Mack Draft: – Nolan Peterson, Tony Zych, Sam Roberts, Jabari Henry

Right-hander Nolan Peterson looked incredibly sharp during his two morning pitching sessions Saturday (Feb. 12) at the Perfect Game Pitcher/Catcher Indoor Showcase at Perfect Game headquarters. It’s not unusual for Peterson to be rock-on solid. His fastball has reached the low 90s (mph) in the past and was settling in at 87 and 88 Saturday morning. “He challenges hitters on both sides of the plate and has a hard sweeping 10-4 slider to finish hitters off,” a PG blogger who observed his outing wrote. “He looks to get ahead with his fastball, often working underneath hitters’ hands to get ahead before putting them away with off-speed (pitches).” –  

UofL junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych began 2010 as a weekend starting pitcher for the Cards, but after struggling early in the season he moved back to his more comfortable relief role. On the season Zych was 5-2 with a 5.13 ERA in 22 games, including five starts. Zych struck out 50 batters and walked 19 in 59 and two-third innings pitched. The Illinois native was the 46th round pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 2008 draft out of high school –  

You could also lump Sam Roberts in with the aforementioned Featherston/Serna group. The VMI star has produced every year and shows no signs of stopping heading into 2011. He has many of the archetypal utility player attributes, including an arm strong enough for third, the athleticism to play up the middle, and more than sufficient power to the gaps. He’s not the only senior mid-round shortstop candidate; Adam Bryant (finally 100% healthy and showing above-average raw power), Clint Moore (very good defender with the makeup you’d expect from an Army man), and David Herbek (poor man’s Bill Mueller upside) all have the talent to find a home on a big league bench if everything breaks right.-  

RHP Tony Zych Louisville 6’2 185 R/R – lanky build with a power arm, fb mostly true, was 88-92 out of HS in Chicago, but has added strength naturally and still getting stronger. Had a great summer in the Cape and was up to 98 on a few pitches according to reports. I’ve seen up to 94 many times with not a lot of effort, fb will need to be pitched down in zone using L zone for a hitter, work corners and in on hitters, has hard cb from 11/6, high 3/4 slot and change is a working in progress still but demeanor set up to be a closer in pro ball with more upside than former Georgia flash, Fields who’s with the Mariners farm system at present.  

Jabari Henry – Florida International – The bulk of the spotlight at FIU was on Garrett Wittels and his pursuit of history in 2010, but Henry had a very good season as well. Henry was named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American after batting .315 with 12 home runs, 10 doubles, 51 RBIs, and 47 runs. He had a .606 slugging percentage and had solidplate discipline, with 32 BB and 36 Ks in 165 at-bats in ’10. An injury ended his season early in the Gainesville NCAA Regional, but he homered off Texas A&M’s Barret Loux (#6 overall MLB draft pick) in his only at-bat. Henry was drafted in the 39th round by the Texas Rangers in the 2009 draft. – 


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