Top 100 Baseball Prospects 2011


Rank

Player

Position

Team

1.

Bryce Harper

OF

Nationals

2.

Mike Trout

OF

Angels

3.

Jesus Montero

C

Yankees

4.

Julio Teheran

RHP

Braves

5.

Jeremy Hellickson

RHP

Rays

6.

Mike Moustakas

3B

Royals

7.

Aroldis Chapman

LHP

Reds

8.

Will Myers

OF/C

Royals

9.

Desmond Jennings

OF

Rays

10.

Domonic Brown

OF

Phillies

11.

Dustin Ackley

2B

Mariners

12.

Freddie Freeman

1B

Braves

13.

Eric Hosmer

1B

Royals

14.

Michael Pineda

RHP

Mariners

15.

Jameson Taillon

RHP

Pirates

16.

Matt Moore

LHP

Rays

17.

Zach Britton

LHP

Orioles

18.

Shelby Miller

RHP

Cardinals

19.

Manny Machado

SS

Orioles

20.

Jarrod Parker

RHP

Diamondbacks

21.

Jacob Turner

RHP

Tigers

22.

Martin Perez

LHP

Rangers

23.

Kyle Drabek

RHP

Blue Jays

24.

Aaron Hicks

OF

Twins

25.

Brandon Belt

1B

Giants

26.

Lonnie Chisenhall

3B

Indians

27.

Chris Sale

LHP

White Sox

28.

Randall Delgado

RHP

Braves

29.

Mike Montgomery

LHP

Royals

30.

Tyler Matzek

LHP

Rockies

31.

Kyle Gibson

RHP

Twins

32.

Brett Lawrie

2B

Blue Jays

33.

Jonathan Singleton

1B/OF

Phillies

34.

Simon Castro

RHP

Padres

35.

Zach Wheeler

RHP

Giants

36.

Mike Minor

LHP

Braves

37.

Wilin Rosario

C

Rockies

38.

Brett Jackson

OF

Cubs

39.

Gary Sanchez

C

Yankees

40.

Jordan Lyles

RHP

Astros

41.

Chris Archer

RHP

Rays

42.

Jenrry Mejia

RHP

Mets

43.

Casey Kelly

RHP

Padres

44.

Jake Odorizzi

RHP

Royals

45.

Yonder Alonso

1B

Reds

46.

Chris Carter

1B/OF

Athletics

47.

Jason Kipnis

2B

Indians

48.

Billy Hamilton

2B

Reds

49.

Miguel Sano

3B

Twins

50.

Alex White

RHP

Indians

51.

Jean Segura

2B

Angles

52.

Grant Green

SS

Athletics

53.

Zack Cox

3B

Cardinals

54.

Anthony Rizzo

1B

Padres

55.

Jose Iglesias

SS

Red Sox

56.

Dellin Betances

RHP

Yankees

57.

Nick Franklin

SS

Mariners

58.

Drew Pomeranz

LHP

Indians

59.

John Lamb

LHP

Royals

60.

Jurickson Profar

SS

Rangers

61.

Anthony Ranaudo

RHP

Red Sox

62.

Yasmani Grandal

C

Reds

63.

Tyler Skaggs

LHP

Diamondbacks

64.

Dee Gordon

SS

Dodgers

65.

Manny Banuelos

LHP

Yankees

66.

Devin Mesoraco

C

Reds

67.

Wilmer Flores

SS

Mets

68.

Nolan Arenado

3B

Rockies

69.

Derek Norris

C

Nationals

70.

Tony Sanchez

C

Pirates

71.

Matt Dominguez

3B

Marlins

72.

Nick Weglarz

OF

Indians

73.

Hank Conger

C

Angels

74.

Nick Castellanos

3B

Tigers

75.

Travis d’Arnaud

C

Blue Jays

76.

Tanner Scheppers

RHP

Rangers

77.

Jarred Cosart

RHP

Phillies

78.

Cesar Puello

OF

Mets

79.

A.J. Cole

RHP

Nationals

80.

Zach Lee

RHP

Dodgers

81.

Engel Beltre

OF

Rangers

82.

Chris Dwyer

LHP

Royals

83.

Jaff Decker

OF

Padres

84.

Brent Morel

3B

White Sox

85.

Drake Britton

LHP

Red Sox

86.

Christian Colon

SS

Royals

87.

Ben Revere

OF

Twins

88.

Yorman Rodriguez

OF

Reds

89.

Stetson Allie

RHP

Pirates

90.

Christian Friedrich

LHP

Rockies

91.

Trey McNutt

RHP

Cubs

92.

Trayvon Robinson

OF

Dodgers

93.

Jared Mitchell

OF

White Sox

94.

Arodys Vizcaino

RHP

Braves

95.

Matt Harvey

RHP

Mets

96.

Michael Choice

OF

Athletics

97.

Deck McGuire

RHP

Blue Jays

98.

Guillermo Pimentel

OF

Seattle

99.

Kaleb Cowart

3B

Angles

100.

