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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Draft Reports: Prospects 51-100

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51. Chase Vallot
, c, St. Thomas More HS
R-R, 6-0/205, Youngsville, La.
College Commitment: Mississippi State

Vallot put on a power show for the scouting directors and cross-checkers who were in to see him at the start of the season and has remained hot ever since, posting a .529-12-54 line by mid-May with 24 walks and 12 doubles. The major question is what position he will play at the next level. He has the physical tools to play many positions on the field but his skills behind the plate still needs development. Fellow Louisiana native Stryker Trahan, the Diamondbacks first round pick in 2012, would be an excellent comparison.

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52. Garrett Fulenchek
, rhp, Howe HS
R-R, 6-3/205, Howe, Texas
College Commitment: Dallas Baptist

The biggest area of depth in the 2014 class may be in the high school pitching ranks and Fulenchek will be grouped with a long and varied list of prep hurlers who qualify as late first to late second round picks. His strong athletic build, consistent performances this spring and the presence of a nasty second pitch in his slider, to go with his 91-94 mph fastball, will tempt many teams early.

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53. Mac Marshall,
lhp, Parkview HS
R-L, 6-2/185, Lilburn, Ga.
College Commitment: Louisiana State

While Marshall has shown mid-90s velocity with his fastball this spring, he has generally pitched in the 88-92 range while showing precision with all three of his offerings. He throws a power curveball in the upper-70s with tight rotation and the ability to spot it throughout the zone. The second plus off-speed pitch in Marshall’s arsenal is his changeup with which he maintains arm speed while generating late fade to his arm side.

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54. Daniel Gossett
, rhp, Clemson (JR)
R-R, 6-1/185, Lyman, S.C.
Previously Drafted: Red Sox ’11 (16)

On the strength of increase velocity, Gossett has seen his draft stock skyrocket in 2014. He’s having another strong spring for Clemson, and working at 93-96 mph deep into outings has been what has truly captured scouts’ attention. With a 1.74 ERA as well as 94 strikeouts this spring, Gossett has consistently been one of the most dominant Friday starters in college baseball. And, scouts believed that could translate into a quick rise for him as a professional.

55. Forrest Wall
, 2b, Orangewood Christian HS
L-R, 6-0/180, Winter Park, Fla.
College Commitment: North Carolina

Wall’s draft stock could be all over the map for teams depending on how they evaluate the injuries he’s had to both his shoulders, including a separated left shoulder this spring that caused him to miss a handful of games. When healthy, Wall is a dynamic offensive player with the complete package of skills and tools. He hit .531 in 18 games as of mid-May with 16 walks and a perfect 26 for 26 in stolen bases.

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56. Spencer Turnbull
, rhp, University of Alabama (JR)
R-R, 6-4/240, Madison, Ala.
Previously Drafted: Never

Turnbull has turned a corner this spring, becoming not just a pitcher with a big arm, but a pitcher with quality command and secondaries as well. He works between 92-96 mph with his fastball, reaching as high as 98 this spring. His breaking ball has progressed significantly into a solid-average pitch, after he struggled with it last summer, and he’s done a much better job of repeating his delivery. His frame, easy arm action and exploding fastball give scouts something to dream on.

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57. Cameron Varga
, rhp, Cincinnati Christian Academy
R-R, 6-3/205, West Chester, Ohio
College Commitment: North Carolina

Varga needed to catch up this spring after missing most of the summer and the fall with an oblique injury and has done just that, allowing only one run in 39 innings through mid-May while walking only four hitters and striking out 94. He’s also thrown three no-hitters. One scout called his rapidly developing power curveball “not fair for the level of hitters he’s facing.”

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58. Brett Graves
, rhp, University of Missouri (JR)
R-R, 6-1/190, St. Charles, Mo.
Previously Drafted: Cardinals ’11 (26)

Missouri has struggled since entering the world of SEC baseball, which makes Graves 3-5, 3.71 record in 85 innings as of mid-May somewhat deceiving. After all, Missouri’s ace from 2013, southpaw Rob Zastryzny, went 2-9, 3.39 in 92 innings before being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round. The same type of scenario could lie in the hard throwing and polished Graves’ future.

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59. Alex Verdugo
, lhp/of, Sahuaro HS
L-L, 6-2/190, Tucson, Ariz.
College Commitment: Arizona State

The top two-way prospect in this year's draft, Verdugo has a much greater split amongst scouts as to whether he profiles best as a position player or pitcher long-term than any other in this class. On the mound he has a well controlled upper-80s to low-90s fastball that is paired with a plus curveball, which would typically leave little question as to his future position. But his power from the left side at the plate and the arm strength in right field are enticing enough to persuade some scouts that his future is as an outfield prospect.

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60. Ti’Quan Forbes,
ss, Columbia HS
R-R, 6-4/170, Columbia, Miss.
College Commitment: Mississippi

If there was a player to challenge the athleticism of Monte Harrison, it would be Ti’Quan Forbes. Although one of the youngest players in the this year’s draft there is no mistaking his ability on the field. The progression of his hit tool over the summer circuit is what sets him apart from other toolsy players, and he demonstrated it on the biggest state of the summer, the Perfect Game All-American Classic, lining a Tyler Kolek offering to the opposite field for a base hit.

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