Rei's star was rising as he returned healthy from a torn left thumb ligament that sidelined him for much of the first two months of the season. He returned as a DH for Washington's series with Arizona State, and after three days of batting practice, he singled in his first at-bat, then turned a Ryan Burr 97 mph fastball around for a home run. A dominant weekend against Oregon State started the parade of crosscheckers, and Rei sealed his move up draft boards with a solid weekend at Arizona, hitting a home run at spacious Hi Corbett Field while returning to playing catcher. A catch-and-throw guy when recruited to Washington, Rei has good receiving and throwing skills, a plus arm with a quick transfer that produces 1.8-1.9-second pop times to second base. He's leaner than the average catcher at a listed 6-foot, 183 pounds and produces average to plus raw power thanks to good bat speed and a smart, disciplined hitting approach. When he swings, it's with conviction, and Rei was shooting up draft boards with two weeks left in Washington's season. He has some track record, both as a prep (38th-round pick of the Twins in 2012) and with wood bats in summer ball (he's hit .300 in two short Northwoods League stints the last two years), and his uncle Fran Mullins, a 1979 third-round pick out of Santa Clara, spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues. Rei could be the first college catcher drafted, perhaps as high as the second round.
Post by gregblossersbelly on Jun 9, 2015 12:15:58 GMT -5
The pick who went right before us Travis Blankenhorn from Pottsville, Pa. I've probably seen play basketball 8-10 times. Our local high school team plays them and saw him in a few playoff games. Didn't even know he played baseball. Ironically, they have another kid on their basketball team who is the nephew of former MLB Pitcher Chris Nabholz. Not sure if the Nabholz kid is a baseball prospect or not. I know he sat out a year of hoops to concentrate on baseball.
Minnesota must have a scout in this area. About 10 years ago they drafted a kid from Mt. Carmel, Pa. the football powerr. Dave Shinskie. Washed out in baseball. Ended up at BC and even qb's for a few games.
Chris Cotillo @chriscotillo 32 sec. RHP Ian Kahaloa definitely an option for #RedSox at no. 81.
Not sure what this means
It means that one of the agents he uses as a source told him that so he'd tweet it.
"We really don't need the whole commercial break/warm-up routine every time a new reliever comes into the game. It certainly made sense in 1884 when they only switched pitchers when the starter was attacked by pickaxe or caught consumption, and no reliever was warming up because he was busy gambling and drinking." - JD