Mack Draft: – Cory Tilton, Adam Brett Walker, Mason Hope, Danny Hultzen, Francisco Lindor

Cory Tilton is a man with a plan. The senior centerfielder may be focusing on the present during his final season on the field for the Charlotte 49ers, but he is planning for the future of the athletic departments throughout the University of North Carolina system. As a finance major, Tilton is studying risk management, which peaked his interest in the concept of business continuity. He is now heading up a student project that is developing the first business continuity plan for the UNC system’s athletics departments.


Adam Brett Walker – Walker was named the top prospect in the Great Lakes League last summer, leading the circuit in home runs. His home run potential is nearly limitless, with a big, strong body that somewhat resembles Frank Thomas. John Mayberry, Jr. may be a more recent, relevant comparison, since there are significant concerns about Walker refining his approach and shortening his swing. He likely will always be susceptible to strikeouts, but by how much will determine how far he progresses. At the plate is looked as though he was guessing more than he should have been given some of his swings. He is well built with strong, muscular proportions and sloped shoulders, but he may have to move from right field to first base at some point since his size may limit his foot speed. He hit 16 home runs as a freshman, but again, he needs to make a lot of adjustments between now and June of 2012 to have a legitimate chance to go in the first round.


Mason Hope, rhp, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS. This is a potentially-historic year for Oklahoma high-school pitchers with Owasso High’s Dylan Bundy and Hope’s Broken Arrow High teammate Archie Bradley on the short list to be the first prep pitcher drafted in June. Hope, the third-ranked pitcher in Oklahoma, gets overlooked even on his own team, but the 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander has four quality pitches himself right now and projects physically. He’s not going to have to learn too much in terms of skills in order to be successful in college at Oklahoma and ultimately at the upper levels of the pro game; he just has to get stronger, stay healthy and get those repetitions.


College Baseball Daily for the third straight season will release a Player and Pitcher of the Week Award. For the week ending on Feb. 27th, we honor Danny Hultzen from Virginia. Danny Hultzen from Virginia had an outstanding start against East Carolina on Friday night. In seven innings he racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts while not walking a batter. He allowed just a run in the seventh inning and three hits. After giving up a single to the first batter in the game, Hultzen retired the next 19 batters in order with just one ball leaving the infield in those innings. He also went to a three-ball count just two times and struck out the side on three occasions


Francisco Lindor is all the rage. It’s early, he’s barely 6-feet tall and isn’t going to develop 35-homer power, but Lindor is 9-for-12 with homers from both sides of the plate through four games for Montverde Academy in the Orlando area, and scouts — mostly scouting directors and crosscheckers — have raved about him during the season’s first few weeks. One said he was the best glove at short he’s ever seen at this age, while another said “he is some player — that I will tell you right now.”



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