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Susac Gets Giant Welcome at AT&T Park

by editor, Rick Cabral 09/13/11 

Sitting in the home dugout of his favorite pro baseball team, Andrew Susac's crystal-blue eyes sparkled.The Jesuit High star had edged closer to his childhood dream of playing for the San Francisco Giants today when he and two fellow signees were introduced to the media at AT&T Park before the game against the Padres. 

 

Susac was taken by the Giants' in the 2nd Round of the MLB First-Year player draft. Introduced along with Susac were Giants' draftees Kyle Crick, a high school pitcher, and Ricky Oropesa, an infielder from USC.  

 

When they arrived at the Giants' home ballpark today the star catcher told his mother Shawnna that he "was speechless. It's a dream come true," the 21-year-old Susac remarked. 

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New Giants' farm hands (left to right) Ricky Oropesa, Kyle Crick and Andrew Susac meet the Bay Area media today at AT&T Park before the game against the Padres. Photo © 2011 Rick Cabral



In the eighth grade Susac penned a composition that predicted he would play for the "hometown" San Francisco Giants, his favorite team growing up in Roseville. Susac today acknowledged "It's really cool that I was thinking like that at that age. And it's actually happening."

  

Susac's adviser, Brodie Scoffield of Legacy Sports, finalized the agreement with just 20 minutes to spare before the draft signing deadline expired. At the time, Andrew was playing "pool basketball, hangin' out with the family and soaking it up." He says his adviser kept him "pretty positive" throughout the negotiations and was told that "everything was going to go alright."  

 

The Giants awarded Susac a $1.1 million bonus, plus other incentives. His deal was just a used Jetta shy of the bonus the Giants paid first round pick, shortstop Joe Panik, who received $1.116 million.

 

Susac became the first catcher the Giants drafted after Buster Posey suffered a season-ending leg injury in May due to a collision at the plate.  Following surgery, he is just now beginning baseball drills and is headed to Arizona to work out at the Giants training complex, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

In today's media session, Susac was asked for his reaction in coming to an organization where Posey is 'the guy'' and their top catcher? Susac displayed cool composure when he replied, "Buster Posey's one of my favorite players. I love the way he plays. And when it comes down to it, you're going to have to beat someone out sooner or later.

 

"I'm not saying that I'm going to beat him out, but you're going to have to compete at this level."

 

Growing up, the catcher Susac admired most was Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, who made his name with Texas Rangers in the 1990s. 

 

A draft-eligible sophomore, in 2011 Susac led the Beavers in slugging (.525) and on-base percentage (.429), and he was the team's co-leader in home runs with five despite missing nearly a month due to a hand injury. He also compiled a .643 caught-stealing percentage. In the postseason, Oregon State lost their Super Regional series to Vanderbilt, which advanced to the College World Series.  

 

Susac was selected to the Sacramento Bee's All-Metro team in 2008 and 2009.

 

In hindsight, Susac is thrilled at the seven-figure payoff after the years of dedication and hard work he has put in to arrive at this pinnacle. "I definitely didn't get to do what a lot of kids did when I was younger just because I loved the sport so much.  

 

"But I wouldn't change it for anything," he smiled.

He and the other two farm hands will report to the Giants instructional league this Friday. 

To read Susac's story, go here. 

 

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Pablo Sandoval (left) takes a break from batting practice to pose with Andrew Susac.

Photo © Rick Cabral 2011

 

Updated 09/21/11




 

Draft News Update -- 8/15

Susac Signs with the Giants for $1.1 million

By Editor, Rick Cabral 

Down to the wire.

That's what Andrew Susac's advisor Brodie Scoffield told him to

 Andrew Susac
expect when he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft, and it literally came down to the midnight hour (Eastern Daylight Time).

Around 8:40 BaseballSacramento.com learned Susac (Jesuit 2009) had signed with the Giants for a $1.1 million bonus, plus other incentives. His bonus was the equivalent of "first-round money," and substantially more than the $411,300 recommended by the Commissioner's office for the 86th player taken.

His deal was just shy of the bonus awarded to the Giants' first round pick, shortstop Joe Panik, who received $1.116 million.

