Draft Videos & Reports: 51-59

Kiley shares more reports on his top players in this year's draft.

These are more quick hit reports but for many of these guys I have longer thoughts if you click on their name for prior content, including video where denoted.

51. Scott Blewett, RHP, C.W. Baker HS (NY), St. John's commit (VIDEO)

Blewett was a known and solid projection prospect last summer that took a big step forward at Jupiter in October, showing the rumors of improved arm speed were true, sitting 90-93 mph with an above average curveball. At 6'6, there's even more in the tank arm speed wise and the chance to become a #3 starter, but Blewett was inconsistent this spring and was shut down at one point with some arm soreness, so scouts differ on his upside based on when they saw him.

52. Jack Flaherty, RHP, Harvard Westlake HS (CA), North Carolina commit (VIDEO)

Flaherty was known to scouts as early as his sophomore year as a big athletic third base prospect that also pitched and he was still that through most of the summer. This spring, he focused more on pitching and improved, with a better delivery and improved command that, combined with his lack of experience on the mound and projectable 6'4 frame, got scouts more excited than you'd expect given his solid-average stuff, tho it was even crisper at times. His signability number is reportedly well over $1 million and there's multiple teams interested at that price that see mid-rotation potential in Flaherty.

53. J.J. Schwarz, C, Palm Beach Gardens HS (FL), Florida commit (VIDEO)

Schwarz slowly progressed from last summer to this spring, going from a contact-oriented hitter that couldn't fit behind the plate to more of a power bat that made the most of average catching tools. Schwarz has a solid-average arm and quick release and above average raw power that he should be able to get to in games.

54. Austin DeCarr, RHP, Salisbury Prep HS (CT), Clemson commit (VIDEO)

DeCarr is in a post-grad year and is one of the oldest player in the prep class, but he's also somewhat new to pitching. This summer he was mostly 90-93 with an above average curveball, but this spring he was regularly up to 96 mph and sitting 92-94 in some late outings. The tools are here to start, with some teams projecting him as a #3 starter.

55. Luke Weaver, RHP, Florida State (VIDEO)

Weaver isn't huge for a pitcher--only 6'1 or 6'2 and slim--but was great for Team USA last summer, sitting 92-95 and hitting 97 mph every time out, with his 55 or 60 changeup and command to go with an improving slider that flashed above average at times. This spring the breaking ball never really showed up, only flashing average at times and below average well over half the time he threw it. The elements are here for a mid-rotation starter if a good development staff can find a consistent breaking ball.

56. Matt Railey, CF, North Florida Christian HS (FL), Florida State (VIDEO)

Railey turns 19 before the draft and scouts are very aware of that, but it's hard to ignore the raw tools with Railey. His power jumped in the last 9 months, flashing above average regularly with a handsy, loose swing and a physical 5'11/205 frame that looks like a running back to go with the plus speed to play center field. Railey has a history of making contact against good pitching, but was inconsistent and got pull-happy at times this spring, casting doubt on his upside.

57. Cameron Varga, RHP, Cincinnati Hills Christian HS (OH), North Carolina commit (VIDEO)

Varga is another prospects that's old for the class, turning 20 before the end of the minor league season and having some personal baggage from switching commitments, advisors and his family moving from Florida to Ohio before his draft year after holding him back two years in school. At his best, Varga sits 91-95 mph with a 55 or 60 breaking ball, but his delivery has some effort and his velocity fluctuates while the competition he faced this spring was laughably bad, with Varga throwing 21 K's in a 7 inning game this year. There's #3 starter potential here but some teams project a back-end starter or reliever.

58. Matt Imhof, LHP, Cal Poly (VIDEO)

There's a lot to like about Imhof: he's one of the youngest eligible college juniors in the draft, he's got a sturdy 6'5/220 frame and above average command that helped him put up gaudy numbers this spring for Cal Poly. The problem is none of his pitches are plus and sometimes it's more solid-average stuff than above average stuff. Still, there's tons of lefties with average stuff eating up 200 innings in the big leagues, so scouts are counting on his deceptive delivery and command of a three pitch repertoire to keep working as he rises through the minors.

59. Ronnie Williams, RHP, American HS (FL), Florida A&M commit (VIDEO)

Williams was known to South Florida scouts entering the year as a loose, athletic righty that lived in the upper 80's with some feel but was only 6'1. This spring, Williams grew an inch and hit 97 mph in a heavily-scouted matchup with Milton Ramos. Williams sits mostly 90-93 but has hit 95 mph in most outings this year and made himself some money, likely rising into the 2nd round, by flashing an above average curveball at Sebring to go with the solid-average changeup and command he had over the summer.

60. Nick Burdi, RHP, Louisville (VIDEO)

Burdi touched the mid-to-upper-90's in high school and continues to improve on that, regularly hitting 100 mph with some guns showing even higher in his last two years as the closer at Louisville. He mostly sits 95-98 mph and his slider is consistently a 55 or 60 pitch that is 88-91 mph. Burdi also throws a changeup that's average at times and some teams toyed with making him a starter, but his delivery is too high effort.



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