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2016 MLB Draft: Week 1 Pitcher Scouting Reports

The first weekend of the college baseball season is in the books. Taylor Blake Ward scouts the performances of some notable MLB Draft pitching prospects from the opening weekend.

Shane Bieber, RHP, UC-Santa Barbara

No relation to the other Bieber. Some overshadowing from the season prior, Bieber flashed the tools of a future professional ball player this weekend. Despite a lack of high velocity, everything he throws moves, beginning with a fastball with run or cut that sits 88-92. Bieber also comes equipped with a very good low 80s slider that has a sharp and late break. His changeup has room to improve but shows promise. Bieber lived in the lower half, working east to west in his first outing.

Stats : 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Hever Bueno, RHP, Arizona State

Despite being down on weight, Bueno still had his stuff working in a stellar outing against Xavier. His fastball sat in the mid 90's most of the night, topping out at 96. He also flashed his strong changeup that should play out at the next level, but he showed no signs of improvement with his off-speed offerings. His body language was noticeably better with stronger fastball command, which will be tested throughout the season.

Stats : 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K


Bailey Clark, RHP, Duke

Clark was the star of a pitcher's duel, flashing some of the best overall stuff of the weekend. Clark flashed a 96 MPH fastball to begin his season and kept his velocity up throughout the game, sitting 93-96 most of the day, with a few 97's and touching 98. Clark also showed a very solid hard slider that he continued to bury, forcing a high amount of swing-and-misses. Clark's draft stock rose immediately in front of a high number of scouts, but he, like most pitchers, will need to show consistency in each outing to stay in the first two rounds.

Stats : 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Kyle Davis, RHP, USC

Davis had a lot to prove as a senior coming off an ankle injury, and he proved he's worth the attention this weekend. As comes with most seniors, his draft stock will fall, but he also has some nice stuff that will come with him in the draft. His fastball moves around in the low 90's, and Davis was able to show his stuff works in a strong opening outing.

Stats : 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K

Grant Dyer, RHP, UCLA

Despite a lack of "wow" factor, Dyer did impress scouts early. Taking over the Friday night spot after coming from the bullpen last year, Dyer did show a low to mid 90's fastball with late movement and his wipeout curve that created some silly swings-and-misses. Precision and recovery in the late innings will be something to watch as the season continues.

Stats : 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Tucker Forbes, RHP, UCLA

It's premature, but Forbes is fitting the part of a future professional bullpen arm. His frame alone is something to praise - he's 6'8'' - and gives him an easy downhill plane for his fastball that sat 88-92. He also tossed a few mid 80's sliders that slurved out. He misplayed a few bunts, and will need to show a better all around game to raise his draft stock.

Stats : 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Bernardo Flores, RHP, USC

Relatively unknown, Flores had a good time on the mound Sunday. He was hurling his fastball in at 90-92, with multiple 93's. He also included a swing-and-miss changeup that came with arm repetition, 15 miles per hour slower than his fastball. Still a thrower, Flores showed some pitching knowledge and could be a steal late in the draft.

Stats : 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Zac Gallen, RHP, North Carolina

Gallen drew the attention of many for the right reasons on Friday night. He worked east and west with his fastball, sitting 89-92, and touching 94 on occasion. He created a lot of misses against UCLA with a firm split-change. Although he got away with a few high fastballs, he worked away and out of the 'zone with precision, and rose his stock by a large margin.

Stats : 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K

Ian Hamilton, RHP, Washington State

Hamilton didn't repeat the greatness he showed in the Cape Cod League, but did have some tools flash during his first outing. He's still a little more a thrower than a pitcher at the moment, but he did snap off a few good sliders to show the scouts.

Stats : 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Alec Hansen, RHP, Oklahoma

One of the big three coming into this year's draft did not have the start to the season he desired. Hansen lasted only one full inning, beginning the second inning with his fourth walk - third in four batters. Control was always the issue on reports for Hansen, and it proved true in his first outing, as he walked four, two coming with two outs. He'll have to prove a lot more the rest of the season to show he's more than just a fireballer (FB 95-98) with bullpen potential.

