A look at some 2010 draftees at the SEC Tournament
May, 23, 2009
By Keith Law
This year's SEC tournament had a number of players on my top 100 ranking for this year's draft, but it also featured three of the top pitchers in the 2010 draft class in LSU's Anthony Ranaudo, Georgia's Justin Grimm, and Ole Miss' Drew Pomeranz. Grimm was selected in the 13th round in 2007 by the Red Sox and has always had good velocity, but he's showing more signs of harnessing it. He was 91-95 from the windup on Wednesday and 89-93 from the stretch, with good life on the pitch. His curveball ran anywhere from 74-80 mph; at the higher end it had some depth and two-plane action, but he looked like he was babying it. He threw a couple of shorter breaking balls to the outside corner to left-handed hitters, easily the best offspeed pitches he threw all day. His delivery is cleaner than it was last year and there's more reason to hope he'll eventually have average command. Pomeranz, the younger brother of former Cardinal farmhand Stu Pomeranz, showed first-round stuff as well. He sat from 90-94 and missed a lot of bats with the pitch -- although to be fair, Georgia's lineup isn't strong and they have a reputation for struggling against velocity. His main offspeed pitch was a 78-80 mph curveball that breaks straight down almost like a spike curve, albeit not as pronounced as a spike usually is. His delivery is unusual, with a long arm action and a very high arm slot. He was drafted a round ahead of Grimm, in the 12th round of the 2007 draft, by the Rangers.
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