2012 Draft Top 100 Scouting Reports: 76-100






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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 76-100. . .

76. Martin Agosta, rhp, St. Mary's

Agosta blossomed in 2011, going 7-6, 2.81 in the spring for St. Mary's, then thriving in the Cal Ripken League in the summer. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder went 4-0, 0.99 with a 3-30 BB-SO ratio. Agosta has a quick arm with improving arm strength, having pumped his fastball as high as 95 mph in the fall. His slider also flashes being an above-average pitch, at times sitting in the low 80s and touching 85. —John Manuel (Jan. 2012)

77. Brandon Thomas, of, Georgia Tech
Thomas ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2010, then ably handled a full-time role for Georgia Tech this spring, hitting .307 with 19 steals in 205 at-bats. He held his own in the Cape as well, hitting .273/.345/.386 in 132 at-bats, though he struck out 33 times and drew just 10 walks. He got off to a hot start for Wareham, then cooled off in the second half and had his summer cut short by a mild hamstring pull. Thomas' performance still has never quite matched his considerable ability. "He can do it all," Wareham coach Cooper Farris said. "He's a switch-hitter with power from both sides, and he runs really well. He plays the outfield well too—his angles are really good." Perhaps the best all-around athlete in the Cape League, the 6-foot-3, 202-pound Thomas has plus-plus speed and intriguing bat speed from both sides of the plate. One scout called Thomas "an emotional player" who seems to get frustrated easily, and several scouts expressed some concern about his ability to make consistent contact, but he has the raw ability to be an average hitter with average power down the road. He has a chance to be a plus center fielder with a playable arm. —2011 Cape Cod Top 30

78. Chris Taylor, ss, Virginia
Taylor was a multiposition backup for Virginia as a freshman but won the starting shortstop job as a sophomore when Stephen Bruno went down with a hamstring injury. He kept it by showing excellent athletic ability and a potent, timely bat. He had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth in the 2011 super regional victory against UC Irvine. Taylor has plus speed, turning in 4.0-second times to first base, as well as good hands and a solid-average arm. He may profile better at second base as a pro, and some scouts have compared him to Giants 2011 first-rounder Joe Panik. —John Manuel (Jan. 2012)

79. Cody Poteet, rhp, Christian HS, El Cajon, Calif.
Poteet has a smaller build at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, but he's still young for his class—he won't turn 18 until the end of July—and already shows big stuff. His fastball sits in the low 90s and tops out at 94 and he mixes in a sharp 77-79 mph curveball with good bite. He flashes a slider and a changeup, too. Poteet works quickly and has some effort to his delivery, but he remains balanced and the ball comes out of his hand with ease. Poteet will play in the same league as Rahier this spring, eschewing his high school team, and is committed to UCLA. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

80. Austin Dean, inf/of, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas
High school teammates with shortstop C.J. Hinojosa, Dean tends to get overshadowed despite being a good prospect in his own right. His defensive future is still up in the air, but Dean's worth is in the bat. He has a solid build at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, and consistently makes hard contact, hitting line drives to all fields. He is a solid runner that hustles on every play. Like Hinojosa, he is committed to Texas. —Nathan Rode (Jan. 2012)

81. Daniel Starwalt, rhp, Granite Hills HS, El Cajon, Calif.
The youngest player on the list, Starwalt won't turn 18 until February 7, 2013. He missed most of the summer with a stress fracture in his lower back, but when he's healthy, he's a stud on the mound. He has an athletic build with wide shoulders and premium stuff, including a fastball in the 91-95 mph range and a 78-80 mph hammer curveball with tight rotation and late break. Stanford almost never loses recruits, so it will be tough for teams to pry him away form his commitment, but some scouts who have been around Southern California for a while believe Starwalt is better than Trevor Cahill at the same age. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

82. D.J. Davis, of, Stone HS, Wiggins, Miss.
Davis is a quality athlete and one of the fastest players in the class. He ran a 6.38 60-yard dash at East Coast Pro, but the speed plays better in the outfield than it does out of the box. He needs to make some adjustments at the plate, but shows patience up there because he wants to find any way on base to put his speed to use. He's raw both at the plate and in center field, but teams always like lefthanded hitters with 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. Davis is committed to Meridian (Miss.) JC. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