Also as part of the deal, the Giants committed money under the MLB Scholarship Program for Susac to complete his schooling. This spring he completed his sophomore year at Oregon State University.

A draft-eligible sophomore, in 2011 Susac led the Beavers in slugging (.525) and on-base percentage (.429), and he was the team's co-leader in home runs with five despite missing nearly a month due to a hand injury. He also compiled a .643 caught-stealing percentage. In the postseason, Oregon State lost their Super Regional series to Vanderbilt, which advanced to the College World Series.

Susac was selected to the Bee's All-Metro team in 2008 and 2009.

Signing with the Giants fulfills a lifelong dream for the native of Roseville, California. Susac's dedication and work ethic, instilled in him by his father Nick and uncle John Susac, has finally paid big dividends (To read about Susac's story, go here).

The Giants will not commit the 6'2' catcher to a team in 2011. Instead, the team plans to send Susac to Arizona to begin working out in preparation for the Arizona instructional league this fall. As part of the deal, San Francisco has invited Susac to spring training in 2012.


Draft News Update -- 7/23

by Editor, Rick Cabral

Bryce Bandilla, a left-handed pitcher out of Bella Vista High School, has

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signed with the San Francisco Giants. A 4th round selection in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Bandilla, signed for a $185,000 bonus, according to Baseball America. The Commissioner's recommendation for the 147th player taken in the draft is $173,700.

At 6-foot-4, 237 pounds, Bandilla hit 97 on the radar gun this year, but his control was erratic. He was 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA, with 48 strikeouts and 36 walks in 46 innings pitched this season.

In 2008 at Bella Vista he made the Bee's All-Metro team with a 9-0 record and .472 batting average.


Draft News Update -- 7/05

by Editor, Rick Cabral

Two Sacramento City College players signed over the Fourth of July weekend.

Justin James, drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th Round, has signed and been assigned to the team's Gulf Coast League club. James is the son of Yankees' Dion James, who starred at McClatchy. Baseball America termed him "clearly raw, but shows five-tool potential." For an exclusive profile of Justin James, go here. 

James, who led the Panthers in hitting for most of the season, batted .309 and was the only player on the Sac City squad to play in all 43 games. He was tabbed to the All-Big 8 Conference 2nd Team.

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Drafted by Texas in the 27th Round, Kyle DeVore (Pleasant Grove), has signed with the Rangers, who assigned him to their Arizona League team. DeVore was one of three Panthers selected to the All-Big 8 Conference 1st Team, and the only one of Coach Andy McKay's players picked to the All-Northern California team.

In 2011, the Panthers' ace went 11-0 with a 2.50 ERA. In 101 innings pitched, he amassed 89 Ks with only nine walks.

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 Mike Marjama  



Former Panther, Mike Marjama (Granite Bay High), who was drafted out of   Long Beach State in the 23rd Round, has signed with the Chicago White Sox.

Marjama hit .290 for the Dirtbags in 2011.

 

 

 



Draft News Update -- 6/30

by Editor, Rick Cabral

Aggies' Scott Lyman Signs with Marlins 

UC Davis right-handed pitcher Scott Lyman--drafted in the 10th Round and 313 Overall has signed with the Florida Marlins.

The 6'4", 215-pound junior  posted a 3-6 record with a 4.64 ERA for the Aggies in 2011. In 87.1 innings, he struck out 67 batters and gave up only 51 runs, 45 of which were earned on 88 hits. Opponents hit .276 against him.

He also provided the Aggies with power as a batter, hitting .250 for the year with 16 runs, three home runs and 18 RBI.

It marks the fifth straight year that the Aggies have had a player drafted in the first 10 rounds.

Lyman is the fourth UC Davis baseball player to join the Marlins' organization. Bryan Evans was taken in the 14th round in 2008 while outfielder Hayward Cook went to Florida in the ninth round in 1994. Current UC Davis assistant coach Tony Schifano signed as an undrafted free agent in 1997.

The Marlins have assigned Lyman to their Jamestown Jammers team in the short season Single-A New York-Penn League.


