Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Looking at the 2015 Draft: 11th Best Prospect

Continuing our look at the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft we take a look at the #11 ranked prospect expected to enter the draft. As always we will include the mini scouting report from as we introduce the #11 prospect, Justin Hooper. Hooper is a Senior at De La Salle High School in California, a LHP and just outside the Top 10 this season. 

Here is the write up from

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

Hooper is the hardest-throwing and most intimidating pitcher in the 2015 high school class. The 6-foot-7 left-hander hit 96 mph at the Area Code Games, 97 at the Perfect Game All-American Classic and 95 at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Hooper sat in the low 90s with his fastball as a junior and figures to add more velocity as he adds strength to his ultra-tall frame. He throws from a lower arm slot, creating difficult angle and adding life to his pitches. His secondary pitches lack consistency, but his curveball features impressive depth at times and his changeup shows promise as well.

While he has a huge ceiling, some scouts believe Hooper's work-in-progress secondary pitches and command and his delivery may have him destined for the bullpen. A product of athletic powerhouse De La Salle High -- the alma mater of NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew, NBA slam dunk champion Brent Barry, soccer star Chris Wondolowski and big league catcher John Baker, among others -- has committed to UCLA.

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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