2012 Draft Top 100 Scouting Reports: 51-75






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We wrote and compiled scouting reports on every player in our Early Draft Preview 2012 Draft Top 100. Here are the reports for the players ranked 51-75. . .

51. Lewis Brinson, of, Coral Springs (Fla.) HS
Brinson has a long, wiry build that evokes comparisons to Dexter Fowler or Cameron Maybin. He already shows big power potential, winning the Under Armour home run derby, and still has plenty of room to add strength. Brinson hits from a wide, open stance and utilizes a little leg kick. He needs to improve his pitch recognition, as he flinches on a lot of takes, but his power-speed combination can't be ignored. Brinson is an above-average runner and glides effortlessly around the outfield. His swing can get long and he sometimes gets caught out front, but he showed the ability to handle velocity by turning around 2013 flamethrower Clinton Hollon during one of his games in Jupiter this fall. Brinson is committed to Florida. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

52. Mitchell Traver, rhp, Houston Christian HS
Traver is beast on the hill with a big frame at 6-foot-7, 245 pounds. He lacks athleticism and will have to keep his body in check, but he has nasty stuff. He throws a two and four seam fastball that ranges from 88-94 mph. He has good life on the two-seamer and can induce bad contact. His best secondary pitch is a plus curveball that has powerful, 11-to-5 break. He's flashed a solid changeup in the low 80s with some sink. He is committed to Texas Christian. —Nathan Rode (Jan. 2012)

53. Nick Travieso, rhp, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.
A Miami signee, Travieso has a strong frame with a thick lower half. His fastball can sit in the low 90s with good sink and run. When he's on, hitters end up with a lot of broken bats. He also throws a good slider with sharp bite and a solid, low-80s changeup. —Nathan Rode (Jan. 2012)

54. Carson Kelly, 3b/rhp, Westview HS, Portland
Oregon hasn't produced a high school player in the first three rounds since 1998 when righthander Steve Bechler went to the Orioles. As one of this year's top two-way players, Kelly certainly has the talent to end that streak. Kelly has a strong build and is already pretty well filled out. As a hitter, he starts open and sometimes stays open, but he shows a nice line-drive swing with good loft and power potential. He's a below-average runner but has good mobility at third base with quick actions and a strong arm. On the mound, he sits in the 89-91 mph range with a heavy fastball. His secondary stuff needs to be tightened up, including a 78-82 mph changeup and a 73-76 curveball. Kelly has excellent maturity and will be a leader on and off the field whether he opts for pro ball or honors his commitment to Oregon. He is young for the class and won't turn 18 until the day after the signing deadline. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

55. Tanner Rahier, ss, Palm Desert (Calif.) HS
Rahier will provide a different look for scouts this spring, as he's choosing to skip playing for his high school team in favor of playing for a team of high school players that play wood-bat pickup games against local junior colleges. Despite the non-conventional path, scouts will turn out by the dozen because they love the way Rahier plays. He really knows how to handle a wood bat and almost always barrels balls up and produces hard contact. Defensively, Rahier isn't the prettiest shortstop, but he makes the plays and has a strong arm, as he's been up to 93 mph off the mound. It wouldn't be a shock if he eventually moves off the position, but he'll at least get a chance to give it a go. He's an above-average runner. Rahier also plays with a lot of enthusiasm, playing every game like it's his last and playing nine-inning doubleheaders like it's no big deal. If Rahier doesn't sign, he's committed to San Diego. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

56. Clint Coulter, c, Union HS, Camas, Wash.
Coulter is not a catcher opposing players will want to run into at the plate. The former state wrestling champ has a chiseled 6-foot-3, 200-pound physique and the strength shows up in the batter's box. Coulter has good strength, leverage and power potential and he also shows keen pitch recognition. Like most catchers, he's a below-average runner. Defensively, he shows good balance and agility for his size and he moves well behind the plate. He has quick feet and above-average arm strength, but is working to improve his transfers to cut his pop times down even more. Catchers with power potential don't last long in the draft, but if he doesn't sign, he will attend Arizona State. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

