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Scot Olsen was a sleeper pick last year draft and is really put some ticks on his fastball up to 94. here's the report from baseball america:

By Josh Boyd
April 16, 2003

GREENSBORO, N.C.--There's little doubt that if Scott Olsen went to high school in California, Texas or Florida, he wouldn't have been around when the Marlins picked in the sixth round last June. But Olsen attended Crystal Lake South High, in a little scouted area in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

After topping out at 91 mph in high school, Olsen touched 94 last night en route to earning his first professional victory. Standing at a wiry 6-foot-4 and 170 pounds, the southpaw throws effortlessly with a long and loose arm. He is now direct to the plate, after throwing six inches across his body in high school, and throws on a downhill plane. He worked consistently at 90-91 with his fastball, which ranged from 88-94.

Olsen gave up four hits (three in a troublesome fourth) and two runs (both in the fourth), walked three and fanned three. After allowing just two baserunners through the first three innings (a second-inning double by Kannapolis third baseman Edgar Varela on a first-pitch changeup) and a third-inning walk, Olsen walked the leadoff man in the fourth inning on four pitches. He proceeded to retire the next two hitters before allowing three consecutive singles followed by a walk.

Just 19, Olsen is in the process of making several adjustments to his delivery and repertoire, so he is going to go through innings like the fourth last night. He struggled to maintain a consistent release point that inning, and he tends to cut himself off and overrotate when his mechanics are out of sync. He was able to go to a good curveball with downward break when he was in trouble. To his credit, Olsen righted himself in the fifth, setting down the side in order.


Hermida and Andino the top two selections in last year draft. here's some observations from Josh Boyd:

Marlins 2002 first-rounder Jeremy Hermida, who is batting .194-0-2, exercised tremendous patience in drawing four walks in five plate appearances. He has eight walks on the season against four strikeouts in 31 at-bats. Second-rounder Robert Andino displayed some pop and bat speed, though his best tools--a plus arm, above-average range and the ability to make plays on the move with good hands and footwork--can be found in the middle of the diamond.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/minors/dish.html
 

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Another report by ESPN comparing the Rockies and Marlins farm system.

Florida Marlins
Miguel Cabrera, 3B: Grade A-
Third baseman of the future in Florida, Cabrera is a favorite of scouts and has made big strides in refining his talent. Hit 43 doubles at Class A Jupiter last year and is off to a fast start in Double-A.

Jason Stokes, 1B: Grade A-
Hit .341 with 27 homers last year at Class A Kane County. Immense power, with good strike-zone judgment.

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B: Grade A-
Has less power than Stokes, but better defensive value and is no slouch with the bat himself. Just 20 and already in Triple-A.

Dontrelle Willis, LHP: Grade B+
Impressive lefty with terrific movement on his fastball and a deceptive delivery. In Double-A after 12-2, 1.82 ERA season in Class A last year.

Don Levinski, RHP: Grade B+
Acquired from Expos in Cliff Floyd trade. Polished right-hander although he still needs to sharpen command of his curveball. Went 12-6, 3.02 last year.

Blaine Neal, RHP: Grade B
Earned a bullpen job after posting a 2.73 ERA in 33 innings with the major league club last year. High-octane fastball and sharp slider make him a solid setup man and he may get a chance to close at some point.

Will Smith, OF: Grade B
A prospect who deserves more attention, Smith has a quick swing from the left side and knocked 30 doubles, 12 triples, and 14 homers last year at Jupiter. Has the look of a professional hitter.

Justin Wayne, RHP: Grade B-
Polished right-hander who throws his entire arsenal for strikes, but is not overpowering. Has had trouble with tendinitis and much prove his durability.

Ryan Snare, LHP: Grade B-
Sleeper lefty acquired from the Reds in the Ryan Dempster trade, has surprising pop on his fastball and a plus curve.

Jeremy Hermida, OF: Grade C+
A 2002 first-round draft pick is rated as a pure hitter by most scouts. His early pro performance has been uninspiring, but scouts and coaches remain intrigued with him


http://espn.go.com/mlb/columns/downonthefa...rm/1539714.html
 

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Why isnt Nate Bump in there! I like the way he pitches, he really is going to be a solid pitcher if he gets called up...
 

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AJ, Nate Bump is no longer consider a "top" prospect, just like Jason Grilli.
 

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