College Baseball Prospects: Top Sophomores 2011

The sophomore year is perhaps the most important evaluation period for a college prospect. While some super studs like Matt Purke and Anthony Rendon before him truly shine as freshman, the sophomore year usually separates the men from the boys. While I did rank the players below, I wouldn’t pay particularly close attention to where each player falls on the list. The ranking below was an attempted balance between high profile recruits and lower profile performers. They all deserve my attention as I prepare coverage of future MLB drafts and projecting the performance of college baseball’s best teams. If there are guys that I’ve missed, and undoubtedly there are, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can follow their performance throughout 2011.

1. Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. Last Drafted: Rangers ’09 1st Round (14th Overall)

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TCU

FR

16-0

3.02

20

18

1

0

0

116

91

34

142

1.07

2. Kenny Diekroeger – SS/3B – Stanford. 6’2″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 2nd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

55

216

42

77

12

1

5

41

1

12

44

.356

.392

.491

3. Brian Goodwin – OF – Miami-Dade Community College. 6’0″ 190. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: White Sox ’09 17th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UNC

FR

60

227

47

66

13

8

7

63

7

45

49

.291

.409

.511

4. Jake Barrett – RHP – Arizona State. 6’4″ 235. Last Drafted: Toronto ’09 3rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ASU

FR

2-0

3.41

28

0

0

0

2

29

26

10

43

1.24

5. Austin Maddox – DH/1B/3B – Florida. 6’3″ 220. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UF

FR

63

264

48

88

16

0

17

72

0

7

42

.333

.369

.587

6. Deven Marrero – SS – Arizona State. 6’1″ 180. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Cincinnati ’09 17th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

ASU

FR

42

156

31

62

12

3

6

42

11

13

24

.397

.442

.628

7. Jeremy Baltz – OF – St. John’s. 6’3″ 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Yankees ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STJ

FR

63

240

64

95

16

1

24

85

6

28

44

.396

.482

.771

8. Andrew Susac – C – Oregon. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia: ’09 16th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OSU

FR

42

96

15

25

4

0

2

13

0

15

23

.260

.387

.365

9. Michael Zunino – C – Florida. 6’2″ 220. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Oakland ’09 30th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

55

176

31

47

7

1

9

41

8

9

38

.267

.314

.472

10. Nolan Fontana – SS – Florida. 5’11” 190. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

63

216

56

62

15

2

3

23

11

53

29

.287

.429

.417

11. Brian Johnson – DH/ LHP – Florida. 6’3″ 225. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 27th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

27

84

13

34

5

1

4

21

0

9

15

.405

.458

.631

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

6-4

4.03

16

14

0

0

0

73.2

88

14

51

12. Stephen Perez – SS – Miami. 5’11” 175. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Cincinnati ’09 18th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MIA

FR

63

239

50

61

14

1

8

38

24

39

72

.255

.362

.423

13. Lex Rutledge – LHP – Samford. 6’1″ 185. Last Drafted: Milwaukee ’09 26th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SAM

FR

5-1

1.71

33

0

0

0

11

47

41

19

65

1.27

14. Jake Stewart – OF – Stanford. 6’2″ 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia ’09 14th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

55

172

24

36

6

2

2

16

5

12

43

.209

.266

.302

15. Branden Kline – RHP – Virginia. 6’3″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Boston ’09 6th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

UVA

FR

5-1

3.62

22

8

0

0

3

64

54

20

56

1.14

16. Derek Dennis – SS – Michigan. 6’3″ 170. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 10th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MICH

FR

53

176

32

47

5

0

4

32

7

14

49

.267

.337

.364

17. Cohl Walla – OF – Texas. 6’3″ 165. Bats R: Throws: R. Last Drafted: Nationals ’09 43rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TEX

FR

62

228

41

72

12

2

8

40

14

13

42

.316

.355

.491

18. Hudson Randall – RHP – Florida. 6’4″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Kansas City ’09 46th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

8-4

3.24

20

17

0

0

0

97

102

21

69

1.26

19. Dylan Floro – RHP – Cal State Fullerton. 6’2″ 180. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 20th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CSF

FR

7-2

3.26

27

8

2

2

2

91

102

11

69

1.24

20. Kurt Heyer – RHP – Arizona. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. BA Freshman All American.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ARI

FR

7-4

3.26

17

16

1

0

0

102

97

29

109

1.24

21. Matt Price – RHP – South Carolina. 6’2″ 215. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SC

FR

5-1

2.26

31

0

0

0

10

55.2

37

10

35

22. Justin Jones – LHP – California. 6’3″ 175. Last Drafted: Chicago White Sox ’09 7th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAL

FR

10-6

4.22

18

15

2

0

0

98

102

29

73

1.34

23. Hoby Milner – LHP – Texas. 6’3″ 165. Last Drafted. Washington ’09 44th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TEX

FR

3-1

1.97

18

3

0

0

0

32

29

12

31

1.28

24. Michael Ratteree – SS – Rice. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Washington ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

RICE

FR

63

224

60

63

9

1

10

64

3

46

44

.281

.424

.466

25. Logan Vick – OF – Baylor. 5’11” 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

BAY

FR

60

228

59

75

17

2

10

27

11

59

49

.329

.471

.553

26. Anthony Gomez – 2B – Vanderbilt. 6’0″ 180. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

VAND

FR

60

214

41

81

10

0

2

30

9

14

9

.379

.399

.453

27. Max White – OF – Oklahoma. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OK

FR

62

215

48

63

13

1

15

43

7

13

58

.293

.345

.572

28. Christian Walker – 1B – South Carolina. 6’0″ 210. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 49th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SC