57. Hudson Randall, rhp, Florida
Hudson Randall has developed into a top-flight ace atop the rotation thanks to his superb command and ability to mix speeds and locations.
"He's Greg Maddox," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. "Everything moves, the ball stays down, he never elevates anything. So even when you get in an advantage count, he makes a quality pitch. That pitch is down, at the knees or on the black, and he's got good sink on it . . . He makes pitches. Even though he may not have that dominant, overpowering fastball, it's still 88-91, occasionally 92, with sink and with location. He's good, and that's why he pitches on Friday nights for one of the best pitching staffs in the country." He also commands three quality offspeed pitches and is a dogged competitor. —May 26, 2011 Blog Post (Aaron Fitt)

58. Pat Light, rhp, Monmouth
Righthander Pat Light opened eyes on the showcase circuit in 2008, showing a 91-92 mph fastball with vicious sink, but he came out of basketball season with a bout of tendinitis and sat in the mid-80s most in the spring. He didn't sign as a 28th-rounder and went to Monmouth, where he was a consistent rotation member his first two seasons. He went 6-11, 4.94 in two seasons with 94 strikeouts and 34 walks in 133 innings, then struggled a bit in the Cape Cod League, going 0-5, 3.77 with a 24-10 strikeout-walk ratio in 31 innings. Light has added 30 pounds since high school and is listed at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds as a junior. His four-seam fastball sits in the 90-94 mph range, touching 97, and he also throws a hard sinker around 90 mph, with a slider and changeup that remain raw. His command wavered in the Cape and his slider frequently was too flat. —John Manuel (Jan. 2012)

59. Stephen Johnson, rhp, St. Edward's (Texas)
A wiry, raw, projectable Colorado prep product, Johnson has made progress in two years at Division II St. Edward's, but he's still just scratching the surface of his potential. He mostly just pumped fastballs as a freshman and essentially just started throwing a breaking ball this summer, and he showed some aptitude for the pitch—a sharp slurve in the 77-79 mph range. He dabbles with a changeup, but he usually tends to throw it too hard, in the 88-89 range. Johnson has a loose 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame and an electric arm that easily produces 94-96 mph heat in relief—a role in which he thrived this summer, posting a 1.31 ERA and a 23-6 strikeout-walk mark in 21 innings. He ran his fastball into the high 90s at the NBC World Series. Johnson has a tendency to wrap his arm in the back at times, but he made some progress smoothing out his delivery this summer. A more consistent delivery would also lead to more consistent command, as Johnson remains more of a thrower than a polished pitcher at this stage of his development. Still, his summer was a big step in the right direction, and his upside is tantalizing. —2011 Cal Collegiate Top 10 Prospects

60. Corey Seager, ss, Northwest Cabarrus HS, Concord, N.C.
While he's the younger brother of Mariners infielder Kyle Seager, the two players don't have a lot in common. While they both will probably spend most of their time at third base, Corey is much more physical and will be a different type of player. Offensively, the younger Seager starts with a wide base and is very static in the box. He gets even wider as he loads, but it's an easy motion and he keeps his eyes level. Like his brother, he has a pro approach at the plate and shows the ability to take the ball the other way when pitchers pitch him away. Corey will hit for power when he adds some strength to his wiry frame. Adding that strength, however, will also cause him to move off of shortstop. He shows great hands and motions in the infield, but he'll likely get too big for the position and he's already just an average runner. Seager is committed to South Carolina. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

61. Fernando Perez, 3b, Central Arizona JC
Perez had enough credits to graduate early and enrolled at Central Arizona JC in January. Changing schools and challenging himself is nothing new for Perez. Originally from Ensenada, Mexico, Perez first started playing baseball when he was 8 years old. He said he comes from a baseball family—his father and uncle played semi-pro baseball in Mexico. Perez's uncle knew Fernando had baseball talent and suggested that he move from Mexico to Southern California to live with him to get a better education and more exposure as a player. After convincing his father that he was up for the challenge of learning a new language, Perez moved in with his uncle in the spring of 2010, for his sophomore season. Perez did not speak any English when he moved to the U.S. but is fluent now. Now at Central Arizona, Perez shares the left side of the diamond with an old friend. Central Arizona's shortstop, Jorge Flores, is also from Mexico and he and Perez played together when they were younger. Perez has an athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He has a smooth lefthanded swing with good bat speed and developing power. He shows solid actions at third base, a strong arm and is a fringe-average runner. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

