Mack Draft: – Connor Andrus, Ryan Hutchinson, Brett Mooneyham, Chad Oberacker, Greg Bird

2011 standout Connor Andrus recently committed to the Catamounts at Western Carolina University. The stalwart catcher recently lead the Dirtbags select team to the title at the 2010 World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, FL in October. Andrus attends Reynolds high school. –  

Outfield — Ryan Hutchinson — Western Kentucky University – Baseball America recently ranked Hutchinson, who was an all-American at 2010 NJCAA World Series champion Iowa Western Community College, the No. 3 newcomer in the Sun Belt Conference. WKU head coach Chris Finwood expects Hutchinson to provide a middle-of-the-order power presence for the Hilltoppers this season. –  

LHP Brett Mooneyham Stanford, 6’4 1/2 220 – quality lefty which is going to be the theme for the 2011 MLB Draft as there is lots of pitching depth in the college ranks and especially with lefties, more so than in years past. Varying release points and velocity range depicts some potential arm problems with his stiff elbow action out front, fb was up to 92 this fall, most were 86-88 in HS, so he’s showing some improvement, maxed out at 94 during summer trials and performing for TEAM USA this summer. He’s funky, but that is what you want from a lefty. Hides the ball well, just needs to negate so many pitches thrown in an inning.  

Chad Oberacker – Tennessee Tech – Oberacker didn’t have gaudy home run numbers like his former Golden Eagle teammate, A.J. Kirby-Jones (26 HR), but he did have monster overall numbers in 2010. His .354 batting average led his team in his 2009 sophomore season, but his .452 average was third in the nation last year. Oberacker also finished among the DI national leaders in RBIs (70), doubles (29), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base percentage (.527). He had six home runs, five triples, 14 stolen bases, 67 runs, 108 hits, and a 1.217 OPS in ’10. He was also disciplined at the plate, with 34 walks and just 23 strikeouts in 239 at-bats. Oberacker is also a pitcher who has performed as both a starter and reliever over his first three seasons. He is back for his senior season after being drafted in the 19th round last year by the St. Louis Cardinals. – 

Player spotlight: Greg Bird – Bird earned his receiving stripes working with now-LSU freshman fireballer Kevin Gausman, an Under Armour and Aflac All-American last summer and one of the top freshman talents in the country. Bird shows very good raw power at the plate, though he is still working to convert that raw power into a usable in-game weapon. While his receiving is solid, his footwork needs to be refined, as he will occasionally drop his back foot too far towards the third-base dugout, causing him to come across his body and sail his throws to second. The Arkansas commit needs to tighten his approach but carries good offensive upside. –  


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