The weekend that was…
It wasn’t a great weekend for some of the projected top picks, while some others stepped up. Here’s a sampling, using the weekend guide I wrote on Friday as a compass of sorts:
David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt: Yes, he got the win and he threw just 103 pitches in eight innings in the process, a relatively low number. But he gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. Price said after the game that he couldn’t command his fastball or slider. This won’t hurt his draft status, mind you, as he’s still the presumed No. 1 pick.
David Moskos, LHP, Clemson: The closer-turned-starter was not very good at Florida State on Friday. He was pitching at 88-92 mph, but it was very hittable and he didn’t have good command. As a result, he gave up four runs on seven hits and five walks over 5 2/3 innings as Clemson lost to the No. 2 Seminoles, 11-1. How much this hurts him remains to be seen as Moskos was being mentioned as a top five pick in some conversations.
Andrew Brackman, RHP, North Carolina State: What to make of the big right-hander? His pure stuff is very good, but his results have not been. And those who are concerned with his ability to carry that stuff deep into games weren’t helped on Saturday when he only went four innings. He gave up three runs on five hits and five walks, striking out five. He threw a ******** 101 pitches over four innings.
Matt Wieters, C, Georgia Tech: The top college bat in the class went 6-for-13 with a homer, double and 5 RBIs over the weekend. The home run and two-bagger came in a Sunday slugfest. For the year, he’s now hitting .376 with a .639 SLG.
Ross Detwiler, LHP, Missouri State: The left-hander’s team lost the game, but it wasn’t his fault. Detwiler went 8 innings, K’s 14 and allowed two runs in an effort that certainly didn’t hurt his status.
Phillipe Aumont, RHP, Ecole du Versant: Things couldn’t have gone much better for the big Canadian right-hander on Sunday in what may have been his last outing in North America (he’ll throw in the Dominican Republic at the end of the month). Pitching in Ottawa’s Lynx Stadium, he went four innings, didn’t allow a hit, a run or a ball beyond the infield grass. He walked three and struck out seven over 69 pitches. He topped out at 98 mph and sat very comfortably in the 93-95 mph range. I’m not sure how much farther he can climb, but it could be into the top five. Stay tuned on this one.
Rick Porcello, RHP, Seton Hall Prep: The concern with the Northeast pitchers is that they start so late, it’s hard for them to have enough time to impress enough. Not a problem for Porcello, who will go very early on June 7. The NJ prep senior tossed a perfect game at the semifinals of the Greater Newark Tournament against Newark Academy for a 2-0 win. Porcello struck out 12 in the seven-inning game and was clocked at 95 mph in the first inning and 94 in the seventh. He only threw 77 pitches.
Tim Alderson, RHP, Horizon High School: While Alderson isn’t mentioned at the top of the draft like these other guys, he is first-round material. It’s hard to get a read on his win on Saturday to give Horizon the state championship over rival Brophy. He did go the distance and "made pitches when he had to," according to his coach. He also struck out 12 and, as usual, walked just one. But he yielded 12 hits and six runs. You figure out what that means.
Max Scherzer, RHP, Fort Worth Cats: Techinically, he’s not in the draft class yet, but that certainly didn’t keep scouts from checking out his latest indy league outing. Last year’s No. 11 overall pick hasn’t signed with the D-Backs yet (they have until the end of the month), so Scherzer headed to Fort Worth just like Luke Hochevar did a year ago. He pitched on Saturday night and tossed five innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight. Reports from onlookers said the fastball looked good, but the secondary stuff wasn’t as sharp as it was last year.