Mack Draft: – Charlie Tilson, Anthony Rendon, Deshorn Lake, Jackie Bradley, Ryan Garvey

Player spotlight: Charlie Tilson – Tilson has a compact stroke from the left side, generating some lift without driving the barrel out of the zone too quickly. The talented center fielder staked a claim to 1st Round consideration when he launched the only non-BP homerun of the Area Code Games back in August, and has continued to blossom under more intense scouting scrutiny. Defensively he has the footspeed to cover the gaps in center and shows solid carry with his fringe-average arm strength. Tilson’s athleticism and agility is top notch, as he routinely puts up plus to plus-plus times in the 60 and out of the box home-to-first. At the Area Code Games he clocked the fastest time in the Shuttle (4.03) and the fifth fastest 30-/60-yard time (3.65/6.54). The Illinois prep product would be a top 50 favorite in a less stacked draft class, and still has a chance to push his way into the top 30 with a strong spring. More likely, he should make and excellent target for a number of teams with a few extra early picks — many evaluators are cautiously optimistic that the Illinois commit will not be a difficult sign if he comes off the board early enough. – http://diamondscapescouting.com/rankings_2011_preseason_top300_pt3.html

3B Anthony Rendon Rice 5’10 1/2 185 R/R – solid hitter with 20-25 type HR power, glove side range and good hands, agile on his feet and solid throwing arm which is plus. Slight hitch in long swing that starts his trigger, will tend to overswing on slow stuff away and out of zone, but get a fb up in the middle of the plate to him and he’ll hurt you. A cripple shoot type hitter who generate enough stats to be 3 man in lineup or 5 man to help drive in runs. Ankle surgery on the mend which will be watched closely over the next few months and eventually he’ll have 100% running speed back which is ok, he’s not a burner, but that’s not his game. Producing runs is. http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com

 

Player spotlight: Deshorn Lake – The Virgin Islands native started off the showcase season strong this summer. but sputtered some towards the end, ultimately finishing-up with a disappointing relief appearance in Jupiter. In his October showing, Lake maxed out with a few 91 mph fastballs, sitting primarily 88-90, and showing two inconsistent breaking balls. At his best, Lake bumps 94 mph with some life, and snaps off a low-80s slider with good bite. He is a thick and strong 6-foot-0, 212 pounds, showing a durable physique but very little projection. A long arm on the backside can also complicate his ability to hit his release points on all four of his offerings. There is a nice power arm here, but he will need to show crisper stuff this spring to standout in a class full of impressive college arms and high-ceilinged high school right-handers. – http://diamondscapescouting.com/rankings_2011_preseason_top300_pt2.html 

 

Jackie Bradley, Jr.- South Carolina – The 5’10, 180 pound centerfielder has the frame, tilt and glide that scouts love. It also doesn’t hurt that he was named the Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series after helping South Carolina win the national championship in 2010. Bradley took the Gamecock’s triple crown last year when he batted .368 with 13 HR and 60 RBIs (he shared the HR lead with Whit Merrifield). The Prince George, VA native struckout just 37 times with 41 walks in 242 at-bats and sported a 1.060 OPS. He earned Freshman All-American honors in 2009 after hitting .349 with 11 HR and 47 RBIs. Bradley played for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League in ’09 and then teamed with Dickerson and Springer last summer in the USA Collegiate National Team outfield. http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/02/07/top-college-baseball-outfielders-to-watch-in-20116

Ryan Garvey , OF , Palm Desert, Indian Wells, CA – Steve’s son. Athletic build with an aggressive hack at the plate. Can hit the ball hard to gaps and with time and gaining strength it will be more. Athletic actions at 1B and in the OF. Solid arm could and athletecism could work at 3B. – http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com  

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