Monday, July 11, 2011

Round 38: Brett Mooneyham, LHP, Stanford University

Stanford Official Site

One sentence analysis: The top round talent missed the entire 2011 season due to injury and still has at least 1 more year of eligibility, so he likely will not sign.

More analysis and notes:
From Matt Garrioch, MLB Bonus Baby, 7/17/11: "Brett Mooneyham has good stuff but rarely has command. He throws 88-94 with a good breaking ball at times. He is a 6'5, 220 LB lefty who has a lot of potential but will likely return to Stanford for his senior season after missing most of this season with a finger injury."
From the Merced Sun-Star, 6/9/11:
"Mooneyham missed his entire junior season with the Cardinal after cutting the middle finger on his throwing hand before the start of the season. The gash required surgery and the former Buhach Colony ace was forced to sit for the year. It was a disappointing blow after Moooneyham had such a successful summer with the USA Collegiate National Team. He pitched in four games, going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings. Mooneyham is 9-10 with a 4.67 ERA in 30 games with Stanford. He has 28 career starts and 171 strikeouts in 1541/3 innings pitched."
From Nick Faleris, Diamond Scape Scouting, 2/17/11:" His release and arm slot lack uniformity from pitch-to-pitch, and are a large part of his control issues. As is apparent in the numbers, however, his stuff is true swing-and-miss quality, with a fastball generally sitting 89-93 mph and bumping 94/95 mph (though this past summer he was closer to 87-90, bumping 91/92). At its best, Mooneyham's slider is an above-average pitch that can be plus or better once he learns to throw the offering with more precision. When properly snapped-off, he gets hard late bite with good depth. He also drops a rudimentary change-up that shows promising tumble. If he can show his usual velocity this spring with a touch more consistency and fidelity, he will have no shortage of suitors."
From John Klima, Baseball Beginnings, 7/15/10: "Mooneyham didn’t pitch very well when I saw him at UCLA, but he still has the body and arm speed to be a first-round talent. The day I saw him, Mooneyham struggled with his release points and consistency. His fastball kept starting up in the strike zone. These things are correctable, and I hope Mooneyham has made progress by the time I see him next."
From Klima, 7/14/10: "Mooneyham is made for the mound, with tall and very broad shoulders. His fastball in this look was 89-92, averaged 90, and I felt lacked major league average movement and command. The curveball was 72-77, with average command, but lacked the power and bite the pitch should have. He threw a few change-ups at 78, which were average pitches. All this said, Mooneyham has a good arm. He needs to tighten his delivery based on this look. Too many times, he’s open, too many times, his fastball is starting up in the zone. His arm slows on the change-up. His stride and landing points were inconsistent in this look. He pitched with a slow tempo and didn’t look very confident in this outing. He wasn’t pitching with his fastball and this didn’t help him. All this said, Mooneyham is still a major league prospect. But he needs polish. What I’m looking for next time I see him is more consistent mechanics, more conditioning, and more confidence in himself and his fastball. I am by no means writing him off, but I want to see what comes next."
From his scouting report from the 2008 draft: "A big, imposing lefty with the potential to have some plus stuff is always interesting, but Mooneyham's lack of command may cause some to pause. He's got serious arm strength and should develop three average or above offerings in the future. The combination of wildness, a concern over whether he's mentally ready to make the leap to pro ball, a commitment to Stanford and having Scott Boras as an advisor all make Mooneyham a bit of a wild card for Draft day." Note-he was taken in the 15th round of the 2008 draft by San Diego.
Other articles/scouting reports on Mooneyham can be read here and here.

Mooneyham has not signed with the Nationals

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