Monday, June 4, 2012

Gotta Get It! 2010 Topps USA Baseball Lucas Sims

   Congrats to Lucas Sims, Atlanta's first round pick (21st overall) in this year's draft. Sims is shown above in the 2010 Topps USA Baseball set (card #63). I guess I should have given the post the title "Got It!" because shortly after the draft pick was announced, I found one on eBay for $1.75. It's probably more than I would typically spend on such a card (when factoring in the shipping costs)-it was a compulsive buy (aren't most of 'em?!)- but I would much rather get something like this than, say, a Bowman Rookies and Prospects card.

  Sims, a high school senior from Brookwood High in Snellville, Ga, grew up a Braves fan and counts John Smoltz as his favorite pitcher. Mark Bowman tweeted that Sims expects to sign soon-passing on his commitment to Clemson, so Braves Country is excited to see where he will end up for his professional debut.

   Prior to his senior season, Sims pitched a scoreless inning against the Collegiate National Team as a member of the 18U team in the Prospect Classic. The righty went 8-1 his senior season with his lone loss coming in the 5A State Championship game against rival Parkview. He also finished with a 1.19 ERA along with 98 strikeouts in only 76 innings.

  Baseball America reports that Lucas consistently  threw three plus pitches this spring, with clean arm action and little to no mechanical issues of any significance. With a fastball that sits 90-93, and touches 97, Sims also throws a powerful slider and solid curveball. The Braves  Director of Scouting, Tony DeMacio believes Sims will eventually be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

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