Tyrell Jenkins

RHP

Cardinals

Number of players in each MLB organization in the top 100:

Arizona Diamondbacks – 2

Atlanta Braves – 5

Baltimore Orioles – 2

Boston Red Sox – 3

Chicago Cubs – 2

Chicago White Sox – 3

Cincinnati Reds – 6

Cleveland Indians – 5

Colorado Rockies – 4

Detroit Tigers – 2

Florida Marlins – 1

Houston Astros – 1

Kansas City Royals – 8

Los Angeles Angles – 4

Los Angeles Dodgers – 3

Milwaukee Brewers – 0

Minnesota Twins – 4

New York Mets – 4

New York Yankees – 4

Oakland Athletics – 3

Philadelphia Phillies – 3

Pittsburgh Pirates – 3

St. Louis Cardinals – 3

San Diego Padres – 4

San Francisco Giants – 2

Seattle Mariners – 4

Tampa Bay Rays – 4

Texas Rangers – 4

Toronto Blue Jays – 4

Washington Nationals – 3

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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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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 10 Second Basemen Prospects

Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley Photo from a blog post by Matt Pittman


I figured that compiling my second basemen rankings would be difficult, as it’s traditionally not a very deep position in the minor leagues. As it turns out it was difficult to compile this list for another reason. In the end had about 16 guys I wanted to get into my top 10 and if you would have told me that Royals prospect Johnny Giavotella and his 35 doubles, and .91 BB/K % wouldn’t make my list, I’d have said “no way Jose.” Yet, you won’t find Giavotella on this list. You also won’t find former college baseball star and current Mariners farm hand Kyle Seager and his 14 HR, 13 SB, and .345/.419/.503 line either.


1. Dustin Ackley – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’1″ 185 – SEA – 2.26.88. The second overall pick in the 2009 draft behind Stephen Strasburg, Ackley signed late and didn’t make his debut until the Arizona Fall League that season. In his first full season as a professional in 2010 Ackley was solid but not spectacular. I still think he has batting titles in his future and his .424/.581/.758 performance in the 2010 Arizona Fall League is evidence of his potential.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

82

289

42

76

21

8

2

28

8

55

41

.263

.389

.384

2010

PCL

AAA

52

212

37

58

12

4

5

23

2

20

38

.274

.338

.439

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

134

501

79

134

33

4

7

51

10

75

79

.267

.368

.407

2. Brett Lawrie – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’0″ 215 – TOR – 1.18.90. Drafted 16th overall by the Brewers in 2008, Lawrie, Canada’s prodigal son will return home now that he Blue Jays have acquired him for RHP Shaun Marcum. Lawrie draws plenty of Dan Uggla comps and while it’s hard to imagine the Dan Uggla we know hitting 16 triples and stealing 30 bags in a single season as Lawrie did last season, you’d better look again. In 2003 in the High A California League, Uggla did post an incredible 31 2B, 7 3B, 23 HR, 24 SB season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

135

554

90

158

36

16

8

63

30

47

118

.285

.346

.451

3. Jason Kipnis – Bats: L Throws: R – 5’10” 180 – CLE – 4.3.87. I’ve admitted before that I’m partial to guys that I was able to follow in college. I had to follow the 2009 Pac 10 Player of the Year a little farther than most as he stared at Arizona State only after being kicked off of the Kentucky squad. An outfielder in college, Kipnis has made a seamless transition to second base. He should spend most of 2011 right here in Columbus and I’m looking forward scouting him. Video to follow.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAR

A+

54

203

33

61

12

3

6

31

2

24

46

.300

.387

.478

2010

EL

AA

79

315

63

98

20

3

10

43

7

31

61

.311

.385

.502

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

133

518

96

159

32

8

16

74

9

55

107

.307

.386

.492

4. Billy Hamilton – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 160 – CIN – 9.9.1990. Hamilton was on his way to Mississippi State to play wide receiver before the Reds used a 2nd round pick and $600,000.00 to sign him in 2009. Drafted as a shortstop, his arm is a better fit at second base, where he spent most of 2010. Although he’s only taken up switch hitting when he began his professional career, Hamilton hit .362 from the right side and .309 from the left. Like Kipnis, Hamilton will be in my scouting range as he should spend the entire first half of 2011 in Dayton.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

PIO

Rk

69

283

61

90

13

10

2

24

48

28

56

.318

.383

.456

5. Jean Segura – Bats: R Throws: R – 5’11” 155 – LAA – 3.17.90. Baseball America has Segura ranked as the Angles #3 prospect and for good reason. Segura has above average to plus tools across the board and those tools are already producing results. On top of his offensive accomplishments evidenced in his statistics below, he was voted as the best defensive 2B in the Midwestern League.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

