Mack Draft: – Sam Johnson, Sam Stafford, Archie Bradley, Kyle Fitzpatrick, Brandon Eckerle

Sam Johnson, rhp, Westview HS, Portland, Ore. The smart thing to do on this unassuming 6-foot, 175-pound Oregon righthander is file away my scouting report on him from August. Young look, medium build, some present strength. Low-hand delivery, some cross-body, throws easy, some deception in delivery, three-quarters extended release. 91-93 mph FB has outstanding hard sink at the plate even at 93 mph; hard-spinning curve a potential plus pitch, rare change. Two future potential plus pitches that he commands, throws easy. This kid will pitch in the major leagues for a long time, if he has the makeup. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5302

 

Sam Stafford – After watching Jungmann’s dominant performance on Friday, I was pleased to catch Stafford’s start on Sunday against Hawaii. His command wasn’t as sharp as I have seen it in the past, although controlling the strike zone is something he has struggled with during his career. He wasn’t missing by much in this, but was missing enough, usually high, to walk four batters and leading to an early, increased pitch count which led to him being lifted after 5.1 innings of work. He got himself into trouble in the fourth inning giving up a walk and a pair of singles leading to a bases loaded situation with no outs. However, after that you could really see Stafford bear down, striking out the next three batters, freezing the first on a knee-buckling curveball and getting the next two swinging on high fastballs. http://www.5tooltalk.com/2011-notes-3-1-11.html

 

(Archie) Bradley lived up to his preseason billing, with 6 strong innings, allowing just one hit and a walk while piling up 12 strikeouts. A single in the 4th by Brock Lewis was the only hit Bixby could manage against the All-American. Bradley told the Broken Arrow Ledger “Dylan (BAHS catcher Delso) he called a good game and we were on the same page, and the defense behind me was great.” The Tigers offense was paced by SS Tyler McKinzie who went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, 2 RBI, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. Strong start for a squad with lofty expectations for this season. – http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5310

 

•The biggest story of the night was Florida International junior RHP Kyle Fitzpatrick tossing a complete game no-hitter against Northeastern as the Panthers grabbed a 4-0 victory. He ended up walking one batter while hitting another, and Northeastern had another baserunner reach on an error. The game marked Fitzpatrick’s second division 1 start as he pitched four innings against Mississippi Valley State in the second half of a doubleheader this past Saturday. He gave up one run on three hits in four innings of work before being lifted. Fitzpatrick pitched the previous two seasons at Tallahassee Community College. http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2011/03/03/foleys-quick-hits-for-march-2nd

 

As he prepared for his senior high school baseball season Brandon Eckerle’s baseball future was a bit cloudy. The three-sport high school athlete had a handful of offers from smaller college baseball programs in Michigan, but as the start of the early signing period began in the fall of 2006 he still hadn’t signed. Eckerle was named MVP of the Big East/Big Ten Challenge after helping MSU to a 3-0 record (MSU photo).To make matters worse, Eckerle broke his leg on the football field that fall. He missed his senior season with the Corunna High basketball team in Durand, Mich to rehab and prepare for his last season with the baseball team – http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/03/03/eckerles-hot-bat-helps-michigan-state-to-hot-start

 

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