Michigan doesn't have an abundance of talent, especially among position players. At least the state can claim the distinction of having the tallest prospect in the draft in 6-foot-10 righthander Justin Ockerman.
Projected First-Round Picks
Projected Second-Fifth Round
Rich Hill. Eligible for the draft as a 21-year-old sophomore, Hill hasn't enjoyed much success in two years at Michigan. Scouts see a lot of untapped potential in a 6-foot-4 lefthander with quality raw stuff. His fastball was clocked this spring at 86-89 mph, but he could become a low- to mid-90s pitcher with proper adjustments at the pro level. His curve and changeup are also in the elementary stages. Hill has had good stuff since his days as a Massachusetts high schooler and made significant strides this year with his command.
Brian Miller. Miller was Michigan's top high school prospect entering the 2001 season and still has that honor. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he has an excellent pitcher's body with a power arm. His fastball is in the 90-91 mph range and his changeup is a solid pitch, but his arm action is a little stiff and he exerts more effort delivering his pitches than desired. If Miller isn't the state's first prep player drafted, it will be because of signability. He's committed to Michigan State.
Others to watch:
Dan Fyvie is a short righthander with no breaking ball and he exerts a lot of effort in his delivery, but he's a candidate to be Michigan's highest draft pick because he has no college options. The main thing he has going for him is an 89-92 mph fastball. Area scouts say he's the spitting image of RHP Dave Borkowski, a former Michigan high school star and a prospect in the Tigers system . . . RHP Kody Naylor got the attention of scouts at midseason when he tied up conference foe John VanBenschoten with a 92 mph fastball. He touches 93-94 with the pitch and has a quality slider, but he lacks a changeup. Though Naylor's velocity improved 4-5 mph in the last year, scouts don't see a lot more projection in his 6-foot-1, 190-pound body. He profiles more as a reliever in pro ball . . . RHP Bobby Korecky was the University of Michigan's best pitcher this year, but at 5-foot-11 he was hardly noticed by scouts. They were more interested in Hill and 6-foot-4, 205-pound RHP Bobby Wood, whose fastball registered anywhere from 88-92 mph. His complementary pitches, arm action and command are not the equal of Korecky's, at least not yet . . . Six-foot-10, 235-pound RHP Justin Ockerman is a Division I basketball recruit but only wants to play baseball. He stirred attention entering the season because of his imposing presence, but his fastball never reached 90 mph this spring and scouts saw a lot of labor in his delivery . . . RHP Adam Sokoll gained attention with a mid-80s slider and a fastball that hovered at 90-91 mph . . . Jason Helps, a Canadian, was one of the top hitters in the Mid-American Conference this spring. A shortstop in college, he'll switch to second base in the pro ranks.
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