Note: Fifth mock of the year will be up on Wednesday. We’re officially two months away from the draft, and I’ve done four mocks. This is kinda ridiculous.
Kevin Gausman: 9 6.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 8 K’s – This was the best lineup Gausman will see all year — Florida is the best lineup anyone will see all year — and Gausman didn’t exactly pass with flying colors. His command and control were spotty all night long, and while he missed bats, putting on thirteen base-runners isn’t awe-inspiring. His stuff will keep him in the top ten, but I’m not as enamored with him as some of the other “experts” seem to be.
Mike Zunino: 3/5 with two doubles — On the other hand, Zunino keeps passing his tests, and tonight was just another example of why he’s the best collegiate bat available come this June.
Nolan Fontana: 2/4 (both singles) and six assists
Brett Mooneyham: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB’s, 4 K’s — Mooneyham has been outstanding since recovering from surgery last spring, but he was roughed up a bit tonight. Call it a guy being due for a bad game, and he’s an arm that could get first-day consideration.
Richie Shaffer: 2/4 with a single — Shaffer lined two singles off 95 MPH fastballs from Marcus Stroman. No bat has risen more than the Clemson junior, and if a team thinks he can play third-base, he could go in the top ten.
Marcus Stroman: 9 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 3 BB’s, 13 K’s — Just another double-digit strikeout, dominating performance from the Duke right-hander, with his fastball reaching 95.
Chris Stratton: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Tyler Naquin: 1/4 with a single
Pete O’Brien: 1/4 with a homer — I get asked about O’Brien a lot, so here’s my quick scouting report. If I thought he could catch, he’d be a legit top fifty prospect. I don’t think he can catch. As a first-basemen, the bat plays more like a third-round pick, which is what he was last year. An interesting player, but the stats don’t quite match the upside.