Mack Draft: – New Wood League, Brian Goodwin, Matt Barnes, Brian Barnett, and Blake Swihart

The Midwest Collegiate League announces its formation as America’s newest collegiate summer wood bat baseball league with five founding member clubs. The Chicago Zephyr’s, Homestead Ranchers, Rockford Foresters, Southland Vikings and the Will County CrackerJacks baseball club will form the nucleolus of the new league with a sixth club soon to be announced. Play is scheduled to begin June 1st 2011. –  

Brian Goodwin was one of the more exciting players in the league last summer. The speedy Harwich outfielder batted .281 and swiped 15 bases. Goodwin is expected to be back with the Mariners this summer, but his return may be a little less certain. Although Harwich’s roster shows that he attends North Carolina, Goodwin is now at Miami Dade College. Goodwin was suspended from the Tar Heels baseball team for academic reasons. The move from Div. 1 UNC to a community college means that Goodwin will now be eligible for the MLB Draft in June. –  

RHP, Matt Barnes, U Connecticut, 6’3 1/2 200, classic build for a tall right-hander, comes down hill mostly from 3/4 angle slot, tends to get under his breaking ball which is his biggest opportunity for improvement as well as location of his fb which at times flattens out for the 4 seamer he throws which maxes out at 97 mph. Velo on his fb ranges from 89-97, mostly 90-92 with sink when down and in vs RHH and up and in on RHH, slider has sharpness but not the depth and drop to be classic out pitch but it’s improving, also straight change has deception, just needs more confidence in throwing it anytime in the count. Overall control and command for me is just above ave. Right now projects as a 2-3 man in a rotation, possible closer down the line if he can prove his stamina will carry him through 6-7 innings.  

Brian Barnett – Nevada – Barnett made an immediate impact in his first season as a Division One player after spending his first two seasons in the juco ranks at Western Nevada College. He batted .348 last year, while leading the Wolfpack in HR (18), RBIs (71), and slugging percentage (.701). He also had 21 doubles, nine stolen bases, scored 52 runs, and had an 1.103 OPS. Barnett totaled 21 home runs and 96 RBIs in his two junior college seasons. He helped Western Nevada to a third-place finish at the 2009 Junior College World Series. 

C Blake Swihart Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho NM, 6’0 1/2 175 S/R – reminds me of the days Todd Hundley was a young catcher in the ML for the Mets, very quick bat and quick release as a receiver with plus arm strength and know how, range is good, will stab on occ at pitches due to unfamiliarity of pitchers in showcase circuit, but all the qualities are there for a young man who could advance up the system in 3-4 years to the show and hit enough to contribute in driving in runs from the 6 hole position in a lineup and hit 10-15 HR in pro ball.  


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