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Potential Red Sox 2013 draft pick: Indiana HS LHP/OF Trey Ball 12.26.12 at 5:29 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Red Sox when it comes to the 2013 MLB draft. For the first time since 1993, the Red Sox have a top-10 selection and will be drafting seventh. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Red Sox to make a selection.

TREY BALL

Left-hander Trey Ball is committed to the University of Texas. (New Castle High School)

Position: OF/LHP

School: Newcastle (Ind.) High School

Born: June 27, 1994

Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 175 pounds

Bats/throws: L/L

2013 class: Senior

Committed to: Texas

Achievements: 2012 All-Area Code Team, 2012 Baseball America High School All-America third team, 2012 ESPNHS High School All-America third team, 2012 Under Armour All-American, 2012 Perfect Game Underclass first team, 2012 ESPNHS Preseason All-State, 2012 All-North Central Conference, 2011 Perfect Game Underclass high honorable mention, 2011 Area Code Games, 2011 All-North Central Conference

What he brings: Scouts view Ball as a top-tier pitching talent. He has a very smooth and easy delivery to the plate. His fastball sits consistently in the 90-93 mph range while his changeup drops to the 78-80 mph range. Ball also has a developing slider that sits in the 80- 84 mph range. His delivery consists of a high leg kick and a three-quarter arm slot that is reminiscent of a left-handed version of Roger Clemens.

Offensively, Ball possesses a smooth swing with power potential. He hits well to the opposite field and runs the 60 in 6.67 seconds.

Notes: Ball is desirable because he is considered a two-way player. He is a pitcher who can both pitch and hit well. At this young stage in his development it is unknown if he will make the transition into being a major league pitcher or take a role in the field.

He is a very good runner. Scouts have been impressed with him and have taken note with how effortless he makes the game appear.

Links:

http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/baseball/tag/_/name/trey-ball

http://minors.mlblogs.com/tag/trey-ball/

http://www.prepbaseballreport.com/profiles/IN/Trey-Ball-1023784659

http://www.perfectgame.org/players/playerprofile.aspx?ID=286352

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Potential Red Sox draftees: Georgia HS OF Austin Meadows 10.17.12 at 2:34 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Red Sox when it comes to the 2013 MLB draft. For the first time since 1993, the Red Sox have a top-10 selection and will be drafting seventh. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Red Sox to make a selection.

AUSTIN MEADOWS

Outfielder Austin Meadows might be the top prep talent in the 2013 draft. (Jed Hixson/Gwinnett Baseball)

Position: OF

School: Grayson (Ga.) High School

Born: May 3, 1995

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 200 pounds

Bats/throws: L/L

2013 class: Senior

Committed to: Clemson

Achievements: 2012 Under Armour All-American, 2012 Perfect Game underclass first team, 2012 All-Region 8 AAAAA, 2011 USA Baseball 16U team

What he brings: Meadows is believed to have five-tool potential. His swing often has been referred to as smooth with plus power potential from the left side of the plate.

Several reports describe Meadows as a solid defensive outfielder with a strong arm and tremendous speed. His 60-yard dash time reportedly has measured as low as 6.31 seconds. In comparison, according to Baseball America, Jacoby Ellsbury posted a 6.55 in the 2005 draft notes. More recently, Meadows ran a 6.64 in an August showcase.

Notes: Meadows is viewed as one of the early front-runners to be taken with the first overall pick, so in all likelihood, something would have to go awry in his senior season of high school for him to be on the board when the Red Sox make their selection at No. 7. Meadows has tremendous across-the-board tools, inspiring the sort of star comparisons that accompany a player who can do a little of everything. One ESPN article suggested he blended the athleticism and power of a Josh Hamilton with the swing of Andre Ethier. Baseball America described Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus as a comparable talent.

Meadows is the second-ranked high school player on the ESPN Super 60 list. His speed and athleticism suggest a player who can be a top- or middle-of-the-order hitter and an potentially above-average defensive outfielder at any position.

Meadows is heralded for being level headed and not allowing growing national attention to detour him from playing baseball at a high level. He’s also shown the ability to dominate against top competition, most notably, for the USA Baseball 16U team in 2011. Against international competition last August in Mexico, Meadows hit .537 with a .568 OBP, .878 slugging mark, five doubles, three triples and a homer (as well as six steals in nine attempts) in eight games. He racked up 22 hits with 28 RBIs (a record for the most in tournament history).

