2013 HS Scouting Reports: 76-100
As the high school season gets underway, we'll take a look at the scouting reports for Baseball America's Top 100 high school prospects, from bottom to top. Here are the reports on the prospects in the 76-100 range . . .
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76. Eugene Vazquez, of, Timbercreek HS, Orlando
Vazquez has a lean, athletic frame at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. While he has average speed and arm strength, he's limited to left field or first base because he bats and throws lefthanded. Likely limited to a corner, he will have to rake, and he shows advanced bat speed and the ball jumps off his bat. However, he's more of a handsy line-drive hitter than a slugger. Vazquez plays for FTB Mizuno in the summer and is committed to Central Florida.
77. Kevin Franklin, 3b, Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif. (@RealKJ44)
Franklin immediately stands out for his burly physique. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Franklin has a thick lower half and a barrel chest. There aren't many major league third basemen with his build. He has above-average arm strength, but his lack of lateral quickness and occasionally stiff hands in the field may trigger an eventual move to first base. That's OK because Franklin's provocative power should allow him to move anywhere on the diamond. As you might imagine, his physique lends to a strength-oriented swing and Franklin shows towering raw power at times. He's mostly pull oriented right now, but if he becomes more consistent at the plate and learns to use the entire field, he could be a serious power threat. Franklin plays for Yak Baseball West and is committed to Arizona State.
78. Connor Heady, ss, North Oldham HS, Goshen, Ky. (@Cheady_7)
Heady was at all the major showcase events this summer and played on Team USA's 18U team that won gold medals last summer in South Korea. He has a thin, 6-foot, 165-pound frame, but it works well for him, as it allows him to show off his best tool: speed. Heady is an above-average runner and generally runs the 60-yard dash in 6.6 to 6.7 seconds. That quickness also gives him good range at shortstop and he has above-average arm strength—evidenced by the fact that he dials it up to 90 mph when he occasionally gets on the mound. Heady isn't a flashy defender, but he gets the job done. He has sure hands and is the type of player who grows on scouts and coaches for his consistency and awareness on the diamond. He doesn't have major standout tools, but he can do a little bit of everything. At the plate, he grinds out great at-bats and never shows fear. He has a short, quick, line-drive oriented swing and can drive the ball from gap to gap. Heady spends summers with the Cincy Flames and is committed to Kentucky.
79. Akeem Bostick, rhp, West Florence (S.C.) HS
Bostick has a body scouts can dream on at 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds. He has long arms and plenty of room to fill out as he matures. Bostick is a little raw as a baseball player, but that's typical of most three-sport athletes. What he lacks in relative inexperience, he makes up for with exceptional athleticism. Bostick is a gifted athlete, and that runs in his family, as his cousin Brandon Bostick is a tight end for the Green Bay Packers. Bostick has a whippy arm action and his fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range, but he can run it up as high as 95 at times. He will need to continue to improve his command his secondary pitches, as his low-70s curveball gets loopy and he doesn't show much in the way of a changeup. Bostick plays for Best 9 in the summer and is committed to Georgia Southern.
80. Kacy Clemens, rhp, Memorial HS, Houston (@KClemens21)
With a Hall of Fame-caliber father, expectations are always going to be high for Kacy, Roger's third son. He has a thick, muscular build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. His strong legs help him maintain a quiet, steady delivery and give him good drive toward the plate. Clemens' fastball sits in the low 90s and he mixes in a tight breaking ball and changeup. As one would expect, he has an excellent feel for pitching and the finer points of the game. Clemens plays for the Houston Banditos in the summer and is committed to his father's alma matter, Texas.
81. K.J. Woods, of, Fort Mill (S.C.) HS
Woods has a hulking, muscular frame at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds with a ferocious lefthanded swing to match. The ball jumps off his bat, but he's still a little raw at the plate and can get tied up on balls on the inner half at times. But scouts will give him every opportunity to figure things out because of his above-average bat speed and raw power. He is also young for the class and will still be 17 years old on draft day. Woods is an average runner, but fits the right field profile well with his above-average arm strength. A member of the Champion Baseball Academy in the summers, Woods is committed to South Carolina.
