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Great Lakes Lg. Prospect Reports
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Licking County Settlers turned turmoil and tragedy into triumph in
2012 by winning their first Great Lakes League title.
days of each other in late June, the Settlers lost team owner Louis
Mitchell to a sudden and unexpected death, and coach Devin McIntosh,
who resigned to assume a new college coaching position in Texas.
Undeterred, the Settlers marched on behind Andy Revell, an assistant
who stepped into McIntosh’s shoes, and won their last four games of
the regular season to forge a three-way tie atop the GLL standings.
third-seeded Settlers then went on to win six of eight games in the
league’s post-season playoffs to win their initial championship
since Mitchell established the team prior to the 2006 season.
triumph was all the more unexpected as the Settlers hardly ranked as
the most-talented team in the Great Lakes League with only one player
represented among the top 20 in the accompanying list of the league’s
top prospects. That player, outfielder Ryan Cordell, didn’t overly
distinguish himself during the spring as a sophomore at Liberty and
only the constant reassurance of the Flames coaching staff that
Cordell was a legitimate prospect, capable of being a force in the
GLL, kept him on track to even play for Licking County this summer.
wasn’t overly impressive in the first half of the Great Lakes
season as he struggled adapting to wood bats and wasn’t even
selected to play in the league’s mid-season all-star game. But he
was invited to participate in the league showcase event that
coincided with the all-star contest and left a very favorable
impression on scouts with his depth of raw tools, notably his raw
speed and power. From that point on, Cordell was a different play for
Licking County. He put the Settlers on his back and lifted the team
to a strong second-half showing that resulted in an unlikely league
impressive as Cordell was, he wasn’t judged the league’s best
prospect. That distinction went to another outfielder, Stark County’s
Max Murphy, a rising sophomore at Bradley.
by Murphy and Cordell, position players dominated the pool of
pro-level talent in the league this summer, unlike a year ago when
pitchers were at the forefront. Five of the top six prospects are
position players, and it’s noteworthy that the top two pitching
prospects didn’t win even so much as a single game in the Great
Lakes League this summer.
League Established: 1986.
Represented in League: Kentucky,
of Teams in League: 11 (10 in 2011).
Champion (best overall record):
Cincinnati Steam, Licking County Settlers, Lima Locos (all 24-15).
Champion: Licking County Settlers.
PG CrossChecker Summer 50/Final Ranking:
No. 14 Licking County Settlers; No. 35 Cincinnati Steam.
1 Prospect, 2011 (per PG CrossChecker): Dusty
Isaacs, rhp, Hamilton Joe’s (Georgia Tech; played in Cape Cod
League in 2012).
2011 Player Selected, 2012 Draft:
Seth Streich, rhp/3b, Southern Ohio Copperheads (Ohio; A’s/6th round).
of the Year: Max Murphy, of, Stark
of the Year: Jeremy Gooding, rhp,
Position Prospect (as selected by league):
Ryan Cordell, of, Licking County Settlers.
Top Pitching Prospect: Brian Clark,
lhp, Lima Locos.
LEADERS (League games only)
Average: Kyle Pollock, c, Stark
County Terriers (.424).
Percentage: Kyle Pollock, c, Stark
County Terriers (.737).
Average: Kyle Pollock, c, Stark
County Terriers (.513).
Runs: Jason Bagoly, 1b/dh, Stark
County Terriers; Max Murphy, of, Stark County Terriers (9).
Caleb Bryson, 1b, Hamilton Joe’s (37).
Bases: Justin Fahy, of, Xenia Scouts
LEADERS (League games only)
Three tied at 5.
Jeremy Gooding, rhp, Lima Locos (1.70).
Brent Cobb, rhp, Lexington Hustlers; Christian Torres, rhp, Lake Erie
Zach Botjer, rhp, Lima Locos (54).
