College Baseball Preview 2011

The wait is over folks! The college baseball season is upon us and it couldn’t come soon enough. If you’re sick of hearing about a possible NFL work stoppage or a contract extension may make Albert Pujols the richest old man in baseball by the time the deal matures, then belly up to the computer this weekend and follow some collegiate athletics in it’s purest form.

As you prepare for the glorious event that is opening weekend, perhaps it would be beneficial to bone up on the College Preview information that we’ve been providing to you over the past several weeks.

You can check out our Preseason All-American Teams here, including our Preseason Freshman All-American Team here.

For a detailed look at our preseason top 25, look here

Finally you can check out our Top Freshmen and Top Sophomore lists.

Weekend Preview

Though I’ve outlined what to expect this weekend from our top 25 below, I wanted to take a second to highlight the #9 Stanford @ #17 Rice matchup.

Stanford: Filled with highly regarded unsigned draft choices, watching Stanford is the prospectors dream. While I love the Cardinal, the Pac 10 is the best conference in college baseball and Stanford is young. They’ll have to contend with #3 UCLA, #11 Arizona State, #12 Oregon, #18 Arizona and # 21 California.

Key Players:

Kenny Diekroeger – SS – So. The unsigned Rays 2009 2rd round pick hit .356/.391/.491 with 5 HR and 41 RBI as a freshman.

Austin Wilson – RF – Fr. Could have been a top 10 pick last year but for his college commitment. Now that he’s a scholar athlete it’s time for us to enjoy.

Brian Ragira – 3B – Fr. Baseball America regarded Ragira as the #139th best draft prospect last season. The Rangers eventually made him their 30th round pick but failed to sign him.

Jake Stewart – OF – So. Stewart hit just .209 as a freshman but his defense allowed him to see significant playing time. I’m looking for a big bounce back.

Brett Mooneyham – LHP – Jr. – Mooneyham was highly regarded out of high school but disappointed last season. He’ll look to regain his elite prospect status this season. **Update – Mooneyham will be limited to relief duty this weekend due to having stitches removed form a finger on this throwing hand.

A.J. Vanegas – RHP – Fr. – Pretty advanced for a freshman, Vanegas could end the season as the Friday starter if Mooneyham can’t throw strikes.

Jordan Pries – RHP – Jr. Though Pries lacks the star potential of Mooneyham or Vanegas, he’s the stability between the inconsistent ace and the newcomer.

Mark Appel – RHP – So. Appel is one of the most talented arms in college baseball and could be this year’s John Stilson. Is it to early to compare people to John Stilson if Stilson is still in school? **Update – Appel has been named the Friday starter for this series.

Rice: Rice is once again be the Conference USA favorite but they will have to contend with a talented Tulane squadron. Wayne Graham’s team is light on pitching experience but the talent is there. The Owls will need contributions from their freshmen class on the mound while Anthony Rendon carries the offense.

Key Players:

Anthony Rendon – 3B – Jr. He’s not just the best hitter in college baseball, he’s a plus defender and the possible #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft. You know what, if you’re reading this and you don’t know who Anthony Rendon is, you probably stumbled upon this site erroneously.

Michael Ratteree – 2B – So. Ratteree was a 45th round pick in 2009 (Nationals). Coming off a good freshman season he’ll attempt to provide some protection to Rendon.

Jeremy Rathjen – CF – Jr. Coming off of a 13 HR 69 RBI season.

Michael Fuda – LF – Jr. Hit .346 with 45 RBI last season.

Chase McDowell – RHP – So. Had a great summer and may be the Owls ace.

John Simms – RHP – Fr. Baseball America ranked him as the #118th best draft prospect in 2010. Washington used a 39th round pick on him. ** Update Simms will start Friday for the Owls

Austin Kubiza – RHP -Fr. Unsigned 7th Round Pick (Pirates). **Update – Kubiza will be the Sunday starter this weekend, giving the Owls a weekend rotation that is 2/3 freshmen.

** The updates above were provided based on information in Aaron Fitt’s Baseball America Weekend Preview

Rank

Team

W-L

Upcoming

Comments

1

Florida

0-0

Feb. 18-20: South Florida

Friday’s Game will be televised in my area on Fox College Sports Atlantic.

2

TCU

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Kansas

Kansas Sr. RHP T.J. Walz has won 20 games in his career but I don’t expect #21 to come this weekend.

3

UCLA

0-0

Feb. 18-20: San Francisco

Dons Seniors Stephen Yarrow (3B) and Pete Lavin (OF) should make San Francisco formidable this season, but they’ll be no match for Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer.

