Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Off-the-Cuff Draft Projections for Vandy Pitching Staff

From Aaron Fitt's Monday Top 25 chat over at Baseball America:

Hank (Pegram, TN): Another dominant start (without his best stuff) for Vandy's Sonny Gray, and then a donut put up by Grayson Garvin before the sweep of UA was completed on Sunday. Is there a deeper pitching staff, top to bottom, than that of the Commodores? Who are their 5 top pitching prospects, regardless of class, and where do you see them being taken?

Aaron Fitt: A veteran national crosschecker told me last week that he thinks Vanderbilt has the best college pitching staff he's ever seen. That's a pretty strong statement, but it's a testament to Vandy's depth and the quality of its front-line options. Sonny will go in the top 10 picks, Garvin could find his way into the sandwich round (he's got helium), Navery Moore could go in that range as well, Lamm figures to go in the top three. Clinard is good, Taylor Hill is solid, Ziomek might wind up as a first-rounder in two years. Armstrong is the wild card — guys who have seen him throw 97 in the past might still be in love with his upside, but his price tag probably won't drop even though his innings have. He's one of the great x-factors for the next two months leading up to the draft.

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