82. T.J. McDonald, rhp, Village Christian Academy, Fayetteville, N.C. (@TJmcdonald57)
McDonald was one of the bigger surprises at the East Coast Pro Showcase last August. He stands out for his trim, athletic build at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, and he opened eyes when he stepped on the mound and threw in the 89-92 mph range with a sharp 74-77 mph curveball. He showed his athleticism by running a 6.77-second 60-yard dash there and also took a solid batting practice from the left side of the plate. He'll be a two-way player if he winds up at East Carolina, but his pro future would be on the mound.
83. Wesley Jones, ss, Redan HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Jones attends the same school that's produced Brandon Phillips, Domonic Brown and Chris Nelson. He stands out with his wiry, athletic frame at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. At the plate, he has quick hands and shows good pitch recognition, but his swing can get a little long and uphill at times. He shows fluid infield actions and nimble footwork in the field, but scouts believe he'll have to move to second base because of his average speed and arm strength. Jones also spends a little time on the mound where he's 87-89 mph with his fastball and mixes in a sharp 77-79 mph curveball. He has played with the East Cobb Astros and is committed to Georgia.
84. Cody Thomas, of, Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas (@codythomas_12)
Thomas passes the eye test with his well-proportioned, 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame. He has an intriguing power-speed combination and could be above-average in both aspects of the game. Thomas shows some rawness, especially at the plate, but has never focused solely on baseball. If he decided to concentrate on baseball, the lefthanded hitter and righthanded thrower could be a profile right fielder, but the former D-BAT Mustang will have a tough decision this summer as he is committed to Oklahoma as one of the top quarterback recruits in the country.
85. Tyler O'Neill, c, Garibaldi SS, Maple Ridge, B.C. (@toneill21)
As a fellow Canadian with a similar build and athleticism, it's easy for scouts to compare O'Neill to Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie. O'Neill doesn't have as much power as Lawrie had at the same age, but he's very strong and shows explosive bat speed with a balanced, simple approach. He's an above-average runner with a 6.75-second 60-yard dash time and has at least average arm strength. O'Neill plays catcher for the same travel team that produced Lawrie, the Langley Blaze, and recently became a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, where he plays shortstop. O'Neill even has some of the same mannerisms as Lawrie, exuding the same puffed-chest swagger in his approach to the plate. O'Neill has a lot of energy on the diamond and a tough demeanor between the lines. He is committed to Oregon State.
86. Joey Martarano, 3b, Fruitland (Idaho) HS (@JoeMartarano_2)
At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Martarano is built like Brian Urlacher and is committed to Boise State to play linebacker—a somewhat surprising decision since the school doesn't have a baseball team. He shows surprising quickness for his size and has sure hands and above-average arm strength at the hot corner. Martarano stands out most for his power potential, as his strength translates well in the batter's box. He is mostly pull-conscious, but has the strength in his hands and forearms to drive the ball with authority to all fields.
87. Ian McKinney, lhp, Boone HS, Orlando
McKinney first made a name for himself by striking out 10 hitters—including David Dahl and Jesse Winker—in the 2011 World Wood Bat World Championships in Jupiter, Fla. In the 2012 event, McKinney joined the team he dominated—FTB Chandler—and continued to pitch well under the lights in front of dozens of scouts. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound lefthander sits in the mid-to-upper 80s with his fastball and shows very good feel for a four-pitch mix. His best pitch is his fading changeup that sits around 80 mph. McKinney shows very good poise and control and is committed to Central Florida.
