4/23/17

2017 Draft – “Friday Starters” – Alex Faedo, Brigham Hill, J.B. Bukauskas, Wil Crowe, Keegan Thompson

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Florida RHP Alex Faedo – 8.2-IP, 0-R, 9-K

Gators - Gators junior right-hander Alex Faedo was in command. He was throwing inside darts with his fastball to South Carolina's right-handed hitters. Faedo mixed in some effective change-ups to left-handed batters, and his slider, one of the best in the country, was dancing on the outside edge of the plate. In front of a horde of professional scouts, Faedo turned in perhaps the finest performance of his college career, tossing 8 2/3 shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over the Gamecocks. The game featured two of the best starters in the Southeastern Conference in Faedo and South Carolina ace Clarke Schmidt.


        Texas A and M Brigham Hill-  7-IP, 0-R, 6-K

            12thman - Brigham Hill was left with no-decision despite the solid performance on the mound. He worked 7.0 blank frames, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out six. Kilkenny (3-1) earned the win, allowing one run on two hits and one walk while striking out three in 2.0 innings.


N      North Carolina RHP J.B. Bukauskas -  6.2-IP, 2-ER, 8-K, 7-0

            Goheels - Pitt (16-19, 7-12 ACC) got off to a dream start as Jacob Wright led off the home half of the first with a towering home run to right. But Bukauskas was his dominant self from there, allowing just four singles and pushing his season strikeout total to 89. The junior right-hander retired nine straight at one point and didn't allow a Panther to advance past second until Pitt scored in the seventh.


         South Carolina RHP Wil Crowe – 7-IP, 1-ER, 3-K

            Thestate - Crowe’s performance came at the same stadium where he injured his elbow two years ago. The injury and Tommy John surgery cost him the remainder of the 2015 season and all of 2016. “Wil was awesome. It was important for him too,” Holbrook said. “He got hurt here a couple of years ago and that was a very difficult weekend for our team and our program and for Wil. It was good to see him pitch one of his best games at the site where he got injured. It was a meaningful game and it will mean something for him for a long time.”


Auburn RHP Keegan Thompson – 6.0-IP, 2-ER, 7-K

            Auburn - The 15 runs scored by the Tigers Friday are the most for the program in a SEC game since a 15-8 win at Kentucky on April 9, 2011. Keegan Thompson (5-1) struck out seven in six innings and allowed only two runs. He improved to 12-2 in his career at Plainsman Park. Calvin Coker pitched three scoreless innings for his first career save.



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2017 Draft 5 Pak – Pavin Smith, MacKenzie Gore, Mike Rivera, Brendan McKay, Logan Warmoth

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Frankie Piliere‏ - @FPiliere -  Pavin Smith had a 4 hit game yesterday for Virginial and continues to become a very intriguing candidate for the #1 overall pick

WTGCTT - Pavin Smith is a powerful 1B prospect from Univ. of Virginia, 1 of just 7 college hitters in mlb.com's top 50 draft prospects.  He can both hit and hit for power with strong walk rates and relatively low K rates(note the reversed K/BB in 2016 college season).  Since he's pretty much limited to 1B, he's going to have to hit a ton, but he appears to be capable of doing just that.

           



Nathan Rode‏ @NathanRode - Big crowd at LHP MacKenzie Gore last night. GMs, SDs, assistants. Allowed first BB of year. 15 Ks in 6 IP. Touched 96. 93-95 late

           Athlon - Gore, who signed to play at East Carolina, has an excellent advanced arsenal of pitches to go with enough (87-91 mph) velocity to be a potential early-round pick.

                      



Kendall Rogers‏ - @KendallRogers  -  Florida C Mike Rivera will miss the next four weeks because of a broken hamate bone. JJ Schwarz/Mark Kolozsvary will split plate duties.
                       Frankie Piliere‏ - @FPiliereD1  -  Big blow for Florida - also worth watching as his draft stock had been trending upwards in recent weeks

                                  



Brendan McKay  Gocards    allowed just one hit in eight dominant innings on the mound and added pair of hits at the plate to lead the No. 2 Louisville baseball team to a 3-0 victory over Georgia Tech in Thursday night's series-opener at Russ Chandler Stadium. McKay finished with eight strikeouts while surrendering only a fourth inning single to go with two walks to move to 5-2 on the season and 26-9 in his collegiate career. The junior lefthander retired the final 13 batters he faced while reaching eight strikeouts in a game for the 24th time. McKay, who ranks second in career strikeouts at Louisville with 321, has a 1.19 ERA and 76 strikeouts in his 53.0 innings this season.

