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November 19, 2002
2002 Team One National: Best Tools
With the Vegas city lights shining in the distance and 80+ scouts and 10 scouting directors on hand to watch, it was an optimum opportunity for 33 of the nation’s best to “showcase” their baseball tools over a two day period. Every player in attendance showed at least one draftable tool while a handful of players showed several that should bring decision makers their way in the spring of 2003.
This list was compiled by myself along with input from Team One G.M. Jeff Spelman, Scouting Director Anup Sinha, East Coast Scout, Stan Brzezicki, Carl Andrietta and Rob Bruno. So, without further adieu …
Matt Moses and Colin Curtis are way-advanced high school hitters with Curtis flashing a compact, gap to gap stroke and Moses showing a direct, high finish swat and the potential for frequent power down the road.
BEST RAW POWER:
Curtis has a similarly powerful left arm action w/ good carry as does Boston who despite playing football up until the past weekend, showed the potential for an above average big league hose.
Catcher Cody Collett put on a pop-time display during the workout portion, registering a 1.74 on my watch and was consistently near 1.85. And while Collett, corner infielder, Mayer and the aforementioned outfielders showed above average arm strength, shortstop Sean Henry had the top positional arm in camp based on pure velocity, carry, transfer quickness and the ability to show zip from numerous arm slots and angles.
Outfielders, Rapoport and Curtis can break on and go get a ball with just about any high school outfielder in the country and their defensive skills should only get better with time. Smart has a great first step, soft hands and the glove actions to make tough plays up the middle while Collett stamped his name firmly on any list that includes the top catch and throw receivers in the country. He also showed the ability to control a ballgame and work with his pitchers.
BEST BREAKING PITCH:
From the left side, John Danks flashes an “ownership” deuce that renders left hitters useless. Tight spin, nasty downward tilt and jelly legged affects aplenty.
After a down first effort on Saturday, Demme came back huge on Sunday and flashed a low 90s fastball with life, took something off it and got even more arm side action and also located a "plus" breaker and traditional changeup. If he does that with consistency next spring, he may just wind up a top 5 round guy.
BEST PURE ATHLETE:
The Sunday “raceoff” between he and Curtis was classic and I imagine Boston would have found the extra gear to beat just about anyone paired against him that day. He’s certainly a ceiling talent in baseball and has baseball/ football offers from all the biggins’ including Miami, FSU, Florida, Ohio State and Notre Dame. At some point, he’ll have to pick one and I wouldn’t be the guy to bet against him when he does.
He is still grasping the nuances and his arm stroke is short (yet clean) but Newman's delivery is full of tempo, his fastball full of life and he’s really starting to “dial in” his breaking pitch. He’s a low 90s guy waiting to happen and doesn’t look like he’s even scratched the surface.
RHP, Nolan Mulligan is just a thrower right now but he projects out of this world and shows the makings of a potentially nasty breaker from an over the top slot. He’ll be one to follow.
Brandon McConnell is an athletic right hander who dealt during his second outing of the weekend. He has a lean frame, short arm stroke and the potential for two “plus” offerings. Amazingly, both he and Mulligan are unsigned.