Maryland Draft Preview: LHP Jake Drossner

by John Vittas and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’3″        Wt: 205        Year: Jr.         Hometown (HS): Richboro, PA (Council Rock North)

2015 Stats

G: 10     S: 7     IP: 32    ERA: 4.50      K/9: 7.6       BB/9: 7.3     H/9: 5.6

Arsenal: fastball (89-92mph), changeup, curveball

Pros: three plus pitches, sharp downward movement on off-speed stuff, good velocity, projectable body

Cons: control, efficiency16917180488_29bfd55da4_z

Vittas: With the exception of one dominating start against Cal State Fullerton, it has been a rocky junior season for Drossner. The Pennsylvania lefty has bounced around to many different roles, as walks and efficiency continue to be an issue. However, it is important to note that Drossner led the 2014 Super Regional Terps in ERA and only walked 23 batters in 62.1 innings. With three plus pitches and an ideal starting pitcher’s frame, Drossner is an intriguing prospect if he can find his form from last year.

Lewis: The biggest key is and will continue to be command of his three plus offerings.  He has the size and stuff that scouts can dream on, whether it be his fastball in the low 90s or his plus downer breaking ball. But can Drossner command it throughout his outings? There was a spurt during this season where Drossner was dominant in relief and then threw a gem against nationally-ranked Cal St Fullerton. But can he harness that and repeat those quality outings on a more consistent basis? If so, you have a top-10 round talent with potential to start at the professional level.

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Fastball: 50     Curveball: 55     Changeup: 45     Command: 35      Overall: 40

Range: Rounds 6-12

* John Vittas has been the play-by-play voice of the Maryland Terrapins and has called close to 100 games over the past four seasons. 

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided live analysis on Vittas’ broadcasts. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

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Maryland Draft Preview: 2B Brandon Lowe

By: Jon Lewis and John Vittas

Ht: 5’10”          Wt: 178         Class: R-So.        Bats / Throws: L / R

Home (HS): Suffolk, VA (Nansemond River)

2015 Stats

AB: 234     Slash Line: .342 / .442 / .564     HR: 9     RBI: 52     SB: 10    K-Rate: 10%

Pros: pure hitter, plus plate discipline, goes to all fields, no wasted motion, short to the ball, quick hands, good lateral movement defensively

Cons: size, average arm, limited to second base

17078877866_7b8cec7471_zVittas: Watching Lowe swing a baseball bat is an absolute treat. His plate discipline is outstanding and bat control is precise. He can go to all fields and hit any pitch hard. He may lack star power due to his quiet personality and underwhelming size, but his bat can play at any level. After adding power and speed during his time at Maryland, Lowe has the potential to be a Major League starter.

Offensive Comp: Nick Markakis; Player Mold: Daniel Murphy with better defensive attributes

Lewis: Lowe is a polished hitter with a great approach and deceptive power. He generates excellent bat speed despite his diminutive frame and goes to all fields with ease. He does not possess a long stride or timing mechanism, which allows him to be short to the ball and barrel up seemingly everything. He is a steady defender who makes all the plays albeit he is not flashy. He has playable speed and a fringe average arm; he profiles as a solid pro defender at 2B.

20-80 Scale (50 is Big League Average)

Hit: 60     Power: 45     Field: 50      Arm: 45     Run: 50      Overall: 50

Rounds: 2-5

Maryland Draft Preview: LHP Zach Morris

by John Vittas and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’5″          Wt: 242 lbs.          Class: R-Jr.                 Hometown (HS): Edgewater, MD (DeMatha Catholic)

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2015 Stats

G: 21     IP: 28.1     ERA:  2.86      K/9: 5.1     BB/9: 2.5     H/9: 9.2    opp AVG: .264

Arsenal: fastball (89-92mph), cutter, changeup

Pros: size, durable, versatile – success in several roles, throws strikes

Cons: no true breaking ball

Vittas: Morris has had a nice redshirt junior season as he’s transitioned into a role of exclusively relief work. He’s a big guy who throws downhill and has proven to be reliable and durable. Given his track record and good stuff, he deserves a pro opportunity, and should get one. But without a true plus pitch, Morris will have to prove himself at each level by commanding his pitches and working around hits.