Draft News Update -- 6/23

by Editor, Rick Cabral 

Castro Signs with Texas Rangers

Kyle Castro   , the hard-throwing pitcher/infielder from Pleasant Grove High School who was selected in the 3rd Round by Texas, has signed with the Rangers, it was confirmed by Butch Metzger, local area scout. Castro was the 113th player taken overall in the 2011 MLB draft.    

In 2011, Castro went 5-4 with a 3.56 ERA for Pleasant Grove, striking out 64 and walking 29 in 55 innings.   A two-sport athlete for the Eagles, Castro was taken as a pitcher.   

The Rangers have assigned the 6'4" 190 pound Castro to their Arizona League team.    

Castro offers tremendous upside, Metzger says.   

"I originally liked his upside and athleticism along with his feel for attacking hitters," Metzger responded in an email message. "For being fairly new to a starting pitcher role he struggled early against better teams. His mechanics were crude and his secondary stuff was inconsistent, but he also competed and didn't give in," the Texas scout said.     

    

Castro signed for $267,300, which is the bonus slot assigned by Major League Baseball for the 113th player taken in the amateur draft. In addition, the Rangers will contribute an agreed amount for his college education under the MLB Scholarship Plan. Castro had not committed to a four-year school, so his early signing was expected. 

When Castro signed with Texas on Tuesday, June 21 h e was surrounded by friends and family.  For his first purchase, the 17-year-old is planning to go car shopping. A Dodge Challenger is at the top of the list.

Later that day he was flown to The Ballpark at Arlington, where he took in a Ranger's home game. There he met former President George W. Bush and Ranger's team president, and Hall of Fame pitching great, Nolan Ryan. "It was pretty humbling," Castro related. 

He referred to the former president as "super cool," and confirmed that Ryan is intimidating. "He's a big guy," Castro said, sounding a bit amazed. "They're all down-to-earth people," he said about the two notable Texans.

He was equally impressed by the Rangers' performance that night; he saw Mitch Moreland hit an upper deck walk-off home run in the 11th inning for his first game at The Ballpark at Arlington.

Metzger noted that as this past spring progressed Castro's velocity improved along with a tighter spin and bigger break to his curve ball. In the last game Metzger saw Castro was touching 93 mph on the radar gun with an average-to-plus curve with late snap. "At 6'5" and still only seventeen it was apparent he was a quick study and projection was easy. He also had some cocky grit to his mound presence," Metzger said of the pitching prospect.  

He's getting advice from a number of sources down in Arizona. Instead of pitching mechanics, the pitching coaches are stressing strength, conditioning and nutrition, and showing the rookie recruits how to deal with the Arizona heat. Training days start at 11 in the morning, and often conclude at 11 at night.

Metzger knows a little about pitching. In 1970, he was drafted in the second round by the San Francisco Giants. He was later traded to the San Diego Padres, where he won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1976. He played five seasons in the major leagues and finished with a career 18-9 record and a 3.74 ERA.    

    

Castro was the second highest draft selection from the greater Sacramento area. Andrew Susac, a catcher from Oregon State and Jesuit High, was selected in the 2nd Round by the San Francisco Giants.

 

This report was updated on 6/27.


Draft News Update -- 6/20

by Editor, Rick Cabral 

Robertson, Stassi Ink Pro Contracts

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Charlie Roberston (Bella Vista High), a left-handed pitcher drafted out of Fresno State in the 27th Round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, has signed a contract with Atlanta. The Braves assigned Robertson--the 836th player taken overall--to their Gulf Coast League team.  

At Fresno State this year, the 6'5", 205-pound pitcher compiled an overall record of 5-8 and finished this year with a 3.51 ERA in 33 innings pitched.

In high school, Robertson was an All-Metro selection in 2007 and 2008. In his senior year for the Broncos, he compiled a 7-2 mark with an 0.82 ERA.

Brock Stassi (Yuba City High), a utility player (pitcher/outfielder) drafted out of Nevada in the 33rd Round of this year's draft, has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 1021 player taken overall, Stassi is expected to be assigned to Williamsport where he'll play the outfield.

