Mack Draft: – Zack Powers, Gerrit Cole, Matt Purke, Kyle Robinson, Karsten Whitson


Zack Powers – In my notes column from 2-20-11, I mentioned how much I liked Powers at the plate. He impressed me once again, with a mature and balanced approach. He did a nice job turning on an inside fastball, keeping his hands in, to yank the pitch down the right field line for a double, and overall shows a good eye. He had good actions/instincts at the hot corner as well, and has the room to add strength over the next two to three years.


UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole: The Bruins are still having issues scoring runs, but at least the pitching staff is on track with Cole leading the way. The top pitching prospect for the upcoming draft and talented right-hander was masterful against Nebraska, striking out eight and allowing just two hits in nine innings. He didn’t earn a decision against the Huskers, but helped the Bruins capture a hard-fought 1-0 victory.


Many of the scouts who were at the Houston Classic were gone on Sunday. Teams picking high in the Draft went to Texas Tech to watch TCU’s Matt Purke go six shutout innings. The Draft-eligible sophomore didn’t pitch last weekend because of a blister, but he looked just fine on Sunday, allowing only one hit, walking one and striking out six. He could be ready to resume his role as the Friday starter soon –


Arkansas senior Kyle Robinson played sparingly in his first year at Arkansas last year after transferring from Indian River CC. Injuries played a part in his limited time, but Robinson is making-up for it this year. He hit .474 (9-for-19) with three home runs and 13 RBIs last week. The outfielder’s .465 batting average is the third best in the SEC through the first three weeks of 2011. He also ranks in the top five in the conference in slugging percentage (#3 – .791), runs (#5 – 14), hits (T-#1 – 20), and RBI (#1 – 21).


Caught U of Florida at home vs U of Miami on Sunday, saw Karsten Whitson throw pretty well, velocity wise was the best I’ve seen him, up to 95 on the jugs, hard downer cb that was tight and late breaking when he didn’t spin and rush his front side and he had pretty good movement on his plus fb in on RHH, but out over the plate he got hit pretty good, mostly singles. He reminds me some of Javier Vazquez in build and delivery. Strong follow next 2 years.



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