3B/1B Kris Bryant: University of San Diego– 6’5 215, JR, Las Vegas, Nevada, (Bonanza HS)
One of the most heavily recruited power bats out of high school. He chose San Diego over powerhouse like LSU, Stanford, and Vanderbilt
Freshman- 1 HR, 13 RBI, .300
Sophomore- 10 HR, 36 RBI, .407
Junior- 14 HR, 38 RBI, .484
Senior- 22 HR, 51 RBI, .489
Played for Team Vegas after HS hitting .247 with 9 HR and 28 RBI striking out 38 times in 150 AB.
High School Coach Derek Stafford said in an interview “if I coach another 30 years, I won’t get a kid like this again. He is a once in a generation type of talent.”
Freshman- 72-197, 17 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 36 RBI, .365/.482/.599 18-21 SB, 55/33 with 14 HBP
Chatham Anglers- 29-130, 6 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 51/14, .223
Sophomore- 78-213, 17 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 57 RBI, .366/.483/.671 9-12 SB, 39/38 with 10 HBP
His father Mike played in the Red Sox system after a collegiate career at Minnesota and Wisconsin- River Falls. He played one year of pro ball hitting .194 in 124 at bats with a pair of HR.
The Skinny: Tremendous talent who has one the highest pure power ceiling in the draft.
The Scout’s Eye with Don Olsen:Â
Kris has the size and frame that you look for out of a corner bat, but more of an average athletic ability. Â Strictly from a body and overall athletic ability, he reminds me of David McCarty. Â His bat shows a lot more 5 O’ clock ability to this point, but the foundation to be a potent stick with enough power to play at first. Â Wide and quite stance, good bat speed, at its best it is “short to, long through”, compact and solid extension. Â Shows power in the alleys, good plate coverage that can ride with power to RCF, and strong pull power swing. Â There are a few wrinkles with a touch of bat wrap, very slight. Â Sometimes the hands will drop in a hurry when he tries to turn on it. Â I saw times where he was slightly collapsing his swing, forcing lift on it, just a few things that he will iron out with in game at bats. Â He could have a solid dual threat bat, with higher ceiling power (6) than contact (5.5), but both will factor and it would not surprise me to see plus overall hit tool. Â He is not a statue and he could get away with third, may play enough to provide value on either corner. Â He has the arm for third, but not sure there is enough quick twitch to stand out right now to pick it. Â In my eyes, first is a better fit for his glove and the bat should be good enough to play it.
Royals chances: I don’t see him as the right guy for this draft. He will go anywhere from picks 1-12 though
3B Colin Moran The University of North Carolina: 6’3 209, L/R, JR from Rye, NY
His brother Brian was an All-American at UNC as a Pitcher. He pitched last season in AAA with the Mariners,
His uncle is BJ Surhoff
Stats: Freshman- 9,71,.335/.442/.540/982 in 248 at bats with 47 K and 33 walks
Bourne Braves- 1, 10, .289
Sophomore- 3,35, .365/.434/494/928 in 170 at bats with 24 K and 21 walks
Bourne Braves- 6, 42, .314
Missed significant time last season after breaking hand punching door following a loss to NC State.
The Skinny: Terrific bat potential. He is a gap to gap guy who will hit. Â Obviously, he made a big mental mistake and his injury really cost his team. But, in my research I consistently saw where people raved about him as an individual.
The Scout’s Eye with Don Olsen:Â
In my eyes, Colin is the best pure hitter from the draftÂ eligible college ranks. Â Mechanically, he shows some noise in the bat, hand drop, a touch of load trigger, heavy leg lift, a ton of small timing mechanisms in the swing. Â To his credit, he has a nice rhythmic pattern, good balance, good barrel awareness, outstanding bat head control that the slight issues work within his swing. Â His approach at the plate shows clear spray ability with solid hand speed. Â He can turn on pitches, nice line drive swing with a touch of loft to it,Â clean inside out approach to poke it the other way with solid contact to where I can see high ceiling hit tool, that could surpass 6, if teams can iron out to lessen a few timing triggers. Â He has a good patient approach that rarely stretches the zone, can do all the things with a bat, possible high caliber No. 2 hitter. Â He has the power in the wrists, see the bat speed, ability to get leverage, I think power could come any time he needs it. Â Defensively, he has the arm and the quick twitch to both sides where third should not be a problem for him. Â He is a solid across the board tool player, with a potential plus hit tool.
Royals chances: I love the bat and if he is the best guy on the board you grab him and worry later. But, I think he slides past KC and goes in the 12-16 range.
RHP Ricky Jacquez 5’9 160, from El Paso, TX …former pitcher at the University of Texas and now at Central Arizona
He was the 39th round pick of the Cubs after HS. He was thought to be a 3rd-5th round talent. His last 2 seasons of HS he was 11-3 with 209 K in 119 IP.