FR

61

226

35

74

12

2

9

51

2

18

18

.327

.384

.518

29. Pat Biondi – OF – Michigan. 5’9″ 160. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tigers ’09 35th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MICH

FR

57

230

69

72

11

6

2

30

29

36

30

.313

.410

.439

30. Barrett Barnes – 1B/OF – Texas Tech. 5’11” 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

Tech

FR

57

217

71

74

19

2

14

53

12

40

50

.341

.465

.641

31. Beau Amaral – OF – UCLA. 5’10 175. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UCLA

FR

64

223

45

79

12

0

4

31

9

20

53

.354

.437

.462

32. Brett Huber – RHP – Mississippi. 6’2″ 210. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MISS

FR

2-0

3.54

30

0

0

0

12

48

38

19

54

1.18

33. Michael Wacha – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’6″ 195. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

A&M

FR

9-2

2.90

25

10

0

0

0

105

86

22

97

1.02

34. Josh Elander – OF/C – TCU. 6’1″ 215. Last Drafted: Washington ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TCU

FR

59

194

41

69

16

4

2

33

11

24

50

.356

.510

35. Carlos Lopez – 1B – Cal State Fullerton. 6’2″ 205. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted Detroit ’10 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CSF

FR

62

237

44

84

16

3

7

51

5

22

23

.354

.414

.536

36. Jayce Boyd – 3B – Florida State. 6’3″ 185. Last Drafted: Texas ’09 19th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FSU

FR

67

227

49

74

15

1

8

39

4

27

38

.326

.394

.507

37. Richie Shaffer – 3B – Clemson. 6’2″ 190. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 25th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CLEM

FR

48

158

45

51

11

0

7

36

2

18

36

.323

.415

.525

38. Kyle Hansen – RHP – St. John’s. 6’8″ 200. Last Drafted: Milwaukee ’09 40th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

STJ

FR

8-3

3.71

18

15

0

0

0

94

77

38

85

1.21

39. Tom Lemke – RHP – Nebraska. 6’8″ 230. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 10th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

NEB

FR

5-6

5.34

14

14

2

2

0

60

67

30

43

1.60

40. Cody Keefer – OF – UCLA. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Detroit ’09 33rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UCLA

FR

45

148

29

47

9

0

2

31

1

32

31

.318

.452

.419

41. Jerad Grundy – LHP – Miami (FL). 5’11” 180. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 46th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MIA

FR

2-0

3.57

9

2

0

0

0

17

17

6

13

1.30

42. Christian Jones – LHP – Oregon. 6’2″ 205. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ORE

FR

2-2

3.71

20

1

0

0

0

26.2

25

12

21

43. Stephen Piscotty – IF – Stanford. 6’3″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

56

227

45

74

17

0

4

36

5

15

18

.326

.387

.454

44. Michael Heller – RHP – Florida. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Pittsburgh ’09 29th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

0-0

4.15

5

0

0

0

0

4

5

1

1

1.38

45. Mark Appel – RHP – Stanford. 6’5″ 190. Last Drafted: Tigers ’09 15th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

STAN

FR

2-1

5.92

24

3

0

0

2

38

44

15

14

46. Dan Gulbransen – OF – Jacksonville. 5’10” 205. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

JAX

FR

54

202

53

79

14

2

8

46

5

39

23

.391

.502

.599

47. Sam Selman – LHP – Vanderbilt. 6’3″ 165. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles: ’09 14th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

VAN

FR

0-0

9.00

4

0

0

0

0

6

10

4

8

2.33

48. Corey Roberts – RHP – UNC Charlotte. 6’1″ 235. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

UNCC

FR

6-3

3.48

15

12

0

0

0

85

81

23

75

1.22

49. Taylor Rogers – LHP – Kentucky. 6’3″ 175. Last Drafted: Baltimore ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

KY

FR

4-7

6.40

14

14

1

0

0

83

108

15

39

1.48

50. Chad Kettler – SS – Oklahoma. 6’1″ 185. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 24th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OK

FR

5

7

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

.286

.286

.286

51. Kevin Plawecki – C – Purdue. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

PUR

FR

54

204

36

70

12

1

8

53

2

8

11

.343

.396

.529

52. Cory Spangenberg – 2B/3B – Indian River State College (FL). 6’0″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. Transfer from Virginia Military Academy.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

VMI

FR

55

235

62

87

14

3

11

49

24

14

45

.370

.409

.596

53. Matt Koch – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 185. Last Drafted: Boston ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

LOU

FR

3-0

3.27

11

6

0

0

0

44

37

9

31

1.05

54. Andrew Heaney – LHP – Oklahoma State. 6’2″ 165. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 24th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

OSU

FR

5-4

5.16

16

10

0

0

1

66

81

24

55

1.58

55. Ryan Dalton – 3B – Texas-San Antonio. 6’1″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TSA

FR

50

190

38

58

9

1

17

51

0

12

46

.305

.362

.632

56. Jabari Henry – OF – Florida International. 6’0″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 39th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FIU

FR

49

165

47

52

10

1

12

51

6

32

36

.315

.439

.606

57. Ronnie Richardson – OF – Central Florida. 5’7″ 175. Bats: B Throws: L. Last Drafted: Minnesota ’09 11th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CF