Gocards - Summer 2016: Had a stellar summer at the plate and on the mound for USA Collegiate National Team... Hit .326 overall with five RBI in 13 starts as a hitter while also registering a 2-1 record with a 1.35 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13.1 innings on the mound.

           
                      

D1 -   While we aren’t listing these players in order of who has helped their stock the most, you simply cannot start the conversation without Logan Warmoth. No name is on the tips of scouts’ tongues the way Warmoth’s is and he’s, quite frankly, the fastest rising commodity in the class right now. Warmoth has shown he is an extremely steady hand at shortstop and has the arm strength to finish the play from deep in the hole. Even for the scouts who question his ability at shortstop, most still see him as a potential 20-20 type of talent at the big league level. He’s shown plus speed and consistent above-average power this spring, so even if he cannot stick at shortstop, he is a potentially dynamic second baseman in waiting at the big league level. Warmoth already has seven home runs and 15 stolen bases on the year.

Goheels - Sophomore Season (2016) - Elite defensive shortstop had a breakout season at the plate as a sophomore • Started 53 games at shortstop and hit .337 with 14 doubles, two triples and four homers • Also drove in a team-best 53 runs and stole eight bases • Posted a .337/.402/.481 slash line • Had a big power surge late in the year, hitting all four of his home runs in the final 13 games, including a walk-off homer against Louisville on May 7 • Posted a scorching .466/.528/.724 slash line over the final 15 games on the season and drove in a team-high 22 runs during that span • Finished with 22 multi-hit games, including a career-high four hits against UNCW on April 26 and NC State on May 19 • Drove in multiple runs 15 times, including a career-best four at Duke on March 20 and at NCSU on May 20 • Made just 11 errors in 212 defensive chances and was part of 30 double plays • Hit .270 with four homers in the Cape Cod League for Brewster.

           
           


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Mack - Sunday's Thoughts

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I grew up in the journalism era where the first paragraph of every article you either read or wrote started off with ‘who, what, where, how, when’. You could not move on to paragraph two unless you accomplished these objectives in paragraph one.
There was no crazy headlines on the back page of New York’s local tabloids, the News and the Mirror. Those kind of headlines could only be found on the local newspapers in London. The headline for last night’s game would have stated that the Mets lost another game and the headline would refer to the page where you could find the story. It wouldn’t say that the Mets were inept or stunk or even sucked. Just the score, the fact they lost and the page number for the story.

I don’t know which is the correct approach in 2017. I know for a fact that the players don’t read, as one told me, ‘this crap every day’. Mets baseball reporters to them rank somewhere in between Hillary Clinton and Kim Jong Un. But frankly, both the fans and the writers deserve better than the final result we are getting from these games recently.

The Mets game was on national cable television yesterday, but I found no immediacy to turn it on. When I did, they were already down three runs to the Nats so I moved on to another channel. I don’t get a lot of Mets games down here in South Carolina and, as you know, I write about this team. Still, I found no desire to watch the game yesterday, I first for me in many years.

The writer’s here on Mack’s Mets are going to be addressing what’s going on during their posts this week, culminating with a Friday question asking ‘where do we go from here’. I get the honor of asking the questions so I don’t have to include an answer, but I thought I would move some posts around today and slip this one in.

Calm down.

The season is young.

Some players will heal while others will go down.


All the Mets can do is put the best players they have, at game time, out on the field. 

Eventually the Mets will win two or three games in a row and the headlines will calm down.

@MetsTwitter never will. Don't follow it. 

And most important, Mack's Mets will continue to sort all this out and give you the best online coverage of the team we sometimes hate but always love.


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Lexington 4 - Columbia 0

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Matt Blackham and Austin McGeorge shined for the Fireflies out of the bullpen. The righty relievers combined for eight strikeouts in four scoreless innings. Columbia fell 4-0 to Lexington on Saturday night. Spirit Communications Park witnessed a tremendous crowd - the second sellout (7,534 fans) of the season.

Lexington (6-11) tallied its four runs in the first two innings. Chris DeVito and Khalil Lee each clubbed a two-run homer for the Legends. Colin Holderman (L, 1-1) made his third start of the season for Columbia (10-7) and lasted five innings. After a tough first two frames, the right-hander found a groove and did not allow a hit in the next three innings.

Jace Vines (W, 1-2) tossed six scoreless innings and absorbed just three hits for the Legends. Gene Cone recorded one of these hits, which extended his on-base streak to 10 games.

