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Insider-based subscribers can receive updates and reports from the PG staff on some of the top draft-eligible players from across the nation.
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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:

PG Draft Insider Forum intro

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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