FR

46

165

36

49

9

2

4

36

12

34

23

.297

.439

.448

58. Ronnie Freeman – C – Kennesaw State. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

KS

FR

54

211

27

77

8

0

9

47

2

10

31

.365

.399

.531

59. Steve Nyisztor – 2B – Rutgers. 6’4″ 190. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

RUT

FR

56

229

52

94

17

3

4

51

11

11

22

.410

.450

.563

60. Tyler Gaffney – OF – Stanford. 6’1″ 215. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. Also a RB on the Football Team.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

53

198

42

65

13

3

3

24

2

15

30

.328

.406

.470



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Scouting Report: Desmond Jennings – OF – TB

Desmond Jennings – CF – Tampa Bay Rays. Bats: R Throws: R 6’2″ 180. DOB: 10.30.86. College: Itawamba CC (MS) Drafted: 10th Round 2006

Scouted: Durham Bulls @ Columbus Clippers 5.14.10 (In Person)

The Devil Rays changed the course of their brief history in 2006 when they used the 3rd overall pick on Evan Longoria, but 9 rounds later they selected another player with star ability. A decorated wide receiver at Itawamba CC, Jennings’ athletic ability is apparent to all observers. Jennings’ speed/plate discipline combination captured my attention years ago and I was so high on him last season that he came in at #3 on my top 100 prospects list. While 2010 was a success, Jennings didn’t duplicate his impressive 2009 campaign and will enter 2011 as my #3 outfielder. Jennings had some trouble staying healthy early in his professional career but the past two seasons have been generally incident free.

Minor League Stats

Year

Age

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2006

19

RK

56

213

48

59

10

1

4

20

32

5

22

39

.277

.360

.390

2007

20

A-

99

387

75

122

21

5

9

37

45

15

45

53

.315

.401

.465

2008

21

A+

24

85

17

22

5

1

2

6

5

2

14

16

.259

.360

.412

2009

22

AA-AAA

132

497

92

158

31

10

11

62

52

7

67

67

.318

.401

.487

2010

23

AAA

109

399

82

111

25

6

3

36

37

4

47

67

.278

.362

.393

TOT

420

1581

314

472

92

23

29

161

171

33

195

242

.299

.384

.441

Major League Stats

Year

Age

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

23

MLB

17

24

5

4

1

1

0

2

2

2

2

4

.190

.292

.333

It’s important to note that getting one live look doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report, but that’s not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway.

HITTING: Jennings excels with pitch recognition which bodes well for his future projection as a player capable of hitting at a high average, but one minor point of concern is that the right handed hitting Jennings hit just .198 against lefties last season.

POWER: After posting a career high .487 slugging percentage in 2009, Jennings slugged just .393 last season. It’s possible that a wrist injury he battled through limited Jennings’ power, but while he was once projected to develop average power, I just don’t see it. He has a short compact line drive stroke and his wheels will turn singles into doubles but no amount of speed will turn those doubles into home runs.

SPEED: Jennings possesses speed that is truly plus plus and he’s intelligent enough to use it wisely. His CS% is consistently low and the International League mangers voted regarded him as the top baserunner in the league in 2010. I clocked Jennings at 4.3 seconds from home to 1st base.

ARM: I have not been able to get an accurate first hand look at Jennings arm strength, but all accounts have this tool graded as average.

DEFENSE: On top of being voted as the best baserunner, Jennings was also voted the most exciting player and the best defensive outfielder in the International League.

FUTURE: The departure of Carl Crawford should create an opening for Jennings where his OBP and stolen base totals while playing for a contender could generate Rookie of the Year buzz.

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2011 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

**Update: Final Mock Draft from 6.5.11 posted here.*



Let’s face it, it’s far too early to do a mock draft. Yet here I am. Completely and ridiculously inaccurate. This mock gives zero weight to signability and team need and way too much weight to hunches on how good I think these players are.


1. Pittsburgh Pirates – Anthony Rendon – 3B – Rice. 6’0″ 190. The best amateur player in the country.

2. Seattle Mariners – Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. The unsigned 14th overall pick from 2009 draft should go even earlier as a draft eligible sophomore.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks – Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 6’4″ 220. Like Purke, Cole is another unsigned former 1st rounder (NYY – ’08 – 28th overall).

4. Baltimore Orioles – Bubba Starling – OF/RHP – Gardner Edgerton HS (KS). 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: Nebraska (Football). He’ll be a tough sign and much more likely to slide down draft boards and get well above average bonus offers.

5. Kansas City Royals – Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6″ 195.

6. Washington NationalsDaniel Norris – LHP – Science Hill HS (TN). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: Clemson

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – South Carolina. 5’10” 175.

8. Cleveland Indians – George Springer – OF – Connecticut. 6’3″ 205.

9. Chicago Cubs – Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt. 6’0″ 185. The Cubs took a flyer on him in 2008 (27th Round) knowing it would be tough to sign him away from Vanderbilt. Makes sense they’d take him again.

10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Archie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma.

11. Houston Astros – Dillon Howard – RHP – Searcy HS (AR). 6’2″ 200. College Commitment: Arkansas.

12. Milwaukee Brewers – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180.

13. New York Mets – John Stilson – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’4″ 190. The Mets may draft a stud reliever so they can stop using their blue chip starting pitching prospects in the bullpen.

14. Florida Marlins – Dylan Bundy – RHP – Owasso HS (OK). 6’1″ 200.

15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA. 6’1″ 175. Tim Lincecum comps are ludicrous, but he’s still very good.

16. Los Angeles Dodgers – Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia. 6’2″ 195. 2011 will be his 3rd year as the ace for a good Virginia team.

