Scouting Notes: Cape League Opening Weekend

The Cape League is still a little short on players as some are taking part in the NCAA tournament. But, there was still some quality talent on display during the opening weekend of the prestigious summer league's season. The 2011 draft may still be fresh in people's minds, but some of the best talent in the 2012 class was already showcasing their skills over the weekend.

Pierce Johnson, RHP, Missouri State (Harwich) - Johnson is far from a finished product, but he is showing plus arm strength in the early going this summer and he produces good velocity with ease. The wiry righty worked at 91-93 mph in his season opening start, but struggled with his command. He flashed the makings of a quality, average slider at 82-84 mph, but struggled with his location on that as well. We'll see how he progresses throughout the summer but he's well worth keeping tabs on.

Andrew Rash, OF, Virginia Tech (Harwich) - Because he was a redshirt sophomore, Rash was draft eligible this year. And, likely as a result of his leverage, he only went in the 36th round to San Diego. Going by early returns on the Cape, he could be able to jump up a good 30 rounds next June. Rash is showing some of the best raw power in the league thus far and is bringing it into game action. He holds his hands high and shows lightning quick wrists through the zone. This will be a righty bat to keep an eye on throughout the summer.

Eddie Butler, RHP, Radford (Harwich) - Radford isn't typically known as a hot bed of college baseball talent, so it was somewhat of a surprise to see the kind of raw ability Butler brought to the mound with him over the weekend. The total package is very crude, but the upside looks outstanding at this stage. Butler worked at 91-94 mph with a heavy sinking fastball and has a highly projectable rail thin, 165 pound frame. The secondary attack is severely lacking right now for Butler, as he only sporadically mixed in a slider at 83-85 mph and a curveball at 71-75 mph. If Butler can work down in the zone, his sinker is a bat breaking, nasty offering. Right now, he's up in the zone. But, the arm is outstanding, the arm action and delivery are clean, and the sinker is an exploding one at times.

Jon Moscot, RHP, Pepperdine (Hyannis) - Moscot doesn't show anything resembling overpowering stuff, but what he showed in his first Cape start was command of three pitches and an ability to work through a lineup efficiently. His 6-foot-4 frame is also a projectable one, so we may see some additional velocity down the line. Currently he lives at 87-90 mph with his fastball with good sink and command, particularly on the inner third to righties. He also mixed a slow 72-75 mph 12-6 curveball in his debut outing as well as a harder 78-79 mph slider. Nothing he throws is plus, but his good command and feel for three pitches make him a solid follow for 2012.

Adam Brett Walker, OF/1B, Jacksonville (Hyannis) - Walker is a true physical specimen. His size is obvious the moment you see him, as is his athleticism. And, it doesn't take long to note his big raw power in batting practice either. He also plays an athletic first base and appears to be a solid-average runner. Wood bats don't seem to be giving him much of a problem, and I'd expect him to really put himself on the map this summer with his exploits at the plate. His swing is relatively short from the right side, and produces some major lift. Home runs figure to come in bunches for this 6-foot-5, 225 Jacksonville standout.

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