62. Brady Rodgers, rhp, Arizona State
The epitome of a polished college pitcher, Rodgers had as many wins as walks (nine) as an Arizona State sophomore. The 6-foot-2, 187-pounder fills the strike zone with an 88-92 mph fastball and three solid secondary pitches in his curveball, slider and changeup. He's a good athlete and competitor with the upside of a No. 3 starter. —2011 Team USA Top 20

63. Rhett Wiseman, of, Buckingham Browne & Nichols HS, Cambridge, Mass.
Wiseman has a tight, muscular frame at 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds. He's loaded with tools, including above-average speed and above-average power potential. He showed off both of those tools this summer with a monster home run at the PG National Showcase and then an inside-the-park home run at East Coast Pro. The problem is, he also struck out in a lot of his other at-bats and looked overmatched at times. His swing needs some work. Wiseman crowds the plate and doesn't utilize a proper weight shift during his swing, keeping his weight back after his stride. His bat is in a bad position when his swing starts, pointing back toward the dugout, and he keeps his back elbow pinned too close to his side. Defensively, his speed shows up in the outfield, though he needs work on his routes and his arm is below-average. As a Northeast player from a small school who has always played three sports, he's further behind in his development than most in the class. Wiseman's high school requires that all students participate in three different sports each year. He used to do football, weight training and baseball, but gave up football this year to take up boxing more seriously. In addition to his tools on the field, Wiseman has all the extras scouts look for in a player. He's young for his class and won't turn 18 until after the draft, he's class president at his school and he's smart, focused and hard-working. If he looks better at the plate this spring than he did in the summer, he could move up draft boards, but he'll likely be a tough pry away from his Vanderbilt commitment. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

64. Jameis Winston, of/rhp, Hueytown (Ala.) HS
MLB's new Collective Bargaining Agreement may affect Winston more than any player on this list. Regarded as the best high school quarterback in the country, Winston threw for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns this year with just two interceptions. He also rushed for 1,063 yards and 15 more touchdowns. Winston is an athletic freak—he can do it all. On offense, he has above-average speed and power from both sides of the plate. He hit home runs from each side in one game last season. He also pitches, sitting 87-90 mph, touching 92 with natural cutting action on the pitch, and mixing in an 81-82 mph changeup and a good curveball in the 72-78 mph range. However, Winston has said he wants to try and play both sports professionally and chose Florida State because of the working relationship the coaches for both sports have. It will be interesting to see how things play out as June approaches. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

65 Zach Eflin, rhp, Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla.
Tall and lean, Eflin shows good body control for his size. He uses his 6-foot-5 height to his advantage, throwing on a steep downhill plane and pounding the lower half of the strike zone. Eflin throws his 90-93 mph fastball to both sides of the plate and the pitch shows good sink. His changeup is his best secondary offering, an 80-83 mph pitch with similar sink to his fastball. When his curveball is on, it shows sharp 12-to-6 break, but the pitch is inconsistent. Eflin's delivery includes a little bit of a head whack and he sometimes spins off the mound, but stays in-line most of the time. With some projection remaining in his frame and a quick arm, he could see a velocity bump this spring. Eflin is committed to Central Florida. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

66. Matt Koch, rhp, Louisville
Koch, whose father Scott is his head coach at Washington High (Cherokee), was Iowa's top prep prospect for the 2009 draft, when he was taken by the Red Sox in the 37th round. He split time between starting and relieving over his first two seasons, then reaffirmed his status as a prospect of interest with a strong summer in a relief role in the Cape, showing 91-95 mph heat, a late-breaking slider at 81-83 and an aggressive approach. His changeup is still a work in progress, but his power fastball-slider combination should be plenty effective in a relief role at Louisville this spring. —Aaron Fitt (Jan. 2012)

67. Nolan Fontana, ss, Florida
Fontana was hit on the left hand by a pitch at the College World Series and wasn't fully healthy while going 2-for-16 (.125) with Team USA. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound lefty hitter makes contact and gets on base, where he has more savvy than speed. He'sranked 11th (52) and 19th (53) in Division I in bases on balls the last two seasons. A shortstop at Florida, he has arm strength but his range may fit better at second base, where he played in deference to Marrero. —John Manuel (Jan. 2012)

