Thursday, February 19, 2015

Looking at the 2015 Draft: 10th Best Prospect

Continuing our look at the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft we take a look at the #10 ranked prospect expected to enter the draft. As always we will include the mini scouting report from as we introduce the #10 prospect, Ashe Russell. Russell is a RHP and Senior at Cathedral High School in Indiana.

Here is the write up from

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55

Part of a Cathedral program that has produced big leaguers Jake Fox and Tommy Hunter in recent years, Russell is in the mix to become the first high school pitcher drafted in 2015. He had a fine summer on the high school showcase circuit, repeatedly showing one of the more devastating two-pitch combinations in the prep class.

Thanks to his fast arm and low-three-quarters slot, Russell imparts a lot of life on his pitches. He usually works at 92-95 mph with his fastball and when he stays on top of his 78-82-mph slider, it's a swing-and-miss offering with bite. With those two weapons in his repertoire, he rarely has needed a changeup against high school competition.

His frame, athleticism and long hair draw some comparisons to Clay Buchholz, though some scouts wonder if Russell's slinging delivery might make him better suited for the bullpen. After verbally committing to Notre Dame as a high school freshman, he decommitted this summer and signed with Texas A&M.

10. Ashe Russell
11. Justin Hooper
12. Carson Fulmer
13. Alex Bregman
14. Nick Plummer
15. Trenton Clark
16. Ian Happ
17. Phil Bickford
18. Mike Nikorak
19. Kyle Cody
20. Cody Ponce
21. Riley Ferrell
22. Chris Betts
23. James Kaprielian
24. Jake Lemoine
25. Beau Burrows
26. Richie Martin
27. Kyle Tucker
28. D.J. Stewart

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