Thursday, June 13, 2013

Indiana and Florida State MLB Draft Picks

Here are a few of the players that were drafted from Florida State and Indiana, with notes based on watching them play against each other in the Super-Regionals.

Aaron Slegers Indiana RHP Twins 140 overall

Standing at an insane 6-10, Slegers is about as tall of a prospect that there is.
Not a hard thrower, he was sitting mainly 89-92 MPH, sometimes getting down to 87-88 MPH.  So he has about average velocity now with maybe the potential to add more. The size obviously provides quite the downward plane along with extension. He seemed to keep the fastball low even though it didn't seem to be a sinker, and it can get some arm side run on it occasionally.
His main breaking pitch is a 80-81 MPH baby slider that sometimes breaks down, could be called a slurve. He seems to be able to throw it for strikes, but it isn't a plus pitch.
His change at 84 MPH also isn't plus. It has a little arm side run, but not much overall movement. He wasn't really missing bats and I think that has something to do with his lack of quality breaking pitches.

Dustin Demuth Indiana 3rd base Twins 230 overall

A left-handed hitter with nice size, may grow into body a little more, probably not enough to take him off the position. Unfortunately, I didn't get a read on his defense, and his speed is probably average at best.

He really seemed to struggle with outside fastballs. The bat not real quick, but his swing seems to cover a lot of the zone. He was at least able to turn on up and in and drive it up the middle. Demuth seems to handle all inside pitches well, at least at averagish right-handed velocity. His power is more line drive than home run, but his swing ppercut, probably leading a lot of fly-balls, which is probably not a great thing for him. I am definitely not in love with the swing, and he seemed a little susceptible to pitches that break low an din out of the strike zone.

Ryan Halstead Indiana RHP Twins 770th overall

Another pretty big righty (6-4), but probably not going to grow out much more. He has a short step delivery, where he kicks his leg in the middle of the air, and takes a short stride. He ends up getting pretty low at the time of delivery.

His fastball is 86-90 MPH with a little movement, almost moves like a change, so probably more of a sinker. Very rarely went to any kind of off-speed. When he did, it was a changeup that was really just a the sinker with velocity taken off.

Robert Coles Florida State RHP Mets 836th overall

Coles has a lot of herk and jerk motion in his delivery. It looks like he had some deception, hitters (especially right-handed hitters)seemed to have a hard time seeing his breaking ball.

88-90 MPH fastball, can get 2-seam run and get it to backdoor back into the strike zone. Throws it low and away from lefties.

75-77 MPH soft slider, good horizontal movement, can sometimes get it to the other batters box in the dirt. Seems to be his favorite pitch against righties. Doesn't quite break like a traditional slider but it doesn't appear to be a curveball. It sometimes broke like a change, but the usage made it obvious that it wasn't a change.

Peter Miller Florida State RHP Dodgers 484th overall

Fastball below average velocity wise, 87-90 MPH, lot of arm side run. Miller was throwing it high, not traditional for a moving fastball. His control of it was very spotty.

His breaking pitch was a big curveball at 74-76 MPH. Can throw it for strikes with decent vertical depth. Very little horizontal movement, but usually threw it glove side.

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