East County Sports

Cougars’ Tuck still tops in scouts’ eyes



By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com


EL CAJON (6-8-16) — More than a dozen East County amateur baseball players are expected to be selected in the 2016 Major League baseball draft, which begins on Thursday (June 9).

Inlanders at the top of the list are Steele Canyon outfielder AVERY TUCK, hard-throwing right-handed Granite Hills pitcher ANDREW BROWN and Helix third baseman JACK STRONACH.

Tuck batted .281 with 4 doubles, 7 triples, 2 homers and 19 RBI. He also stole 12 bases and was regarded for his excellent defensive speed in the outfield. He has been tabbed to go as high as someplace between the 5th and 10th rounds.

Brown was a standout in leading Granite Hills to the Division I San Diego Section championship. He finished 10-3 with 2 saves and 85 strikeouts in 92 innings. He’s been recognized for his 90-plus mph pitching and should go somewhere between the 7th and 10th rounds.

UCLA-bound Stronach is almost a cinch to go inside the first 10 rounds in the draft. He batted .353, led East County with 5 home runs and had 26 RBI.

Not to be overlooked in the early rounds of the draft is El Capitan-USD product TROY CONYERS, who figures to go somewhere between the 12th and 15throunds.

Others who figure to go in the draft include Valhalla pitcher-third base COLE HENDERSON (rounds 12-to-15, Nevada), Christian outfielder KYLE STOWERS (12-15, Stanford) and Grossmont’s right-handed pitcher-outfielder CALVIN FARRIS (15-20, Brown University).

Also Grossmont High alum pitcher MARK VASQUEZ (17-20, Faulkner University, AL), Granite Hills outfielder TRENTON BROOKS (17-20, Utah), Granite Hills left-handed pitcher-first baseman DILLAN SHRUM (25-30, Nevada) and El Capitan left-handed pitcher-first baseman KEVIN GINKEL (25-30, Nevada).

Additionally Steele Canyon-Grossmont College outfielder TANNER PERRY (25-28), Santana right-handed pitcher ALAN STRONG (25-40, Grossmont College), El Capitan-Concordia infielder SPENCER NIELSON (25-40), and Granite Hills outfielder JOSH ROSE (20-22, Utah) and El Capitan right-handed pitcher-third baseman TRISTAN DUNCAN (Oregon), a late round pick.

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