College Prospect Insider: Week 5Prospects
Each week throughout the college baseball season, the D1Baseball.com College Prospect Report will provide updated scouting reports and scouting news on key prospects from around the nation. We’ll cast a wide net, as we examine prospect performances for every type of player, from the 2017 draft eligible star to the intriguing fresh faced freshman on the verge of playing a more pivotal role with a key performance.
Using scouting and coaching resources from around the nation, each week’s report will bring the latest on prospects’ velocity, improvements at the plate, home to first times and all the key aspects of the game on which these players are evaluated throughout the season and the entirely of their college careers. We’ll also weigh in on how their most recent performances could impact their future draft stock as well as their place on their current rosters. This notebook will not touch on every prominent prospect performance each week, but will highlight many of the most notable ones.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the latest prospect nuggets from around the world of college baseball during week five.
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– You could make a very strong case that no college position player has done more to solidify or increase his draft stock than Logan Warmoth (North Carolina) has during the first month of the season. Scouts wanted to see his power play more in game action, and he’s accomplished that. They wanted to see some more defensive consistency and he’s tightened that up as well. The righty swinging shortstop picked up another four hits over the weekend, including his fourth long ball of the year. He’s viewed as a likely second baseman at the next level, but scouts see him as a potentially dynamic offensive force there, displaying a dynamic hit tool and above average power and barrel life. Warmoth has made himself a strong candidate to go in the first 20 overall picks in this year’s draft.
– If you’re on the lookout for K-State prospects, the arm you want to watch is 6-foot-2 senior lefthander Jordan Floyd (Kansas State). After two more scoreless relief appearances this weekend, Floyd maintains an ERA under one and has shown significant strides in the command department. He’s also shown a hopping 90-94 mph fastball to go with a true swing and miss slider. The two-seam action on his fastball has also impressed scouts.
– A 6-foot-4 junior transfer righty, it turns out that Justin Heskett (Kansas State) was just what the K-State rotation needed this spring, as he’s posted a 2.60 ERA over the first month following another seven superb innings this weekend. He has a full four pitch mix, works out of a deceptive delivery with some funk to his arm action and has shown very advanced command. He pitches mostly at 87-89 mph, but attacks the zone effectively and has an excellent feel for when to mix in his breaking pitches.
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