2015 Draft: Tech recruits in the @BaseballAmerica Top 200 Prospects

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From “The BA 500

15) Tyler Stephenson

Stephenson didn’t attend many of the big summer showcases last year, instead focusing on playing summer ball in the competitive East Cobb program (East Cobb Yankees). That kept him out of the spotlight, but not off of scouts’ radars, and he also was one of the stars of the WWBA World Championships last fall. He missed a few weeks this spring due to an oblique injury, but played well in his return and subsequently shot up draft boards, even generating some buzz as a potential first overall pick. In a class that is light on catching, the Georgia Tech commit stands out. Stephenson is big for a catcher (listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds), but he is an excellent defender. He is very quiet behind the plate and frames pitches well thanks to his strong, soft hands. He has plus arm strength and once he gets his footwork down has the potential to be an above-average defender. Offensively, he creates raw power thanks to his strength. There is some length to his swing and he didn’t hit all that well with a wood bat last summer. But his advanced skills behind the plate will allow a team to be patient has he figures things out offensively.

145) Tristin English

English came late to pitching, spending much of his early high school career as a catcher. He was again an imposing presence in Pike County’s lineup this spring and hit .632/.740/1.279 with seven home runs and didn’t strike out in 104 plate appearances, but his baseball future is on the mound. English throws his fastball in the low 90s and can get up to 95 mph with the pitch. His high three-quarters arm slot adds deception and sink to the ball. He throws a curveball and a slider, both of which have plus potential. He occasionally showed a nascent changeup last summer, but it needs more development. English was kept off the mound by a shoulder injury for a few weeks this spring, but returned to pitch before the season ended. He presents an intriguing set of raw tools for a team to develop if they’re able to sign him away from his Georgia Tech commitment.

183) Joey Bart

After handling a strong pitching staff and helping Buford High to a state championship this spring, Bart is now poised to become the first position player drafted in school history. He stands out most for his prowess at the plate. Bart generates easy bat speed that translates into above-average power potential. He also shows enough feel for the barrel to hit for average in addition to power. The bigger questions revolve around Bart’s defense. He called his own games in high school and has improved as a receiver. But he struggled at times this spring, especially early in the season, and many scouts think he’ll eventually move to first base. Bart is committed to Georgia Tech, as is fellow power-hitting Georgia prep catcher Tyler Stephenson, though it’s more likely Bart makes it to campus.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Wednesday Action

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May 27, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.262) was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer (7), a walk, and a strikeout.
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.208) went 0-for-4.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.243) was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Charlie Blackmon

Charlie Blackmon

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.251) went 0-for-5.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

  • RHP Luke Bard pitched to four batters in relief.  His line: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. See story.
  • LF Brandon Boggs (.252) was 3-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • LHP Jed Bradley struck out one batter during a 1-2-3 inning of relief (9 pitches/7 strikes).
  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.264) went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • RHP Tim Gustafson took the loss in relief as Lancaster rallied to beat Bridgeport 4-3.  His line: 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
  • 2B Mott Hyde (.322) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run (1), an RBI single, two walks, and a strikeout.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.241) extended his hitting streak to six games while going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (2) and two strikeouts.
  • RF Brandon Miller (.240) was 0-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.301) went 2-for-5 including an RBI double.
  • 2B Eric Patterson (.227) was 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • RHP Andrew Robinson faced six batters in relief.  His line: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (27 pitches/16 strikes).
  • 1B Matt Skole (.193) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • RHP Blake Wood notched his International League-leading 12th save by turning in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off Indianapolis’ 2-1 at Buffalo. His line: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (14 pitches/9 strikes).
  • CF Kyle Wren (.263) went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, a walk, and two strikeouts.