M

MWL

130

515

89

161

24

12

10

79

50

45

72

.313

.365

.464

6. Delino DeShields Jr.- Bats: R Throws: R – 5’9″ 190 – HOU – 8.16.92. The son of former Expos star Marquis Grissom, DeShields Jr. has been around professional baseball his entire life. Considered a supplemental round talent for much of the spring, DeShields pushed himself into first round consideration as the draft approached but I was a little surprised to see him go off the board at #8 overall. An outfielder in high school, DeShields will move to second base in 2011 which is a better fit for his below average arm.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

APY

Rk

16

67

11

21

6

1

0

8

5

5

18

.313

.337

.395

2010

GLF

Rk

2

9

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.111

.200

.111

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

18

76

14

22

6

1

0

8

5

6

20

.289

.337

.395

7. Jemile Weeks – Bats: B Throws: R – 5’9″ 170 – OAK – 1.26.87. Ricky’s brother ranked 4th on this list last year, but just can’t stay healthy long enough to show his skills. The former Miami (FL) star was a first round pick (12th overall) and one of three Cane first rounders in 2008 (1B Yonder Alonso – CIN – 7th and RHP Carlos Guitierrez – MIN – 27th). While he doesn’t yet put up numbers, he’s projected to develop above average power.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

ARZ

Rk

10

36

9

11

2

1

0

1

5

7

4

.306

.432

.417

2010

TL

AA

67

273

43

73

14

7

3

33

11

28

37

.272

.335

.403

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

77

309

52

84

16

8

3

34

16

35

41

.277

.347

.405


8. L.J. Hoes – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 190 – OAK – 3.5.90. If you try to steal 20 bases and you get caught 9 times, it’s probably time to stop trying to steal bases. Aside from that snafu, Hoes had a solid 2010. A converted outfielder in high school, Hoes is still raw at second base. The most encouraging aspect of Hoes is that he more than doubled his BB% from 4.9% in 2009 to 12.8% in 2010.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

NYP

A-

8

28

8

13

5

1

1

5

1

2

1

.464

.531

.821

2010

CAR

A+

97

353

52

98

19

2

3

44

10

53

70

.278

.375

.368

2010

EL

AA

3

9

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

.222

.222

.222

2010

TOT

3 Lgs

108

390

61

113

24

3

4

50

11

55

72

.290

.383

.397

9. Reese Havens – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’1″ 195 – NYM – 10.20.86. A college teammate of fellow first rounder Justin Smoak, the Mets used the 22nd pick in 2008 on Havens. An oblique injury limited Havens to just 32 games in 2010 following a 2009 season where he missed a month due to quad issues. Havens draws plenty of walks and if he can stay healthy we might finally see a good statistical season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FSL

A+

14

57

9

16

2

1

3

7

0

8

18

.281

.369

.509

2010

EL

AA

18

68

12

23

2

1

6

12

0

6

15

.338

.400

.662

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

32

125

21

39

4

2

9

19

0

14

33

.312

.386

.592

10. Oscar Tejeda – Bats: R Throws: L – 6’1″ 175 – BOSA converted shortstop, Tejeda handled second base well, posting .961 fielding percentage while doing enough at the dish to be named the #8 prospect in Carolina League by Baseball America. His 48 XBH in ’10 were more than twice the amount he’s accumulated in any previous year and his 17 SB were also a career high. Tejeda was rewarded for his breakout year by being added to the Red Sox 40 man roster late last year.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAR

A+

126

508

76

156

32

5

11

69

17

32

96

.307

.344

.455



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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.

MLB Draft Report Cards: Atlanta Braves

Top Pick: Matt Lipka – SS – McKinney HS, TX. 1s – 35 Overall. H.S. teammate in both football and baseball to LA Dodger 1st round draft pick (28th overall) Zach Lee, Lipka will focus on baseball as a professional. Having lost their 1st round pick (#20 overall), as a result of signing Billy Wagner, the Braves quickly signed Lipka to an $800,000.00 bonus.

Closest to Majors: Todd Cunningham – 3B – Jacksonville State. 2nd – 53 Overall. Cunningham performed well with wood bats in the Cape last summer, and he’s a switch hitter. While I think he’s more of an outfielder than a 3B, his bat will cause him to move quickly.

Long Shot to Sign: Stefan Sabol – C – Aliso Niguel HS, (CA) (17th Round) and Zach Alvord – 2B – South Forsyth HS (GA) (18th Round). Sabol has 1st round talent, and while he may not have the arm to remain at catcher, he’ll likely get the chance to prove me wrong at Oregon next season. Alvord is committed to Auburn and he’s unlikely to sign. One of the more advanced prep bats in the draft, Alvord should become an immediate offensive producer in the SEC next spring. While both are long shots to sign, I applaud the Braves for taking a shot at premium talent this late in the draft.

Overall: The Braves played it pretty conservative early in the draft and they’re already seeing the benefits of their draft strategy, with each of their first 10 selections already signed (and 32 of 50 thus far). Major College veterans Phil Gosselin – 2B – UVA (5th Round) and Joey Terdoslavich – 3B – Long Beach State (6th Round), will add depth to a system that has graduated premiere prospects Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward in recent years. Grade: B