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Amity knocked of #4 Hand, 4-3. Pat Winkel, who hit a solo HR in the 1st to put Amity ahead 1-0, tied the state record for career hits (125) on a bunt single. Winkel was intentional walked in two other at-bats.
 
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Is this kid even going to college? How high might he drafted?
>>“I think he’s pretty calm about it,” said Coppola. “It’s nice knowing you have a scholarship to play baseball at a great school. At a minimum, he’s going to UConn to play baseball. If something extraordinary happens, he’ll consider the draft.”

Winkel has been projected as high as a fifth-round pick in this year’s June draft. Of course, that could change, depending on how well he plays this spring and how much teams are willing to offer to woo him away from his baseball scholarship.<<

I’ve heard he really wants to play with his brother @ UConn.
 
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Is this kid even going to college? How high might he drafted?
>>“I think he’s pretty calm about it,” said Coppola. “It’s nice knowing you have a scholarship to play baseball at a great school. At a minimum, he’s going to UConn to play baseball. If something extraordinary happens, he’ll consider the draft.”

Winkel has been projected as high as a fifth-round pick in this year’s June draft. Of course, that could change, depending on how well he plays this spring and how much teams are willing to offer to woo him away from his baseball scholarship.<<

I’ve heard he really wants to play with his brother @ UConn.
It’s very likely he gets drafted. There are a few teams that absolutely love his game. It’s also likely it won’t be in the first 3 rounds. Although Winkel is a rare plus, plus catcher (most are either really good with the bat or really good with the glove), he’s not one of those can’t miss players that MLB teams covet. He could also use some time to continue to develop physically. I have also heard what @huskymedic heard. He’d like to play with his brother again. He loves UConn. I think it will all come down to two things...the right team and the signing bonus. If the team that drafts him, is the team he has at the top of his list and they offers him the right signing bonus, he’ll consider signing. I think he’s a kid whose draft stock will improve in college. He’s done very well against top competition on the summer circuit. He still has some room to grow physically in terms of his build and power potential. High school really hasn’t helped him wow scouts this season. Yes, he still has great numbers and has shown off his arm behind the dish, but some teams have chosen not to pitch to him. I’m not sure how many times he’s been intentionally walked but it’s been quite a few.

My gut tells me he will be in Storrs....
 
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It’s very likely he gets drafted. There are a few teams that absolutely love his game. It’s also likely it won’t be in the first 3 rounds. Although Winkel is a rare plus, plus catcher (most are either really good with the bat or really good with the glove), he’s not one of those can’t miss players that MLB teams covet. He could also use some time to continue to develop physically. I have also heard what @huskymedic heard. He’d like to play with his brother again. He loves UConn. I think it will all come down to two things...the right team and the signing bonus. If the team that drafts him, is the team he has at the top of his list and they offers him the right signing bonus, he’ll consider signing. I think he’s a kid whose draft stock will improve in college. He’s done very well against top competition on the summer circuit. He still has some room to grow physically in terms of his build and power potential. High school really hasn’t helped him wow scouts this season. Yes, he still has great numbers and has shown off his arm behind the dish, but some teams have chosen not to pitch to him. I’m not sure how many times he’s been intentionally walked but it’s been quite a few.

My gut tells me he will be in Storrs....
I hope you are right. But I have often heard the easiest path to the major leagues is left-handed hitting catcher.
 
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I hope you are right. But I have often heard the easiest path to the major leagues is left-handed hitting catcher.
Coach Penders will give the speech on the last position player to make it to the MLB from CT coming straight out of High School was Brook Fordiche and it was a long time ago, we will probably know based on what round he goes in as I am sure the Winkels have told scouts what it will take to sign him, so if he goes in top 3 rounds he is probably going to sign.
 
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Coach Penders will give the speech on the last position player to make it to the MLB from CT coming straight out of High School was Brook Fordiche and it was a long time ago, we will probably know based on what round he goes in as I am sure the Winkels have told scouts what it will take to sign him, so if he goes in top 3 rounds he is probably going to sign.
I spent spring break down in Port St Lucie with Brook Fordyce when he was a top prospect with the Mets. A teammate of mine at UCAP was good friends with him. Great guy!!! We trained with him at the Mets facility and got to hit live bullpen sessions off of some of the pitchers. Awesome time!!!
 
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New Haven Register article on 2018 Commit Will Lucas from Fairfield Prep: Fairfield Prep’s Lucas focused on the present, not Little League glory of the past

>>Lucas has proved his worth by helping to carry Prep to a 15-1 start and the No. 1 ranking in the GameTimeCT poll in this, his senior season. He’s thrown 15 innings this spring without allowing an earned run, and is hitting .524 with one home run and 12 RBIs. His on-base percentage is an incredible .649.

“For a guy of his caliber, yeah, this is what I think you expect a Division-I player to look like — a bona fide D-I recruit,” Prep coach Rudy Mauritz said of his UConn-bound star. “To have well over 20 hits already and to perform the way he’s performed, that’s the kind of guy that they’re after.”<<
 


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