Steven Farinaro, RHP (@SFarinaro10)
Head Royce HS (CA)
MLB Draft Tracker:
Farinaro doesn’t have much projection left at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, but he makes up for it with his stuff and pitchability. His fastball will sit in the high 80s and will occasionally have good cutting action to it. He has shown a good feel for his changeup, which he throws with good arm speed and has solid fade to it. He also throws a hard curveball which could be average down the line. Farinaro has a good feel for pitching and this allows all of his pitches to play up. He is committed to UCLA and may be a tough sign.
Kantrovitz said Farinaro, one of 20 players to attend the Cardinals' pre-draft workout last Tuesday at Busch Stadium, has first- and second-round talent, but likely slipped in the Draft due to signabiliy concerns. "We were crossing our fingers that he got to us in the 11th round," Kantrovitz said. "I think our guys just out-scouted some of the other teams in assessing and evaluating his stuff. That's a pretty neat story if it's able to come to fruition and if we're able to strike a deal." Farinaro totaled 12 wins with a 0.82 ERA at Head-Royce School (Calif.) this season, holding his opponents to a .107 batting average and striking out 157 through 77 innings, according to MaxPreps.
This is the Cardinals 11th round tough sign high school pitcher, and I wouldn't be surprised if they got him considering they may not be over for very many players between 1-10. Here's his MLB.com scouting video.
His tweets are protected (smart guy) but he's got the Cardinals logo as his twitter background.
"Steven is another top right-handed pitcher coming into our program. He has tremendous upside and is a great athlete. He also threw the ball very well this past summer on the national scene and has a bright future in our program."
Ricardo Bautista, RF
Ladislao Martinez HS (Puerto Rico)
Bats: L Throws: R
Ricardo is from the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. Here's Ricky's audition video from the baseball academy. His swing from the left side is sweet. MLB.com also has their own scouting video. Bautista is still 17 and if we've learned anything about drafting young players, the younger the better as you have more time to refine their skills.
60 Yards: 6.69
Home to First: 4.34
Arm Strength: 88 MPH
Jimmy Bosco, CF (@BoscoDash10)
Bats: L Throws: L
NAIA West Player of the Year and first team All-American right fielder Jimmy Bosco (Granite Bay, Calf.) was selected in the 13th round, 395th overall, to the St. Louis Cardinals. Bosco had a remarkable year for the Oaks, batting .426 on the season with a .805 slugging percentage and .519 on base percentage. Bosco led the Oaks in every major statistical category including: batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs (51), hits (81), doubles (23), triples (2), home runs (15), RBI (57), total bases (153), walks (31) and stolen bases (15). Additionally, Bosco was the nation's leader in slugging percentage, total bases, and total bases per game (2.94) and was second in the country in home runs with 15. Bosco is the Menlo's first position player to be selected in the MLB draft.
Elier Rodriguez, C
Bats: S Throws: R
Immaculata-LaSalle HS (FL)
Per Chad Thornburg's article again:
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound switch-hitting prep prospect from Immaculata-LaSalle High School in Miami committed to Barry University as a junior in 2012. He hit .485 with five homers and 30 RBIs this past high-school season. "He's a guy that I think was a little bit under the radar," scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said. "Has some power from both sides of the plate. He's gonna be a fun one to keep an eye on."
DeAndre Asbury, CF
Bats: R Throws: R
Brookland-Cayce HS (SC)
Thornburg's article again:
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect was a two-sport athlete at Brookland-Cayce High School in South Carolina and is among the top wide receivers in the state. "He's an athlete. We're gonna have to have a little patience with him in terms of a performance standpoint, but he's got tools," scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said. "He's definitely what you would just call a deluxe athlete." Asbury-Heath is committed to a South Carolina community college, but Kantrovitz said the Cardinals are optimistic they will be able to sign him quickly.
Blake Higgins, RHP (@BlakeHiggins9)
Jackson CC (MI)
Here's a video of Blake in action.(which looks like he uploaded it himself. Good marketing kid!)
He's also got a few more videos of himself on his Youtube channel. He looks like he uses his big frame well in the tall and fall style.
Richard Pedroza, SS
Bats: S Throws: R
Cal State - Fullerton (CA)
Here's Richie Pedroza's video from Cal State Fullerton, he looks like a slick fielder, but needs to build strength and other work to become a threat with the bat. He's a senior. Pedroza played in Cape Cod, but hit only .240 in 50 plate appearances.
J.J. Altobelli, SS
Bats: R Throws: R
University of Oregon
Altobelli is a coach's son and a senior sign out of Oregon.
Oregon coach George Horton likes to boast that Altobelli is the best defensive shortstop in college baseball, and Altobelli's two errors through the first 39 games this season would indicate Horton is onto something. Altobelli often makes the basic groundball look boring and the great play look routine.
Defense, he said, "is something that's always kind of come naturally tome, and it's something I take a lot of pride in. It's what I contribute to the team; that's why I care so much about it." Hitting hasn't always come as naturally for Altobelli, though not for lack of effort. As Oregon's No. 9 hitter, he hit just .236 as a sophomore two years ago. But he raised that average to .265 last year and enters this weekend hitting .296 — with a robust .376 on-base percentage and more walks (14) than strikeouts (11) this season.
Michael Schulze, SS
Bats: L Throws: R
Missouri Western (MO)
Schulze was named Division II player of the year by Daktronics, the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National College Baseball Writers' Association. He led Missouri Western in 2013 with a .439 batting average in the lead off spot, scored a school record 70 runs, and drove in 49. Schulze solid play led the Griffons to their first MIAA Regular Season Title and a program record 40 wins. Through nine games with the St. Joseph Mustangs, Schulze is batting .412 with a homer and eight RBI.
Chase Brookshire, LHP (@mcbrookshire13)
Belmont University (TN)
Per his twitter bio: "They think I do not know a buttload of crap about the Gospel but I do!"
012: Had a team high with 16 starts, which is the most in a single season at Belmont and was tied for the lead in the Atlantic Sun... Set a career high of eight wins, picking up his eighth win in the Atlantic Sun title game against Kennesaw State (5/26) ... His eight wins was tied for the third most in the conference ... Received First-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors ... Recorded a 2.45 ERA after a team high 110 innings on the mound and finished the season 8-4... Earned Atlantic Sun All-Academic accolades ... Pitched the only complete game for the Bruins last season against North Florida (5/4) ... Led the team with 81 stirkeouts, which ranked him third in the ASun ... Recorded a season high eight strikeouts against Butler (3/3) and North Florida (5/4) ... Held opponents to an average of .217, which was the third best in the league ... Pitched a one-hitter against Butler (3/3) ... Tossed seven innings for the Bruins in the Baton Rouge Regional against Oregon State (6/1), striking out three while allowing three hits and two earned runs.