Brandon Brosher collected Columbia’s fourth hit of the game in the ninth inning. Lexington reliever Garrett Davila bounced back and earned the save. The Fireflies have experienced eight shutouts through their first 17 games. Despite the loss Saturday night, Columbia has won five of these type of games.

The Fireflies are back in action on Sunday afternoon in game four of this series against the Legends. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park. Southpaw Blake Taylor (0-2, 4.09) makes his third start for Columbia. Gerson Garabito (1-1, 3.50) starts for the Legends.
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Tom Brennan - OLD MAN HITTING TRACKER VOL. 4

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Tom Brennan - OLD MAN HITTING TRACKER VOL. 4

Baseball is a young man's game. Our 2 active old guys, Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes, have showed the clock may be running out on them.

In another putrid offensive game for the spiraling Mets, Granderson went 0-3, dropping to .159.

Reyes?  0-1, walk, Mets' sole run, hitting an abominable .095.  

The oldsters' combined 2017 numbers thru 18 games are:

16 for 126 (.127), 10 runs, 6 RBIs, .194 OBP, 33 Ks, 1 steal.

Mets have lost 7 of 8 despite fine starting pitching? Why? 

THE #'S ABOVE SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

 Too old to rock and roll, until proven otherwise.
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Daytona 4 - St. Lucie 1

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The Daytona Tortugas launched a pair of home runs that helped propel them to a 4-1 win over the St. Lucie Mets on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Blake Butler hit the first pitch Joseph Shaw threw in the first inning for a long home run that tied the game 1-1.

In the third inning Shed Long just cleared the wall in left with a two-run homer that put the Tortugas ahead 3-1. Daytona added an unearned run on a two-out RBI single by Reydel Medina in the eighth.

The Mets scored the game’s first run on a two-out single from Nick Sergakis in the first inning, but that would be the highlight for the Mets offense. Mets hitters ended up striking out 14 times and going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The Mets stranded 11 runners on base, including four in the final two innings.

Shaw bounced back from the home runs and recorded the third quality start by a Mets pitcher. He logged six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out six.

Tortugas starter Ty Boyles held the Mets to one run and two hits in five innings while striking out eight.

John Mora extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the ninth. That wouldn’t be enough against Tanner Rainey, who struck out Wuilmer Becerra as the tying run to end the game.

The Mets (7-10) and Tortugas (9-8) conclude their three-game series on Sunday. First pitch at Jackie Robinson Ballpark is set for 5:35 p.m.
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Mack's Mets 2017 Mock Draft v4.0

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Mack’s 2017 Mock Draft v4.0

1.     RHP          Hunter Greene                    Notre Dame HS (CA)
2.     LHP           Brandan McKay                 Louisville                             
3.     SS              Royce Lewis                         J Serra HS (CA)                               
4.     RHP          JB Bukuaskas                      North Carolina                  
5.     OF             Jeren Kendall                      Vanderbilt                          
6.     RHP           Alex Faedo                          Florida                                 
7.     LHP           DL Hall                                  Houston County HS (GA)
8.     OF             Jordan Adell                                    Ballard HS (LA)
9.     RHP          Kyle Wright                         Vanderbilt                          
10. RHP         Tanner Houck             Missouri                                                      
11.OF             Austin Beck                         North Davidson HS (NC) 
12. LHP          MacKenzie Gore                Whiteville HS (NC)           
13. 1B            Pavin Smith                         Virginia                               
14. RHP         Alex Lange                           LSU                                                    
15. 3B            Jake Burger                         Missouri State                   
16. LHP          Nick Pratto                          Huntington Beach HS (CA)
17. RHP         Tristan Beck                        Stanford                              
18. RHP         Seth Romero                       Houston                              
19. OF            Keston Hiura                       UC Irvine     
20. LHP          Jacob Heatherly                 Cullman HS (ALA)                         
21. RHP         Griffin Canning                  UCLA                                     
22. RHP         Clarke Schmidt                   South Carolina                  
23. LHP          Brandon Little                    State College of Florida                     
24. RHP         Will Crowe                           South Carolina                                   
25. SS             Mark Vientos                      American Heritage School (FL)         
26. LHP          Trevor Rogers                     Carlsbad HS (NM)                          
27. OF            Garrett Mitchell                Orange Lutheran HS                    
28. SS             Nick Allen                            Francis Parker School (CA)              
29. OF            Heliot Ramos                      Leadership Christian Academ  
30. RHP         Shane Baz                            Concordia Lutheran HS (TX)