68. Tom Murphy, c, Buffalo
Murphy earned Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors despite the Bulls' 3-22 conference record, after hitting .384/.446/.626 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs as a sophomore. His spring put him on scouts' radar screens, but his summer ensured they will flock to Buffalo next year, as one talent evaluator said Murphy could go in the top three rounds of the draft. Two swings of the bat in a showcase against Team USA and Louisiana State flame-throwing righty Kevin Gausman at Fenway Park opened eyes: Murphy ripped Gausman's first-pitch fastball about 400 feet foul off the Coca-Cola sign down the left-field line, then he stayed back on Gausman's sharp slider and launched it over the Green Monster for an estimated 450 feet, showing off his compact stroke and plus raw power. A few days later, Murphy signed to play a five-game series with Team USA against Team Japan. When he returned to Holyoke, Murphy continued raking to the tune of .291/.364/.575. An athletic 6-foot-1, 210-pound backstop, Murphy ran a 6.75-second 60-yard dash at the NECBL all-star game. He is a good receiver with a solid-average arm, routinely turning out 1.9-second pop times, though his throwing needs refinement as the ball sails on him at times. Scouts and managers alike raved about Murphy's work ethic, and Holyoke general manager Kirk Fredriksson, who recruited Strasburg in 2007, called Murphy the league's best catching prospect during his 15 years. —2011 New England Collegiate League Top 10

69. James Ramsey, of, Florida State
Cape League coaches were just about unanimous in their glowing affection for Ramsey, a confident, aggressive, player with infectious energy. Ramsey's father, Craig, was captain of Florida State's 1980 College World Series team, and James earned third-team All-America honors as a junior this spring, hitting .364/.442/.580 with 10 homers, 67 RBIs and 11 steals. He continued to do it all this summer, hitting .313/.448/.571 with six homers, a 28-25 BB-K mark and seven steals. He also earned all-star game MVP honors after homering into the right-field bullpen at Fenway Park. "He plays really hard. It's not false intensity—that's the way he approaches the game, and the way he approaches life," Pickler said. "He hit the farthest ball I've seen in 10 years here, a ball that cleared the treetops in right-center. He doesn't get cheated at the plate, but for a guy that takes a big swing, he puts the barrel to the ball. He has a knack—he has that hitting gene." At 6 feet, 195 pounds, Ramsey is not built like a power hitter, but he does have some pop in his compact lefthanded swing, and he can drive the ball to all fields. An solid-average runner, Ramsey handled center field ably for Y-D and owns an average arm, but he profiles better in a corner outfield spot, which means he'll really have to hit. He has a chance to be a solid-average hitter with fringe-average power, and his cheap five-tool package gives him at least a chance to be an everyday player, though some scouts are more comfortable projecting him as a fourth outfielder. A 22nd-round pick by the Twins this June, he turned down a significant six-figure bonus offer to return to FSU for his senior year. —2011 Cape Cod Top 30

70. Skye Bolt, of, Holy Innocents' Episcopal HS, Atlanta
A switch-hitter committed to North Carolina, Bolt offers an intriguing package of tools. His plus speed and arm strength make him a good fit defensively in center field. At 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, he has a skinny frame with plenty of room to add strength. He has good bat speed that can generate power, but he tends to be a rotational hitter, swinging with the top half of his body. He is raw from the left side. —Nathan Rode (Jan. 2012)

71. Patrick Wisdom, 3b, St. Mary's
A first-team all-West Coast Conference selection in 2011, Wisdom had unquestionably the best and most usable power in Alaska for the second straight year. He led the ABL in home runs with seven but hit just .229 in 2010. This summer, Wisdom not only improved his average (hitting .296/.422/.503 overall) but also continued to mash, slugging another seven home runs despite playing in Kenai Peninsula's cavernous, wind-swept ballpark. The big differences from a year ago, said one coach, were maturity and better pitch recognition. His power was often described as "light tower" caliber by league coaches, and he finished second in the league's home run derby. Wisdom uses his hands extremely well at the plate and generates very good bat speed. He put those tools on display this summer, hitting a home run off the ABL's top pitching prospect Kyle Finnegan, as well as this spring, launching one off College Player of the Year Trevor Bauer. What makes his power even more impressive is that he is still learning to incorporate his entire lower half. Wisdom was also lauded for his discipline (he posted a 35-25 BB-K mark) and was thought to be a tough out. Defensively, Wisdom's arm strength rivals his power as his best tool. At one point this summer, he hopped on a bullpen mound and reached 93 mph, showing enough arm strength to stick at third base, and he has the athleticism to play there at the pro level. —2011 Alaska League Top 10 Prospects

