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  1. I think its Walker Weickel. At least that’s how I’ve seen it elsewhere.

    Comment by Michael — February 29, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  2. How would you like to face Harvard-Westlake HS in a doubleheader?

    Comment by dbake005 — February 29, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  3. Growin em big in ohio huh?

    Comment by Shane — February 29, 2012 @ 11:17 am

  4. You’re exactly right. That’s a mistake on my part. It’s now fixed.

    Comment by J.P. Breen — February 29, 2012 @ 11:32 am

  5. Opposing skipper quotes:


    Comment by Brandon Warne — February 29, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  6. Fried? Cherry? Appel? Is this draft for baseball or for a bakery? If Giolito is pronounced the way I hope it is, we may have an Italian dessert shop in there too.

    From the mocks I’ve seen so far and this, it appears as though this will be a prep-heavy draft.

    Comment by Tom — February 29, 2012 @ 11:45 am

  7. “while other scouts see a two-pitch guy without any semblance of a changeup”

    He’s 17, you can teach him one!

    You can’t teach 99.

    Comment by John — February 29, 2012 @ 11:55 am

  8. Love the piece! Quick note, isn’t McCullers’s bullpen projection largely contingent upon his awful delivery?

    Comment by Orange — February 29, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  9. 6-9, 260 and his last name is Cherry, go figure.

    Comment by Shane — February 29, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  10. Yeah, thanks for this list :) It’s tough to casually come across reliable information like this for free.

    Comment by baty — February 29, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  11. “his awful delivery”

    His delivery isn’t favored, but “awful” is completely OTT. His arm is long in the back, but that’s hardly damning on its own as MadBum and James Paxton are as long or longer. McCullers definitely needs to get his delivery a bit more under control (release point is an issue as well as some front side stuff) but he’s no more violent some other small righties (Cueto, Carlos Martinez) who’ve done pretty well for thesmelves. He’s also not the typical size you like to see in a hard-throwing RHP prospect, leading to durability concerns.

    As for the two pitch stuff, he has a change that is routinely projected as above avg to plus, so that’s just incorrect. There’s an excellent chance he ends up in relief, but there’s also more mischaracterization of him that is generally seen with a player of this ability for some strange reason.

    Comment by Blackie — February 29, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  12. Be wary of the reports on Cherry’s breaking ball. Far too many opinions are based on his down outings at Jupiter at the end of the summer, and since he threw almost exclusively two-seamers at Perfect game that didn’t help either. His breaking ball is a bit slurvy at this point but is actually a very promising pitch. At its best it features late two-plane break that backfoots lefties and comes right at righties before breaking over the plate. It comes out of the same arm slot as his FB, which, because it’s generally a two-seamer with its own late action, helps the breaker play up. It’s not a consistent pitch at this point, and he needs to tighten it, but he has three current above avg pitches, make no mistake.

    Comment by Blackie — February 29, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  13. How is Giolito’s command/control, i.e. does he have any idea where his triple digit fastball is going?

    Comment by Anon — February 29, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  14. Giolito’s command is plus plus. He used to get tapped for beung a bit wild but that’s because there is do much video of him online starting when he was a gangly 15 year old and he did alot of big events like the Area Codes when he was a sophmore. His command, velo and especially his offspeed stuff have taken huge jumps in the last two years.

    Comment by Plowshare — March 1, 2012 @ 9:20 am

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