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At Nevada, Stassi led the team in hitting, batting .360 with 19 doubles and 34 RBI. For his career, Stassi batted .340.

The senior's 2011 season on the mound didn't match last year, where he posted the lowest ERA (3.43) in the Western Athletic Conference, while going 7-4 for the Wolfpack. He finished with a 19-13 record and a 5.32 ERA in 243.2 innings of work.

Stassi is the oldest son of Jim Stassi, who guided Yuba City High to four consecutive Division III Section titles from 2007-2010. His father played professionally with the San Francisco Giants.

For more on Brock Stassi's draft day experience, see the Appeal-Democrate article.

You can read a feature on Max Stassi here. 


Draft News Update

by Editor, Rick Cabral  06/18/11

Hernandez Signs With Diamondbacks

 

Raymond  Hernandez (Elk Grove High/Cosumnes River College), a right-handed pitcher drafted

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out of Fullerton State in the 48th Round of the  MLB First-Year Player Draft, has signed a contract with Arizona. The Diamondbacks assigned  Hernandez, who was taken 1,444th overall in the draft, to their Arizona League team.

At Fullerton State this year, the 6'1", 190 senior sported a 3-0 record with a team-low 1.37 ERA for pitchers with more than 20 innings. Used solely in relief, he had one save in 2011. Hernandez is the younger brother of Diamondbacks relief pitcher, David Hernandez, who also pitched for Elk Grove High. 



 Day Two

Giants Take Susac In Second Round

by Editor, Rick Cabral  06/07/11

In eighth grade,Andrew Susac (Jesuit 2009) was required to pen acomposition: Where will you be 20 years from now? Susac wrote"playing baseball at AT&T Park and breaking all of Barry Bonds' home run records."

The kid may be prescient.

Susac was selected in the 2nd Round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He was the 86th pick overall. The family, by the way, kept the composition, just waiting for this day to pull it out.

Uncle John Susac told BaseballSacramento.com that the Giants were among several teams that showed active interest in the Oregon State catcher in the final hours leading up to Draft Day that included Boston, Seattle and Colorado.

Susac was the fifth catcher selected in the 2011 draft, and the second college backstop taken. But Susac couldn't be happier: the Giants have been the family's favorite team since before he began Little League.

Andrew was told by his adviser, Brodie Scoffield, a sports agent with Legacy Sports, to expect negotiations to go down to the wire. Scoffield represented Max Stassi in negotiations with the Oakland A's, and they were resolved right near the mid-August signing deadline for amateur players.

But what a rewarding wait. Although drafted in the 4th Round, Scoffield secured a $1.5 million bonus for Stassi, typical first-round money.

Scoffield also represents another Jesuit High player now in the pros, J.P. Howell.

Andrew said he chose Legacy and Scoffield in particular because "I really connected well with Brodie. He was easy to talk to; they're very down to earth."

Susac's head tonight will be in the clouds, literally, as Oregon State flies to Nashville to play Vanderbilt in the Super Regionals, where Andrew's other dream awaits: a chance to play in the College World Series.

 


 

Round, Player, Position, School, Pro Team, Overall Draft Selection

2. Andrew Susac, c, Oregon State (Jesuit), San Francisco Giants, 86

 

3. Kyle Castro, rhp, Pleasant Grove High, Texas Rangers, 113

 

4. Bryce Bandilla, lhp, Arizona (Bella Vista High), San Francisco Giants, 147

 

5. J.D, Davis, 3b, Elk Grove High, Tampa Bay Rays, 180

 

7. Ryan Rieger, 1b, College of the Sequoia (Woodcreek High), Florida Marlins, 223

 

10. Scott Lyman, rhp, (UC Davis), Florida Marlins, 313

 

13. Justin James, of, Sacramento City (Kennedy High), New York Yankees, 419

 

17. Brady Dragmire, rhp, (Bradshaw Christian High), Toronto Blue Jays, 529

 

23. Michael Marjama, c, Long Beach State (Granite Bay High), Chicago White Sox, 711

 

