Cubs MLB Draft Preview: Top 10 position players

Cubs MLB Draft Preview: Top 10 position players

Our latest preview on the Cubs MLB Draft comes on the heels of Theo Epstein's recent comments where, despite an obvious need for pitching, he talks about the possibility of drafting a position player.

It's fair to say that the lack of pitching is the biggest question mark when it comes to the Cubs farm system, so the expectation has been that the Cubs will go pitching in the MLB draft.

It's not that there isn't talent i the system, but much of it is at the lower levels where the level of attrition is very high.  The Cubs have attacked the problem with volume -- which is a sound stratgy.  When it comes to pitching, it's not always a great idea to put all your eggs in a basket or two.  The Cubs draft philosophy reflected that in year one, where they stocked up on pitchers starting with their first two supplemental picks, Pierce Johnson and Paul Blackburn.

The general consensus among draft experts is that RHP Mark Appel is the top talent and that LHP Sean Manaea is quickly closing that gap.  Some, like Cubs Den contributor and draft aficianado Kevin Gallo, believe Manaea has already surpassed him.  There are also talented college arms like RHP Ryan Stanek, Jonathan Crawford, and Bobby Wahl, each of whom merit top 10 consideration right now.

Given the team's current needs and the dearth of pitching at their upper levels, it would seem likely that the Cubs would select a college arm -- but, in an excellent interview with David Kaplan, Theo Epstein reminded us recently that they'll take the best player available and, as many studies have shown, position players taken at the top of the draft are more likely to have MLB success than college pitchers.

"It'd be nice if there was an obvious, can't-miss college arm who could impact our big-league team in the next couple of years, but if you try to force it, that's how you end up regretting your pick for years to come," Epstein said. "History does show that there is a better probability for impact up high in the draft with position players, but if the right arm is there, we'll take him. You cannot dictate the draft. You have to go through the process and see what's there.

"At the end of the draft, we will have attacked pitching with volume and you can get pitching all over the draft. If you want elite position players, you have to be willing to pop that guy up top."

So will the Cubs go with one of the many talented position players and attack pitching later in the draft?  It seems like a distinct possibility. With some help from Kevin (Big League Futures) and also Dan Kirby of Through the Fence Baseball, let's take a look at some of the top position players in the draft.

Clint Frazier, CF, Loganville HS (GA)

The first thing that stands out about Frazier is his explosive bat speed -- the ball absolutely jumps off his bat. It gives him more power than you would expect from a guy who stand 6'0" tall and weighs 190 lbs.  Saw him personally hit 2 HRs at Wrigley despite a strong wind blowing in -- no other player hit one out to LF that day.  He hit 24 HRs as a high school junior in just 118 ABs.  But he's not just a power guy.  He runs a 6.42 60 (14 SBs in H.S.), has CF range, and a rocket for a throwing arm.  He's also a baseball rat, as you'll see from Dan's interview on TTFB.  That should endear him to both fans and the front office.

Austin Meadows, CF, Grayson HS (GA)

Meadows is the better raw athlete with better size and louder tools than Frazier.  In that aspect, a loose comparison between Meadows and Frazier might be the two top prep OF'ers, respectively, from last year -- Bryan Buxton and Albert Almora.  Whether you prefer Meadows or Frazier will depend in part to your organizational philosophy.  He's a 5 tool player with a better chance to stick in CF than Frazier.  Despite being larger (6'3", 200 lbs), he's also faster (6.31 60).   He possesses a strong arm, great bat speed, and tremendous raw power.  He's not as polished a hitter and Kevin believes he has some holes in his swing, particularly up and in, that more advanced pitchers may be able to exploit.

Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina

Moran just may be the best pure hitter in college (.365 avg. last season), if not the entire draft.  He has an advanced approach, hitting to all fields and showing excellent plate discipline.  He hasn't shown much power yet (3 HRs) but he's 6'3", 200 lbs so he has the size along with the fluid left-handed swing to hit for power down the road.  If there's a question about Moran, it's whether he can stick at 3B.  Whether he's a top 5 candidate and the Cubs show interest will depend on their opinion on his defense, which varies from scout to scout.  If he has to move to 1B, he'll drop down the draft because off the loss in positional value.

Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (WA)

Dan calls him the best defensive catcher in the draft -- high school or college -- and so adds obvious positional value as a guy who just about every scout believes can stay there long term.  The 6'1", 190 lbs is also a good athlete and it aids him with agility in blocking balls in the dirt and his quickness when it comes to his release time on throws to second.  At the plate, he shows a smooth stroke from the left side who should develop power in time.  He as done well in showcase tournaments including a .462 avg. wit Team USA, showing he can step it up against top competition.

Jonathan Denney, C Yukon HS (OK)

A fast riser, Denney has surpassed fellow high school catcher Reese McGuire in the eyes of some, including the staff at Baseball America, who rank him as the 7th best draft prospect overall, though our guy Kevin still gives the edge to McGuire because of his advanced defensive skills.  While McGuire might be the best defensive catcher, Denney has the best offensive potential.  He has good size (6'2, 205 lbs) and already shows plus power and a clean stroke from both sides of the plate. The icing on the cake is that he has the defensive skills to be a solid catcher, which would give his offensive production tremendous value.

Kris Bryant, 3B/OF/1B, U. of San Diego

The 6'5" Bryant is intriguing because of his light tower power and his disciplined approach at the plate, walking 39 times in 57 games last season. I've heard some scouts say, though, that he may be a little too passive at times.  Overall, Bryant hit .366/.483/671 with 14 home runs.  As with Moran, a big question is whether he can stick at 3B.  Kevin felt his footwork was a bit sloppy there.  If he has to move, he has the arm strength to play RF but his speed, which is fringe average, may not play as well there.  His size would be an asset at 1B.  He's a top 5 candidate if he can stay at 3B or possibly RF. Wherever he ends up defensively, he won't drop too far in the first round since is bat alone will provide his team with good value.

Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford

Wilson came to Stanford with great fanfare. Back then, many felt he could be the potential #1 overall pick,  but Wilson has yet to live up to those lofty expectations.  Today, there's a wide range of opinion on Wilson.  Those who like him like is athleticism, all around tools/skills and feel he'll develop power that is more befitting for a player with a 6'5", 245 lbs. frame.  His numbers at Stanford -- .285 with 10 HRs -- were disappointing, but the hitting ability and raw power are there, which may come once he is no longer shackled by the Stanford hitting philosophy.  Some, such as Keith Law, feel he's a potential top 5 pick wile others, like Dan, feel he could drop out of the top 10 and as low as 15-20 right now.  He needs to break out this season to have a chance at being one of the top picks in the draft.

Dominic Smith, 1B-OF, Serra HS (CA)

While Colin Moran is the best college hitter in the draft, that high school distinction goes to Smith, who drew raves from both Kevin and Dan.  I also got a chance to see Smith at the UA game and he didn't disappoint, beating out Frazier (albeit with some help from that LF wind) at the HR derby.  He also showed an excellent stroke, contact skills, and approach at the plate.  Smith is able to make consistent hard contact to all fields, hitting .551 with 9 HRs -- yet struck out just twice in 25 games.  The 6'1", 200 lbs Smith is not as great an athlete as Meadows or Frazier and there is some question about his ultimate defensive position.  His best chance to go early is to show he can play the OF, where his plus arm is his biggest asset.

J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (CA)

Crawford is the top H.S. SS in the draft and we know how Theo likes is up the middle players.  At 6'2", 175 lbs, he's lanky but has an athletic, highly projectable frame that may someday translate to plus power.  With an assist from his good instincts, all his other tools should play as above average across the board.  Although he's not as slick in the field as fellow HS shortstop prospect Orlando Mercado, Crawford has a good chance to stick at SS and the better all-around game.

Phillip Ervin, OF, Samford University

Coming from a smaller school with a less than ideal 5'10", 200 lbs. build, Ervin has gotten lost in the shuffle a bit but he opened some eyes at the Cape Cod League this offseason, where he lead the circuit witht 11 HRs.  He also showed some speed, stealing 10 bases.  He's a "quick-twitch" athlete who shows a solid approach at the plate.  He's not a likely candidate to go #2 right now, but he's a fast riser now that scouts have gotten a better look.

