2014 Perfect Game summer collegiate top prospect index
list below is comprised of any player that participated with the
Collegiate National Team this summer, regardless if they made the
final roster. The thoughts shared below are based mostly on the
first-hand observations of Frankie Piliere combined with polling with
national level scouts and directors.
Carson Fulmer, rhp, Vanderbilt (JR)
came as a surprise to essentially no one that Fulmer was a standout
performer for the Stars and Stripes this summer. The baseball world
watched him become an indispensable part of a staggeringly talented
Vanderbilt pitching staff during the spring, and he had plenty of
airtime to shine during their College World Series run. And, he
showed absolutely no signs of slowing down after moving to the
rotation, then spending the summer with Team USA. He maintained his
electric 93-96 mph fastball, hitting as high as 97, and missed bats
on the strength of his plus 80-83 mph downer curveball. He did show
his third pitch, his changeup, although he pitches mostly off the
fastball-curveball combination. His delivery still has effort, but
it’s been cleaned up drastically, now giving him a very real chance
to be an impact arm in a big league rotation. His ability to show
that to scouts puts him squarely in the top 10 overall picture when
next year’s draft rolls around.
Robert Tyler, rhp, Georgia (SO)
interesting catch to Robert Tyler being ranked second on this list is
that he was not included on the final roster. But, he was on the
initial trials roster for the Red, White and Blue Tour so for the
purposes of prospect rankings, this is where he played his summer
ball. And, in terms of upside, he is difficult to match. Tyler worked
at 94-98 mph from a low effort delivery this summer, staying down in
the zone consistently and showing an ability to change eye levels.
His velocity dips only slightly to 93-96 later in his outings. He
pitches mostly off that fastball, and his go-to pitch is a plus, late
tumbling changeup that he throws at 84-86 mph. He’ll need to show
his breaking ball more moving forward, but his powerful, 6-foot-4,
217-pound frame, low effort 70 or better fastball and good command
put him right near the top of any early 2016 draft list.
Kyle Funkhouser, rhp, Louisville (JR)
could find plenty of scouts who followed the USA squad this summer
who might name Funkhouser their No. 1 pitching prospect on the team.
It’s that closely bunched at the top of this list. Following up on
an outstanding sophomore season at Louisville, Funkhouser kept on
rolling this summer as he led the team with 36 strikeouts in 28 1/3
innings of work. He checks all the boxes so to speak. The 6-foot-2,
218-pound righty has a durable frame and works from a clean,
repeatable delivery. He commands his 92-96 mph fastball extremely
well, and his arsenal consists of a full-fledged four-pitch mix.
He’ll flash an above average slider at 80-83 mph, and also throw a
slower mid-70s curveball now and then. His changeup may eventually be
his best secondary, as it shows downward action and he keeps his arm
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