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2013 draft class deep with lefties

Updated: March 11, 2013, 2:47 PM ET
By Christopher Crawford

Over the past week, we finally began to see some separation between what can only be described as a volatile draft class, particularly from the college arms. We also saw the return of what might be the best prep-pitcher in the class, and two players from the Bayou State continue to disappoint despite high praise coming into the season.

Thanks to inclement weather the previous weekend, Sean Manaea's start on Saturday against Mercer was his first chance to pitch in fifteen days. The Indiana State left-hander gave up just two runs in his six innings of work, striking out eight while walking three in a 10-2 victory against Mercer.

While the overall line looks acceptable, there were some concerns that grew out of Manaea's start. For the third-straight outing his velocity dropped significantly the second time through the lineup, and he struggled to command his secondary offerings for most of the day.

"He hasn't been the same pitcher as he was this summer" an AL scout said. "In the (Cape Cod League), he was mid 90's with a wipeout slider and a dive bomb change. What I've seen this year has been more along the lines of low- to mid-90's fastball with an above-average slider and average change. That's a first-round guy, but that's not a top-five pick to me. I need to see that guy from the summer come back."

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