17. Los Angeles Angles – Blake Swihart – C – Cleveland HS (NM). 6’0″ 175. College Commitment: Texas.

18. Oakland Athletics – Josh Bell – OF – 6’3″ 205. Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). College Commitment: Texas.

19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Francisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State.

20. Colorado Rockies – Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195.

21. Toronto Blue Jays – Jason Esposito – 3B – Vanderbilt. 6’1″ 195.

22. St. Louis Cardinals – Derek Fisher – OF – Ceder Crest HS (PA). 6’3″ 210. College Commitment: Virginia.

23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. This ranking is based purely on talent and not on results. Here’s hoping Meyer has a Matt Harvey like turn around in 2011.

24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) – Brandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. College Commitment: Arkansas.

25. San Diego Padres – Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina. 6’2″ 190.

26. Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre) – Jose Fernandez – RHP – Alonso HS (FL). 6’3″ 215. College Commitment: South Florida.

27. Cincinnati Reds – Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. 6’3″ 220. See scouting report here.

28. Atlanta Braves – Zach Cone – OF – Georgia. 6’2″ 200.

29. San Francisco Giants – Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205.

30. Minnesota Twins – Noe Ramirez – RHP – Cal State Fullerton. 6’3″ 180.

31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Logan Verrett – RHP – Baylor. 6’2″ 180.

32. Tampa Bay Rays – Charlie Tilson – OF – New Trier HS (IL). 6’0″ 165.

33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Mikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205.

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2011 Top 20 Outfield Prospects

1. Bryce Harper – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’3″ 225 – WAS – 10.16.92. When Tom Verdicci wrote his legendary “Chosen One” article, he opened it with the proclamation, “His name is Bryce Harper. You don’t know him, but every big league scouting director does.” Oh Verdicci you underestimate the prospect community! We were well aware of Harper, who had just been named Baseball America’s High School Player of the Year as a sophomore. Harper’s story is truly remarkable and will go down in baseball history regardless of whether he pans out. My prediction for 2011 is that we’re going to see a high K%. Very high. The K’s will cause a low batting average and he’ll begin to press which will lead to more K’s. Some people not quite as smart as my readers will start calling him a bust prematurely. His true test will be dealing with adversity for the first time in his life. Regardless of the numbers he will produce in 2011, Harper will likely be #1 on this list again in 2012. He’s just that talented.

Year

Class

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2008

FR

HS

11

67

.599

2009

SO

HS

115

76

72

22

9

14

55

36

.626

2010

FR

JUCO

66

228

98

101

23

4

31

98

20

39

43

.443

.526

.987

2010

AFL

9

35

6

12

3

2

1

7

1

4

11

.353

.410

.629

2. Mike Trout – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 215 – LAA – 8.7.91. A New Jersey prep product, Trout was selected by the Angles with the second of their two first round picks in 2009. Trout’s 2010 season was spectacular as he posted a .918 OPS to go with 56 SB while propelling him into the Minor League Player of the Year discussion. While his legs make him a plus center fielder, his arm is below average so he may be a left fielder by the time he reaches the Major Leagues.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MW

A-

81

312

76

113

19

7

6

39

45

46

52

.362

.454

.526

2010

CAL

A+

50

196

30

60

9

2

4

19

11

27

33

.306

.388

.434

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

131

508

106

173

28

9

10

58

56

73

85

.341

.428

.490

3. Desmond Jennings – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’2″ 200 – TB – 10.30.86. Jennings appeal to me has always been his patient eye coupled with his stolen base ability, as that combination is much more rare in today’s game than it should be. Jennings has had a well above average BB% throughout his minor league career while stealing 171 bases in just over 4 seasons. He should spend most of 2011 as Carl Crawford’s replacement in left, even if he doesn’t make the team out of spring training.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

IL

AAA

109

399

82

111

25

6

3

36

37

47

67

.278

.363

.393

2010

AL

MLB

17

21

5

4

1

1

0

2

2

2

4

.190

.292

.333

4. Domonic Brown – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’5″ 200 – PHI – 9.3.87. A 20th round pick out of a Georgia HS in 2006, Brown has climbed the prospect rankings year by year. Now a legitimate 5-tool prospect, he’ll be asked to fill Jayson Werth’s shoes and contend for Rookie of the Year on a championship caliber team.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

EL

AA

65

236

50

75

16

3

15

47

12

29

51

.318

.391

.602

2010

IL

AAA

28

107

15

37

6

1

5

21

5

8

23

.346

.390

.561

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

93

343

65

112

22

4

20

68

17

37

74

.327

.391

.589

2010

NL

MLB

35

62

8

13

3

0

2

13

2

5

24

.210

.257

.355

5. Aaron Hicks – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’2″ 185 – MIN – 10.2.89. Let’s face it folks there is a drop off between 4 and 5 but HIcks has legit talent. I’ve been bullish on him since the 2008 draft when I, like many other prospectors, liked him better as a pitcher. While he hasn’t hit for as much power as I feel he’s capable of, Hicks walked at an incredible 17% last season and has posted BB/K ratios of .88, .73 and .79 in his three professional seasons. There’s a lot to like about that.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

115

423

86

118

86

118

27

6

8

49

21

88

112

.279

.401

.428

6. Brett Jackson – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’2″ 210 – CHC – 8.2.88. The Cubs used a 2009 first round pick on Jackson, an athletic outfielder out of Cal. Remember when Cal had a baseball team? If you haven’t figured it out, I’m partial to guys who get on base and Jackson does just that. He posted a .395 OBP and used those on base opportunities to steal 30 bags.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FSL

