Scott da 6'0 Posted March 1, 2009 Share Posted March 1, 2009 I know we've touched on this a little bit recently, but the draft isn't too far away, and we hold the 7th pick. Hopefully we won't be picking this early for a long time, but while we're at it, we may as well pick up somebody that a couple years from now can be mentioned along with Hanson, Heyward, Freeman, etc.I've been reading through some mock drafts, and it appears that Stephen Strasburg, RHP, SDSU will go #1 overall to the Nats. He has been clocked at 102 MPH seven times. The big knock on him is that his mechanics are flawed. Still, with that stuff he's almost a lock for #1 or #2 overall, depending on whether or not the Nats or M's think they can sign him.However, turning to the Braves, I've seen several names mentioned for our pick. The guy that I see the most going to us at #7 is Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS (California). Tyler Matzek is a polished hard-throwing lefty starter from Capistrano Valley HS in California, and one that is drawing comparisons to the first pitcher selected in last year's draft (by Baltimore at #4) -- Brian Matusz.Arguably the top rated high school prospect for the 2009 draft, Matzek has tremendous poise and an easily-repeatable and almost effortless delivery. Much like the former San Diego Toreros ace -Matusz- Tyler has potentially four quality ML offerings. Tyler's fastball sits at 90-92, and can touch 94 when he needs to muscle up, and he'll occasionally throw it with three varied grips. As good as his fastball is, it's the command of it, as well as the strong secondary pitches that have scouts excited. He has a nasty curve, more sweeping than one that drops straight down, and it normally comes in around the mid-70's. He also incorporates a solid slider and a change that shows real promise as a plus pitch that comes in currently about ten miles an hour slower than his fastball... just as it should be.If Matzek continues his development, he easily could go as high as #2 overall. His ranking at #6 is very preliminary.http://www.mlb-draft.com/Top-Prospects-2009.php-------------------------------------------------------------------Sounds like a very intriguing guy. The other guy I've seen linked to us is Donovan Tate, OF, HS (GA). Given our love of picking home-grown talent, it wouldn't surprise me if we took this kid, even considering that our OF looks pretty loaded. Tate is an unbelievable athlete. He runs a 4.4 forty, and has been offered a football scholarship by USC (could drop him down the board if teams feel he may play football). He is also a great defensive player, obviously covering a lot of ground with that kind of speed.I'm hoping Matzek falls to us. A kid that young with that kind of stuff, and more importantly that kind of control and command is special. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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