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2004 National Academic Showcase






2005 Top Prospects

Alexander Meschi - RHP - 2005 - Mission Viejo, CA
Meschi is a strongly built 6-0, 200 lb. right hander who throws in the upper 80’s with very little effort and very good command. His sharp 75 mph curveball is a strikeout pitch at this level. Meschi has improved significantly since last year and has the ability to move his stuff up to another level in the future.

Liam Ohlmann - RHP - 2005 - Wallingford, CT
Ohlmann overmatched the hitters at the Academic Showcase, striking out 8 straight hitters at one point with a fastball that topped out at 88 mph and a sharp 78-81 mph slider that no one even sniffed at. He should develop into an excellent college pitcher.

Sean Baumann - C - 2005 - Tampa, FL
Baumann is an above average runner (6.75), especially for a catcher, and has strong defensive tools. His performance at the Academic earned him an invitation to the Perfect Game National.

Brad Secrist - OF - 2005 - Joplin, MO
Secrist is a 6-4, 190 lb. corner player with some serious juice in his left handed swing. The ball jumps off his bat. He’s a good athlete, too, and will be able to contribute on defense.

Justin Handler - 2B - 2005 - North Potomac, MD
Handler may have been the most polished “present” hitter at the Showcase. He’s strong in his hands and upper body and has a short, quick and powerful swing. Handler’s defensive tools play at both third base and behind the plate.

Tyler Stohr - OF - 2005 - Melbourne, FL
Stohr is a strong 6-2 right hander with a low ¾’s release point and excellent extension out front. He threw in the mid 80’s while striking out 7 out of 9 hitters and flashed some good spin on his curveball as well.

Zak Ratko - 1B - 2005 - Shorewood, IL
Ratko has grown and got stronger since we last saw him and he’s still projectable. He showed the best present power of any player at the Showcase and he’s going to keep getting better.

Andrew Carraway - RHP - 2005 - Marietta, GA
Carraway has an athletic and projectable 6-1, 185 lb. frame and three quality pitches in a mid 80’s fastball, sharp 70 mph curveball and sinking 73 mph change up.

Daniel Watters - MIF - 2005 - Highland Village, TX
Watters has solid tools across the board, with average speed, a good throwing arm and good bat speed. He’s a plus makeup kid who can help a good college program at any number of defensive positions.

Gus Fernandez - MIF - 2005 - Odessa, FL
Fernandez has surprising bat speed and pop for a slenderly built 5-10 middle infielder and drove the ball hard in batting practice and games. He has nice infield actions and very good first step quickness in the field and on the bases.