Maryland Draft Preview: OF LaMonte Wade

by John Vittas and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’1″         Wt: 190 lbs.            Class: Jr.            Bats / Throws: L / L

Hometown (HS): Owings Mills, MD (St. Paul)

2015 Stats

AB: 158      Slash Line: .335 / ..453 / 468       HR: 4       RBI: 32        SB: 7        K-Rate: 9%

Pros: plus athlete, complete defender, gets on base, good speed, doesn’t strike out, squares everything up

Cons: won’t hit many home runs

17418291149_42e987357e_zVittas: Wade is everything you want in a top of the order hitter. He gets on base in a variety of ways, makes consistent solid contact and is a threat on the bases. He walked 10 more times than he struck out this year (20 K, 30 BB) and drove in a remarkable 32 runs in 42 games as a leadoff hitter. After originally being tagged as second half of the draft guy, Wade’s stock is rising because of his terrific run in the NCAA Tournament. He made three run-saving plays in the Regionals, showing off his remarkable athleticism and cannon for an arm.

MLB Comp: Adam Eaton

Lewis: LaMonte Wade Jr. is an extremely gifted CF with tools galore.  He is a fast-twitched athlete whose tools play up from his move from 1B to CF.  He gets incredible reads on flyballs and makes difficult plays look easy.  He has plus plus range in CF and has a very strong arm to boot.  Wade has hit the national spotlight with his assortment of highlight defensive plays over the last week or so in the Terps postseason run, but don’t underestimate Wade’s ability to square up a baseball. Despite an injury sidelining him for 4 weeks, he has been so consistent all year in squaring up balls and hitting the ball hard on the ground.  Wade is a prospect with a significant amount of helium and could sneak himself into a top-15 round pick.

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Hit: 45        Power: 30        Run: 50        Field: 50       Throw: 50     Overall: 45

Range: Rounds 8-20

* 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: RHP Kevin Mooney

by John Vittas and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’1″         Wt: 210            Class: Jr.               Hometown (HS): Forest Hill, MD (North Harford)

2015 Stats

G: 23      S: 3      IP: 37.1       ERA: 1.21       K/9: 11.3       BB/9: 5.3        H/9: 4.1

Arsenal: fastball (90-93mph), 12-6 curveball

17005029432_fe8a8b4e70_zPros: two plus pitches, intelligent, good under pressure, accomplished closer

Cons: has only thrived in one role

Vittas: Mooney has established himself as one of the better closers in college baseball over the last few years. He’s closed out big games in hostile environments without fail and isn’t phased by anything. Both his fastball and curveball are true swing-and-miss pitches and his curveball has more downward break than any pitch I’ve seen doing college baseball. The only cons to Mooney’s resume is that he has struggled with control in low-leverage situations and as a starting pitcher.

Lewis: Mooney has been tough as nails serving as the everyday closer since his freshman year.  He has amassed over 30 saves in his three year stint as closer, good for tops in program history.  His fastball tops out at 94 mph and his signature pitch is his true downer 12-6 CB that he can throw in any count.  His curveball is a plus pitch that is in the 78-80 MPH range.  His polished command of this 2-pitch mix makes him a top-10 round talent as a short inning reliever.  With a couple more ticks on his FB and the addition of a 2-seamer or a FB with some run could elevate Mooney to a closer’s candidate at the next level. Expect him to go in the first half of the draft, potentially in the top 10 rounds.

20-80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Fastball: 50      Curveball: 60          Command: 45        Overall: 50

Range: Rounds 8-15

* 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: OF Anthony Papio

by John Vittas and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’2″           Wt: 195              Class: R-Jr.            Hometown (HS): Olney, MD (Sherwood)

2015 Stats

AB: 226      Slash Line: .261 / .372 / .416        HR: 6          RBI: 25       SB: 7       K-Rate: 24%

Pros: good power, excellent defender, strong arm, athletic

Cons: strikes out a lot, struggles with breaking pitches

17307362781_27356f17b4_z (1)Vittas: Papio is a gifted athlete with solid all-around tools. He has gradually improved his hit tool during his time in College Park, becoming a patient hitter who can go to all fields. Papio won the “Iron Terp” Award for his dedication to the team’s offseason strength and conditioning program and is a respected leader for the 2015 Terps. He’s a steady, durable ballplayer whose athleticism suits him well in all aspects of the game. He’s done a good job shaking the label of a “streaky” hitter, but still needs to work on squaring up breaking balls.

MLB Comp: Andre Ethier

Lewis: Papio has been a solid college performer, who I can argue has underachieved a little bit, especially in terms of average.  He has some of the best raw power on the Terps squad and is probably the strongest guy on the team.  I really like his hit tool and his developing power from the left side. He has a good approach, but sometimes takes too many pitches.  He runs well for a corner outfielder and takes good routes to balls in the gap/down the line.  He throws reasonably well from RF but may profile as more of a LF moving forward. An athlete with tools, it’ll be interesting to see if/where Papio goes.

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League Average)

Hit: 40      Power: 55      Run: 50     Field: 50      Throw: 45       Overall: 40

Range: second half of draft

* 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: 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.