Other players mentioned: Ryan Boldt, OF; Orlando Mercado, SS; Andy McGuire, 1B-OF

The feeling here is that the Cubs have interest in a pitcher or two at the top right now -- perhaps a college arm like Sean Manaea, but won't hesitate to go with a position player such as Frazier if he's not available or if they aren't sold that any of the college pitchers are worthy of a top 2 pick.  It's a long season and you can bet they will look closely at many of these hitters and while Frazier and Meadows are the consensus top position players, there are plenty of intriguing bats who could make a move upward as the draft approaches.

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    Frazier is intriguing on so many levels. If he were a six pick, like Almora, I'd make it in a heartbeat. But he won't make it to six. He may not even make it to two.

    I'd love to have him, though. You really can't have enough young guys in your organization with elite bat speed -- they're kind of like good young pitchers.

    I wouldn't be at all disappointed to wind up with him, but trust this front office to do their homework and take the guy with the highest upside.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    The downside is it's not a strong a draft. I think he would have made it to 6 last year and it would have been a tough choice between him and Almora -- but I think the Cubs probably still go with Almora in that situation.

    It's going to be really interesting to see who rises to the top by the time June rolls around. Wouldn't surprise me to see Frazier go #1 overall either.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Want to add that I researched this and talked to some people, I have to say that it's really an odd draft. I know some who would take him #1 overall while Keith Law actually put him 10th on his list. The people who don't like Frazier as much think he won't be able to play CF. It depends on philosophy and how much value you put on defensive position.

  • What the chances that Houston signs a lower cost pick in order
    to have more money for the other rounds

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Pretty good, I think. But that lower pick may still be a top 5 guy like Correa was last year. I could see them going with an upside HS bat like Frazier or Meadows, could also see them gambling on Stanek.

  • I would always be hesitant about taking Pitchers that high in the draft unless they are David Price type can't miss elite pitcher. I would take best available position player and take pitchers later on in the draft.

  • In reply to Paris:

    I think that's pretty similar to what the Cubs are thinking.

  • In reply to Paris:

    Right now, Price, Strausburg and Prior are the only top-of-the draft pitchers whove had #1 TOR ability translate to the bigs. Sabathia did, but he was a mid-round #1 pick, no one else in the last dozen or so years stands out. Guys like Benes, Brien Taylor, Matt Bush never panned out for one reason or another. Only way I go pitcher that high is if Im getting Strasburg or Price type talent.

  • Thank you for this article John... I didn't know about Meadows' holes in his swing, makes you wonder if he'll be prone to K too much, but he's still among my top 3 picks... I didn't know much about Frazier, but reading this changes everything I thought about him... I'm no scout, but from what I've seen, the top talents (for me) would be Sean Manaea, Clint Frazier, Austin Meadows and Mark Appel.

    I know I'm not as high on Appel as a lot of people, but I just have some questions about why his stuff is not reflecting as it should in stats, especially because despite his fastball and repertoire, he doesn't miss as many bats as he should... That said, again, I'm no scout and if the Cubs pick him, then that means they obviously know a lot more than I do and was the best talent available.

  • In reply to Caps:

    I have those same questions about Appel. He continues to rank at the top of most draft lists - but he's been so hittable that it has to raise some concern.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Also... I didn't get a long enough look at Meadows but I will say he wasn't impressive at the UA game -- but I really chalked that up to some fatigue from being at the end of a long season + showcase circuit. I don't want to judge him too much on that. He's a physical specimen with surprising speed -- and he did torch the ball in his last AB.

  • If the Astros are looking to save money for later picks, would they not take Appel, who will not have any leverage this year in contract talks/

  • I don't think you can ever count on a Boras client signing for less money -- and there's no way he's going to to do a pre-arranged deal to facilitate the Astros using the unused money to sign other picks.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Sorry, but I just don't buy this. There's a fixed amount attached to each pick. The drop off for the available money from the first pick to the 2nd is huge ($1M) and teams have already shown they're unwilling to go over their draft pool. Whether Boras likes it or not, the amount of $$ to be there is fixed and there's a whole lot more at the top few picks than there is further down.