MLB Comparison: Jeremy Affeldt

Lewis: Morris is a big durable LHP who has done a little bit of everything in his college career.  Whether it be starting Friday nights, pitching midweeks, or throwing meaningful innings out of the ‘pen during Maryland’s postseason runs, Morris has proven adept at pitching in many different situations.  However, Morris profiles best as a middle reliever type moving forward where his fastball plays up.  While it’s consistently in the 89-92 MPH range, Morris has been up to as high as 94 mph from the left hand side this year.  He has clean arm action, downhill plane on his pitches and fills up the strike zone. While he doesn’t have a true breaking pitch, he can add and subtract with his fastball to keep hitters off balance.  A LHP with his size, track record, stuff, and present pitchability should hear his name called in the middle portion of this upcoming draft.

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Fastball: 50    Cutter: 40     Changeup: 45     Command: 50      Overall: 45

Range: Rounds 15-30

Be sure to return to our site tomorrow for the full breakdown of 2B Brandon Lowe.

* John Vittas has been the play-by-play voice of the Maryland Terrapins and has called close to 100 games over the past four seasons. 

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided live analysis on Vittas’ broadcasts. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

Maryland Draft Preview: LHP Alex Robinson

by John Vittas and Jon Lewis
Ht: 6’3″          Wt: 225       Year: Jr.           Home (HS): Hewlett, NY (Holy Trinity)
2015 Stats
G: 24     IP: 26    ERA: 1.73      K/9: 10.4       BB/9: 6.9     H/9: 3.8      opp AVG: .133
Arsenal: fastball (93-96mph), slider (mid 80s)

Pros: plus fastball and slider, consistent velocity, somewhat deceptive, mature build, finished product, ability to rise through the system quickly

Cons: control

17371670661_d031cbb4fc_zVittas: The powerful lefty has found a home in the bullpen after having inconsistent results as a starter early in his college career. With a fastball that has hit 98 mph and a devastating slider, Robinson will be a quick riser for whichever team takes him. He’ll have to continue to work on his command if he wants to stick in the Bigs, but he can get there within two years of being drafted.

MLB Comp: Mike Dunn

Lewis: Robinson gets down the mound quickly with a deceptive three-quarters arm angle and effort in his delivery. He maintains his velocity well throughout outings and on back-to-back appearances. He is a finished product in terms of stuff with an improvement to his command needed.

20-80 Scale (50 = Big League Average)

Fastball: 65    Slider: 60     Command: 40       Overall: 55

Range: Rounds 2-4

Be sure to return to our site tomorrow for the full breakdown of LHP Zach Morris.

* John Vittas has been the play-by-play voice of the Maryland Terrapins and has called close to 100 games over the past four seasons. 

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided live analysis on Vittas’ broadcasts. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

Debuting the 2015 Maryland Baseball Draft Preview

Over the next two weeks, John Vittas and Jon Lewis will break down the Maryland Terrapins that are likely to get picked in the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft. Here’s the draft schedule:

DraftMonday, June 8

Round 1 – Competitive Balance Round B – 7pm, MLB Network

Tuesday, June 9

Round 2-10 – 1pm, MLB.com

Wednesday, June 10

Rounds 11-40 – Noon, MLB.com

Each day a full profile of a draft-eligible Terp will be revealed, with LHP Alex Robinson’s profile set to come out on Tuesday, May 26. Each profile will include a 3-5 minute podcast with Lewis and Vittas discussing the prospect at hand.

“They are going to shatter the school record for draft picks in a season,” Vittas said. “You can’t say enough about what the coaching staff has done to prepare these guys for the next level.”

“The coaches have gone out on the recruiting trail and brought in these great arms and athletic players that we have the pleasure to talk about, who are probably going to make a professional team very happy very shortly,” said Lewis.