A+

67

263

56

83

19

8

6

38

12

43

63

.316

.420

.517

2010

SO

AA

61

228

47

63

13

6

6

28

18

30

63

.276

.366

.465

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

128

491

103

146

32

14

12

66

30

73

126

.297

.395

.493

7. Nick Weglarz – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’3 240 – CLE – 12.16.87. It’s tough for me to look at Nick Weglarz and not think of Adam Dunn. He’s big, he’s powerful to all fields and he takes a ton of walks. A native Canadian, he’s an Olympic and WBC veteran.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

EL

AA

37

137

21

39

10

0

7

27

1

22

26

.285

.387

.511

2010

IL

AAA

50

175

30

50

17

1

6

20

2

28

43

.286

.392

.497

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

87

313

51

89

27

1

13

47

3

50

69

.285

.390

.503

8. Trayvon Robinson – Bats: B Throws: R – 5’11” 195 – LAD – 9.1.87. An intercity Los Angeles product, Robinson was a 10th round pick in 2005. Robinson is a switch hitter who hits for average well against righties (.291) and lefties (.319).

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

120

434

80

130

23

5

9

57

38

73

125

.300

.404

.438

9. Engel Beltre – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’2″ 180 – TEX – 11.1.89. Beltre displayed 5 tool ability in his second go around in High A Bakersfield in 2010. While he’s a plus runner, his 9 caught stealings demonstrate a needs to learn the nuances of base running.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAL

A+

68

263

38

87

11

4

5

35

10

11

34

.331

.376

.460

2010

TL

AA

47

181

14

46

4

4

1

14

8

10

24

.254

.301

.337

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

115

444

52

133

15

8

6

49

18

21

58

.300

.346

.410

10. Jaff Decker – Bats: L Throws: L – 5’10” 190 – SD – 2.23.90. Power and plate discipline are the calling cards of this oddly shaped and even more oddly spelled prospect. While Decker draws his Matt Stairs comparisons primarily for his body type, like Stairs he walks at a high rate (13.5%) and also strikes out at an equally high rate (27.6%).

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAL

A+

79

290

53

76

14

2

17

58

5

47

80

.262

.374

.500

11. Yorman Rodriguez – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’3″ 180 – CIN – 8.15.92. Signed as a 16 year old out of Venezuela, Rodriguez has 5 tool ability. Thankfully walking isn’t an official tool, as his 8 BB in 171 AB’s equal a meager 4.3 BB%. He’ll join 2B Billy Hamilton on a prospect laden Low A Dayton team, where I’ll be able to get a look at him in person.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

PIO

Rk

43

171

25

58

8

3

2

39

12

8

30

.339

.361

.456

12. Anthony Gose – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’1″ 190 – TOR – 8.10.90. Gose was part of a talented group of California prep outfielders in the 2008 draft that included Minnesota’s Aaron Hicks. He led the minor leagues with 76 SB in 2009 but this past season he stole just 45 while being caught an alarming 32 times. Any Sabermetrician, and I’m not claiming to be one, will tell you that the value of a stolen base just isn’t enough to risk when you’re thrown out nearly half the time. Gose was selected by the Phillies in the 2nd round in 2008 before being dealt to Houston in exchange for Roy Oswalt. Houston quickly traded him to the Blue Jays for fellow 2008 draftee, Arizona State’s 3B/1B Brett Wallace.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FSL

A+

103

418

67

110

17

11

4

21

36

32

103

.263

.325

.385

2010

FSL

A+

27

94

21

24

3

2

3

6

9

13

29

.255

.360

.426

2010

TOT

2Tms

130

512

88

134

20

13

7

27

45

45

132

.262

.332

.393

13. Jared Mitchell – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’0″ 205 – CWS – 10.13.88. Even if Jared Mitchell doesn’t make it to the Major Leagues, he’s already a pretty accomplished young man. Mitchell was a wide receiver on the 2007 LSU national championship team, the College World Series MVP on the 2009 national champion baseball team and a first round pick that same year. Mitchell missed all of 2010 because of a torn tendon in his ankle and his ultimate potential is directly tied to whether or not he can regain his athleticism. Mitchell is patient almost to a fault, often making it difficult for me to discern whether he is truly being patient or just not recognizing pitches in the strike zone.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2009

SAL

A-

34

115

13

34

12

2

0

10

5

23

40

.296

.417

.435

14. Michael Choice – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’0″ 215 – OAK – 11.10.89. Choice rode his DI leading 76 walks to a .568 OBP as a junior at Texas-Arlington. Oakland may be going back to it’s Moneyball routes as they made the on base machine the 10th overall pick in 2010. I’m projecting power and patience on his way to a monster season in the hitters paradise that is the High A California League.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

ARI

Rk

3

7

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

.000

.222

.000

2010

NW

Rk

27

102

20

29

10

2

7

26

6

15

43

.284

.388

.627

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

30

109

21

29

10

2

7

26

6

17

45

.266

.377

.587

15. Xavier Avery – Bats: L Throws: L – 5’11” 180 – BAL – 1.1.90. Avery was part of what is looking like a very promising 2008 Baltimore draft class that included future ace Brian Matusz (1st) and my #8 2B, L.J. Hoes (3rd). Like Hoes, he’s developing rather quickly for a prep draftee and could make an appearance in Baltimore by late 2012.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CA