    If he wants to play hard ball and get Mark Appel $7M, he's got 2 teams that can reasonably do it this year and 1 is not going to and that's the Astros. It'll be interesting to see what the Cubs do if faced with those demands. My guess? Tell him to pound sand and leave Boras holding the bag, just like what happened last year.

    Eventually, Boras is either going to have to 1) get no doubt #1 draft picks that people will actually pay for (like Rondon) or 2) learn to play ball when he has non-elite guys.

  • I would agree if it was not for Boras. He might determine where
    he is picked

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    I was in the pick Sean Manaea camp for an extremely long time now. But because of this blog I'm a little more intrigued by a Frazier pick. I think I might love to see an outfield of

    Frazier LF
    Almora CF
    Soler RF

    With Brett Jackson as a possible 4th outfielder! OMG!!
    Then if you throw in Castro, Rizzo and Baez into that kind of lineup, we would be feared my most teams.

    I think it might be a strong possibility that if we go with Frazier as our top pick, a Garza extension would be next on our to do list. This just adds a bit of stability to the staff.... Gonna be fun!

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    I am with you. I have really liked Manaea since I first heard about him but I would not be too upset if we get Frazier or Meadows if Theo says they are lower risk.

    Add Castillo and Candelario to that possible future lineup. And if the NL goes DH, you can throw in Vogelbach too. Maybe by that time our pitching staff is loaded and we just put Danny boy on the bench to pinch hit and spell Rizzo. Wouldn't that be some lineup? It is hard not to get giddy thinking about it.

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    Ha! It is pretty exciting That could potentially be a very good OF. Frazier is a fun player. Hard not to watch him -- even when he was among all the other HS stars.

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    I say get Frazier if hes there. Talent like that doesn't show up too often.

  • I'm not sold on any of the pitchers at the top of the draft. When I look at the pitchers drafted within the first 5 picks in the draft in the past decade, I would be more inclined to draft a positional player as well.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/draft/index.jsp?feature=decade2000s

    There is no Verlander, Price or Strasburg at the top of this draft. I hope that Theo and Jed enploy the same strategy as last year. Get a top positional player, then draft pitchers in the next several rounds. I could see if the Cubs had a pick later in the first round and they drafted a pitcher, but you had better be sure if you take an arm at the top of the draft. Those are odds I wouldn't bet on.

  • In reply to Alex:

    I agree. Appel should have been that "sure thing" but he hasn't proven it yet. Somehow the whole isn't nearly as good as the sum of his parts -- at least not yet.

    There are still a lot of questions with a lot of the other guys too. I can't say I feel as comfortable with any of them as I would have with Gausman or Zimmer last year -- and nowhere near the pitcher from the 2011 draft. And even then, as you point out, those guys are a pretty big risk.

  • In reply to Alex:

    I'm in the same camp....I would like to grab Frazier or Meadows (or the best available position player) with that 2nd overall pick, and then focus on pitching, pitching, and more pitching, with a couple catchers thrown in the mix. But Manaea is very intriguing and if he makes further advances this year, I would absolutely not mind going that route either and I'm confident that Theo and company will make the best choice. I'd pass on Appel and hope the FO is leaning that way also.

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    Great column. The Cubs definitely have a lot to think about in terms of which direction you go, but in the end, I think one of the pitchers or position players will make the decision for the Cubs. Either one or two of the pitching prospects will have a big year and give the Cubs the confidence to take them or one of the high school kids (Meadows or Fraizer) is available and the Cubs can't pass of them. I like the way this front office has dealt with replinishing the system, by getting the best available talent regardless of position or need. As long as you keep aquiring top talent, you can always fill your needs later with trades. That being said, I would love if one of the pitchers would become a clear cut choice with that pick and be able to impact the big league rotation by 2015.

  • In reply to Richard Madsen:

    Thank you.

    It's early but eventually the cream will rise to the top and things will sort themselves out. These 10 guys are a good group to follow in that respect.

    Ideally you'd like an MLB ready front of the rotation college arm but that's no guarantee this year. Maybe one of those guys will step up and make the decision easy.