83. Matt Reynolds, 3b/ss, Arkansas
Reynolds batted just .233 in his first two seasons at Arkansas, but he wrested the third-base job from Weiss and went on to hit .322 in the Cape Cod League. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound righthanded hitter had more success after Team USA coaches changed the load in his swing, and he'll need to keep his stroke and approach toned down. He plays a solid third base and has the versatility to handle second base and fill in at shortstop. —2011 Team USA Top 20

84. Hoby Milner, lhp, Texas
The son of former big leaguer Brian Milner, Hoby is a pitchability lefthander. He thrives thanks to location and deception, working primarily with an 86-89 mph fastball that tops out at 92, a solid changeup and a curveball that has its moments. He's resilient despite packing just 165 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame, and his stuff could pick up if he adds some strength. —2011 Team USA Top 20

85. D.J. Baxendale, rhp, Arkansas
His stuff isn't nearly as sexy as his college teammate Ryne Stanek's, but it was Baxendale who was Arkansas' ace last spring. The ultra-competitive Baxendale is similar to Brady Rodgers in terms of size (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), stuff (88-92 mph fastball with late life down in the zone, solid changeup) and strike-throwing ability. His curveball and slider are just so-so breaking pitches, but he made nice strides with a mid-80s cutter during the summer. —2011 Team USA Top 20

86. Kevin Brady, rhp, Clemson
Another Clemson wild card is righthander Kevin Brady, who in addition to being a redshirt sophomore also missed 70 days with a forearm strain. Brady made three starts in February and March and was outstanding. He struck out 19 while walking one in 12 innings against Eastern Michigan and Michigan State, giving up just six hits and one run. Then he started against South Carolina, striking out four more in four innings while giving up only one run. But he had to leave that start and didn't pitch again until May. He was up to 93-94 mph in his first start and showed good velocity in his return out of the bullpen, sitting 90-92 in one-inning stints in the ACC tournament while adding a cutter. He's also thrown a curve that at times has 12-to-6 action and was a solid-average pitch early on. —2011 BA Draft Coverage

87. Ty Buttrey, rhp, Providence HS, Charlotte
Buttrey has steadily climbed the high school ranks and scouts got a good look at him during his junior year while they evaluated then-teammate Brett Austin—the unsigned Padres supplemental first-rounder now at N.C. State. He has a great pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds with long arms. His height allows him to get good downhill plane on his fastball that sits in the high 80s and can creep into the 90-92 range. It also can be a heavy pitch at times. His breaking ball is slurvy right now and needs to be tightened up, but sits in the mid to upper 70s. He also flashes a low-80s changeup. He will turn 19 in March and is committed to Arkansas. —Nathan Rode (Jan. 2012)

88. Keon Barnum, 1b, King HS, Tampa
Barnum is an intimidating figure at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. His size translates to big lefthanded power at the plate. He has some loft to his swing and is prone to strike out at a high rate. He has a strong arm, but it could go waste at first base if he can't prove he can handle an outfield corner. He is old for his class having already turned 19. He is committed to Miami. —Nathan Rode (Jan. 2012)

89. Anthony Alford, of, Petal (Miss.) HS
One of the top quarterback prospects in the country, Alford announced his commitment to Southern Miss for both sports at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. He has superior athleticism with a tightly wound frame. At the plate he has a raw, line-drive approach. Despite being a heavly recruited quarterback, Alford's arm strength is average at best, but he has above-average speed. He is young for his class, turning 18 about a month after the draft. —Nathan Rode (Jan. 2012)

