Draft 13 – Top HS RHP, Trevor Williams, Draft Trends, SEC Tourney
David Rawnsley - I think you ask 30 scouting directors that and you’ll get at least 10 different answers. PG has Kohl Stewart ranked the highest, but Jordan Sheffield and Carlos Salazar probably have more arm strength. Dustin Driver and Casey Shane don’t throw as hard but are much more polished. Personally, it’s not going to shock me if Shane is the top guy, if not in June, then in about 3-5 years.
Jeff Sullivan @JSully12 – Jordan Sheffield- RHP, Tullahoma (TN) HS. Committed to Vanderbilt University
Arizona State University junior right-hander Trevor Williams has been named a Collegiate Baseball 2013 preseason First Team All-American, the publication announced Dec. 21. Williams, who was already named a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team All-American, was a 2012 All-American and member of the USA National Collegiate Team this past summer. He was one of just four sophomores last season to be a first team All-Pac-12 selection as he led the conference with 12 victories. He finished the 2012 season tied for first in Div. I in wins and he became only the 25th Sun Devil in the aluminum bat era, and the first since 2010, to record a dozen victories. http://www.thesundevils.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/122112aab.html
– Outfielders are starting to dominate the early picks. Three of the top six picks (Austin Meadows, Austin Wilson, Clint Frazier) have been joined by 3B Kris Bryant, who projects out as a corner outfielder in the pros
– Falling out of the first round are pitchers Keegan Thompson, Chris Oakley, and Garrett Williams, catcher Nick Ciuffo, 2B Cavan Biggio, 3B Travis Demeritte, and outfielders JaCoby Jones and William Abreu.
– You want to get your pitchers early in this draft, especially the righties.
The 2013 SEC Baseball Tournament, which will be held in Hoover, Ala., at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium for the 16th consecutive year, will increase from 10 to 12 teams and will begin on Tuesday, May 21. Seeds 5-12 will meet in a single elimination format on the opening day of the tournament, followed by traditional double-elimination play Wednesday-Friday. The tournament will return to single elimination play on Saturday. The total number of games played will not change, remaining at 17. http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=27865&SPID=2173&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205844953&DB_OEM_ID=5200
FIRST-TEAM LOUISVILLE SLUGGER PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA
RHP Nick Petree, Missouri St.
RHP Mark Appel, Stanford
LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State
RHP Trevor Williams, Arizona St.
RHP Adam Plutko, UCLA
LHP Sean Manaea, Indiana St.
Relief Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon
C Mitchell Garver, New Mexico
1B George Roberts, Kent St
2B L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut
3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico
SS Trea Turner, N.C. State
OF Raph Rhymes, LSU
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon St.
OF Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist
DH Nick Backlund, Mercer
UT Michael Lorenzen, Cal. St. Fullerton