After updating the top 500 draft eligible prospects we are now providing the scouting reports for the top 250 players in batches of 50. There are many more scouting reports available in the individual state previews as well as the updated top 100 Junior College prospects. Please visit the Perfect Game Draft Preview content page for links to all of these features.
51. DUSTIN PETERSON, ss, Gilbert HS (Ariz.)
Peterson is the younger brother of University of New Mexico third baseman D.J. Peterson, considered one of the 2-3 best hitting prospects in the 2013 draft class and a near-lock to go in the first round. Almost every Arizona scout whiffed on the elder Peterson’s potential with the bat in 2010 when he played at Gilbert High, and appear determined not to make the same mistake on Dustin, who has many of his brother’s offensive skills and by all accounts is a more-complete talent at comparable stages of their careers. He, too, has a strong, quick swing with plenty of thunder in his bat, can consistently square up balls to the gaps and projects to hit for true home-run power as he fills out his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame. Through games of late April, Peterson was hitting a resounding .549-10-39. In addition to being on par with his brother as a hitter at similar stages of their careers, Peterson is seen as the more athletic of the two, and also possesses softer hands, greater arm strength and moves more freely in the field. Peterson has a fair chance to stay in the middle of the field at the next level, at least initially, but big-league teams would be investing on his bat and power potential, and acknowledge his worth would not be compromised if he eventually shifts to a corner. Unlike his brother, who was lightly recruited by in-state colleges, was a token 33rd-round pick of the Seattle Mariners three years ago out of the same high school and chose to pursue a college career in neighboring New Mexico, Dustin is committed to attend Arizona State.
52. TRAVIS DEMERITTE, 3b, Winder Barrow HS, Statham (Ga.)
The versatile third baseman/right handed pitcher has had an outstanding spring both at the plate and on the mound for 18-4 Winder Barrow High School. Demeritte has benefitted from the proximity of Clint Frazier in particular, as scouts have been remarking that Demeritte’s raw bat speed is only a shade below of Frazier’s, a high compliment which is indicative of where Demeritte’s draft stock has gone over the last couple of months. Read more about Demeritte in his Perfect Game Draft Focus profile.
53. CHAD PINDER, 3b/ss, Virginia Tech (Jr.)
In a draft class full of high risk college players, Pinder makes a compelling case in the early rounds as a safe bet. The 6-foot-2, 192 pound infielder has been a consistent performer for Virginia Tech for three years now, and placed himself on the map as an elite draft pick last summer in Cape Cod. A third baseman with excellent hands and range, Pinder may profile better up the middle, specifically at second base, as a pro. He’s more of an average hitter than a player who is going to put up big power numbers, and he certainly has the skill set to play up the middle. His swing is short and quick to the ball, and he’s proven he can recognize and handle quality breaking pitches. He’s also shown scouts an excellent batting eye and a decent rate of contact. He’s a step above average speed-wise as well. That well rounded skill-set, plus another high quality spring in 2013, should keep Pinder inside the top two rounds in June. Click here to read Pinder's detailed Draft Focus report.
54. TREVOR WILLIAMS, rhp, Arizona State University
Williams was dominant out of the ASU bullpen as a freshman and made an easy transition to a starting role as a sophomore, going 12-2, 2.05 with 13 walks and 59 strikeouts in 110 innings. When his velocity topped at 95-96 mph in the first month of the 2013 season and he came out throwing strikes with three other pitches, there were high expectations that he would factor into the draft as a safe late first-round pick. But the 6-foot-3, 230-pound righthander hasn't sustained his early-season pace, and was 5-3, 3.30 through his first 11 starts, with 13 walks and 55 strikeouts in 79 innings. Scouts have picked up a subtle mechanical adjustment in Williams’ otherwise smooth delivery, which has been aimed ostensibly at generating more power in his secondary pitches as he always has lacked a true swing-and-miss offering. In the process, he has lost velocity on his fastball, which has been typically 91-93 mph in the early innings to 88-91 throughout, and there hasn't been much improvement in his breaking stuff, though his 78-82 mph slider remains steady. Williams continues to throw strikes at a steady pace with his clean arm action, but may no longer command his stuff as well as he needs to for a pitcher who lacks overpowering raw stuff, and hitters have taken to making contact earlier in counts than in the past. As a result, his draft status has taken a modest hit, though he should still be an attractive target in the second or third rounds because of his impressive track record. Read more about Willliams in his detailed Draft Focus profile report.
55. JOSH HART, of, Parkview HS, Lilburn (Ga.)
The speedy Hart has added some noticeable strength this spring and is driving the ball more frequently than he has in the past, including a drive at the Perfect Game High School Showdown in early April that almost left City of Palms Park at the 387-foot sign in right centerfield. That could get him up into the second round for many teams, as the speed, defense and game skills all play at a high level. Read more on Hart in his PG Draft Focus profile.
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