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4/4/2013 12:40:26 PM

pebert
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I touched upon Jonathan Gray last week, and had the good fortune to watch last weekend's start as well. This time it was against Kansas, and the guy is just filthy. He went the full 9 innings, gave up 2 hits, one was a soft flare to RF, the other was on an infield single to the SS that could have been an out if played better (allowing the runner to go from first to third on the play, which should never happen). That runner scored on a DP ball to the next hitter.

He has great fastball velocity (mid to upper 90s) and command, and his mid-80s slider is probably his best pitch. It's really hard to identify out of the hand and breaks late, hard and away from RH batters. His low-80s changeup is also a very nice pitch that he uses perfectly to neutralize LH hitters. He has great temp on the mound, keeps his composure and really is the completely package you look for in a future staff ace.

I was actually talking to Kendall Rogers about this earlier today, but it is somewhat surprisingly that he hasn't gotten more pub early this season. He is a legitimate factor for the Astros and the No. 1 overall pick. While Appel has been dominant again this year and Manaea also offers the projected total package of a staff ace, Jonathan Gray is doing it week after week, and the weather has been rather cool this spring.
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4/5/2013 12:33:10 PM

BLUEFAN
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Patrick,

Couple of questions for you ....

1. When is the next update coming as far as the top 500 rankings?

2. What round do you see the following players going in?
- CA Dillon Haupt (Univ. of San Diego)
- LH Jacob Brentz (HS - Missouri)
- 3B Chad Pinder (Virginia Tech)
- LH Stephen Tarpley (Scottsdale CC - Arizona)
- SS Riley Unroe (HS - Arizona)
- SS Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin)

Thanks as always .... Keep up the good work.

David
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4/8/2013 6:50:38 AM

pebert
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Hi David, thanks for your interest.

1. We plan to update the top prospects at some point next week, although we won't be going 500 deep. 100 is more likely.
2. Players/rounds:

• Haupt: There's a chance he squeezes into the top 10 rounds based on his position (catcher), and the fact that he could be a cost effective senior sign for a productive player, but otherwise he goes somewhere in the 10-15 range.
• Brentz: We just had Brentz up to 96 yesterday as part of our IA spring league. That said, he's is still somewhat of a wildcard given how new he is to pitching. His delivery is very smooth, as Brentz is a great overall athlete, and for his inexperience he commands the pitch very well. However, the off-speed stuff still needs development. He has 1st round talent, that's for sure.
• Pinder: 2-3 round range likely, but could go in the 1S or possibly even late 1st based on position.
• Tarpley: Probably 2-3 round range.
• Dozier: Big spring for premium position, although questions will continue whether he can stick at SS. When you see him play the more you believe he can stick at SS. Like Pinder, he could sneak into late 1st/1S, but 2nd round more likely fit.
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4/8/2013 8:59:47 AM

BLUEFAN
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Thanks Patrick as always .... keep up the good work
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