90. Peter O'Brien, c, Miami
O'Brien emerged as a top college catching prospect in 2010, first when he hit 20 homers for Bethune-Cookman, then when he earned a spot on USA Baseball's college national team. On a team with many of the top hitters in the country, O'Brien hit four home runs and showed premium righthanded power, his best tool. His hitting has regressed as a junior, with more swings and misses and less feel for the barrel. While Bethune-Cookman doesn't have any arms near the quality of Team USA's, O'Brien nevertheless has struggled with his receiving this spring, as he did last summer. He's not a great athlete and struggles to receive breaking balls to his right. He has arm strength but lacks fluid footwork. Many scouts believe he has no chance to be a big league catcher, which would relegate him to first base. He has shown the work ethic and makeup needed to handle a staff, and there's some thought that improved core strength and more flexibility could make him passable as a catcher/first baseman in the Jake Fox mold. He didn't sign with the Rockies in 2011 as a third-round pick and transferred to Miami, and the NCAA gave him a waiver allowing him to be eligible in 2012. —2011 BA Draft Coverage (Updated Jan. 2012)

91. Tony Renda, 2b, California
Renda is a winning ballplayer whose intangibles helped him win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as a sophomore. Renda is undersized at 5-foot-8, 173 pounds, but he has a knack for squaring up hard line drives, and he battles through every at-bat. He has some pop to the gaps but doesn't figure to hit many home runs at the next level. He's just an average runner, and his defense at second base is more solid than spectacular, but the sum is greater than the parts with Renda. —Aaron Fitt (Jan. 2012)

92. Buck Farmer, rhp, Georgia Tech
Farmer had a breakout sophomore year in Georgia Tech's weekend rotation, going 11-3, 2.82 with 106 strikeouts and 31 walks in 108 innings. He made just four starts in the Cape, going 2-1, 5.57 with a 17-4 K-BB mark in 21 innings, and league coaches got the sense he did not really want to be there. They also said Farmer needed to show a better ability to buckle down when he started getting into trouble. But Farmer's physical 6-foot-3, 221-pound frame and quality four-pitch mix are still appealing. He worked in the 90-92 range and topped out at 94 with his fastball, and he showed advanced feel for his changeup. He also mixes in two distinct breaking balls in his slider and curveball, and he can throw all four pitches for strikes, though his command within the zone wasn't great this summer. He projects as a workhorse starter in pro ball. —2011 Cape Cod Top 30 Prospects

93. Teddy Stankiewicz, rhp, Southwest Christian HS, Fort Worth, Texas
Stankiewicz has a nice build and throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range, topping out at 94. His changeup is his favorite secondary pitch and he throws it in the 80-83 mph range with fade and sink. He also throws a slider around 79-81 mph. While his mechanics are a little herky-jerky, they add deception and Stankiewicz has a short arm action. He knows how to set-up hitters, works fast and repeats the delivery he has. He is committed to Arkansas. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

94. Kyle Hansen, rhp, St. John's
The younger brother of former St. John's All-American and first-round pick Craig Hansen, Kyle won eight games during each of his first two years at St. John's, entrenching himself as the staff ace. After throwing 108 innings this spring, Hansen worked mostly in relief for Y-D, posting a 3.63 ERA, four saves and a 28-9 K-BB mark in 22 innings. Fastball command was occasionally an issue for Hansen at St. John's, but he located it well for Y-D. At 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, Hansen pitches downhill with a plus fastball that sat in the 93-95 range in relief, and it featured some arm-side run. He also mixes in an average power slurve at 81-83, and he has some feel for a changeup, though he seldom used it out of the bullpen. "His delivery has some funk that gives him deception—it's a lot of arms and legs coming at you," Y-D coach Scott Pickler said. "He's around the zone and has a feel for pitching. He's a kid that wanted the ball all the time." —2011 Cape Cod Top 30

95. Preston Tucker, of, Florida
Tucker broke in to college ball with a splash, driving in 85 runs and earning first-team Freshman All-American honors in 2009. He was primarily a first baseman in his first two seasons but has shifted to the outfield as a junior to help Florida get more bats into the lineup and to showcase Tucker's versatility. Most scouts says it has done more to expose Tucker's flaws than highlight his strengths, though, and after he batted .113 in the Cape Cod League he has his detractors. He did rally in the Cape to hit two home runs in the postseason, and he rallied from a slow 2011 start to get back over .300 in Southeastern Conference play while hitting double digits in home runs again. Tucker has solid hitting ability and makes consistent contact, and he's not afraid to work counts. He has solid power, but it's hard for scouts to give him above-average grades for either of his best tools. Defensively, he fits better in left field, where his below-average speed and arm are less of a factor than in right, where he plays for the Gators. Some scouts see him as more of a first baseman. He failed to sign with the Rockies as a 16th-round pick. —2011 BA Draft Coverage (Updated Jan. 2012)

