4/5/2012 12:29:51 PM
There were some marquee pitching matchups last weekend, including Marcus Stroman vs. Buck Farmer, Bobby Wahl vs. Hudson Randall and Ryne Stanek vs. Ryan Eades. My notes will be a little more broken than what I've done in past weeks to conserve time.
Buck Farmer (Georgia Tech RHP): Big kid, well built. Momentum carries him to 1B side on release. 93 FB. Sharp breaking ball that varies between curve and slider depending on how he throws it and based on the situation. Threw strikes in this game, working quickly. Did a nice job getting out of bases loaded jam in 4th getting a tapper back to mound for 1-2-3 DP. Pitches backwards at time using slurve to set up FB. Runs and fields position well for big guy.
Marcus Stroman (Duke RHP): Little guy, but well put together, good athlete, quick-twitch. Electric arm speed, ball explodes out of hand. 93-95 in this game. Well balanced on mound. Tight breaking slider to go with hard boring fastball. Slider is especially nasty when he's ahead of count and buries it. Mixed pitches/sequencing well. Holds runners well, really good mound presence/composure. Interesting as starter, maintained velo well deep into game. Induced lots of ground balls. Good command of zone.
Brandon Thomas (Georgia Tech OF): Tall, upright LH stance. Tall, rangy athlete. Good strength. Resembles Andre Ethier physically and as hitter at same stage of career. Good bat speed, easy swing, ability to catch up with Stroman's heat. Keeps barrel in zone, ability to drive the ball to the opposite field. Nice job working count.
Bobby Wahl (Ole Miss RHP): Nice big, athletic frame. Similar build to Karsten Whitson. Very good FB, has some late life. Good arm speed. Aggressive approach, goes right after hitters. Pitches off fastball. Sharp slider has sharp diving life. Also threw good change. Confident pitcher that shows some emotion on mound. Pitching style somewhat similar to Gerrit Cole. Effectively wild at times. Very impressive RHP that should be premium pick in 2013.
Hudson Randall (Florida RHP): Pitchability RHP. Changes speeds and commands ball extremely well. Throws in upper-80s, ability to touch 90/91. Sharp slow curveball, really nice fade on change. Some movement to FB. Did a nice job settling down in this game after giving up 3 runs in 1st, including 2-run shot to Ole Miss 1B Matt Snyder.
Ryan Eades (LSU RHP): Skinny with strength, great projectability. High waist. Slow windup, fast arm, smooth and easy delivery. Good fastball velo that sat in low-90s, touched mid-90s early (some reports had him up to 97). Sharp upper-70s curve, really nice changeup maintaing arm speed with sinking action. 3 quick outs to start game, using just 8 pitches. Good pitch sequence, pitches off fastball. Premium 2013 draft RHP.
Ryne Stanek (Arkansas RHP): Similar to Eades. Projectable, slender frame with broad shoulders. A little more effort to delivery than Eades, but pitches more like a true power pitcher. Easy FB velocity. Nasty, sharp slider. Curve more of a big bender, slider has tighter, sharper break. FB 93 (reports also had him up to 97), slider 84. Throws downhill. Another premium 2013 draft RHP in a very promising sophomore class in SEC.
Ty Ross (LSU catcher): Good size, target behind plate. Loose, flexible frame. Sets up well, very good defensive tools with cannon for arm. Good bat speed. Currently more of a line drive approach but power is there.
Kevin Gausman (LSU RHP): From brief video clips of Gausman during game, they showed him showing a few of the nasty sliders that we heard about after the weekend from his performance. The pitch had wicked break, thrown with the same arm speed as his fastball (which reportedly was up to 99) and is released out of his hand like his FB. Very impressive albeit in a very short taste of his outing. If he pitches like that more often he could push his name into the favorite for the No. 1 overall pick, if he hasn't already.