Stats : 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HB

Cole Irvin, LHP, Oregon

In the mix of southpaws recovering from Tommy John, Irvin - over a year off TJ surgery - proved to be someone to pay attention to in the Ducks rotation. Hurling in a few low 90's fastballs, an above-average changeup, and better feel for a true 12-6 curve, Irvin's stock rose drastically in front of many scouts. The tools were only improved with an easy delivery and consistent job of finding the strike zone. Irvin is now rising draft boards, and is making noise in the Pac 12.

Stats : 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Daulton Jefferies, RHP, California

In one of the better collegiate matchups of the weekend, Jefferies shined late in his outing against Duke. He kept his fastball sitting 90-93, touching 95 a few times, and snapping in his sharp changeup to keep hitters off-balance. His command got better as the day went on, which may have been him shaking off any Opening Day jitters. Jefferies pitched at a high level, but will need to show consistency to keep his draft stock as a first rounder.

Stats : 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Connor Jones, RHP, Virginia

Jones didn't face the elite ACC competition he'll see late in the season, but he did flash everything he needed to stay near the top of draft boards. His fastball stayed low in the 'zone, sitting 91-94, touching 95 at times. As expected, Jones had an easy and clean delivery, and he mixed his pitches well. Reports confused one of his pitches for either a heavy two-seam or splitter that sat in the high 80's, along with a low 80's slider with good tilt. Jones showed a good feel for all his pitches and is proving he's worth the hype.

Stats : 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K


Dean Kremer, RHP, UNLV

We are waiting to see if Kremer is a draft-eligible sophomore. He has a relatively low profile, but was the first Israeli citizen to be selected in the MLB draft last year when he was selected in the 38th round. Kremer showed the ability to throw all three pitches in his mix for strikes, and flashed a low 90's fastball with sink against a challenging Texas club.

Stats : 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State

Lauer had a lot to prove in his first start in front of a high amount of scouts against the reigning champs, Virginia. He was slightly inconsistent in his delivery, impacting his command - five walks in five innings - but did have some flair to him. His fastball had some glove-side run, ranging in the low 90's and jumping to 94 at moments. He also had a few curves that showed promise with a short slider in the low to mid 80's.

Stats : 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K

Matt Krook, LHP, Oregon

Coming off Tommy John surgery, Krook has some flashes of excellence for Oregon, and proved his hype is no fluke. He sat in the low to mid 90's over the course of his outing, touching 96. Although he stuck with fastballs for the majority of his work load, scouts were impressed and his stock stayed consistent with all reports.

Stats : 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Seth Martinez, RHP, Arizona State

Martinez is about as sure a thing as you'll get for a Saturday starer. He isn't overpowering but gets the ball in or around the bottom of the strike zone with his fastball that has increased velocity to 88-90. If he can keep his precision down to the wire and keep the ball low, he should get some attention come draft time.

Stats : 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Tyson Miller, RHP, California Baptist

Possibly the best arm out of NCAA DII baseball, Miller has struggled through the beginning of the season. His fastball has good running movement in the low 90's, touching 95, but batters have been very aggressive against it. He has a stellar changeup, but that seems to be his only off-speed offering as his slider flattens through the 'zone. He has some stiffness in his delivery, but shows a loose arm, and is projectable. Right now, Miller stands in as a fourth-to-seventh round pick who finds the 'zone with ease.

Stats : 22.1 IP, 20 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 18 K

A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida

The second part of the big three in this year's draft had his own share of struggles to begin the season. His velocity wasn't up in the mid 90's like it usually is, and sat 90-94 primarily. He was able to show a good feel for a sweeping slider and also hurled in a few good changeups, but was less than stellar in his first outing.

Stats : 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Tyler Wells, RHP, Cal State-San Bernardino

Wells doesn't have an extensive report attached to him, but at times, the numbers are too good to ignore. Wells has a large and projectable frame, with a simple motion. Though he has limited arm action or arm speed, he throws from a near overhead angle and has created a high load of swing-and-misses with a solid slider. He may be a guy who squeaks into the draft, and becomes something better as a professional.

Stats : 23.0 IP, 13 H, 4 ER, 10 BB, 34 K

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