  • With the 2nd pick this has to be a "Can's miss" prospect, if there
    is such a player in this draft

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    That's the problem..I don't see a can't miss guy. I don't know if Kevin or Dan see it differently.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    there is no can't miss prospects. in the draft

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Given the apparent consensus that there are no "can't miss" prospects as of now, should we be considering employing the Astros draft strategy this year and store more money for more high potential prospects later in the draft?

  • In reply to Good Captain:

    The thing is I don't think the Astros really lost anything with their 1st pick last draft. I think they got the #1 talent and just happened to save money.

  • Based on what Theo has said publicly, it seems like hes actually leaning toward an HS bat. Seems like this draft class is generally not well regarded which is a bit of a shame. Obviously this is an absurd notion and not something i think should be seriously considered, but is there a lot of talent in the next draft and if so, would a #3 pick in that draft be better than a #2 in this one? Purposely not signing a high pick is pretty stupid obviously because of the loss of a year of development but its an interesting thing to think about. Maybe purposely lowball a top pick and if he signs you save a lot of money and if he doesnt, oh well he wasnt a sure thing anyways. Just a silly little thought

  • In reply to Andrew:

    I wonder if some teams might consider that option at some point. Next year's draft isn't particularly strong either after Rodon, so I'm not sure this is the year to do it either.

    It'd really be interesting if next year's class looked as strong as the 2011 class.

  • In reply to Andrew:

    Keep in mind, Theo could just be bluffing. If he slobbered all over the pitchers, he'd really be putting the ball in Boras' court (I think he'll advise both Appel and either Manaea or Stanek, but can't remember which). If the Astros go the route they did last year and it looks like the Cubs go position player, Boras is super screwed with Appel. Which might make him more willing to cut a deal...

  • In reply to TulaneCubs:

    Good point.

  • I don't understand the uncertainty. The Cubs first pick had got to be Colin Moran.

    Wouldn't it be great to have another "best pure hitter in the draft" to go along with Vitters?

  • In reply to DaveP:

    Haha! You fooled me on this in that first paragraph.

    It'd really be a problem too if Moran had to move to 1B like Vitters might. Moran probably more advanced with a better approach -- but you really have to believe he'll a) stick at 3B and b) develop some power.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Both things Vitters was supposed to do with proper instruction.....Needless to say i'd also steer clear of that tag as well. Unless they already have + defense Cubs should be weary of CF'er and middle infielders who might not stick there.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I guess we'll always wonder how things would have been different if Vitters was drafted and developed by the Cubs of today.

    Position value is really important at the 2nd pick You really don't want to get a 1B, LF, or RP when you know you can get those kind of players later in the draft.

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    Here's a thought: Astros pick Appel, don't sign him. They get the #2 pick next year to with the #1 they beat the Marlins for, and wind up with the #1 and #2 picks in a stronger draft.

    I can just see it happening.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Ha! I'm not so crazy afterall.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Possible but highly risky. For me it'd have to be a 2011 type draft to consider it.

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    Here's something crazy and not what I would want but what if the Cubs draft Appel knowing he won't sign. The pool money then allows the Cubs to draft overslot kids like Houston did last season and if I'm not mistaken we would get the third pick next year. Say what you will, but its definitely out of the box thinking.

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    In reply to Rich Cap:

    If you don't sign the pick, you lose the pool money. Bud saw your possibility coming.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    That's right

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    Why mess around with the #2 pick overall and draft someone that will not be signable? Do we really want this drama? So we have to hope that next year's #3 pick pans out to be better than Manaea, Meadows or Frazier in this year's class? If it comes down to Appel being our guy at #2 being the best available and he won't sign for the slot money (something we will know before we draft him), then screw him and move on. We got a baseball team to run here not a daily soap opera!

  • Well, I figured out what Theo is obviously going to do by cleverly parsing his interview.
    Manaea is out. Any lefty pitcher is out. Position players....out. RHPs Appel and Stanek are in.
    How come?
    Theo: "...but if the RIGHT ARM is there, we'll take him."

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Haha! I totally misread Theo :) Thanks for clearing that up!

  • I think if Manaea winds up being drafted by the 'Stros then I think the FO winds up grabbing one of the position players.