72. Daniel Robertson, 3b, Upland (Calif.) HS
A leaned-framed third baseman, Robertson has good actions and solid arm strength. He makes good, strong contact at the plate, but leans and collapses his backside too much as if he's selling out for power. A UCLA signee, he has obvious strength and improved his set-up as the summer went on, but he still needs to iron some things out. —Nathan Rode (Jan. 2012)

73. Taylore Cherry, rhp, Butler HS, Vandalia, Ohio
With a monstrous, 6-foot-9, 260-pound frame, Cherry is a behemoth on the mound. But, despite his size, he has an effortless delivery with balance and excellent body control. Cherry, who will be 19 by the signing deadline, throws a heavy fastball in the 89-92 mph range and touches 94. He throws from a low three-quarter arm slot. He calls his breaking ball a curveball, but from that slot it's a little slurry at 79-81 mph, so he'd be better off focusing on a slider. Cherry mixes in a good changeup between 84-85 mph that just dies before the plate. He has the stuff and the presence to dominate and intimidate, so it's obvious to see why scouts in Ohio are already clamoring for an April 21 matchup that will pit Cherry against Matt Smoral. Like Smoral, Cherry is also committed to North Carolina. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

74. Jeremy Baltz, of, St. John's
Baltz garnered first-team All-America honors as a freshman, when he hit .396/.479/.771 with 24 homers and 85 RBIs to lead St. John's to a regional final. His power production dropped off with the new bats this spring, but he still drove in 60 runs, and he proved that he could handle wood bats against top competition this summer, batting .321/.434/.457 for Falmouth. He also showed a disciplined approach, drawing 25 walks and striking out just 23 times in 140 at-bats. "You'd go in and he was playing left field, and he doesn't really stand out because he's a big guy, and you think he'll be a below-average athlete," the AL scouting director said. "But he's actually a pretty good player. He has a pretty short swing, he was able to barrel the ball up a lot, he manipulated the bat head pretty well and drove the ball the other way." One CCBL coach compared Baltz to Pat Burrell—another physical corner bat who lacks standout athleticism. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Baltz is a below-average runner and just an adequate defender in left field with a slightly below-average arm, but his bat should carry him. He has the ability to recognize breaking balls and lay off pitches out of the zone, and he can drive the ball to all fields. He might not have lightning-quick bat speed, but his flat swing stays through the zone a long time, and he projects as a solid-average hitter with solid-average to plus power. —2011 Cape Cod Top 30

75. Alex Wood, lhp, Georgia
Not even a full year removed from Tommy John surgery, Wood impressed NECBL coaches with his power fastball and improving secondary stuff. Lingering effects from the surgery limited Wood to one appearance in the spring of 2010, but he carried a heavier workload that summer, finishing with a 3.96 ERA, 36 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 39 innings. Blessed with one of the better power arms in the league, Wood's fastball sat at 90-92 mph in the NECBL, and coaches described it as "exploding" out of his hand. His secondary pitches—a 77-78 mph slider and a decent 80 mph changeup—needed work, and he had trouble locating them. But in the summer of 2011, Wood found himself a quality breaking ball—a power curveball that was very good in the fall. His changeup flashes plus, though he loses command of it on occasion, and his fastball climbed to 93-94 by the fall of 2011. His quirky arm action keeps hitters from picking the ball up until late, but his delivery has some effort. Wood shined in a 2011 matchup with Gerrit Cole and UCLA, striking out 11 in seven four-hit innings relying mostly on an 88-91 mph fastball with above-average run and sink. The next week he beat national ERA champion Michael Roth and South Carolina. —2010 NECBL Top 10, March 13, 2011 Blog Post (Updated Jan. 2012)


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