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Draft : : State Preview
State Snapshots: South Atlantic
Patrick Ebert        
Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2014 Perfect Game draft preview content

New England
– CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
Mid-Atlantic – DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV
South Atlantic – FL, GA, NC, SC
Southeast – AL, KY, MS, TN
South Central – AR, LA, OK, TX
Great Lakes – IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
Great Plains – IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD
Mountain – AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY
Pacific – AK, CA, HI, OR, WA
Canada and Puerto Rico



Florida

Florida State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
Pitching at all levels
WEAKNESS: College position players
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 4

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Florida
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Miami-Dade
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Archbishop McCarthy, Southwest Ranches

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Tyler Humphreys, 3b, St. Johns River CC
WILD CARD: Karsten Whitson, rhp, University of Florida

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Florida Connection:
Trea Turner, ss, N.C. State University (attended high school in Lake Worth)
Top 2015 Prospect: Brendan Rodgers, ss, Lake Mary HS, Longwood
Top 2016 Prospect: A.J. Puk, lhp, University of Florida

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Chipper Jones, ss, The Bolles School, Jacksonville (1990, Braves/1st round, 1st pick); Alex Rodriguez, ss, Westminster Christian HS, Miami (1993, Mariners/1st round, 1st pick); Paul Wilson, rhp, Florida State U. (1994, Mets/1st round, 1st pick); Pat Burrell, 1b, U. of Miami (Phillies, 1998/1st round, 1st pick)
2009 Draft: Bobby Borchering, 3b, Bishop Verot HS, Ft. Myers (Diamondbacks/1st round, 16th pick)
2010 Draft: Manny Machado, ss, Miami Brito HS (Orioles/1st round, 3rd pick)
2011 Draft: Francisco Lindor, ss, Montverde Academy (Cubs/1st round, 8th pick)
2012 Draft: Greg Zunino, c, University of Florida (Mariners/1st round, 3rd pick)
2013 Draft: Chris Anderson, rhp, Jacksonville University (Dodgers/1st round, 18th pick)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
49/44
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 21/17
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 50/22

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Nicholas Gordon, ss, Olympia HS, Windermere (4)
Touki Toussaint, rhp, Coral Springs Christian Academy (18)
Sean Reid-Foley, rhp, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville (22)
Foster Griffin, lhp, The First Academy, Orlando (31)
Luke Weaver, rhp, Florida State University (34)
Forrest Wall, ss, Orangewood Christian HS, Winter Park (55)
Milton Ramos, ss, Florida Christian HS, Hialeah Gardens (62)
Matt Railey, of, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee (65)
Aramis Garcia, c, Florida International University (67)
Andrew Suarez, lhp, University of Miami (70)
Eric Skoglund, lhp, University of Central Florida (71)
Keith Weisenberg, rhp, Osceola HS, Seminole (74)
Austin Gomber, lhp, Florida Atlantic University (80)
J.J. Schwarz, c, Palm Beach Gardens HS (88)
Carson Sands, lhp, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee (99)
Jake Cosart, rhp, Seminole State JC (102)
Michael Mader, LHP, Chipola JC (104)
Taylor Gushue, c, University of Florida (110)
Cobi Johnson, rhp, J.W. Mitchell HS, New Port Richey (112)
Garrett Cave, rhp, South Sumter HS, Bushnell (116)
Pavin Smith, 1b/lhp, Jupiter HS (117)
Tyler Humphreys, 3b, St. Johns River JC (128)
Carl Chester, of, Lake Brantley HS, Longwood (129)
Karsten Whitson, rhp, University of Florida (140)
Christian Diaz, lhp, University of Miami (143)
Adam Haseley, of/lhp, The First Academy, Windermere (152)
Cre Finfrock, rhp, Martin County HS, Jensen Beach (162)
Michael Suchy, of/1b, Florida Gulf Coast University (164)
Justin Smith, of, Bartram Trail HS, St. John's (171)
Daniel Sweet, of, Polk State JC (183)
Ryan Harris, rhp, University of Florida (189)
Tate Blackman, ss, Lake Brantley HS, Altamonte Springs (196)
Danny Mars, of, Chipola JC (200)
Andrew Karp, rhp, West Orange HS, Windermere (207)
Luke Bonfield, of, IMG Academy (Skillman, N.J.) (211)
Reese Cooley, ss/of, Fleming Island HS (224)
Todd Isaacs, of, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach (239)
Michael Franco, rhp, Florida International University (240)
Dale Carey, of, University of Miami (248)
Ronnie Williams, rhp/of, American HS, Miami (250)
Bryant Holtmann, lhp, Florida State University (257)
Dalton Guthrie, ss, Venice HS (273)
Javier Salas, rhp, University of Miami (274)
Benito Santiago, c, Coral Springs Christian Academy, Pembroke Pines (280)
Drew Weeks, of/3b, University of North Florida (281)
Scott Williams, c/rhp, Manatee JC (294)
Alex Faedo, rhp, Alonso HS, Tampa (300)
Justin Shafer, of/rhp, University of Florida (306)
Brandon Leibrandt, lhp, Florida State University (309)
Bryan Radziewski, lhp, University of Miami (315)
Ian Rice, c, Chipola JC (317)
Weston Davis, rhp, Manatee HS, Bradenton (319)
Erik Manoah, rhp, South Dade HS, Homestead (333)
Brad Deppermann, rhp, Eastlake HS, Palm Harbor (337)
George Iskendarian, ss, Indian River State JC (353)
Roberto Gonzalez, of, University HS, Orlando (366)
Jordan DeLorenzo, lhp, University of West Florida (375)
Daniel Ponce de Leon, rhp, Embry-Riddle University (381)
David Trexler, University of North Florida (385)
Taylor Lewis, rhp, Chipola JC (387)
Jeremy Vazquez, 1b/lhp, Martin County HS, Palm City (426)
Brian Gonzalez, lhp/1b, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Miramar (438)
Braden Mattson, c/1b, University of Florida (441)
Joe Dunand, 3b/ss, Gulliver Prep, Miami (446)
Alex McRae, rhp, Jacksonville University (457)
Michael Rivera, c, Venice HS (462)
Austin Murphy, of, Episcopal HS, Jacksonville (472)



