Eighty of the premier high school players from around the country were chosen to participate at the PDP League at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Here are my notes and evaluations on my standouts from the event.
You’ve had a chance to read through the cream of the crop of the MLB 2019 draft. By now you should be acquainted with just about everyone who’ll be drafted on Day One, but now it’s time to go deeper. Here is how we ranked prospects 51-100. Ralph Lifshitz, Kyler Peterson, Matt Thompson, Anthony Franco, and Tom Mussa gathered again to debate how these guys shake out and this is the result.
This isn’t the small ball Stanford team of old; this lineup has real thump. Only UCLA has a higher slugging percentage in conference, and Kinamon’s power outburst last weekend put him alongside Stowers, Andrew Daschbach and Brandon Wulff as Cardinal players slugging above .500 since Pac-12 play kicked off.
Featuring a fairly traditional fastball, changeup, slider, curveball toolkit, Pepiot ranks fourth in the nation in strikeouts per nine despite rather pedestrian, low-90’s velocity.
Arkansas lost five regulars and their top two starting pitchers from last year’s national runner-up team, but they’ve plugged in newcomers seamlessly. Franklin, Noland and starter Patrick Wicklander have been solid as freshmen, while JUCO transfers Trevor Ezell and Matt Goodheart have anchored the lineup.