 

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Alumni In The Pros: Tuesday Action

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May 26, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.262) was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.213) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.243) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer (14) and a two-run double.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.258) went 3-for-4 including a strikeout.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.255) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
  • C Zane Evans (.318) struck out three times.
  • 2B Mott Hyde (.317) was 1-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice.
  • RHP Dusty Isaacs faced seven batters in relief. His line: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.235) was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a strikeout.
  • 3B Matt Skole (.197) went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • C Matt Wieters began his rehab assignment with Class AA Bowie and went 2-for-4 while also throwing out the only runner that attempted to steal.  See story.
  • RHP Blake Wood worked to four batters in relief. His line: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (14 pitches/9 strikes)

Alumni In The Korea Baseball Organization

  • LHP Bong Jung-keun closed out the game in a non-save situation. His line: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Monday Action

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May 25, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.267) was 1-for-3 with two walks and three stolen bases (10).
  • Reds’ DH Marlon Byrd (.211) went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run (10).
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.236) was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

Deck McGuire

Deck McGuire

  • LF Brandon Boggs (.235) went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • RHP Matthew Grimes took the loss as Hickory beat Delmarva 10-3.  His line: (L,3-2) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP.
  • DH/2B Mott Hyde (.316) was 1-for-6 with two walks and a strikeout during a doubleheader.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.191) went 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • RHP Deck McGuire got the win in his first start for Class AAA Oklahoma City. His line: (W,1-0) 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR (106 pitches/67 strikes).
  • RF Brandon Miller (.245) was 1-for-3 with a triple and a strikeout.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.298) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • 2B/RF Eric Patterson (.237) was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base (4), and a strikeout.
  • CF Kyle Wren (.258) went 0-for-3.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Sunday Action

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May 24, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.265) was 0-for-3 with a walk, an HBP, two strikeouts.
  • Reds’ DH Marlon Byrd (.203) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run (9).
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.241) was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Marlon Byrd

Marlon Byrd

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.247) went 1-for-5 including an RBI and two strikeouts.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

  • LF Brandon Boggs (.232) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
  • RHP Luke Bard earned his first win since 2013 after retiring all six batters he faced in relief as Cedar Rapids trounced Beloit 11-1.
  • LHP Jed Bradley faced 10 batters in relief.  His line: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2 WP (38 pitches/24 strikes).
  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.246) went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
  • 1B Daniel Palka (.305) went 1-for-5 with an RBI.
  • 2B Eric Patterson (.236) was 1-for-3 with an RBI ground out, a triple, and a walk.
  • 3B Matt Skole (.196) went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a walk.
  • LF/CF Brandon Thomas (.258) was 1-for-3 including a walk and two strikeouts.
  • CF Kyle Wren (.264) went 3-for-5 with a double.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Saturday Action

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May 23, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.270) was 3-for-10 with a two-run homer (6) during a doubleheader.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.246) was 0-for-2.

Charlie Blackmon

Charlie Blackmon


Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.249) went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a strikeout.

Matt Murton

Matt Murton

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.238) went 0-for-2 with two walks.
  • RHP Tim Gustafson faced four batters in relief.  His line: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO (19 pitches/11 strikes).
  • RHP Josh Heddinger worked to 14 batters in relief.  His line: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP (49 pitches/26 strikes).
  • 2B Mott Hyde (.323) was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.190) was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • RF Brandon Miller (.242) went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two strikeouts.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.308) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • DH Eric Patterson (.234) was 1-for-3 with a two walks.
  • RHP Andrew Robinson pitched to 10 batters in relief.  His line: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO (32 pitches/19 strikes).
  • 1B Matt Skole (.190) went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • DH Brandon Thomas (.255) went 1-for-4 including three strikeouts.
  • CF Kyle Wren (.252) went 0-for-4.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Friday Action

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May 22, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.268) was 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base (7).
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.201) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.250) was 1-for-5 including a solo home run (13).

