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Summer Collegiate : : Rankings
Coastal Plain League: Top 40 Prospects, 2010
       
Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE
TOP 40 PROSPECTS, 2010
 
COMPILED BY ALLAN SIMPSON
In Association with League Managers and Scouts
 
Official League Website: www.coastalplain.com
 
FAST FACTS
Year League Established: 1997.
States Represented in League: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia.
Level of Competition (1-to-4 Scale, 1 being highest): 2.
No. of Teams in League: 15 (14 in 2009).
Regular-Season Champion (best overall record): Forest City Owls/Wilson Tobs.
Post-Season Champion: Forest City Owls.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 30/Final Ranking: No. 4 Forest City Owls, No. 20 Edenton Steamers.
No. 1 Prospect, 2009 (per PG CrossChecker): Will Lamb, lhp/of, Peninsula Pilots (Clemson; played in Coastal Plain League in 2010).
First 2009 Player Selected, 2010 Draft: Asher Wojiechowski, rhp, Thomasville Hi-Toms (The Citadel; Blue Jays/supplemental first round).
 
Player of the Year: Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots.
Pitcher of the Year: Coty Saranthus, rhp, Edenton Steamers.
Top Prospect (as selected by league): None selected.
 
BATTING LEADERS (League games only)
Batting Average: A.J. Rusbarsky, ss, Edenton Steamers (.345).
Slugging Percentage: Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots (.600).
On-Base Average: Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula (.462).
Home Runs: Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots (9).
RBIs: Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots (48).
Stolen Bases: Brandy Arias, of, Columbia Blowfish (45).
 
PITCHING LEADERS (League games only)
Wins: Three tied at 7.
ERA: Coty Saranthus, rhp, Edenton Steamers (0.68).
Saves: Corey Deighan, rhp, Asheboro Copperheads (17).
Strikeouts: Jonathan Cornelius, lhp, Martinsville Mustangs (91).
 
BEST TOOLS
Best Athlete: Will Lamb, of/lhp, Peninsula Pilots.
Best Hitter: Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots.
Best Power: David Chester, 1b, Gastonia Grizzlies.
Fastest Base Runner: Will Lamb, of/lhp, Peninsula Pilots.
Best Defensive Player: Peter Mooney, ss, Florence RedWolves.
Best Velocity: Carter Capps, rhp, Fayetteville SwampDogs.
Best Breaking Ball: Mark Montgomery, rhp, Edenton Steamers.
Best Command: Jonathan Cornelius, lhp, Martinsville Mustangs.
 