88. Anfernee Grier, of, Russell County HS, Seale, Ala. (@ANFERNEEEEE)
Grier has a wiry frame at 6 feet and 175 pounds with a lot of quick-twitch athleticism. He is an above-average runner and shows excellent bat speed. Grier has played a little shortstop, but most of his time is spent patrolling the outfield. He has above-average arm strength. Grier has some rawness to his game and needs to work on his pitch recognition, going the other way, baserunning instincts and showing more consistent effort. That is to be expected, though, as Grier is one of the youngest players in this year's draft class and won't turn 18 until October. Grier spends the summer with Marucci Elite and is committed to Auburn.
89. Casey Meisner, rhp, Cypress (Texas) Woods HS (@CaseyMeisner)
Typically, pitchers who stand 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds have difficulty keeping everything in-line to the plate, but not Meisner. Even with his long, gangly build, he shows very good athleticism, rhythm and body control on the mound. He throws on a firm, downhill plane and sits in the 87-89 mph range, but topped out at 92 mph at the Area Code Games, so scouts know there's more in the tank as he continues to add muscle to his lean frame. He pitches on a steep downhill plane—no surprise given his height—and the ball comes out of his hand easily. He has a business-like demeanor on the mound and mixes in a mid-70s curveball, but can sometimes get under the pitch. When he stays on top of it, it shows tight rotation. His circle changeup is a work in progress, but sits in the low 80 mph range. Meisner is committed to Texas Tech.
90. Andrew Church, rhp, Palo Verde HS, Las Vegas
There are 34 states with a bigger population than Nevada, but the Las Vegas area is booming in terms of baseball talent. Sin City has produced a high school player drafted in the top five rounds each of the past five years and Church could easily make it six. Church has a 6-foot-1, 185-pound build and shows some feel for a four-pitch mix. His fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range with some riding life and he's dialed it up as high as 95. Church mixes in a mid-to-upper 70s curveball and a changeup and slider that are both in the 78-80 mph range. Church has swing-and-miss stuff and has cleaned up his delivery since the summer showcase circuit. A member of Team Vegas in the summer and fall, Church is committed to San Diego as part of the Torero's outstanding class.
91. Dakota Hudson, rhp, Sequatchie County HS, Dunlap, Tenn. (@HudsonDakota)
Hudson played catcher growing up before getting too big for the position. So the 6-foot-5, 190 pound righthander is relatively new to pitching. He first moved to the mound as a freshman in high school and didn't throw his first breaking ball until last summer. Hudson's fastball sits in the 87-89 mph range, topping out at 91. He calls his breaking ball a slider, but it has downer curveball action in the 76-78 mph range and he also mixes in a few changeups around 81 mph. Hudson strides a little open in his delivery, which causes his arm to drag at times, and he frequently misses to his arm side. If he can get a little bit more in-line to the plate and continue to add strength, Hudson could have some helium this spring. He is athletic for his size and also plays basketball for his high school. He is committed to Mississippi State.
92. Errol Robinson, ss, St. John's College HS, Washington, D.C. (@bigee3)
Robinson stands out for his tools and for his enthusiasm on the field. He's an energetic player who serves as a spark plug on both sides of the ball. Robinson shows nice range and instincts in the field, but as an average runner with average arm strength, Robinson profiles best at second base. At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Robinson has a lanky build. He shows a loose, balanced swing at the plate with very good bat speed. Robinson comes from the Diamond Skills Baseball program and is committed to Mississippi, where both his parents went and the school his sister currently attends.
93. Cory Thompson, rhp/ss, Mauldin (S.C.) HS (@C_Thompson12)
Thompson plays shortstop too, but his pro potential is much brighter on the mound. He lacks ideal height for a pitcher at 6 feet and 185 pounds, but he has athleticism and a smooth yet explosive delivery. The ball comes out of his hand with ease and his fastball sits in the 89-93 mph range. He adds in a tight 12-6 curveball in the 75-77 mph range. Thompson is committed to South Carolina.
