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LongDistanceFan
06-02-2002, 09:06 AM
its happening again........... some of the better prospects are falling and the blame of it is on scott boras (what a crying shame :whiner: ), when are any of these prospect going to learn...... and i would love to see what happens to the matt harrington soap box...

rmusacch
06-02-2002, 09:32 AM
Originally posted by LongDistanceFan
its happening again........... some of the better prospects are falling and the blame of it is on scott boras (what a crying shame :whiner: ), when are any of these prospect going to learn...... and i would love to see what happens to the matt harrington soap box...

What is there to learn? The teams eventually end up caving and give them what they would have got at the higher spot most of the time.

HawkDJ
06-02-2002, 10:32 AM
ESPN the Mag's Mock Draft says the White Sox will draft Joe Saunders, LHP from Virginia Tech.

LongDistanceFan
06-03-2002, 01:59 AM
Originally posted by HawkDJ2k2
ESPN the Mag's Mock Draft says the White Sox will draft Joe Saunders, LHP from Virginia Tech. i don't know about him....... did he reach his best and no more room to grow??? from baseball america predicted he should be gone in the top 5-10

Scouting Report: Saunders has a lower ceiling than most first-rounders, but he's a safe pick and should be one of the first players in the Class of '02 to reach the big leagues. He has such a great feel for pitching that he just toyed with college hitters this year. While his stuff isn't overpowering, he throws a lot of quality strikes. His fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range, touches 92 and even reaches 94 when he needs a little extra. Scouts say he should just let it rip more often and not try to finesse hitters as much. The biggest knock on his fastball is that it's straight as an arrow--a high hits-to-innings ratio is evidence of that. His curve is also just average now but should be above-average in the future. His best pitch is his changeup, which can be unhittable at times. He gets a lot of strikeouts and easy ground balls off it. Saunders is polished in all facets of pitching. He has an easy, effortless delivery, holds runners well, fields his position and has a good pickoff move. Just a thrower when the Phillies picked him out of a northern Virginia high school in the fifth round in 1999, Saunders has matured as a pitcher in three years. The Orioles, with the fourth overall pick, were looking hard at him early in May, but that interest appears to have dissipated. He still shouldn't last beyond the middle of the first round, though.

what got me concerned is off days and on days........ but i like him better than saunders.....

Blanton bounced in and out of the first round all spring as his performance went up and down. Considered a marginal first-round pick at the start of the year, his stock surged when he went head-to-head with Ball State's Bryan Bullington in March and outpitched him. He struck out 16 that day with a fastball that touched 95 mph. Blanton wasn't as sharp over his next several starts, appearing to be consumed by all the attention, and interest fell off. Then he pitched well again in a couple of late-season starts and seemed to solidify his position as a late first-rounder. In his final start against Florida, Blanton shut out the hard-hitting Gators for eight innings--then gave up five runs in the ninth and lost. His 5-7, 4.59 record is indicative of his inconsistent effort. Most impressive, he struck out 120 in 91 innings. Big and strong with solid mechanics, Blanton has a good curve and slider in addition to his fastball, which normally is 92-93 mph. When he's at his best, the command on his fastball is precise. His changeup continues to develop

SoxxoS
06-03-2002, 09:16 AM
Matt Harrington is probably the dumbest high school pitcher ever. Not only did he turn down 4 million when he got drafted in 2000 (as the concensous #1 talent) and then had arm problems. So he got his arm strength back, and just got offered 1.2 million from the Padres last week, AND TURNED THAT DOWN. The scouts say he is going to go 3-4th round and not come close to a million two dollar bonus. So, lets say he gets a $600,000 bonus. That's 4.6 million he "blew" as a 20 year old kid. Wow.