4

Vanderbilt

0-0

Feb 18, 20 @ San Diego, Feb 19 @ San Diego State

Vanderbilt may have the toughest opening weekend among the other top 5 teams. I’m anxious to see how San Diego freshman Dylan Covey will debut.

5

Texas

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Maryland (4 games)

Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green pale only to Cole and Bauer far as 1-2 punches go.

6

Clemson

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Eastern Michigan

Clemson will hit this year.

7

Cal State Fullerton

0-0

Feb. 18-20 @ Long Beach State, Feb 19: North Carolina (4 games)

Dirtbag Andrew Gagnon is good enough to steal a game but Titan ace Noe Ramirez is better.

8

Oklahoma

0-0

Feb. 18-20: William & Mary (4 games)

Many have Oklahoma ahead of Texas as the Big 12 favorite.

9

Stanford

0-0

Feb. 18-20: @ #17 Rice

Series of the weekend!

10

Connecticut

0-0

Feb. 18: Purdue, Feb 19: Minnesota, Feb 20: Michigan

Big Ten/Big East Challenge: Clearwater, FL

11

Arizona State

0-0

Feb. 18-20: New Mexico

I have New Mexico as a regional sleeper but they’ll get off to a rough stretch this weekend.

12

Oregon

0-0

Feb. 18-20: @ Hawaii (4 games)

I’m pretty high on the Pac-10.

13

South Carolina

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Santa Clara

Santa Clara is no slouch this season but they shouldn’t pose a real threat to the defending national champions.

14

Florida State

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Virginia Military Institute

FSU 3-0.

15

Texas A&M

0-0

Feb. 18-20: LeMoyne

Tom Browning was a LeMoyne Dolphin.

16

Virginia

0-0

Feb. 18: UAB, Feb. 19: Auburn, Feb. 20: Arkansas State

Auburn Tournament: Auburn, AL

17

Rice

0-0

Feb. 18-20: #9 Stanford

A strong weekend performance could shoot the Owls up this list.

18

Arizona

0-0

Feb. 18-20: North Dakota State

Looking for a big start by sophomore RHP Kurt Heyer.

19

Baylor

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Oral Roberts

Although Summit League champion Oral Roberts as a Regional team last year, first round talent RHP Logan Verrett will be too much to handle.

20

Coastal Carolina

0-0

Feb. 18: Boston College, Feb. 19: Tennessee Tech, Feb. 20: Indiana, Feb. 20: Virginia Tech

Caravelle Resort Tournament, Conway, SC

21

California

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Utah

On the week when Cal learns that donations weren’t enough to save the baseball program, they can take their aggression out on Utah.

22

LSU

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Wake Forest (4 games)

While Wake isn’t an ACC contender, I’m still intrigued by this series. LSU should sweep or take 3 of 4.

23

Miami

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Rutgers

Miami lacks pitching depth but it shouldn’t be an issue this weekend.

24

College of Charleston

0-0

Feb. 18: Kentucky, Feb. 19: Miami (OH), Feb: 20: Marshall

College of Charleston Invitational, Charleston, SC

25

Georgia Tech

0-0

Feb. 18-20: Kent State

Kent State can prove they belong with the big boys.

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College Baseball: 2011 Preseason Freshman All-American Team

Predicting a Freshman All-American team is about as premature as a Mock Draft at this point in the year but hey, they’re fun. I’m really excited about this year’s freshman class, thanks in large part to the two unsigned first round picks (Karsten Whitson and Dylan Covey). Austin Wilson was also a clear first round talent who slid for signability reasons due to his strong college commitment.

What I find most interesting about this class is the impact that each newcomer will play on Omaha contending teams. Whitson could end the season as the Friday starter on the #1 team in the nation. There are three Stanford Cardinal on my list, and they came in at #9 on my Preseason Top 25. UCLA is a consensus top 5 team and they’ll likely have Adam Plutko in the anchor leg of the weekend rotation behind near certain first rounders Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, while Pat Valaika (brother of Reds prospect Chris) will play a crucial up the middle role.

Position

Player

Class

School

Height

Weight

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Karsten Whitson

FR

Florida

6’4″

215

SD ’10 (1)

RHP

Dylan Covey

FR

San Diego

6’2″

200

MIL ’10 (1)

RHP

Ryne Stanek

FR

Arkansas

6’4″

180

SEA ’10 (3)

RHP

Kevin Gausman

FR

LSU

6’4″

185

LAD ’10 (6)

RHP

A.J. Vanegas

FR

Stanford

6’3″

200

SD ’10 (7)

RHP

Adam Plutko

FR

UCLA

6’3″

190

HOU ’10 (6)

UTL

DeAndre Smelter

FR

Georgia Tech

6’3″

225

MIN ’10 (14)

