After the fact: Draft Scouting Reports


With the draft now complete, here is what Baseball America had to say about Tech recruits in the BA500:

268 Kel Johnson OF/1B Home school, Palmetto, Ga.
Scouting Report: Johnson was a known entity as an underclassman, breaking the East Cobb home run record as a junior. He was the runner-up to Jacob Gatewood in the Junior Select home run derby at Citi Field during the 2013 All-Star Game. A team buying Johnson out of his Georgia Tech commitment is betting on his righthanded power. The 6-foot-3, 196-pounder has a physique built for power, with a muscular build and long arms. He has an easy swing with natural leverage from an uphill bat path, but he has struggled to consistently make contact on the showcase circuit and tap into his raw power, leaving scouts to question his hitting instincts. Johnson played in a home-school league this spring and has faced little in the way of quality competition. He plays the outfield and first base, which is likely his long-term destination. He is a well below-average runner with a below-average arm and limited range. Johnson, who is mature for a high school player, is intelligent and considered to be a tough sign away from Georgia Tech.



494 Daniel Gooden LHP Griffin (Ga.) HS
Scouting Report: After running his fastball up to 93 mph at Perfect Game National to begin last summer, Gooden looked like he had the raw material to go in the first 10 rounds. But then he went on the shelf and had Tommy John surgery this spring. In short stints, his fastball sat 90-92 mph, and more around 87-90 over extended innings, with an inconsistent curveball that flashed average potential. Some tilt in his delivery and a head snap will make strike-throwing a priority upon his return. The strong 6-foot-3, 205-pounder is expected to attend Georgia Tech.

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Damn, Richard how do these guys rank in your mind? Thought both would be real good for us but this seems to say otherwise. Any idea

    • I haven’t had a chance to see either in person. I was hoping to see Kel Johnson at the Perfect Game event at Lake Point when I was out there last night but he seems to be sitting out this weekend, I assume in conjunction with the draft going on.

      I’m picturing Johnson as a modern J.J. Thomas. And J.J. would own the school career home run record right now if he had stayed around for his senior season. I would take that from Kel…

      With Gooden, it means we will have three pitchers coming back from Tommy John as we go into next season.

  • Interesting read thanks! Really hope they turn out well. How do people generally respond from TJ? Hope Gooden can get on track.

  • It would be a great addition to have some power. ESPN says they’re going with the Minor League ball next year. That should mean more HRs for every team, no?

    It’s hard to picture TJ surgery for HS kids!