The Scouting Trail: Minute Maid & More


HOUSTON — After spending Week Two of The Scouting Trail evaluating the many top prospects from UCLA and Georgia Tech, l continued to search for another buffet of high-end arms and premium bats. The Shriners Hospitals College Classic at Minute Maid Park promised plenty of those as 18 of our Top 350 2019 Prospects, including eight of the Top 100, and another dozen from our 2020 Top 150 Prospects rankings were scheduled to compete. As for tools and talent, here’s what I saw…

No. 3 Shew Langeliers, C, Baylor– Did not play this weekend. Suffered a broken hamate bone during Opening Weekend. He recently had surgery and is hopeful to return in 4-5 weeks. For video and a report summary from last summer with the USA CNT, please visit our partners at Prep Baseball Report Draft HQ.

What the analytics say Hitting (based on final 2018 spring statistics)
Plate Discipline: 81.1   Hit Ability: 74.9   Game Power: 90.7   Overall: 82.2 (B)

No. 7 Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU– Standing 6-foot-6, 195 pounds and possessing an athletic, repeatable delivery, Lodolo already looks the part of ML starting pitcher. On Friday against Houston he showed the stuff and command of a future frontline ML starting pitcher by mixing a 92-93 (T94) mph fastball with two above-average breaking balls. His curveball was a consistent 80-81 mph, while the slider jumped to the plate at 87-88. All of Lodolo’s pitches played up with the deception and angle he creates on all of his offerings. The ball gets on top of hitters quickly, giving them a short window in which to see the ball. Lodolo retired the first 14 hitters he faced then briefly lost his delivery with a leadoff walk on four pitches in the sixth. He regrouped and executed his pitches, striking out the side; one swinging and two looking on well placed fastballs. During his seven-inning, 97-pitch start, he allowed one hit, one walk and struck out 13. With continued good health and performances like this one, expect Lodolo to be highly considered in the top 10 overall picks this June. For video and a full draft report with future tool and round range projection, please visit our partners at Prep Baseball Report Draft HQ and click on the Draft Reports tab.

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