Position

Player

Class

School

Height

Weight

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Stefan Sabol

FR

Oregon

6’2″

210

ATL ’10 (17)

1B

Kris Bryant

FR

San Diego

6’5″

215

TOR ’10 (18)

2B

Zach Alvord

FR

Auburn

6’0″

175

ATL ’10 (18)

SS

Pat Valaika

FR

UCLA

5’11”

195

STL ’10 (24)

3B

Brian Ragira

FR

Stanford

6’2″

205

TEX ’10 (30)

OF

Austin Wilson

FR

Stanford

6’4″

235

STL ’10 (12)

OF

Michael Lorenzen

FR

Cal State Fullerton

6’3″

180

TB ’10 (7)

OF

Krey Bratsen

FR

Texas A&M

6’0″

160

OAK ’10 (45)

DH

Dominic Ficociello

FR

Arkansas

6’4″

185

DET ’10 (23)

UTL

DeAndre Smelter

FR

Georgia Tech

6’3″

225

MIN ’10 (14)


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 Top 10 Shortstop Prospects

Manny Machado

Manny Machado Photo by Ren Dittfield

The position of shortstop in professional baseball has become a virtual melting pot and this list captures a sample of that international diversity. We have five players born in the continental United States, one from Puerto Rico, one from Japan, a Venezuelan, a Cuban and another from Curacao.


1. Manny Machado – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’3″ 185 – BAL – 7.6.92. The third overall selection in the 2010 draft, Machado draws comparisons to Alex Rodriguez for body type and offensive potential but more accurately because, like Rodriguez, Machado was a Miami area prep superstar. Machado, a High School All American hit .639 with 27 2B and 12 HR in 2010 and gave up a scholarship to Florida International to sign with the Orioles for $5.25 MM at the deadline.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

GLF

Rk

2

7

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

1

.143

.143

.571

2010

NYP

A-

7

29

2

10

1

1

0

3

0

3

2

.345

.406

.448

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

9

36

3

11

1

1

1

5

0

3

3

.306

.356

.472

2. Grant Green – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’3″ 180 – OAK – 9.27.87. The 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of USC, Green debuted at #5 on this list last year then proceeded to tear up the California League. While Green’s season was no doubt a success, it left me with plenty of questions. His K% was a high but not alarming 21.4% but coupled with his below average 6.3 BB% we are left with a piss poor 0.32 BB/K%. You might be able to get away with that in the free swinging hitters paradise of the Cal League but it may lead to a regression next year in the Texas League. Defensively, Green committed a league high 37 errors.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAL

A+

131

548

107

174

39

6

20

87

9

38

117

.318

.363

.520

3. Jose Iglesias – Bats: R Throws: R – 5’11” 175 – BOS – 1.5.90. Iglesias could step into Fenway Park right now and wow spectators with his phenomenal glove work. The Cuban defector spent his first year in professional in the AA Eastern League where mangers voted him the league’s best defensive shortstop. Like many Latin American prospects, Iglesias doesn’t take enough walks. If he can be more patient in AAA Pawtucket he should finish 2011 in Boston.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

NYP

A-

12

40

8

14

2

2

0

7

2

7

8

.350

.458

.500

2010

EL

AA

57

221

29

63

19

3

0

13

5

8

49

.285

.315

.357

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

70

281

37

77

12

5

0

20

7

15

57

.295

.339

.379

4. Nick Franklin – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’1″ 170 – SEA – 3.2.91. I regarded Franklin as the 3rd best prep shortstop in the 2009 draft behind Houston’s Gio Mier and Baltimore’s Mychal Givens, and both Mier and Givens made my list last year while Franklin was snubbed. I clearly picked the wrong horse as Franklin tore up the Midwest League and was named to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MWL

A-

129

513

89

144

22

7

23

65

25

50

123

.281

.351

.485

2010

SO

AA

1

3

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.667

.750

.667

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

130

516

92

146

22

7

23

65

25

51

124

.283

.354

.485

5. Jurickson Profar – Bats: B Throws: R – 5’11” 165 – TEX – 2.20.93. If you are a little league baseball fan or just a channel surfing pedophile, you might remember Profar from the 2004 Little League World Series where his Curacao squadron took home the championship. A former pitcher, Profar has the arm strength and athleticism to be a plus defender at short, and he walks at an above average rate (9.7%) so I like his chances to become an MLB regular.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TEX

