Posted by NomadDevil on June 15, 11 at 21:04:43:
our recruiting has been a little down the past two years, although it could be a by-product from turmoil surrounding murphyís departure, the ncaa sanctions, etc. last yearís class was fairly weak to our standards, which was impacted even more with the loss of hahn to his injury. this yearís class looks to be very strong in terms of pitching, which is obviously something to get excited about, but lacks standout bats and front-line athletes. we have a 1-2 guys with some power potential, lots of gritty scrappy gamer types, but no ike davis, brett wallace, jason kipnis types that you know will put up numbers immediately. i know most of those types are lost to the draft, but when turtle thomas was running recruiting we seemed to be able to get an unusually large amount of them to come to campus. hopefully, after the ncaa dust settles this year, we can bring in more impact offensive players in 2012 than we have the past couple years.
list of recruits:
2b/cf 5-10 170 r-r utah junior college
this signing really has me scratching my head. an undersized juco kid that apparently canít field and canít hit as attested to his .957 fielding % and his .380 slugging %. on the bright side the kid appears to be fast, stealing 27 bases. canít steal first base. my guess is the kid becomes bench fodder and a pinch runner, nothing more.
lhp 6-3 185 r-l img ct
son of former all-star bobby bonilla. kid is a stud and our future #1 starter if he comes to campus. drafted fairly low, 37th round, and has talked about being excited about coming to asu. that gives me hope that heíll be here in the fall. throws in the 87-91 range with a nasty slider and a decent change now, but has a great pitchers frame and once he fills out wouldnít be surprised to see him throwing 93-95 range.
of 5-11 160 l-l litchfield park az
a bit undersized but had some hr pop in high school. could be a sleeper type player for us in the mold of a matt newman, that being a smaller guy that does a little of everything and has more power than one would expect. my bet is he pays his dues on the bench for a few years and possibly starts as a junior.
1b/3b 6-2 200 l-r pomona ca
despite his size is more of a line drive hitter rather than power guy. heard he is gaining weight and slowing down and may be confined to 1b. may also get a look in the of. wonít be an immediate impact guy but could be a start a few years down the road depending on if he develops power.
nate causey c 6-2 205 l-r gilbert, az
iím fairly excited about this kid. drafted in the 46th round but has indicated he wants to be a devil. big kid, power potential. swings it from the left side. reminds me somewhat of todd cady (for you old time devil fans). is a little raw and wonít start at catcher right away, but could a real solid regular for us in a year or two.
rhp 6-0, 170 central arizona college
undersized but with a big arm. mostly pitched out of the bullpen. throws 90-94mph with a good changeup. could compete for closer job. should make an immediate impact in the pen for us.
rhp/ss 6-0 145 r-r gilbert
iíve heard some leake comps put on this kid; that being he could be a two way player with plenty of potential both ways. heard he doesnít throw as hard as leake did, but like leake throws 3-4 pitches fairly well. probably wonít matter, as he was drafted in the 26th round, high enough that he probably will sign. if he does come look for him to compete for playing time at 2b or 3b as a freshman and pitch a little out of the pen.
2b 5-9 165 l-r newport beach ca
little guy. short on tools, scrapper. limited to 2b, doesnít have the range or arm for ss. solid all around game but not spectacular. probably not the type of kid that will stay in the program for more than a year or two.
c 5-11 195 s-r broken arrow ok
another kid to get excited about. could push for playing time right away, but too raw behind the plate to start right away at catcher. muscular build and athletic. switch hitter but better from the right side. has some power potential. maybe could find his way into the of picture as a freshman.
lhp 6-1, 205 nevada junior college
lefty juco guy. heard he has very solid stuff for a lefty. can get it up to 93 and sits in the low 90s. also throws a very good slider. surprisingly not drafted. we could have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pitchers next year. if champlin returns he wonít even be a starter if we get bonilla, dunbar, dahl and the rest. think about that: going from all pac10 to not even seeing the field. thatís how deep our pitching could be next year.
rhp 6-4 180 r-r hollister ca
good pitchers frame. only throws in the high 80s right now, but a lot of projectability. i like this signing as he could be one of those that adds 20-30 pounds to his maturing frame and see his fastball bump to the mid 90s.
ss 6-1 170 r-r las vegas nv
absolute stud. 1st round pick. no chance coming.
rhp 6-4 205 r-r mesa, az
a 29th round selection, high enough that he probably signs if the money is right. he is a big, projectable righty that throws 88-91 right now but has the type of frame that he could be 92-95 in a few years. would love to have him on campus but i doubt he makes it.
lhp 6-8 200 l-l la verne ca
drafted 14th round and most likely wonít come. is the definition of projectable. a 6-8 lefty that throws in the high 80s. type of kid could gain 40 pounds in college and add ten miles to his fastball.
rhp 6-3 185 surrey, british columbia
couldnít find much on this canadian. doesnít even make top 50 prospects lists in canada, which isnít very promising. iím guessing he never sees the field for us and transfers to a juco in the fall.
of 5-10 190 l-l phoenix az
the kid that got 10 seconds of fame for posting on bryce harperís facebook page.
Like Booth and do a little of everything but nothing exceptionally well. Could start in 3-4 years or could be a kid that transfers after a year.
C L-R Central Arizona College
Drafted in the 46th, low enough that he probably comes to campus. One of three signees from CAC, a long time feeder for ASU baseball. Our last three starting catchers have come from CAC, Kiel Roling, Carlos Ramirez, Xorge Carrillo. Rossiter will most likely make it four straight. He is probably closer to Carrillo than having Roling or Ramirezís offensive ability. Rossiter has some power from the left side of the plate and is solid defensively. Look for him to bat towards the bottom of the order in 2012 and provide an occasional HR.
2B/SS 5-9, 160 R-R Gilbert AZ
Drafted in the 40th round so probably will come to campus. Plays like his old man, undersized but good fundamentals and scrappy. Probably our 2B two years down the road.
3B 5-11 187 L-R Western Nevada College
Comes from Western Nevada, which has been a pipeline of sorts for us lately with 5 players coming from the school in the past 3 years. Heard he has had troubles with grades and staying eligible. If he makes it to campus is probably our starting 3b and will bat in the middle of the order. Good pop and patience combo. Think along the lines of .300-.310 ave with 5-6 homers.
CAC RHP 6-3 200 Central Arizona College
Drafted 15th round. Going that high he will probably sign.
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