Sunday, February 15, 2015

College Corner: Saturday Notes

Several tidbits from Saturday's college action, mostly from the west coast schools as I like to know who might be sleeper prospects in some of the non-Pac 12 schools.

Jose Vizcaino, Jr is a big SS for Santa Clara which made some noise by giving Vanderbilt a run for their money down in Tennessee this weekend.  Viz Jr. goes 6'3", 220 lbs, so I'm thinking he ends up at 3B in the pros.  He has double MLB bloodlines as pop was a long time SS and utility IF for multiple teams including 1 season with the Giants in which he put up the highest WAR total of his career.  Mom is apparently the sister of former MLB pitcher Bob Scanlon, which is where I'm guessing Jr gets his size from.  Anyway, Jr. hit .323/.360/.423 with 11 SB last year.  He's off to a good start this season against Vandy.  Somebody to keep an  eye on for a later round draft prospect.

Santa Clara also has a junior power pitching starter in Jake Steffens and a jumbo bodied closer in Reece Kavalas who goes 6'3", 240 lbs.  He was 6-2, 2.25, 46 IP, 48 K, 11 Saves last year.

Drake Owenby is a 6'3", 210 lb LHP from Tennessee whose coach credits a nutrition and conditioning program for what he expects will be a breakout season for the junior.  He got off to a great start on the season with a 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K's performance.

Tanner Brown is a 6'4", 180 lb RHP who comes to Long Beach St. from JC ball.  He made an immediate impact with a 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K's line.  Long Beach St has another new player with MLB bloodlines in CF Jared James.  He is the son of Dion James, an OF for the Brewers, Braves, Indians and Yankees in 13 MLB seasons.  Jared is a JC transfer who hit .351 for Sacramento CC last year.

Lastly, we checked in on Giants 21'st round draftee Matthew Crownover who stayed at Clemson as a redshirt Jr.  His 2015 debut was 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  He is obviously trying to improve his draft stock appears headed toward doing just that.


  1. Thanks for the updates DrB. Just a heads up, I am working on an MLB draft prospects page over at my site. Been working on it all day, and will continue to update as the amateur seasons progress. Hoping to create a very nice resource of video/stats/scouting reports for Draftniks, as well as those looking to become familiar with some names. With your permission, I'd like to compile all of your draft profiles there for folks to reference as well. Would love your feedback!

    1. Thanks. Sure, go ahead and use the profiles. Glad to hear you think they are worth compiling.