Mack Draft: – Jett Bandy, Austin Wood, Mikie Mahtook, Mason Hope, Sonny Gray

Player spotlight: Jett Bandy – Bandy has a thick, broad build and big leverage in his right-handed bat. While his swing can get long and he can push a little too hard to lift, when he squares the ball jumps off the barrel. His actions behind the plate continue to improve, and he showed fairly well throughout trials week with the USA Collegiate National Team, handling some of the top arms in the country. His catch-and-throw game is inconsistent, primarily as a result of imprecise footwork. When he gets squared with his feet under him he is capable of snapping off a 1.9 pop to second. Often times, however, his lower-half gets out in back causing him to lose some “umph” and resulting in pops closer to 2.1-2.2 with some bow. Bandy generally shows a solid approach, including some idea of when to “gear up” and let loose on a pitch. Evaluators will watch the glove and arm closely this spring to see if he can stick behind the dish, long term. – 


RHP Austin Wood U.S.C. 6’4 220 – power arm who went unsigned in 2010 after transfering to St Pete JC from Florida St. Will run fb up there to 98 mph most are 93-94 with occ run when in on RHH and sink when down, hard slider gets too big at times with break easy to read out of hand, other times very dominant, just needs to get it all together and stay within himself, ala Bobby Jenks/Jeff Farnsworth types. Some max effort and will get pitches up, but gets away with it due to velocity.

Mikie Mahtook – LSU – Now a junior, Mahtook has been a key member of the LSU line-up in his first two years in Baton Rouge. Mahtook batted .316 with seven home runs, eight doubles, three triples, 38 RBIs, and 41 runs while starting 49 games to help the Tigers to the 2009 national championship. He batted .455 (10-for-22) to earn SEC Tournament MVP honors as a prelude to his 11th inning game-winning hit in game one of the College World Series Finals en-route to the national title. Mahtook moved to right field in 2010 and produced even more at the plate. He hit .335 with 14 HR, 19 doubles, 50 RBIs, 68 runs and 22 stolen bases. His 19 doubles ranked second in the SEC to help him to a 1.056 OPS. The Lafayette, LA native even hit for the cycle in an Apr. 6 game against Alcorn St. The 2008 39th round draft choice of the Florida Marlins was also a member of the 2010 USA Collegiate National Team. Talk about a crowded outfield! –

Mason Hope , RHP, Broken Arrow, Okla.- The Oklahoma commit has a prototypical pitchers frame at 6’3″ and 180 LBS. He is the teammate of highly touted prospect Archie Bradley, he doesn’t have as much velocity as Bradley but he is still a worthy prospect. He has a low 90’s fastball and a solid breaking ball. My only concern is that he lands stiffly on his front leg during his delivery. –

Sonny Gray, a first-team preseason All-American, pitched at 92-93 mph on Friday, shy of the 93-96 mph velocity he held deep into games late late spring and during the summer. The Commodores failed to execute a couple of makeable defensive plays in the first, helping a potential 1-2-3 inning turn into a three-run frame, keyed by Zach Kometani’s two-run double to right field. But Gray buckled down and did not allow another hit over the next 3 1/3 innings. He spotted his fastball well and used his vicious 81-83 mph curveball to strike out two batters in each of the next three frames, then departed with one out in the fourth after reaching his pitch limit (85).-  


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