Links:

http://espn.go.com/high-school/baseball/story/_/id/8015630/junior-austin-meadows-potential-first-round-pick-next-year-mlb-draft

http://mlbdraftcountdown.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/2013-scouting-report-austin-meadows-of-grayson-hs-ga/

http://macksmets.blogspot.com/2012/06/2013-draft-notes-austin-meadows-usa.html
http://www.coast2coastprospects.com/austin-meadows.html

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Potential Red Sox 2013 draft pick: North Carolina 3B Colin Moran 09.27.12 at 10:34 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Red Sox when it comes to the 2013 MLB draft. For the first time since 1993, the Red Sox have a top-10 selection and will be drafting seventh. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Red Sox to make a selection.

COLIN MORAN

Colin Moran is considered one of the best pure hitters available in the 2013 draft. (University of North Carolina)

Position: 3B

School: North Carolina

Born: Oct. 1, 1992

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 209 pounds

Bats/throws: L/R

2013 class: Junior

Previously drafted: N/A

Achievements: 2012 CCBL All-League, 2012 No. 2 Prospect in CCBL by Baseball America, 2011 CCBL All-Star, 2011 Baseball America Freshman of the Year, 2011 Perfect Game Freshman Hitter of the Year, 2011 Baseball America All-America first team, 2011 Perfect Game All-America first team, 2011 ABCA All-America first team, 2011 Baseball America Freshman All-American, 2011 NCBWA Freshman All-American. 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year, 2011 first team All-ACC

What he brings: A decorated college athlete, Moran is said to be one of the best pure hitters in the 2013 MLB draft. He owns a wide stance and a very natural swing. Moran exhibits great plate discipline with above-average pitch recognition. He has showcased an ability to hit to all fields and has the ability to add strength and power to his bat.

Defensively, he has a strong arm. Despite a history that indicated a need to work on his fielding, Moran become a standout defensive player in 2012, and he projects to remain at third base at the major league level.

Notes: In 2012 Moran posted a .314 batting average with a .379 OBP, a .503 slugging percentage and an .882 OPS in 159 at-bats for North Carolina. All of those figures were elevated from the 2011 season when he posted a .289/.361/.371/.732 batting line.

His progress could be chalked up to hard work or the direct result of baseball literally being in his blood. His uncle is B.J. Surhoff, who was an All-American at North Carolina in the 1980s before spending 19 seasons in the big leagues.

If you consider intensity and fire in a baseball player a good thing, you can compare Moran to outfielder Ryan Sweeney. As Red Sox fans know, Sweeney, upset with a bad at-bat, punched a door and broke his hand midway through the season. Moran missed 20 games this year after punching a door following a loss to crosstown rival N.C. State.

Links:

http://mlbdraftcountdown.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/colin-moran-3b-north-carolina/

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/awards/freshman-of-the-year/2011/2612039.html

http://www.perfectgame.org/players/playerprofile.aspx?ID=205428

http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/tag/colin-moran/

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Potential Red Sox 2013 draft pick: Stanford RHP Mark Appel 09.18.12 at 4:14 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Red Sox when it comes to the 2013 MLB draft. For the first time since 1993, the Red Sox have a top-10 selection and will be drafting seventh. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Red Sox to make a selection.

MARK APPEL

Stanford RHP Mark Appel was the 2012 National College Pitcher of the Year. (Stanford University)

Position: RHP

School: Stanford

Born: July 15, 1991

Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Bats/throws: R/R

2013 class: Senior

Previously drafted: 2009, 15th round, Tigers;  2012, first round (No. 8 overall), Pirates

Achievements: 2012 National College Pitcher of the Year, 2012 first team Collegiate Baseball All-America, 2012 first team NCBWA All-America, 2012 second team Baseball America All-America, 2012 second team Perfect Game All-America, 2012 first team All-Pac 12, 2012 Stanford Regional Most Outstanding Player, 2011 USA Baseball collegiate national team, 2011 No. 1 prospect on Team USA by Baseball America, 2011 No. 2 prospect on Team USA by Perfect Game, 2011 No. 2 prospect in CCBL by Perfect Gam, 2010 NECBL All-Star

What he brings: Appel has a four-seam fastball that he commands well and that reportedly has touched the high 90s while sitting comfortably around 94-96. He features what is widely described as a plus swing-and-miss changeup and a breaking ball — typically characterized as a slider, though some note that it more closely resembles a curveball at times — with above-average action.

