rutledge is getting Nate Pearson comps (about the same size, mucho velo, JUCO RHP’s)
A little bit on some top prep arms:
North Jersey’s Jack Leiter (son of Al, nephew of Mark, cousin of Mark Jr) is maybe the most polished HS arm and a first round talent, but has a strong commitment to Vanderbilt. I was surprised to read this eport on his velo.
JJ Goss (one of my favorites) is on quite the roll. Last week, he tossed a perfect game. This week, he wasn’t perfect, but he was very, very good.
Here is the latest mock draft from CBS Sports’ Jeff Ellis.
He has the Phillies selecting UNC 1Bman Michael Busch. He lists Jackson Rutledge as an alternative/sleeper pick.
Bush is slashing .282/.448/.557, 9 HR, 41 BB/HBP, 21 K.
Last week, BA mocked Clemson SS Logan Davidson to the Phils. Davidson was drafted but went unsigned by Johnny A in 2016 is slashing .302/.411/.604. The 6’3″, 185 lb switch hitter has slugged 10 homers this season and has totaled 37 in his three years at Clemson.
I believe CBS Sports’ Jeff Ellis may not have a firm grasp on the Phillies system.
Selecting a college first baseman in the first round with Hoskins looking at 5/7 more years left here would seem counter-productive.
Hinkie i would love to know how many college guys who dont hit 300, get drafted in first round and become stars.
roc…..this could alsoo be a factor in his draft profile…he is a 5’11”, 210 lb first baseman with slowness of foot. But someone will take him somewhere in the first round…maybe towards the later half….Kyle Schwarber type hitter.
I am the first one who says you don’t draft for need, but it’s hard to see them drafting a first baseman unless he’s by far and away the best talent available or can play another position competently.
I would love for us to draft Manoah…but I don’t think that he gets to us.
Hinkie, for us who don’t know is it Busch, Bush or Buch?
Hah,,,do you mean the beer, the beans or the king?
Go with the beer.
Absolutely, go with the “suds”!
His name is Michael Busch. He has played a little LF at UNC. He also handled SS in HS. I’ve heard a few people say Busch could do a little Max Muncy and attempt to handle some 2B in MLB.
To be honest, Busch wouldn’t be my choice. I’d rather the Phillies take Thomas Dillard instead of Busch. Dillard is another plus bat-limited defensive player. At least Dillard plays 3 positions (C/1B/LF … none of them great) and is a switch hitter, and is putting up his numbers playing in the top conference in America against the best pitching in the country.
In Busch’s defense, he was outstanding on the Cape last summer (.322/.450/.567) with a wood bat.
Here are scouting reports on North Jersey teammates Jack Leiter and Anthony Volpe
Michael Busch (mocked to the Phillies by Jeff Ellis) is on quite the roll. He was busy again last night.
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