Mack Draft: – Randall Thompson, Matt Price, Karsten Whitson, Henry Owens, Stewart Ijames

Florida Tech senior pitcher, Randall Thompson was named the Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Valdosta State University. Thompson pitched a complete game win in the 2nd game of the Panthers doubleheader. You can view the press release here. Randall pitched for the Edenton –  



Matt Price:- So. – RHP – South Carolina – The last 2 2/3 innings of Price’s freshman season were his biggest. He gave-up just a hit against UCLA with three strikeouts to help the Gamecocks beat the Bruins 2-1 in 11 innings for the school’s first national championship. It was the capper on a great season for both the flame thrower and his team. Price was 5-1 with 10 saves and a 2.26 ERA as the closer for the national champs. He struckout 83 with just 19 BB in 55 2/3 innings, while allowing a tidy .183 opponent batting average. The bullpen was one of the Gamecock’s strengths in 2010, and Price could have even more responsibility place on him in 2011 with Michael Roth, who started that title game after making 29 relief appearances last year, going to the starting rotation full-time this year. –  



Karsten Whitson (Florida)- is a 6’4 215 pound righthanded pitcher from Chipley Florida where he attended Chipley High School. He had an outstanding high school career as he was rated the number three rated high school prospect by Baseball America for the 2010 MLB Draft. The San Diego Padres selected him with the ninth overall pick in the draft offering over 2.1 million dollars but spurned the offer to attend the University of Florida.-  



LHP Henry Owens Edison HS, Huntington Beach Calif 6’6 190 – loosey goosey lefty with deception, fb runs up there as high as 93, most are 88-90/91, with life away from RHH and sink, backdoor type cb with sharpness at 72 and straight change that gets hitters out front in HS, will need to work with repeat and release points on cb & ch, has the control of body to do that and in a hurry. A little more mature than most HS pitchers, but has yet to fill out physically and has added 2-3 mph each year the last 3 years in HS. Should reach low 90’s and sustain that in pro ball.

Stewart Ijames – Louisville – The man with the silent “j” in his name missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury, but he came back with a big year in 2010. Ijames was a Freshman All-American in 2008 after batting .351 with eight home runs, 11 doubles and 39 RBIs. He bounced-back last year to hit .324 with 14 home runs, 11 doubles, 47 runs, and 63 RBIs to help the Cardinals win the Big East regular season title and eventual NCAA Regional berth. The 6’1 junior was a 46th round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers out of high school in 2007. He was taken in the 29th round by the New York Yankees last year. Ijames played for Hyannis in the Cape Cod League last summer. –


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