2012 Draft: Walker Weickel

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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.

Walker Weickel | RHP

Background
Weickel has starred for Team USA throughout his high school career and has been on the draft radar for years. He attends Olympia High School outside of Orlando and is committed to Miami.

Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-6 and 195 lbs., Weickel went through a growth spurt last year and is still figuring out how to pitch with his new frame. He usually throws his fastball in the low-90s with a power curveball in the upper-70s, but this spring he’s been more upper-80s with the heat and low-70s with the curve. He also throws a changeup. Weickel has struggled with his delivery this spring and it’s led to his declining stuff. His frame oozes projection and there’s a lot to dream on here.

Miscellany
Keith Law (#29), MLB.com (#31), and Baseball America (#37) all have Weickel in the mix for the end of the first round, which is where the Yankees pick (#30 overall). For what it’s worth, Baseball America says he’s on the team’s radar in their latest mock draft. I would prefer to see the Yankees take a player who isn’t as much of a project early on, but Weickel offers a lot of upside and would be a fine first round selection. Talent is talent, and he has a lot of it.

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  • Robinson Tilapia

    Sounds like a 1970’s session drummer.

  • Sly Robbie

    I like that he “stared” for Team USA. Kind of like the way Andy Pettitte glares for the Yankees from the mound.

  • Carl LaFong

    Hey, Mike, there’s a high school senior named Ron Miller out of Sera, California, right handed hitting power hitting 3b/1b w/flat out explosive pull power. Do you or anyone know if he’s on Oppenheimer’s radar? Apparently, he skipped playing high school ball his senior year in order to play in a San Bernardino-based ABD Academy league that ran concurrently. This kid is going to be a middle of the order force for some ball club for years to come.

    I’ve been following John Klima’s Baseball Prospect Report on this kid all spring & he’s run out of superlatives on this kid’s bat speed & raw power. The video I’ve seen on him knocks me out too. He’s not a burner leg wise, he’s got an average arm, & he’s not a polished fielder as of yet, but man, the kid can hit. Are the Yankees anywhere near him?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    “Walker” not the best name for a pitcher.

    Lay-up, I know. Had to be said.

  • yoo-boo

    How about Cal Poly outfielder Mitch Haniger?