2017 State Draft Report: Virginia
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The state tends to churn out players with profile questions out of high school who go on to be good college players and better draft picks later on. This year is no different in that regard, with a number of intriguing, projectable arms.
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Mike Osinski, SS, Longwood Osinski drew some interest from scouts in high school but attended Longwood and earned the starting shortstop job as a freshman. He's been a steady performer for three years. Scouts grade Osinski's arm strength and speed as average. Some see him moving to third base long-term, where he'll have to develop more power to profile. He has a quick bat and a projectable frame. Osinski receives positive marks for his makeup, and some believe that he could improve quickly with exposure to professional coaching. He has a temporary contract to play in the Cape Cod League; he could play there and return to Longwood for his senior year if he doesn't get what he's looking for in the draft.
Keenan Bartlett, RHP, Richmond Bartlett had helium in the summer time, when his fastball reached as high as 97 mph. He was suspended by the NCAA in the beginning of the spring because he played fantasy football with his teammates in the fall. When he returned, Bartlett struggled mightily, with his fastball bumping 94-95 but often coming in flat.
Andrew Abbott, LHP, Halifax County HS, South Boston, Va. Abbott is an athletic lefthander with advanced control. His fastball typically works in the mid-to-upper 80s. He has a full, fluid arm action and flashes feel for his potentially above-average curveball, as well as a mid-70s changeup. He made it clear that he plans to attend Virginia, and he could have an instant impact for the Cavaliers as he develops into a more prominent prospect in college.
Derek Casey, RHP, Virginia Casey was the No. 193 prospect in the 2014 class. His fastball bumped the mid-90s in high school, but he has pitched mostly in the upper 80s as a junior at Virginia. His offspeed stuff remains inconsistent, but Casey throws strikes and has improved his pitchability this season.
Tyler Solomon, C, Battlefield HS, Haymarket, Va. Solomon is a switch-hitting catcher with intriguing power potential. Evaluators like his physicality and strong frame, but there are concerns that he may not be a catcher at the professional level. His Vanderbilt commitment will likely make him difficult to sign out of high school.
Robbie Coman, C, Virginia Coman missed most of his senior season due to injury, but received a medical redshirt and returned for one more year in 2017. He's physical and strong, and he showed more power this year than he had earlier in his Virginia career. Coman has handled Virginia's pitching staff well this year behind the plate. His tools aren't overwhelming, but he's a very good college performer—he batted .347 this season—and can certainly catch at the lower levels of the minor leagues, meaning he could be a good organizational player with a chance to carve out a career if his bat ends up playing up the minor league ladder.
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Montae Bradshaw, OF, Patrick Henry JC (Va.) The son of former big leaguer and current Royals minor league hitting coordinator Terry Bradshaw, Montae Bradshaw is one of the fastest runners in this year's draft. His 6.5 speed in the 60-yard dash plays well in the outfield. Bradshaw stole 27 bags in 29 tries this year while hitting .322/.377/.437.