26. Austin Diemer, of, (Rocklin High), Cleveland Indians, 788

 

26. Joseph Biagini, rhp, (UC Davis), San Francisco Giants, 807

 

27. Kyle Devore, rhp, Sacramento City (Pleasant Grove High), Texas Rangers, 834

 

27. Charlie Roberston, lhp, Fresno State (Bella Vista High), Atlanta, 836

 

28. Chris Garrison, rhp, Western Nevada CC (Rocklin High), Chicago Cubs, 849

 

28. Blake Grant-Parks, c, (Yuba City High), Tampa Bay Rays, 870

 

32. Dylan Chavez, lhp, American River (Pleasant Grove High), Texas Rangers, 988

 

33. Brock Stassi, lhp, Nevada, (Yuba City High), Philadelphia Phillies, 1021

 

36. Brenden Farley, ss, (Vacaville High), Oakland A's, 1096

 

39. Cole Brocker, rhp, (Sacramento City), Detroit Tigers, 1187

 

40. Nick Baligod, of, Oral Robets (Sacramento City). Toronto Blue Jays, 1219

 

42. Jordan Johnson, rhp, (Franklin High), Colorado Rockies, 1278

 

46. Nate Esposito, c, (Granite Bay High), Oakland A's, 1396

 

48. Raymond Hernandez Cal State Fullerton (Elk Grove), Arizona Diamondbacks, 1444

 

Updated 06/20/11 




BaseballSacramento.Com Exclusive

 Andrew Susac

Profile: Andrew Susac
Catcher Could Be Drafted in Today's First Round

by Editor, Rick Cabral  06/06/11

Andrew Susac (Jesuit/Oregon State) is a cool customer. It's Draft Day and the catcher will be practicing this afternoon when the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft begins at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. No problem.

Coach Pat Casey's Beavers came off a three-game sweep in the Corvallis Regionals, sending Oregon State to Nashville to battle the Vanderbilt Commodores, which were ranked #3 last week by Baseball America. OSU dropped to #15 in the same poll after losing their last five games in the regular season.

Susac, a draft-eligible sophomore, is considered the top college catcher in this draft, and one of the top three overall. He is expected to go late in the first round, or slip to the supplemental or second rounds. If he falls, Susac appears unconcerned saying, "It's always a pleasure to see your name drafted, just to get a shot to play professional baseball. It's any kid's dream. I've been through it once before, and I'm looking forward to it." (He was drafted by Philadelphia in the 16th Round in 2009.)

His adviser throughout the process is Brodie Scoffield, a sports agent with Legacy Sports. Scoffield also represents J.P. Howell, another Jesuit standout, and Max Stassi of Yuba City.

As a high schooler, Susac was behind the plate for Jesuit High which won back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 titles under coach Joe Potulny in 2008 -2009. A two-year starter for the Marauders, Susac Hit .443 with nine doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI his senior year and went .466/9/6/31 in his junior year. He was voted All-Metro both years by the Sacramento Bee. 

"Coach Potulny did a great job," Susac says in hindsight. "I give everything (credit) to him. He'll probably say 'I don't deserve any of it,' because that's the kind of guy he is." The 21-year-old also praised Coach Fahey, who left the baseball coaching staff this year to serve as Jesuit's Athletic Director. 

Susac had the misfortune of catching the same years as Stassi, who took home the Bee's Most Valuable Player awards both years (2008 and 2009), and was drafted in the fourth round by Oakland. Stassi, too, retained Scoffield, who negotiated a $1.5 million signing bonus for the 18-year-0ld catcher in 2009. 

"For my money, the top catcher was Susac," said long-time scouting supervisor Ron King (Pirates/Dodgers/Phillies). King, who signed with Cleveland in 1946, should know: he was one of Sacramento's best backstops during the war years, catching for Christian Brothers. "He had great hands and quick feet," King said about Susac. "He could really throw and catch." 

Growing up, the professional catcher Susac most admired was Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (currently with the Washington Nationals). Susac admired "the way he was so crafty back there. He had a canon for an arm." 