96. Sam Stafford, lhp, Texas
Lefthander Sam Stafford hasn't been able to nail down a spot in Texas' weekend rotation, though not because he lacks stuff. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder hit 96 mph while winning pitcher-of-the-year honors in the California Collegiate League last summer, but he has to dial his fastball down to 90-91 mph to try to find the strike zone. He has good shape to his curveball and doesn't always locate that pitch where he wants, either. Stafford can be unhittable at times. If he can't improve his command he'll be ticketed for the bullpen as a pro. He didn't sign with the Yankees as a second-round pick. —2011 BA Draft Coverage (Updated Jan. 2012)

97. Barrett Barnes, of, Texas Tech
Barnes maintained his power even after the BBCOR bats shift, slamming 10 last spring after hitting 14 as a freshman in 2010. He's athletic enough to play center field, though some scouts believe he's better suited for a corner. He also plays some first base. He has quick, strong hands and present strength producing above-average power. That didn't translate as well in the Cape Cod League, though, where he hit just .221/.308/.327. Breaking balls remain a challenge, as evidenced by 107 strikeouts in 431 at-bats in two seasons at Texas Tech, but he's not afraid to take a walk (81) and has average speed if not a tick above. —John Manuel (Jan. 2012)

98. Kolby Copeland, of, Parkway HS, Bossier City, La.
Copeland has a muscular, athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. Because he's a fringy runner, Copeland profiles best in right field. His bat should play there, as he has good whip to his swing and some power potential. Copeland uses a big leg kick, but still frequently squares the ball up because his swing is smooth and it stays through the zone a long time. Copeland is uncommitted, but said he is looking for a school that will allow him to play both football and baseball. —Conor Glassey (Jan. 2012)

99. Austin Maddox, rhp/1b, Florida
Maddox made the varsity team as a sixth-grader at a private high school in Jacksonville. A preseason Top 100 member in the 2009 draft class, he had an uneven senior season and didn't sign as a 37th-round pick (Rays). In two seasons at Florida he's played third and first base but not his high school position, catcher. He didn't hit for power in 2011 and may be a better prospect as a pitcher. He didn't pitch as a freshman but was 3-0, 0.67 with five saves in 27 innings, with three walks in 21 strikeouts.  His fastball sits at 92-95 mph and he throws three pitches for strikes from a physical frame. His fastball has heavy sink as well. "We were very cautious with him last year because he was asked to do a lot of things—play first, play third, catch—and we didn't really want to add (pitching) to his plate," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "And he really enjoys hitting. The two-way thing comes really easy to him. You can't do full-time on both—one of the two has to come very easy. For him the pitching thing comes easy. He fields his position, he throws strikes, just keeps it simple and attacks." —March 21, 2011 Blog Post (Updated Jan. 2012)

100. Brett Mooneyham, lhp, Stanford
Stanford lefthander Brett Mooneyham had surgery on his left middle finger and missed the entire 2011 season. Mooneyham, a two-year weekend starter who also pitched for Team USA last summer, cut his left middle finger in January and had surgery in mid-February. He has been an enigma to scouts, touching 94 mph in high school and in college but sitting at 86-88 mph in the summer of 2010 with Team USA. He was fully healthy in the fall of 2011, showing a high-80s to low-90s fastball and significantly improved command of his breaking ball anc changeup. He has scrapped his curveball to focus on his slider, which he tends to use as a chase pitch. His changeup has good sink, and he did a better job throwing strikes with his fastball in the fall. Mooneyham's father Bill was a 1980 first-round pick and pitched one season in the majors. He also was high school teammates with Cal State Fullerton righthander Dylan Floro. —John Manuel/Aaron Fitt (Jan. 2012)


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