TOP 40 PROSPECTS
 
1. WILL LAMB, of/lhp, Peninsula Pilots (Clemson/JR in 2011).
No. 1 on this list a year ago, No. 1 again; legit 2-way talent, but played in field only to rest arm; ++ CF, runs 6.4, power developing
2. CARTER CAPPS, rhp, Fayetteville Swampdogs (Mt. Olive, N.C./SO)
6-6 RHP ran FB up to 96-97 with easy arm stroke; still new to pitching, made + strikes developing a SL; 3-1, 1.60 as starter/closer
3. KES CARTER, of, Peninsula Pilots (Western Kentucky/JR)
Impressive tools, but nagging hip flexor hurt production (.228-0-8, 57 AB); big RF arm, + speed, emerging raw power; hard-nosed
4. KEVIN McKAGUE, rhp/1b, Peninsula Pilots (Army/SR)
Struggled at plate (.191-2-16), only start, but was a revelation out of bullpen; flashed 94-96 velo, 88 SL, had 5 SV; horse at 6-5/240
5. PETER MOONEY, ss, Florence RedWolves (South Carolina/JR)
Florida JC transfer set to step in at SS for national champs; true SS with ++ hands/range/arm; ++ hands to hit, + pop for 5-9 frame
6. LOGAN ROBBINS, ss, Peninsula Pilots (Western Kentucky/JR)
Has all the tools, just hasn’t put them together; ++ range/arm at SS, needs to refine footwork; flashes power, needs better technique
7. CHAS CRANE, 3b, Peninsula Pilots (Winthrop/JR)
League’s dominant hitter (.344-9-48), ++ approach, more advanced from RH side, more juice from left; adequate at 3B, + versatile
8. BRETT BILLIGEN, of/lhp, Edenton Steamers (Cornell/JR)
Smaller frame masks solid overall package; has ++ bat speed, power to all fields, + plate coverage, 6.6 speed, ++ arm; hit .325-6-34
9. BUCK FARMER, rhp, Peninsula Pilots (Georgia Tech/SO)
Compares favorably to ex-Pilot/GT teammate/’10 first-rounder Deck McGuire; same size, arm strength, command not as advanced
10. MARK MONTGOMERY, rhp, Edenton Steamers (Longwood/JR)
May have had most electric stuff in league with 94 FB, ++ sharp, late SL; dominant in closer role (12 SV, 28 IP/54 SO, .125 OBA)
11. SHAWN ARMSTRONG, rhp, Morehead City Marlins (East Carolina/SO)
Got much-needed IP this summer, went 4-3, 2.25 (64 IP/72 SO); FB up to 94, but tends to lose velo quickly, secondary stuff erratic
12. TAYLOR BLACK, ss, Columbia Blowfish (Kentucky/SR)
Limited shot to showcase talent, arrived late/left early (hurt hand); ++ arm at SS, made plays in hole; 28 SB in 23 G with 6.5 speed
13. THOMAS GIRDWOOD, rhp, Morehead City Marlins (Elon/SR)
Twins’ unsigned 15th-rounder remains an enigma; unhittable at times (19 BB/34 SO, .131 OBA) with ++ FB/+ SL, but very hot/cold
14. JOHN CORNLEY, rhp, Outer Banks Daredevils (Wofford/SR)
Struggled badly as starter in spring, velo in mid-80s; different animal as a closer, both 2009/2010 in CPL, moving FB up to 95, ++ SL
15. DAVID CHESTER, 1b, Gastonia Grizzlies (Pittsburgh/JR)
Huge player, put on massive power show at league ASG; much better hitter than 2009, better contact; surprisingly agile around bag
16. CHASE BORUFF, rhp, Forest City Owls (SIGNED/Royals)
Ex-football player, still new to BB; explosive arm, FB up to 96, flashes + spike CU; 7 SV, 33 SO in 18 IP; signed with KC as NDFA
17. BRENT POWERS, lhp, Morehead City Marlins (Sam Houston State/SR)
Most effective LHP in league (7-2, 1.86, 53 IP/14 BB/70 SO); lacks pretty arm action, but very steady with 89-92 FB, hammer CU
18. JHAREL COTTON, rhp, Peninsula Pilots (Miami-Dade, Fla., CC/SO)
Turned down $150K from Dodgers to return to JC; Pilots No. 1 starter (46 IP/57), FB peaks at 92, ++ CH, SL has bite, inconsistent
19. WILL SKINNER, of, Forest City Owls (Middle Tennessee State/SR)
Key in Owls’ run to 2 straight league titles; .307-5-30 this summer, 3 HR in playoffs; lacks pro frame, SO too much, but all tools play
20. JON CORNELIUS, lhp, Martinsville Mustangs (Florida Tech/SR)
++ numbers (1.23 ERA/.154 OBA; 73 IP/10 BB/91 SO) with modest stuff; uncanny ability to locate FB, add/subtract, change angles
