Mack Draft: – Andrew Chafin, Matt Koch, Lenny Linsky, Mason Snyder, Michael Palazzone


Kent State’s Andrew Chafin and Louisville: It was a disappointing day for the Golden Flashes, who wasted a fantastic performance by starting pitcher Andrew Chafin. Chafin struck out 10 and allowed just a hit in seven innings. However, the Cardinals rallied and captured an important 3-2 win over the Flashes. Chafin’s outing shouldn’t go unnoticed. He was masterful against the Cardinals.


Matt Koch – Koch (pronounced COOK) is a 2012 draft-eligible, a right-handed pitcher that also peaked in the 90-92 range. He wasn’t nearly as filthy as Chafin was, but he did a better job pounding the strike zone. His fastball has some run to it, and he threw a nice overhand curve that had some slurve-like break to it at times. He has a tall and lean build with an easy, repeatable delivery. However, there were a few times when he seemed to lose focus and/or his rhythm which caused him to alter his release point. This only happened a handful of times, and seemed to come after a bigger moment in the game, almost a reaction to the previous play.


Lenny Linsky – Linsky was the main reason I was tuned into this game, and fortunately I was rewarded when he did indeed make it into the game to toss the final inning for the Rainbow Warriors. As I had reported earlier this year, I had received reports of Linsky throwing as hard as 95-97 prior to the season, with a slider that reaches the upper-80s. After the first weekend, I had word that he was 94-96 with the same slider, and phenomenal sink on his fastball, so it was nice to see it for myself.


Mason Snyder, ss/rhp, Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill. If Snyder was a lefthanded hitter, scouts would probably feel the same way about him that they did about 2010 supplemental first-round pick Taylor Lindsey, a former Arizona prep product. Snyder has hitter’s hands and can flat rake. What position he will ultimately play is a mystery, especially since he’s been playing with an injured arm for some time, but there’s plenty to like about Snyder’s bat.


Georgia’s Michael Palazzone: The Bulldogs desperately needed a clutch pitching performance and got exactly what they needed from junior right-hander Michael Palazzone. Palazzone struck out five and allowed just a run on five hits in seven innings as the Bulldogs shocked the Seminoles 2-1. Georgia now has a chance to earn a huge series win on Sunday –



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