Erik Johnson was the bulldog ace for California this season. He is 6’2″, 240 and is a workhorse who can run it up to 94 or 95. He has a good change and a nice breaking ball as well. His mechanics are erratic and he isn’t overly athletic but at worst he will be a good set up man. He could be a #3 guy and eat 200 innings if everything works right for him and he can iron out his mechanics a little.
Jeff Soptic, a righty out of Johnson County CC in Kansas, has a rocket for an arm. He can hit triple digits but he is another raw product. He flashes a plus slider and with the velocity he has, he looks like he could be a back of the bullpen kind of guy. He could be a #2 starter if he improves his command and develops an average changeup. …
September 4, 2011
June 15, 2011
Kyle McMillen, RHP, Kent State: Another lively arm at 90-94 MPH, nasty slider, has a chance to be a closer.
Kent State RHP Kyle McMillen. Teammate of Andrew Chafin, sits 91-94 mph. Refining a slider. Works out of the bullpen.
Andrew Chafin isn’t the only Kent State arm attracting early-round attention. The Golden Flashes used McMillen as a two-way player in his first two seasons–he showed impressive raw power as a first baseman–but he has concentrated on pitching as a junior after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand last fall. He touched 94 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has done so repeatedly this spring, working at 91-94 mph. Kent State’s Mike Birkbeck, a former big leaguer who’s regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in the Midwest, has helped McMillen refine a slider that’s a wipeout pitch at times. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a good athlete but needs to do a more consistent job of throwing strikes. With the Flashes’ starters dominating Mid-American Conference opponents all season long, scouts have had a hard time getting to see McMillen in action. But they’ve seen him enough that he should go in the first three rounds of the draft, possibly as high as the sandwich round.
Here are his College Stats:
He tried swinging the bat too: