Mack Draft: – Dylan Maples, Hunter Scantling, Josh Heddinger, Garrett Bueschele, Andrew Susac

Dylan Maples – Most pitchers are underdogs when they go into a game against Maples. As a junior, in 2010, he went 8-2 with a 0.95 ERA, striking out 117, while walking just 28 in 59 innings. Ranked 25th nationally, the North Carolina commit has one of the best arms in the nation. His fastball has been clocked at up to 95 mph, with a quick arm and smooth delivery. He has a 6’3, 195 pound, projectable body and has one of the best off-speed pitches in the class; a sharp breaking 82 mph curveball.


Hunter Scantling – Scantling is a big fella that resembles a right-handed verison of CC Sabathia. He lands rather tall and stiff on his plant leg, and didn’t appear to be particularly over-powering. He threw a lot of fastballs to begin with, working on the outside half of the plate, particularly to right-handed batters. He started to mix in some good sweeping slurvy curveballs that he did a good job dropping in for strikes. I could see Scantling progressing as a one inning reliever, as he does a good job using his height to throw from a downward plane.


Josh Heddinger, rhp, Buford HS, Suwanee, Ga. This 6-foot-5, 220-pound Georgia righthander reminds me strongly of Deck McGuire (a 2010 first-rounder) at the same age, which is appropriate since Heddinger will also attend Georgia Tech if the draft doesn’t intercede. Heddinger pitches mainly at 87-88 mph now, touching 91, but his curveball and changeup are both potential plus pitches, and his arm and delivery work very well. Remember that comparison in three years: Josh Heddinger vs. Deck McGuire.


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 Garrett Buechele from Oklahoma. Buechele had an excellent week in five games grabbing 11 hits, including two home runs and 12 RBIs while hitting .500 for the week. Buechele also scored seven runs, slugged at a .773 clip and had one walk and was hit by two pitches to post a .560 on-base percentage.


There is always a shortage of catching in the draft, just like there is a shortage of it in pro ball already. But two backstops have come up in conversation this past week. One a potential first-round pick and the other a potential sleeper. Oregon State’s Andrew Susac, according to an area scout, has shored up his footwork, throwing technique and receiving skills and is handling the position like he could step in very soon and do the same at the big league level.



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