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Scouting Matt Little

June 25, 2010

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Connecticut Tigers relief pitcher Matt Little joined the Tigers organization after being selected in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB draft.  Little posted a 4.93 ERA in 42.0 innings pitched as a junior at Kentucky, while recording 52 strikeouts and 24 walks.

Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson says Little throws a 90-93 mph sinking fastball, a hard sweeping slider and a changeup that has some sink when it is on.  Henderson says all of Little’s pitches have well above-average movement when he is in rhythm.

Little is a tough competitor and he has the aggressive mound presence you look for in a relief pitcher.  He has already made two appearances out of the Connecticut Tigers bullpen, allowing one earned run in four innings pitched, while striking out five.


Scouting Patrick Cooper

June 21, 2010

Right-handed pitcher Patrick Cooper was selected by the Tigers in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB draft.  He posted a 3.99 ERA in 70.o innings pitched as a junior at Bradley this season.

Patrick Cooper/Photo courtesy of Bradley University

Cooper was a Cape Cod League All-Star in 2009, where he was reportedly hitting 93-94 mph on the radar gun, but his stuff regressed this spring and he fell to the 14th round of the draft as a result.

Bradley pitching coach John Corbin said Cooper’s fastball sat between 88 and 92 mph this spring.  While he has thrown harder in the past, Corbin says Cooper’s fastball had more movement this season.  Cooper also throws a 78-82 mph slider and a 79-81 mph changeup.

Corbin believes Cooper will be used as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues, but his ultimate future is as a reliever.

Cooper has already signed a pro contract with the Tigers, but he has not been assigned to a minor league team.  He is a candidate to spend some time with Connecticut this summer.

Scouting Tyler Clark

June 20, 2010

Tyler Clark/Photo courtesy of the Missourian

Connecticut Tigers relief pitcher Tyler Clark joined the organization after being selected in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB draft.  He posted a 4.97 ERA in 38.0 innings this season as a junior at Missouri, while racking up 43 strikeouts.

Missouri assistant coach Tony Vitello says Clark throws a heavy 89-94 mph fastball with late life.  He also throws a lively two-seam fastball and a changeup that Vitello describes as a devastating pitch at times.

Clark is still trying to find a breaking ball he feels comfortable with.

“Tyler is at his best when he keeps things simple, works quick, and takes on a bulldog mentality,” Vitello said.

Vitello says Clark thrives on adrenaline, so he seems like a pitcher with the makeup to be a high-leverage reliever.  He figures to be an important cog in the Connecticut Tigers bullpen this season.

Scouting Pat Lawson

June 19, 2010

Connecticut Tigers relief pitcher Pat Lawson joined the organization as a free agent after going unselected in the 2010 MLB draft.  Lawson had a dominant season as a senior at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, while serving as the team’s closer.

Pat Lawson/Photo courtesy of Charlotte Sports Information

Charlotte associate head coach Brandon Hall says Lawson throws four pitches including a fastball, slider, changeup and curveball.  Lawson’s fastball sits between 87-90 mph and occasionally touches 91-92 mph.  Hall says Lawson’s slider is a two-plane breaker that induces swings and misses against right-handed and left-handed batters.  Lawson’s changeup has some deception and can be a swing and miss pitch at times, while his curveball is more of a show pitch that will probably get eliminated from his arsenal.  Hall says Lawson’s fastball does not have plus movement or command, but his slider is so good it gives his fastball a little more margin for error.

Hall says Lawson has a very loose arm and an over the top delivery.  Mechanically, he has some movement that creates deception, but also contributes to inconsistent command.

Lawson is laid back and confident on the mound.  “Nothing bothers him and as soon as the game is over he is on to the next page,” Hall said.

Lawson is currently a member of the Connecticut Tigers bullpen, though he has not appeared in a game yet.

Scouting Ryan Soares

June 16, 2010

Infielder Ryan Soares was selected by the Tigers in the 36th round of the 2010 MLB draft.  He led George Mason in nearly every offensive category this season, amassing a .438 batting average and a .809 slugging percentage.

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George Mason assistant coach Kyle Werman says Soares does not possess a standout tool, but he knows how to play the game and does everything well.

Offensively, Soares is a free-swinger with good contact ability.  He does not draw many walks, but he does not strike out much either.  While Soares does not have a prototypical swing, Werman says he keeps his hands back long enough to recognize pitches and put the barrel of the bat on the ball.  Werman says Soares has the ability to drive the ball to all fields and is not afraid of being hit by the pitch.  In fact, Soares had more hit by pitches (15) than strikeouts (13) this season at George Mason.

Defensively, Soares has the ability to play either middle infield position.  Werman says he has great hands and uses his feet well to get in position to get a good hop.

“He profiles best as an offensive second baseman at the pro level where he will make every routine play and turn the double play,” Werman said.

Soares has already signed a professional contract with the Tigers and will probably be assigned to Connecticut.

Scouting Lance Baxter

June 16, 2010

Lance Baxter/Photo courtesy of Bobby McDuffie

Left-handed pitcher Lance Baxter signed a free agent contract with the Tigers after going unselected in the 2010 MLB draft.  He posted a 4.81 ERA in 88.0 innings pitched this season as a senior at South Alabama and showed the versatility to handle both starting and relieving.

South Alabama pitching coach Scot Sealy says Baxter throws five pitches including a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball with good sink, a cutter, a breaking ball and a changeup.  He adds and subtracts velocity to his fastball, throwing it anywhere between 86 and 90 miles per hour.  Sealy also says Baxter has the ability to throw any pitch in any count.

Despite his lack of overwhelming raw stuff, Baxter could have some success in the low minors thanks to his ability to change speeds.

According to Mark Anderson of, Baxter has been assigned to Connecticut.

Scouting Ryan Enos

June 15, 2010

Dallas Baptist outfielder Ryan Enos signed a free agent contract with the Tigers after going unselected in the 2010 MLB draft.  He led Dallas Baptist nearly every offensive category this season as a senior, so it may come as a bit of a surprise that he went undrafted.

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Dallas Baptist assistant coach Nate Frieling says Enos is the best hitter to come through the program in the seven years he has been a coach at Dallas Baptist.  Frieling even gives Enos the edge over Ryan Goins, a former Dallas Baptist infielder who was drafted in the fourth round a year ago.

“His pitch-to-pitch adjustments are outstanding,” Frieling said.  “That’s the reason he gives you such good at-bats, because it doesn’t take him an entire plate appearance to make an adjustment if something is not right.”

Frieling believes Enos did not get drafted because he got off to a slow start this spring and Dallas Baptist did not have any other highly-touted prospects to make scouts come back and get a second look at him.

Enos primarily played center field in college, but Frieling believes he projects as a left fielder at the professional level.