A+

109

447

73

125

25

6

4

48

28

42

96

.280

.349

.389

2010

EL

AA

27

107

10

25

6

0

3

18

10

7

34

.234

.288

.374

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

136

554

83

150

31

6

7

66

38

49

130

.271

.337

.386

16. Cesar Puello – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’2″ 195 – NYM – 4.1.91. While I was never officially on the Fernando Martinez bandwagon am officially off and onto Cesar Puello’s “C-Train”. Did I just make that up? It’s certainly no more ridiculous than “F-Mart”! While F-Mart is young enough to turn it around, Puello is young enough that he hasn’t disappointed Mets fans yet. A .292/.375/.359 line is impressive for a teenager in the Low A Sally League.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SAL

A-

109

404

80

118

22

1

1

34

45

32

82

.292

.375

.359

17. Ben Revere – Bats: L Throws: R – 5’9″ 175 – MIN – 5.3.88. In 2007 the Twins shocked the prospecting community when they used a first round pick on the undersized Kentucky prep standout and signed him quickly for just $750,000. A great contact hitter, Revere has hit at least .305 in each of his professional seasons and has never had a K% over 11.4%.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

EL

AA

94

361

44

110

10

4

1

23

36

32

41

.305

.371

.363

2010

AL

MLB

13

28

1

5

0

0

0

2

0

2

5

.179

.233

.179

18. Reymond Fuentes – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’0″ 160 – SD – 2.12.91. Boston made the Puerto Rican born Fuentes a first round pick in 2009 and then recently traded him to San Diego with RHP Casey Kelly and 1B Anthony Rizzo for Adrian Gonzalez. Defensively, Fuentes shines in centerfield but a poor arm could force a future move to left field.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SAL

A-

104

374

59

101

15

5

5

41

42

25

87

.270

.328

.377

19. Christian Yelich – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’4″ 190 – FLA – 12.5.91. A first baseman at Westlake Village HS (CA), Yelich will begin his professional career in the outfield. Yelich was regarded as one of the more advanced prep bats in the 2010 draft.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

GCL

Rk

6

24

3

9

1

1

0

3

1

2

7

.375

.423

.500

2010

SAL

A-

6

23

2

8

2

0

0

2

0

1

6

.348

.375

.435

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

12

47

5

17

3

1

0

5

1

3

13

.362

.400

.468

20. Kyle Parker – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’0″ 200 – COL – 9.30.89. While college athletics has seen many two sport stars, Parker became the first player in collegiate history to throw for 20 TD’s and hit 20 HR. As the 26th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Parker signed at the deadline yet still returned to Clemson for one more season on the gridiron. Now that football is behind him he’ll begin his professional baseball career in 2011 where he’s expected to hit for power.

Year

Class

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

JR

NCAA

67

247

85

85

15

1

20

64

4

56

60

.344

.478

.656

MLB Draft Prospect: Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana – Scouting Report


2011 MLB Draft Prospect: Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. Bats: L Throws: L. 6’3″ 225. DOB: 5.26.90

SCOUTED

Indiana @ Ohio State – April 9, 2010 (in person)


A prep star in California, Dickerson has been hitting since arriving in Bloomington in 2009. A freshman on a deep Indiana team that included 2009 first rounder Eric Arnett (MIL) and supplemental first rounders Josh Phegley (CHW) and Matt Bashore (MIN), it was clear that Dickerson was the most feared Hoosiers hitter by season’s end earning an All Big 10 Tournament Team selection while leading Indiana to the NCAA tournament. Dickerson earned Conference Freshman of the Year honors and was named Second Team All Conference as a DH.

As a sophomore in 2010, Dickerson was a Baseball America 3rd Team All American and won the conference triple crown (.419 AVE – 24HR – 75RBI). In the summer he played in the Cape Cod League where he put up a .500/.553/.706 line in a 9 game stay.

STATISTICS

YEAR

CLASS

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

AVE

OBP

SLG

2009

FR

58

238

45

88

15

1

14

57

18

47

2

.370

.428

.618

2010

SO

58

236

62

99

19

0

24

75

20

35

3

.419

.479

.805

2011

JR


It’s important to note that watching one game doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report. That’s not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway.

HITTING: Dickerson has a powerful pull heavy swing and according this article by collegeplits.com, the results match the swing. In the game I saw, he was susceptible to off-speed pitches away. It was not clear to me if the problem was pitch recognition or that he was trying to pull these pitches or both but you can view the video above and judge for yourself. It should be noted that the at bats that I scouted were against 2010 Minnesota Twins 1st Round pick Alex Wimmers and his curve ball and changeup both rate well above average especially when compared to other amateurs that Dickerson faces. On a positive note, while Dickerson kills right handed pitching, he still hits well against lefties. I give his hitting a plus rating.

POWER: The .805 slugging percentage Dickerson posted as a sophomore is proof positive of his prestigious power at the plate. It’s pretty rare that anyone hit 38 HR in his first two years of college, much less to do so in the frigid Big Ten Midwestern weather therefore I give his power a plus plus rating.

SPEED: Dickerson has below average speed.

ARM: Dickerson has average arm strength in my small viewing sample size.

DEFENSE: His defense is passable in LF for the time being. I have not seen him at 1B but he has played there in the past. His ultimate best position as a professional will be DH.

FUTURE: Dickerson could go as early as the middle of the 1st but it’s conceivable that he gets exposed under increased scrutiny and slides to the 3rd round. However, there are so few college players in this or any draft with as much raw power as Dickerson that I have a hard time believing he makes it out of the supplemental round. As a professional he’ll need to improve his K:BB ratio in order to be successful.



