Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Maryland Draft Preview - The Eligible Sophomores & What to Expect Tomorrow

by John Vittas

Charlie White, CF
RS SO         Naperville, IL

The Report: White is a dynamic centerfielder and has the ability to take over a game purely with his legs. Featuring plus speed, White finished top-5 in the nation with 39 stolen bases. He routinely disrupts a pitcher's rhythm when he reaches base, which he did in nearly 45% of his plate appearances.

The Good: White's speed will make heads turn. He is as good a bunter as you will ever see and uses his speed to track down balls in centerfield that seem impossible to get to. He's an excellent slap hitter and sprays the ball to all fields for a high average (.350). On top of all that, Charlie is tough to strike out (17 Ks in 214 ABs) and possesses an above average arm.

Maryland OF Charlie White
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The Bad: Many scouts will not roll the dice on White's style of play. Without any power potential, teams must bank on the fact that he can hit for a high average all the way up to the Major Leagues. Additionally, this was Charlie's first season as an everyday starter.

The Bottom Line: With the excitement he brings to the leadoff spot and the numbers he put up in an elite conference, it stands to reason that White will get picked. The question is, will he sign?

The Prediction: All the high-ceiling high school guys will go before him, but I bet someone pulls the trigger on White in the second half of the draft. For the right price, they might get themselves a steal, as Charlie will likely dominate the lower levels of pro ball.
Chances to Get Picked: 80%

Alex Ramsay, C
RS SO         Severna Park, MD

The Report: In VERY limited action, Ramsay has looked great swinging the bat and seems to have athleticism on top of a very smooth stroke.

The Bottom Line: Ramsay has been in the program for three years but has never gotten a chance at regular playing time. With Jack Cleary graduating, Ramsay should finally get some significant ABs in 2014. Despite being a bench player for three seasons, I think there's some potential within the Severna Park native.

What To Expect Later this Week (MLB Draft - June 6-8)

The over/under for Terps being picked this year is 3.5. Jake Stinnett and Jimmy Reed are locks, but after that there is much uncertainty, as there always is with baseball drafts. Charlie White is likely to be picked too, but after that, it is a complete crapshoot. Based on production, Jordan Hagel and Kyle Convissar both have a good chance to go in the late rounds. Other dark horses include Blake Schmit, Tim Kiene and Michael Montville, all guys who have immense upside but have not put together more than a full season of at bats with the Terps.

If they get 4 guys picked this year, they should be thrilled.
But look out Terps fans, that number could rise close to double digits in the years to come.

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