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Prospects Plus Examples
Published: Monday, November 01, 2004
Chris Lubanski, OF Schwenksville, PA
'03 National Rank: 5
B/T: L/ L
Grad Year: 2003
High School: Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic
High School Coach: Steve Carcarey
Parents: Wally, Betsy
Signed w/ College: Florida State
Body Type: Lean, athletic, wide shoulders to grow into
Other Info: projects four plus tools. Big-time makeup
60 Yard Time: 6.35
Top Velocity/Position: 86/OF
Baseball America Grade: *****
Perfect Game Grade: 10
1/2003 — PG World Showcase - Ft Myers, FL
The World Showcase may very well have been Chris Lubanski’s very last PG event. After 4 years, it’s kind of sad to see him go. In Ft. Myers, he showed an improved arm. His arm can now be described at MLB average for center field. He looks a bit stronger and his bat speed has increased. There’s little doubt that he’s going to hit a lot of long balls in the future.
His 60 time was not one of his best, but his 30 yard time was excellent. He’s still, perhaps the fastest high school player in the country. He ran a 6.75 on our watch, we’ve seen him run a 6.35. Lubanski even showed his championship-caliber makeup and love of the game by pitching one inning when his team was out of pitching. All in all, it was a pretty good showing by one of the nation’s best and most projectable prospects. Lubanski signed early with Florida State.
10/2002 — PG/BA World Championship - Jupiter, FL
Some scouts say Lubanski was the top player in Jupiter. He showed all the skills. Hit the best pitching, ran several plus times to first base. Made some outstanding plays in the outfield. He's starting to look a bit stronger and throw better. The arm is his weakest tool and it's MLB average now, projects to get better yet.
9/2002 — WWBA Qualifier - Boyertown, PA
Lubanski didn't play a lot, but he was easily the #1 prospect in Boyertown.
8/2002 — PG Northeast Showcase, Wareham, Mass.
One of the top prospects in a strong year for outfielders, he played even though he was suffering from heat exhaustion earlier in the week. He has the whole package--and he’s still getting even better.
7/2002 — PG/BA WWBA Championship, East Cobb/Marietta, Ga.
Lubanski ran, hit and hustled his way to the top of this list. He was one of the top hitters and base stealers in Marietta. Playing on the Perfect Game Royal team with six Team USA junior teammates, he put on a show for scouts. His speed was most evident when he scored somewhat easily from third base on a wild pitch that was blocked by the catcher with the ball no more than six feet in front of home plate.
6/2002 — PG National Showcase, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Lubanski is one of our favorites. He’s a great kid with championship-caliber makeup. Everyone knows that Lubanski can run. In fact, he ran a PG event record-tying 6.35 in the 60 at Tropicana. His arm keeps improving and we think he will end up with at least average arm strength. He has a beautiful lefthanded swing and we think he will be a legitimate power threat in pro ball. In our opinion, Lubanski has a great chance to become an all-star center fielder in the big leagues.
6/2002 — Team USA Junior Nation Trials, Joplin, Mo.
His speed and a nice lefthanded swing are hard to ignore. Every once in a while Lubanski will get into a pitch and get scouts excited. His arm continues to improve as does his entire game.
12/2001 — PG World Showcase, Ft. Myers, Fla.
He does everything very well. He's a plus-plus runner at 6.45. He is starting to show even more wood bat power. His arm has improved to nearly major league average. His body is much stronger and has room for much more. Now he's a full-fledged top prospect.
10/2001 — PG/BA World Wood Bat Championship, Jupiter, Fa.
We have seen Lubanski a lot. He continues to impress and seems to keep improving. He hit a line-drive home run and hit several other balls hard in Jupiter. He's a plus runner with an outstanding projectable body. It's evident that he loves the game.
8/2001 — PG Northeast Showcase, Wareham, Mass.
Lubanski is very athletic. He played on the U.S. Youth National Team that won the gold medal this summer. He had a long, tiring journey, but still managed to run a 6.75 60 and perform well here. He surprised every one with a long home run with the wood bat.