College Baseball: 2011 Preseason All-American Teams


A new year is upon us and that means we’re one step closer to baseball season. I spent New Year’s Eve much like the rest of you; watching the Twilight Zone Marathon, drinking some smoked porter that my buddy made in his basement and working on my Preseason Collegiate All-American teams. Well here is the end result of that wacky crazy night. Keep in mind that most of these kids I’ve only seen on TV while others I haven’t seen at all. It should also be noted that I tend to favor higher ceiling guys than strictly numbers guys although I tried to find a balance between those guys that have already produced gargantuan numbers and those who I feel are capable of doing so. Well enough of this palaver, let’s get this show on the road.



FIRST TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Gerrit Cole

JR

UCLA

11-4

3.37

19

0

123

92

153

52

NYY ’08 (1)

LHP

Matt Purke

SO

TCU

16-0

3.02

20

0

116.1

91

142

34

TEX ’09 (1)

RHP

Taylor Jungmann

JR

Texas

8-3

2.03

17

0

120

88

129

41

LAA ’08 (24)

LHP

Danny Hultzen

JR

Virginia

11-1

2.78

16

0

106

75

123

24

ARI ’10 (10)

RHP

Noe Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

12-1

2.54

16

0

106.1

92

119

19

N/A

RHP

Sonny Gray

JR

Vanderbilt

10-5

3.48

19

1

108.2

101

113

48

CHC ’08 (27)

RHP

John Stilson

SO

Texas A&M

9-1

0.80

33

10

79

51

114

23

MIN ’09 (18)

UTL

Mike McGee

SR

FSU

4-1

2.96

20

13

27.1

15

33

18

ARI ’10 (41)

Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Peter O’Brien

JR

Bethune-Cookman

.386

51

78

13

0

20

56

18

39

0

N/A

1B

Paul Hoilman

SR

Eastern Tenn. St.

.421

79

99

24

2

25

84

51

41

1

TB ’10 (49)

2B

Kolten Wang

JR

Hawaii

.357

57

89

15

4

7

40

36

20

19

MIN ’08 (16)

3B

Anthony Rendon

JR

Rice

.394

83

89

12

1

26

85

65

22

14

ATL ’08 (27)

SS

B.A. Vollmuth

JR

So. Mississippi

.386

72

91

17

2

20

76

43

51

4

HOU ’08 (32)

OF

Jackie Bradley Jr.

JR

South Carolina

.368

56

89

12

1

13

60

41

37

7

N/A

OF

Alex Dickerson

JR

Indiana

.419

62

99

19

0

24

75

20

35

3

WAS ’08 (48)

OF

Mikie Mahtook

JR

LSU

.335

68

80

19

4

14

50

38

54

22

FLA ’08 (39)

DH

Garrett Wittels

JR

Florida International

.413

47

100

21

2

2

60

22

19

4

HOU ’08 (36)

UTL

Mike McGee

SR

FSU

.328

61

82

15

1

17

73

44

53

5

ARI ’10 (41)


SECOND TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Trevor Bauer

JR

UCLA

12-3

3.02

18

0

131.1

121

165

41

N/A

RHP

Cole Green

SR

Texas

11-2

2.74

17

0

111.2

88

75

27

DET ’10 (4)

LHP

Alex Panteliodis

JR

Florida

11-3

3.51

18

0

100

86

82

26

N/A

LHP

Tyler Anderson

JR

Oregon

7-5

2.98

17

0

102.2

84

105

33

N/A

RHP

Steven Maxwell

SR

TCU

11-2

2.70

18

0

103.1

89

93

34

MIN ’10 (12)

RHP

Anthony Meo

JR

Coastal Carolina

13-2

2.61

18

0

96.2

82

94

34

WAS ’08 (43)

RHP

Matt Price

SO

South Carolina

5-1

2.26

31

10

55.2

37

83

19

BOS ’10 (8)

UTL

Nick Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

1-3

3.50

27

11

43.2

41

38

8

N/A



Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

James McCann

JR

Arkansas

.286

32

61

6

0

9

34

18

28

3

CHW ’08 (31)

1B

Austin Maddox

SO

Florida

.333

48

88

16

0

17

72

7

42

0

TB ’09 (37)

2B

Zack MacPhee

JR

Arizona State

.389

67

89

8

14

9

64

41

39

20

DET ’08 (22)

3B

Jason Esposito

JR

Vanderbilt

.359

65

94

25

1

12

64

34

35

31

KC ’08 (7)

SS

Brad Miller

JR

Clemson

.357

71

90

19

4

8

49

50

43

9

TEX ’08 (39)

OF

George Springer

JR

Connecticut

.337

84

82

16

4

18

62

60

70

33

MIN ’08 (48)

OF

Chad Oberacker

SR

Tennessee Tech

.452

67

108

29

5

6

70

34

23

14

STL ’10 (19)

OF

Jeremy Baltz

SO

St. Johns

.396

64

95

16

1

24

85

28

44

6

NYY ’09 (45)

DH

Levi Michael

JR

UNC

.346

76

74

14

4

9

54

44

26

20

N/A

UTL

Nick Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

.346

62

90

28

1

16

75

19

50

6

N/A


THIRD TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Matt Barnes

JR

Connecticut

8-3

3.92

15

0

82.2

79

75

25

N/A

RHP

Kyle Winkler

JR

TCU

12-3

3.39

19

0

116.2

111

92

36

MIL ’08 (37)

RHP

Tim Kelly

SR

Wichita St.

