I'd planned to talk about Nick Frasso this week. A valid starting pitching option from Loyola Marymount, he seemed a fun entry point this week. After all, Rule 5 guy Trevor Megill is from Loyola Marymount, as is second-shelf Cubs pitching prospect Cory Abbott. That the Lions played a 24-inning game over the weekend made it all the more timely. However, Frasso missed his start. Pitcher assessment is tough.
Instead, I start with a player I'm ignoring on my draft list. It happens every year that the touting of one player or another is unsettling for me for whatever reason. Pete Crow-Armstrong is that guy this year. A pure defensive center-fielder, his offensive reviews are checkered. It isn't that he doesn't hit. It's what happens when he tries to hit with power.
According to people who have traveled to see him, when he tries to sell out for power, his swing gets loopy. This can be worked around. The Cubs signed a youngster internationally like that last cycle. I was fine with it. However, with an early draft choice, I'd prefer someone a bit better than "probably hits better than Omar Moreno" with pick 16.
Carmen Mlodzinski continues to pick up steam. Major conference arms that dispatch hitters on Friday nights move up as others fade. Mlodzinski pitched well enough against Clemson for me to do a key bit of research. How does one pronounce Mlodzinski? Apparently, muh-Jin-ski. If he's the South Carolina tonic against SEC hitters, he can be the gin in my 16th pick considerations.
Two mocks I respect came out this week. The mocks I tend to respect are the ones that send the best available to teams, as opposed to "filling in supposed weak spots". No effective draft war room in baseball is floating the "We need an ace" concept. Nor are the Cubs "trying to replace Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo". Find the best guy. Whoever that is will have value in 2022 or 2023.
Here’s D1 Baseball’s review of Friday night.
1) Austin Martin, SS, Vanderbilt
2) Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia
Here's Emerson Hancock's 10 K's vs. Georgia Tech last night pic.twitter.com/mR8Bf41g8k— James Weisser (@JWeisser88) February 29, 2020
3) Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State
Spencer Torkelson and Nick Gonzales combined for 11 plate appearances tonight. They were walked in 7 of them (4 intentional)— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) February 26, 2020
4) Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State
Nick Gonzales decided that being the best hitter in college wasn’t enough pic.twitter.com/HDyb4KkbRA— College Baseball Hub (@cbaseballhub) February 26, 2020
2 HRs today for Nick Gonzales today. Nine on the season in 11 games. https://t.co/ozID2cx6F1— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) February 29, 2020
These four are separating themselves from the rest of the pack.
5) Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
6) Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur HS (GA)
7) Ed Howard, SS, Mt. Carmel HS (IL)
8) Zac Veen, RF, Port Orange HS (FL)
Apologize for the angle here. Zac Veen (2020) 2-HR DAY! The #GatorCommit ABSOLUTELY CRUSHES the 3-run and 2-run round-trippers. Spruce Creek continues to roll in the early going. #PGHS pic.twitter.com/s7c1juLPHb— Perfect Game Florida (@Florida_PG) February 25, 2020
9) Austyn Hendrick, RF, West Allegheny HS (PA)
10) Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East HS (PA)
11) Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville
Against a sneaky-good West Michigan offense, Detmers only lasted five innings. He walked two, fanned ten, made 105 pitches, and was lit for a first inning homer by #2 hitter Justin McIntyre, who’s now on my draft list.
12) Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA
T2 | Garrett Mitchell has two doubles in as many innings after this liner, and he just picked up his first RBI of the year. Still just one away for the Bruins.— UCLA Baseball (@UCLABaseball) February 28, 2020
UCLA 4, OSU 0
| @FloBaseball#GoBruins pic.twitter.com/U43ojhk0Zz
Extremely interesting. I think you leave him in CF. But he sure could profile well in RF too.— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) February 28, 2020
13) Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS (OR)
14) Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee
Plus 1) JT Ginn, RHP, Mississippi State
Plus 2) Casey Martin, SS/3B, Arkansas
A notoriously slow-starter, he was rested on Sunday as a bit of a reset. He’s responded before to slow starts, and the speed is valid.
