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2/27/2012 12:52:37 PM

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I'll use this thread to post notable performances by players. I already shared a batch of information in the introductory post to this forum here:

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I also shared some thoughts and info on SDSU freshman Michael Cederoth, who was up to 97 last Friday, here.

Jacob Johansen, RHP, Dallas Baptist
Johansen is a draft-eligible sophomore, and there's certainly a lot to like about the 6-6, 215-pound RHP. The pure stuff is clearly there, as he has been throwing 93-97 to go along with a 88-90 mph slider. The need for command/control is easily shown in his stats, as he has made 2 starts, posting a 9.00 ERA, striking out 6 and walking 10 in 7 innings of work, although he has only give up 4 hits. Allan Simpson ranked him the No. 11 prospect in the Valley League last summer. Look for Johansen's name to start popping up more frequently this spring, and if shows any semblance of control he could be taken early in the draft.

Kyle Finnegan, RHP, Texas State
Finnegan won't be eligible for the draft until 2013, and has similar command/control issues that Johansen does, although nowhere near as extreme. In 2 starts so far this year he is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA and a 10:5 strikeout:walk ratio in 12 innings of work. He has been consistently 91-92 this spring touching 96 to go along with a sharp 83-85 slider. He was named our No. 4 prospect in the Alaska League last summer.

Mitchell Traver, RHP, Houston Christian HS (TX)
Traver was a PG All-American last summer, and projected to be taken in the top 1-2 rounds come June. He was 92-95 with a plus slider in his most recent start, proving his early round draft value.

Austin Fairchild, LHP, St. Thomas HS (TX)
Fairchild is another 2011 PG All-American, and he continues to throw the ball well, peaking at 93 mph in his most recent outing.

Taylor Duree, RHP, Sandia HS (NM)
Duree is a player we are actively trying to dig up more information on, as he has reportedly been up to 94 mph. The last time we saw Duree was at the 2010 PG/EvoShield National Championship, when he peaked at 84. He showed plenty of room for growth during that tournament, and obviously is starting to fill out getting bigger and stronger while throwing significantly harder.

Kevin McCanna, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)
McCanna keeps getting better and better every time we see and/or hear about him. He was up to 91 at the PG/WWBA 17u National Championship last July, up to 92 at the WWBa World Championship in Jupiter in late October, and recent word has him throwing 89-93 peaking at 94 while also throwing a 76-78 curveball and a 83-85 changeup for strikes. One scout compared him to Ian Kennedy, telling us he is the best pitcher in Texas, which is pretty lofty praise.

Nick Grant, RHP, Milford HS (DE)
Grant is another RHP that keeps getting better, peaking at 90 at last June's National Showcase, hitting 91 at the PG/WWBA 17u National Championship with recent reports indicating he has been up to 97 recently.

Connor Jones, RHP, Great Bridge HS (VA)
A 2013 grad and Virginia recruit, Jones is a very projectable RHP with reports of him sitting at 92 in his most recent start peaking at 94. The last time we saw Jones was last October at the WWBA Underclass World Championship where he threw 83-88. He's definitely a pitcher to keep an eye on over the next year plus.
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3/3/2012 9:29:20 AM

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Continuing last week's breakdown of SDSU freshman RHP Michael Cederoth, he did indeed start last night against UW-Milwaukee in a game the Panthers kept scratching and clawing their way back only to lose late in the game to the Aztecs, 7-4. Cederoth didn't allow a run over the first 4 innings, giving up 3 over his final 2 frames. He went 6 innings giving up 6 hits and 2 walks to go along with 4 strikeouts. He was sitting at 96 mph, touching 98 several times, including 3-4 times in his final inning of work in the 6th. His slider once again was up to 86. More reason to keep an eye on this kid over the next 2-3 years and beyond.

USF RHP Kyle Zimmer pitched in the same tournament, going against Cal State Northridge. His final line was impressive at 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K and 0 BB. The 0 walks is a little deceiving, as he fell behind early on almost every hitter he faced and really couldn't put himself in a position to use his plus breaking ball. His fastball sat at 95 all game, and was up to 97. He was overthrowing at times and the person I spoke to that saw him thought he was really good, but not quite as good as what had leaked out the first two weeks in which a few people had thrown out the possibility of him going No. 1 overall come June.

Some quick notes on a pair of prep bats:

Stryker Trahan put on a show yesterday, throwing out a pair of would-be base-stealers with POP times of 1.79 and 1.83. He hit the ball consistently hard, and continued to show his incredible athleticism. We here at Perfect Game have been a little hesitant to put a 1st-round grade on Trahan as others have, but he's starting to change our minds with his early season performance.

Courtney Hawkins has hit 5 home runs in his last 2 games. We have enjoyed watching Hawkins' progression since last June when we selected him to be a part of our PG All-American Classic. He hit the ball well in Fort Myers, San Diego and in Jupiter at the WWBA World Championship. In Houston I was standing next to one of Hawkins' Houston Banditos teammates (Rock Rucker) in the batting circle in which Rucker said something to the effect of, "How is he going to wow us today?" Truly a special talent.

I'll have some thoughts on the Andrew Mitchell (TCU) vs. Andrew Heaney (Okla. St.) matchup from last night either later today or tomorrow.
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