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Randar68
06-04-2002, 10:34 AM
From BA...

RHP Joseph Blanton out of Kentucky:

Joseph Blanton, rhp
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 5-6, 4.53 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.

Luke Hagerty, LHP from Ball State...
Luke Hagerty, lhp
Hagerty was nothing more than a projection during his first two years at Ball State. He pitched sparingly and emerged last summer in the Central Illinois Collegiate League. He's added 10 mph to his fastball and 30 pounds to his imposing 6-foot-8, 230-pound frame since he was recruited out of high school. His fastball registered up to 93-94 mph last summer and he has consistently worked in the 88-92 range with good running movement this spring. Because Hagerty threw just 41 innings as a freshman and sophomore, he tired as this season wore on, causing him to get on the side of his breaking ball. When he's on, it's a hard, sharp breaker, but it lost some of its bite down the stretch. Still, there's the projection scouts love--his father is 6-foot-9--and his arm comes with low mileage. Hagerty ranked second to Bullington in ERA in the MAC at 2.27 while striking out 81 in 71 innings

Paulwny
06-04-2002, 11:05 AM
Originally posted by Randar68
From BA...
. He's added 10 mph to his fastball and 30 pounds to his imposing 6-foot-8, 230-pound frame since he was recruited out of high school.

Wow, is their anyone under 6'. The little pitcher era is long gone.

Randar68
06-04-2002, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by Paulwny


Wow, is their anyone under 6'. The little pitcher era is long gone.

Personally, on talent/projection alone in this draft, there are about 5 players I'd take before these 2 that will likely be available. However, signability is always a factor. Hopefully we get our hands out of our pants and sign all of our early round talent this year. Last year made me sick.