After an average freshman year at OSU in 2010, Susac's stock rose after an impressive summer in the Cape Cod League, where he batted.290 with six doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and 13 walks in 29 games for the Falmouth Commodores. He played in the Cape Cod All-Star game, and was voted the #5 prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America. 

This spring, the 6'1, 205-pound Susac was leading the Beavers in most hitting and power categories when he sustained a fractured hamate bone in his left hand in early April. Ironically, teammate and former Sacramento-area player Jake Rodriguez (Elk Grove), experienced the same injury a few days before. Both players returned home where they were operated on April 11 by UC Davis Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Robert M. Szabo, M.D. At the time, Oregon State was ranked #19 in the nation. 

Susac made a swift recovery, returning to action May 10 against the Cal Bears, "a couple of weeks ahead of schedule," he told BaseballSacramento.com. "I felt good and tried not to rush it. Coach Casey eased me back in," Susac remembers. "I thought I did the right thing, and look where we are now, getting ready for Nashville." 

Yesterday, in the Corvallis Regionals, Susac led off the fourth inning with a triple, and eventually scored to tie the game against Georgia. The Beavers prevailed 6-4, and earned the right to play Vanderbilt next weekend in the Super Regionals. The Susac family was in attendance, including parents Nick and Shawna, and uncle John Susac, who along with the parents has been invovled in the pre-draft discussions with Andrew's adviser, Scoffield.

For the season, Susac is hitting .313 (second on the team), and leading the club in slugging (.552). Equally impressive, behind the plate his fielding percentage is .991. 

Looking forward to the Super Regionals, Susac said "We're really pumped up. It's really big for us." 

This should be a really big week for Andrew Susac. First up is the MLB Draft, where he will very likely take the first step toward a major league career.

2011 MLB First-Year  Draft  

(Editor Rick Cabral was quoted in a draft preview story written by John Hull of the Elk Grove Citizen. Read the story here.)

PREVIEW
by Mark McDermott
05/05/11

Oregon State catcher Andrew Susac (Jesuit High) is the Sacramento area's top-rated prospect in the Major League First-Year Player Draft taking place in Secaucus, N.J. Monday through Wednesday,

 

Baseball America ranks Susac, a draft-eligible sophomore, the third best catcher behind Blake Swihart of Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, N.M. and Austin Hedges of Sierra High School in San Juan Capistrano.

 

On April 11, Susac underwent surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand sustained in a game in late March against the University of Arizona. He returned May 10 against Oregon State University and had a two-run single.

 

At one time considered a first-round pick, Susac's status has dropped because of the injury. He's seen as a possible compensation sandwich pick at the end of the first round. Should his name still be on the board after the compensation picks, he certainly will be gone by the end of the second round. 

 

According to the BA scouting report, the 21-year-old Susac "has above-average arm strength and can shut down a running game. He needs to improve his receiving skills, as his hands can get a little stiff, but he's a good athlete who blocks well. Susac has a good approach at the plate, which Beavers coaches attribute to him seeing quality stuff from their pitchers day in and day out. He has more power than a pure feel for hitting. He uses a high leg kick as part of his load, which can disrupt his timing and rhythm at times, but when he's in sync he shows above-average pop."    

 

Here's Baseball America's report card on other Sacramento-area players who could be drafted.

 

Arizona lefthander Bryce Bandilla (Bella Vista High) has a lot of qualities scouts like: He's a beast at 6-foot-4, 237 pounds and can get his fastball up to 97 mph from the left side. He hasn't been consistent this year, however, and while he has the most electric stuff in Arizona's bullpen, he has pitched mostly in the middle innings and hasn't been trusted to close. When his stuff is on, it's undeniable. His fastball sits in the 92-95 mph range, and his best secondary offering is an above-average changeup that he has a good feel for. He throws a slurvy breaking ball in the bullpen but rarely uses it in games. He needs work on his fastball command and has some effort in his delivery as he flies open a little bit. Still, he could get a chance to start as a pro because his velocity from the left side is so rare.