94. A.J. Bogucki, rhp, Boyertown (Pa.) HS (@ajbogucki31)
Bogucki has a prototypical pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. With his athletic build, clean arm action and repeatable delivery, Bogucki has plenty of upside. He throws a lot of strikes with his 88-90 mph fastball that tops out at 92. He loses some of the zip on his fastball from the stretch. Bogucki mixes in an 80-82 mph slider, which is his best secondary pitch. His upper-70s changeup and soft curveball are still works in progress. Bogucki is committed to North Carolina.
95. Thomas Hatch, rhp, Jenks (Okla.) HS (@ThomasHatch27)
Hatch is a strong, durable righthander with a 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He pounds the strike zone with his heavy, sinking fastball that sits in the 89-91 mph range but gets as high as 94 mph. He complements that pitch with an advanced and deceptive changeup with sink as well as a tight breaking ball with depth. Hatch plays for the DBAT Mustangs in the summer and is committed to Oklahoma State.
96. Josh Greene, of, Forest HS, Ocala, Fla.
Greene put himself on the radar with a standout performance at the Florida Diamond Club showcase last October. He stands out most for his wheels, as he's at least a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale. Greene knows his game and doesn't try to get too big at the plate. A lefthanded hitter, Greene uses a flat swing to put the ball in play and give his speed a chance to wreak havoc on the bases. Greene's speed allows him to cover plenty of ground in center field and he could develop into an above-average defender. He comes from Chet Lemon's Juice program and is committed to High Point.
97. Iolana Akau, c, St. Louis School, Honolulu
Akau stands out most for his defense behind the plate. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Hawaii recruit is quick and agile, showing very good blocking and receiving skills as well as a plus arm. Scouts also liked his leadership presence—he can often be heard barking out commands to his teammate on ground balls. He shows a promising compact swing from the right side with gap power. Akau, who was a member of Hawaii's 2008 Little League World Series team and plays with ABD Hawaii in the summer time, will miss most of his spring season after fracturing his thumb during a team scrimmage on Feb. 16.
98. Robert Tyler, rhp, Crisp County HS, Cordele, Ga. (@RobertTyler2013)
Tyler has a proportioned build at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds with broad shoulders and a tapered waist. He showed some of the best arm strength at the East Coast Pro Showcase, throwing his fastball in the 89-92 mph range, but touching 94 a couple times. His arm stroke was a little stiff and sweepy in the back, but overall he repeated his delivery well and threw three scoreless innings while striking out six. Tyler mixed in a sharp downer curveball in the 74-75 mph range, but will need to improve his 79-82 mph curveball, as it didn't have a lot of movement and resulted in the only hard-hit ball during is three innings of work. Tyler spends summer with Chain Baseball Academy and is committed to Georgia.
99. Chandler Eden, rhp, Yuba City (Calif.) HS (@ChanDuhMan)
Eden excites scouts because even though he lacks physicality in his thin 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame, he shows good athleticism and a live arm. Even without a lot of weight behind it, his fastball already sits in the 89-92 mph range. He also shows the ability to spin a tight curveball in the 75-76 mph range and both pitches should improve as he matures and fills out. Eden, who has played for Hard 90 Baseball Academy in the past, is committed to Oregon State.
100. Edwin Diaz, ss, Vega Alta (P.R.) HS (@EdwinDi89178333)
Diaz stood out at the World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., last fall when he played with the Texas Sun Devils. Diaz's father (of the same name) spent 13 years in professional baseball, including a couple cups of coffee in the big leagues with the Diamondbacks in 1998 and 1999. Diaz attends the same high school as his father—a second-round pick in 1993 by the Rangers—and the school also produced the Molina brothers. He has a lean, wiry build at 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds. He's a righthanded hitter with some bat speed and a gap-to-gap approach. He stands out most for his defense, though. He shows soft hands and smooth actions, but scouts question whether he has the range to stay at shortstop because he's a fringy runner and a fringy arm. Diaz shows the ability to slow the game down and his intangibles, smarts on the diamond and polish help some of his lacking tools play up some.