12/2000 — PG World Showcase, Fort Myers, Fla.
He's fairly skinny, but very intriguing. He runs well (6.8 in the 60) and has a nice swing from the left side. With some more muscle, who knows what he might become? He could develop into a special player. He has that look about him. His arm needs to improve a little.
Lastings Milledge, OF Palmetto, FL
'03 National Rank: 2
B/T: R/ R
Grad Year: 2003
High School: Lakewood Ranch
Parents: Anthony and Linda
Body Type: Muscular, athletic
Other Info: 5 tool guy
60 Yard Time: 6.43
Top Velocity/Position: 96/OF
Baseball America Grade: *****
Perfect Game Grade: 10
1/2003 — PG World Showcase, Fort Myers, Fla.
Milledge put on a display indicative of the first-rounder he should be in June. Perhaps the only area that didn't measure up was his throwing. He really launched a couple of throws, though he still threw them with 90 mph velocity. We've seen him throw before and know he has a plus-plus arm.
Milledge ran the 60 twice on a slow soft track and was timed at 6.57 seconds, and he ran an event-best 3.57 seconds over 30 yards. In BP he hit one 400 feet into the wind. He pulled a 93 mph Andrew Miller fastball foul that whistled past the third-base coach. Milledge has as good a package of tools as anyone in recent memory.
11/2002 — PG/BA World Championship, Jupiter, Fla.
Milledge has hit and played better in the past. He still definitely is a plus runner with a plus arm. He hit a home run to the opposite field off a 93 mph fastball from Chad Billingsley. He will be a top draft pick. He shows great bat speed and is athletic, with a good swing, real quick hands, excellent power and good instincts.
7/2002 — PG/BA WWBA Championship, East Cobb Complex/Marietta, Ga.
Lastings is the No. 1 player in the nation for the class of 2003. He played in about half the games in this tournament. He has all the tools and plays the game with a rare combination of grace and power. He has the special talent you rarely see in an amateur player.
6/2002 — PG National Showcase, Tropicana Field/St. Petersburg
Milledge continues to amaze scouts with his overall athletic package. He has some of the best tools we have seen in years for a high school player. At Tropicana, Milledge ran better than 6.5 seconds in the 60, and all of his outfield throws were clocked in the 90s, with one reading a PG event record 96 mph.
He plays the outfield with graceful, easy actions without losing his aggressiveness. His bat speed ranks with any high school player we have seen, and he has shown plus raw power as well. All this in a kid who loves to play the game.
We never thought we would say this, but Milledge is the closest high school player we have ever seen to Willie Mays. It may be unrealistic comparing a high school kid to someone many consider the greatest player in history, but for those that remember Mays, picture Milledge making basket catches and running out from under his cap.
6/2002 — Team USA Junior National Trials, Joplin, Mo.
We’ve seen Milledge hit much better than he did in Joplin, but his overall package still ranks above all others. He remains our top-ranked prospect in the 2003 class.
12/2001 — World Showcase, Fort Myers, Fla.
Milledge does it all with five tools that all grade out average or better. It's hard to believe he’s so young. His arm gets stronger each time we see him, as does his power potential.
11/2001 — PG/BA World Wood Bat Championship, Jupiter, Fla.
Milledge has been much better and was obviously pitched around, but he showed his big league bat speed, foot speed, arm strength and athleticism. Based on his tools, he ranks No. 1 in the country for the class of 2003.
6/2001 — PG National Showcase, Tropicana Field/St. Petersburg
The top 2003 player in the country, Milledge is a legitimate five-tool prospect. He would be a first-rounder if he came out now. His bat speed is the best in the nation.
12/2000 — World Showcase, Fort Myers, Fla.
One of the best young players we’ve seen in a long time. Though only a high school sophomore, his raw tools would get him drafted in an early round right now. He has it all and could be very special.
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