There’s been a growing buzz surrounding University of San Francisco RHP Kyle Zimmer, as he’s asserted his name into the No. 1 overall discussion. In his first couple starts of the season, his command of four pitches has been great while consistently bringing it in the upper-90s. John Kilma of Baseball Prospect Report – formerly known as Baseball Beginnings – details what he likes about Zimmer and provides some personal video of the right-hander.
In the back-end of a double header on Sunday, Georgia Southern right fielder Victor Roache broke his wrist while diving for a ball and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2012 season. Roache, who is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 9 prospect on their draft board, was coming off a monster offensive season in which he slashed .326/.428/.778 with 30 home runs. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .412/.600/.765 with two home runs.
Andrew Pentis of MLB.com wrote a great article on Trevor Bauer and his quest to be the perfect blend of a power and finesse pitcher. Bauer apparently has nine (yes, nine) pitches, each one specifically designed for a given scenario and/or count.
After watching endless video and reading a host of scouting reports, a player I like more and more everyday is David Dahl. I love his setup at the plate as well as his bat path and balance to the point of contact – it’s pretty. All the tools are there and everything he does on the baseball field looks natural. Conor Glassey of Baseball America recently posted a first-hand video of Dahl recorded this past summer. Baseball America also named him a 2012 First Team Preseason High School All-American.
The great John Sickels of Minor League Ball has finally released his Top 120 prospects for the 2012 season. In my personal opinion, his list is always one of the best and this year is no different.
If you’ve enjoyed Dee’s articles on scouting philosophy and the evolution of the prospect landscape, then be sure to check out Nathaniel Stoltz’s “There’s No Such Thing as a First Base Prospect” at Seedlings to Stars. Stoltz and the rest of the S2S staff have done an impressive job since launching last May, and I find myself reading it daily.
Over at FanGraphs, Mark Anderson compares Pirates pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. He examines their respective mechanics and arsenal as well as their overall command and mound presence. However, I’ll let you find out who he ultimately prefers.