Notes: On first appearance, Appel has the prototypical pitcher’s physique, possessing the look of an innings-eater. He is tall and strong through his core, allowing him to maintain balance and repeat his delivery. Some scouts have likened him to a Matt Cain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Potential Red Sox 2013 draft pick: Indiana State LHP Sean Manaea 09.13.12 at 11:25 am ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Red Sox when it comes to the 2013 MLB draft. For the first time since 1993, the Red Sox have a top-10 selection and will be drafting seventh. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Red Sox to make a selection.

Left-hander Sean Manaea had a dominant Cape League performance. (Indiana State)

SEAN MANAEA

Position: LHP

School: Indiana State

Born: Feb. 1, 1992

Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 215 pounds

Bats/throws: L/L

2013 Class: Junior

Previously drafted: Never drafted

Achievements: 2012 Cape Cod League Outstanding Pro Prospect Award, 2012 Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year, 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star, 2012 All-MVC second team, 2011 Prospect League All-Star, 2011 No. 1 Prospect in the Prospect League by Perfect Game

What he brings: Other than his fastball, which sits consistently at 91-92 mph with occasional spikes as high as 96, Manaea needs to develop his secondary pitches a bit further. It has been noted that he does have issues sustaining his velocity deep into games.

His slider is good when it is on, as is his change. Historically his problem has been consistency.

Notes: Manaea had a modest prospect profile before an absolutely dominant summer in the Cape League vaulted him among the top prospects entering the 2012 draft. He posted a 5-1 record with a 1.22 ERA in nine Cape League games, eight of which were starts. In 51 2/3 innings of work he allowed only 21 hits, three home runs and seven walks while striking out a remarkable 85 batters (which equates to a 14.8 K/9 ratio) — surpassing the 82 punchouts that Daniel Bard had in 2005 for the most in a summer by a Cape League in what was described as “recent memory” — while walking just seven and forging an incredible 0.55 WHIP.

His 2012 numbers with Indiana State were solid but far less glamorous. He had a 5-3 record, a 3.34 ERA, 115 strikeouts and 37 walks in 105 innings in the Missouri Valley Conference — part of the reason why his Cape League dominance yielded a dramatic increase in his prospect stock.

Links:

Big League Futures

Baseball America Cape League Hot Sheet

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Potential Red Sox 2013 draft pick: Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek 09.09.12 at 7:54 pm ET
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Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek previously was drafted in the third round by the Mariners in 2010. (University of Arkansas)

WEEI.com will continue to offer insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Red Sox when it comes to the 2013 MLB draft. For the first time since 1993, the Red Sox have a top-10 selection and will be drafting seventh. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Red Sox to make a selection.

RYNE STANEK

Position: RHP

School: Arkansas

Born: July 26, 1991

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 180 pounds

Bats/Throws: R/R

2013 Class: Junior

Previously drafted: 2010, third round, Mariners

Achievements: 2012 USA Baseball collegiate national team, 2012 All-SEC, 2012 Golden Spikes Award watch list, 2012 National Pitcher of the Year watch list, 2012 Baseball America Preseason All-American third team, 2012 College Baseball Insider All-America third team, 2011 USA Baseball collegiate national team

What he brings: This big righty isn’t lacking velocity. He has a mid-90s fastball that can touch 97 mph on the radar gun. Stanek has a quickly developing mid-80s slider that, when it is on, is devastating to opposing hitters. His changeup floats in the mid 80s. It is a solid pitch that he is improving.

Previously, mechanics have been a cause for concern. His issues appear to have been worked out. Both big in stature and with good to great stuff on the mound, Stanek figures to be one of, if not the very first pitcher selected in the 2013 draft.

Notes: Stanek’s improvement is obvious from his freshman year to his sophomore season with the Razorbacks. In 2011 as a freshman, he appeared in 15 games, starting 12 of them. He posted a 4-2 record with one save and a 3.94 ERA. More impressive, opposing hitters batted just .213 off him, which ranked him fourth in the SEC in opponent’s batting average.

In his 2012 season, the sophomore Stanek exhibited more dominance on the mound. In 17 games he recorded an 8-4 record with a 2.82 ERA. He struck out 83 batters in 92 2/3 innings of work. Once again batters struggled to get hits off of Stanek, as he posted a .229 batting average against.

Links:

ESPN: Scouting Ryne Stanek and other USA Baseball draft prospects

Fangraphs: Ryne Stanek, a slider by which to make sweet love

MLB.com: Stanek shows maturity in second Prospect Classic

Arkansas athletic website’s profile page

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