Tiger Taxonomy: Damek Tomscha
A unique name and a unique talent. Tomscha is one the top JUCO Prospects in America. He’s already been drafted twice (once by the Phillies in 2010 and last year by the Marlins). He’s a combination RHP/SS/3B that brings a great offensive approach to the plate. He was the Gatorade Iowa player of the year coming out of High School:
The 6-foot-3 Tomscha led the Stars to a 36-7 record and the Iowa Class 4A state championship last season, the first in school history. Tomscha batted .456 with 11 home runs, 48 RBIs, 52 hits and an .897 slugging percentage. A 2009 all-state Super Team selection and Louisville Slugger preseason All-American, Tomscha batted .667 with nine runs scored and six RBIs in three state tournament games.
You will hear the term “sleeper” thrown around a lot when it comes to Tomscha. Drafted twice, you can see how he’s slowly climbed up the radar of MLB Scouts:
Tomscha is a deep sleeper who has plenty of fans within the scouting community. I’m not a member of said community, but count me in as a fan all the same. As a high school guy without high school ball in Iowa, Tomscha’s upside was severely underrated this spring. He’s a really good athlete with a pretty swing, plus arm, and good raw defensive tools. My high pre-draft ranking was probably a bit of overcompensating for his lack of national love on my end, but it should definitely be noted that this your typical 50th round flier. Tomscha’s legit.
So what do those same scouts say about Tomscha?
Damek Tomscha is a 2010 3B/SS with a 6'2'', 200 lb. frame from Sioux City, IA who attends Sioux City North HS. Square shouldered build, good present strength. Outstanding arm strength at 3B, good athletic actions, needs improvement on footwork/balance, 6.93 runner. Very good raw bat speed, calm balanced stance, lacks ideal hitting rhythm now, line drive swing plane, ball jumps off bat well. Also pitched, different arm stroke than at 3B, upper 80's fastball, some sharpness to slider. Very interesting unrecognized talent with a high ceiling. Signed with Iowa Western CC
So how did a kid from Iowa end up at Auburn? Weather and Competition mostly:
"The biggest thing was that the SEC is the best baseball conference in the country," said Tomscha, who led North to its first Class 4A state title as a junior. "I like the warm weather and coaches, too. They have told me I will have an opportunity to play third base right away and maybe pitch a little, too."
"The past two years, they have had 18 guys drafted, so that was one of the reasons they were down a little last year," said Tomscha.
Tomscha had offers from Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Western Kentucky and Florida International. He visited Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Florida International before making a visit to Auburn last week.
Oh and hey, we actually have VIDEO of Damek:
Looks pretty good.