Nick Lodolo was dominant last night (7 IP, 13 Ks, 1 H). I don’t really see him as a candidate for the Cubs, likely gone before that, but he seems to be developing as hoped. There might be more fastball velocity to be mined out in the pros.
Rutlege is a short armer, or at least is one throwing the slider in that one clip. That’s a turn off
I like Stewart more than last year. His delivery is better, he is bigger and stronger, but still needs years of development. He still has trouble repeating his delivery and needs to do a better job establishing his four seam. I like that he has avoided surgery, hopefully he keeps it that way. I don’t believe the Cubs are looking at college pitchers up top, but if he or Lodolo were available maybe they get tempted.
Some questions from BA’s recent draft chat:
MattyD (Toronto): Do you see Hunter Bishop as a centerfielder or more of a corner guy, and if the latter, how do you grade his throwing arm?
Carlos Collazo: He’s bigger than the conventional center fielder, but he’s a plus runner and I’ve heard he can handle himself well at the position. He makes good reads and will be one of the few legit center fielders at the top of this draft class. Unless the team who drafts him has a vastly different opinion of his defensive abilities, he’ll be a guy who’s put in center field and stays there until he’s forced off the position. The arm sounds solid as well.
Howie (CTown): Can Nasim Nunez be a poor man's Lindor? What's missing from the profile at the same stage (remembering that Lindor was not expected to have this much power when drafted).
Carlos Collazo: There are probably a lot of guys that have gotten to more power in this major league environment who weren’t expected to during their draft year. Lindor’s tools across the board sound better just looking at our draft report on him at the time. I can’t speak specifically to what he was like back then, as I was in high school at the time and not covering the draft. Nunez is one of the best defensive shortstops in the class, and that’s where they seem most similar, but he’s quite a bit behind where Lindor was thought to be because of the offense. Still sounds like a Day 1 guy though.
MattyD (Toronto):How do you compare Jackson Rutledge at the same stage to a guy like Nate Pearson. He doesn't seem to throw as hard, but the breaking balls is apparently further along. Is that more or less accurate?
Carlos Collazo: Rutledge does throw around as hard as Pearson during his draft year. And I’ve consistently heard that the slider is a true plus pitch, putting it ahead of what Pearson was working with at the time. Pearson’s plus secondary offering was a changeup. The biggest difference in the two seems to be in their athleticism and strike throwing ability, with Pearson holding the advantage in those categories, though given the draft class Rutledge could easily end up being selected sooner.
Roger (Washington DC): How close is Maurice Hampton to climbing into upper half of 1st round? What separates him from fellow HS OF Early and Greene at this point?
Carlos Collazo: Hampton just got started recently and homered in his first game. He's looked really good for a while now. Ealy might have the better toolset (speed, raw power, arm) but Hampton seems to have the better offensive approach. Both still have high upside and are probably going to fit closer to each other on our next update. Ealy has some approach issues to iron out and is the bigger risk to pursue football based on what I'm hearing.
I think this just might be the year they take a HS pitcher first. I expect all the best hitters are going to get taken before the Cubs’ pick, Toglia might end up going back to school if he doesn’t go high enough, HS pitchers are out of style enough that a tippy top talent might fall, and he’d be in the same age range to track with the next wave of talent. Reggie Crawford was my favorite, though he’s not necessarily a first round player right now, but I might have a new one in 6’3” RHP Alex McFarlane (from Georgia via the Virgin Islands):
The way he uses his lower body reminds me of Roy Oswalt. He’s also considered a draftable OF prospect
So the HS pitchers that have stood out a little more to me: LHP Crawford, RHP McFarlane, RHP Quinn Priester, and LHP Paul Labriola
That’s Isaiah Campbell, the college RH I mentioned a couple posts up, throwing an 85 MPH changeup. I like him as a multi-inning reliever type more than a pure SP, but that’s not really a knock. 21 YO senior