2011 World Showcase
2011 Top Prospects
- SS - 2011 - Locust Grove, GA
Gaines is one of the handful of best defensive prospects in the 2011 class and has big league actions and tools at shortstop right now. His bat will continue to improve as he gets stronger and more physically mature.
- C - 2011 - Oviedo, FL
A little bit of rest has done Marlette’s body wonders, as the all out gamer looked loose, strong and quick behind the plate and in the batter’s box. He could be a big surprise in the draft come June.
- 1B - 2011 - N. Ft. Myers, FL
The ball simply sounds different coming off Vogelbach's bat than just about any other hitter in the 2011 class. He looks like he's in very good shape and no one in the country wants to play baseball more than this young man.
- C - 2011 - Westland, MI
Haase was the revelation of the event, showing every tool you'd want to see in a catcher and putting on a show in BP and games with the bat. The Michigan native went from #500 to #34 on the PG Top Prospect List for the 2011 class.
- OF - 2011 - Murrels Inlet, SC
We had seen English star as a member of the 2010 17U National Champion Diamond Devils team but had never appreciated how good his raw physical tools were until this event. A 6.37 60 and a 97 mph arm from the outfield spoke loudly!
- RHP - 2011 - Jupiter, FL
We would have liked to have seen Harris pitch but gained new appreciation of his high level athletic skills watching him hit and play the outfield. He ranks among the top 2-way talents in the country.
- SS - 2011 - Jupiter, FL
The 6-0, 200 lb Slater stood out defensively at shortstop, which makes his strong right handed bat all the more impressive. He has a high level ability to maintain arm strength from multiple release points while on the move.
- RHP - 2011 - Cayey, PR
Lopez might be the best pitcher to come out of Puerto Rico in many years and is just scratching his potential right now. He threw an effortless 88-91 mph and shows the makings of a quality curveball/change up combination.
- 3B - 2011 - Cape Coral, FL
Santana's powerful right handed swing and smooth defensive actions at third base are well known to scouts but the opportunity to see him on the mound gives new light to his prospect status. He threw 89 mph consistently with a sharp curveball and huge projection.
- 1B - 2011 - Wilson, AR
Gunn isn’t a big, physical 1st base type slugger but has a very quick bat and packs plenty of power in his 6-1, 195 lb frame. He also throws in the mid 80’s from the left side off the mound.
- RHP - 2011 - Apopka, FL
This Miami signee has improved significantly over the past year and hasn’t reached his physical ceiling yet. He threw in the upper 80’s and his 81 mph slider is a very good upper level pitch.
- LHP - 2011 - Odessa, FL
The 90 mph lefty didn’t pitch in Fort Myers but his switch-hitting ability and arm strength from right field make him a legit 2-way player at the college level should he make it to Coastal Carolina.
- MIF - 2011 - Oviedo, FL
Conde has got much stronger from last summer and that added muscle shows in his bat speed and power. His blast off the right field wall on a 90 mph Jorge Lopez fastball was impressive.
- C - 2011 - Arlington, TX
The 6-2, 215 lb Rice signee reminds us a bit of former Louisiana State catcher Micah Gibbs (3rd round/2010/Cubs) without the switch-hitting ability but with more juice in his bat. Both are Texas natives.
- C - 2011 - Black Diamond, WA
Olson’s bat still has some work to do to get to prospect level but he can flat catch and throw with the best receivers in the country. He's best seen and evaluated in game action.
- C - 2011 - Boca Raton, FL
Coban would definitely be on the very short list of the strongest players at this or any other event, but he is still loose and agile in his athletic actions and swung the bat very well in game competition.
- OF - 2011 - Crestwood, NY
We didn’t even know that the 6-5, 215 lb Bradshaw had started switch-hitting until he launched a home run left handed (after doing the same right handed) during batting practice. His skills are still raw in all areas but Bradshaw has some serious tools.
- OF - 2011 - Flower Mound, TX
Gil didn't show the mid to upper 80's fastball we've seen frequently in the past but his incredibly deceptive delivery and sharp curveball still overmatched hitters. His athletic ability makes him a 2-way college prospect as an outfielder.
- OF - 2011 - Chesapeake, VA
Clemmons has excellent defensive tools in centerfield, with 6.6 speed, a strong throwing arm and a nose for the baseball. His speed and instincts make him a constant threat on the bases.
- OF - 2011 - Oviedo, FL
Garcia and Leland Clemmons (above) are very similar young talents, right handed hitting centerfielders with plus running speed, live athletic bodies and raw bat speed.
2012 Top Prospects
- SS - 2012 - Santa Isabel, PR
This young Puerto Rican has all the tools and skills to be perhaps the highest drafted Puerto Rican ever since the island entered the draft in 1989. His ability to stay at shortstop if he grows from his current 6-3, 185 lb frame will be interesting to watch.
- OF - 2012 - Windermere, FL
Winker has prototypical right field tools, with a big left handed bat and a strong throwing arm. He has consistently showed power and high level hitting skills against the top pitchers in the country the past two years.
- MIF - 2012 - St. Augustine, FL
Romero attacks the ball with outstanding bat speed and aggressiveness from the right side and should hit at every level. It would be interesting to find out if he has ever played catcher, as that may be where his defensive tools profile best.
Jesmuel Valentin Diaz
- MIF - 2012 - Manati, PR
The son of former Major League infielder Jose Valentin has a similar tool set to his father, except that Diaz shows plus power from both sides of the plate. His big league bloodlines are also obvious in the way he plays the game.
- 3B - 2012 - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
DiNatale hasn't finished growing into his 6-4, 195 lb frame and could develop scary power when he does. He's very athletic for his size and should be able to stay at third base as he physically matures.