Athlete: Max Murphy, of, Stark
Hitter: Jake Madsen, 1b, Cincinnati
Power: Jason Bagoly, c/1b, Stark
Base Runner: Ryan Cordell, of,
Licking County Settlers
Defensive Player: Matt Glomb, ss/3b,
Southern Ohio Copperheads
Velocity: Jacob Moody, lhp, Hamilton
Breaking Ball: Brian Clark, lhp,
Command: Kyle Hart, lhp, Cincinnati
MAX MURPHY, of, Stark County Terriers (Bradley/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Murphy is a top-end
prospect at a premium position. A near-unanimous choice as league
MVP, he hit .369-9-34 on the summer for Stark County and led the
Great Lakes League in runs (39), hits (62), total bases (107) and
homers—as a leadoff hitter. Murphy handled that role with aplomb,
even though his array of offensive skills may be more ideally suited
for a 3-hole hitter. He combines excellent bat speed with line-drive
power and occasional loft in his swing, and rarely got cheated at the
plate, no matter what the count. Murphy is no less advanced as a
center fielder or base runner. With a lively 5-foot-11, 195-pound
frame, he possessed the raw speed to be a significant base-stealing
threat and also run balls down in any direction, along with the
instincts to get good jumps on the bases and reads off the bat. His
arm strength is also as asset, especially with the exceptional carry
he gets on his throws. The sky may be the limit for the talented
Murphy, if only based on the dramatic improvement he showed from the
spring as an unheralded freshman at Bradley, where he hit .285-9-38
and struck out 51 times, to the summer.
RYAN CORDELL, of, Licking County Settlers (Liberty/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Cordell was hardly an
inconspicuous talent in high school as he led the California prep
ranks with 14 homers as a senior and piled up 27 wins over his final
three seasons. But his services weren’t heavily in demand as few
California colleges pursued him aggressively and he ended up
cross-country at Liberty, where he played sparingly as a freshman
(.255-2-6, 55 ABs) and never really got untracked until midway
through his sophomore season when he closed with a rush to hit
.301-4-25. His summer season at Licking County also followed a
similar path as he struggled at the plate initially while routinely
getting beaten on fastballs, and it wasn’t until the Great Lakes
League all-star game that he drew the attention of scouts and began
to achieve any sense of tangible success. Though Cordell wasn’t
selected to participate in the game, he was invited to compete in the
skills showcase that accompanied the game and responded by running
the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds, while displaying excellent bat speed
with the ability to drive balls to all fields and above-average arm
strength. More than anything, he impressed scouts with his live,
athletic, 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame, smooth, easy actions and
capacity for future strength. Buoyed by his impressive showing at the
all-star game, Cordell put all his tools on display over the second
half of the season and responded with a breakout performance to
finish the campaign at .336-6-32 with 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts,
all while leading Licking County to a share of the regular-season and
a subsequent league championship.
MATT GLOMB, ss/3b, Southern Ohio Copperheads (Santa Clara/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Few Great Lakes League
players made greater strides from spring to summer than the 6-foot-2,
195-pound Glomb, who struggled as a freshman at Santa Clara, hitting
just .213-0-11 with 28 strikeouts in 108 at-bats, and improved to a
more respectable .337-3-15 with 15 strikeouts in 92 at-bats for
Southern Ohio. He did that while capably holding down shortstop for
the Copperheads, displaying good baseball sense and skills for the
position, along with sound hands, footwork and arm strength. With
only 6.9-7.0 speed in the 60, it’s readily apparent that Glomb
lacks the speed and quickness to play shortstop at the next level,
but he has enough quickness and all the basic skills to make a
seamless transition to third base. With evolving power, he should, in
time, also develop the kind of raw power commensurate with the hot
corner, but he is already capable of putting the ball in play with
consistent hard contact.
BRIAN CLARK, lhp, Lima Locos (Kent State/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Key arm for Kent State as
FR reliever (5-0, 2.17, 4 SV, 29 IP, 10 BB/27 SO), late arrival to
GLL after Golden Flashes unexpected participation in College World
Series, worked just 12 IP on summer (0-1, 4.63, 1 BB/5 SO); despite
limited looks, has obvious upside in 6-3/210 frame, but needs to get
stronger; flashed impressive stuff with 91-93 FB, sharp SL, needs to
develop CH to move into Kent rotation, but has huge hands to throw
IVAN DeJESUS, of, Lima Locos (Alabama-Birmingham/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Drafted by Cubs in sixth
round in 2010 out of Puerto Rico HS, career on hold when broke ankle
a year later at UAB, but responded with productive SO season
(.294-3-23, 20 BB/63 SO, 12 SB), picked up pace on summer (.373-4-18,
6 BB/21 SO, 12 SB); has solid-average arm/speed, along with solid bat
speed through zone with short/compact swing, squares up balls with
above-average power, though more of a line-drive hitter; profiles for
JAKE MADSEN, 1b, Cincinnati Steam (Ohio/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Lightly recruited out of
Cincinnati HS, but made immediate impression with bat as Ohio FR; hit
.344-1-32 (21 BB/14 SO) for Bobcats, followed up with .396-3-21 (15
BB/8 SO) season for Steam; advanced hitting skills with
patient/disciplined approach, knack for barreling balls on sweet
spot, hits to all fields; can handle hard/soft stuff, RHP/LHP
equally, also any part of zone in any count; may never hit with
desired power for 1B, though excellent defender at position.
