Mack Draft: – Nick Ramirez, Ivan Hartle, Christian Montgomery, Steve Selsky, Brett Mooneyham

Player spotlight: Nick Ramirez – Ramirez serves as Fullerton’s closer, and threw out of the pen for Team USA this past summer, as well. His 1-2 is an upper-80s fastball that he moves around well, and a true swing-and-miss change-up with arm speed deception and both fade and drop. His curveball is a below average offering that serves primarily as a “show me” pitch. While Ramirez gets long to home, he keeps runners honest with a solid pick-off move. Offensively, the Titan is a metal bat power threat with good raw strength. While he gets good lift and extension through the ball, he may lack the requisite bat speed to tackle advanced arms. He probably profiles best as a middle-relief arm. – 


Designated hitter — Ivan Hartle — Western Kentucky Unviersity – Junior-college trasnfer Ivan Hartle will start at second base for WKU this season and only is included at DH here to get him into the starting lineup. Hartle was named the NJCAA Division I defensive player of the year in 2010 while playing for the NJCAA World Series champion, Iowa Western Community College. Honorable mention — UofL freshmen infielder Adam Engel will start for the Cards at designated hitter to begin the season. –

RHP Christian Montgomery Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis Indiana 6’1 230 – power arm who will run fb up to 94-95, pitches at 90-91, fb mostly true and hard slider with sweep action that’s inconsistent but when he’s on, that pitch is above average, will rush himself and show some effort to his delivery but workable to improve. Also needs to tone up a bit and when football is over with, he can concentrate on pitching and work with a pro instructor to help smooth out his delivery. Reminds me a bit of reliever Rodney who pitches now for the Angels. Good upside!

Steve Selsky – Arizona – Selsky comes from an athletic family. His father (also Steve Selsky) was a Major Leaguer, his mother was an Olympic volleyball player, and he has two sisters (including his twin sister Sam) who are Division One volleyball players. Selsky was named a Freshman All-American in 2009 after batting .319 with seven home runs, eight doubles, 21 RBIs, and a .927 OPS. His playing time and production increased last year. Selsky led the Wildcats with a .370 average with nine HR, 17 doubles, 11 stolen bases, and team-highs of 52 RBIs and 57 runs. He also raised his OPS to 1.057. He had a good summer playing for Orleans in the Cape Cod League, batting.273 with four HR and 18 RBIs in 37 games. –


Player spotlight: Brett Mooneyham – Mooneyham has been plagued with inconsistency in his stuff, and more importantly in his command and control. The result has been an uneven tour through his first two years at Stanford, including a 2010 that saw him fan hitters at a 10.24 SO/9 clip while walking the same at an uncomfortable rate of 6.41 BB/9. His release and arm slot lack uniformity from pitch-to-pitch, and are a large part of his control issues. As is apparent in the numbers, however, his stuff is true swing-and-miss quality, with a fastball generally sitting 89-93 mph and bumping 94/95 mph (though this past summer he was closer to 87-90, bumping 91/92). At its best, Mooneyham’s slider is an above-average pitch that can be plus or better once he learns to throw the offering with more precision. When properly snapped-off, he gets hard late bite with good depth. He also drops a rudimentary change-up that shows promising tumble. As noted above, the talented 2011 draft class is relatively thin on lefty arms, which gives Mooneyham a window into early round consideration in spite of his inconsistencies. If he can show his usual velocity this spring with a touch more consistency and fidelity, he will have no shortage of suitors. –  


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