21. TERRAN SENAY, of, Forest City Owls (North Carolina State/SO)
Has raw power (.274-3-15, 3 HR in playoffs), knack for drawing BB (41 in 44 G) for young player; too many SO (50), lacks speed
22. JORDAN JANKOWSKI, rhp, Thomasville Hi-Toms (Miami, Ohio/JR)
Tended to lose effectiveness after 3-4 IP as starter, but dominant out of pen (2-2, 3.21, 48 IP/76 SO); + 2-pitch mix: 92-93 FB, SL
23. RONNIE FREEMAN, c, Florence RedWolves (Kennesaw State/SO)
Hit .270-6-31, showed steady improvement in all areas; has power, became better overall hitter; grinder behind plate, average arm
24. JOSEPH HUGHES, rhp, Asheboro Copperheads (East Carolina/SO)
D/E SO in ‘11, had breakthrough summer; went 5-3/2.64 (58 IP/52 SO); FB tops at 93, ++ when gets ball down/has 12/6 CU working
25. RICH WITTEN, 1b/rhp, Outer Banks Daredevils (Coastal Carolina/JR)
Shoulder/elbow surgeries have ruined career on mound, but has ++ bat speed/power potential in 6-7 frame; hits tape-measure shots
26. MATT WILLIAMS, ss, Columbia Blowfish (Liberty/JR)
Contact hitter (.300-1-16), but prone to jump on first pitch; 6.7 speed plays, solid range/hands at SS, but not in Black (No. 12) class
27. NEIKO JOHNSON, 2b/of, Edenton Steamers (Kentucky/SR)
Excels at small game (.307-0-18, 25 SB); sprays ball to all fields, can push/drag for hits, steals at will, best base runner in league
28. MIKE DEVINE, rhp, Outer Banks Daredevils (Virginia Military/JR)
Arrived late from Cape, left early for ankle surgery; worked just 9 IP, but generated ugly swings with 89-94 FB, + SL from ¾ angle
29. PATRICK MINCEY, rhp, Wilmington Sharks (Francis Marion, S.C./SR)
Throws from a variety of angles, stuff inconsistent but electric when throws strikes, tough to barrel up; FB at 88-92, ++ 2-plane SL
30. BEN WHITE, rhp, Morehead City Marlins (Temple/SR)
Suffered poor JR year, but found groove in summer (57 IP/18 BB/74 SO); max effort/aggressive but pounds zone with 89-92 FB/CU
31. JACOB WILSON, 3b/ss, Asheboro Copperheads (Memphis/JR)
Hit .284-7-25, selected to ASG as SS; can pick it, + arm, but lacks range to remain at SS in long run; may lack size/raw power for 3B
32. MICHAEL WHITE, rhp, Martinsville Mustangs (SIGNED/Brewers)
Projectable 6-6/180 frame; steady FB in 88-92 range, CU emerging; modest summer success (2-1, 5.01), still signed with Brewers
33. BRAD McALLISTER, rhp, Morehead City Marlins (Barry, Fla./JR)
Lacks raw stuff with high-80s FB, but + CH, advanced approach/demeanor separates him; works quickly, keeps hitters off balance
34. MICHAEL LANG, of, Outer Banks Daredevils (Rutgers/SR)
Skills still trying to catch up to ++ tools (quick-twitch actions, 6.5 speed, + arm); funky swing, but gets + carry when barrels up balls
35. ALEX LOFTIN, rhp, Edenton Steamers (Akron/JR)
Began summer in Cape Cod, went on to post 5-1, 2.20 mark for Steamers; FB 89-92, threw slow CU/hard SL for strikes; + competes
36. JOE SCLAFANI, ss, Morehead City Marlins (Dartmouth/JR)
Tools a little short, but a true ball player, ++ intangibles; adequate at plate (.305-2-16), SS in college, comfort level at 3B, 2B in pros
37. COLBY HOLMES, rhp, Florence RedWolves (South Carolina/SO)
Midweek starter as FR for CWS champs, became staff ace this summer (3-3, 1.18); FB 88-90, throws CH, 2 break balls for strikes
38. CHRIS BYFORD, rhp, Edenton Steamers (Oklahoma State/JR)
NAIA product, used summer success (1-1, 2.05, 22 IP/30 SO) to walk-on at OSU; huge frame (6-5/245), hitters swung thru 93 FB
39. CASS HARGIS, of, Thomasville Hi-Toms (Southeastern Louisiana/SR)
Recorded fastest 60 at ASG (6.59), has speed to steal more bags than 15, gets + jumps on balls in CF; compact swing, gap power
40. NICK ORVIN, of, Columbia Blowfish (The Citadel/SO)
Speed not in same class as OF mate Branfy Arias (45 SB), but more complete player; runs 6.7, stole 28 bags; quick hands at plate