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Draft Prep: Conference Tournament Version



The joy of the college tournament season. Much of my viewing is based on what Bristol allows me to see on my computer. This week, they ramp up their coverage. They are (unsurprisingly) running a bunch of SEC games. While the SEC is the best conference there is, I'm not sure how much I will watch it pre-draft. I'm getting familiar with them, and as needed I can check them out as needed in two weeks.

What is interesting is their coverage of the Missouri Valley Conference. Sixth ranked among baseball conferences, I haven't seen anything of theirs. Anything. Missouri State features Pierce Johnson, a guy pegged in the Ramirez/Pena compensatory section of the First Round. I decided to check in on their game. Needless to say, I was surprised to find out Johnson was not their Friday Night Starter. That honor goes to Nick Petree. Tonight, Petree gave up 3 runs (one earned), and that raised his ERA. Really.

Petree walked one, and fanned seven. He has a great pickoff move, a nasty change-up, and an ERA below 1.00. Why have you never heard of him? His heater tops out at 90 or 91. He went about 2 months without giving up an earned run.

So, if you have Tim Wilken's ear as the draft turns to Round 20, should the Cubs draft this guy? I say go ahead. He is a red-shirt sophomore, but I'd expect he ought to be a reasonably easy sign. He would fly through Arizona and Boise. I doubt Peoria would stop him too much. He has a Whiffle Ball curve, and very impressive control. By the way, no homers allowed in 2012 so far.

I plan to watch Pierce Johnson, who I'll be contemplating for our Ramirez/Pena picks. I'll let you know what I see. Though Petree will probably never make the bigs, I'd like him in our pipeline. He probably would learn "The Cubs Way" rather well. I don't dislike any of the Friday night starters in the MVC. But, I would like us to have a SALLY League team in addition to Peoria. I like having pitching. The more, the better.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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