Massachusetts Scouting Reports

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** Not up to par
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Northeastern righthander Adam Ottavino likely won’t be drafted quite as early as University of Massachusetts righty Matt Torra was a year ago, but he has a chance to sneak into the supplemental first round just as Torra did. More likely, he’ll go in the second round, and there might not be another player from the state drafted for 10 more rounds. Ottavino’s teammate, righthander David Pellegrine, figures to be the next Bay Stater picked, somewhere in the 8-12-round range.

National Top 200 Prospects

1. Adam Ottavino, rhp, Northeastern

Other Players Of Note

2. David Pellegrine, rhp, Northeastern
3. Matt Meyer, lhp, Boston College
4. Matt Small, rhp, Ipswich HS
5. Matt Morizio, c/rhp, Northeastern
6. Chris Emanuele, of, Northeastern
7. Shawn McGill, c, Boston College
8. Lance Salsgiver, of/rhp, Harvard
9. Sam Shaughnessy, 1b, Newton North HS
10. Arman Sidhu, ss, Northeastern
11. Morgan Brown, ss, Harvard
12. Kevin Boggan, rhp, Boston College
13. Jeff DeCarlo, lhp, St. John’s Prep, Billerica
14. Alex Hassan, rhp, Boston College HS, Milford
15. Tucker Frawley, 2b, Holy Cross

1. Adam Ottavino, rhp (National rank: 53)
School: Northeastern. Class: Jr.
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 215. Birthdate: 11/22/85.
Scouting Report: Ottavino was the America East Conference pitcher of the year in 2005 and followed that up with a 2-2, 1.76 summer in the Cape Cod League, but he really burst onto the 2006 draft landscape when he held then-No. 1 Georgia Tech hitless through six innings in his first start of 2006. He struck out 12 Yellow Jackets over seven innings, despite losing 2-1. His best start of the year came a month later, when he threw a no-hitter while striking out 14 against another of the nation’s highest-scoring teams, James Madison. Ottavino’s best pitch is a 92-94 mph fastball that touches 95, and he complements it with a power slider that could become a plus offering. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball that projects as an average pitch if he can clean it up, and a changeup that is just a show pitch. Ottavino has a loose, easy delivery and could add velocity as he continues to fill out his lanky frame. Mechanically, Ottavino has a little tilt in the back of his delivery that causes him to get under the ball sometimes, but his arm is strong enough to compensate. His current stuff, his projection and his calm mound demeanor make for an attractive package.

Northeastern Connection

Northeastern could have as many as five players drafted, starting with Ottavino, the best prospect in New England. Righthander David Pellegrine could go in the top 10 rounds thanks to his good command of an 88-92 mph fastball and an average power slider that can be inconsistent. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball and a workable changeup to keep hitters off balance. Pellegrine has an aggressive approach and an athletic 6-foot-4 frame, but he doesn’t have a lot more projection left.

Three Northeastern seniors look more likely to be drafted on the second day. Matt Morizio has solid catch-and-throw skills, intelligence and leadership ability that could make him a useful minor league catcher, though his bat is suspect. He has a lefthanded, line-drive stroke and can hit balls to the gaps but lacks home run power and figures to struggle against more advanced pitching. He also worked 19 innings as Northeastern’s closer, topping out at 92 mph with his fastball. He also throws a downer curveball, but he has a high-effort delivery and limited experience, and he profiles better as a catcher.

Chris Emanuele is an athletic Canadian with good speed on the bases, plus defensive skills in center field and an average arm. He hit .312-2-16 for Harwich last summer to earn Cape Cod League all-star honors, and his bat came alive down the stretch for the Huskies, but his swing has a tendency to get long and he needs to improve his offensive approach. He hit nine home runs this spring, but he is more of a line-drive hitter.

Shortstop Arman Sidhu hit just .223 for the Huskies this spring, but Northeastern coach Greg DiCenzo calls him the best defender his program has ever had. He could be a useful organizational player because of his tremendous hands, plus arm and ability to make plays up the middle, though he is not a great runner. Sidhu, like Emanuele, is Canadian and could be hurt because he’ll require a visa to play in the minor leagues, and those have been less plentiful in recent years.

Boston College lefthander Matt Meyer is the top prospect outside of the Northeastern contingent, but that’s more a product of the lack of depth in the state than anything else. Meyer struggled in his limited experience as a starter and settled into a bullpen role for the Eagles, and that’s how he projects in professional ball–as a lefty specialist. Meyer throws from a low three-quarters arm slot and uses a fastball/slider repertoire. He gets good movement on his 88-92 mph fastball that touches 93, and his slider is deceptive. He’s tough on lefthanded hitters, but needs some work against righties.

Two other Eagles, catcher Shawn McGill and righthander Kevin Boggan could also get drafted, though probably not until the second day. McGill is an athletic, big-bodied catcher with good defensive skills and makeup but no bat. Boggan earned seven saves for BC and helped his stock by touching 91-93 in front of scouts against Georgia Tech, but he generally relies upon an 86-88 mph cut fastball and a changeup.

Like Morizio, Lance Salsgiver has played mostly as a position player but may have a future on the mound. He is a decent defensive right fielder with good arm strength and fringe-average speed, but despite his muscular build he lacks the power for a corner outfield spot. He hit .301 in the Cape Cod League last summer, but most scouts question his bat. He could be better in the pro game on the mound, where he throws a fastball that touches 92 mph and a power curveball. He threw just seven innings for the Crimson this spring because his arm has trouble bouncing back, and he prefers to be a position player. Crimson shortstop Morgan Brown is an elite skier who might have gone to Turin for the 2006 Winter Olympics if not for a pulled quad that he played through all season. Like Sidhu, he is an average to plus defender with little offensive ability, but his work ethic could get him drafted.

Righthander Matt Small leads a lackluster group of high school players. He has a loose arm and a projectable 6-foot-3, 192-pound body, and he has begun to complement his 88-89 mph fastball with a curveball and changeup. But he remains more of a pure arm strength guy who lacks command, and most scouts view him as a draft-and-follow.

Sam Shaughnessy, the son of Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, figures to be a tough sign with his commitment to Boston College, but he could probably use the college experience anyway. Shaughnessy’s short swing generates plus power, but that’s his only tool–he’s not a strong runner or thrower and lacks a true position.