Originally written on 9county9  |  Last updated 12/2/11

Rounding up the last few early signing period classes of the regional D1 programs, today is the posting of the Nevada Wolfpack.  I include Nevada in this region because Northern Nevada is part of this territory for MLB scouts and there are quite a few players who go there from Northern CA.

Now, I don't know a bunch or even much about the Wolfpack class because like other programs that aren't high profile and don't generally recruit the "namebrand" players (because it proves to be a waste of time), I just haven't seem most of these players even though all except one are from California, five of them from Northern CA.

Name
Pos.
Height
Weight Hometown (Last school) Lance Berringer OF 6-4 195 El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS) Beau Cullen RHP/3B 6-3 200 Reno, Nev. (Galena HS) Michael Fain RHP 6-5 195 Clovis, Calif. (Clovis HS) Jeffrey Hardy RHP/1B 6-5 200 Sunnyvale, Calif. (Homestead HS) Scott Kaplan 2B 5-10 175 Dana Hills, Calif. (Irvine Valley College) Shaun Mize IF 5-10 170 Roseville, Calif. (Woodcreek HS) Collin Theroux C 6-2 200 San Mateo, Calif. (Serra HS)

The only player I know on this list is Collin Theroux.  He attended BAWS Futures in October of 2010 and I thought he was one of the top two players there, quickly identifying him as a major D1 prospect.  I also have gotten to know Collin a bit in the last year as he was on the team I coached in North Carolina at the NTIS tourney.  He is a really hard-working kid, he is respectful and has a great personality.  His teammaters like him, his coaches like him, he gives all he has in games and seems as though he really wants to work to be the special player I think he can be. 

Here was my report on Theroux from Futures 2010, followed by my report from BAWS 2011...

BAWS Futures 2010

6'2" 194 R/R * 60 yard – 7.65 * Best pop-time - 2.01

Showed plus arm & accuracy during workout, workout pops translated well to game throws, shifted & blocked well, strong hitter w/chance to be physical presence, plus bat speed & legitimate power potential.

BAWS 2011

R/R / 6'2" 195

60 yard: 7.59

Theroux is one of the more talented and projectionable catchers in the 2012 class in Northern California.  Yes, there are some things he needs to work on and get better at, but I love what he starts with.  Theroux plays hard and likes to play.  Effort or desire are not issues for him.  He is a good athlete too, with the type of frame that is going to fill out and be powerfully athletic.  His size is perfect for catching but I don't see him getting too stiff or too big to be agile and athletic behind the plate.  His arm doesn't always show up as good as it really is and that is because his footwork and how he comes out of the crouch need to improve.  You get a much better glimpse of his arm on snap throws to 1st base as opposed to when he stands straight up and overstrides on throws to 2nd base.  Offensively he has some raw power and projects to have near average raw power on the pro scale.  He can use the whole field and should be a contributing member of a good college line-up and someday in pro ball too.  He is a catcher who has a chance to be above average on defense and no worse than average on offense.  In all reality, I thought he should have been on the Area Code team and I didn't think it was hard to see that.

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