2011 Draft: – West Regional 1st team, Corner Infielders, Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley, and Tyler Rahmatulla

West All-Region Selections-  First Team

 CA:  Austin Hedges | JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

 1B:   Jacob Anderson | Chino HS, Chino, Calif.

 2B:  Phillip Evans | La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

 3B:  Tyler Goeddel | St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif.

 SS:  Jake Hager | Sierra Vista HS  Las Vegas, Nev. 

 OF:   Brandon Nimmo | East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo.

 OF:   Billy Flamion | Central Catholic HS, Modesto, Calif.

 OF:   Aaron Brown | Chatsworth HS, Chatsworth, Calif.

 DH:   Travis Harrison | Tustin HS, Tustin, Calif.

 UT:   Daniel Camarena | Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego, Calif.

 SP:  Henry Owens | Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.

 SP:  Robert Stephenson | Alhambra HS, Martinez, Calif.

 SP:  Adam McCreery | Bonita HS, La Verne, Calif. 

 SP:  Nicholas “Cole” Wiper | Newport HS, Bellevue, Wa.

 SP:  Joe Ross | Bishop O’Dowd HS, Oakland, Calif.

 UT:   Daniel Camarena | Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego, Calif. – http://diamondscapescouting.com/articles_2011_preseason_hswest.html


If this list seems like a fairly straightforward combination of two previously published rankings cobbled together to buy some time while other projects are completed, then, well, congratulations because you’re right. In my half-hearted defense, I think there is some value in combining 1B and 3B into one great big “corner infielder” umbrella category due to the high probability that at least a few of the third basemen on the list wind up at first base (Coy and Shaw are two highly ranked names that stand out) sooner rather than later. I also think there is value from a methodological standpoint, at least from a personal ranking philosophy standpoint. One quick observation on said methods: the 1B list is one that looks better when viewed from a college production standpoint (e.g. Troy Channing and Jordan Ribera ranking so highly), while the 3B list skews towards projection and scouting (e.g. the aggressive placement of Andy Burns and Adam Smith). All legitimate rankings in a vacuum, I think, but difficult when attempting to mesh the two lists together. At least the top spot was an easy one to pick… http://baseballdraftreport.com  

While Dylan Bundy doesn’t turn heads with his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, he does bring plenty of stuff to the table. He also works with a fastball that has reached 95-96 mph, as well as a breaking ball that is a hard, swing-and-miss pitch. For scouts who haven’t seen Bundy and hear he’s a tick over six feet tall, they ask about his maximum-effort delivery. But he doesn’t have one. Bundy, a Texas signee, delivers his arsenal from an easy, balanced delivery. Natural talent is partly responsible for this rare commodity, but Bundy’s workout habits certainly are a factor. As a freshman, Bundy and his brother Bobby—now a righthander in the Orioles farm system—posted a YouTube video of a routine they use to strengthen their rotator cuffs. – http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/early-draft-preview/2011/2611239.html  

#7 – RHP Archie Bradley Muskogee HS, Oklahoma 6’3 205 – power arm righty with above ave ML CB that’s a knuckle curve, with sharp downer action and control is good of it. FB velo varies, will touch 95 on occ, pitches at 88-91 consistently, should increase as he gets football out of his system. Is a top notich HS QB and early commit to OU, but also loves this game and will be highly scouted early next spring. Comps to Brad Penny, but Brad’s more max effort, this kid tends to get better as the game goes along and does it easy. http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com  

Tyler Rahmatulla – UCLA – Rahmatulla didn’t get to play during UCLA’s runner-up finish at last year’s College World Series, but the Bruins would have never made it to Omaha if not for his clutch hitting. He infamously broke his wrist in the dog pile celebration that followed UCLA’s June 13 Super Regional-clinching win over Cal State Fullerton. A day earlier, Rahmatulla’s two-out 9th inning home run staved-off elimination to help the Bruins to an 11-7 win in 10 innings. It was all part of a season that saw the 5’11 sophomore bat .328 with seven home runs, 45 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, and a team-best 52 runs scored. The All-Pac 10 second baseman looks to again be a vital cog in the UCLA offensive attack in 2011. – http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/25/top-11-college-baseball-2b-to-watch-in-2011 


Archie Bradley stands about 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. Scouts love his frame and the projection it oozes. He works with a fastball that gets up to 95-96 mph. He also throws a knuckle-curve and is working on improving a circle changeup.”I’m a front of the rotation guy,” Bradley said. “I’ll come after you and throw the fastball at any time. People get away from the fastball too much.” – http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/early-draft-preview/2011/2611239.html



Anthony Gomez – Vanderbilt – The guy they call “Go-Go” got it done as a freshman in 2010. Gomez earned Freshman All-American status after leading his team as well as all SEC freshmen with a .379 average. He had 30 RBIs with 41 runs, while dropping down a team-best 13 sacrifice bunts as the Commodore’s primary two-hole batter. Gomez also struckout just nine times in 214 at-bats in his first season in the SEC. His first career home run came off LSU All-American closer Matty Ott in the top of the 9th inning in a May 7 game in Baton Rouge. He committed just five errors in the field for Vandy’s Super Regional team. – http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/01/25/top-11-college-baseball-2b-to-watch-in-2011



#8 – OF George Springer Connecticut 6’3 205 R/R – a rejuvenation to a solid program that used to appear in the CWS in Omaha years back, this young man has plus tools across the board, strength is his power and pure straight away running speed, arm is plus and he has good range, instincts are ok to play either OF corner and even CF if needed. Will steal bases on occ and comps to Jeff Franceour, so he should produce some runs as a 3 or 5 hole hitter in a lineup. Mike Schmidt sure did strike out often, earlier in his beginning years with the Phillies, scouts should look the other way when he swings and misses and just relish to run production and defensive ability this guy is going to produce in the BIGS!  http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com


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