Just a quick reminder on JUCO players:
J1 = Two-Year College 1st Year
J2 = Two-Year College 2nd Year
J3 = Two-Year College 3rd Year
In Part 1, we discussed hitters in which several of my favorites included Joey Polak, Alex Peterson and Mark Castelblanco. However, Josh Breaux is considered the top JUCO player in the 2018 draft and has a chance to go in the 1st round.
2010: Selected 7 JUCO players; highest selection was a Comp B pick after round 3.
2011: Selected 3 JUCO players; highest selection was in round 23.
2012: Selected 6 JUCO players; highest selection was in round 17
2013: Selected 3 JUCO players; highest selection was in round 5.
2014: Selected 3 JUCO players; highest selection was in round 5.
Unfortunately, AA didn’t had much luck with his JUCO selections. Only 2 made it to the majors, Sean Nolin (2010) and David Rollins (2011). Most never made it past High A. I’m hopeful that he won’t have the same issues because the Braves have very good scouts with some positive draft history.
For Part 2, we’ll discuss pitchers. There are a few pitchers putting up filthy numbers. Keep in mind that Tucker Davidson put up good numbers the year he was drafted, but nothing jaw dropping, however, he was throwing mid 90’s heat with a good breaking ball. That’s the sort of thing I’m looking for. Also, players that aren’t giving up a ton of hits or walks, and getting a good amount of strikeouts. Finding any meaningful information beyond box scores was extremely difficult and a huge chore. I don’t recommend it at all.
With that said, let’s take a look at some pitchers.
Top JUCO Pitchers 2018
|Keegan McCarville||South Mountain||J2||6'1"||RHP||14||14||82.2||2.29||13||102||4||1.42||11.17|
|Heath Olive||Wallace State||J2||5'10"||RHP||18||0||25.1||2.13||19||36||0||6.81||12.91|
|Erik Sabrowski||Cloud County||J2||6'4"||LHP||12||12||66||3.14||26||117||7||3.55||15.95|
|Indigo Diaz||Iowa Western||J2||6'4"||RHP||16||2||30.1||5.93||21||39||3||6.28||11.66|
|Brenden Heiss||John A Logan||J1||6'1"||RHP||10||8||44.1||2.23||31||70||2||6.33||14.29|
|Trey Riley||John A Logan||J2||6'2"||RHP||12||11||71.2||1.26||30||109||2||3.79||13.78|
|Chavez Fernander||Polk State||J2||6'3"||RHP||18||0||25||1.80||5||39||1||1.80||14.04|
|Shane Kelso||Feather River||J2||6'3"||RHP||13||5||21.2||6.65||27||36||0||11.46||15.28|
|Cole Larson||Cowley County||J1||6'1"||RHP||21||4||51||0.88||10||63||2||1.76||11.12|
|Nick Iverson||Central Arizona||J2||6'1"||RHP||13||13||76.2||2.35||30||91||3||3.54||10.75|
|Trey Dillard||San Jacinto||J1||6'2"||RHP||15||0||14.2||1.84||10||25||0||6.34||15.85|
|Tyler Keysor||East Florida State||J2||6'6"||RHP||15||3||31||4.06||11||35||0||3.19||10.16|
|Brandon Young||Howard College||J2||6'6"||RHP||14||14||64.1||4.34||39||74||4||5.48||10.39|
|Jason Rackers||Jefferson (MO)||J2||6'5"||RHP||12||11||58||3.10||19||78||3||2.95||12.10|
|Brandon Williamson||North Iowa Area||J2||6'6"||LHP||10||10||55||3.27||29||87||1||4.75||14.24|
|Julian Smith||Catawba Valley||J2||6'4"||LHP||12||12||68||2.25||30||113||4||3.97||14.96|
Keegan McCarville - FB is 90-94 and throws a slider
Heath Olive - FB is 89-92; Tied for #2 in JUCO ranks with 10 saves; heading to Faulkner in 2019
Taylor Floyd - FB is 88-91, SL is 80; Tied for #6 in JUCO ranks with 9 saves; heading to Texas Tech
Jake Kinney - FB is 87-92, SL is 80 and CH is 85; Transferred from Florida Southern after Sophmore year
Joseph Nahas - Nahas is #1 in JUCO ranks for strikeouts with 130; heading to Georgia Southern
While I couldn’t find any info on his pitches, I did reach to his dad (who tweets) below and he answered me back saying he was throwing mostly 93 and hit a high of 95.
Erik Sabrowski - FB is 88-93; averages almost 16K/9
Indigo Diaz - FB is 90-94; Pretty live arm, but control issues; heading to Michigan St
Brenden Heiss - FB is 91-96; Live arm, but control issues; transferred from Arkansas after 2017 season
Trey Riley - FB is 88-94; transferred from Oklahoma St after 2016 season
Chavez Fernander - FB is 92-94 and SL grades as plus; strong walk to strikeout ratio
Shane Kelso - FB is mid 90’s; has major control issues (11.46BB/9)
Cole Larson - Leads JUCO league with a 0.88 ERA; has only allowed an ER in 2 games (21 games pitched); no data on pitches; has a .142 BAA
Nick Iverson - FB is 90-94, max 97 and SL is 79 mph (grades as plus); groundball pitcher; from Cananda; heading to Gonzaga
Trey Dillard - FB is 91-96; has a very low .115 BAA and 7 saves; Top JUCO pitcher coming into the season
Tyler Keysor - FB is 91-93, CU is 75-78 and CH is 80-82; heading to Miami
Brandon Young - FB is 91-93 with an 11/5 CU; heading to Louisiana Lafayette
Jason Rackers - FB i s 86-94, SL is 75 and CH is 77 mph
Brandon Williamson - FB is 90-93 and SL is 81; heading to Michigan St
Julian Smith - FB is 88-94 and CU is 76-78; TJS in 2015 and sat out 2016; heading to NC State
Chas Sagedahl - No data on pitches, but was throwing in the high 80’s in HS (2017); threw a perfect game this season; stellar K to BB rate
There were other players I wanted to include, but this list was already pretty lengthy, so had to make some cuts.
Out of the players I mentioned, Nick Iverson would be at the top of my list of wants. He throws in the 90’s, has a slider that grades as plus, and he’s a ground ball pitcher. Oh yeah, another important factor is that he’s Canadian.
Chavez Fernander and Darius Vines were the only other two that I could find that had a breaking ball that graded out as plus, so they are both high on my list. Doesn’t mean no one else has a breaking ball or off-speed pitch that grades out as plus, but information on JUCO players is very limited.
There are only 5 LHP on the list above, and the two that are the most intriguing to me are Aaron Ashby and Brandon Williamson. Asbhy leads the JUCO league in strikeout rate (19K/9), while Williamson is 6’6” and throws in the low 90’s.
At some point Alex Anthopolous will draft from the JUCO ranks and maybe even draft a player I mentioned above. If he does, at least some of you will know a little bit about that player.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the players l mentioned. Did I leave anyone off?