Mack Draft: – Ryan Carpenter, Eric Arce, Billy Flamion, Taylor Guerrieri, New Bats

Gonzaga University junior pitcher Ryan Carpenter has been named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week. Ryan was brilliant Friday night against Texas A&M. He carried a no-hitter into the 7.1 innings pitched and he finished the night with 10 strikeouts. Ryan pitched for the Orleans Firebirds last summer. He went 3-0 and had a 2.56 era in 38.2 innings pitched. He walked 10 and he fanned 39 batters on the summer. –


Eric Arce – Arce is a left-handed hitting slugger that came to Florida State as a catcher. He’ll likely spend the year as the team’s DH, as he was used on this day, with the presence of Rafael Lopez. He has good size and is relatively physically mature whose frame somewhat resembles Jeff Clement’s. I don’t want to make the judgement since I didn’t see him behind the plate, but I question his ability to stay there long-term since his actions look a little stiff. His upside is at the plate anyway, and while he only had one at-bat in this game, you can tell with his patience, swing and strength he will put up some impressive power numbers before his college career is through.

Billy Flamion, OF, Central Catholic HS, Modesto, Calif. – Skinny: Flamion appeared heavy legged at this event. In August, at Long Beach, he ran a 6.77 60; Saturday he ran a 7.16. Flamion flashes a terrific throwing arm and profiles as an above-average defensive outfielder. As a hitter, he exhibits power and bat speed. Flamion must learn to keep his front side closed to prevent pulling off the ball as he swings. Taking shots at the opposite field may help. Committed to: Oregon


Taylor Guerrieri, rhp, North Augusta (S.C.) HS. The top of the 2011 high-school prospect list is loaded with surprisingly-polished righthanders with plus stuff—Florida’s Jose Fernandez, Oklahoma’s Dylan Bundy and Arkansas’ Dillon Howard being three examples. Guerrieri, a South Carolina recruit, doesn’t have nearly that level of polish, but in any one inning he can flash a 95-mph fastball with hard, late life, a nasty, knee-buckling 81-mph curve and a darting 81-mph changeup that can match up with any offering in the country thrown by any pitcher. He could be a sight to behold when (if?) he gains some sense of consistency and fills out his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame.


New bat update, comparing first 10 days of 2011 vs. first 10 of 2010. 2010: HRs were 2.8% of BIP. 2011: 1.8% of BIP. Huge. Also, with new bats, run scoring down even more last weekend. Again, thru first 10 days: 2010: 7.5 runs/game. 2011: 6.25 runs/game. –



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