Scouting the Sunshine State
March, 1, 2012
By Kiley McDaniel | ESPN.com
Florida is a powerhouse of amateur talent year after year, and this season it is no different. Continuing on my prep talent first impressions tour around the I-4 corridor of the state (caveats covered in an earlier post), I've got notes on four Sunshine State standouts who could find themselves in the first round come June.
Many teams have idiosyncratic approaches to the draft, and it shows in their track record. Some are velocity-centric, stats-focused, tools-heavy, size-obsessed, etc. But the one type of player every club universally drafts is the projectable high school pitcher. Most teams believe you have to draft for upside, and the projectable high school arm is the easiest way to find it -- fill out the frame with good weight, and velocity can soar.