Grayson County College Scouting Reports
Grayson County was named the 2nd best junior college baseball team in the country by Perfect Game to start the season. I saw Grayson in the fall, and their hitters were a bunch of big masher types that didn’t run well but had a good approach.
The starting pitcher was Jacob Rhame, who pitched for Oklahoma last year, but he pitched in just 6 games. I saw one of those games last year, but he transferred to Grayson in what I am assuming in an attempt to get more outings in to impress scouts. He looks small (6-1 195 according to Grayson site, 6-0 according to Baseball Cube) and tries to hide the ball with a high leg kick:
Here is some video from his arm side:
Here is some video from behind him
He was throwing 90-93 MPH, getting down to 89. One scout said he was anywhere from 87-95 MPH on his fastball and remarked on the inconsistency of his velocity. He also had a change he threw from 83-85 MPH that he seemed to struggle getting down. A lot of them missed high. He threw a 77 MPH curve that he could throw for strikes or inside to lefties. He also threw a 81 MPH pitch that slipped out of his hand, and I assume was just a bad changeup. Overall, he showed the ability to work both sides of the plate, and could be just absolutely dominating at times.
Trey Rodriguez is a short 2nd baseman that may be a little beefy at 5-9 180. Part of the excellent 2012 Corpus Christi Carroll high school squad (where Courtney Hawkins, the White Sox 1st round pick in 2012, went), Perfect Game seemed impressed by his tools. However, he was clearly a below average runner. There was some power in his bat, but he holds his hands too low at the plate and never really gets them up. It is hard to see how he pulls the ball or handles inside pitches.
Cody Gunter has good height, and is perhaps a little big at 6-3 195. He is a below average runner, but has some raw pop evidenced by a towering fly-ball (and another foul that stayed in the air for 5.44 seconds). At 3rd base, he has a good enough arm, but is not real athletic and I question his range. Scouts seemed a little more interested in him than other players, and he was picked in the 19th round by the Marlins out of high school in 2012 (but obviously didn’t sign).
Homero Ortiz is a big guy with strong wrists, but is an extremely slow runner. He wasn’t a butcher defensively. He has some hitch in his swing but it is still relatively quick. He mostly hit the ball the other way, but I would really like to see him use his strength and pull the ball.
Austin Krajnak is one of the better body guys on the team and is sort of lanky. He swung through a lot of pitches though and was a below average runner. James Gillean has a downcut on his swing, and he wasn’t as patient as many other of the Grayson players. Kevin Cornelius doesn’t have a smooth swing and was too aggressive, swinging at just about every low pitch with an uppercut swing. However, he did drill a ball the other way well. Wes Jones is a catcher, so obviously a below average runner. He chased a little at the plate, but he hit a towering pop up (some raw pop?) and hit another curveball well.
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