Georgia

Georgia State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
High school talent
WEAKNESS: College talent
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Georgia Tech
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Georgia Perimeter
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Lambert HS, Suwanee

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Mac Marshall, lhp, Parkview HS, Lilburn
WILD CARD: Dylan Cease, rhp, Milton HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Georgia Connection:
Brent Honeywell, rhp Walters State (Tenn.) CC (attended high school in Carnesville)
Top 2015 Prospect: Dazmon Cameron, of, Eagles Landing HS, McDonough
Top 2016 Prospect: Seth Beer, of, Lambert HS, Suwanee

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Ron Blomberg, 1b, Druid Hills HS, Atlanta (1967, Yankees/1st round, 1st pick); Mike Ivie, c, Walker HS, Decatur (1970, Padres/1st round, 1st pick); Tim Beckham, ss, Griffin HS (2008, Rays/1st round, 1st pick)
2009 Draft: Donavan Tate, of, Cartersville HS (Padres/1st round, 3rd pick)
2010 Draft: Delino DeShields Jr, of-2b, Woodward Academy (Astros/1st round, 8th pick)
2011 Draft: Jed Bradley, lhp, Georgia Tech U. (Brewers/1st round, 15th pick)
2012 Draft: Byron Buxton, of, Appling County HS (Twins/1st round, 2nd pick)
2013 Draft: Clint Frazier, of, Loganville HS (Indians/1st round, 5th pick)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
18/16
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 6/5
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 19/12

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Max Pentecost, c, Kennesaw State University (16)
Michael Chavis, 3b, Sprayberry HS, Marietta (20)
Michael Gettys, of, Gainesville HS (29)
Spencer Adams, rhp, White County HS, Cleveland (41)
Mac Marshall, lhp, Parkview HS, Lilburn (53)
Dylan Cease, rhp, Milton HS (64)
Isiah Gilliam, 1b/of, Parkview HS, Lilburn (173)
Sam Howard, lhp, Georgia Southern University (215)
Sam Clay, lhp, Georgia Tech (226)
Kel Johnson, of, home-schooled, Palmetto (255)
Raphael Ramirez, of, Pace Academy, Marietta (287)
Hunter Cole, of, University of Georgia (293)
Tucker Baca, lhp, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee (334)
J.T. Phillips, rhp/ss, Georgia Perimeter JC (380)
Matt Grimes, rhp, Georgia Tech (414)
Jared Walker, 3b, McEachern HS, Powder Springs (419)
Grayson Byrd, ss, Kings Ridge Christian HS, Alpharetta (439)
Dusty Isaacs, rhp, Georgia Tech (459)
Josh Heddinger, rhp, Georgia Tech (463)
A.J. Moore, rhp, Mountain View HS, Dacula (477)
Ryan Avidano, lhp, Starr's Mill HS, Fayetteville (484)
Keegan McGovern, 3b, Coffee County HS, Willacoochee (500)



North Carolina

North Carolina State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
Impact college players, Braxton Davidson
WEAKNESS: Signable high school talent
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 4

