Posted by Mack Ade at 1:41 PM
5-22 from: - http://www.maxpreps.com/news/nu9fWmPEEd-lugAcxJTdpg/walsh-jesuits-tyler-skulina-strives-for-perfection.htm - Tyler Skulina of Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) has a couple of goals he would like to accomplish before he graduates this year and one of them is quite simple: He wants to be perfect. In his four years of pitching for the Warrior varsity team, Skulina has yet to lose a game. That's 24 consecutive wins for a pitcher who was named the Division II state player of the year in Ohio. If he can stay perfect, that could lead to Skulina's second goal, a state championship.
5-21 from: - http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/beyond-bryce - To rank draft-eligible catchers, I used all that information (offense, defense and baserunning) for each of the last three seasons, with more recent seasons weighted more heavily. The familiar names land near the top, but not always in the order you'd expect. And a stats-only approach unveils some sleepers for draft day. 1. Yasmani Grandal – Miami - Grandal not only has a cool name, he's far and away the leader of the pack. His OPS is over 1.300, making him the clear leader on offense for the second year running. His defense is solid if not spectacular. He's no Harper, or even Matt Wieters, but he's a very, very good prospect in a year with a middling college crop. The rumor mill has him going as early as the top five, and he deserves to be there.
5-22 from: - http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/MLB_Draft - Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-5 with a strikeout against No. 1-ranked Virginia in Coral Gables Thursday. It was a rare cooling for Grandal, who has been as hot as any hitter in college baseball over the last six weeks. Grandal, perhaps the best catcher in the draft--in college or preps--not named Harper already has plus catch-and-throw skills and calls a good game. His arm is above average, and the 6-2, 210-pounder has a more slender body than most catchers, leading scouts to believe that as Grandal ages, he won't put on prohibitive weight that will limit his quickness. Pop times continue to be decent and he has quick feet
5-17 from: http://baseballbeginnings.com/2010/05/17/dylan-covey-update-3 When you project Covey with more upper body strength and power, as an adult in his late 20s and early 30s, you’re talking about a guy with the potential to have the best breaking ball in the big leagues. That said, I’m willing to bet that there are some scouting directors in the game who are going to make mistakes and deem Covey as too inconsistent or too much of a gamble. Perhaps they saw him on a bad day. They have their jobs and I have mine. If you’re going to take a high school arm, you better be sure. If I’m the area guy, I’m sure. As the great Gene Handley once said, “Sometimes we make this job a lot harder than it really is.”
5-17 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/05/17/southland-baseball-players-of-the-week-12 - Nicholls right-handed pitcher Tyler Minto has been named the Southland Pitcher of the Week. Minto recorded the fourth complete game of his career and his second of the season in leading the Colonels to a 6-2 victory over the Bobcats to clinch the first series victory over Texas State since 2002. The senior from Mobile, Ala. (Baker), allowed nine hits, struck out five and walked just one while limiting the Bobcats to just two runs. Minto retired 15 of the first 18 batters he faced and retired eight consecutive from the third through the fifth innings. He leads Nicholls with a .348 ERA to go with a 5-3 record.
5-19 from: - http://baseballdraftreport.com/2010/05/19/2010-mlb-draft-top-30-college-shortstop-prospects/#more-1426 - Potential Starters - Virginia Tech JR SS Tim Smalling (.389/.436/.636 – 11/29 – 5/7) - Smalling, a guy with a well earned reputation as being more than a little hacktastic listed as a potential big league starter, but his combined hit/power tools rival those of almost any draft-eligible middle infielder in the class.