5/3/2013 9:54:52 AM
Jonathan Gray - He wasn't as sharp as I had seen him earlier this spring, at least not initially. There was (understandably/expectedly) some serious scouting heat in to see him, and it looked as though he was really amped up and throwing max effort almost out of his shoes. The radar gun readings obviously reflected this with his usual mid- to upper-90s fastball that has reached triple digits. He settled down almost immediately after that, as he looked more like his usual self in the 2nd inning, having more of a plan, rhythm and tempo to his craft. He really has good FB command, with the ability to both catch the corners and simply blow hitters away.
Trey Masek - Gray faced Texas Tech's Trey Masek, who also has good stuff, but is the opposite of Gray physically with a slender, shorter stature. There's some funk to his delivery, but he has a very live arm. His fastball shows good dip late in the zone, and he's also not afraid to elevate his 4-seamer to get swings and misses up in the zone. He also threw a good slider, but he did get hit around a little, especially early, although some balls were badly misplayed behind him leading to 2 unearned runs. He also dropped in a couple of curveballs for strikes, using his more electric breaking ball, his sldier, as his out pitch. He also threw a quality changeup, but I'm guessing there's some concern from scouts about his size and effort.
Ryne Stanek - Interesting how his slow start, which really wasn't even that bad, got a lot of press, but the national chatter seems to have gone silent now that Stanek has excelled again in SEC conference play. This is the 3rd start I've seen of his in SEC play, and he looked just about as had he the previous 2 games. He pitched on his usual downhill plane with his electric fastball that has some nice sinking life at times. He pitches off of his fastball very well to set up his slider, which is untouchable when its at its best. He's able to add and subtract off of his breaking ball to drop it in for strikes and bury one in the dirt for ugly swings. I don't recall seeing a batter barrel up the ball well against him in the last 3 times I've seen him, and as he has filled out his tall, lean and once lanky frame, it's easy to remember why we had him ranked the No. 2 overall draft prospect to open the spring.
Bobby Wahl - Lots of pitchers with this update. This was the first time I saw Wahl this spring, and I didn't walk away as impressed as I did the times I saw him last year. He's a good, not great, all around pitcher that still likely will be taken in the first or sandwich rounds, and he's a good athlete on the mound with good size and overall athletic proportions. He wasn't as sharp to open the game, but really did a nice job settling down and finding his groove in the middle innings. He pitches to contact, or at least did in this game, going for the quick out rather than going for the punchout. He has good fastball command, but I've seen it better. His breaking ball was also soft at times, but other times was very explosive diving hard, down and away from RH batters. Some of the Kentucky hitters got good contact off Wahl early, including Austin Cousino, who yanked a belt-high fastball over the wall in RF in the 1st inning.
Wahl's battery mate, catcher Stuart Turner, has an absolute cannon behind the plate. That's one of the best arms from behind the plate I've seen, and, albeit in a very limited look, one of the single best tools for this year's draft.