2012 Draft: Lucas Sims

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The 2012 amateur draft starts tomorrow, so I’m going to highlight some last-minute prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Lucas Sims | RHP

Background
Hailing from Brookwood High School in the Atlanta suburbs, Sims has been a factor in this year’s draft since pitching for Team USA two summers ago. He’s committed to Clemson.

Scouting Report
A 6-foot-3 and 190 lb. right-hander, Sims sits in the low-90s with his fastball and has shown 97 in shorter outings. His top secondary offering is a power slider in the low-80s, but also throws a loopy curveball in the low-70s. He doesn’t have much of a changeup yet and will likely have to focus on just one breaking ball in pro ball. Sims has a fairly simply delivery but he does have a slight wrist-wrap, which is typically considered more of a potential command issue than a health risk. His stuff is among the best in the class and he supplements it with a strong track record in high-profile events.

Miscellany
MLB.com (#23), Baseball America (#29), and Keith Law (#32) all agree that Sims is right in the mix for the back-end of the first round, and it’s worth noting that Baseball America said the Yankees have some interest in him for their first round pick (#30 overall) in their latest mock draft. It’s weird, I like Sims less than guys like Zach Eflin, Shane Watson, and J.O. Berrios, but apparently the three major publications like him more than those three. I just feel like they have comparable stuff but maybe fewer questions about their long-term command and delivery, but that doesn’t means Sims would be a bad first round pick by any means.

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  • crawdaddie

    Mike,

    At this point without seeing these guys beyond a litle video and reading some online scouting reports, it’s all a guess on your part anyway on which of them you like the best.

  • crawdaddie

    Furthermore, the MLB teams are wrong more than they’re right in their draft selections and that’s after scouting them up, close and personal for a few years so I expect your opinion rate is even less than them with your limited exposure to most of them.

    • yoo-boo

      Mechanical and gutsy are main reasons why MLB teams fail to develop prospects into stud pro players.

      Raw scouting reports are fun to read or discuss about but scouting report of top 15 is usually spot on and Yanks have not a part of top 15 for many years. Technically, every pick Yanks made is either hyped up or in a laughingstock.

      Yankees confirm that they try to get prospects that could stand out as a Yankee so Mike’s scouting report is relevant as long as price is not in high demand.

    • JMK

      You sound like an asshole. I don’t see Mike pretending that he travels the country examining bat speed and making long-term projections. It’s obvious that MLB teams are wrong more than they’re right (again, because an unbelievable amount of variables determine who makes and who doesn’t; and talent is certainly not always it), but that doesn’t mean the RAB readers aren’t gaining some insight as to projections and some quick first impressions by Mike.

      Again, in closing, you sound like an asshole.

  • Gonzo

    97 in shorter outings! But does he grunt and fart?

  • yoo-boo

    After back to back positional player for cheap deal, I would like Yanks to draft SP. It wont be easy since pitchers usually demand a good money than positional players.

    I wont be surprised if Yanks drafted another positional player. Yankees need more power hitters so Yanks can afford to trade few power hitting prospects for proven veteran outfielder as if Yanks let Swisher walk.

    Any RF with pro ready skill set for the first round will earn my approval this instant.