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Checking In On Draft Talent At Fullerton Regional

From Dave Perkin's College Blog post:

FULLERTON, Calif.—Two first-round candidates did not fare so well Friday night when host Cal State Fullerton lost 3-1 to Minnesota. Titans shortstop Christian Colon went a soft 0-for-4 and made an error in the field. Early-round draft rumors are surrounding Minnesota right fielder/catcher Michael Kvasnicka; the Mets are believed to have interest in him with the No. 7 overall pick.

Kvasnicka had a single in five at-bats, but did show flashes of early-round talent.  At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he is a mature-framed switch-hitter who in build and swing resembles David Cooper, taken by the Blue Jays out of California in the first round in 2008.

Exhibiting a smooth, easy, sweeping uppercut swing, Kvasnicka generates fine bat speed from a spread and balanced stance. Atypically, Kvasnicka struggled from the left side with low pitches Friday, failing to track the ball onto his bat. Despite that flaw and a few other minor technical concerns, Kvasnicka profiles as an average to plus hitter in pro ball with average power.

On Friday, Kvasnicka played right field, and while he displays an excellent arm, he is not particularly fast and has substantially more draft value as a catcher.

Minnesota ace Seth Rosin shut down Fullerton. The Brad Penny-sized righty allowed just three hits and one run in eight innings, struck out seven and—most critically—did not issue a walk. In fact, Rosin walked just 12 batters in 95 innings of regular-season work.

Rosin fires a fastball that sits in the 90-92 mph range, and he adds a 75 curve and a 77 change. While he does not possess blazing velocity, Rosin is a strike-throwing machine, moving the ball around all sections of the zone. Fullerton hitters could not square up Rosin’s fastball all evening. That pitch would either dart away at the last instant, or buzz in on the hands. To his credit, Rosin can effectively pitch inside to hitters using metal bats—a rarity in college baseball. Rosin projects as a top-three-rounds choice in next week’s draft.

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