The Ryan Rolison Report-Ole Miss-Orleans Firebirds

D1 baseball has just started releasing their top 200 prospects from this year’s Cape Cod league. Frankie Piliere is one of my favorite authors in sports and is one of the most respected in baseball, so I could not wait to read this. Today they released players 1-25 on the list, and Ryan Rolison was listed as number 1 on their list. In honor of that, I thought I would do my own report on Rolison.

Ryan Rolison is a draft eligible sophomore lefty for Ole Miss. He was drafted in the 37th round by the Padres in 2016 out of Jackson, Tennessee. In 61.2 innings this past season with Ole Miss, he put together a 3.06 ERA with 64 strikeouts and 24 walks. Obviously these are very good stats for a freshman to put up, and it is especially impressive to see him in the starting rotation this year. With the Orleans Firebirds this year in the Cape, he put up a 1.54 ERA with well over a strikeout per inning(11.25 K/9) and his walk rate stayed roughly the same(3.21 BB/9).

Beyond the stats, Rolison has two pitches that are above average. His fastball sits in the 90-93 range and can hit 95. The curveball is in the low 80s and the movement on it isn’t conventional. It has slider movement to it and has hard, late break. Rolison’s best pitch in my opinion is his curveball and I believe that it can be a plus pitch in the future. Ryan also has a changeup that is in the mid 80s that is still a work in progress, but it has improved. I predict that it can at least be an average pitch in the majors. Rolison also has good command over his pitches and I do not think he will be forced into the bullpen because of control issues. From what Frankie Piliere wrote on D1, Rolison has a high baseball IQ, which is another reason why I think he can be a front of the rotation pitcher.

In conclusion, I can not say that I disagree that Rolison is number one on that list. His plus fastball and curveball and his elite IQ is why I think he can be a future ace. Ryan Rolison should be in consideration this year for a top 10 selection in the 2018 draft, and I will be interested to see how he does at Ole Miss this year.

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Aaron Rozek-Minnesota State-St. Cloud Rox

Well I was supposed to get this article out earlier but got a bit sidetracked. I was looking over my last article and saw that I completely messed up Aaron Rozek’s name, instead calling his Adam Rosek. What a professional I am.

Aaron Rozek is a left handed pitcher for Minnesota State-Mankato. His first two collegiate baseball season were rough. In his first year, he had a 4.07 ERA in 48.2 innings, which is not terrible considering he was a freshman and he pitched nearly 50 innings, which showed that the coaches trusted him. He also had a 6-0 record, and he along with fellow freshman pitchers Dalton Roach, Brody Rodning, and Christian Howell looked to be very promising. Rozek’s sophomore year was a disappointment though, as he had a 5.29 ERA in only 32.1 innings pitched. His BB/9 went up from 2.78 to 3.87 and his K/9 went down from 7.59 to 6.16.

However, his junior season went very well even though his innings dropped to 29.1. He recorded a 1.53 ERA and had a 11.67 K/9 and 1.84 BB/9. Rozek followed up this season with a 2.39 ERA in 64 innings pitched and 78 strikeouts, while winning Pitcher of the Year in the Northwoods League with the St. Cloud Rox.

There is not much(any) video on Rozek, so I cannot comment to much on his mechanics. There is a video of him from high school, and I though his mechanics were solid. I know that is pretty vague, but I just do not really have anything to work with.

To sum up Rozek, I will be watching him closely in his senior year to see how many innings he throws this year. If he gets into the high 30 to low 40 innings pitched range while maintaining his impressive strikeout rate, he has a shot at being drafted. If not, I do think he can play independent baseball and I think he could be successful there.

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Zack Zubia wins Northwoods League MVP

The Northwoods League announced today the MVP and Pitcher of the Year for the 2017 season. The league’s MVP is Zach Zubia, a power hitting first baseman for the Rochester Honkers and the Pitcher of the Year was Adam Rosek, who I briefly discussed already in my Northwoods League Top Pitchers Profile. Expect a longer writeup about Rosek tomorrow. Today though, we will be discussing Zubia, who had an excellent season despite only having one year of collegiate baseball under his belt.

