Mack Ade – Josh Dezse, Top February Velos, Mock Update, Layne Somsen, Karsten Whitsen, Weekend Pitchers
Ohio State junior RHP/1B Josh Dezse is down and out for at least two months with a stress reaxtion in his lower back. Sully had Dezse at the 117th overall pick which, as of now, all bets are off.
Arkansas’ Ryne Stanek was recognized by Baseball America as Preseason SEC Pitcher of the Year
Here are the top pitching velocities from the PG Indoor Showcase on 2-9-13:
Andrew Dunlap (TX) 96 mph
Jake Brentz (MO) 94
Devin Williams (MO) 94
Clinton Hollon (KY) 94
Dan Hermann (MO) 92
Derek Burkamper (IA) 91
Matt Fiedler (MN) 91
Alex Lange (MO) 91
Storm Rynard (MO) 90
Ethan Landon (SD) 90
Cody Campbell (IL) 90
Brad Archer (MO) 90
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2013 RHP Dan Hermann (IL) very impressive 90-92 mph with his fastball. Live arm!
2014 RHP Mitch Keller (IA) throwing an easy 87-89 mph
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Carlo Graffeo (2015 RHP Covington, LA) sitting 84-85 touched 88 with a good curveball at 74
Grant Spillers (2014 C Overland Park, KS) really impressive in live hitting today, showing great bat speed, makes hard contact
Evan Skoug (2014 C Libertyville,IL) showing good bat speed, ball explodes off his bat, squares the ball up consistently
Mocks continue to come in. Indiana State LHP Sean Manaea has solidly become the number one ranked player in the upcoming draft, followed by Arkansas Ryne Stanek and Grayson High School (Georgia) OF Austin Meadows. The big surprise is the 6th ranking of New Castle (IN) LHP-OF Trey Ball.
Mocks are funny drafts. Ball wasn’t ranked any higher than 6th on only one draft but he was never picked lower than 16th and is averaging with a 9.9 ranking.
Guys like C Reese McGuire usually rank high, but two pundits (Prospect Nation and Bleacher Report) had him 19th.
The most inconsistent would be SS Chris Rivera, raked as high as 4th by two drafts (Prospect Nation and Bleacher Report), but not even ranked in five first round draft and picked 88th by Sullly.
We ran into once prospect RHP, San Diego State Layne Somsen. Somsen was all piss and vinegar out of high school and American Legion ball and began his SDS career as with the best ERA out of all the other pitchers on the staff. Then, well, let’s let him tell you.
Mack: Layne, morning. Let’s get the bad news over with early so we can talk about great days to come. Tell us what happened to your wing in 2010.
Somsen: Well, it was my first start of the 2010 season. I had been having a little pain in my elbow through the winter but didn’t think much about it. I started the game and got through the first and went out for the second. With two outs in the second, I threw a fastball and felt a a tingling sensation that ran down my arm. Though my elbow was hurting pretty bad I finished the inning. I walked straight to the trainer after the third out was recorded and he said I was done for the day. When I got back to South Dakota I had an MRI done. It didn’t show any tears, so i just began rehabbing. After a few months with no gain, I decided to go see Dr. George Paletta in St. Louis. When I got there he looked at my MRI and did a few arm tests. He told me I needed to have TJ. I was a little disappointed, but was happy to finally figure out what was going on. I had my surgery May 6th 2010.
Mack: So… how’s the wing now and are you eligible for this June’s draft?
Somsen: The arm feels great. As good as its felt in a long time. I am a senior so yes I am eligible for this years draft.
Mack: That’s great. We’ll keep an eye on your season and report back here throughout it.
From UF: – The University of Florida baseball program announced on Wednesday that junior right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) will be sidelined. “Karsten has been battling continued shoulder fatigue,” said Gator Baseball Head Athletic Trainer Pat Hassell. “We have pursued a conservative management plan to treat this issue. Karsten is evaluating further options at this time that will allow for a healthy and productive return to baseball.”
Observation: – Needless to say, this is not going to fair well on draft day. Whitson is one of those few players who have had their name on every mock draft, though it’s always in the 20-32 pick range. Don’t be surprised that his name disappears from them… right now.
Arizona – Fri. RHP Trevor WIlliams, Sat. LHP Adam McCreery, Sun. RHP Darin Gillies
Pitching match-ups Akron at GaTech: Fri. Farmer (GT) vs. Pusateri (UA); Sat. Isaacs (GT) vs. Dyer (UA); Sun. Pitts (GT) vs. Brubaker (UA),