    I'd stay away from Stanek since most think he'll wind up a reliever. Also just something weird going on with Appel, hear good reports about his stuff but doesn't miss as much bats as he should. I think Manaea's the safest pick among those and I think he'll show enough during the season to pass Appel on the draft board. Not really sure on the other arms. I know Wahl had a good performance friday night but don't really know much about him.

  • In reply to Furiousjeff:

    Wahl is pretty polished. Has hit 95 but I don't think he'll be a power pitcher. I think he'll settle in as a low 90s guy with 3 solid pitches, good command. For me he's a #3 type guy but I think he'll advance pretty quickly.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Kohl Stewart is an interesting thought too at #2.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Interesting.... Everyone has been thinking a college arm or a HS position player, not a HS arm.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Great arm -- maybe best raw arm strength in the draft. Last I heard is that he's injured.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Minor shoulder strain. He sat out of the football UA game so he won't risk his baseball season. I do talk to a lot of this kids. He not only the best raw arm maybe the best athlete in the class.

  • John, Nice list. I liked the inclusion of the 2 catchers. High value position and a position of need. Might be worth the pick if they show something special this season. Right now I like Frazier for the top position player strategy. Manaea if its pitcher first. One guy I think should be considered is Trey Ball. A real two way talent. LHP that Reese McGuire said was the toughest he has faced. But he rakes too. Hits, hits for some power and steals bases too. I think he could be the pick if he shows more of the same this season.

  • In reply to Bilbo161:

    Ball to me is a top 20 pick. I like him but he not a top 5 pick.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    I agree. Just thought he might be worthy of consideration for this list.

  • In reply to Bilbo161:

    Thanks Bilbo. Ball is really projectable. I didn't get a chance to see him at his best as a pitcher. He was throwing high 80s, so-so breaking stuff and spotty command when I saw him. But he's capable of much more than that. He's a guy to watch on the pitching side -- some like him as a hitter. He hit a double into the gap in that same game.

  • I have a feeling the Cubs will take Appel if he's there.

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    In reply to Steve Flores:

    I think it will be Manaea, if they decide to go with a pitcher. His upside just seems to be so much more than Appel's, even if Appel is closer to being in the majors.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    If Appel puts it together, then I can see it because if he ever can translate his great stuff into dominant performance, then to me he's the player that will be the best combination of floor and ceiling in this draft. Need to see him miss more bats, though.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    This is me but I have a gut feeling that Appel will be a bad pick in the 1st 5 picks. I can't put my finger on why but I am wondered about how ability to get his head straight and reach his potential.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I can see that happening too. Either way, I think Appel and Manaea will both be there. I don't think Houston will select either of them because of who their agent is. Appel may be an easier sign this time around also.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Very true John, but I can't see the Cubs not picking him if he puts up great numbers. He's polished enough to be in the rotation by 2014 , if he signs of course

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    John, Indiana State will be at Illinois State April 19, 20 and 21. Manaea will probably pitch one of those games, especially given it's a conference game. That week, they have Butler and SIUE in Terre Haute on the 16th and 17th, but my guess is Heller will save Manaea for Illinois State, probably the 19th since #1's usually go on Friday. It might be a good time to go see him.

    http://www.gosycamores.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=15200&SPID=7256&SPSID=65130

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    He is the Friday starter so the 19th.

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    In reply to KGallo:

    That's kind of what I figured KG. It's the way college teams usually do things.

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    In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    ISU is about an 1 1/2 hr drive from EIU where i'm at at. If Manaea is pitching I might go check him out.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    MJ, Terre Haute isn't all that far from you either, and neither is Carbondale or Evansville.

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    In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Yep nor is Champaine(U of I). None of them are more than a 2 hr drive from me. ISU stood out for me because I have a lot of friends there so it's an easy trip accommodations wise. I've seen baseball at all of them except for Carbondale, weird considering my sister attends as well so i'm there a lot. Might make a few trips in the coming months.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    If you go to Carbondale, Abe Martin Field is directly south of the Arena. I hear they've upgraded it since I went to school there, and it's now one of the best baseball facilities in the MVC

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    @ Kevin Gallo, John and I were having a discussion on Facebook about Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton and the 2014 Draft. Any thoughts on him you might have would be much appreciated.

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