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Draft Report: Top Tennessee talent

Draft Report: Top Tennessee talent

The Draft Report is in a Volunteering spirit this week.

No, TDR isn't offering to help out around the community, though it is a worthwhile endeavor. It's just that this week's edition focuses on some of the better talent in the Volunteer State, Tennessee.

Tennessee isn't usually thought of as a left-leaning state -- just ask Al Gore -- but in this case, it is. We've got three college southpaws for your perusal, all of whom bring a little something different to the table. An intriguing -- yet struggling -- sophomore-eligible outfielder rounds out the Tennessee quartet.

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From there, TDR takes a look up in northern California, where things are starting to heat up, both weather-wise and talent-wise. Maybe the area is known more for producing wine grapes, but 2009 might be a very good year for high school catchers, and we've got a closer look at a pair of them.

Finish that off with a college third baseman who may have made a name for himself a bit during his school's surprising run to the College World Series title a year ago and you've got a very fine bouquet of seven reports to sample.

Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't check in with the cream of the crop in our weekly look at the consensus No. 1 talent in the class.

Strasburg Update

Last outing: April 3
Opponent: UC Davis
Result: 14-0 win
Game stats: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Season stats: 6-0, 48 1/3 IP, 27 H, 8 ER, 10 BB, 94 K, .160 BAA, 1.49 ERA

Now on to the reports...

The Volunteer State

Kentrail Davis, OF
University of Tennessee

In a series against highly ranked Georgia, the sophomore-eligible outfielder went a combined 1-for-12 with six strikeouts. He's struggled for much of the season, hitting just .265 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 32 games for the Volunteers. Complete Report

Nick Hernandez, LHP
University of Tennessee

The lefty with "pitchability" hasn't had the results in 2009, particularly in his effort against Georgia -- when he gave up seven earned runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 IP. For the year, the Friday starter has a 1-4 record and 5.64 ERA over 44 2/3 IP. The one thing that's still good is his control -- he's walked just eight all season. Complete Report

Mike Minor, LHP
Vanderbilt University

The Vandy left went seven innings for the win in a recent start against Auburn, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and two walks while striking out 11. He's gone 2-3 on the season with a 3.55 ERA, allowing 49 hits and 12 walks over 45 2/3 IP while striking out 43 in seven starts for the Commodores. Complete Report

Bryan Morgado, LHP
University of Tennessee

Relegated to a bullpen role, Morgado came into the Sunday game against Georgia and kept the Vols in it by tossing five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six. He followed that up with a poor start against Alabama, leaving the lefty 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA in 32 1/3 total innings. He has struck out 42, but has also walked 20 while giving up 33 hits. Complete Report

Northern California

Tommy Mendonca, 3B
Fresno State

The third baseman had his way with Lipscomb pitching in a recent four-game series, going a combined 8-for-15 with three homers, eight RBIs and six runs scored. He's been pretty good all year on the power front with a .327 average, 12 homers and 42 RBIs in 29 games. He's got a .700 slugging percentage. Complete Report

Max Stassi, C
Yuba City HS, Yuba City, Calif.

Seen recently in a game against Natomas High School, the prep backstop went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI. Over his first 14 games, he's hit .611 (22-for-36) with seven homers. Complete Report

Andrew Susac, C
Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif.

Facing Pleasant Grove High School three times at the end of March, Susac went a combined 4-for-8 with a triple and an RBI. He's hitting .464 in 28 at-bats over 10 games this season . Complete Report

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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