Draft : : Prospect Scouting Reports
MLB Draft Reports: 151-200
Tuesday, June 04, 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.
151. D.J. SNELTEN, lhp, University of Minnesota (Jr.)
A towering lefty at 6-foot-7, 230-pounds, Snelten offers plenty of upside on the mound. He uses his size well pitching downhill on batters from a deceptive, low three-quarters delivery, typically pitching in the 87-91 range with the ability to touch 93-94 mph. He generates late, sinking life on his fastball and complements that pitch with a low-80s slider and a developing changeup. Snelten made the most of his opportunity as a starter during his sophomore campaign in 2012, taking a weekend starting role when Tom Windle was sidelined for several weeks with an ailing shoulder. A left elbow injury delayed the start of Snelten's season this year, but he returned strong at the beginning of Big Ten Conference play going 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA in nine appearances, seven of which have been starts. In 52 2/3 innings he has allowed 43 hits and 17 walks while striking out 37. Snelten's secondary offerings have come a long way over the last year, and he has all of the pieces to continue improving at the professional level as he continues to trust his fastball and pitch more aggressively. He along with Windle and Alec Crawford have given Minnesota a formidable weekend trio to contend with, a team that is second in the conference with a 2.86 ERA.
152. BRIAN RAGIRA, 1b/3b, Stanford University (Jr.)
While he has yet to fulfill his massive potential that he showed off during a Freshman All-American season in 2011, Ragira has big tools and has flashed the ability to use them at times. He's had a good showing this spring, not the dominant force that his raw tool set suggests he is capable of being, but he's certainly swinging the bat well with a line of .365/.408/.619 through 15 games (63 at-bats) in Pac-12 play. His lackluster performance last year as a sophomore and good but unspectacular beginning to this season has him just outside of Group 1 for the time being, though he could make a move upward with a strong finish to the season. Click here to read Ragira's detailed Draft Focus report.
153. J.D. UNDERWOOD, rhp/1b, Palm Beach State (Fla.) CC (So.)
Underwood comes from a noted baseball family as his father Tom (who died of cancer in 2010) was a second-round pick of the Phillies in 1972, and his uncle Pat was the second overall pick in the draft four years later. Both went on to distinguished major league careers as pitchers. The younger Underwood hopes to follow in their footsteps, and appears well on his way after posting a 7-2, 1.35 record as a sophomore for Palm Beach State, which includes a 17-strikeout game against Broward CC and no-hitter against No. 1-ranked Miami-Dade in consecutive starts. In 73 innings, he had walked just five while striking out 77. At 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, Underwood isn’t overpowering but is very advanced in his approach to pitching, has a clean arm action and can throw four pitches for strikes. His fastball typically ranges from 88-92 mph, but he gets good movement on the pitch and commands it with precision. He augments it with a solid-average curve, along with a splitter and changeup that produce different actions at the plate. Underwood also plays first base for Palm Beach State, is the best hitter on his team (.353-3-39) and could go both ways in college if he fulfills his college commitment to Miami, but would concentrate on pitching at the pro level. He projects as an end-of-rotation starter.
154. CHRIS KOHLER, lhp, Los Osos HS (Calif.)
A projection lefty, Kohler has touched 92 mph with his fastball this spring while generally working at 88-90. He had a strong showing at the 2012 PG National Showcase where he did a good job of working ahead in the count and staying around the strike zone with his fastball. He's had some ups and downs against quality competition, but he's flashed the kind of ability that should draw some strong draft interest. His curveball shows good depth at times, and his changeup flashes life to the arm side, though he's still developing feel for both pitches.
155. BRANDON DIXON, 3b/1b, University of Arizona
As Arizona’s starting first baseman in 2012, Dixon contributed a meager .247 batting average, one homer and 13 RBI, along with a modest eight stolen bases in 12 attempts, to his team’s successful run to a College World Series title. Thrust into a key offensive role this spring in a depleted Wildcats lineup, while also switching across the diamond to third base, Dixon has responded with a breakout season and not only was leading the Pacific-12 Conference in batting (.377) in late April, but in stolen bases (26 in 30 attempts). He has also chipped in with a team-high five homers while playing in a spacious home ballpark. Dixon’s emergence as a legitimate prospect for the 2013 draft hasn’t been a total surprise to scouts as he has always featured impressive athleticism and agility in his powerful 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame, and grades out as an above-average runner. While Dixon, who went undrafted out of a California high school in 2010, has average bat speed and balls often jump off his bat, there’s more effort in his swing than scouts would like and there are questions whether he has enough quickness and lift in his swing to hit for power on a consistent basis as he progresses. His move to third base is also viewed as a stop-gap measure as he has struggled there defensively, though may be an ideal fit on an outfield corner with his combination of speed, agility and raw arm strength.
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