Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Scouting the Draft: Several Players From Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast Univ., the school that produced Chris Sale, swept Florida over the weekend, and in the process, several players gained some attention as potential draft prospects.  These are not likely first round material, or even second round, but some names you might want to look for down in the draft such as rounds 5-20 or so.

Harrison Cooney, RHP.  Cooney was FGCU's Saturday starter last year, but injuries to other members of the pitching staff have put him in the bullpen.  He is 6'2", 198 lbs.  He pitched 5 innings of shutout ball to win an extra-innings game on Sunday.  BA reports he was hitting 94-96 MPH in his first two innings of work then settled in at 92-94 over the last 3 innings.

Sean Dwyer is a 6'2", 188 lb OF/1B who hits and bats L.  He was drafted in the 10'th round out of HS by the Padres.  He hit just .234 as a freshman, but improved to .297/.393/.434 as a sophomore.  He had a big weekend against the Gators and now sits with a slash line of .310/.323/.586.

Brooks Beisner, 6'1", 229 lbs.  B-R, T-R.  Redshirt Sr. 1B/DH.  Transfer from Auburn where he struggled as a junior after a successful JC carreer.  He has been red hot at the start of the college season going .464/.545/1.000 with 4 HR in the first 7 games.  With all the interest in college seniors these days, he may be a surprisingly early draft pick.

Ricky Knapp,  RHP. 6'1", 191 lbs.  Knapp threw a CG win over Florida on Friday night.  His line for the season so far:  1-0, 1.20, 15 IP, 1 BB, 9 K's.  I don't have a scouting report on him.

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff DrB. Gints took Jason Forjet in the 31st round last year out of FGCU. I bet they've had some looks at these lads already.

    I think the strength of the draft lies in the lefties. The two that I've really got my eyes on right now are Dillon Overton out of Oklahoma and Tom Windle out of Minnesota. They both have exhibited very good control, especially for lefties. They have good velocity. Maybe not first round picks, but with good years they could be in the mix, and definite looks for the 2nd round.