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2012 Draft pick info

Good afternoon. I have included some links and video for info on Pirates draft pick RHP Jackson McClelland in case you're interested.

Jackson is now 6-5 1/2 and weighs 240 pounds. He touches 94 mph and sits 90-92 into the 5th-6th innings of his high school games in his just concluded season. He loves playing baseball and is a work out/fitness freak.

He is under the radar as his velo jumped this spring after a big growth spurt (3/4 of an inch in height and 20 pounds) since last fall. He is very young and very projectable. His work ethic is outstanding. There's no doubt when he finishes filling out his huge frame he'll be 6-6 and 260 throwing 95-96 minimum. His HS pitching coach is Chad Zerbe, a former big leaguer so he's had excellent coaching to this point on how to pitch, not just trying to throw the ball by everybody. Enjoy the links and info. Will try to answer any questions I can.

http://www.sbsun.com/redlands/ci_20804444/redlands-daily-facts-all-city-baseball-player-year - City Player of the Year for 1012.

http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/ci_20696454/top-honors-go-rev-baseball?IADID 2012 Co-Citrus Belt League Player of the Year. 2nd straight CBL 1st team all league. This is a CIF-Southern Section Div II school

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4bMVQegUTY

http://perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=6750

Top prospect list from the 2012 Cleats Invitational

1. Mitchell Traver, 2012 RHP, Houston Christian (TX)

2. Jackson McClelland, 2012 RHP/1B, Redlands East Valley (CA)

Choosing the top prospect at the 2012 Cleats Sports Invitational was far more difficult than anticipated heading into the tournament. Mitchell Traver is firmly established as a high level prospect, a well-known commodity whom has played on the biggest stages in amateur baseball. McClelland is relatively new to pitching, and has really come on strong of late. Both pitchers touched 94 mph, both are tall, physical right handers. Traver worked at 90-92 during a gritty complete game performance against Arcadia in the National Game of the Week. McClelland typically sat 88-92 during his two outings. Traver's power breaking ball, ability to hold his velocity late in games and larger build give him a very slight edge. McClelland's young age (turns 18 in July) and inexperience combined with his recent development suggest that he could overtake Traver, but for now Traver is more advanced and has a higher floor.

Both pitchers posses physical tools that simply cannot be taught or developed by most humans. Both lack present feel for their secondary pitches. Both of them are inconsistent with their command at times due to occasional balance and timing issues in their deliveries, which is quite common amongst tall teenage pitchers. It also leaves room to project improvement from both pitchers. At their best, they each pound the bottom half of the strike zone with heavy low 90s fastballs that very few high school hitters can square up.

Traver's start against Arcadia drew 20-30 MLB scouts and executives, each of McClelland's starts drew exactly one.{Tim's note: I'll let you guess the 1 team} Suggesting that Pepperdine (where McClelland is committed) may be in line for a major recruiting coup.

Click the link to see video of McClelland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4bMVQegUTY

http://www.perfectgame.org/blogs/View.aspx?blog=224 While Ruggiero was impressive the biggest story of the night was Redlands East Valley RHP Jackson McClelland. The big righty is a physical specimen at 6’5, 235. He sat 90-92 up to 93 twice in the first inning.He is imposing and throws with short arm action, working downhill. The ball comes out easy and there is not much effort in his delivery. McClelland has all the makings of a draft pick and will have to tighten up a curveball that was 69-71. He showed a straight changeup in between innings. McClelland’s body, arm action, and velocity were extremely impressive.

The below are in game Tweets made during the week of March 12=16 during the Cleats Invitational in Arrizona, by Perfect Game Scouting Director Todd Gold:

Todd Gold ‏@TGold_PG

Redlands East Valley RHP Jackson McClelland (2012) sitting 90-93 w/ good downer plane, loose easy arm. Listed at 6' 5", signed w #Pepperdine

Todd Gold ‏@TGold_PG

Redlands East Valley 2012 RHP Jackson McClelland has touched 94 twice today, 4 Ks through 2. Was 89 last October. #MLBDraft

Todd Gold ‏@TGold_PG

McClelland with 5 shutout innings, ends 5th with 91 mph FB in bottom corner for K.

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