Mack Draft: – Burch Smith, Kyle McMillen, Aaron Nola, Hoby Milner, Mark Pope

Oklahoma’s Burch Smith: The Sooners have been expecting big things from Smith, a top prospect, this season. And they got a solid start from Burch in a 5-3 win over California on Saturday. Smith only struck out two batters, but also only allowed three runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. OU is in fantastic shape if its starting rotation of Michael Rocha, Bobby Shore and Smith continues to progress –


Kyle McMillen – McMillen entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with the Golden Flashes up 2-0. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to close this game out, allowing two runs to score (Louisville went on to win in extra innings). He’s a good athlete with lean, tapered proportions and a wiry strong frame. He has a live arm in which the ball appears to explode out of his hand after a slow, deliberate windup. He sat 90-91 in this game, and threw mostly fastballs. He appeared to try and throw a slider, but couldn’t find the grip on the pitch. –

Aaron Nola, rhp, Catholic HS, Baton Rouge, La. Nola, whose older brother Austin is a three-year starter at shortstop for LSU, has the best changeup in the 2011 prep class for me. That is his best pitch, yet his fastball also tops out at 92 mph now—even as his slight 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame still has relatively little muscle definition. His curveball is big and tight, and only lacks velocity to be a third plus pitch. Nola’s brother is a plus athlete who has gained lots of strength in college, so there is much to like here about Aaron in the long-range picture.


Hoby Milner – I also profiled Milner in the link provided above for Stafford. I’ll keep the notes on him this time brief. He’s a projectable athlete in that he’s rail thin, particularly in his arms, but has broad shoulders and room for added strength, and velocity. He has a quick arm and three quarters delivery, and snapped off a few big, slow curveballs that reminded me a little of Barry Zito.


Mark Pope and Georgia Tech: Everyone has talked about Georgia Tech left-handed pitcher Jed Bradley, but what about right-hander Mark Pope? The experienced righty was fantastic in a 10-0 win over Rutgers in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Pope struck out six and allowed just six hits in a complete game shutout. He highlighted a great day for the Jackets, who also won the nightcap 9-5.



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