2013 Draft: Rob Kaminsky

Update: Nunez day-to-day with bruised biceps after hit-by-pitch
Friday Night Open Thread

The 2013 amateur draft will be held from June 6-8 this year, and between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Rob Kaminsky | LHP

A local kid out of St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey, Kaminsky threw three no-hitters and three one-hitters as a junior last spring. He allowed just a dozen hits against 103 strikeouts in 53 total innings. He’s committed to North Carolina.

Scouting Report
Kaminsky is a short-ish left-hander with little projection remaining in his 6-foot-0, 190 lb. frame. His fastball sits comfortably in the 89-91 mph range and he runs it up to 93 regularly, though he’s unlikely to add much more oomph given his size. A sharp upper-70s curveball and very advanced (for a prepster) low-80s changeup round out his repertoire. Everything Kaminsky throws plays up because he pitches aggressively to both sides of the plate. He’s very polished with a good idea of how to pitch considering his age and relative lack of pitching experience as cold weather state kid. Here’s some more video.

Baseball America and Keith Law (both subs. req’d) recently ranked Kaminsky as the 26th and 45th best prospect in the draft, respectively. UNC has traditionally been a tough commitment to break, but the Yankees did buy right-hander Bryan Mitchell away from the Tar Heels with an above-slot bonus back in 2009. New Jersey isn’t exactly a baseball hotbed — the Yankees have drafted just five players out of the state since taking Eric Duncan in the first round back in 2003 (Sean Black is the most notable) — though teams are spending more time in the Northeast these days thanks to Mike Trout. Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer loves polished pitchers and Kaminsky certainly qualifies, but he also tends to prefer tall and projectable kids.

Update: Nunez day-to-day with bruised biceps after hit-by-pitch
Friday Night Open Thread
  • Brandon Mauk

    One of my best friends from high school played with him in travel ball. He’s the real goods

    • Dalek Jeter

      He’s a real cool kid too. I was friends with his older brother and hung out with Rob on a couple occasions, very laid back kid but with incredible ambition. He knew four years ago he was going to be playing pro ball and worked at it night and day all year. The reason his change is so advanced is because he’s been working on it since he was in like the 7th grade with a pitching coach.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist Carlosologist

    I know this guy! Like I’ve actually hung out with him, real cool kid.

    • Bo Knows

      Tell his ass to sign with NY if he’s drafted, they need all the help they can get.

  • trr

    It’s a relief to read this after today’s Game Thread-

  • jjyank

    This kid has been geting mad props around here by guys who know him. Pretty cool. I’d love to see him in pinstripes. Always fun to root for a local kid.

    • Dalek Jeter

      His sister’s also pretty hot FWIW.

      • Havok9120

        You just had to ride that warm and fuzzy feeling right off the rails, didn’t you?

        • Bubba

          He is a dalek. Exterminate! Exterminate!

        • Dalek Jeter


      • jjyank

        *checks facebook in box*

        I’m not seeing a phone number. What the fuck?

        • Dalek Jeter

          She’s like an 8 lol.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Ahh missed the word phone. No idea. I’ve only hung out with her like once.

            • jjyank

              Picture or it didn’t happen.

      • LK

        This information should be included in all future write-ups. I’d prefer coverage of the hotness of the mom, along with girlfriends and sisters where applicable. Time to go the extra mile, Mike.

  • Jeter Meter

    Went to elementary school with him and his brother. Big Yankee fans. I spoke to his brother a few weeks ago, and he said the Padres were probably the most interested team currently. Let’s cross our fingers!

  • Dave Harris

    I don’t like the statement about little projectivity! Just what does that mean? I take it that the kid has limited potential!

    • Preston

      It means he isn’t going to get much bigger. He’s six foot and 190 lbs. he could maybe bulk up to 215 and add some ticks on his fastball. But it’s not like a six foot five kid who can put on 50-60 lbs. easily.