He spent most of his youth playing across the border in Mexico. He has dual citizenship and was a member of the 16 and under national team that played in Taiwan. He was a force going 2-0 with a 2.53 e.r.a and 20 K in 11 IP.
Last year at Texas he was 2-1 with a 5.79 e.r.a but struck out 43 in 42 IP starting 9 games. However, he was dismissed from the team after an incident in Columbia, Missouri (his second team violation)
The Skinny: Talent oozes from this kid but clearly he has to get his priorities figured out. The obvious comp has always been Tom Gordon with his terrific fastball (touches 96 as a reliever) but sits at 90-92 as a starter. He also has a very good change and power curve. Very confident on the mound and not afraid to use his pitches aggressively in any count
The Scout’s Eye with Don Olsen:
Small framed pitcher with surprisingÂ strength and decent muscular development on his frame, a touch of projectable size that likely will not impactÂ arsenal. Â Mechanically, he has safe arm slots, decent lower half drive,Â lengthÂ in the stride isÂ adequate. Â He needs to find a consistent release point, with a better extension. Â He needs to improve his fastball command, ability to consistently hit the zone with all of his pitches. Â He is a little too loose, as he tries to let it rip a bit too much in the name for higher miles per hour. Â His fastball sits 90-92 (93) mph, and some one inning stints it can hit 94 mph, although it lacks horizontal movement and plane is limited from his size and arm slot. Â 77-81 mphÂ has some depth and good rotation, but needs to tighten a bit more on aÂ consistentÂ basis. Â Change has some hand side fade, plays it well off the fastball with average 8-10 mph difference, consistent release point could make this pitch above average with solid deception.
Royals chances: If you think you can provide him with the proper guidance he could be a terrific pick in rounds 4-7
RHP Silas Bohannon North Central Community College- 6’5 265, Neosho, Missouri
Ok, you want to talk about a kid coming out of nowhere. I give you one Silas Bohannon or Sibo as he is called by his friends. Much like the baseball movie the Scout, this young man is what scouts drive down country roads to see. The one and only action of any baseball player that makes a scout get after it is velocity. Velocity doesn’t lie like .600 batting averages and 40 HR in HS do. Velocity is the one proven number that can take a “country strong” kid and put him on the baseball map.
I talked to Levi Payton who wrote an excellent article on Silas for the Neosho Daily News about what other talents have come from his area. He mentions current Dodgers P Scott Elbert, and former big leaguer Travis Phelps. World Series hero Donn Clendendon was born in Neosho, and former St. Louis Brown Ed Hawk lived and died in Neosho. Is Bohannon going to add his name to the list? We will see….the hardest part for this young man will be to just relax and not just him but his teammates too as they will usually have a handful of pro eyes on them every game this season. My advice is to just breathe and play…don’t over do it. The scouts want to see the fastball and the other stuff (off speed) can come later.
The skinny: Threw 98 in a workout and that got the phones buzzing. Big kid who is still learning to pitch. Power arm that went 1-1 with a .90 e.r.a last season Â striking out 17 in 20 IP.
Scout’s eye: He slings it at 95-96 and touched 98 with the 4 seamer. He has a 2 seamer that goes 91-93 with potential heavy break. Potential is the key word as his mechanics look like a bullpen arm at this time
Royals chances: Fairly local kid…who could pull a 2012 Dylan Baker (Western Nevada) and shoot way up the board but more realistically is a mid teens guy. He will play at MU if things don’t work out.
Trey Ball LHP/OF 6’6 180 L/L, New Castle, Indiana
Terrific 2 way talent who likely goes as a potential power left handed arm. Although, teams love the bat and athleticism too as he possesses solid power and speed (6.67 60). He has a 93 mph fastball with a change and slider. and has committed to the University of Texas.
Hit .434 with 5 HR and 20 SB last year and was 6-2 with a 1.45 e.r.a on the mound striking out 75 and walking 16 in 53 IP.
The Scout’s Eye with Don Olsen:6â€™6â€ with wide shoulder frame. Very light in the pants and limited amount of present overall muscular development, he shows a ton of projection physically. 89-91 mph and can touch 93 in a one inning set at the moment. The offering has hard and heavy tail, even more plane considering the attack angle. Throws a potential nasty 2S, with that attack angle it could be a heavy diet offering. The arm plays a bit of catch up, but clean a transition. It adds to the natural deception in his approach, given his lack of experience, it is a non issue and proper instruction will polish the ever so slight issues. Throws a solid circle change offering from 78-82 mph with a good amount of fade, action is a bit deliberative, but shows deception as well. Uses his tall frame well and good plane on all of the offerings. His follow through and extension could improve, getting weight over would cut off the plate. Plane and extended release could make him nasty on the hill.Slot: Mid to Late 1st RoundRoyals chances- I know they have to love that left arm but I think Don is right and he slides down to that 20-25 pick.