Draft 13 – Kyle Clark, Andy McGuire, Zack Collins, Dominic Smith, Mark Appel

by Mack | Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

A freshman outfielder and pitcher for the University of Georgia baseball team has been arrested on charges of public intoxication and underage possession of alcohol. Jail records show Kyle Clark was being held Monday in the Athens-Clarke County Jail. It was not known whether he had a lawyer. Christopher Lakos, a UGA athletics department spokesman, said Coach David Perno ”is aware of the situation with Kyle, and he’s looking in to the matter.” http://sports.yahoo.com/news/uga-baseball-player-arrested-underage-171146633-ncaabb.html


Nathan Rode ‏ – @BAHighSchool

The one knock against Andy McGuire this summer was his lack of speed. There seems to be an explanation now: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/2012/12/andy-mcguire-underwent-hip-surgery-in-september/  


johnsickels‏ – @MinorLeagueBall –  2013 MLB Draft: Zack Collins, 1B, American Heritage HS, Florida. Slugging Collins can rake…Matt Garrioch http://sbn.to/Yeco17  


Jeff Sullivan‏ – @JSully12

 63. Robert Tyler- RHP, Crisp County HS. Committed to the University of Georgia


Jeff Sullivan - ‏@JSully12

 Andy Honiotes- RHP, Geneva Community HS. Committed to the University of Miami


Justin Hlubek‏ – @PGJustinHlubek

 Lachlan Fontaine (2013 RHP) sitting 87-88 with a good CH at 77. Uncommitted Arm


Dominic Smith Serra HS, Los Angeles CA – Committed to USC – 1B/RF/LHP – A real throw back type that has impressed me with his versatility, a definite two way player in college and it would not put it past me to think 80 years ago he would have been a two way professional. He is simply a gifted athlete that makes everything look easy; a kid that has been on the map for ages and no one can find harsh warts in his game to throw him off a high grade. I recently watched him behind the dish and boy he can do it all, left handed! Not overall tall or wide, but frame and present muscular development are solid, real athletic build and body type, from a body standpoint he reminds me a lot of Danny Tartabull. Decent overall development, could fill out nicely into a solid 225 frame, maybe more because you see a ton of fast twitch in him. Good development in the forearms and wrist, show solid strength. Defensively he is smooth and effortless, sound footwork around the bag, good movement and strong arm/accuracy is solid for cutoff, etc… real strength is the glove and response, could be a solid defensive option at first. Arm has plus strength and good carry that he could provide solid value in RF, enhancing versatility. Batting is a slightly open and upright stance, bat is a touch noisy, hands in solid starting position up and out. Dominican hitch type of trigger, solid foundation that sometimes shows a leaky drift, but minor. Overall nice rotation swing, but drift and slight head level from time to time iron out. His bat speed is elite and path for spray contact, driven well, ball has distinct pop off the bat head. Good control of the bat head, hands are always up and shows the ability to take anywhere with power. Solid dual threat bat with contact potential to a solid No. 3 type hitter at a power premium position. http://bullpenbanter.com/early-draft-prep-the-high-school-1b-of-the-2013-draft-class/


The comments in question stem from a question Scott Boras was asked regarding Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, who was taken 8th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in last June’s MLB Draft (per Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune):

When you make decisions like that in the draft, they’re huge decisions. There was no communication with us (before the draft). We would’ve been happy to have given them an advance notice that they could’ve used their pick in another way. We certainly would’ve let them know we didn’t have a fit there. These players have options when you have that kind of talent. That was an unfortunate event for all of us.


Boras suggests that there were no circumstances under which his client would have signed with the Pirates. He suggests, in no uncertain terms, that Appel was not going to end up in Pittsburgh so the team wasted their pick, and everyone’s time, in doing so.


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