Kopp ‘Til You Drop

Clemson righthander David Kopp didn’t have a great start last weekend in regional play–he gave up nine hits and six runs (four earned) in five innings against Coastal Carolina in a game Clemson won 11-8. But he’s done enough this spring to position himself at No. 81 on BA’s Top 200 Prospects, and some clubs have him as a back-of-the-first-round talent. Now word is coming that Kopp is a strong possibility at the back of the first round for several teams as their second option.

Kopp has had a solid if not spectacular season at 6-2, 3.67. He works off a sinking low 90s fastball that has touched 96, yet doesn’t have swing-and-miss stuff, as evidenced by his 103 hits allowed and 75 strikeouts in 98 innings.

Another name who apparently has been climbing draft boards this morning is Virginia prep righty Justin Grimm, who has signed with Georgia but also has a Walters State (Tenn.) JC commitment. Grimm, ranked No. 177 on our Top 200, has a raw power arm and might find a landing spot in the supplemental round.