A-

63

252

42

63

19

0

4

23

8

28

46

.250

.323

.373

6. Devaris Gordon – Bats: L Throws: R – 5’11” 150 – LAD – 4.22.88. Dee ranked #6 on this list last year and responded by having a solid year in AA. If you recall (and I’m sure you do), I predicted that because of Gordon’s unusually high BABIP in 2008 (.368) and 2009 (.355), he’d likely see a dip in numbers in 2010. As predicted, his “slash” line did decrease from .301/.362/.394 in ’09 to .276/.331/.353 in ’10. While we’re at it, his SB’s went from 73 to 53 and he committed a career high 37 SB. It’s not all bad. Southern League managers voted Gordon the Best Baserunner, Fastest Baserunner and the league’s Most Exciting Player.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

133

555

86

154

17

10

2

39

53

40

89

.277

.332

.355

7. Christian Colon – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 180 – KC – 5.14.89. Although he was a clear cut top half of the first round pick, it was a little bit of a surprise to see the Royals use the 4th overall pick on Colon. The Cal State Fullerton product has limited tools and may be best suited for second base. That position move may happen sooner rather than later now that the Royals have acquired Alcides Escobar.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAR

A+

60

245

38

68

12

2

3

30

2

13

33

.278

.326

.380

8. Wilmer Flores – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’3″ 175 – NYM – 8.6.91. Signed out of Venezuela in 2007, Flores has been on the prospect radar longer than most 19 year olds. Flores was always projected to have plus power but I was a doubter as he slugged just .332 in 2009. Now that he’s posted a 36 2B, 84 RBI season I guess I’m back on board.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SAL

A-

66

277

30

77

18

2

7

44

2

23

37

.278

.342

.433

2010

FSL

A+

67

277

32

83

18

1

4

40

2

9

40

.300

.324

.415

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

133

554

62

160

36

3

11

84

4

32

84

.289

.333

.424

9. Danny Espinosa – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’0″ 190 – WAS – 4.25.87. Nothing about Espinosa really stands out to me, but that’s not a bad thing as he does everything just fine. He did produce 28 HR and 25 SB between his minor and major league stops in 2010. That should be enough to give him a leg up on the second base job in Washington this season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

EL

AA

99

386

66

101

16

4

18

54

20

33

94

.262

.334

.464

2010

IL

AAA

24

95

14

28

2

1

4

15

5

8

22

.295

.349

.463

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

123

481

80

129

18

5

22

69

25

41

116

.268

.337

.464

2010

NL

MLB

28

103

16

22

4

1

6

15

0

2

9

.214

.277

.447

10. Tsuyoshi Nishioka – Bats: B Throws: R. – 5’11” 175 – MIN – 7.27.84. Sure Nichioka will likely play second base for the Twins as some question whether Nishioka has the arm strength to be an MLB shortstop. Alexi Casilla may start the season at short, but the lack of potency in his bat may send him back to a more property suited utility role causing Nishioka to get some reps at shortstop.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2007

JPL

NPBL

130

494

76

148

31

3

3

40

27

50

73

.300

.366

.393

2008

JPL

NPBL

116

473

78

142

26

6

13

49

18

36

68

.300

.357

.463

2009

JPL

NPBL

120

454

70

118

24

5

14

41

26

67

76

.260

.360

.427

2010

JPL

NPBL

144

596

121

206

32

8

11

59

33

79

?

.346

.423

.482

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: Florida Marlins


Top Pick: Christian Yelich – OF – Westlake HS, CA. 1st – 23 Overall. $1,700,000. Drafted as an outfielder, Yelich has been playing 1B as a professional. Prognosticators question whether Yelich will develop the prototypical corner infielder power or if he’ll fit into the Mark Grace, James Loney mold.

Closest to Majors: Rob Rasmussen – LHP – UCLA. 2nd – 73 Overall. $499,500. When your #3 pitcher comes off the board in the 2nd round, you’ve got a deep staff. And that’s exactly what UCLA had with Rasmussen situated behind righties Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. He won’t overpower you with his fastball but he’s got a 4 pitch mix and could fall back as a late inning lefty if he fails as a professional starter.

The One That Got Away: Andrew Toles – OF – Sandy Creek HS, GA. 4th – 137 Overall. Andrew will follow in his father Alvin’s footsteps and go to Tennessee only he’ll play baseball instead of football. The Fish also missed out on Randy LaBlanc – RHP – Coviington HS, LA (16th) who will honor his commitment to Tunane.

Overall: 3rd Round pick J.T. Realmuto, a C/SS out of Midwest City, OK had 119 RBI last spring. In high school! The Marlins were able to sign him away from his Oklahoma State commitment for $600,000. I also liked the Robert Morey – RHP – UVA (5th), and Alan Oaks – RHP – Michigan (8th), picks. While Oaks has a shot to make it as a reliever, I think Morey will rack up the minor league wins and may get a shot to be a back of the rotation guy in a few years. Grade: C+