11-2

3.94

16

0

96

108

80

26

N/A

LHP

Jed Bradley

JR

Georgia Tech

9-5

4.83

16

0

91.1

107

99

25

N/A

RHP

Logan Verrett

JR

Baylor

5-3

3.28

16

0

90

88

97

23

N/A

RHP

Karsten Whitson

FR

Florida

SD ’10 (1)

RHP

Matty Ott

JR

LSU

2-4

6.38

28

0

42.1

40

40

21

N/A

UTL

Will Lamb

JR

Clemson

4-4

5.02

18

2

52

57

30

25

N/A


Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Andrew Susac

SO

Oregon St.

.260

15

25

4

0

2

13

15

23

0

PHI ’09 (16)

1B

Preston Tucker

JR

Florida

.331

50

81

17

2

11

49

43

29

8

N/A

2B

Ryan Wright

JR

Louisville

.366

61

93

17

2

16

80

20

26

10

N/A

3B

Harold Martinez

JR

Miami (Fla.)

.295

48

71

10

0

21

69

30

54

5

TEX ’08 (19)

SS

Kenny Diekroeger

SO

Stanford

.356

42

77

12

1

5

41

12

44

1

TB ’09 (2)

OF

Jason Coats

JR

TCU

.361

68

99

23

4

13

69

20

57

8

N/A

OF

Zach Cone

JR

Georgia

.363

45

77

12

7

10

53

14

33

13

LAA ’08 (3)

OF

Patrick Biondi

SO

Michigan

.313

69

72

11

6

2

30

36

30

29

DET ’09 (35)

DH

C.J. Cron

JR

Utah

.431

55

85

16

0

20

81

17

23

4

CHW ’08 (44)

UTL

Will Lamb

JR

Clemson

.289

42

50

6

2

4

36

23

30

14

N/A

College Baseball Prospects: Top Freshmen 2011

Here we are in the middle of the World Series and while I’m loving it, I’m also gluttonous. Always looking for the next score. Well, the next score is affectionately known as Prospect Season, where people like me rank the best prospect by team and/or by position. But the fix AFTER THAT is college baseball. The season kicks off in just 4 short months and I’m excited and you should be too.

If you’re a prospect fan, you probably follow the draft. If you follow the draft, you know that some kids choose to go to school rather turning pro. Many of these names below will be first round picks in 2013, while others will fizzle out. Either way, they’re going to give me plenty of box score entertainment over the next few seasons and we’ll get to see a few of them in Omaha.
Below you’ll find the top 31 freshmen in college baseball. Why 31? Don’t ask so many questions. This is not my list, but simply a formula of the top 200 2010 draft prospects as determined by Baseball America minus college players minus prep players that turned pro.
Player-Position-School Round-MLB Team-2010 Predraft Rank (Baseball America)
  1. Karsten Whitson – RHP – Florida. 1st Round (9th Overall) – SD – #15.
  2. Dylan Covey – RHP – San Diego. 1st Round (15th Overall) – MIL – #18.
  3. Austin Wilson – OF – Stanford. 12th Round – STL – #27.
  4. Ryne Stanek – RHP – Arkansas. 3rd Round – SEA – #42.
  5. Kevin Gausman – RHP – LSU. 6th Round – LAD – #43.
  6. A.J. Vanegas – RHP – Stanford. 7th Round – SD – #46.
  7. Kris Bryant – 3B/1B – San Diego. 17th Round – TOR – #53.
  8. DeAndre Smelter – RHP/OF – Georgia Tech. 14th Round – MIN – #72.
  9. Dominic Ficociello – 3B – Arkansas. 23rd Round – DET – #77.
  10. Scott Frazier – RHP – Pepperdine. 5th Round – PHI – #85.
  11. Eric Jaffe – RHP/1B – California. 19th Round – BOS – #91.
  12. Randy LaBlanc – RHP – Tulane. 16th Round – FLA – #92.
  13. Stefan Sabol – C/OF – Oregon. 17th Round – ATL – #95.
  14. Adam Duke – RHP – Oregon State. 16th Round – BOS – #117.
  15. John Simms – RHP – Rice. 39th Round – WAS – #118.
  16. Adam Plutko – RHP – UCLA. 6th Round – HOU – #131.
  17. Zach Weiss – RHP – UCLA. 10th Round – PIT – #132.
  18. Brian Ragira – OF/IF – Stanford. 30th Round – TEX – #139.
  19. Michael Lorenzen – OF – Cal State Fullerton. 7th Round – TB – #140.
  20. Jimmy Hodgskin – LHP – Troy. 43rd Round – PHI – #142.
  21. Daniel Gibson – LHP – Florida. 26th Round – MIL – #148.
  22. Austin Kubitza – RHP – Rice. 7th Round – PIT – #153.
  23. Tyler Kuresa – 1B – Oregon. 11th Round – MIN – #163.
  24. Zach Alvord – SS/2B – Auburn. 18th Round – ATL – #165.
  25. Sean Dwyer – 1B – Florida Gulf Coast. 15th Round – #167.
  26. Jacoby Jones – 3B – LSU. 19th Round – HOU – #166.
  27. Matt Roberts – C – UNC. 38th Round – ARI – #169.
  28. Jason Hursh – RHP – Oklahoma State. 6th Round – PIT – #173.
  29. Krey Bratsen – OF – Texas A&M. 45th Round – OAK – #175.
  30. Kevin Jiomek – LHP – Vanderbilt. 13th Round – ARI – #178.
  31. Andrew Knapp – C – California. 42nd Round – OAK – #184.