Mack Draft: – Ben Klafczynski, Kyle Smith, Kolton Wong, Kyle Putkonen, Hudson Randall

Ben Klafczynski – If you’re like me, you have probably referred to Klafczynski (pronounced Klaf-CHIN-ski) as Ben K. He’s an aggressive and well built left-handed hitter that physically resembles Larry Walker and Jay Bruce. He’s not afraid to swing early in the count if he sees a pitch he likes, and can put a charge in the ball. He has done a better job during his college career improving his plate discipline, but may be looking to dispel questions about his overall power potential by taking such aggressive hacks.


Kyle Smith, rhp, Santaluces HS, West Palm Beach, Fla. When it was announced last October that Smith would pitch for Palm Beach PAL against traditional power East Cobb in the opening- night game of the World Wood Bat Association fall championship in Jupiter, Fla., I immediately remarked that “East Cobb has no chance.” Turned out I was right. Smith, one of the smartest pitchers in this year’s senior class, kept East Cobb off balance all night with an assortment of stuff thrown to every corner of the strike zone. If the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Smith scares scouts away in this year’s draft because of his smaller frame, he could easily have a very short path to the big leagues after three years at the University of Florida, if he stays healthy.


Kolton Wong – Wong is a compact sparkplug, built almost exactly the same as former Tennessee Volunteer and current Brewers farmhand Kentrail Davis. Also a left-handed hitter, Wong is quick to the ball, with very good bat speed, and does a good job driving the ball up the middle and the opposite way. While he shows a good eye at the plate and does a nice job working the count, he also can be a little too over-aggressively at times, and can get fooled by breaking stuff. A well put together overall athlete, he is a versatile athlete that played both second and third base in this game, and some have toyed with the idea of him playing behind the plate at the next level. I think that would impede his development, and I like his current actions at second base. At third base he made a great bare handed play charging in on a bunt attempt, throwing the batter out at first base relatively effortlessly. He tried to make a similar play earlier in the game at second base that got past the first baseman, and was charged with another throwing error in the fourth on a poor throw to third base that allowed a runner to score.


Samford pitcher Kyle Putkonen: The Bulldogs received a boost from Putkonen in the opening game of a doubleheader against Toledo. Putkonen led the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory over the Rockets by striking out six and allowing just five hits in a complete game shutout. For the year, Putkonen is one of the more under the radar arms with a 1.74 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.


Florida’s Hudson Randall: We’ve talked all year long about Florida’s fantastic pitching staff. Well, Gators starting pitcher Hudson Randall put together a fabulous start in a 1-0 series clinching victory over Miami. Randall struck out five and allowed just a hit in seven shutout innings. He also threw just 86 pitches. Florida extended its dominance over the Hurricanes the past two seasons. –



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