Will The Rakuten Eagles Post Masahiro Tanaka?
With the new pending Japanese posting system putting a $20 million cap on posting fees, the question around baseball is whether the Rakuten Eagles will still post their ace, 25-year-old [...]
By Alan Simpson
(National ranking in parentheses)
OTHERS TO WATCH
Six-foot-7, 225-pound freshman RHP Enrique Garcia (1) made a big impression on scouts this spring—if you saw him on the right day. He threw one no-hitter and was taken out of another potential no-hitter when he reached his pitch count. Raw when he enrolled in school, Garcia still lacks polish but he shows the makings of three pitches, including a 90-91 mph fastball that touches 94. He also has a slider and a split-finger he uses for a changeup.
Six-foot-2, 230-pound RHP Chris Cummings (2) was expected to be West Virginia’s first pick on the basis of a strong 2004 summer season in the Great Lakes League, but he went backward, compiling a 3-4, 6.27 record with 61 walks and only 40 strikeouts in 60 innings. His velocity, which was 90-94 mph in short bursts as a reliever in 2004, backed up to 87-90, though he was plagued with biceps tendonitis. He was used in a starting role this year, but projects as a reliever.
West Virginia University’s best picks should be senior OF Lee
Fritz (3), who led the team with a .379 average, and junior 1B Stan
Posluszny (5), who was drafted in the 21st round by the Angels a year
ago. Posluszny, who has explosive power and has hit some of the longest
home runs in school history, pressed so much to raise his profile that
he went into a major slump at the start of the year. He rallied to finish
the year at .286-12-50.