Plus 3) Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia
7 ip 3 h 11 k and nothing. Georgia Tech had no chance. And the Jackets are gooooooood. Find this game on video, and try to talk me out of it.
Plus 4) CJ Van Eyk, RHP, Florida State
.@FSUBaseball’s CJ Van Eyk has battled command tonight but the stuff has been impressive. Working 92-94/5, SL/CH both have flashed plus, landing CB @ 79-80. Inherent athleticism to profile & arm speed combine for good upside. #mlbdraft pic.twitter.com/ujLDz5NE9O— Vinnie Cervino (@vcervinoPG) February 29, 2020
Bryce Jarvis (Duke) tossed a perfect game this season. That sounds impressive, no? Does it sound as impressive as this looks?
Bryce Jarvis looking good in his first start since his 15 K complete game (he gave up a hit to the first batter he faced to get that out of the way), throwing an easy 92-93, T94, tunneling his low-80s SL well for @DukeBASE #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/rp5qQQHGH6— Patrick Ebert (@PGPatrickEbert) February 28, 2020
Have a weekend. I need to listen to a Memphis Tigers game.
Memphis sophomore Hunter Goodman had a hell of a weekend— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) March 2, 2020
- 4 homers
- 3 grand slams
- 22 RBI
- .563 batting average
Cade Cavalli from Oklahoma pitched against Arkansas on Friday.
Oklahoma RHP Cade Cavalli has been excellent. FB sitting 95-97 mph consistently, SL anywhere from 84-89, can manipulate it and land it, viciously plus at times, CH firm 89-91 w/ great tumble. High-end #MLBDraft target. Here’s 96 on the inner black for a K. pic.twitter.com/3fciiEN3sT— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) February 28, 2020
Here’s a look at that slider, this one at 87 for a whiff. Cavalli was a talented two-way player in HS who took a big velo jump his senior spring and flew up draft boards (we had him in the 4th), but opted to attend OU. Looks like a first rounder now. https://t.co/nH1nJGzhc7 pic.twitter.com/9xmI73whYS— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) February 28, 2020
And then, after giving up two homers in the fifth....
Notably this has all happened once Cade Cavalli's pitch count got north of about 75 pitches. He's still bringing gas - I've seen 95s here in the fifth - but whether he can be a starter at the next level is the biggest question for scouts.— Teddy Cahill (@tedcahill) February 28, 2020
Scouting is hard.
Note to self about UNC-Wilmington:
UNC Wilmington's pitching is legit - I think it's the kind of pitching that could win a regional. Nice road series win for the Seahawks against a Kentucky team that had gotten its bats going over the last 5 games. https://t.co/S7xcxheSR8— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) February 29, 2020
Rigsby Mosely is a junior left fielder for Troy University. He had a grand slam against Jack Leftwich (2nd or third round likely) from Florida on Saturday. By the time I shifted my attention to Gainesville, he led off the fourth inning, Mosely banged one for a double down the right-field line. Mosely should go in the first 20 rounds, I don’t care.
Are you looking forward to June in a few years?
This is a 15-year-old. Aidan Miller (2023). Pure explosive bat speed Keep an eye on this kid for the next few years. pic.twitter.com/WivyD449i3— Kyler Peterson (@KPeterson813) February 26, 2020
Which is better? The blast? Or the bat flip?
It's dinger season, y'all. Here's 2020 William Quinones, a Florida Tech commit. https://t.co/bL44PKpGln— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) February 26, 2020
Always keep an extra ball on the track pic.twitter.com/i5uXmKC1Y6— Foul Pole Sports (@FoulPoleSports) February 28, 2020
You want to see one of the best moments in college baseball? When @a_anderson8 turned an intentional walk into a 3-run walk off home run in the 13th inning for @OleMissBSB.— Kyle Malzhan (@KyleMalzhan) February 27, 2020
• The bat flip
• The team reaction running into the field
• The radio call
COLLEGE BASEBALL IS GREAT pic.twitter.com/DspwaePm7l
Kody Hoese State University (or Tulane)
Tulane with a walk off bomb after last night’s combined no-hitter pic.twitter.com/sBtO0tPRaX— College Baseball Hub (@cbaseballhub) March 1, 2020
And an odd one.