Then at the PG/BA World Championship in Jupiter last fall, Gruler put it all together. He lived in the mid 90s with a devastating, at times, breaking ball. This spring he?€™s continued to improve, to the point of living in the mid 90s and touching lots of 97s. His make up and mound presence is right up there with anyone in the country. Sure he still projects, but he has reached the level we predicted for him, way ahead of schedule. He is looking like a very early first round pick.
All bragging aside, it has been crystal clear to us, for two years, where this special arm belonged. Wish we had a dollar for every time we told scouts that Greinke is a big time pitching prospect. Problem was, Zach was first a player and a very good one. He didn?€™t really pitch all that much with his summer teams, high school or in other showcases. This spring has changed everything. Zach became the ace of his high school pitching staff. The rest will soon become history. Greinke should go early in the first round as a RHP.
First of all, he has worked hard to develop an excellent MLB body and strength. That added size and strength has helped him become one of the top hitting prospects in this years draft. Some scouts say he is the hitter in high school baseball. He has simply improved more than any player in the country over the last 6 months. He looks like a sure first round pick at this time.
After Tropicana, Mayberry had several lack luster showings including the Area Codes. Making the mistake of listening to others we moved him down the list a ways. We forgot what we saw in Tropicana Field! That was a mistake?€? if it?€™s there?€? it?€™s there! Now the only thing keeping John from being an early pick is his commitment to Stanford. If he decides he wants to start his pro career now?€? he?€™s going early in this years draft.