In the weeks leading
up to the draft, Perfect Game will be providing a detailed overview
of each state in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as
well as Canada and Puerto Rico. These overviews will list the
state's strengths, weaknesses and the players with the best tools, as
well as providing mini-scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2 players.
Maine State-by-State List
Still Not Heyday of
Maine Baseball, But Encouraging 2011 Season for Black Bears
There were the days
when the University of Maine played an influential role in both the
College World Series and the baseball draft. That was almost 30 years
From 1981-86, the Black
Bears made five trips to Omaha. They also produced first- or
second-round draft picks in three consecutive years from 1982-84,
though one player, righthander Billy Swift, accounted for two of
those selections on his own as he was an unsigned second-rounder in
1983 and a first-rounder (second overall) the following year.
The 2011 season may
hardly remind long-time followers of the Maine program of those
halcyon days of the early-80s, but the Black Bears made their first
NCAA regional appearance in five seasons this year (16th
overall) and they could produce their first draft pick in the top 10
rounds in eight years.
Outfielder Taylor Lewis
hit only .288-3-27 this season for a 32-22 Black Bears team, but led
the club in stolen bases (20), walks (27) and runs scored (44)—all
categories that are telling of the kind of talent Lewis is. He is a
scrappy, line-drive oriented, lefthanded-hitting leadoff man with
6.5-second speed in the 60. Lewis is strong and athletic, and scouts
believe he will eventually tap into his full offensive potential. His
above-average speed also enables him to play a strong center field,
though his arm strength is a drawback.
Six-foot-4 Black Bears
righthander Keith Bilodeau (10-2, 2.87) could factor into the middle
rounds on the strength of an 89-91 mph fastball and average curve.
But the best talent on the current Maine roster may lie in its
contingent of six Canadians, most of whom played prominent roles as
freshmen and sophomores.
None of those players
is eligible for this year’s draft, but ace righthander Jeff Gibbs,
a sophomore from Toronto whose fastball has peaked at 97 mph, could
be the highest Maine draft pick in at least 20 years in 2012.
Freshman third baseman Alex Calbick (Burnaby, B.C.) projects to be
the team’s top selection in 2013.
There have been only
two players drafted out of Maine high schools in the last 10 years
(one being Mt. Ararat High righthander Mark Rogers, the fifth overall
pick in 2004), and that string is unlikely to change.
Maine in a Nutshell:
University of Maine talent.
(1-to-5 scale): 2.
BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
BEST HIGH SCHOOL
PROSPECT, Maine Connection: None.
TOP 2012 PROSPECT:
Jeff Gibbs, rhp, University of Maine.
TOP 2013 PROSPECT:
Alex Calbick, 3b, University of Maine.
HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS
Billy Swift, rhp, U. of Maine (1984, Mariners/1st round,
2006 Draft: None
2007 Draft: None
2008 Draft: Billy
Cather, of, U. of Maine (Nationals/33rd round).
2009 Draft: Regan
Flaherty, 1b, Deering HS, Portland (Mariners/28th round).
2010 Draft: None
GROUPS ONE and TWO
TWO (Projected MID-Round Draft /
TAYLOR LEWIS, of, University of Maine (Jr.)
LH-hitting leadoff type, 6.5 speed in 60; hit just .288-3-27, but
strong/athletic, bat could develop.