Mack Draft: – Brad Miller, Joe Panik, Alex Meyer, Jordon Cooper, Matt Rice, Sonny Gray, and Logan Vick

Brad Miller and Joe Panik ranking in the top three is completely unoriginal. As a man who ate a delicious PB&J every day from second to sixth grade knows, believe me when I say sometimes boring works. Of course, even a simple-minded PB&J fan like me knows you have to mix it up every now and then. I’m not talking a fluffernutter level of radical change here; think more along the lines of adding potato chips for that extra salty crunch. This list’s chips comes in the form of one Taylor Motter. Motter’s defense is outstanding and his knowledge of the strike zone rivals that of any of his peers. I think his 2011 season and subsequent draft standing will remind many of what Kansas State’s Carter Jurica did in 2010.  

The Wildcats return three pitchers who all made at least eight starts last season: junior Alex Meyer (5-3, 7.06, 51 IP), sophomore Jordan Cooper (4-5, 5.71, 58.1 IP), and sophomore Taylor Rogers (4-7, 6.40, 83 IP). While 2010 experience may not be lacking in this rotation, a low 2010 ERA is, as those three combined for a 6.36 earned run average last season. However, with two blossoming sophomores and one progressing junior, Kentucky’s rotation should be improved from last season, especially with the offseason growth of Meyer, a power pitcher, who developed a changeup over the winter. –  

•Baseball America has released its South region NCAA baseball preview, which includes the Southeastern, Ohio Valley and Sun Belt conferences. The magazine named Western Kentucky University senior catcher Matt Rice its preseason Sun Belt player of the year and selected University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer to its preseason All-SEC team. Morehead State University junior catcher Taylor Davis and Eastern Kentucky University senior outfielder Ryan Faidley were named to the All-OVC team. BA ranked WKU outfielder Kes Carter as the best prospect in the Sun Belt and projected UK, WKU, EKU, Morehead St. and Murray State University to each miss the postseason –  

RHP Sonny Gray Vanderbilt 5’10 190 – quality arm with ability to get the fb up there to 97 mph, pitches with aggressive demeanor and hard downer 12/6 cb that’s one of the best going into the 2011 MLB Draft. Throws strikes, mostly in 91-93 range early in games will reach back when he needs to, has gotten better each time out and had a great summer for TEAM USA in 2010. Comps to Roy Oswalt and this kid should advance quickly barring any unforeseen set backs. Great kid!  

Logan Vick – Baylor – Vick earned Freshman All-American status after batting .329 with 10 home runs, 17 doubles, 27 RBIs, and a team-high 59 runs in 2010. His 29 extra base hits and .473 on-base percentage are the best ever by a Baylor freshman, while his 59 walks (which were 12 more than his next two teammates combined) are a single-season program record. Vick thrived in the postseason as well. He reached base in all six plate appearances in Baylor’s Big 12 Tournament opener and wound-up on the All-Tournament Team. Vick also homered twice in the Ft. Worth NCAA Regional to help the Bears reach the championship round before falling to host TCU.-  


2 Responses to Mack Draft: – Brad Miller, Joe Panik, Alex Meyer, Jordon Cooper, Matt Rice, Sonny Gray, and Logan Vick

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