Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Florida State (stats as of 6/4/06)

Shane Robinson – Florida State, Junior

5’9”, 165


265 AB 78 R 15 2B 3 3B 7 HR 38 RBI 39 BB 23 K 31/35 SB

Small in stature, but still a special athlete and a very skilled ballplayer with prototypical leadoff man abilities…great track record of success at the collegiate level will get him drafted within the first four rounds…comparisons between him and Shane Victorino (Phillies) make a lot of sense to me, not just because they share the same first name – the two have similar builds, similar power/speed combos, and similar upside (top notch fourth outfielder with the potential to start without hurting a team if absolutely needed)…

Tyler Chambliss – Florida State, Junior
Righthanded pitcher

5’11”, 175

2.97 ERA 12-4 115 IP 105 H 50 BB 117 K .248 BAA

April 8: 7.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K

I got a first hand look at Chambliss at a Florida State-Boston College game on April 8. I came away very impressed after watching him hold BC to 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 7.1 innings pitched. He throws both a two-seamer and a four-seamer for consistent strikes, but still needs to add polish to his curve and change. Ultimately, he projects best as a relief pitcher who can worry less about pacing himself and instead go all out during short stretches of work. He should be a fast riser in any farm system he joins and could be a steal for the team that takes a chance on him at any point after round five.

Brian Henry – Florida State, Junior
Righthanded pitcher

6’3”, 205

2.88 ERA 9-4 115.2 IP 30 BB 98 K .230 BAA

Good size and pedigree...intriguing blend of projectability and strong past performances could make Henry a late day one option for a team in need of pitching...

Luke Tucker – Florida State, Junior
Righthanded pitcher

6’3”, 195

1.17 ERA 2-1 30.2 IP 13 BB 49 K .124 BAA

Tucker got his eight save of the season at the April 8 FSU-BC game I attended (1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K). Tucker’s collegiate numbers (49 K in 30.2 IP) while pitching for a top program will be enough to get him drafted this season, maybe even late in the first day.

Ryne Malone – Florida State, Junior
Third base

5’11”, 175


236 AB 49 R 14 2B 2 3B 12 HR 52 RBI 33 BB 51 K 9/10 SB

Malone is a good athlete and a high energy player, but there just isn’t enough there for him to achieve anything much more than becoming organizational filler for some club…a return to Florida State for his senior year would be very beneficial to all parties involved…


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