Pro potential?

Several Mesa baseball players catch eye of Major League scouts

Austin Kaiser is one of five Colorado Mesa has five players on radar of Major League Baseball as teams get ready for the 2014 draft, which begins today and runs through Saturday. The Mavs’ outfielder has the intangibles and speed teams are looking for.



Dakota Behr is one of five Colorado Mesa five players on the radar of Major League Baseball as teams get ready for the 2014 draft, which begins today and runs through Saturday. The junior reliever has good velocity but needs to improve his control.



Matt Delay is one of five Colorado Mesa players on the radar of Major League Baseball as teams get ready for the 2014 draft, which begins today and runs through Saturday. The negative on the junior starter is his age, but he has a good arm.



Nate Robertson is one of five Colorado Mesa players on the radar of Major League Baseball as teams get ready for the 2014 draft, which begins today and runs through Saturday. The junior shortstop is a plus defender, but scouts say he needs to improve his offense.



Tyler Dunnington is one of five Colorado Mesa on the radar of Major League Baseball as teams get ready for the 2014 draft, which begins today and runs through Saturday. The senior relieve has good velocity but needs to improve his control.



Colorado Mesa’s baseball team had one of its best seasons in program history this year.

The Mavericks did so well, they caught the attention of several Major League scouts who attended several Mesa games this season.

The scouts are interested in a handful of players who could be selected in the Major League Baseball draft, which begins with the first round tonight. The draft continues through Saturday.

CMU coach Chris Hanks said he expects the potential prospects to be drafted after the 20th round.

A total of 43 players have been drafted out of the Mavericks’ program, and four reached the major leagues: current San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo; pitcher Brendan Donnelly; pitcher Darrel Akerfelds; and infielder Randy Ready.

Eleven Mavericks have been drafted since 2000 and 18 since Mesa became an NCAA Division II program.

Here is a look at the Colorado Mesa players who could be drafted (in alphabetical order):

Dakota Behr

Age: 22.

Year: Junior.

Position: Pitcher.

Stats: 1-2 win-loss record, 4.50 ERA, 22 IP, 6 saves, 21 SO, 5 BB.

What scouts like: Arm slot, velocity (90-plus mph).

What scouts don’t like: Control.

Matt Delay

Age: 23.

Year: Junior.

Position: Pitcher.

Stats: 9-0, 3.55 ERA, 83 2/3 IP, 55 SO, 24 BB.

What scouts like: Delivery, velocity (90-plus mph).

What scouts don’t like: Age.

Tyler Dunnington

Age: 22.

Year: Senior.

Position: Pitcher.

Stats: 2-0, 5.65 ERA, 14 1/3 IP, 1 save, 24 SO, 12 BB.

What scouts like: Velocity (90-plus mph)

What scouts don’t like: control.

Austin Kaiser

Age: 23.

Year: Senior.

Position: Outfielder.

Stats: .495 batting average .797 slugging pct., 11 HR, 59 RBI, 28 SB.

What scouts like: Above average runner, contact hitter, intangibles.

What scouts don’t like: Age, below average arm, lack of power.

Nate Robertson

Age: 21.

Year: Junior.

Position: Shortstop.

Stats: .372 average, .556 slugging, 6 HR, 47 RBI, 24 SB, .950 fielding pct.

What scouts like: Defense.

What scouts don’t like: Offense.


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