Spring Baseball Recruiting Overview
C Nick Fortes - The 6' 0", 200-pound catcher out of Deland, Fla.,is the #95 overall draft prospect in the country that combines college and high school prospects, according to this draft report, in late January.
He has fallen down the draft order this spring somewhat and is now projected as the #5 catcher to get taken in the draft. This puts him in the 200 range in the draft which is round 6 to 7. This article doesn't seem to think that Fortes is going to go that high.
He's a pure hitter that has batted over .500 his last two years with 16 combined home runs.
RHP Andy Pagnozzi – Fayetteville, Ark. – Fayetteville East High School – 6-1, 205– bats R, throws R - Son of former MLB All-Star Tom Pagnozzi. 2014 Underclassman 1st Team by Perfect Games. Touches it in the 91 MPH range with a nasty curveball and change up.
Andy is 16-1 the past two seasons with a combined .056 ERA. Has 156 k's to only 16 walks in 112 innings pitched the last two years. Has thrown 6 no hitters in this time frame.
Rated the #202 overall prospect (rounds 8-10) in the country for both college and high school prospects according to this draft report. There are going to be huge expectations for this young man if he doesn't go pro. We do know that Andy has full expectations of going to Ole Miss at this point but his name will be one to certainly watch in the draft.
RHP Chad Smith - The 6' 1", 190-pound pitcher out of Wallace State-Hanceville CC is expected to give OM immediate help next season. One of the major league scouts I spoke to said Chad could be the best pitcher OM is bringing this season. He throws a nasty slider and is a "bulldog" on the mound. He's thrown three complete games already this season including two shutouts.
RHP Dallas Woolfork - The 6' 3", 225-pound right handed pitcher out of DeSoto Central is a big strong powerful pitcher who touches it in the low 90's and throws a curveball and a nasty slider. Will most likely be a closer on the next level but has the arm stamina to become a starter too. He's 7-1 this season with a 2.02 ERA. He has 58 k's with 16 strikeouts through 44 innings this season.
Sources believe Dallas has the makeup to come in next season and make a big impact. He's rated the #151 overall high school prospect by Perfect Games.
LHP David Parkinson - Yet another 6' 3"ish, 215-poundish pitcher Ole Miss is bringing in. It looks like the Rebels are getting back to some power arms that they possessed for so long. David fits that bill. Throws it in the low 90's for Florence CC.
David is 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA this season. He's pitched 61 innings in 9 appearances so he's lasting almost 7 innings a contest. Shows good stuff with 71 strikeouts.
We have not seen anything on his draft status up to this point.
RHP Austin Sanders - The 6' 2", 190-pounder s having a solid season out of the bullpen this year for Hinds CC. He's 5-1 with a 2.18 ERA this spring. He's struck out 42 with 14 walks through 32 innings and 25 appearances this season.
RHP Brian Browning
- The 6' 3", 215-pounder (frame sound familiar?) out of N' West Florida State
CC has started 13 games this season and is 7-1 on the year. He's thrown two complete
games / 1 shutout and has a 3.29 ERA in 69 innings. Brian has a 58/24 strikeout
to walk ratio.
SS Ramon Alejo
- The 6' 0", 175-pounder out of Orlando is a slick fielding short stop that is
rated the #259 overall prospect in the draft
for both college and high school players. Runs a 6.6 sixty which is extremely
fast as evident by his 60 steals the past two seasons. Will have a big time
future at OM if the draft goes Ole Miss' way.