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Mount Olive
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Pitt
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Ardrey Kell, Charlotte

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Brett Austin, c, N.C. State
WILD CARD: Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina University

Best Out-of-State Prospect, North Carolina Connection:
Mason McCullough, rhp, Lander (S.C.) University (attended high school in Shelby)
Top 2015 Prospect: Michael Matuella, rhp, Duke University
Top 2016 Prospect: Brad Debo, c, Orange HS, Hillsborough

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History: B.J. Surhoff, c, University of North Carolina (1985, Brewers/1st round, 1st pick); Brien Taylor, lhp, East Carteret HS, Beaufort (1991, Yankees/1st round, 1st pick); Josh Hamilton, of, Athens Drive HS, Raleigh (1999, Devil Rays/1st round, 1st pick)
2009 Draft: Dustin Ackley, of, University of North Carolina (Mariners/1st round, 2nd pick)
2010 Draft: Matt Harvey, rhp, University of North Carolina (Mets/1st round, 7th pick)
2011 Draft: Levi Michael, ss, University of North Carolina (Twins/1st round, 30th pick)
2012 Draft: Corey Seager, ss, Northwest Cabarrus HS, Kannapolis (Dodgers/1st round, 18th pick)

2013 Draft: Colin Moran, 3b, University of North Carolina (Marlins/1st round, 6th pick)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
41/41
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 6/4

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Carlos Rodon, lhp, N.C. State University (2)
Trea Turner, ss, N.C. State University (9)
Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina University (11)
Braxton Davidson, of/1b, T.C. Roberson HS, Arden (30)
Ryder Ryan, rhp/3b, North Mecklenburg HS, Waxhaw (149)
Max Povse, rhp, UNC Greensboro (157)
Brett Austin, c, N.C. State University (186)
Ryan Butler, rhp/of, UNC Charlotte (227)
Michael Russell, ss, University of North Carolina (246)
Jordan Ramsey, rhp, UNC Wilmington (288)
Benton Moss, rhp, University of North Carolina (302)
Logan Jernigan, rhp, N.C. State University (329)
Drew Van Orden, rhp, Duke University (369)
Alex Destino, lhp, North Buncombe HS, Weaverville (409)
Cedric Mullins, of, Louisburg JC (443)
Storm Edwards, of, West Henderson HS, Hendersonville (448)
Jeremy Null, rhp, Western Carolina University (466)
D.J. Burt, ss, Fuquay-Varina HS (479)
Tyler Bolton, rhp, East Carolina University (495)



South Carolina

South Carolina State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
Grant Holmes, college depth
WEAKNESS: High school depth
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
South Carolina
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Spartanburg Methodist
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: A.C. Flora, Columbia

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Daniel Gossett, rhp, Clemson University
WILD CARD: Chad Sobotka, rhp, USC Upstate

Best Out-of-State Prospect, South Carolina Connection:
Hunter Cole, of, University of Georgia (attended high school in Roebuck)
Top 2015 Prospect: Logan Tolbert, ss/rhp, Wren HS, Piedmont
Top 2016 Prospect: Chris Okey, c, Clemson University

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Kris Benson, rhp, Clemson University (1996, Pirates/1st round, 1st pick)
2009 Draft: Chris Owings, ss, Gilbert HS (Diamondbacks/1st round, 41st pick)
2010 Draft: Kyle Parker, 1b, Clemson University (Rockies/1st round, 26th pick)
2011 Draft: Taylor Guerreri, rhp, Spring Valley HS, North Augusta (Rays/1st round, 24th pick)
2012 Draft: Richie Shaffer, 3b, Clemson University (Rays/1st round, 25th pick)
2013 Draft: Nick Ciuffo, c, Lexington HS (Rays/1st round, 21st pick)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
22/21
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 6/5

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Grant Holmes, rhp, Conway HS (8)
Daniel Gossett, rhp, Clemson University (54)
Grayson Greiner, c,  University of South Carolina (85)
Chad Sobotka, rhp, USC Upstate (127)
Mason McCullough, rhp, Lander University (137)
Tanner English, of, University of South Carolina (150)
Joey Pankake, 3b/ss, University of South Carolina (198)
Gunnar Heidt, ss, College of Charleston (220)
Jordan Montgomery, lhp, University of South Carolina (232)
K.J. Bryant, of, Wade Hampton HS, Taylors (282)
Madison Stokes, ss, A.C. Flora HS, Columbia (290)
Wesley Rogers, of, Spartanburg Methodist JC (373)
Tyler Herb, rhp, Coastal Carolina University (392)
Ben Smith, lhp, Coastal Carolina University (401)
Caleb Smith, lhp, University of South Carolina-Aiken (430)

 



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