Zach Zubia is a 6’4” 235 pound first baseman who plays for the University of Texas. When I looked at his Perfect  Game profile, it said that it is easy to forget he is just a kid, and that is true. Zubia is a strong guy who can crush the baseball, as proven by the 22 home runs he hit this season with the Honkers. Coming out of high school, Zubia was ranked number 500 amongst prep players in 2016. He also was a standout quarterback for Strake Jesuit high school.

Statistically, there is not a lot to go off of. He didn’t play last season for Texas, although I would expect him to have a larger role this year. This year with Rochester, he hit .309/.456/.678 with 22 home runs as well as 18 doubles and a triple. His ISO was an incredible .369 and 56.9% of his hits were extra base hits, which is very impressive. He did commit 7 errors for a fielding percentage of .977, but he made up for it with his bat.

This season with the Longhorns, I think it is safe to say that he could hit around .270 with high teens home runs and a respectable on base percentage. Although he is a power hitter, he did have more walks than strikeouts, something that always makes me happy. I can’t wait to see if his incredible Northwoods numbers translate this year for him in Texas and he is definitely on my sophomore watch list.

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Logan Gilbert-Stetson-Orleans Firebirds

This past season, Stetson had quite a pitching rotation, with all of their starters having over 100 strikeouts and sub 3.20 ERA’s. Their strikeout leader, Brooks Wilson, was drafted in the 27th round by the Rangers this year but did not sign, making him one of the top senior signs for the 2018 draft and making next year’s rotation one of the scariest in college baseball. And while I want to do a more in depth review of both Wilson and sophomore Jack Perkins, today I want to discuss Logan Gilbert, who had the lowest ERA of the rotation and was Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year for 2017.

Gilbert is a 6’6” 210 pound righty who has a fastball that sits in the low to mid 90’s as well as a curveball in the high 70’s and a changeup in the low 80’s. His arm motion in his delivery is somewhat loopy since he pulls the ball behind his back from his glove, which caught me off guard at first. His arm slot is a three quarters slot and it allows him to get some movement on his fastball. Mechanically he is a bit stiff in my opinion, but nothing too bad. I do like his curveball and think it projects to be an above average pitch.

Statistically, there is nothing not to like about Gilbert. His K/9 has gone up(10.82) and his BB/9 rate(2.63) has gone down. He also only gave up one home run this past season with Stetson. This year in the Cape, he had a 1.72 ERA with 31 strikeouts(8.91 K/9) and only 4 walks(1.15 BB/9) and was selected to the All Star team.

To finish this off, Gilbert is one of my favorite collegiate pitchers in this year’s class. I love his K/9 and BB/9 ratios and he has good stuff as well. Gilbert is very high up on my list and I am excited to see if he can top the numbers he put up this year.

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Nolan Bumstead Report-Cal State Northridge-Willmar Stingers

Wow it has been awhile since I have last posted. There’s been a lot going on recently with school stuff(college apps are awful) but don’t worry I have not forgot about this site. Today we are discussing Nolan Bumstead, a third baseman about to enter his senior season at Cal State Northridge and was an All Star this year for the Willmar Stingers.

Bumstead recovered from his disappointing sophomore season to hit .302/.388/.422 with 4 homeruns and an ISO of .120 last year with the Matadors. Obviously these are not world beating numbers, but they are decent and I think he will have a breakout year next season. His OBP has gone up every season and his K/BB ratio has gone down. His power numbers are not the greatest, but his slash line so far in the Northwoods League leads me to believe that he could hit double digit home runs this year with Cal State Northridge. So far with Willmar, he has slashed .264/.347/.406 with 6 homeruns in 276 at bats.

What holds back Bumstead the most is that his fielding is not very good at all. So far in the Northwoods he has had 14 errors for a .934 fielding percentage. That is just bad, and a bit shocking considering that he made just 3 errors with the Matadors this past year and seemed to be improving his glove. However he does have a history with errors, and he had 11 in his sophomore year and 10 his freshman year.

Overall, I doubt that any teams will take a flier on Bumstead in the draft this upcoming season. He just does not hit for much power and his glove is not where it needs to be selected in the draft. If Bumstead is able to start hitting for more power and get into the double digits for homers, while making his glove more dependable. If he can do that, he has an outside shot at being a late round senior sign, although it is a very small percentage. I do think that he might be able to sign on with an indy ball team if he has another good year with the Matadors.

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