Baseball America has updated their top 50 prospects for the 2014 draft and the story remains the same, this draft is top-heavy with pitching. These aren’t mock drafts, so with that in mind I’ll mention that the Pirates pick 24th overall in the first round and BA ranks prep second baseman Forrest Wall as the 24th best player right now. We have mentioned Wall a couple times in the past, but as a reminder, he is an athletic player with four tools that should be at least average. He doesn’t have the best arm, so while he plays some shortstop now, he projects to play second base in the pros. I’ve included a scouting report from Big League Futures and a video at the bottom of this page courtesy of Baseball Instinct.
Sticking with Baseball America, Clint Longenecker has a game report on Evansville southpaw Kyle Freeland. BA just moved Freeland all the way up to ninth place in their top 50 list. There is also video included from his weekend start against Charlotte.
Some quick college news from early in the week. Starting with San Francisco outfielder Bradley Zimmer, who had three hits, a walk and a stolen base in his team’s 4-3 loss to San Jose State on Tuesday. Zimmer is the highest ranked college bat by Baseball America in their new rankings, coming in at tenth overall.
Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored on Wednesday against Indiana State. His teammate, first baseman Sam Travis, was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Baseball America ranked Schwarber 18th overall. Travis projects to be a possible second round pick.
Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored on Wednesday against Jacksonville State. He was ranked 25th by BA. Pentecost is hitting .357/.416/.513 in 36 games this season.
Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie was ranked 30th by BA, meaning he has really moved up draft charts. He is hitting .393/.497/.697 in 32 games this year, with nine homers and 25 walks. During the pre-season rankings, Gillaspie was 28th among all college players. Now he is rated as the fifth best bat.
Scott Blewett out of Baldwinsville, New York, made his debut on Wednesday in front of a crowd packed with scouts. He was featured(with video) in our prep pitchers preview and has been ranked near the middle or back of the first round numerous times. Blewett threw six scoreless innings, striking out 15, while allowing just two hits and a walk. Syracuse.com has a long article on Blewett and his start that is worth checking out. He was sitting 89-91 MPH with his fastball and has hit 95 MPH in the past.