Mack Draft: – DeAndre Smelter, Francisco Linder, Kenny Diekroeger, Deven Marrero, Scott Matyas, Noe Ramirez, Daniel Bowman

DeAndre Smelter (Georgia Tech)- is a 6’3 225 pound righthanded pitcher/outfielder from Macon Georgia as he attended Tattnall Square Academy. He was named a Louisville Slugger All-American in 2010 and was a 2009 AFLAC All-American. He was rated as the fifth best prospect in the nation by Perfect Game Crosschecker and was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 14th round but held firm on his commitment to the Yellow Jackets. –  

The clear standout at shortstop in the 2011 draft is Montverde (Fla.) Academy’s Francisco Lindor, who’s not quite in Machado’s class but isn’t far off either. Lindor has five-tool potential and won the home run derby at the 2010 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic. In an odd twist, there are more standout second-base prospects than shortstop prospects in college baseball this year. The best college shortstops are Stanford’s Kenny Diekroeger and Arizona State’s Deven Marrero, sophomores who won’t be eligible until 2012. The best 2011-eligible college shortstop is North Carolina’s Levi Michael, who has to prove himself at the position after starting at second and third base in his first two college seasons. Michael has the chance to be a solid all-around shortstop, but he’s not going to make a large impact with his bat at the major league level.  

Scott Matyas: Sr. – RHP – Minnesota – Matyas has been, arguably, the top closer in the Big Ten over the last two years. He set the Minnesota single-season saves record with 15, including 10 in conference play, in 2009. He sported a 2.22 ERA that season, with 45 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings. That gave him a 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings average. The North Prairie, WI native was 5-1 with eight saves and a 2.19 ERA last year. He fanned 60 with just 14 walks in 37.0 IP and 27 appearances out of the Golden Gopher bullpen. Matyas had Tommy John surgery after his junior season of high school. He redshirted at Minnesota in 2007 and is now in his fifth year of eligibility. –  

RHP Noe Ramirez Cal State-Fullerton 6’2 185 – live arm with heavy fb in low 90’s mostly, touches 93 on occ, hard 11/6 cb that has late drop action, excellent command and plus control, adding straight change more to repetoire.  

Daniel Bowman – Coastal Carolina – Bowman earned Freshman All-American honors in 2009 after batting .333 with 13 home runs, 14 doubles, 53 runs, and 54 RBIs. His batting average dipped to .279 last year, but his other numbers were nearly identical with 15 HR, 13 doubles, 53 runs, and 53 RBIs. He was one of just two Chanticleers to start all 65 games for a team that reached the Super Regionals. The 6’1 Bridgewater, VA native was named Big South Tournament MVP after pounding three home runs with nine RBIs in the tourney. He led the Chants with 17 RBIs during the postseason. Bowman has also been stellar in the field, with no errors in 254 chances in his first two seasons. He played for Bourne in the Cape Cod League and reached the finals of the Cape All-Star home run derby at Fenway Park. – 


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