In the weeks leading up to the draft, Perfect Game will be providing a detailed overview of each state in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. These overviews will list the state's strengths, weaknesses and the players with the best tools, as well as providing scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2 players as ranked in Perfect Game's state-by-state scouting lists. Please visit this page for all of the links to Perfect Game's 2013 Draft Preview content.
Texas State-by-State List
has a reputation for being the state of hard throwing pitchers, and
the 2013 draft class will do nothing to change that perception, with
mid-90s hurlers of all types abound around the state at all levels.
Many of those hard throwers are still in the midst of figuring out
their secondary pitches and polishing their command, as Houston area
high school right-hander Kohl Stewart is the only sure bet to be
picked in the first round. In outfielder Billy McKinney and third
baseman Cavan Biggio, Texas also has a pair of left handed hitters
who rank among the top high school bats in the country.
that, the established talent in the state thins out rather rapidly
and scouts are bemoaning the fact that the Class of 2014 talent looks
even more uneven than the 2013 offerings.
of the blame for the talent drought appears to be coming from the
traditional college powerhouses in the state. Texas has only two
teams in the top 50 in the most recent Boyd’s RPI listing; Rice
(28-14) at 36th and Baylor (25-20) at 45th, with Lamar (33-11)
narrowly missing at 51st. Texas is currently last in the Big 12
standings and 23-20 overall (60th RPI), while Texas A&M (23-22, 61st in RPI) and TCU (21-23, 120th in RPI) are not performing up to their traditional standards in their
new leagues. The only college position player from the state
projected to be picked in the top five rounds is Stephen F. Austin
shortstop Hunter Dozier.
Hard throwing pitching prospects
College positional players
COLLEGE TEAM: Rice
JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Navarro
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: The
ON THE RISE:
Dozier, ss/3b, Stephen F. Austin: Dozier
was well known to scouts prior to this spring but has quickly risen
up lists to where he might be included in draft discussions as early
as the end of the first round and in the supplemental first round.
Part of the reason for that is the dearth of top level college bats
around the country, but most of it is due to Dozier’s outstanding
season (.401-12-38, with 34 walks) and a growing appreciation for his
overall athletic ability and right-handed power potential.
CARD: Austin Kubitza, rhp, Rice U.: Kubitza
is going to be a polarizing prospect in many draft rooms in late May
and early June. On one hand, he’s been one of the most dominant
pitchers in college baseball this year (6-2, 1.22, 90 Ks in 66
innings), and his slider is a present plus swing-and-miss pitch. On
the other hand, Kubitza’s fastball has diminished since his
freshman year in velocity, command and frequency of use. The
question then becomes one of his future professional role, which then
significantly impacts his potential draft round.
OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Texas Connection: Jason
Hursh, rhp, Oklahoma State (attended high school in Carrollton,
2014 Prospect: Brandon
Finnegan, lhp, Texas Christian
Hinojosa, ss, Texas
David Clyde, lhp, Westchester HS, Houston (1973, Rangers/1st round, 1st pick); Matt Anderson, rhp, Rice (1997, Tigers/1st round, 1st pick)
Andrew Cashner, rhp, Texas Christain (Cubs/1st round, 19th pick)
Purke, lhp, Klein HS (Rangers/1st round, 14th pick)
Tallion, rhp, The Woodlands HS (Pirates/1st round, 2nd pick)
Rendon, 3b, Rice (Nationals/1st round, 6th pick)
Hawkins, of, Corpus Christi Carroll HS (White Sox/1st round, 13th pick)
Players Drafted/Signed: 67/59
College Players Drafted/Signed: 21/14
School Players Drafted/Signed: 44/19
Stewart, rhp, St. Pius X HS, Tomball
McKinney, of, Plano West HS
Dozier, ss-3b, Stephen F. Austin
Burks, ss, Travis HS, Houston
Bratsen, of, Texas A&M
Knebel, rhp, Texas
Breaking Stuff: Kohl
Stewart, rhp, St. Pius X HS, Tomball
Alexander, lhp, Carroll HS, Southlake
PROSPECTS - GROUPS 1 and 2
1 (rounds 1-3)
KOHL STEWART, rhp, St. Pius X HS, Tomball
came into the spring with as many questions dogging him as any top
prospect in the country but has stepped up and answered all of them
emphatically. The first and most important question was the health
of his right shoulder, which was injured in a football game in
November. Not only did Stewart come back healthy, he came back
better, with his fastball velocity consistently in the mid-90s,
complemented by a newly developed curveball that immediately rivaled
his already potential plus slider for quality. With his name now
being mentioned frequently and almost exclusively among the top 10
picks, the questions about Stewart taking advantage of his football
opportunities at Texas A&M have also become less frequent,
although they are sure to play a leverage role in his draft
negotiations. For more on the hard throwing Texas right hander, read
his Perfect Game Draft Focus Profile here.
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