JACOB MOODY, lhp/of, Hamilton Joe’s (Memphis/red-shirt FR in 2013)
PROFILE: Two-way talent, pitched
sparingly as FR at Memphis (0-0, 5.79, 9 IP, 12 BB/11 SO); limited
success on summer, spent bulk of playing time in OF (.174-0-3 in 69
AB), with limited looks on mound (0-1, 6.00, 6 IP, 5 BB/13 SO); has
quick lefthanded bat, but obvious upside as pitcher; has electric arm
with 91-94 FB, peaked at 95, also has intriguing downhill tilt on
developing CU; spent bulk of summer working on mechanics, could
emerge in spring as dominant closer.
JUSTIN GLASS, of, Cincinnati Steam (Cincinnati/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: All-star in Big East as SO
(.366-3-26, 20 BB/58 SO, 15 SB), appeared briefly in Cape Cod League
to begin summer, returned home to play for Steam (.364-4-22, 11 BB/24
SO, 5 SB); bat is ticket to next level, has significant bat speed in
quick/short/compact swing, aggressive approach with solid HR pop, but
needs to be more selective at plate to curb strikeouts; marginal RF
skills, suspect arm strength on heels of 2011 shoulder surgery,
destined for 1B down road.
KYLE HART, lhp, Cincinnati Steam (Indiana/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Very mature pitcher for
age, more than held his own as FR starter at Indiana (5-5, 3.21, 84
IP, 30 BB/53 SO), on summer for Steam (3-1, 3.78, 33 IP, 10 BB/36
SO); has tall/lanky frame (6-5/175) with limited physical projection
because of narrow shoulders, but could add 3-4 mph to current 86-88
FB if can add 20 pounds; good pitchability/polished delivery, depends
on control of FB, 2-plane CU, desired arm action on CH for success;
projects as situational lefty.
CODY LEICHMAN, 1b, Hamilton Joe’s (Central Michigan/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Showed excellent hitting
ability, raw power from left side before summer ended prematurely
with broken bone in hand when hit by pitch; hit .367-2-18 (8 BB/17
SO), on heels of .323-13-52 season as SO at Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC,
now at Central Michigan; has excellent bat speed through zone with
controlled upper-cut swing, should enhance power with continued
refinement of hitting skills; limited to 1B, but good range around
TRENT SZRUTNIK, lhp, Dayton Docs (Michigan/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Struggled as FR as
part-time starter at Michigan (2-3, 7.16, 44 IP, 28 BB/43 SO), but
made big strides on summer (4-2, 3.57, 35 IP, 13 BB/42 SO), ended
with stint in Cape Cod League; worked closely with ex-major league
pitcher Travis Miller, pitching coach at Dayton, developed good feel
for sinking 86-88 FB that edged into low 90s on occasion, was go-to
pitch; found success when on balance, had command of secondary stuff
JOHNNY FASOLA, rhp, Stark County Terriers (Kent State/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Ohio prep
pick of Dodgers in 2010; had limited success as SO at Kansas State
(1-2, 8.53, 19 IP, 13 BB/14 SO) in 17 relief appearances, has since
transferred to Kent State, must sit out 2013 season per NCAA transfer
rules; just a thrower now, needs work to become a pitcher, but has
solid arm with two average to plus pitches in FB up to 93 with late
life, filthy late-biting SL that is out pitch when thrown for
strikes; went 3-1, 3.72 (36 IP, 22 BB/41 SO) on summer.
CALEB BRYSON, 1b/3b, Hamilton Joe’s (Samford/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Led league with 16 2B,
Joe’s with 37 RBIs, while hitting .308/5 homers; raw power from
pull side is best tool, though can drive balls to all fields;
produces excellent bat speed with powerful, stocky frame (6-0, 210);
has good overall approach to hitting, routinely squares up balls; can
play on either infield corner, but 1B is best option; adequate speed,
not a base clogger; hit .270-10-34 as SO at Middle Georgia College,
has since transferred to Samford.
