Mack Draft: – Ryan Carpenter, Cory Hahn, Johnathan Taylor, Zach Cone, Andrew Heaney, Ryan Wright, Blake Swihart

(Ryan) Carpenter was dominant early, striking out 8 in his first 3 IP of work. His curveball was good at times, but he did seem to be a bit inconsistent with it. The stadium gun was working so I’m not sure what his early velocity was but I overheard a scout say that his late game velo was 87-89, so I would assume he was working in the low 90’s early in the game. His fastball seemed to have some late tailing life. There were teams where he’d seem to be cruising, then issue a walk. He made a lot of pickoff throws to 1B. –


College baseball is dealing with another scary neck injury. Two weeks after Arizona State’s Cory Hahn was hurt in a collision at second base, Georgia outfielders Johnathan Taylor and Zach Cone collided head-on while trying to catch a line drive against Florida State. Cone was able to stand with help from trainers, but Taylor never moved and had to be taken by stretcher and ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


Oklahoma State’s Andrew Heaney: After suffering a tough loss to start the weekend, the Cowboys looked to talented pitcher Andrew Heaney to get them back on track Saturday against South Alabama. He accomplished that goal as he struck out five and allowed just a run on seven hits in 8 1/3 innings on the way to a 13-1 victory. OSU has a pair of very talented starters in Heaney and Jason Hursh –


Ryan Wright – It’s hard not to like the way Wright plays the game. You can see his leadership qualities on the field, and is confident in his ability to carry that responsibility. He’s a good athlete with quickness, soft hands, rangy proportions and good overall actions. That shows up defensively, as in this game he made a nice charging play on a ground ball, made a diving play to his glove hand side to rob a single, and showed a nice pivot at second base on double play attempts.-


Blake Swihart, c, Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, N.M. Swihart may be the best bet to be drafted in the first round of any player on this list, but as a catcher he plays possibly the most unpredictable position for scouts to evaluate. So you never know. As a catcher, Swihart is that very rare breed of a plus athlete and who projects. He also passes my “test” for drafting a high-school catcher in the first round; he would be a first-round pick at another position other than catcher. His batting practice session at Perfect Game’s National Showcase, last June at Florida’s Tropicana Field, along with his first game, still resonates with me. There’s almost no chance that a team would consider him as a pitcher at this stage, but Swihart was clocked at 94-96 mph off the mound this off-season. That just goes to show that he can do pretty much everything on a baseball field.



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