Supplemental 1st Round:           
 
31. RHP            Blaine Enlow                    St. Amant HS (LA)                             
32. SS             Brady McConnell               Merritt Island HS (FL)                       
33. C               ML Melendez                      Westminster Christian School     
34. OF            Quentin Holmes                 McClancy Memorial HS (NY)            
35. OF            Adam Haseley                    Virginia                                                
36. RHP         Alex Scheff                           Prestonwood Academy (TX)   
  
2nd Round:   

37. RHP         Hans Crouse                        Dana Hills HS                                    
38. RHP         Hagen Danner                    Huntington Beach HS                      
39. OF            Cole Brannon                      Westfield Schools                          
40. SS             Logan Warmoth        UNC                                                              
41. SS             Adam Hall                            A.B. Lucas Secondary                     
42. RHP         Tanner Burns                      Decatur HS (ALA)                              
43. SS             Ricardo DeLa Torre           Puerto Rico Baseball              
44. 1B            Alex Toral                            Archbishop McCarthy HS               
45. OF            Michael Gigliotti         Lipscomb                                                     
46. LHP          Jake Eder                              Atlantic Community HS (FL)          
47. RHP         Jeremiah Estrada              Palm Desert                                          
48. OF            Drew Waters                      Etowah HS                                         
49. C               Riley Adams                 San Diego                                                   
50. RHP         Nick Storz                            Polytechnical Prep (NY)                     
51. OF            Brian Miller              UNC                                                              
52. LHP          David Peterson            Oregon                                                        
53. SS             Dalton Guthrie           Florida                                                         
54. RHP         Kyle Hurt                              Torrey Pines HS (CA)                        
55. C               JJ Schwartz                Florida                                                         
56. OF            Connor Uselton                  Southmoore HS                                 
57. OF            Cole Turney                         William B Travis HS (TX)                 
58. RHP         Corbin Martin            TAMU                                                           
59. C               Evan Skoug                          TCU                                                   
60. C               Mike Rivera                Florida                                                         
61. RHP         Colton Hock                 Stanford                                                      
62. OF            Calvin Mitchell                   Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)                
63. SS             Kevin Smith                 Maryland                                                    
64. SS             Taylor Walls                  Florida State                                              
65. OF            Bubba Thompson              McGill-Toolen Catholic HS                 
66. RHP         Sam Carlson                        Burnsville HS                                 
67. LHP          Mitchell Stone                    Deer Creek HS (OK)   
       
Supplemental 2nd Round:    
                   
68. RHP         Joe Perez                              Archbishop McCarthy HS             
69. 3B            Joe Dunard                     North Carolina State                               
70. RHP         Tyler Johnson           South Carolina                                          
71. 1B            Evan White                   Kentucky                                                     
72. 1B            Tim Elko                                Hillsborough Sr. HS                         
73. OF            Jordan Anderson               James Clemens HS                              
74. RHP         Chris McMahon                 West Chester Rustin HS (PA)         
75. OF            Daniel Cabrera                   Parkview Baptist School

3rd Round:               

76. RHP         Garrett Ruth                       Buchhotz HS                                    
77. SS             Zack Rutherford         Old Dominion                                            
78. RHP         Peter Solomon              Notre Dame                                               
79. SS             Austin Martin                  Trinity Christian                     
80. OF            Carl Chester                Miami                                                          
81. 3B            Ryan Vilade                         Stillwater HS (OK)                              
82. RHP         Daniel Ritcheson               Bishop Alemany HS                             
83. 3B            Nick Egnatuk                Immaculata HS                                         
84. LHP          Ricky Thomas             Fresno State                                               
85. 1B            J.J. Maijevic                Arizona                                                        
86. RHP         Brandon McCabe       Forest Hill HS                                             
87. OF            Jacob Pearson              West Monroe HS                                      
88. OF            Brock Deathrage        North Carolina State                                   
89. LHP          Zac Lowther               Xavier                                                          
90. RHP         Keegan Thompson      Auburn                                                        
91. C               KJ Harrison                  Oregon State                                             
92. 3B            Jayson Gonzalez                Bishop Amat Memorial                 
93. SS             Devin Harrison          Louisville                                                     
94. RHP         Kade McClure          Louisville                                                     
95. SS             Clay Fisher                   UC Santa Barbara                                    
96. OF            Kyle Jacobson             Altoona HS                                                 
97. RHP         CJ Van Eyk                   Steinbrenner HS                                        
98. RHP         Landon Leach            Pickering HS                                               
99. 3B            Jason Willow                      Lambrick Park                        
100.         RHP   Mitch Hart                           USC                                                   
101.         OF      Christian Robinson           Viera HS                                          
102.        RHP    Wilberto Rivera                 Carlos Beltran Baseball              
103.        RHP    Nate Pearson                      College Central Florida               
104.        LHP     Seth Corry                            Lone Peak HS (UT)                        
105.        RHP    Drew Rasmussen              Oregon State   
      
