Wednesday, March 20, 2013

University of Georgia Prospects: Crumley and Cole

The University of Georgia is not really loaded with prospects this year, but when I watched them on TV, I noticed a couple of interesting 2014 draft prospects and wrote a little about each below.

Luke Crumley is a tall right-handed pitcher, standing at 6-6 with some projection. As a Freshman in 2012, he wasn't that impressive, splitting between the rotation and the bullpen, struggling with walks, and not missing many bats.

His delivery had an inconsistent landing point, with a small hop-looking type finish. Crumly was 88-91 MPH on his mostly unimpressive fastball, that was pretty straight and hittable. There were too many left up high, and it was a short outing for him against Texas A&M.

His main breaking pitch was a soft slider with a lot of vertical movement. It was called a slider (by the announcing crew based on information given to them by the school), but it looked like a curveball. The change has good dip when down, but he left it up for horrible pitch and homer. 

Hunter Cole is another 2014 guy that was originally picked out of the 49th round by the Nationals out of high school.

Cole is not big, and is sort of lanky at 6-1 195. At the plate, he has a pretty knee bent stance. He played basically full time as a freshman and played pretty well with a .823 OPS. He had a 2.36 Tool WAA, which is not bad considering he was a Freshman, but not really high draft material. However, it was his plate discipline that drug it down, as he was an above average home run hitter and had a good speed score, the two more predictive parts of Tool WAA. At least statistically, he is interesting going forward, depending on how this season goes.

Defensively, he seemed to have some problems with reads in center. He also had a really ugly drop. A little bit of an awkward runner, he doesn't look especially athletic. He pitched a lot in high school, so it is probably safe to have him down as a plus arm.

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