JUSTIN McCALVIN, rhp, Lima Locos (Kennesaw State/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Doesn’t pass eye test
with slight 6-0/160 frame, sidearm delivery, modest stuff, but has
deceptively quick arm, attacks hitters with sneaky FB generally in
high-80s but up to 92 on occasion; hides ball effectively, often
unhittable when FB has tailing action, mixes in SL, has command of
both pitches; destined to close with calm approach, went 1-1, 0.38
with 6 SV (24 IP, 6 BB/31 SO) on summer, solid upgrade from FR season
at Kennesaw State (3-1, 3.51,1 SV, 33 IP, 17 BB.27 SO).
DEVAN AHART, of, Lake Erie Monarchs (Akron/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Lefthanded-hitting CF whose
game predicated on athleticism/speed; missed FR season in 2011 at
Akron with shoulder injury, hit .251-0-23 (19 BB/36 SO, 14 SB) last
spring, .312-0-11 (15 BB/21 SO, 10 SB) on summer; profiles a leadoff
role with speed/base-running skills, slight frame, line-drive
stroke/gap power, but often tries to hit everything hard, can be
impatient in role; speed/playable arm suited for CF, but still needs
to master jumps/routes.
TUCKER TUBBS, 3b, Hamilton Joe’s (Memphis/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Blossoming offensive talent
with adequate skills defensively to handle hot corner; hit .259-1-18
(10 BB/14 SO in 81 ABs) as FR at Memphis, improved to .359-4-23 (18
BB/21 SO) for Joe’s; physically strong at 6-4/205, just needs to
quicken bat head, add lift to swing to realize power potential;
adequate actions/arm strength at 3B, but hands may not be quick
enough to remain there in long haul, may end up in LF.
JONATHAN FREBIS, lhp, Lake Erie Monarchs (Middle Tennessee State/SO
PROFILE: In process of filling out
6-3/190 frame in spring/summer, now up to 215; made significant
impact as weekend starter as FR at Middle Tennessee State (6-3, 3.65,
81 IP, 36 BB/61 SO), earning Sun Belt Conference freshman-of-year
honors; coming off heavy workload, so not as dominant during summer
for Monarchs (2-2, 5.47, 26 IP, 13 BB/19 SO), but still flashed FB in
90-94 range, solid CH, slurve-like breaking ball, generally had
command of all three.
TRAVIS HISSONG, rhp, Dayton Docs (Wright State/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Struggled in spring at
Wright State (2-2, 8.49, 23 IP/42 H/8 BB/23 SO) while trying to
identify optimum role, but settled in as reliever with
three-quarters/sling-like arm action during summer, made significant
strides (0-2, 1.69, 3 SV, 16 IP, 4 BB/19 SO); featured quick
arm/command of two solid-average pitches in 89-92 FB with late life,
two-plane, late biting SL; aggressive approach, but learned to stop
trying to overpower hitters in favor of generating greater movement.
CHRIS MANNING, of, Dayton Docs (Valparaiso/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Athletic player with good
skill set, had productive SO season at Valparaiso (.283-2-35, 20
BB/32 SO, 11 SB); began summer in Cape Cod League, transitioned
easily to GLL (.293-1-12, 14 BB/21 SO, 9 SB); solid in all phases of
game, but no dominant tool; gets barrel to ball easily, can square up
pitches with line-drive power to all fields; corner OF with good
reads on balls, playable/accurate arm; 6.8 speed in 60, runs bases
well, sound mental approach to game.
JASON BAGOLY, 1b/c, Stark County Terriers (Kent State/SR in 2013)
PROFILE: High expectations when
drafted by Rockies out of Ohio HS in 2009, but lost his way in
college when catching skills eroded, was just a marginal contributor
(.277-3-24 as DH) to Kent State run to College World Series as JR;
set about resurrecting career on summer as 1B, hit .395-9-26; showed
consistent raw power with 6-3/235 frame, strong hands, controlled
uppercut swing with good trigger, squared up balls consistently, just
needs to drive balls other way as warranted.
BRIAN KORTE, lhp, Cincinnati Steam (Indiana/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Struggled as SO reliever at
Indiana (0-4, 7.66, 25 IP, 19 BB/18 SO) on heels of 2011 shoulder
surgery, but turned corner this summer as starter (2-0, 2.12, 34 IP,
12 BB/26 SO); FB at 88-91 with cutting action, also has CU/CH, both
still in developmental stages but chance to be solid pitches; has
good pitch-to-contact approach, relies on repeating delivery/spotting
pitches consistently to be effective.
