Draft Report: Show-Me State stars
Coleman, Turner trying to follow Melville out of Missouri
We've reached the half-century mark!
With this week's lucky batch of seven, the Draft Report has brought 54 of the Class of 2009's best to your attention. And we've got a ways to go.
For this week's edition, TDR tries to split time between the high school and college ranks. It always helps when two big-time college programs meet for a weekend series. Scouts always flock to these events because they can see several top players in one place against good competition. So it should come as no surprise that there were many on hand during the recent LSU-Georgia series. The Report's got two players from that series, with a Mizzou catcher thrown in for good measure to round out the college ranks.
The Report is bat-heavy with the prepsters as well, taking a look at two Florida shortstops and a Texas outfielder. We didn't want to leave pitching out of it completely. The state of Missouri seems to have good talent every year (Tim Melville last year, for example), so we wanted to make sure we hit the guy considered to be the best arm from the Show-Me State.
Of course, Stephen Strasburg has been showing us how it's done all season. As is tradition, a quick look at what the San Diego State ace is up to these days:
Last outing: April 9
Result: 15-4 win
Game stats: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K
Season stats: 7-0, 54 1/3 IP, 34 H, 9 ER, 11 BB, 107 K, .177 BAA, 1.49 ERA
Now, on to the reports ...
LSU vs. Georgia
David LeMahieu, SS
Facing highly ranked Georgia at the beginning of April, LeMahieu went 3-for-13 with four runs scored and a stolen base. For the season, he's hit .360 over 35 games with a .456 on-base percentage and .520 slugging percentage while stealing seven bases. Complete Report
Rich Poythress, 1B
University of Georgia
Facing LSU, the big first baseman went 5-for-13 with three RBIs and two runs scored. The only surprise is that he didn't leave the yard as he's batted .420 with 16 homers and 60 RBIs in 36 games. He's got a .524 OBP and .833 SLG. Complete Report
The Mizzou Catcher
Trevor Coleman, C
University of Missouri
The Tigers backstop undoubtedly has been seen many times, with scouts coming in to watching ace Kyle Gibson and getting the bonus of catching Coleman. He's struggled offensively, hitting .233 over 38 games with five homers and 22 RBIs. Complete Report
The high School Ranks
Nick Franklin, SS
Lake Brantley HS, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
A solid prep shortstop from the Orlando area, Franklin went 1-for-3 in a March loss to Lake Mary. He brings solid tools and good baseball acumen to the middle of the infield. Complete Report
Mychal Givens, SS
H.B. Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.
A talented two-way player, he's hit .439 with 11 steals over 21 games. In a game earlier this season against Tampa's Jefferson High School, Givens went 1-for-2 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen bases in four plate appearances during a 13-1 victory. Complete Report
Todd Glaesmann, OF
Midway HS, Waco, Texas
In a good matchup against Waxahachie High School and pitching prospect Colton Cain, Glaesmann led his squad to a 5-4 victory. There's nothing better than a good Texas high school rivalry to get a good look at a player. The outfielder tripled to tie the score in the seventh and went on to score the winning run. He's hit .405 with eight homers and 30 RBIs through April 14. Complete Report
Jacob Turner, RHP
Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis, Mo.
In an end-of-March game against Parkway Central High School, Turner went six innings, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out 10. He gave up eight runs, but only three were earned as Westminster lost, 8-6. Complete Report
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.