Scouting Reports On Colorado Players in Draft
|1||15||Texas Rangers||Cole Winn||RHP||Silver Creek||Trsfr||DNA||High School|
|Orange (Ca) Lutheran||2018|
In a down year in Southern California from a draft perspective, Winn made the decision to transfer from Colorado to Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High and play in the Trinity League—one of the nation’s best high school baseball conferences. The move has paid off, as Winn has separated himself from other Southern California arms and been one of the most consistent prep righthanders in the country, while also giving himself the opportunity to play at densely scouted events like the National High School Invitational and the Boras Classic South. Winn was on scouting directors’ radars long before his time with Orange Lutheran, however, after impressing at numerous events on the summer showcase circuit with three pitches, including a fastball reaching the 93-94 mph range and one of the more consistent curveballs in the class. This spring, Winn has been up to 96 mph with his fastball, which he can spot effectively to both sides of the plate. His best breaking ball is a plus, 12-to-6 curveball in the mid-70s that has powerful downward action, which he can spot in the zone or use to expand and create swings and misses. Winn also added a low-80s slider, seemingly out of nowhere, and while it’s behind the curveball, it has the makings of another average pitch. Winn is competing with a deep high school class, but he’s one of the few prep arms who has gotten better each time out and has had very few looks that raised questions.
|4||120||Tampa Bay Rays||Grant Witherspoon||CF||D'Evelyn||2015||Tulane||College|
Witherspoon will likely have to wait until 100 or more players are drafted before his name is called. But he has a better shot of being a big leaguer than many of those who will be taken before him. As a productive lefthanded-hitting center fielder who can play all three outfield spots, he projects as a likely fourth outfielder who provides defensive value. In center field, Witherspoon is an above-average defender thanks to good reads and routes to go with average speed. Offensively, he’s a streaky hitter, but when locked in, he can mash. His 10 home runs lead Tulane as of mid-May, when he was hitting .337/.449/.589. Both his power and hitting ability are fringe-average to average. If he gets everything out of his bat as a pro he could be a second-division regular, but with his average arm he has an excellent fallback option as a versatile reserve.
|6||168||Chicago White Sox||Codi Heuer||RHP||Fossil Ridge||2015||Wichtia State||College|
No one bit on drafting Heuer as a draft-eligible sophomore last year, but that should change this year after he posted a solid season as the Shockers' Friday night starter. Hitters get a good look at the ball as Heuer has a long arm action, but he carries his 92-93 mph velocity easily through starts and generally has 94-96 mph available whenever he needs it. Both his slider and changeup are below-average pitches right now, so a team drafting Heuer will either need to help him improve his secondaries or move him to the bullpen, where all of his stuff would likely play up.
|6||190||Boston Red Sox||Devlin Granberg||OF||Holy Family||Dallas Baptist||College|
Granberg has been one of the most productive hitters in the country this year. As of mid-May he was hitting .408/.520/.612 and showing the ability to drive the ball while making plenty of contact. Granberg is a plus hitter who handles velocity with no issues. His swing also allows him to generate some loft that could develop into average power. Granberg has sneaky above-average speed as well–he had swiped 19 bags in 20 attempts. That speed hasn’t helped him yet in the outfield where he’s fringe-average defender in left field at best. His below-average arm is overtaxed in right field. He can also play an adequate first base. Granberg is a productive senior sign who has legitimate potential as well as a nice price.
|8||231||San Diego Padres||Steven Wilson||P||Dakota Ridge||2012||Santa Clara||College|
Wilson took a leadership role at Santa Clara this year while earning the nickname of “grandpa” even though he wasn’t the oldest guy on the team. He missed the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery, but successfully rehabbed and returned as a reliever this season. Benefited from new head coach coach, Rusty Filer, former playing and pitching coach at San Diego State, and Stanford. Coached No. 1 picks Stephen Strasburg and Mark Appel.