JUSTIN BRANTLEY, rhp, Southern Ohio Copperheads (Siena/SR in 2013)
PROFILE: Went undrafted after rough
JR season at Siena (2-9, 6.60, 75 IP, 42 BB/46 SO), but has good
bloodlines, scouts still see promise in 6-0/175 RHP; nephew of
ex-OF/coach Mickey Brantley, cousin of Indians OF Michael, has
intriguing arm with FB that occasionally reaches 94, also has
SL/CU/CH in 4-pitch mix, just needs to refine mechanics to realize
consistent production, but made headway on summer (5-1, 4.18, 32 IP,
14 BB/33 SO).
MARCOS CALDERON, of, Licking County Settlers (Butler/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Overshadowed in same
Licking County OF by all-around talent of Ryan Cordell (No. 2), power
potential of Nic Schultz (No. 28), but 5-9/170 Calderon held his own
at plate (.363-0-12, 10 BB/18 SO); can turn around any velocity with
solid contact to all fields, though power potential limited in
undersized frame; has speed that puts defense on its heels; can play
all outfield positions, gets good jumps with playable arm.
MICHAEL TIMM, 3b, Grand Lake Mariners (Wright State/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Athletic player with
projectable 6-3/185 frame, should evolve as power hitter with
established bat speed, natural increase in size/strength; did not go
deep as Wright State FR (.308-0-24 (17 BB/20 SO), but power started
to come during summer (.274-2-26, 21 BB/29 SO); has all qualities to
emerge as solid/dependable 3B with speed/quickness, has lateral range
around bag, major league-average arm across diamond.
KYLE POLLOCK, c, Stark County Terriers (Evansville/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Surprise batting champ in
GLL; hit .424-8-20 (15 BB/11 SO) on summer, which was a significant
upgrade from FR season at Evansville (.275-5-27, 27 BB/49 SO); three
top-notch catchers on Stark County roster, ended up spending most of
time in DH role as was best hitter/power threat of trio; very
mechanical in actions behind plate in limited activity, but has
makings of solid arm, blocking skills.
ANDREW SOHN, ss/rhp, Lake Erie Monarchs (Western Michigan/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Enjoyed significant upgrade
as hitter/base stealer on summer at Lake Erie (.331-1-18, 20-of-23
SB) vs. spring at Western Michigan (.234-1-12, 2-of-5); has
line-drive approach to all fields with good contact skills; average
foot speed, not as fast as Monarchs teammate Devan Ahart (No. 15),
but more accomplished of two on bases; hard-nosed player with good
baseball instincts for infield play, arm strength for left side, can
throw from all angles, profiles as 2B at next level.
COLLIN RADACK, of, Xenia Scouts (Hendrix, Ark./JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Obscure talent from D-III
Hendrix, more than held his own on summer at plate (.393-2-19) vs.
predominantly D-I competition after hitting .402-2-45 in spring; has
athleticism/upside in 6-4/205 frame, ran 60 in 6.7 seconds, began to
add loft to swing during summer to tap into power potential; a CF at
present, will need to improve jumps/routes at that position to
preclude being moved to corner at next level.
NIC SCHULZ, of, Licking County Settlers (San Jose State/SR in 2013)
PROFILE: Ranked No. 29 on this list
a year ago; experienced marginal improvement in most areas, though
finally began to tap into power potential; hit .307-1-19 in 2011,
.331-8-32 in return engagement to Licking County; had better feel for
swing, but still prone to chasing pitches; has
impressive frame (6-3/200), average speed (6.8 in 60), one of best
outfield throwing arms in league from RF, but everything hinges on
continued improvement with stick.
TOM MONNOT, c, Stark County Terriers (Kent State/SO in 2013)
PROFILE: Considered best defender
among three catchers for Stark County, but ended up hitting robust
.470-5-23—46 points higher than fellow receiver Kyle Pollock
(.424-8-20), the league’s official batting champion; didn’t
receive enough plate appearances to qualify for title as arrived late
from Kent State appearance in College World Series; has solid
blocking/receiving skills, above-average arm with combo of strength,
CRISTIAN TORRES, rhp, Lake Erie Monarchs (Notre Dame/JR in 2013)
PROFILE: Unlikely to replace
incumbent Dan Slania, potential first-rounder, as closer at Notre
Dame in 2013, but showed could close for high-level D-I school with
impressive performance on summer (2-1, 2.32, 7 SV, 31 IP, 22 BB/34
SO), tied for league lead in saves, also made a couple of starts; FB
at 88-91, more in tank with 6-6/205 frame, also impressed with CU/CH
from over-the-top delivery.
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