2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/5

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker.
Harper had another strong weekend, going 5-for-13.  All five hits were singles, however, that put Harper in position to steal five bases in his four games.  For all of the talk of Harper’s power, which has led to a homer every 9.58 at-bats this season, not much is mentioned about his speed on the bases.  Harper had 21 steals in 65 at-bats in prep ball last year.  This year he has 11 stolen bases already in 115 at-bats.
Harper is currently sporting a 14 game hitting streak, dating back to game one of a March 12th double header.  Even more amazing is that the last time Harper has failed to reach base safely in a game was February 4th.  That’s a span of 29 games.
Ranaudo moved back to being the Friday night starter, although he still isn’t stretched out.  Ranaudo pitched just three innings against Georgia, allowing one run on three hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Ranaudo’s lone run came off of a solo homer with no outs in the fourth inning, which was the last batter he faced.
Colon had another big weekend, going 8-for-16 with two homers.  Colon has really turned his season around.  I mentioned last week his numbers since March 12th.  He is now hitting for a .415/.506/.831 line with a homer every 9.29 at-bats since March 12th, after starting off the season slow in his first 12 games.
One thing that impresses me about Colon is his plate patience.  So far this year he has an 8:12 K/BB ratio in 112 at-bats.  Since March 12th he’s had a 4:9 K/BB ratio in 65 at-bats.  If you trust the splits since the 12th, then Colon doesn’t look like a bad consolation prize if the Washington Nationals take Bryce Harper first overall.
Pomeranz got his fifth win in his roughest outing this weekend.  Of course, the outing was only three runs on five hits in seven innings, but with the dominance we’ve seen from Pomeranz this year, that’s definitely enough to qualify as his worst performance.  Pomeranz did struggle with the walks, walking six and striking out seven.  He also allowed a homer, his first in the last three games.
McGuire went seven innings against Duke, allowing three runs on six hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  McGuire has been fairly consistent this year, leading to a 1.53 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in 53 innings, along with a 54:12 K/BB ratio.  I’ll be joining Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger this Friday to see McGuire take on the number one ranked team in the country, the University of Virginia.  That should be a big test for him.  I’ll be providing Twitter updates from the game, but that’s about it since UVA denied my multiple requests for media credentials to get some video highlights.
Brentz missed his second weekend in a row.  Baseball America reports that Brentz will miss 2 to 3 weeks with a hairline fracture in his ankle.  I was never high on him for the number two overall pick, and this only moves him further down my list.
LeVon Washington - Washington went 6-for-12 this past week, including two homers.  He now has his line up to .345/.458/.621, with a homer every 14.5 at-bats in 87 at-bats this season.  Washington is hitting for a .404/.515/.808 line since the beginning of March, with a homer every 8.67 at-bats in 52 at-bats.
James Taillon - Taillon had another strong outing, following his no-hitter in his previous game where he struck out 19 batters.  Taillon pitched another complete game, allowing two runs on two hits, with two walks and 14 strikeouts.  Taillon recorded a strikeout in 11 of the first 12 outs of the game.  In his last two games he has recorded 33 strikeouts, with only nine outs coming through other means.  The Pirates might have
to seriously consider taking a high school arm in the first round with this type of dominance.
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