Mack Draft: – Anthony Rendon, Trever Gretsky, Derek Fisher, TJ Oaks, Matt Puhl, Austin Sadler, Andrew Gagnon

Anthony Rendon – As with Oropesa, most of my focus was on Austin Wood in this game, but it was impossible not to take notice of Rendon, almost universally considered the top overall prospect eligible for this year’s draft. As I’ve noted before, his enthusiasm for the game is evident, as is the ease in which he plays it. He takes a ton of pitches, rarely swings at a bad ball, and the ball jumps off of his bat. He puts effortless swings on pitches, including the thigh high fastball from Wood that he crushed down the left field line for a solo shot. His hands and overall bat speed are so incredibly quick, and while he DH’d in this game, I have also see him play defense with the same kind of ease. He’s a premium and rare talent that should fly to the big leagues with an overall profile similar to Ryan Zimmerman.


Trevor Gretzky, 1B, Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, Calif. – Skinny: Wayne’s son is fitter and leaner than last summer, when he was a regular on the showcase circuit. His speed has improved dramatically. Gretzky ran a 6.87 60 Saturday, months after clocking a sluggish 7.11 in August at the Area Code Games. The younger Great One is a sparkling defensive first baseman, but a shoulder injury suffered in football inhibits his throwing arm. Possessor of a sweet left-handed swing, Gretzky’s draft stock will rise if he proves he can hit game pitching as well as he hits batting practice pitching. – Committed to: Arizona


Derek Fisher, of, Cedar Crest HS, Rexmont, Pa. I’m as confident about Fisher’s chance to hit as I’ve ever been about a 17-year-old (Fisher won’t turn 18 until next Aug. 21). He is not only very young for his class, but his combination of bat speed, mechanics, strength and arrogance stand out for a player of any age. You may notice that I mention hitting “arrogance” occasionally. Very few hitters possess that quality at the high-school level, but those are the players that know they can hit the best pitchers and are “disappointed” when they don’t. Fisher is one of those hitters.


Also caught U of Minny Golden Gophers, TJ Oakes, RHP, was 88-91, heavy fb when down, high 3/4 to 3/4 angle, lots of grounders, and lots of pitches. 2b, Matt Puhl did not show enough adjustments or ability as a hitter to warrant being a high profile draft prospect for 2011, but he can fill out a uni nice. LHP for Wake, Austin Sadler seems to have gotten his pitching arsenal back and kept hitters for U of M off balance and his straight change and fb keep hitters at bay on the day with many punchouts. His fb was mostly 88-89, touches 90-91 with late life on occ and proper spin on back door cb. Austin is a solid 8-12 round type prospect for the Deacs. 2012 follow for Wake is Mike Lubanski, solid backstop with average release and arm strength and know how behind the dish. SS, Peterson for U of Minny is a good filler guy if he would go out and sign this year as a junior otherwise he’ll be a senior draft for 2012, but he competes and has some arm strength and quick bat, just not the speed or power to get excited about just yet?? –


Two years ago, the pressure might have gotten to Andrew Gagnon. Five times Friday, Arizona had runners in scoring position with less than two outs against Gagnon, Long Beach State’s ace right-hander. Each time, Gagnon buckled down and kept the Wildcats off the board. He eventually exited after 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and no walks and striking out seven. The Dirtbags held on for a 2-1 win. –



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