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.242) went 1-for-5 including a strikeout.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

Buck Farmer

Buck Farmer

  • CF Brandon Boggs (.239) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • RHP Luke Bard faced five batters in relief in his first outing since the 2013 season.  His line: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
  • 2B/3B Derek Dietrich (.242) went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts and his Pacific Coast League-leading 12th HBP.
  • C Zane Evans (.368) was 0-for-3.
  • RHP Buck Farmer got the win as Toledo beat Buffalo 3-2.  His line: (W,5-1) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO (94 pitches/58 strikes).  See story.
  • 2B Mott Hyde (.323) was 1-for-5 with an RBI double and two strikeouts.
  • RHP Dusty Isaacs pitched to five batters in relief.  His line: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.
  • RF Brandon Miller (.250) went 2-for-3 with a solo home run (5), a walk, and a strikeout.
  • LF Eric Patterson (.235) was 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk.
  • LF Brandon Thomas (.256) went 0-for-3 including two strikeouts.
  • RHP Blake Wood notched another save as Indianapolis beat Syracuse 6-4.  His line: (S,11) 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO (16 pitches/7 strikes).
  • CF Kyle Wren (.259) went 1-for-3 with an RBI infield hit and a walk.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Thursday Action

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May 21, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.274) was 1-for-4.

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.244) went 0-for-3 including a strikeout.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

Zane Evans

Zane Evans

  • CF Brandon Boggs (.239) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • LHP Jed Bradley retired the only batter he faced in relief.
  • C Zane Evans (.438) extended his hitting streak to five games by going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.
  • RHP Tim Gustafson took the loss in relief as Somerset scored three runs in the seventh to top Bridgeport 5-3.  His line: (L,0-2) 1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.
  • 2B Mott Hyde (.328) was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • DH Brandon Miller (.236) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, and an RBI.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.311) was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • LF Eric Patterson (.235) was 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk.
  • RF Brandon Thomas (.264) went 1-for-3 including a strikeout.
  • 3B Matt Skole (.194) was 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a strikeout.
  • LF Kyle Wren (.257) went 1-for-4 with two walks and three stolen bases (15).

Alumni In The Korea Baseball Organization

  • LHP Bong Jung-keun recorded his fifth save as the LG Twins beat Nexen Heroes 4-3.   His line: (S,5) 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

Alumni In The Pros: Wednesday Action

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May 20, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.275) was 1-for-3 with an HBP and a stolen base (6).
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.207) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.252) was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.248) went 3-for-4.

Matt Murton

Matt Murton

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson

  • CF Brandon Boggs (.227) went 0-for-3 with two walks.
  • RHP Matthew Grimes was not involved in the decision as Lakewood rallied to top Delmarva 6-5. His line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP (91 pitches/57 strikes).
  • RHP Josh Heddinger faced 12 batters in relief. His line: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR.
  • 1B Paul Kronenfeld (.184) went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • RF Brandon Miller (.224) went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • 1B Daniel Palka (.312) was 3-for-5 with an RBI single, a double, a strikeout, and two stolen bases (11).
  • LF Eric Patterson (.235) was 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers (4) and a walk.
  • RHP Andrew Robinson worked to five batters in relief.  His line: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR. (18 pitches/9 strikes).
  • 3B Matt Skole (.192) was 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.
  • RHP Blake Wood was unable to convert a save opportunity for Indianapolis.  His line: (BS,1) 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP (25 pitches/17 strikes).

Alumni In The Pros: Tuesday Action

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May 19, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF/LF Charlie Blackmon (.273) was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.214) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.258) was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer (12) and two walks.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.235) went 0-for-4.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

Matt Skole

Matt Skole

  • CF Brandon Boggs (.235) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.244) was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • C Zane Evans (.364) went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk, and a strikeout.
  • DH Mott Hyde was 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.  Hyde is currently fifth in the Midwest League batting race with a .336 average.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.176) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
  • RHP Deck McGuire was not involved in the decision as Tulsa beat Springfield 1-0 in a 17-inning affair.  His line: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 IBB, 3 SO (102 pitches/63 strikes).  McGuire (.143) also went 0-for-2 with a strikeout at the plate.
  • RF Brandon Miller (.220) went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and two strikeouts.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.303) went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, a solo home run (7), and two strikeouts.  See story.
  • 2B Eric Patterson (.223) was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • 3B Matt Skole (.198) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a solo home run (7).
  • CF Kyle Wren (.258) went 1-for-3 with a walk.