4th Round:               

106.        RHP    Connor Seabold                 Cal State Fullerton                       
107.        RHP    Glen Otto                             Rice                                                   
108.        RHP    Morgan Cooper                 Texas                                                
109.        C          Matt Whatley                    Oral Roberts                                  
110.        RHP    Jayson Rose                         Utah                                                 
111.        OF       Kier Meredith                     Glenn HS                                         
112.        RHP    Will Gaddis                          Furman                                            
113.        SS        Jeter Downs                        Monsignor Pace HS                     
114.        LHP     Zach Warren                       Tennessee                                       
115.        LHP     Logan Allen                         University HS                                 
116.        RHP    Brad Dobzanski                 Delsea Regional HS                      
117.        LHP     Hunter Williams                UNC                                                  
118.        OF       Jake Magnum                     Mississippi State                          
119.        C          Steven Williams                 Deerfield Windsor School          
120.        1B       Ryan Noda                           Cincinnati                                       
121.        LHP     Evan Steele                          Chipola College                             
122.        C          Phillip Clarke                      Christ Presbyterian Academy   
123.        C          Calvin Greenfield               Jensen Beach HS (FL)                   
124.        RHP    Garrett Cave                       Tampa                                              
125.        RHP    Spencer Strider                  Christian Academy Knoxville    
126.        SS        Andrew Papantonis         Delparton School                         
127.        RHP    Bryce Montes de Oca       Missouri                                          
128.        RHP    Michael Baumann            Jacksonville                                    
129.        RHP    Joe Boyle                              North Oldham HS                         
130.        LHP     Tarik Skubal                        Seattle                                             
131.        LHP     Tyler Wilson                        Rhode Island                                  
132.        RHP    Turner Larkins                    TAMU                                               
133.        RHP    Kyle Johnson                       Texas                                                
134.        OF       Je’Von Carter-Ward         Richard Gahr HS                           
135.        OF       Tristen Lutz                         Martin HS   
5th Round:   
                        
136.        RHP    Matt Tabor                          Milton Academy                           
137.        C          Deon Stafford                     St. Joseph’s                                     
138.        OF       Greg Diechman                  LSU                                                    
139.        2B       Ernie Clement                     Virginia                                           
140.        3B       Zack Gahagan                    UNC                                                  
141.        RHP    Joe Lancellotti                    Archbishop Wood HS                  
142.        3B       Josh Anthony                      Auburn                                            
143.        OF       Stuart Fairchild                  Wake Forest                                  
144.        LHP     Jake Latz                              Kent State                                       
145.        SS        Chris Seise                           West Orange HS (FL)                   
146.        3B       Dylan Busby                        Florida State                                  
147.        SS        Mathew Golda                   Inspiration Academy                  
148.        3B       Will Toffey                           Vanderbilt                                      
149.        RHP    Jake Bird                              UCLA                                                 
150.        OF       Zach Daniels                       Eagle’s Landing HS                       
151.        SS        Jamal O’Guinn                   Buchanan HS                                 
152.        OF       Quinn Brodey                     Stanford                                          
153.        OF       Baron Radcliff                    Norcross HS                                   
154.        LHP     Kyle Nelson                         UC Santa Barbara                        
155.        RHP    Mathew Sauer                   Ernest Righetti HS                        
156.        C          Brady Smith                        TNXL Academy                              
157.        OF       Patrick Mathis                   Texas                                                
158.        3B       Jacob Gonzalez                  Chapparal HS                                 
159.        SS        Tyler Freeman                    Etiwanda HS                                  
160.        RHP    Tylor Fischer                       Langham Creek Senior HS          
161.        C          Mike Papierski                   LSU                                                    
162.        LHP     Hugh Fisher                         Briancrest Christian School       
163.        LHP     Charlie Barnes                    Clemson                                          
164.        C          Connor Wong                     Houston                                          
165.        SS        Trevor Hauver                    Perry HS                                           

                                                            
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