McFarland, Province Are On The Rise

Neither T.J. McFarland nor Chris Province made our Top 200 Prospects list that we put together early last week, but both pitchers would make it if we were updating it today.

McFarland is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound lefthander from Amos Alonzo Stagg High in Palos Heights, Ill. He started touching 90 mph regularly with his fastball in April, and figured to be a fifth- to seventh-round pick. Now in his last two starts, he has sat at 91-92 mph and touched 93. McFarland’s delivery is a little awkward, but he also has a curveball he can throw for strikes. He could go as high as the second or third round and now figures to be signable despite a commitment to the University of Missouri.

Province, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound righthander at Southeastern Louisiana, went undrafted as a junior in 2006 despite showing a plus fastball. Serving as the Lions’ closer this year, he kicked his fastball up to 94-97 mph by the end of the season and will be one of the better senior signs in the draft. Province also scrapped his curveball for a slider that improved tremendously in May, clocking at 86-88 mph in the last week of the regular season. He too could go in the second or third round, especially if a team is looking to save some money with a college senior.