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Draft : : Prospect Scouting Reports
MLB Draft Reports: 201-250
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
After updating the top 500 draft eligible prospects we are now providing the scouting reports for the top 250 players in batches of 50. There are many more scouting reports available in the individual state previews as well as the updated top 100 Junior College prospects. Please visit the Perfect Game Draft Preview content page for links to all of these features.
201. TYLER ALEXANDER, lhp, Carroll HS, Southlake (Texas)
Alexander just begun entering into the scouting consciousness last October at the WWBA World Championships after gaining 3-5 mph on his fastball during the previous six months. He’s still not an especially physical pitcher at 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, but he learned to pitch at lower velocities and be successful, and the improved velocity, now in the 88-92 mph range with the ability to hold it late into contests, has put him into a different prospect category. Alexander has an outstanding feel for pitching, changing speeds and making the ball move. His changeup is a quality pitch with movement, and he has firmed up a mid-70s curveball over the last year as well, giving him three pitches he can go to at any time in the count. He recently threw a trio of games when he had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning of three straight starts, only to see the first two spoiled before finally nailing one down, and stands at 8-0, 0.35 on the year with 60 innings pitched, with only 13 walks issued and 113 strikeouts. Alexander is signed with TCU, which already has a pair of top prospect left-handers in sophomore Brandon Finnegan and freshman Alex Young. Adding the already polished Alexander would give them a dynamic trio of southpaws moving forward.
202. RYAN CORDELL, of, Liberty (Jr.)
When you talk to scouts about Cordell, they talk about him more like a high upside high school talent than a college player. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound outfielder has 70 or 80 speed on the 20-80 scale, depending on which scout you talk to, and his wheels are a crucial part of his game. He shows outstanding range in the outfield, and also shows solid arm strength. The only real remaining question in his game has been his bat. Following up a freshman year in which he hit just .255, Cordell hit .301 with four home runs in 2012. He impressed scouts in the Great Lakes League last summer, where hit hit six home runs and stole 15 bases in 31 games. And, it’s that combination of power and speed that has him in contention to go in the top five rounds this spring. His performance has been sporadic, but he has continued to show that improved power stroke and ability to steal bases for Liberty. He’s a favorite of area scouts in the region, and someone is going to roll the dice on him regardless of his performance the rest of the way.
203. TYLER WADE, ss, Murrieta Valley HS (Calif.)
Wade has a long athletic build with plenty of room to fill out and add strength. He displays athletic actions defensively and is a good shortstop presently, but may profiles best at third base long-term as he matures physically. Wade's arm strength projects to be above average for the left side of the infield regardless of where he settles in. He is a left handed hitter with good bat speed and the potential to develop power, currently showing good present power to the gaps that could develop into more over-the-fence power in the next 2-3 years. Wade is a solid runner, a tick above average at present, and he has committed to play for San Diego State.
204. MALIK COLLYMORE, 2b/ss, Port Credit HS, Mississauga, Ontario
Collymore has always flashed considerable raw speed and power potential in his powerful, compact, well-defined 6-foot, 190-pound frame, but his performance at Perfect Game’s National Pre-Draft Showcase in Iowa in mid-May may have legitimately pushed him into the early rounds of this year’s draft. He ran the 60 in an event-best 6.54 seconds, homered in three of 10 batting-practice swings and went deep again in game competition. During speed training on a fast indoor track at Toronto’s York University he ran the 60 in a lightning-fast 6.22 seconds. Though Collymore has obvious speed, scouts say he needs to use it more efficiently on the bases and in the field under game conditions. Balls will also jump off his bat, but he’ll struggle making consistent contact with breaking pitches. With his simple hitting approach that emphasizes consistent contact, Collymore projects to hit more for doubles-power rather than true home-run power. His greatest challenge is on the defensive side of the ball, no matter where he eventually plays. He has plenty of arm strength to play on the left side of the infield and is capable of occasionally making the spectacular play at shortstop, but his hands and footwork appear best-suited for second base.
205. JOHN RILEY, c, Willow Glen HS (Calif.)
In a class with abundant catching prospects, Riley is one of several quality backstops who may wind up on campus in the fall that otherwise would have been signed away in other draft years. Behind the plate he has a solid arm and good catch and throw mechanics. At the plate Riley flashes power and can drive the ball with authority to all fields.
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