 

Outfielder Justin James (Kennedy High, Sacramento City), the son of 11-year major leaguer and former No. 1 pick Dion James (McClatchy High), is making a name for himself on the diamond. In high school James was mainly known for his talent on the basketball court, once scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter of a game to help his team overcome a 20-point deficit. He didn't play baseball his senior year of high school and came to Sacramento City as a forward for the basketball team. A change of heart led him back to the baseball field, where he is clearly raw but shows five-tool potential. James is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and is still an above-average runner. Like his father, he hits from the left side of the plate, and he shows raw power in batting practice, even to the opposite field. Because of his frame, speed and raw power potential, James will stand out in predraft workouts and could go as high as the third round.

 

Scott Lyman (UC Davis) has been difficult for scouts to evaluate this year. He's a two-way player for the Aggies, usually playing the outfield on Fridays and Saturdays and taking the mound on Sundays. Pro scouts are interested in him only as a pitcher. Scouts felt he was sometimes worn out when he pitched. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Lyman shows good arm strength, touching 96 mph with his fastball, but it's in short bursts. He has below-average mechanics, dragging his arm through the zone, so it's likely his future is in the bullpen. Lyman shows flashes of an above-average curveball and changeup, but the pitches lack consistency.

 

Righthander Kyle Castro (Pleasant Grove High) has a projectable, athletic frame at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds. He also starred on his high school football team as a defensive back and led the state with 12 interceptions last season. When he's not pitching, he plays third base and hits in the middle of the order. Teams prefer him on the mound, though, where he sits in the 88-90 mph range, topping out at 92. He throws a curveball that is inconsistent but shows flashes of being an above-average pitch. His mechanics are free and easy because of his athleticism, which along with his competitiveness and lack of a college commitment may push him up draft boards.

 

At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, third baseman J.D. Davis (Elk Grove High) is a good hitter with a lot of strength and above-average power. His swing is more about strength than pure bat speed, which concerns some scouts. He also has a stocky body with a thick lower half and will have to watch his conditioning as he gets older. He is already seen as a baseclogger. Davis also pitches and has been up to 93 mph off the mound, with a curveball and a changeup. His arm strength and body type make scouts think he might be worth trying at catcher. Davis is committed to Cal State Fullerton.

 

Dylan Chavez (Pleasant Grove, American River) is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound lefty. His mechanics are a little herky-jerky which adds some deception and he seldon throws anything straight. His 88-91 mph fastball has some run to it and he can mix in a curveball and a changeup. Chavez tries to be too fine with his breaking ball and needs to learn the difference between a curveball that he wants to throw early in the count for a strike and one he wants to use when he's ahead to put hitters away. Chavez is committed to Mississippi. ARC has produced major league lefthanders Dallas Braden and Manny Parra (Casa Roble High). 

 

Fresno State righthanded reliever Derek Benny (Roseville High) has an imposing, 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame, however, his results haven't matched his power stuff. He has a sinking fastball up to 93 mph and mixes in a slider that he can also shorten up and use as a cutter as well.

 

First baseman Ryan Rieger (Woodcreek High) transferred to College of the Sequoias after spending a season at Santa Clara and shows a good feel for hitting with some power with wood. If he doesn't sign, he'll be back in Division I next year at Long Beach State.

 

Other players on major league team's radar include right-handed pitcher Brady Dragmire (Bradshaw Christian High), outfielder Scott Templeton (Casa Roble High, Sierra), first baseman Lydell Moseby (Granite Bay High, American River) and righthanded pitchers Kyle DeVore (Pleasant Grove (High, Sacramento City) and Cole Brocker (Sacramento City). Moseby is the son of former major leaguer Lloyd Moseby.

 

The draft consists of 50 rounds over a three-day period. It starts tomorrow (Monday, June 6) with the first round and supplemental. Following is the full schedule streaming at: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2011/

June 6, 7 p.m. ET Round 1, First-Year Player Draft, Secaucus, N.J.
June 7, noon ET Rounds 2-30, First-Year Player Draft
June 8, noon ET Rounds 31-50, First-Year Player Draft

Rick Cabral contributed to this report.

 Updated 09/21/11
All contents © Rick Cabral 2011

 

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