Scouting Austin Voth

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Photo by Joshua Bessex

Pitcher name: Austin Voth, RHP

Height: 6’1’’

Weight: 209

Draft status: Junior, draft eligible

School: University of Washington

Seen: March 1, 2013, against Cal Poly

Austin Voth (pronounced like ‘both’) is the Friday starter for the University of Washington. The junior right-hander worked off and on as a starter for the Huskies during his first two years on campus, but he’s emerged as the ace of the staff in Seattle after a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. He’s off to a good start in the new campaign, having struck out 28 hitters in 20 innings, while walking just 4. Baseball America ranked Voth the 14th best draft eligible prospect in their Pac-12 season preview last month, making him the highest Husky on their list. Continue reading

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Texas Rangers: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Baseball has a very unique farm and minor league system. Every MLB team, has a Triple-A team, Double-A team, High-A team, Low-A team, Short Season team, and several Rookie teams. That’s at least seven minor league teams each one of them loaded with players trying to make their dreams come true of playing in the major leagues one day. A few of those will make it, most won’t. Some are truly considered prospects, while some are just organization players filling a roster spot, who are still incredible baseball players but will probably never sniff the majors. 

What’s discussed a lot with a prospect is his ceiling. That ceiling then becomes a foregone conclusion in the mind, but when it comes to prospects reaching their ceilings, there is no such thing as a foregone conclusion. Still, the illusion of the ceiling for a prospect can be too intoxicating to withstand.

The Rangers have a packed minor league system with young and extremely talented ballplayers to dream on. In both the U.S. amateur draft and the international market, Texas has targeted high ceiling players that are toolsheds filled with raw tools, but are still in their teens and several years away from becoming big leaguers. The Rangers are looking to these teenagers hopefully to shape the future of the franchise. They are all still very young, very raw, and have a long way to go, but they are exactly the kinds of players that the Rangers are wanting to patiently groom. Continue reading

Meet Joe Sclafani, a New Draftee of the New Houston Astros

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Dartmouth Sports

Young baseball players considering playing collegiately for an Ivy League school have different factors to consider than other recruits. While Ivy League players will receive world class educations, they aren’t eligible for athletic scholarships. The level of competition can be high, but players often struggle to get the recognition needed to pursue opportunities at the next level. Despite these differences and challenges, there seems to be a near universal love of the experience, and every now and then a player gets a shot at the pros, with Dartmouth’s Joe Sclafani being one of the most recent examples. Continue reading

Top Draft Picks Playing In Omaha: Part 1

The NCAA Super Regionals came to a close last weekend and the field is now set for the 2012 College World Series. Action kicks off today, Friday and it is a double elimination tournament up until the championship game which is a best of three series. This is a great opportunity for draft fans to catch a look at recent draftees on live television. The eight teams that will be playing in Omaha are Arizona, UCLA, Florida, FloridaState, Stony Brook, South Carolina, KentState, and Arkansas. There are a handful of top draft prospects scattered throughout this field of teams. This article will be a two part series and in part one I will take a look at Florida, Florida State, and Kent State.

First up, we have Florida who has the most top draft prospects on their team.
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Padres and Astros Were Day 1 Winners

With the first pick in the Major League Baseball first year player draft the Houston Astros select…

Most of us expected Stanford ace right-hander Mark Appel to be the name called here by commissioner Bud Selig and if it was not Appel it was surely going to be prep star Byron Buxton. In our open thread yesterday I wrote “After watching more video of Carlos Correa I think I would take him first overall if I were the Astros. Just me, though.” I then went on to tweet about how the Astros should blow up all of our mocks: Continue reading

MLB Draft Day: Open Thread

This is a thread where we will be adding links and other buzz we here heading toward the start of the draft. Be sure to come by and check it frequently to keep up to date with all the latest MLB draft information.

(Updated 7:45 pm)

According to Kevin Goldstein (via Twitter) there might be a “crazy rumor” that agent Scott Boras might be trying to push Mark Appel down to the Nationals at pick 16.

(Updated 7:14 pm)

Keith Law tweets that the Royals could take Chris Stratton at #5 and Max Fried to the Orioles at #4 is increasingly likely.

(Updated 5:40 pm)

-John Sickels takes a look at 5 sleeper prospects for the draft over at Minor League Ball

-You can see all of Conor Glassey’s MLB Draft Chat that he did this afternoon at Baseball America.

Jim Callis updated his final mock draft to include each teams total budget.

Matt Grabusky has his final mock up for MLB Draft Guide.

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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Final Edition

The MLB Draft is Monday and we are only a few days away. This is our final mock draft and we went all out for this one. Jonathan and I alternated picks as usual, me starting off with the Astros. Our other three mock drafts have been only the first round but this one we decided to do the supplemental too. Once we got going, we decided we’d keep going and do the second round too. Each pick has a report and our reasoning. I can’t wait till Monday comes and we see teams surprise everyone, going against all the mock drafts. Enjoy.
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