Draft 13 – NC State, Clemson, East Carolina, Hunter Alllen, Anthony Bazzani, Reese McGuire
NC State (43-20, 19-11 in conference) released its 2013 schedule and, like most teams, have some interesting non-conference matchup early on in the schedule. Series include an opening day 30game match up against Appalachian State. Other non-conference in-state games/series include Campbell, UNC Greenville, Elon, East Carolina, Davidson, and UNC Wilmington. The season ends with a three-game road series against conference rival Duke. ( Note: NC State features the projected first pick overall in the 2013 draft, starting pitcher Carlos Rodan (17-G, 16-ST, 9-0, 1.57, 114.2, 135-K, 41-BB). Another potential draftee is senior C Danny Canela (.348).
The Clemson Tigers (35-28, 16-14 in conference) announced their 2013 schedule which opens up with a 3-game series (February 15-17) at home against William & Mary. Other early non-conference games/series will be against Wright State, and regional rivals Winthrop and South Carolina. The Tigers will continue to stay regions with non-conference games against Wofford, Charleston Southern, Morehead State, Presbyterian, Furman, and Western Carolina. They end their regular season with a 3-game conference away series (March 16-18) against Florida State.
East Carolina (36-24-1, 13-10-1 in conference) highlighted their 2013 recruiting class that featured the following elite junior college transfer:
Hunter Allen - Pos: INF – B/T: S/R – HT: 6-0 – WT: 175 – Brunswick Community College (Shallotte, N.C.) – College: Currently enrolled at Brunswick Community College (Bolivia, N.C.) under his father and head coach Robbie Allen … Helped the Dolphins to its fourth-straight 30-win season and a spot in the Region X DII Championship Game against Catawba Valley Community College … Named team captain as a freshman where he batted .346 (54-for-156) with three doubles, 16 RBI and 33 runs scored … Drew 16 walks while striking out just six times in 174 plate appearances … Recorded a career-best three hits on four occasions and tallied 17 multi-hit games … Drove in a career-best three RBI against Wilkes Community College (Feb. 25) in a 13-0 victory … Posted four multi-RBI games … Appeared in 42 games at shortstop recording 152 putouts while turning 15 double plays … Was a perfect 3-for-3 on the base paths … Batted .429 (21-for-49) in non-league games … High School: Three-year letterwinner for coach Mike Alderson at West Brunswick High School … Two-time all-conference selection (junior, senior) … Named team captain his senior year where he batted .393 (33-for-84) with a home run, four doubles, 18 RBI and 22 runs scored … Recorded 12 multi-hit and four multi-RBI games … Scored at least one run in 14 of 21 games … Started the year with a season-high eight game hitting streak batting .500 (17-for-34) with a home run, nine RBI and six multi-hit contests … Lone home run came against Laney HS … Struck out just twice in 91 plate appearances … Swiped 10 of 11 bases with a season-best three against West Bladen … Scored a season-high three runs on three occasions … As a junior earned N.C. All-State honors after batting a team-best .433 … Wendy’s Heisman nominee as a senior … Played Travel Ball for Rickey Keith and the Carolina Cubs … Also played for Dean Sasser and American Legion Post 137 … Personal: Full name is Hunter Alexander Allen … Born Nov. 14, 1992 … Son of Jeanna and Robbie Allen … Has two siblings (Kadi and Trey) … Intended major is sports studies … Father was a three-year letterwinner at Clemson University (1978-80) who advanced to the 1980 College World Series … Drafted twice by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1980 (fourth round in January; first round in June – ninth overall) … Played eight seasons professionally reaching Triple A three times. Coach Godwin’s Comments: “Hunter is a plus defender in the middle infield. He is a very instinctive player that brings a great deal of versatility and can play any infield position.”
PG features senior from Norwood League:
ANTHONY BAZZANI, rhp, Alexandria Beetles (Eastern Kentucky/SR in 2013) - SCOUTING PROFILE: Armed with a mid-90s fastball and devastating slider that was frequently identified as a split-fingered fastball, Bazzani was named the No. 3 prospect in the NWL a year ago. With his impressive arm strength and size (6-foot-5, 215 pounds), no one expected Bazzani to fall to the 31st round (Orioles) of the draft in June, but he simply didn’t have the dominant spring at Eastern Kentucky (3.40 ERA, 29-to-32 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 42 innings) as expected. Bazzani continued to be nearly unhittable once again in the Northwoods League this summer, serving as Alexandria’s closer, saving 17 games after closing out 12 a year ago. His combined stats from the last two summers (6-3, 1.57 and a 117-to-29 strikeout to walk ratio in 80 innings) are a testament to just how dominant he can be.
MLB Draft 2013 Catching Prospects – http://baseballdraftreport.com/2012/11/12/projecting-the-first-round-mlb-draft-2013-catching-prospects/ – Rob Ozga ⋅ “Locks” – C: Reese McGuire – There really is no such thing as a “lock” this early in the process, but fortune favors the bold — we might be disqualified from bold due to our wimpy use of quotes around lock — so we’ll go ahead and pretend we can see the future anyway. McGuire is the kind of high school catching prospect so far ahead of his peers that he makes me want to compare him against top guys from previous years. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, ponder how high you’d be willing to take a chance on a plus-plus defender with ridiculous athleticism, a pretty swing, and the chance for double-digit home run power.
Todd Gold – @TGold_PG
2013 OF Johneshy Fargas (Trujillo Alta, PR) leads off game no. 8 w 1st HR of PG Caribbean showcase. Seen total of 6 pitches, 1B, 3B, HR, HBP
2013 OF Jacob Cordero-Kulian (Naranjito, PR) tearing it up @ PG Caribbean. 4-for-5 w 3 SBs in games. Threw 98 from OF, ran 6.59 60 yd dash