Draft Prospect Watch: Manaea Not Sharp, Bryant Homers Again

The seventh weekend of college baseball started a day earlier this week, with many teams taking off on Sunday due to Easter. Yesterday saw strong pitching performances from Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray, while Kris Bryant added a home run.  The top pitchers going today were both off their game and one of the top hitters missed action today with an injury. The schedule for the top college players this weekend can be found here. Check out the draft preview posted here and the recap of the sixth week’s action here. Just a reminder, the Pirates pick #9 and #14 in this year’s June amateur draft, so for the duration of the college season, leading up to draft day, we are following the players closely that are ranked in that range. This year’s draft will be held June 6-8. 2013 draft

San Diego’s Kris Bryant, who some consider the best college bat in the draft, went 1-for-4 tonight against Oregon State, but the one hit was a big one. Bryant hit his 14th homer of the season tonight in his 27th game of the season. He drove in two runs and also drew a walk. Despite his efforts, San Diego still got beat soundly at home, losing 14-5.

Colin Moran and North Carolina start their schedule this week on Saturday against Clemson, playing three games in three days. Moran homered in his last game on Wednesday against Winthrop.

Sean Manaea, the left-handed pitcher from Indiana State lost 3-0 to Missouri State tonight. The top ranked lefty in this draft class went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs(two earned) on six hits, three walks and he struck out five batters. He had a 1.14 ERA coming into the game, yet still picked up his third loss in seven starts.

Bobby Wahl from Ole Miss had an off day today against Florida, at least for him. He went 7.1 innings, giving up three runs(two earned) on seven hits, two walks and he recorded just one strikeout. Wahl got a no-decision as the game went into extra innings tied at three. His record remains perfect at 6-0.

Aaron Judge, the 6’7″ outfielder from Fresno State, went 1-for-3 tonight, with a double, two walks and two strikeouts. He scored one run in his team’s 4-0 win over Nevada.

First baseman DJ Peterson was out of the lineup today for New Mexico. He has a hamstring injury that was called minor.

Prep News

Crawfish Boxes has a scouting report along with videos from LHP Robert Kaminsky from New Jersey. He is a hard-thrower, with a plus curveball who could go mid-first round. The report can be read here.

Bullpen Banter has lengthy videos on some of the better Prep players in the draft. They can be found below along with their profile pages.

Dominic Smith – profile

JP Crawford – profile

Trey Ball – profile

Oscar Mercadoprofile

Reese McGuire profile

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Not that I’d root for a guy to fail but…getting Manea at #9 would be awesome. I would have to think that the top guys at this point (in no particular order) are Gray, Appel, Meadows, Frazier, and Bryant. Might be a couple others who sneak in to that gap to drop him down a bit further.


It’s okay to root for him to fail as long as you are not hoping he gets injured and fails just enough so we can grab him at #9 .

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